||April 1, 2007
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Right to Recover
RIGHT TO RECOVER Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America is an educational book that sheds light on the way Americans view embryonic stem cell biology. The book contains well-researched facts about all types of stem cell (bone marrow, amniotic and cord blood) treatments presently being used and their restorative effects. It also explores the research being done using stem cells derived from in-vitro fertilized eggs on laboratory animals and presents findings to support its curative potential on humans. The book contains a spiritual component and gives historical information about the influence religion has upon science and politics. I hope this will appeal to those who use their religious beliefs to oppose blastocystic stem cell research.
The information in this book was derived from intensive research, personal interviews, emails and other correspondence with national and international medical doctors, research scientists, religious leaders and elected officials as well as stories from patients, who hope to transform their lives through stem cell technology. Bible references are used to show why a 4- to 5-day-old mass of human cells in a lab dish is NOT an embryo; it’s not even an organism.
The topic of stem cell research is making headlines in every country. You may have read articles and heard stories that are not exactly true. This book will tell the truth on all issues and challenge readers to think for themselves rather than accept the opinion of political or religious leaders. Right to Recover will not present glossed over fairy tales about how stem cells can miraculously cure any disease and it will not promote fear-based rumors people may have heard from the pulpit on Sunday. Instead, the book bravely delves into the political and religious issues surrounding blastocyst stem cell research.
Ignorance is NOT bliss! Get the facts and:
§ Know the difference between fertilization and conception
§ Understand why a fish-like embryo cannot exist in a Petri dish
§ Explore why a fertilized egg is not necessarily an embryo
§ Know the truth about cloning
§ See why scientists need to explore all the possibilities of stem cells without limiting federal funding to exclude blastocysts.
§ Be aware of current legislation on stem cell research
§ Read Biblical support for blastocystic stem cell research by Reverend Dan Bloodworth.
§ Realize the deception of the Prentice List.
With a foreword by Dr. Evan Snyder of Burnham Institute and endorsements from Cure Paralysis Now, Don C. Reed of California’s Prop 71, Christopher Reeve Foundation, and many others, this book is an accurate picture of what is happening in this scientific field of research.
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The in vitro process is used to assist couples who have difficulty becoming pregnant through the natural method. Let’s suppose a couple goes to a lab for fertility assistance. Both partners would donate their reproductive seeds (sperm and ova). The male donates ejaculate material. The female must be heavily sedated while a needle is inserted vaginally to extract eggs from the ovary. The lab successfully fertilizes three eggs for the couple. We now have three zygotes that begin to develop into a morula, then a blastocyst.
A few days after fertilization, the blastocyst is introduced into the woman’s uterus and the other two are frozen while the couple waits to see if conception will occur. You may be wondering why the sperm and egg are not frozen separately instead of being united first. A fertilized egg has a much better chance of surviving the freezing process than an unfertilized egg.
The success rate for implantation is about 40% nationwide for women under age thirty-five. If a pregnancy is not achieved, the couple may try again at the appropriate time of the woman’s menstrual cycle using another blastocyst they have deposited. Each attempt costs approximately $10,000 to $15,000. Let’s say the couple conceives after one try and there are two blastocysts remaining in the lab. Now comes the question, “What would you like the lab to do with the leftover blastocysts?”
The couple presently has four choices:
• Pay to have the cells preserved for another attempt at pregnancy a few years down the road (although the shelf life of a frozen blastocyst is not eternal).
• Simply throw them away if they do not plan to have any more children.
• Let them be used for research in privately-funded labs.
• Give them up for surrogate adoption. A couple with a low sperm count may have the donated blastocyst implanted into their fertile womb and raise the baby as their own.
Many couples actually abandon their leftover blastocysts and leave them at the fertility clinic. In such cases the clinic has no choice but to discard the leftovers.
The field of blastocyst stem cell research is yet to be fully explored due to U.S. government restrictions and the fact that it receives very little public funding due to controversy. Many believe this type of research holds even greater promise than adult stem cells due to the plasticity of the undifferentiated cells.
Title: Right to Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research In America
Author: Yvonne Perry
If you have been unable to settle on an educated opinion concerning stem cell research, this well laid out book should end your dilemma.
Stem cell research is being conducted for both medical and scientific reasons. It could be the answer to many debilitating and terminal afflictions including Cancer, Parkinson's Disease, Arthritis, Spinal Cord Injury and many more.
It is clearly evident that Yvonne Perry has spent countless hours researching the two categories of stem cells; adult and embryonic. “Adult Stem Cells” are harvested from umbilical cord blood, the placenta, amniotic fluid and bone marrow. “Embryonic Stem Cells” are harvested from fertilized eggs created in-vitro (outside the body). It has already been proven that adult stem cells can repair and regenerate diseased cells. Stem cells contain pertinent information as to how the cell develops. From this information the scientist can learn what is needed to prevent genes from becoming dysfunctional or produce drugs or treatment to cure the ones that are already diseased.
Without overstepping, Yvonne Perry presents both religious and political opinions. The facts that she enlightens us with are enough that we should all ponder what is really going on in the name of religion and politics. Just how much either can control our present and our future.
The author, Yvonne Perry has surpassed her goal of educating each reader with an honest evaluation of this controversial subject. Stem cell possibilities are without a doubt a realistic aspect of our future yet an ethical and political debate in our present. ‘Right to Recover’ is complete with Index, Appendix and Bibliography, with well laid out current information. She is a freelance writer, author, keynote speaker and ghostwriter. Her books are evidence of her natural desire to assist people along a spiritual path, as they are well researched and challenge people’s belief systems.
