As noted before, Dr. Jean Peduzzi Nelson testified
at the U.S. Senate
hearing on the promise of stem cells
, Sept. 16, 2010. Her testimony
discussed published adult stem cell science and real results for
patients; as she noted, adult stem cells are “the
best-kept secret in
Adult stem cells have shown published success is treatment of chronic
(congestive) heart failure. In her testimony, Dr. Peduzzi Nelson
discussed the case of Doug Rice. Doug was told that he had only a short
time to live due to chronic heart failure after multiple heart attacks.
At that time he could hardly walk. He did not qualify for any U.S.
clinical trials, so he went to Thailand in early 2006 to be treated
with his own adult stem cells (using a technique developed in the U.S.
.) Since his treatment, Doug’s heart has improved and
pumps better, he has more energy and is enjoying life. He surprised
even his cardiologist.
Doug Rice is not an isolated case. Recently a German team led by Prof.
Dr. med. Bodo Strauer published the results of a long-term study
treating a large number of chronic heart failure patients with adult
stem cells. The study, published in
the European Journal of Heart
, is the largest study to date of patients treated for heart
failure with bone marrow adult stem cells. A total of 191 patients
received intracoronary injections of their own bone marrow adult stem
cells, compared with 200 patients who received standard care, and
patient health was monitored for up to five years. The results showed
that treatment with adult stem cells improves heart function based on a
large number of tests, quality of life and survival in patients with
Prof. Dr. med. Strauer presented
the published evidence at a recent
meeting of the European Society of Cardiology
. He noted that:
“Our study suggests that, when administered as an alternative or in
addition to conventional therapy, bone marrow cell therapy can improve
quality of life, increase ventricular performance, and increase
survival. Intracoronary therapy has been shown to be effective in acute
myocardial infarction, and the STAR-heart study now indicates its
efficacy in chronic heart failure.”
Adult stem cells are improving health and saving lives now.