Adult Stem Cells: Modern Day Miracles

The video below will speak for itself and I highly encourage you to watch it. Why do we talk about adult stem cells? The main reason is that they are ethical stem cells taken from the cells of adult human beings. UNlike embryonic stem cells that involve destroying human embryos, adult stem cells do not involve death at all. The fact is, adult stems cells have saved thousands of people from a wide range of illnesses, some of them life threatening. Our government continues to push embryonic stem cells even though it is a complete and utter failure. Not one person has ever been helped due to embryonic stem cells. But as Tony, from this video says, adult stem cells are “the future of medicine.” Click here for original article. If the video below doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Adult Stem Cells Continue to Make Medical History

A recent article states: “A study published last week has shown that adult stem cells derived from ethical sources can be used to create living tissues that imitate the developing human brain.  In their findings, published in the science journal Nature, researchers asserted that, by using human stem cells derived from skin cells, they were able to assemble brain-like pieces of living tissue.  These stem cells could prove to be an invaluable resource for the study and treatment of various neuro-developmental disorders.”

I encourage you to read the rest of the article to learn how adult stem cells continue to make medical history and provide hope for curing diseases. What is also shocking is that our government continues to fund embryonic stem cell research which is a complete failure. To date ESC have not helped one single person while adult stem cells have helped thousands and continues to gain ground in medical treatments. I suppose when we live under the most pro abortion president in history, with a culture of death prevalent, not even failing research is a reason to admit defeat. Using the cells of aborted babies for research and the money associated is evidently enough satisfaction for some. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Confused About Stem Cells: Start Here

The discussion over stem cells matters for anyone claiming to be pro-life. it is not pro-life to kill viable human embryos for the sake of research, yet many companies do this in order to seek cures for illness and disease. To date, not one person has ever been helped through the use of destructive stem cells. And while adult stem cells continue to rack up an impressive list of people helped, illnesses and diseases treated or cured, our government keeps throwing money at destructive stem cell research while ignoring adult stem cells. But many people are still not sure what stem cells are or why they should care. So here is a primer of sorts to get you acclimated to the discussion. It begins with this:

“Much of the confusion over stem cell research involves misunderstanding of terms, so let’s begin with some definitions. Stem cells are immature cells that are undifferentiated (i.e., they have not yet ‘decided’ what kind of cell to be). A stem cell divides into two cells: (1) a duplicate of itself and (2) a cell that develops into a more specialized cell type (i.e., an eye, liver, skin or blood cell). Since stem cells replace themselves every time they divide, they are capable of long-term self-renewal.” Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Adult Stem Cells – Win!

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/06/2012

FRCBlog.com: “Heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States. Barry Brown knows what it’s like to fight against heart disease. And he knows what it’s like to win, with adult stem cells. A fitness instructor most of his adult life, he started noticing problems in 2007. Turns out, he’d had a heart attack and suffered significant heart damage. In a clinical trial at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, Barry got a dose of his own bone marrow adult stem cells as part of the treatment for his severe heart disease. Three years later, Barry ran and completed a half-marathon—13 grueling miles to show he was back in fighting shape. His comeback amazed even his doctor. As Barry says, his own recovery and all the other stories out there ‘are proof that adult stem cell research isn’t a waste of money.’” This is why I continue to scratch my head over our government’s support of embryonic stem cells, which kill viable human embryos. Not one person has ever been helped in any way through the use of embryonic stem cells, yet thousands have been helped and cured through adult stem cells. Why would you want to fund a failure instead of doing something that has a proven track record of success in helping people? Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

That Pesky Stem Cell Debate Seems to be Settled. Guess Who Won?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/27/2012

adult stem cellI’ve long been interested in the stem cell debate. I don’t know if it’s a fascination with the ability to recreate organs and cure diseases or simply my morbid curiosity over the staunch liberal support of the utterly failed embryonic stem cell research. Either way I have done my best to stay apprised of what is happening in this debate as it pertains to my desire to see life defended. After all, one thing is certain, embryonic stem cell research destroys viable human embryos, which is tantamount to murder.

