It can almost seem like an understatement to say that illness is a troubling thing. There are quite a few bad things about it. And in line with this, there’s more than a few things which will continually trouble anyone suffering from chronic illness. But one of the most difficult parts of chronic disease knows that one’s own body is the source of the problem. Most chronic illnesses have an element of internal conflict about them. It’s not simply internal damage, it’s the body escalating the problem through difficult to manage symptoms. For example, many people with lung conditions will cough uncontrollably throughout the day. This often isn’t so much the direct fault of illness as it is the body’s futile attempt to rid itself of the problem. Knowing that one’s own body is part of what’s making someone feel terrible can be as rough as the illness itself.
But some medical facilities are finding a way to turn that entire idea around. In particular, the Lung Institute in the Baylor College of Medicine in Tampa has developed a way of turning patient’s bodies into their best ally. The new treatment is showing some life changing results. This might seem rather confusing at first. But while it’s technically complex, it’s easy to understand on a basic level. The main tool being used is something known as stem cells. These are the basic building block for all of the complex structures within the body. The heart and lungs, for example, might not seem like they have a lot in common. But both are the end result of stem cells growing into a required biological framework.
The Lung Institute has used this idea to turn a small blood or bone marrow sample from patients into a stem cell based medicine. This medicine can then be introduced into the patient’s own body. The stem cells are then delivered right into the areas of the lungs which need them the most. What’s most amazing is that it turns a patient’s own body into the medicine he or she needs. It’s effective from a physical perspective. But it’s just as important that it helps patients feel like their body is on their side again. They’re fighting with their body instead of against it.
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