Monday, February 12, 2007

Uplifting news

Remember the old Mark Eden Breast Developer that used to be advertised years ago in the back pages of magazines? It promised to add inches to a woman’s bust size through an exercise device. It was eventually withdrawn on charges of mail fraud. Seems the only thing that was really developed was the underlying pectoral muscles, which technically did increase the “bust size,” but not exactly in the way the users had hoped.

Then came silicone breast implants, which generated all kinds of litigation against Dow Chemical from women who believed them to be the cause of their various and sundry ailments. Despite those expensive settlements, it turns out the implants were probably safe, after all. But it also put the kebosh on a play by some American college of plastic surgeons trying to get “micromastia”—undersized breasts—recognized by the federal government as a medical condition. As in a mandated benefit in employer health plans.

Now comes this, out of Japan: “Stem cell technique helps women grow their own implants.” The story says it should be widely available in five years. The Brits, in particular, say they’re very interested. But then, they’re the ones who are about to make Viagra available over the counter. Ever since they lost their empire, it seems they’ve become more and more preoccupied with sex. Well, everyone needs a hobby, I guess…

But do we really need this kind of technology? I mean, it’s not like we’re suffering from an under-supply of Pamela Andersons. If anything, an argument probably could be made in the opposing direction.

Be that as it may be, there are some significant issues here. One is the potential benefit to breast cancer victims who’ve had mastectomies. The other is the public education value—if the mainstream mediocracy will honestly report this. Huge “if,” right? Because, let's face it, the pro-aborts are losing the PR battle in America, and they desperately need a new justification.

See, these are not embryonic stem cells. They are adult stem cells—taken from the woman’s own fat tissue. No human life is destroyed in this procedure, as opposed to embryonic stem cell procedures. This could well be the most under-reported story of our time—the total paucity of tangible results from embryonic stem cells versus a steady stream of new applications for adult stem cells. Like for some forms of blindness and diabetes. And now, better breasts, too.

Eat your heart out, Mark Eden.


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