Good morning Annabel
I am Ralph B from North Carolina in the USA and I have COPD also as you stated that you suffer from. I am sorry to hear you have had so much ill health due to your COPD> First thing with COPD I'n not sure if you smoke or not but stop all forms of smoking, even try as best you can from second hand smoke if you do either. . I smoked for 40 plius years aaa
Now for the reason I am replying to your post and hopefully Putsywillow1 may read this and benefit.
STEM CELL Therapy.
There is much going on throughout the world. I am more familiar with some therapy centers here in the USA, (There are many centers TREATING COPD). They claim an 84% success rate to improve lung function and claim a 10% to a 20% lung function Increase. (They of course will state there is NO GUARANTEE that it will work for all.)
1. One type of treatment is performed in there centers intravenously with stem cells made from the patients own blood, Its withdrawn from the patient then processed to extract the stem cells. Then it is returned to the patient intravenously. The center that I have researched and chosen to use this month is a 3 day procedure at a cost of $8000.00. I will be traveling to the institute this month May 24, 25, and 26th for what they call the Venus Treatment, Described above.
2. Bone marrow is extracted from the patient , processed and then returned to the patient to begin the process. I do not have any statistics on the success rates of lung improvement with this process. It is at a cost of $12000.00.
Yes it is expensive by some opinions. But each person has to decide is it worth the cost to try it with the possibility that it may nor help. Personally I find that I am willing to . It is a cost you have to decide on, I did and feel its worth the cost for the possible improvement, Money I cant take with me, so why not spend it.
Not being approved by the FDA, doctors and Drug companies in my opinion is normal here in the USA, It is a process that Insurance companies will not pay for.
In my opinion the FDA, Doctors and Drug companies can not make the billions of dollars from a treatment that may work. Long term treatments such as pills and equipment for years at the risk of the patients lives in many case is PROFITABLE, it is a Billions of dollars industry for them. There are many treatments and even cures out there that are not available to the normal person and not approved by the FDA, doctors or drug companies.
If you research look under Google for Lung Institutes
I have talked many times in my research the last year to the institute, I have also talked personally to people who have had the treatment I am going for (Venus treatment). all I have talked to, have had positive reports, from helping in health issues. The Lung functions have increased in all. I have also in one on this site saw where she even stated that the treatment works better for Emphysema b/ COPD.
Upon my return from the lung institute I will keep you and others updated on the therapy as to how it went and progress
Hope this helps some Annabel and that Putsywillow1 will see this also.
Have a wonderful day