GETTING READY FOR CURE: Reason # 5 to Buy “Stem Cell Battles”
By Don C. Reed
I am writing this column to reach one person; maybe it’s you.
Are you the person who wants to bring about cures?
I don’t know what state you live in, or what nation.
But if you are working to bring about positive change in medicine, so that people can be helped who have been told “there is nothing you can do”, well, we are relatives!
I have some tips to share; that is why I wrote the book, “STEM CELL BATTLES: Proposition 71 and Beyond: How Ordinary People Can Fight Back Against the Crushing Burden of Chronic Disease—with a Posthumous Foreword by Christopher Reeve”.
The whole book shows people who found a way to fight chronic disease—whether as advocates, scientists, patients or otherwise— it is a summary of everything I have learned in 21 years of struggle.
I want you to win. If you win, if you advance the cause of cure research in any way, large or small, everybody wins.
Here are a couple ways to increase the pace of results—to help us and the system get ready for cure.
1. Go to– https://blog.cirm.ca.gov/ and sign up to get the blog entries from the most active stem cell agency on earth. This is the California stem cell program, and they are not only carefully funding promising research, but they are sharing what they find out—in people talk! Did you know they intend to fund “50 new clinical trials in 5 years, including 10 for rare or orphan disorders and 5 in conditions affecting children”? Sign up for their weblog, get the latest! Authors like Karen Ring, Kevin McCormack and Geoff Lomax will share what’s going on in the greatest stem cell program in the world.
2. Think of a disease you particularly want to see cured: now go to www.clinicaltrials.gov. Type in the disease or disorder into the search box—see what human clinical trials are going on. Maybe there is something that you might want to be a part of. When my son Roman was first paralyzed, there was a clinical trial going on about a drug called Sygen. I tried to get Roman involved, but missed the cutoff time by one hour… what if there was a clinical trial which might affect you or a loved one? Wouldn’t you want to know about it, in time to consider signing up for it? Check it out, www.clinicaltrials.gov.
3. Come to my website, www.stemcellbattles.net, and sign up to receive my blog entries. I won’t harass you too much, the blogs only come out once a week or so, but sometimes they might be really important for you to know about—something which directly affects you or your loved one. Generally I do not sell anything, with the exception of my book, which you really should own anyway. It is easy reading, and for anyone trying to change the world with stem cell research, it is a must. Go to Amazon.com, and buy a copy. It’s cheap, you can afford it, and it tells the story of how people just like you made a difference, and why we will never stop, never give up—for one simple reason: if you never quit trying, you can only win, or die—and everybody dies, so why not try?
Thanks, and I hope to see you out there, in the stem cell world!