Skip to comments.Oprah’s website buries Dr. Oz's ‘stem cell debate is dead’ statement
Posted on 04/08/2009 1:48:23 PM PDT by NYer
.- Yesterday, Dr. Mehment Oz appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to voice his support for adult stem cell research and to argue that the stem cell debate is dead, but instead of giving his statement a fair hearing, Oprahs website buried and edited Ozs comments.
Actor Michael J. Fox, who suffers from Parkinsons disease, was invited on the show to talk about his struggle with Parkinsons and his foundations endorsement of embryonic stem cell research (ESCR).
Fox told Oprah that he believes President Obamas decision lifting President Bush's restrictions on ESCR was a step in the right direction and that we had eight years where there was no forward progress. The United States has to make up for a lot of lost time, Fox added.
He also empathized with ethical concerns over ESCR, but said, I just have faith in our scientists and the research community that theyll do this ethically and to good purpose.
After a commercial break, Oprah introduced Dr. Oz, who is the vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University, to explain how stem cells could be used to treat or cure the effects of many diseases.
To demonstrate how stem cells could be used, Oz brought out a human brain. Both Oprah and Fox laughed and joked with Oz as he discussed how stem cells would work in the brain. But Dr. Oz became more serious as he spoke about the future of embryonic stem cell research.
Now, Im going to say something thats going to be a bit provocative. I think, Oprah, the stem cell debate is dead, and Ill tell you why, said Oz.
The problem with embryonic stem cells is that embryonic stem cells come from embryos, like all of us were made from embryos. And those cells can become any cell in the body. But its very hard to control them, and so they can become cancer.
Oprah and Fox then became visibly uncomfortable, shifting around in their chairs, as Oz explained that, contrary to Foxs earlier testimony, incredible medical advances are being made using adult stem cells and not embryonic stem cells. He claimed that, in the last year, weve made a 10 year advancement.
Oprah responded in disbelief by saying, In the last year weve advanced 10 years? Oz explained, we went places we never thought we would go.
He then boldly stated that within single digit years the medical community could find cures for people with Parkinsons disease, but also diabetics and heart attack victims by using adult stem cells.
Oprahs website summarized Ozs argument for adult stem cells with two short paragraphs, hidden 11 pages deep in a 13 page summary of the show:
Thanks to recent scientific discoveries, Dr. Oz says stem cells arent the only solution. We went to a place we never thought we would go. I can take a little bit of your skin, take those cells and get them to go back in time so theyre like they were when you were first made.
Dr. Oz says these skin cells, which contain your genes and are less prone to cancer, will be the ones that are ultimately used to cure Parkinsons. I think were single digit years away from making a big impact in the lives of [people with] Parkinsons disease, but also diabetics and heart attack victims, the website summarized.
Oprah.com not only avoided quoting Oz as saying the stem cell debate is dead, but carefully avoided the words stem cell and embryonic when quoting or summarizing his remarks.
Oz did in fact say stem cells were the solution, but instead of backing ESCR, he advocated adult stem cells as the future of medical breakthroughs.
Though it is true that sometimes it is lawful to tolerate a lesser moral evil in order to avoid a greater evil or in order to promote a greater good," it is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it (18)in other words, to intend directly something which of its very nature contradicts the moral order, and which must therefore be judged unworthy of man, even though the intention is to protect or promote the welfare of an individual, of a family or of society in general.Catholic Ping
Has a clip of this been posted on YouTube yet? It should go viral so that EVERYONE can hear the words straight from the doctor’s mouth!!
SHAME on Oprah and MJF for promoting ESCR KNOWING it’s auseless waste of time and $$$$$$$$!!
Embryonic Stem Cell research has nothing to do with cures,
and everything to do with keeping abortion from being immoral.
Make you wonder if there isn't another agenda altogether.
Oprah no matter how rich she is is a very stupid woman.
But I would like to slap the crap out of him. ;)
It’s been left out of the transcript, but is still in the video:
well, looks like it’s the end of Dr. Oz on Oprha
Here ya go:
I have to say that I am pretty impressed by Dr. Oz’s courage. To say something like this is pretty unPC these days. I still think he is a flake, and allows too much “woo” into his shtick, but I commend him for the courage to make such a statement.
This is AWESOME news—less than 10 years away from a cure for Parkinson’s and possibly other diseases, without destroying embryos?!?
Why hasn’t this been plastered all over the MSM!?!? Sheesh!
“The Left is shameless when promoting their anti-life agenda”
Thats for sure....they sure don’t care about the truth. They will never admit they were wrong about Embryonic Stem cells being the answer even if people die waiting for it to be true. And as much as I have always like MJF as a man, actor, husband & father, he will probably shun adult stem cell research that could cure him just to prove a point.
Truth is anathema to liberals/progressives/socialists/Marxists/feminists/new-agers.
Well, yes, because if they acknowledge that truth exists,
it can easily, logically, be proven that they don’t have it in their belief systems.
Better to believe that there is no absolute truth, and that two contradictory things can be true at the same time. Actually had a lefty say that to me, because she knew I’d be able to logically disassemble her entire belief system otherwise.
Just proves, money doesn't buy brains or morality. It just buys power
No, it is not that Oprah is stupid. She has an agenda to support, and she is not interested in truth if it doesn't support her agenda. Her President and her party are solidly pro-abortion. She is too. Burying the truth is not an act of stupidity on her part. It is a matter of expediency.