According to the following press release on CNNMoney, research has shown that stem cells can now be harvested from menstrual blood. If you had the key to treating a number of possibly life-threatening diseases that either you or someone close to you may face later in life, would you do something about it? What if you could fight osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease just by harvesting your own menstrual blood for those precious stem cells? It's not a pleasant thought, but neither is the thought of someone close to you suffering from one of those terrible diseases. While this subject may be deemed controversial by some, I think that science has gone a long way to uncover ways to treat these life threatening illnesses and that we should take advantage of these advances. Much of the controversy over stem cell research came from taking the blood from human embryo's, and while I didn't necessarily agree with that I do realize that this research is potentially going to save hundreds or thousands of lives. Through C’elle’s non-invasive collection process, menstrual cells are processed and cryo-preserved (stored at a very low temperature) for potential cellular therapies that may be used in the future. See below for a picture of the collection kit.
A prime example of the advances in stem cell research and technology is little Haley Goranflo who is 5 years old and has Batton's Disease. This disease can only be treated with stem cells and unfortunately her mother has to take her to China because the US doesn't have the ability to do the procedure that is needed to save her life. She tried to get to China a couple of weeks ago for the treatment but unfortunately she was not allowed to board the plane in Canada because airport officials stopped the family saying the girl was too sick to travel. Yesterday they announced that a US Congressman had helped to make sure that she will now be able to travel to China. While this is very good news, it really makes you think about how many people are out there that could benefit from some type of stem cell therapy.
Taking Control: Future Therapies for a Host of Serious Diseases May Be Found in Women's Menstrual Blood
July 07, 2008: 01:28 PM EST
OLDSMAR, Fla., July 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With today’s hectic lifestyle, where most women are juggling careers, family, relationships, and a host of activities, the idea of possibly facing a serious illness in the future is not something that readily comes to mind -- especially when a woman is in the prime of her life. But what most women don’t know, is that the key to treating a number of possibly life-threatening diseases that she, a parent, a sibling or even her children may face in later years, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, may be found within her own body -- in vital stem cells, which can now be harvested from her own menstrual blood.
Now, thanks to the revolutionary research and technology of C’elle, a service dedicated to providing women with a safe and easy method of collecting and preserving stem cells found in her menstrual fluid each month, even the busiest woman can take control of her future, right in the privacy of her own home. With C’elle’s non-invasive collection process, menstrual cells are processed and cryo-preserved (stored at a very low temperature) for potential cellular therapies that may be used in the future. These self-renewing cells one day may even be used for sports medicine or cosmeceutical treatments, such as anti-aging therapies.
"C’elle enables and empowers a woman to take control of her future health, and possibly of those genetically closest to her, in a fast, painless and stress free way," said Michelle Kay, Marketing and Sales Manager for C’elle. "We live in exciting times, as science and technology are discovering how extremely valuable menstrual blood stem cells really are, and the enormous treatment potential they represent for future therapies. C’elle’s ongoing research is supporting these promising findings."
For more information about C’elle, please call 1-877-892-3553 or visit www.celle.com.