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Stearns County Commissioner Betting on Stem Cell Therapy

Don Otte is betting on stem cell therapy to completely annihilate the cancer he has been battling for the past 16 years. Otte, the county commissioner for Stearns County Minnesota, was diagnosed in 1992 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. At the time doctors told him he would be dead in five years. Through self-education and actively seeking out new and sometimes unorthodox treatment methods, Otte has managed to stick around much longer than expected. Over the past decade Otte has undergone numerous radiation and chemotherapy treatments as well as some unconventional treatments like shark cartilage pills and having the fillings removed from his teeth, believing that the mercury was suppressing his immune system. During this time the cancer went into remission. But it soon showed up elsewhere in his body, including fast-growing cells in his knee and his chest cavity. During a four-year period, Otte tried three different experimental drugs, including one that caused severe muscle cramping. When

Don Otte is betting on stem cell therapy to completely annihilate the cancer he has been battling for the past 16 years. Otte, the county commissioner for Stearns County Minnesota, was diagnosed in 1992 with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. At the time doctors told him he would be dead in five years. Through self-education and actively seeking out new and sometimes unorthodox treatment methods, Otte has managed to stick around much longer than expected. Over the past decade Otte has undergone numerous radiation and chemotherapy treatments as well as some unconventional treatments like shark cartilage pills and having the fillings removed from his teeth, believing that the mercury was suppressing his immune system. During this time the cancer went into remission. But it soon showed up elsewhere in his body, including fast-growing cells in his knee and his chest cavity. During a four-year period, Otte tried three different experimental drugs, including one that caused severe muscle cramping. When

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