Thursday, July 10, 2008

Take Control Stem Cell Innovation for Women

Okay, so I know that Stem Cell research is controversial, but this is something that I just heard about, and so I wanted to share. Personally, if we can get stem cells this way, it takes ALOT of the controversy out of the picture, at least that is my thinking, what is your opinion?

Taking Control: Future Therapies for a Host of Serious Diseases May Be Found in Women's Menstrual Blood

July 07, 2008: 01:28 PM EST CNNMoney

OLDSMAR, Fla., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With today’s hectic lifestyle, where most women are juggling careers, family, relationships, and a host of activities, the idea of possibly facing a serious illness in the future is not something that readily comes to mind -- especially when a woman is in the prime of her life. But what most women don’t know, is that the key to treating a number of possibly life-threatening diseases that she, a parent, a sibling or even her children may face in later years, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, may be found within her own body -- in vital stem cells, which can now be harvested from her own menstrual blood.

Now, thanks to the revolutionary research and technology of C’elle, a service dedicated to providing women with a safe and easy method of collecting and preserving stem cells found in her menstrual fluid each month, even the busiest woman can take control of her future, right in the privacy of her own home. With C’elle’s non-invasive collection process, menstrual cells are processed and cryo-preserved (stored at a very low temperature) for potential cellular therapies that may be used in the future. These self-renewing cells one day may even be used for sports medicine or cosmeceutical treatments, such as anti-aging therapies.

"C’elle enables and empowers a woman to take control of her future health, and possibly of those genetically closest to her, in a fast, painless and stress free way," said Michelle Kay, Marketing and Sales Manager for C’elle. "We live in exciting times, as science and technology are discovering how extremely valuable menstrual blood stem cells really are, and the enormous treatment potential they represent for future therapies. C’elle’s ongoing research is supporting these promising findings."

For more information about C’elle, please call 1-877-892-3553 or visit

So this press release says that by collection the menstrual blood they can do all the same things, it has stem cells in it that they previously had to have embroyic stem cells for.

You know, I love that there is so much that can be done with stem cells, and I think there are alot of different ways to get the stem cells, and not just the embroyic way that has everyone up in arms. We promote saving cord blood when a baby is born as a way to bank against future problems, why not collect the cord blood of willing parents for research, I mean I know that if that had been offered to me when I was pregnant, I would have gladly donated the cord blood for research. We even thought about banking it, but the costs were just too much. A number of parents might be interested, espically if they didn't have to pay the costs to bank the blood, and that would be a great way to get stem cells without the controversey.

Now, they are offering another option, and I really think we need to keep an open mind and think about these therapies, this might be a good option. Parkinson's is one diease that stem research has been focusing on, and I know people with that and it would be wonderful if we could find a treatment or cure for it, but I understand the problems with the stem cell research, so I guess I am intriged and excited about this development.
Now how viable it will be as an option I am not sure, I need to do more research on the costs and the collection process, but I think we should all be thinking about it and looking closely at it, as well as other options, here, we as women have a great opportunity to help the world in a completely different way than before and I think we should be at least willing to look into it. I wonder if they just allow you to bank this for your own use or if it can be donated to research for anyone to use? That would be my idea, to donate it for research and other use.

So what do you think?

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