THE HEALING CELL is an easy to read, carefully researched, and clear-eyed view of medicine many decades in the making that is now paying off with treatments that repair damaged hearts, restore sight, kill cancer, cure diabetes, heal burns, and stop the march of such degenerative diseases as Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig's disease. The emotionally and intellectually stimulating stories throughout the book dramatically illustrate that stem cell therapies can change the way we live our lives after being afflicted by a disease or trauma. The book is the result of a unique collaboration between the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture and the Stem for Life Foundation. It includes a special address by His Holiness Benedict XVI, urging increased support and awareness for advancements in adult stem cell research.
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About the Author
Robin L. Smith, M.D. became the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of NeoStem effective June 2, 2006, after first joining the Company as Chairman of its Advisory Board in September 2005. Dr. Smith is the President and serves on the Board of Directors of The Stem for Life Foundation. Dr. Smith received a medical degree from Yale University in 1992 and a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School in 1997.
Since 2006, Rev. Tomasz Trafny has served as the official at the Pontifical Council for Culture, head of Science and Faith Department (Vatican City State) and executive director of STOQ Project. His focus is on matters related to the wide-ranging dialogue between science and religion, especially cultural analysis of scientific advancements.
Max Gomez, Ph.D. is one of television's most respected medical journalists. He has produced award-winning health and science segments for network stations in New York and Philadelphia. Dr. Max has reported for "Dateline," "Today Show," and "48 Hours." Over more than three decades, he's earned nine Emmy Awards. Dr. Max graduated with honors from Princeton University and received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Among the many boards he serves on is the Stem for Life Foundation and the American Heart Association.
Table of Contents
From the address of His Holiness Benedict XVI ix
Foreword Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi xiii
1 Organ Regeneration 1
2 Heart and Vascular Disease 13
3 Burns 31
4 Brain Trauma and Stroke 39
5 Psychiatric Disorders 53
6 Spinal Cord Injuries 59
7 Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases 71
8 Tendons, Ligaments, Cartilage, and Bone 93
9 ALS: Lou Gehrig's Disease 105
10 Multiple Sclerosis and Neuromyelitis Optica 113
11 Arthritis 127
12 Scleroderma, Lupus, and Other Autoimmune Conditions 139
13 Cosmetics 155
14 Cancer 161
15 Sickle Cell Anemia 179
16 Sensory Impairments 185
17 HIV/AIDS 193
18 How to Find Safe Stem Cell Therapies 201