The U.S. Government Focuses on Embryonic Stem Cells, Cheese and Cow Burps

Posted by PITHOCRATES - November 8th, 2010

Embryonic Stem Cells no Longer the Last Best Hope?

Embryonic stem cells.  A very polarizing topic.  Some say they could cure the incurable.  Others say that using them is nothing more than harvesting human life.  Their potential so far has been mostly theoretical.  Unlike adult stem cells, which we have had success in treating patients. 

Obviously, this is a Right vs. Left dispute.  The pro-life Right being ‘con’.  The pro-choice Left being ‘pro’.  And the Left played to our emotions.  Promising they would let Christopher Reeve walk again.  And a Parkinson-stricken Michael J. Fox made a very emotional appeal on behalf of Democrats.  Calling embryonic stem cells the last best hope.

Meanwhile, in Canada, they’re turning skin into blood (see Scientists turn skin into blood posted on Breitbart).  Your blood.  From your skin.  A perfect genetic match.  Without using embryonic stem cells.  It promises to help in treating anemia, with chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.  This is doing some of what embryonic stem cells promised to do.  Only better.

Stem cells that are derived from human embryos hold significant promise for medical breakthroughs but also carry risks, such as the potential to create tumors.

Good news indeed.  Less controversy.  Less risk.  More promise.  Even Left and Right can agree.  This is good.

From Cutting the Cheese to Force-Feeding Us the Cheese

Over in the United States, they’re making progress elsewhere.  They’re looking at greenhouse gas emissions.  Emitted by cow burps (see UNH scientists to study cow burps . . . and more by Clynton Namuo, New Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent, posted on Union Leader).  Apparently, they’ve been studying cow flatulence, too, for they note cows emit more methane from belching than from cutting the cheese.  And when government is not studying cow burps and other gaseous emissions, what are they doing?  Why, they’re trying to kill us.

Michelle Obama is campaigning against obesity while at the same time the federal government is trying to get us to eat more cheese (see While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales by Michael Moss posted on The New York Times.)  Why?  Well, the federal government used to buy surplus dairy products to help dairy farmers keep dairy prices high.  With this artificial demand, dairy production boomed.  And the federal government was running out of space to store the surplus.  So they came up with the idea to get people to eat more of these saturated fats-loaded products.

Dairy Management [a marketing creation of the United States Department of Agriculture], through the “Got Milk?” campaign, has been successful at slowing the decline in milk consumption, particularly focusing on schoolchildren. It has also relentlessly marketed cheese and pushed back against the Agriculture Department’s suggestion that people eat only low-fat or fat-free varieties.

And they do this despite knowing better.

Agriculture Department data show that cheese is a major reason the average American diet contains too much saturated fat.

In other words, it’s all that cheese we’re eating that is making us so obese.

The Lack of Partisanship May Be Killing Americans

There’s a lot of talk about people being tired of partisanship.  But when the U.S. Government counts killing Americans with heart disease as one of their fiscal tools, I think we could all use a little more partisanship.  With friends like government we don’t need any enemies.  And if they’re looking to kill us in an indirect way to cut their agriculture budget, one can only wonder what they will do to cut their Obamacare budget.  All of a sudden those ‘death panels’ don’t seem so farfetched.

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