It is understandable that people who are desperate might seek any means of improvement or hope of a cure for their condition, even if unproven. This appears to be the promise of autologous stem cell therapy available now. Relying on patient testimonials does not satisfy the statuary requirements for providing proof of efficacy and safety that falls under the purview of the Food and Drug Administration. These testimonials based on patient experience can be misleading to those who are seeking treatment of their COPD. Autologous stem cell therapy may someday fulfill this promise, but there is scant evidence that this therapy will be helpful within the foreseeable future.