The California Stem Cell Program versus Vascular Disease


In the late 1960’s, Olympic weightlifting was my life. I trained at Pennsylvania’s York Barbell Club, where modern lifting essentially began, and wrote for their magazine, STRENGTH AND HEALTH. In those days, everybody who was anybody in lifting came to York, and I had the privilege of meeting many of our sport’s greatest champions.

One of America’s legendary weightlifters was Steve Stanko, who in 1941 became the first man to total 1,000 pounds in the three-lift combination of press (310), snatch (310) and clean and jerk (380).

A vascular (circulatory) condition called phlebitis ended Stanko’s competitive lifting career. He never complained, but I saw him in the locker room once, and had to gasp. His legs were covered with dark blue lines, pencil-thick swollen veins and arteries.

I asked him if it hurt, and he laughed and said:


For the iron-willed Stanko, vascular disease meant changing from lifting to bodybuilding–in which he also excelled, becoming Mr. Universe–but for others, more terrible consequences await.

One of these conditions is Critical Limb Ischemia ), hardening of the arteries.

“…hardening of the arteries in the legs…may be present in as much as 20% of the population. In around two million Americans… it (may) result in amputation due to wounds that refuse to heal….”(CLI

Right now, surgery is the main defense against CLI. Angioplasty (balloons pushed into the arteries) may nudge the blockage in the “hardened” arteries aside, or cut it with little knives, or freeze it with helium. Stents are also used, tiny tunnels around the blockage.

But nearly half the operations do not really work. Amputation is still required, and even that may not save the patient from untimely death. Sometimes there are too many clogged veins; or the patients is so sick he/she dare not —> Read More