Politics Standing in the way of Regenerative Medicine: The difference between life and death

 A few years ago I wrote about the art of regenerative medicine, CLICK HERE TO REVIEW. At that time much of the technology was fairly new and the information leaned more toward the education speculation side of debate as opposed to confirmed fact. Now—it is a reality and the only thing preventing people from the benefits of regenerative medicine is politics and the drug companies. We have officially reached the point where politicians will have to step out of bed with traditional drug companies and the business models of the pharmaceuticals will have to change—or they will go out of business. There is no reason why a human body has to wear out and die. It is cells that make up a body and like a car that is kept alive with new parts—it is now possible to make new parts for a human body so that it can continue operating for many years. Below are a few videos talking about this phenomenal new breakthrough along with an article from Ted Talks which dives deeper into the evolving science.   It is an exciting time, but one which requires new ways of thinking and politics being so far behind the curve of thought that it typically is—is not capable of taking a leading hand on this issue—especially since pharmaceuticals enrich them with great wealth. The cure to many diseases is right in front of us—so please use this article as your gateway into an understanding that will take you to the other side where everyone’s life will become greatly enhanced.

Will the next generation think about diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes the way we think about polio and the whooping cough? Susan Solomon, the co-founder of the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF), certainly hopes so. In this fascinating talk from TEDGlobal 2012, Solomon delves into the foundation’s work on research with stem cells, which she calls the “black boxes for diseases.”

“[Stem cells] are our bodies’ own repair kits. They are pluripotent, which means they can morph into all of the cells in our bodies,” says Solomon. “Right now there are some really extraordinary things that we are doing with stem cells that are completely changing the way we model disease, our ability to understand why we get sick and even develop drugs. But … this field has been under siege, politically and financially.”

While much of the fray is about embryonic stem cells — still the gold standard when it comes to cells — Solomon explains that another type of pluripotent stem cell (called iPS cells) can now be created by, essentially, reprogramming skin cells. These cells hold great promise for allowing researchers to see how diseases develop in humans, rather than in rodents.

Currently, developing a drug takes an average of 13 years, costs $4 billion, and has a 99% failure rate. And because it’s impossible to test a new drug on a large and representative sample of the human population, even a drug that tests well with many people will have side-effects for others, based on their genetic makeup. This is a problem that’s sometimes not apparent until the drug is on the market and being prescribed to patients — like in the tragic case of Vioxx.

But Solomon stressed that it will be extremely difficult to change the current systems of drug development.

“All the established companies have been using mouse-and-rodent testing forever,” she said. “A lot of people’s careers are staked to a method that is outdated. It’s like the tech sector; this is really the high-tech sector for biomedical research.”

To hear more about the NYSCF, watch Solomon’s talk. Below, watch 9 more talks about the incredible promise of stem cells.


In addition to politics and the lobby power of the pharmaceuticals, religion is another part of our society that will require revision just to deal with the implication of regenerative science. It will be very difficult for average people of average means to grapple with the prospect that their lives are not defined by bench marks of age any longer centered on a growth period from their youth to a slow decline back into old age. It is no longer necessary to think of getting old—it will become a reality very soon to just make a new body part and replace whatever is broken—or diminishing with a healthy replacement.

So what does this do to a society dedicated to living death so that they might live again in the afterlife? That is the paramount restriction to regenerative science. Most people use religion as a crutch to explain away the misery of living without proper answers and philosophy and look to the yonder shores of immortality and God’s infinite wisdom for an answer they never take responsibility for obtaining on their own. Regenerative science takes that tendency and places it within the power of science on earth and God moves from some external force out in the heavens and places it within the context of the human being.

Jesus said that the kingdom of God is all around us, yet men do not see it. He was right—it is, and only a few human beings understand such a concept. Scientists are some of them—especially in the regenerative science fields. But for the politician and the CEO’s of drug companies knowing that millions of jobs are at stake if death and sickness are taken out of the field of health care—doom is on the horizon for those people and they have no philosophy or religion to help them deal with the change. It is because of them that we do not yet have full access and funding into regenerative health—they purposely want to maintain the cycle of death so to keep alive their empires built on suffering.

Much suffering upon the earth is due to ignorance, and regenerative science requires intelligence—which is lacking currently. Politicians are stuck on a fifty year quest to bring health care to the poor when they should be focused on ending Medicare, Obamacare, and the health care system all together with regenerative science. Because of their lack of vision, politicians are committed to a bankrupting system of maintaining the Social Security system when it is possible that the average 75-year-old could maintain their bodies into the health of a 40 to 50-year-old and could continue working and being productive for another 50 to 100 years—perhaps longer.

It’s not the science that is the problem; it’s the people who have to refocus their intellectual energy on a change in thought that will rattle them to their cores. Good scientists like the fine people shown above have already delivered mankind to the precipice of life-changing benefits. The pharmaceutical companies are now as archaic as elixir medicines soaked in whisky were during westward expansion in the United States. They are no longer relevant. And this knowledge won’t be going away—too many of us know about it now. All that we have to do is wait for everyone to realize that heaven is on earth and is all about them—and that we are the masters of our own fate destined to reside out in the outer reaches of our galaxy for a human race just hatching from the dark embryo of ignorance fermenting over the last few million years. We have finally hatched.

Rich Hoffman

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