Thursday, July 10, 2008

Stem cell research has been in the news off and on again for a while. In our case, it was more than a passing curiousity. Do I care about it? Sure I do. If my kids inherit the same form of cancer I had, one day, I want them to have more options than I faced. I don't want them to live with one kidney, I don't want to have to worry about transplants for them. If the cure can come from their own bodies one day, all the better. We've come a long way in the research and practical applications of stem cell research from the days when the lines all started and ended in test tubes of fetal tissue. Most of the controversy at that time, as I saw it, was in the methods used to obtain that tissue.

Right now the hot thing of the past few years has been cord blood banking. It's the In thing to bank your babies umbilical cord blood for the stem cells that are contained in it. But let's go another jump- can those cells be found in another place? This company believes so. They offer adult women the chance to get their own stem cells from another part of their reproductive system. And how wonderful would that be? I can see the whispers of the new few jumps beyond this technology, and it lays in miracles that were once only dreams in the heads of doctors and parents who ran out of time too soon.

CNNMoney has the story.

Press Release:

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

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