What I never could figure out is why the government would choose to fund something that was a complete failure. Former president George W. Bush refused to force tax payers to fund embryonic stem cell research because it violates the religious and moral convictions of so many pro-life Americans. President Obama has had no such trouble and has funneled millions toward the research.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Obama Says It’s Okay to Use Baby Brains in Research

by Nathan A. Cherry, 03/23/2012

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Funding embryonic stem cell research is the same as throwing money away

Remember when Obama got all loud and proud about his healthcare overhaul, affectionately known as Obamacare, saying that it would allow citizens to keep their current insurance plan if they liked it, keep their current provider, keep their doctors, and most of all, no abortion coverage whatsoever.

Yeah, that was all a lie.

What we now know is that you can’t keep your current plan (unless of course you want to pay exorbitant monthly premiums). And you cannot keep your current coverage and doctors (especially since many doctors plan to retire and leave medical practice altogether as result of this bad bill). And by the way, every single US citizen will be forced to fund abortion through your insurance plan; regardless of your moral or religious objections.

Alliance Defense Fund president Alan Sears, writing at Lifenews.com explains what this means for us all:

“[T]he Obama administration has now made it clear that the individual mandate in ObamaCare will contain a charge—an “abortion premium mandate”—to forcibly collect monies from millions of Americans who participate in state-administered ‘insurance exchanges’ to pay for elective abortions. And nothing in the final rule that the Department of Health and Human Services issued March 12 concerning the establishment of exchanges required by ObamaCare alters that in the least.”

This is what happens when, as Nancy Pelosi said, we pass the bill in order to find out what it says. The fact that many lawmakers didn’t even bother to read this bill before it was passed is sickening enough. The fact that we have been sold a bill of goods, no pun intended, and lied to once again by this administration is unacceptable. Obama continues his attacks on religious freedom and conscience protections as he ignores the American people on the issue of life and tax-payer funded abortion. He seems to, without remorse, plow forward ignoring the opposition of a majority of Americans on this issue (no wonder his poll numbers are tanking).

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Did You know Komen Made Another Shocking Decision?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 02/07/2012

Komen for the Cure pink ribbonMartinsburg, WV – At the risk of sounding like I’m beating a dead horse – though I suppose I would not be the only one – there’s more good news coming from the Komen decision to defund Planned Parenthood. It is important news because it relates to another ongoing struggle that pro-lifers are slowly but surely winning: stem cell research.

Let’s recap quickly to make sure we’re on the same page. First, Susan G. Komen decided last week to defund Planned Parenthood sending shock waves across the country in a startling decision that left Planned Parenthood stuttering for an explanation while pro-life advocates gave each other a high-five and sent thanks to Komen for finally doing what has needed done for a long time. Next, the researchers behind “Dolly” the sheep, cloning, and embryonic stem cell (ESC) research recently decided to end their ESC research in favor of Adult Stem Cell research; a decision that once again shocked many and excited many others.

These two decisions are major victories for the pro-life movement that is sweeping across America. Contrary to what you might see and hear in the mainstream media, the majority of our country is pro-life. Most people in America want, in the very least, much tighter abortion laws, an end to tax-payer funded abortion, and conscience protections. These are all things the Obama administration has fought against; giving more money than ever before – nearly $500 million – to Planned Parenthood in the last year. So these decisions are major blows to pro-abortion advocates and the Obama administration.

