If the 20th century was one of reductionism, the 21st century is all about system biology. Knowing the function of individual parts is important, but so is looking at the body holistically. Every piece affects the other in complex ways.
Think of the body as a factory. DNA, the architect, draws up daily instructions (RNA) to build protein. The body can only use what it’s supplied for this process. Give a factory bad supplies and it will make a bad product. You are what you eat, as the saying goes.
At Krav Maga Worldwide Training Center in West LA, WellnessFX CEO Jim Kean discusses the changing face of healthcare in the 21st century, the difference between ‘health’ and ‘wellness,’ and the need for advancement in system biology as a means of prevention.
- Every process in the body leaves some kind of ‘footprint.’ These markers can give insight to physical states, both past and present.
- “You can’t change what you don’t measure.” Technological advancements are increasing the amount of measurable information in the body. And the cost of these measurements? Downward spiral.
- Medical science has moved the chains on the age of death, but what’s the quality of life during the extra years we’ve tacked on? As shown by the above graph, our goal should be to push back both morbidity and disease as far as we can.
- 90% of the diagnostics tests done at the doctor’s aren’t seen by patients.
- One out of every ten American adults has a thyorid issue. By tweaking his thyroid, Jim upped his athletic performance by 5% in a year’s time.
- Limiting measurement easily causes oversight. For example, good cholesterol numbers don’t give enough information on sub-fractions like ApoB, a powerful indicator for cardiovascular health. Real life consequences of this oversight are seen in emergency rooms across America.
What It All Comes Down To
The original definition of health was the ‘absence of pathology.’ If you’re not sick, you’re healthy. But is waking up in the emergency room really the way you want to find out that something needs to change? Set up a warning system that alerts long before serious problems arise. Your body will thank you for it.
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