I have read the research that is being done on Stem Cells and Birth Cord as a treatments for Autism. I am all for Stem Cells if they do not take them from an embryo.
Stem Cells taken from the Birth Cord also known as Blood Cord and introducing them into the system of Autistic individuals is going to be a very experimental thing. Sutter Neuroscience Institute in Sacramento, California is already recruiting participants for experimental study. If nothing else they may prove that Autism is an autoimmune disease.
It is being proven that Stem Cells can be influenced to produce brain cells. According to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation study ” The model cell system Dr. Anderson and his collaborators developed made it possible to study normal and abnormal brain development”. Their findings were published online on May 2, 2013 in Cell Stem Cell
I believe that with more research Stem Cell Technology could play a major role in helping, if not possibly curing many mental illnesses that seem to be growing in epidemic proportions. I urge caution with this research. Dealing with the brain in any way is a dangerous thing. Anyone that is considering Stem Cell Therapy for their family member with Autism or any challenge please research it out very throughly before you make any decision.
I, as well as other readers that have family members or are afflicted with Autism and other challenges themselves, will be very interested to hear the results of these study’s.
- – Spirit & Life – Can We Support Stem Cell Research? (deaconforlife.blogspot.com)
- Cloning Stem Cells: What Does It Mean? (louisianauniverse.com)