And lest you be misinformed, it has recently been reported that unlike what major news outlets are reporting, the decision by Komen to defund Planned Parenthood is not temporary and based on the outcome of the federal investigation currently taking place. Lifenews.com reports that this is a permanent decision:

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Big News in Stem Cell Research!

by Nathan A. Cherry, 12/26/2011

the cloned sheep DollyMartinsburg, WV – I do my best to follow the stem cell research news because of its obvious implications in the defense of life from conception; a conviction I firmly espouse. You can probably understand my frustration then, when I read countless articles on the ever-widening successes of adult stem cell research only to see our government refuse to invest in this safe, morally acceptable form of research; while continuing to fund a failure like embryonic stem cell research.

If you are curious about my position, you can check out some past articles such as this one, or this one about NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning.

But let’s face it, I’m not a scientist and my knowledge of the subject is limited to reputable news sources; so it’s really limited. And though I am smart enough to know that embryonic stem cell research kills al living human embryo, and is therefore morally unacceptable, there is little chance of anyone listening to me on the subject.

So you can imagine my excitement when I read this article on the recent decision of the scientist that cloned “Dolly” to leave the embryonic stem cell research field in favor of adult stem cell research.

It’s like an early Christmas present for all pro-lifers that can’t figure out why anyone, especially our government, would continue to throw millions of dollars into a form of research that has, so far, accomplished nothing. Not one single success story from embryonic stem cell research against the thousands of very exciting and hopeful success stories thanks to adult stem cell research. Here’s what the article said:

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

NFL Quarterback Chooses Moral Medical Treatment

by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/30/2011

Martinsburg, WV – By now you are well aware of my position on stem cell research and the use of stem cells in patient treatment. I don’t support in any way, shape, or form the use of embryonic stem cells for research or treatment. I hold this position partially because to date not one person has been helped using embryonic stem cells, but mostly I oppose their use because it is a life-destroying form of research in that it kills a living human embryo.

ManningIf you want to know more about the difference between these two forms, check out this article I wrote earlier this year.

What you may not know is that I am a huge New England Patriots fan. And what you might be wondering at this point is how the Patriots and stem cells are related. I’m glad you asked.

Anyone that follows football with any sort of mild interest knows the two best quarterbacks of the last decade are Tom Brady of my beloved Patriots, and Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts. You also know these two teams are rivals. So it goes without saying that I am not a fan of the Colts. However, being a fan of the game I have great respect for Peyton Manning. It could be for his faith, or the class with which he plays the game (a lesson I wish he would teach more players). It could simply be that he is undoubtedly one of the greatest QB’s ever to shout a cadence or throw a pigskin. And now I can add one more reason to respect Manning to the list: his decision to use adult stem cells to treat his neck injury.

Our friends at the Family Research Council blog report:

“Manning has had three surgeries on his neck in the last 19 months, little detail was available, but the information indicates that the procedure may have used adipose (fat) derived adult stem cells from Manning’s own body; this autologous procedure (using your own adult stem cells) bypasses any problems of transplant rejection and is relatively safe. Manning’s adult stem cells may have then been injected around the site of his problem vertebra in the neck, to assist healing and help with spinal disc fusion.”

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Is Susan G. Komen a Complete Failure?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/26/2011

Martinsburg, WV – We like to follow up stories we write in order to let you know how things progress with a particular issue and/or organization. Not too long ago Family Policy

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Image of an adult stem cell

 Council president Jeremy Dys wrote about the Susan G. Komen foundation’s support for Planned Parenthood; I also wrote about the odd partnership between the two organizations.

Neither Jeremy nor I can figure out why Komen is sending money to a group for services they don’t perform (mammograms). And with the very well documented link between abortion and breast cancer the partnership between Komen and Planned Parenthood seems all the more unlikely and odd.

Komen is coming under attack again. This time for news that it regularly sends funds to organizations that conduct embryonic stem cell research.

Embryonic stem cell research is research conducted on human embryos. This is not an ethical form of research because it destroys a living human embryo in order to conduct its research. On the other hand, adult stem cell research is perfectly ethical simply because it uses a living person’s own mature, adult stem cells for research; thereby not killing any living human beings. But that’s not all.

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About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.