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The White House and Vatican Agree: Cellular Therapy Shows Good Promise to Cure Diseases

5 Jan 2016
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The White House and Vatican show support for regenerative medicine

The Lung Institute works to advance the field of regenerative medicine, the field garnering support from organizations like the White House and Vatican.

TAMPA, Fla. – January 5, 2015: The Lung Institute is excited to announce that cellular therapy is gaining worldwide support from key influencers including the White House and Vatican. U.S. Congress just passed the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act on Dec. 16, securing cellular therapy industry funding for at least 5 more years. The Vatican also showed their support for cellular therapy earlier this year, announcing The Third International Conference on the Progress of Regenerative Medicine and its Cultural Impact to be held within the Vatican April 28-30, 2016.

“It remains one of the best kept secrets in America that umbilical cord blood cells and adult cells in general are curing people of a myriad of terrible conditions and diseases in adults as well as children,” stated U.S. Rep. Chris Smith.

The Vatican released a similar statement regarding the benefits of regenerative medicine. “The new field of regenerative medicine holds great promise to alleviate the pain and suffering for hundreds of millions of people around the world. We must unite to discover and advance such new therapies, and find ways to bring them to all those in need,” said Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Regenerative medicine is indeed helping people, providing alternatives to highly invasive or chemical treatments of the past. The Lung Institute specializes in treating people who suffer from debilitating lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) using cellular therapy. The Lung Institute uses autologous cells, meaning the cells are derived from a patient’s own body. Lung Institute doctor Jack Coleman, Jr., M.D. recently wrote a white paper with data that shows an average increase in pulmonary function among Lung Institute patients as a result of receiving cellular therapy.

Not only are doctors seeing improved test results, patients have noticed improvements in their quality of life too. “I wanted to be able to do all my activities of daily living without being short of breath, which is showering and all that stuff…and I do,” stated Lung Institute patient Becky D. “I wanted to be able to walk across a soccer field to see my grandson play soccer, and I can. I wanted to be able to dance a little again, and I did.”

About the Lung Institute

The Lung Institute, founded in 2013, is a leading medical provider of regenerative cellular therapy for lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease in the United States. Based in Tampa, Fla., the Lung Institute currently has clinics in Nashville, Tenn., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Pittsburgh, Pa., with plans to open three new locations in 2016. To date the organization has treated over 1,500 patients, helping them breathe easier in their fight against lung disease. For more information, please visit www.lunginstitute.com or call (800) 729-3065.


  1. M R

    1 year ago

    Hello Tim,
    Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, cell therapy isn’t covered by insurance at this time. It usually takes several years before insurance companies begin covering newer medical procedures, once they’ve seen a financial benefit in their favor first. This link goes over this in greater detail. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (855) 1149. That way one of our patient coordinators can go over everything with you. Thanks again and have a great day.

  2. Tim Merrill

    1 year ago

    Is cell therapy covered by medical insurance ?

  3. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Dolores,

    Thanks for your comment. First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the continued challenges you have been facing with chronic lung disease. We have let our clinic staff know, and they will be reaching out to you soon. Please feel free to contact your patient coordinator as well by calling us at (855) 313-1149.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Dolores R.

    1 year ago

    I.have a couph for approx. 20 years, many Doctor visits and over the counter couph, sinus and allergy meds..no change. .In 2009 recommender Pulmanary Doctor gave me 3 to 5 yrs. to live..?? Still hear. After a severe stress situation with my Children , I am now in oxigin 24/7…still couphing. I have been through several Pulmanry Doctors, advising same over counter meds, or anti=biotics…still couphing. Trouble with mucus, nasal congestion and couph makes live extremely distressing & is discuraging to talk on phone , constant couph in personnel conversation is also imbarressing . I have been to Tampa, Fl .to your clinic and had ” both” stem cel procedures…gave me some progress , not much , expected more..procedures cost $12,500 out of pocket….please help…

  5. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Carol,

    Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies and Medicare in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatments for chronic lung diseases, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Carol Wright

    1 year ago

    Does Medicare or united health care insurance cover any cost of cells

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