A Systems Medicine Approach: Translating Emerging Science into Individualized Wellness

A Systems Medicine Approach

A Systems Medicine Approach: Translating Emerging Science into Individualized Wellness

*These are the same source. I included two methods of reaching it because I found it on the UW-L database, and I know some computers are unable to access it.*

The article discussed an upcoming medical approach: Systems Medicine. To begin, it gave examples of the need for “systems medicine” such as noncommunicable diseases (e.g. type two diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer). It argues that although opinion organization leaders advocate that “life-style medicine” is a first line of defense, a more individualized approach is needed. It, then, connects this topic to clinicians and practitioners stating that patients find them a reliable source for advice. Further, the article details the chronic diseases and life-style behaviors that can be held culprit and denies the widely used approach, “sick care” which essentially is the practice of both healthcare practitioners and patients that rely on pharmaceuticals as an instant cure or relief. It claims this method is inadequate and calls for a new method.

Next, it defines life-style medicine and addresses that it does not serve the diverse population. It says that “one-size fits all” public health recommendations are inadequate and provides a detailed example that supports this claim. It goes on to explain that the research trials used to form life-style medicine cannot account for environmental factors (e.g. food) because these factors react in different ways in everyone’s bodies. However, it supports the use of individual life-styles medicine and what it may hold for the future. Providing a summary of a study at Stanford University School of Medicine that displays a modernized technique that could help better account for the different factors that may affect a human body rather than isolating the variable they are testing for because in real-life that is not the case. It closes stating proposals for the future and the concerns and problems that may arise in this transition to a new style of medicine.

I can use this to discuss the upcoming focus on life-style medicine, define what life-style medicine is, and to address the current problems practitioners and patients face today as a result of “one-size fits all” public health efforts. I could use this either to promote and explore life-style medicine versus “sick care,” as support for a case that we must transition to individualized healthcare, or as support that medical practices such as “sick care” which cause patients to believe pharmaceuticals and medication (drugs) after the fact must be replaced and use “life-style” medicine in addition to other upcoming practices to show that “sick care” is outdated and inadequate. Additionally, I could follow up on the questions and concerns posed in the article and include that in my research.

I am not sure exactly what I need. One thing is sure: I need more research!! I want to further explore something in this area. Perhaps one of the topics I listed in the prior paragraph.



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