September 24, 2020

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David Granovsky of ‘The Stem Cell Blog’ disrespects Christopher Reeve

There aren’t that many stem cell blogs out there on the Internet, although the number is growing, and the one that has been around quite a while is called “Repairstemcell” or “The Stem Cell Blog”.

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David Granovsky of “the stem cell blog.”

Granovsky is a self-proclaimed empowerer of patients and calls himself “the informer”, apparently meaning someone who will guide patients to specific clinics for treatment.

He’s a pro-adult stem cell research and anti-ES cell research guy. I can respect that opinion even if that’s not my view.

People have different opinions, especially on stem cells, right?

But Granovksy has gone beyond the realm of constructive dialogue.

Granovsky has disrespected the dead, a dead patient in fact, and in that way disrespects all patients with his extreme post on Christopher Reeve yesterday, which Granovsky informs us would have been Reeve’s 60th birthday.

As you may know, the actor Reeve sustained a severe spinal cord injury and became a stem cell advocate even as he suffered as a patient. Because Reeve advocated for a wide variety of stem cell research including in particular ES cell research, some folks have been critical of Reeve.

Yesterday I think Granovsky went too far. Way too far.

He attacked the late Christopher Reeve in a post called “Christopher Reeve’s Stem Cell Spinal Cord Mistake”.

In this post, Granovsky argues that Christopher Reeve is responsible for his own death because he focused on ES cells instead of adult stem cells, saying:

Christopher Reeve would most likely have reached his 60th birthday today had he focused on adult stem cell treatments instead of embryonic.

How unkind to attack a dead man, a spinal cord injury patient, and blame that courageous man for his own death for not having the “right” ideology.  I believe that Christopher Reeve deserves our respect and in fact I consider him a hero.

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