The Future of Medicine is about Helping the Body Heal Itself
There are a lot of people talking about the “future of medicine” these days.
The rules are changing; you must change if you want to survive when working with a medical or health care professional.
There are some – a small group at this point – that point to the Direct Patient Care (Patients paying Doctors directly). While this is a BIG step in the right direction, it’s still treating symptoms of the disease and not eradicating the root cause. Yet, it is a BIG step in the right direction, but it’s not yet the answer.
There are 2 tiers of medicine:
1. Government-sponsored (mandated) or safety-net medicine
2. Private pay
Don’t fool yourself; we’re actually already here.
This leads us to 2 different types of medicine:
Sick care. This is reactive. It is a “let’s-try-and-treat-symptoms-when-we-can-get-you-in medicine,” or
Helping the body heal itself
Preparing for the future with lessons from the past – “Plus Ultra”
In the late 1400s, Spain’s national motto was Non Plus Ultra. Translated from Latin, non plus ultra means “no further beyond.” At this point in history, Spain was the most powerful nation in the known world, with the most powerful navy.
So convinced were the Spanish that there was “no further beyond” what they had already conquered, the phrase was marked on the Pillars of Hercules at the Straight of Gibraltar as a warning.
As you likely know, Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain in August of 1492. The rest is history.
In 1516, Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain, changed the motto to Plus Ultra, or “further beyond.”
How Does This Relate to the Future of Medicine?
First of all, the future of medicine is at the intersection of science, medicine, and business (and psychology, economics, and technology). All are critically important.
More specifically, the science of discovery, the art of medicine, and the impact that business provides when economic interests are aligned, taking into account all of the technology available to us.
This intersection allows us to go “further beyond;” further beyond into understanding how the body works. That is, how each person’s body works. This allows for health management that is personalized.
This allows the patient and medical advisor/health manager to truly have a personal relationship.
This intersection allows the time and advice patients so desire from their physician. This intersection allows the physician to truly be the medical advisor the physician so desires to be.
Secondly, we can go further beyond the current knowledge; to better understand the incredibly powerful regenerative capacities of the human body.
Regenerative medicine is not about stem cells.
Well, it is not only about stem cells. Gaining a better understanding of human stem cells has been an incredible advancement for both science and medicine. But stem cells are not the answer. Yes, it’s quite possible that stem cells can be part of the answer. But not the answer. Stem cells are not a panacea. Nothing is a panacea.
What “further beyond” science and medicine has taught us is that we now know and understand that treating tissue damage or disease must be done on an individual, or personalized, level.
Regenerative medicine is the future of medicine. But not just the stem cell.
Regenerative medicine is about helping the body heal itself. That is, giving the body what it needs to do, or should do, naturally.
Unfortunately, the field of regenerative medicine is already falling into the old traps of checklists and high priced surgeries.
Regenerative health management, however, is the active, on-going process of helping the body heal itself. Regenerative health management is provided to patients through a relationship-driven medical advisory process that seeks to consider the whole person.
This is the future of medicine.
This is how we help each and every person’s body heal itself, or do what it should do naturally.