Scott: Why is stem cell therapy so seemingly controversial still in this country? Why is that?
Christian Wilde: Well, if you separate the hype with the hope, the American public is now coming to the point of saying, wait a minute, what's been going on? Where did we start? Where are we now? What's the hope for our families? What is there in our lifetime or in our children's lifetime?
I'll do a timeline. Scott, please take a minute and do that because its interesting and it might answer your questions. In 1960, James Till of the University of Toronto announces that he has identified the embryonic stem cell.
We know that the wheels of medicine turn slowly, right? Thirty-seven years pass and suddenly we have a piece of information about stem cells. A professor, by the name of Ian Wilmut at Edinbrough University, has announced that he has cloned a sheep.
Her name was Dolly. Dolly has since bought the farm. She got, her whole body got involved with, the tumors as one of the side effects of embryonic stem cells. One of the reasons it hasn't proceeded more than it has. Then, I want to take you to later in that same year and this might answer your question. Christopher Reeve, somebody we love, Mr. Superman, goes before Congress of the United States and asks for money for embryonic stem cell research. the world sees a face on this ailment of his which is spinal injury. Now, He's being coached by mentors who are embryologists. through no fault of Christopher Reeve, he's told what to say and what he says to us turns out to be in accurate at the time, But now 12 years later, I'll let you make that decision Because what he said was cures for MS and Parkinson's and spinal injury and heart failure and diabetes would come from an embryonic stem cell. Had he been coached to say that all of these diseases, all of the above, will be cured with stem cells and not designated that they had to be embryonic stem cells We wouldn't of been embroiled in this whole this whole Battle. now, you could take the religion and morality and put it aside for the discussion. In 1998 an event happens at the University of Wisconsin that has great import to the research community. A Scientist by the name of James Thompson announces that he has, for the first time identified, isolated the embryo and has great importance to the research community. it's a piece of the puzzle they've been waiting for. and now we move forward to 2007, when James Thompson, working with Shinea Yamanaka, a scientist from Japan, announced that they have found a new stem cell. A new stem cell that avoids all of the downside and all the negatives of an embryonic stem cell. They say it is the best of two worlds. it's called the induced pluripotent stem cell that reverts back from your skin cells almost to the point of becoming an embryo embryonic stem cell but does not actually make that leap So you don't have any of the side effects. Now, Dr. Robert Longson whom i mentioned, the scientist, says it's like turning lead into gold. doctor Ian wilmont, who is associated as the prudent developer of dolly the sheep, now makes a statement that he will no longer pursue embryonic stem cell research. He said. "I don't have a moral issue with it. i don't have an ethical issue. I just think we have found a better way." it's the best of the two worlds like I mentioned earlier and He still to this day encourages people, scientists using induced pluripotent stem cells and just looking at embryonic stem cells, why have they not been successful? why to this date is there not a documented success in any country of the world? Three factors. they're are all scientific, they're not moral, they're not religious. number one minute embryonic stem cells rejected. the body rejects it as coming from a foreign source. so therefore you'd have to be on immunosuppressive drugs the rest your life. we don't think that's a good idea. number two, they create Tumors. That's known. that's the main factor. number three, because they're such a particularly potent stem cell and so prolific they can migrate to other parts of the body where the scientists didn't want them to go. Now, in contrast to that, the very same diseases the Christopher Reeve told us about, those very same diseases are, today, being healed successfully in 3800 FDA trials. 1675 of those trials are using your own bone marrow stem cells themselves. There has been only one embryonic Trial approved and it terminated the first year. there is one other for macular degeneration and 3800 other adult stem cell trials. The very same diseases that we were told would only be cured with antibiotics are being cured today right here in Chicago at Northwestern University at the Feinberg school of medicine. 17 of 20 MS patients, remitting, relapsing MS patients are totally disease-free for five full years. Dr. Richard Burton is the doctor, he is also treating using the same approach. resetting the immune system for treating diabetes one, lupus, scleroderma, NMS and 20 more diseases. He's using the same formula if that's the ideal thing in medicine. if one thing can work on one disease, how could it work on other diseases of the same family? In this case, immune diseases.