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“Science is a two-edged sword,” writes Australian researcher Elizabeth Finkel in Stem Cells: Controversy at the Frontiers of Science, “the lesson we learn from history is that we need to keep tabs on science…[but] thwarting science also has its costs.” She goes on to point out that the same science that gave the world plastics and antibiotics also blighted it with nerve gas and nuclear weapons. The Future of Regenerative Medicine is bright, and more promising all the time.
Finkel wrote her book at a time when stem cell research was controversial due to the origins of the tissue being researched. Today, with the recent advent of adult stem cell research, the controversy has faded into the past, and the benefits of stem cell therapy continuously manifest themselves in improvements in patients’ health and quality of life.
Europe’s dark ages showed us that stifling science stunted the benefits of civilization, the salient example being the Church’s persecution of Galileo when he tried to enlighten Europe to the heliocentric nature of the solar system. During the same period, scientists in China and the Arab world advanced mathematics, chemistry, and astronomy. Their developing such ubiquitous inventions as paper, glass, the compass and gunpowder demonstrated that scientific progress cannot be stifled forever by closed-minded, traditional thinking.
Future breakthroughs in regenerative medicine promise the ability to regrow tissue to cure disease or repair damaged organs by harnessing the ability of stem cells to assume the form and function of any type of cell in the body.
A number of public and private programs — including those initiated by the National Institute of Health, the State of California, the European Community and the Government of Japan — are leveraging the future possibilities of regenerative medicine. Clinical trials are testing stem cells to cure age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to reconstitute retinas and improve eyesight for those with retinal damage. The early results of such trials are promising. Someday, it might be possible for someone to be completely cured of Alzheimer’s or cancer using new medical advancements that haven’t yet been developed.
Is Stem Cell Therapy Covered by Insurance?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. The question of why insurance doesn’t cover stem cell therapy is often posed to the Lung Institute. Because Medicare and insurance companies must see a long pattern of financial benefit to covering stem cell therapy before they decide to cover it, a few more years will likely have to pass, showing the benefits of this innovative treatment to patients. Many of our patients have found success with fundraising to help raise funds to cover treatment costs.
Regenerative medicine has been called the “next evolution of medical treatments,” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With its potential to heal, this new field of science is expected to revolutionize many fields of health care within the next few years.
What About Now?
Until now, traditional treatment options commonly came with negative side effects, aiming only to relieve symptoms, rather than address the progression of the disease itself. Seeing a lack of available and effective treatment options, the Lung Institute has developed a Stem Cell Therapy protocol for the treatment of lung disease with the purpose of affecting more than just its symptoms.
By using autologous stem cells, derived from the patient’s own body, stem cell therapy works to harness the body’s natural healing ability. This form of treatment is remarkable for its ability to ease the symptoms of lung disease and address its progression, all within a minimally invasive procedure with demonstrated effectiveness.
At the Lung Institute, our purpose shows in everything we do. From the empowering and informative articles we write, the services we provide, and the stem cell research we conduct, our mission is to improve the lives of those who need it most through the best means available.
To learn more about how stem cells work, review our Stem Cell Treatment Basics and discover how stem cell therapy can work to affect your quality of life. If you or a loved one suffers from chronic lung disease, contact us, or call (800) 729-3065 to speak with a patient coordinator and learn more.