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Enjoying Food and Wine with Lung Disease

11 Jun 2015
| Under Lifestyle, Lung Disease | Posted by | 6 Comments
Enjoying Good and Wine With Lung Disease

For many people living with lung disease, it can be more difficult to partake in the finer things in life. A candle-lit gourmet meal with a fabulous bottle of wine and conversation may start to seem out of reach. There is no reason to let these limitations stop you from enjoying what you love most. With a little planning, you don’t have to lose your epicurean edge.

Your physician may have given you suggestions to limit symptoms of your disease. One may be to limit sulfites, a naturally occurring byproduct of fermentation. This may cause fine wines to be taken off the menu. Rather than giving up afternoon tastings with friends, consider a few options. Dry red wines have the least amount of sulfites while white wines tend to have more. To compensate, decant all of your wine to allow it to aerate; the excess sulfur dioxide will escape before you drink it. Organic and smaller wineries are not only fun to experiment with, but they also tend to produce lower sulfite options. Keep in mind that low sulfite wines do not tend to improve with age, so drink them within 18 months of purchase.

Food and activity restrictions may also limit culinary crusades. Patients are often told to decrease their portion sizes and to stay away from salt, nitrates and nitrites that may cause fluid retention. An easy way to keep portions in check is to order tapas. Small plates offer the opportunity to try multiple unique dishes without over doing it. If the thought of shopping for ingredients and cooking a delicious meal seems out of reach, consider trying a healthy gourmet delivery service; if you add on a wine club membership, you’ll get interesting pairings delivered to your door. Invite a friend, and now it’s a party!

No matter how many changes someone makes, lung disease can still dramatically affect your lifestyle. Sufferers often experience shortness of breath and difficulty remaining active; it takes a little more time for their bodies to catch up. They may be limited with activity and diet restrictions. For years, those with a lung condition didn’t have many options. This is one reason why the physicians at a clinic called the Lung Institute decided to look for an alternative treatment for lung disease. Now, patients have a way to get back to the lifestyle they want with stem cell therapy for pulmonary conditions.

Stem cells harvested from the patient’s own blood or bone marrow can be used to treat debilitating lung diseases. According to the Lung Institute, by harnessing the healing power of stem cells, this alternative procedure may slow the progression of the disease, may help improve lung function and may reduce inflammation. Many patients report that they can finally breathe easier and are no longer confined to the indoors.

There is more to life than lung disease. For too long, chronic lung disease sufferers have abandoned the finer things in life due to health limitations. However, with medical advancements like stem cell therapy, life may no longer be defined by breathlessness, and summer memories can once again contain the joys of food, wine and family.


  1. David Ebner

    3 years ago


    We’d love to discuss your condition with you further and can do so over the phone. Please call us at (855) 313-1149. We are, however, not a research facility. We are a treatment clinic. Nonetheless, we’d still like to talk to you about our treatment options and see if you qualify.



  2. David Ebner

    3 years ago


    Unfortunately, medicare currently does not cover stem cell therapy for pulmonary conditions. Once the insurance companies see a long-term financial benefit for themselves, they will start covering it and its likely that medicare will follow suit at that time. Our hope is that this happens soon. If you’d like to discuss your specific condition with our staff and see if you qualify for treatment, feel free to call us at 855-313-1149.



  3. David Ebner

    3 years ago


    Unfortunately, neither medicare nor insurance plans currently cover stem cell therapy for pulmonary conditions. Once the insurance companies see a long-term financial benefit for themselves, they will start covering it. Our hope is that this happens soon. If you’d like to discuss your specific condition with our staff, feel free to call us at 855-313-1149.



  4. Jill St. Ambrogio

    3 years ago

    Sounds wonderful after all and almost too good to be true. Does the Lung Institute accept Medicare patients and their supplemental plans!

    Thank uou.

  5. Linda

    3 years ago

    would like very much to participate in your research and possibly do stem cell replication. I have COPD/Emphysema. Diagnosed in 2006 and am on oxygen 24/7… Please help and advise.

  6. william

    3 years ago

    hi is the stem cell treatment approved for medicare/united health care insurance payments ?

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