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Life to Life

Can we talk about health care for just a few minutes? Thanks! A friend of mine’s dad (boy that sounds so complicated, doesn’t it??) is starting cancer therapy shortly. He’s had a port installed for chemo, but he is also going to have stem cell therapy. I was shocked to find out that you can actually get shots that cause your body to go into overdrive and manufacture a buttload of stem cells. Then they are harvested and used to help your body heal. I’m not sure on the specifics, but I do remember that you have to have several shots and they cost about $8,000 each. I’ll pause now, and let you get a grip on it. Several shots. $8,000 each.

Now, that is a lot of money, I think we can all agree, but life is priceless, and I daresay we’d all consider that a justifiable expense. And I’d like to take a moment to marvel that the human body seems to have had the capability to heal itself all along if we knew how to tap into it, and what an Awesome Creature God Created when He made mankind! K, moment done. Back to stem cells.

Did you know that umbilical cord blood has a high amount of stem cells? I remember it was talked about quite a bit when I was expecting DaBaby. And those cells are a guaranteed match for the baby they belong to, and have a one in four chance of being a match for that baby’s siblings. So, if the stem cell producing shot is worth $8,000 dollars a pop, just how much would being able to store and access cord blood stem cells be? Pretty valuable, right? But not as expensive aas you would think. In fact,Cryo-Cell Innovative Stem Cell Solutions offers a Cryo-Cell’s "Protect Baby, Protect Mom" plan to collect, test, prepare and store cord blood samples for 21 years for just $3,495. Less than half the cost of one shot.

But there’s more. Did you know that menstrual blood also contains stem cells? That messy mess we deal with each month while wrinkling our noses not only can cushion and nurture a new life, it also contains life. I didn’t know that until very recently. (Backing up to have another moment like the one described above.) And of course, your menstrual blood is a match to you, and may possibly match your first degree relatives. And with the "Protect Baby, Protect Mom" Special Limited-Time Introductory Offer it only costs $5,679 for your blood and baby’s blood to be processed, tested and stored for 21 years.

Now, I will straight up admit that I don’t have the money to afford such a thing. But if I did, I’d be on it. I think it ought to be covered under health insurance. If stem cells can cure lymphoma and Alzheimer’s, and reverse the damage of strokes and heart atttacks, we as a nation are FOOLISH not to mandate that cord and menstrual blood be saved. Stem cells can save lives. And without the killing of a single child. And that’s as political as I will get on this subject this day.

I’ll be back in a bit with today’s issue of Cass in the Kitchen!

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