Researcher Shruti Dave (right) and assistant Chetan Patel work on stem cell cultures at the Transplantation Biology Research Centre at The Institute of Kidney Disease and Research Centre (IKDRC), Civil Hospital campus in Ahmedabad on February 6, 2013. The Philippine College of Physicians wants the Food and Drug Administration to more strictly regulate the use of stem cell therapy, which was being “wrongfully projected as a cure-all.” AFP FILE PHOTO
Bishop urges faithful to use stem cell therapy for medical purposes only
MANILA, Philippines—Don’t focus too much on youthful looks.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo gave this advice on Tuesday as he urged the faithful to use stem cell therapy only for medical purposes.
“It’s not that we don’t want it but (stem cell theraphy) is for curing the sick. (Having youthful looks) is just a side effect. (The therapy) wasn’t invented for that,” Pabillo said in a Church forum in Manila.
He said the advent of stem cell therapy should also lead the faithful to strive for a more fruitful and meaningful life.
“The problem is people don’t want to die so they want to extend their life. But when they were young, they did not use the time given to them wisely. We see a lot of people wasting their time,” Pabillo said.
“And when they grow up, they want to live longer. I hope people, while they are young, would use the blessings they receive so that when the time comes to leave, they can say that their mission is finished,” he added.