I would highly recommend everyone read this book. Reviewer: Cheryl Ellis, Allbooks Review
Available through Amazon or order from your local bookstore.
Title: Right to Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America
Author: Yvonne Perry
Publisher: Nightengale Press
The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Why can't we help the ill?, August 3, 2007
By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers (RAWSISTAZ.com)
Yvonne Perry's RIGHT TO RECOVER has a wealth of information regarding stem cell research, not only in the United States, but in the world. She covers the reasons given for Bush vetoing the Stem Cell Research Bill, as well as puts down the myths that surround those issues. For instance, in vitro fertilization does not constitute a living human being. A cell and sperm that are united outside a woman's body are blastocyst cells and cannot become a human being until placed in a woman's womb. The placing of the fertilized egg in a woman's womb where it can grow and become a human being is conception. Until that point, the cells are undifferentiated cells that can become any part of the body, which is why it so important to the research. These cells can be used to grow new body organs, such as livers or kidneys. They can also be used to find cures for spinal and brain injuries as well as replacing damaged brain and nerve cells that cause muscular sclerosis and Alzheimer's. If these fertilized eggs are not used for research, they are thrown away which is not very helpful to those who truly need a cure. There has been much talk of adult stem cell research, but the difference is, those cells are already determinate parts of the body and are therefore not universal as the blastocyst cells are.
Ms. Perry lists many diseases that I had no idea could be covered by stem cell research. It is indeed, a real horror for the seriously ill, that this bill was vetoed, when it obviously can do so much good. The RIGHT TO RECOVER also covers the history of this country and how religion has come to play such a large part in the government of today. While the subject is quite technical, she breaks it down so even a lay person can understand the concepts and the reasons for stem cell research. She gives the information and lets you decide. There is also a chapter regarding what each individual can do to help. It is indeed an enlightening book that should be read by everyone in the United States.
Reviewed by Alice Holman
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Yvonne Perry has provided us in considerable detail sound arguments in favor of Cell Stem Research, July 2, 2007
By Norman Goldman "Editor of Bookpleasures.com" (Montreal) - See all my reviews
With her generously subtitled book, Right To Recover: Winning the Political and Religious Wars over Stem Cell Research in America, freelance writer and author, Yvonne Perry has provided us in considerable detail sound arguments why President George W. Bush was wrong in vetoing a bill which would provide federal funds for stem cell research.
This accessible and must-read book is essential for those who wish to know more about stem cell research reminding us that we must keep an open mind if we are to properly evaluate its worth and not be swayed by inaccurate arguments promoted by religious zealots or ignorant politicians.
Perry divides her well-researched book into thirteen chapters ending with an appendix of chapter notes and an extensive bibliography. Beginning with an overview, readers are exposed to what exactly are stem cells, the technology currently in use, bone marrow transplants, cord blood, and embryonic (blastocyst) stem cells. This is followed by an exposé of what the fuss is all about and the ethical issues involved. Throughout the early part of the book Perry clearly explains that there is no potential for the in-vitro (IVF)-derived blastocyst stem cells developing into a human embryo while in the lab. As she states: "Mother Nature must do that in the environment of a uterus. To believe otherwise greatly undervalues the woman's role in creating offspring."
The hotly debated issue is based on the misconstrued belief that human life is being scarified for scientific progress. Perry asks the question, why is it less moral to use these cells for research than to destroy them for blastocysts leftover from in-vitro fertilization that are not "adopted" for surrogacy are disposed of as medical waste.
The succeeding chapters go into detail with scientific data to show that anti-stem cell crusaders don't know what they are talking about when they bring up arguments based on morality and ethics as there is rarely any mention of biology or any scientific foundation for their moral conclusions. As pointed out by stem cell biologist Dr. John A. Kessler and many others, "it is important to keep in mind that we are discussing a microscopic cluster of no more than 200 cells that has absolutely no potential to develop into a human being unless it is implanted in a uterus." There is a huge difference between fertilization and conception and this is frequently ignored or forgotten in the arguments advanced by the moralists. In fact, as Perry shows and argues, we have a moral obligation to help other human beings and to alleviate them from suffering and disease. This is something that is common to all religions. What is outlandish about Bush's veto as well as the people who have influenced him and supported him is that an opinion that is not supported by scientific fact or scripture prevents important funding for a technology that could prove to be a salvation for millions in the world. As Perry rightfully states: "the Bush administration questions the morality of research that destroys human embryos, yet according to our Constitution it is neither the government's business nor right to legislate morality."
While it may be true that there is no guarantee that stem cell research will produce cures for such diseases as Alzheimer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and various others, however they do show promise. Why not give it a chance and stop continuing to equate stem cell research to abortion, as nothing could be further from the truth.
Perry has meditated long and deeply into this controversial subject matter and she has come up with a tour de force as she defends her position. In the past she has been known to have authored several books that address topics that many are not too keen on discussing such as suicide, the near-death experience, end of life decisions, and euthanasia. It wouldn't surprise me if she is the target of some cheap attacks as is case with many courageous individuals who dare to present well constructed arguments for stem cell research. Unfortunately, these attacks do nothing to further the debate or contribute meaningful dialogue.
One point in passing, a recent survey conducted by Washington Post ABC News showed that sixty-eight percent of Americans support embryonic stem cell research. Should we classify this huge segment of the American population as immoral?
Norm Goldman, Editor Bookpleasures
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