Human Exceptionalism

Paralyzed Human Spinal Cord Patients Benefit from Adult Stem Cells!

I knew this was coming, and now, here it is: Carlos Lima has published his research demonstrating that a patient’s own adult stem cells and olfactory mucosa can treat paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. This study, published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, reports on 7 patients treated with the procedure. (Lima has treated at least two dozen more.) Two of the seven regained bladder control. One regained control of anal sphincter. This alone, is huge! “Every patient had improvement” in “motor scores.” “Most recovered sensation below the initial level of injury that was repaired.” No side effects other than those associated with any surgery.

Let us caution, that this isn’t a “cure.” It is apparently effective treatment that may one day substantially improved the quality of lives of spinal cord injury patients, and may return some to the potential of mobility.

I hope I am wrong, but I will bet that the mainstream media ignores the story. They will be too busy reporting on rats with improved mobility from embryonic stem cells.