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VFW Magazine January 2017 : Page 25

Beatlemania, COPD & the Rise of Stem Cell Therapy B Y C A M ER O N K EN N ER LY  |  S t af f W r iter ADVERTISEMENT In 1963, Walter Cronkite of CBS News was looking for something positive to report after the assas-sination of JFK. He chose to re-run a report on “Beatlemania” in the U.K. After the broadcast, a 15-year old girl named Marsha Albert immediately requested her local DJ play the band’s album. Inciting a chain reaction in what would become the beginning of Beatle-mania in the US, this event mar-ked the tipping point of the British Invasion. Almost overnight, The Beatles changed the American music scene. Although not as quickly as The Beatles, stem cell therapy and its rise to prominence within the medical community has also fun-damentally changed the medical landscape. With origins stem-ming from 1956 when stem cell therapy was called a “bone mar-row transplant,” the science has continued to develop in relative isolation until a discovery in 2012 placed stem cell therapy and its potential widespread application on center stage. One such application was in the treatment of chronic obs-tructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a relentlessly degenera-tive lung disease with no known cure. Although stem cell therapy is not a cure for lung diseases such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or emphysema, when compared to traditional treatment options such as medication, oxygen and inhalers—which only work to mitigate disease symptoms—stem cell therapy is uniquely distinct. Addressing the progression of the disease itself, stem cell the-rapy takes the naturally occurring stem cells generated within blood or bone marrow, and reintroduces them back into the lungs where they can promote healing and reduce inflammation from within. One clinic in particular, the Lung Institute (lunginstitute.com) , currently specializes in this form of treatment and has been in ope-ration for over three years, effec -tively increasing the quality of life for over 3,000 patients and boas-ting an 83 percent success rate. With a belief in “pushing the sta-tus quo” clinics like the Lung Ins-titute offer hope to those who may have otherwise given up. Within six years of coming to America, The Beatles had revo-lutionized not only music but American culture as a whole. Similarly, stem cell therapy seems In a single night, Walter Cronkite set the path for The Beatles to change the world. In a similar moment, stem cell therapy may be the beginning of a revolution in modern medicine. to be entering its moment, and with it, creating an opportunity to dramatically influence the lives of Americans for generations to come. To the benefit of our future, as Walter Cronkite would often say, “That’s the way it is.” ■ Stem Cells: The Next Big Thing Lung disease accounts for the loss of 150,000 lives every year and is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Specialists using stem cells from the patient’s own body can offer treatment for people suffering from lung diseases like: With clinics located in Dallas, Texas; Scottsdale, Arizona; Nashville, Ten-nessee; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Tampa, Florida, the physicians at the Lung Institute are able to treat patients from anywhere in the Unit-ed States and around the world. If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic lung disease, contact the Lung Institute to find out if stem cell treatments are right for you. ■   COPD ■   Pulmonary Fibrosis ■   Emphysema ■   Interstitial Lung Disease ■   Chronic Bronchitis Call (888) 689-3480 to find out if you qualify or visit lunginstitute.com/Vets

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