We sometimes forget that, as recently as the 19th century, people suffered through gruesome surgeries without anesthesia. The first part of the 20th century saw only slow progress in clinical medicine. Even by the early 1970s, doctors, for the most part, could only observe the human devastation caused by serious diseases. Physicians had little in their arsenal to treat such conditions.
Then research uncovered disease mechanisms of action at the genetic, molecular and cellular levels. Science now provides medications that can respond to chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease asthma. Over the last fifty years groundbreaking science breakthroughs have been stunning (genome sequencing, immunotherapies, monoclonal antibodies, antiretroviral cocktails, robotic surgeries, advanced nutrition, diagnostic scans and mRNA vaccines).
New computational tools are accelerating progress in every corner of medicine. Physicians can target cancers more precisely with the right drugs, in the right amounts at the right time, with fewer side effects, because they can now sequence actual tumors.
Even with access to the best medical care, too many people continue to destroy their physical health. The next “new, new thing” will be in PREVENTION and TREATMENT and MEDICATION ADHERENCE. Non-adherence to your treatment and medication therapy costs the U.S. healthcare system over $300 Billion dollars annually.
According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force there are SEVEN things that you can do to live a healthy life, prevent disease, increase longevity and improve your overall physical, mental and emotional well-being.
- Get recommended screenings
- Eat healthfully
- Lose weight
- Don’t’ Smoke
- Take your medications (medication adherence)
- Get your vaccinations
It’s time for you to make your life a wonderful health adventure—THINK HEALTH FOR A CHANGE