I’ve followed the progress of adult stem cell treatments over the past ten years, yet The Healing Cell book contained many that I had never heard of. This new book chronicles the incredible breakthroughs that doctors and scientists are making by using different kinds of adult stem cells.
The book gives an accessible overview of what stem cells are and how humans have only recently begun understanding their capabilities. It avoids the controversial subject of embryo-destructive stem cells almost entirely. If I had one critique of the book, it would be that this subject should have been addressed directly and at length. The simple fact is that adult stem cells are not controversial, not immoral, and are where all the great treatments are coming from, while embryo-destructive stem cells require destroying an embryo–a tiny human being–and are therefore immoral.
The authors then delve into the many diseases and conditions that adult stem cells are treating, improving, and sometimes even curing. Each chapter is dedicated to a particular disease or class of disease: Cancer, HIV/AIDS, Arthritis, blindness, traumatic brain injuries, blood diseases, and so on.
The book is written in an enjoyable, conversational style. All the big scientific terms are explained in layman’s language. It is fun to read and the stories of the people healed by stem cells are nothing short of incredible.
I told one friend of mine, who suffers from congenital hearing loss, about the book, and he began researching treatments for his condition. It turns out that they are still in the clinical trial phase, which is where most adult stem cell treatments are, but people in serious situations can sometimes even participate in these trials.
A close family member recently passed away from a motor-neuron disorder called bulbar palsy, not unlike ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. Yet adult stem cells are even beginning to be able to treat these terminal conditions. Too late for my family member, but hope for many others.
I highly recommend this book, not just for your own sake, but for the sake of your friends and family. You will probably read about some condition that someone you love is suffering from. Most people don’t yet know about these stem cell treatments, and that includes doctors. So you as the patient need to be your own best advocate. Reading The Healing Cell is the first step in understanding what is now possible with adult stem cells.