April 17, 2009
Recent news from London that adult stem cells will be used to repair damaged tendons and ligaments in patients. This isn't really a new technique, but the interesting thing is that the technique is now used routinely in horses and other animals. Finally, the realization has hit that this adult stem cell treatment might work for people, too. More than 1,500 race horses have been treated using the same process, and follow-up data suggest a 50 percent reduction in re-injury over a three year period, compared with conventional treatment. Several veterinary companies have pioneered the procedure in animals, including Vet-Stem, and stories routinely circulate of a beloved pet, police dog, or race horse that has been treated successfully using adult stem cells.
The tribal wisdom of the Lakota Indians, passed on from one generation to the next, says that when you discover that you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount. Maybe it's about time people realized they should quit riding the dead embryonic stem cell mount and saddle up to ride a winner with adult stem cells.