Stem Cell Critic Receives Stem Cell Therapy

Texas Governor Rick Perry has undergone a stem cell therapy treatment procedure for a recurring back injury. Though receiving stem cell therapy may seem very hypocritical for a politician who supports a ban on embryonic stem cell research, he was injected with stem cells from his own body.

He supports adult stem cell research, and even has worked to have an adult stem cell bank created in Texas, “ the month before Mr. Perry’s procedure — performed by Dr. Stanley Jones, a Houston-based orthopedist and a friend of the governor — a health care bill that authorized the creation of an adult stem cell bank was passed by Texas lawmakers and signed by the governor (Source: In 2009 his technology fund granted $7.5 million for adult stem cell research in Texas.

So there isn’t any hypocrisy, because he didn’t use embryonic stem cells. The potential controversy lies in the fact that the use of adult stem cells has not been proven to be effective.

“I suspect that what is going on here is part of the world-wide rush to commercialize stem cells prematurely, to capitalize on the hype and make a buck, long before the treatments have been proven safe and effective,” said George Daley, MD, PhD and professor at Harvard Medical School.

Mesenchymal stem cells can become a variety of cells, which is why they are called multipotent. Their main role is to maintain and repair the tissue where they are located. Transplanting them has been practiced for decades, using stem cells from bone marrow. Adult stem cells have been found in the brain, bone marrow, peripheral blood, blood vessels, skeletal muscle, skin, teeth, heart, gut, liver, ovarian epithelium, and testicles.

Mesenchymal cells can also be collected from the umbilical cord and Wharton’s jelly. A very abundant source is the mandibular third molar from about ages 8-10. These are young mesenchymal stem cells, and obviously require no handling of embryos.

The physician who performed the governor’s adult stem cell injection, actually underwent a similar cell therapy in Korea, and learned about the procedure there. The Korean company that conducted it eventually also opened a lab near Houston, where Perry’s doctor lives.

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David G.
David G5 years ago

For those interested in finding out if they are a candidate for stem cell treatment, you can fill out the form at No cost or obligation, just info.

sharon b.
sharon b5 years ago

thank you david for explaining the distinctions.

David G.
David G6 years ago


SOURCE/DERIVED FROM•comes from blood, umbilical cords, bone marrow, placenta fat tissue, muscle, nasal neurological, breast milk, menstruation, dental pulp, and many more
PURPOSE IN BODY•they are the body’s natural healing cells
OBSTACLES SIDE EFFECTS•~zero problems (virtually zero side effects)
TREATMENT HISTORY•used in bone marrow transplants to treat cancer for 40 years
TREATMENT HISTORY•can currently treat 130 diseases safely and effectively (CP, MS, Autism, Diabetes, CHF, PAD, etc)

SOURCE/DERIVED FROM•comes from embryos
PURPOSE IN BODY•split for 7 weeks until you have a fetus the size of a thumbnail
OBSTACLES SIDE EFFECTS•they create cysts and tumors, rejection requires immunosuppressive drugs for the ill patient, they carry the genetic anomalies of the donor, etc
TREATMENT HISTORY•can currently treat zero diseases, probably need to cure cancer first to use them

SOURCE/DERIVED FROM•comes from regular adult cells like skin cells that are then transformed by scientists into stem cells
PURPOSE IN BODY•to be a skin cell or other tissue
OBSTACLES SIDE EFFECTS•they create cysts and tumors, rejection requires immunosuppressive drugs for the ill patient, they carry the genetic anomalies of the donor…

Lika S.
Lika P6 years ago

It figures. It's always bad for everyone else.

Veronique L.
Veronique L6 years ago


Mary L.
Mary L6 years ago

30 days to pass a law and get it signed? Wonder how many people now have stock in the parent company's company of the new stem cell bank?

Cynical? Yes. I lived in Texas. As a result, I wouldn't fly over Texas.

Eugenia B.
Eugenia B.6 years ago

Another one of those "the only moral stem cell therapy is my own" stories.

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B6 years ago

Ah! That road to Damascus moment!

Diane L.
Diane L6 years ago

Robert, you probably never heard such a thing before because it's not factual, but many vegans are promoting that as an ethical reason to not use them. They claim that animals will be killed for the use of stem cells since they have been using them from pigs and very successfully, but they did NOT kill the pigs to do so.

Diane L.
Diane L6 years ago

Yes, seems hypocritical to me. It's like saying he only beats his wife because she deserved it.

R.A.M., no disrespect meant, but if you understood the facts, using embryonic stem cells does not involve killing anything. I'm glad to hear you "healed yourself" from psoriasis, but I'm more inclined to think it was coincidence, and yes, I've read that it's gone away with some people completely because of either change in diet or just "cuz", same as some adults outgrow asthma. My nephew did. He was born with a severe case and was allergic to many foods, which he also "outgrew".