Asthma leaves some 26 million people in this country--including almost 10 percent of our children--wheezing and gasping for breath. And those numbers are skyrocketing: Over the last 25 years, asthma incidence has more than doubled. During an asthma attack, the lining of the airways becomes inflamed, the muscles around them constrict, and bronchial tubes get clogged with thick mucus. Conventional treatment involves avoidance of asthma triggers and treatments with corticosteroids and other preventive and "rescue" medications. But regenerative medicine is looking for new approaches to this increasing, potentially life-threatening condition.
Heart failure is a disease of the heart muscle. The weakened heart--damaged by heart attack, chronic hypertension, heart disease, cardiomyopathy, infection, or toxins--is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s requirements. In its early stages, heart failure may go unnoticed, as the heart muscle compensates by enlarging and thickening so it can beat faster and more strongly. But like any overworked muscle, it can’t keep up indefinitely, and fatigue, shortness of breath, edema (fluid retention), and other symptoms of heart failure become evident. Physicians usually prescribe drugs to reduce the heart’s workload, but what patients really need is regenerative medicine protocols that energize and restore the failing heart muscle.
More than 10 million Americans suffer with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), an umbrella term for lung diseases that include emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Typical treatments include steroids, bronchodilators, and antibiotics, but they're not particularly effective, as COPD is our fourth-leading cause of death. Although there is no known cure for these progressive lung diseases, emerging regenerative medicine therapies hold promise for improving symptoms and retarding lung damage.
Cardiovascular problems encompass all disorders involving the heart and vascular system (arteries, veins, and blood vessels). The most common is coronary artery disease, which affects the arteries and is our leading cause of heart attacks and death. But cardiovascular problems may also involve the cardiac muscle, valves, heart rhythm, and blood vessels throughout the body. Patients are usually treated with medications, and many are funneled into angioplasty, coronary artery bypass, or other surgeries--interventions that, contrary to popular belief, rarely save lives or prevent heart attacks. A safer, gentler approach to preventing, controlling, and improving damage caused by cardiovascular problems is to implement strategies that improve the health of the heart muscle, arteries, and vascular system. These include regular exercise, a heart-healthy diet, targeted nutritional supplements, and promising new regenerative medicine protocols.