Sunday, August 14, 2011

Day of Prayer in SOME Schools but Not in the USA

Very interesting.....I do a lot of stem cell research in Russia and Ukraine and a lot of DNA research in Iceland...distressed real estate pays the bills since the grant from the Federal Govt stopped being paid in 2009...anyway....I am planning on being in Urkaine at the end of the month and one of the graduate students commented that I will be there for a day of prayer.

I inquired what that was since I am familiar with most Russian and Ukrainian holidays (and they have a LOT of them-LOL)!! It was explained to me that in their version of elementary school and high school, the students go to school on September 1 and it is called the "day of prayer". They dress in black and white and carry candles to pray for success in the new school year.

I was floored by this since if you tried to do that here, various organizations would file a lawsuit so fast your head would spin around like Linda Blair in the Exorcist.

It is really tragic that people have more freedom in previously Communist countries than we do in many regards. Also realize that they have religious diversity there too...Orthodox, Christian, Jewish, Muslim...pretty much the same mix that we have and yet they are able top come together for a "Day of Prayer" in school. No lawsuits, no bitterness and hatred...traditions honored, not torn apart.

paddy Deighan

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Deer Placenta as a Nutritional Supplement....OH, PLEASE!!!

Today was another interesting day….a client called and asked my legal and scientific opinion on deer placenta. Apparently, a raw food/vegan guru, David Wolfe is touting it as the next great nutritional supplement. The client indicated that she does seem to have thicker hair and better skin after taking this supplement for over a year. The first clue that this was quackery was that the “nutritional supplement” costs only $60 per month. Placenta extract (let’s call it what they really want to say, “stem cells”) is really expensive to formulate and the conditions under which placenta extract are formulated are extreme. There is no way that a legitimate source of animal placenta extract can be formulated and sold at such a price.

Secondly, why deer placenta?? Websites indicates that deer are a “higher order” animal and that it is appropriate to harvest placenta from such animals for human consumption. Well, folks, sheep is the closest animal genome to the human genome. Porcine (pig) is second. So, why deer??

Third, the FDA regulates any animal extract as a drug and these product s hawked by Ron Teeguarden and David Wolfe are not FDA cleared. The agency would shut them down in a minute if they knew about the claims made for these products. Teeguarden and Wolfe never mention the words “stem cells” because they probably know that the FDA utilizes proprietary software to search for such products. They are trying to avoid scrutiny …and as well they should because they are selling products that would be regulated and they are making outrageous claims.

Fourth, the harvesting of placenta extract is expensive. It requires rapid lyophilization of the tissue almost immediately after extraction. Again, this is costly, time consuming and logistically challenging. I can all but guarantee that these nutritional supplements are not lyophilized.

Finally, and legitimate product that is placenta based, would and should be stored in a cold environment. The stem cells derived from placenta extract cannot get warm or hot. They do not necessarily need to be cold, but they cannot get hot or even warm. The products sold by Teeguarden and Wolfe are shipped in a normal manner and hence, they get warm or hot at some point in the manufacturing or delivery process. Any active cells have been deactivated by the time a consumer ingests the cells.

Save your money folks and do not be sucked in by claims made by pirates such as David Wolfe and Ron Teeguarden.

Paddy Deighan, J.D. PhD