The Future of Medicine?

genomics

As strange as it feels to be referring an article about medical innovation from Fox News, the story is too interesting not to share.

It’s about a medical student who gets leukemia, receives treatment, and the leukemia eventually comes back.  He ends up having his entire genome sequenced which results in a gene abnormality being discovered.  This discovery becomes the indication to use a particular drug known to target the specific gene he has in higher than average amounts.  This was with the assistance of IBM’s Waston supercomputer and their genomic analytics.

This used the stuff of science fiction.  But it’s achievable now.  It’s not clear how many years it will take before this kind of technology is available to the average person, but clearly this is a promising direction.  It doesn’t eliminate the need for us to detoxify our environment or make healthy diet and lifestyle decisions.  But we must be open to the explorations and findings from modern health studies.

You can read more on the article page: How IBM’s Watson supercomputer is battling cancer with advanced genomics

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Metabolic Syndrome

We have a thread on our forum titled Metabolic Syndrome / Syndrome X / Insulin Resistance.  Thankfully several esteemed herbalist have written about this common condition.  An estimated 86 million American adults have prediabetes.  Only a partial number of those with insulin resistance will go on to develop diabetes but insulin resistance itself will cause a host of other problems.

Paul Bergner, from his article on Syndrome X, provides us the salient warning that treatment must be carried out with discipline:

The treatment has three legs, all of which must be done simultaneously:

-Supplement the nutritional factors whose deficiencies lead to insulin resistance.

-Enagage in a minimum of 15-20 minutes of resistance-type exercise most days.

-Eat a low carbohydrate diet.