Anything to get elected

Mike Sullivan forwarded an article "Anything to get elected", by Charles Krauthammer, with the comment: Krauthammer is an MD who had his spine seriously injured in a swimming pool dive and is wheelchair bound. These appear to be outrageous claims and the lowest of gutter politics. Krauthammer said:: After the second presidential debate, in which John Kerry used the word ``plan" 24 times, I said on television that Kerry has a plan for everything except curing psoriasis. I should have known there is no parodying Kerry's pandering. It turned out days later that the Kerry campaign has a plan -- nay, a promise -- to cure paralysis.

Istvan Simon comments:I have not much to say about Krauthammer's essay, as I am neither an  M.D. nor do I have enough knowledge about the promise of Stem Cells. However, I am reminded of a PBS Nova program that I watched a few years ago which is relevant to this discussion, and I would be interested to hear Dr.Krauthammer's comments on it. It was called "The Case of the Frozen Addict". This was a marvelous story of a successful miracle cure, that anyone talking about snake oil and the like ought to see.

The story concerned a mysterious illness that struck a large number  of people in the Bay Area a few years ago. It consisted of people that suddenly turned into living statues - a horrible affliction. The doctor researching this horrible disease traced it eventually to a designer drug which was responsible for it. People who took this drug became afflicted with the disease, and became frozen Statues, without any ability to move, speak, or communicate in any way.

Quite by accident this Bay Area doctor met on an overseas plane ride a colleague in Europe, who had been authorized to perform an experiment on a limited number of very sick people, hoping that they would be cured or partially cured.  The two  doctors had a spirited conversation, and soon the American doctor sent one of the frozen addicts to be treated in this medical experiment. It was an extraordinary success. The Person unfroze and became functional again. The condition had some bearing on other degenerative brain diseases, such as Parkinson's disease.

RH: Is this science fiction or faction?

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