At first you might be taken aback by this article on CNN Health, “Is personalized medicine a myth?”, which begins with a fear-inducing scenario set up by none other than your cell phone.
Technology has come a long way, from health apps that monitor your vital signs to microchip technology to help with disease detection and personalized treatment.
What I find so interesting about this CNN article are the specific phrases used to characterize what patients want and can expect for the future of health care. The thing is, there’s evidence that the needs spelled out in this piece are already being met today through an approach to health care that has nothing to do with drug-based medicine.
- a “more intelligent, precise way” to health
- treatment that’s “non-invasive”
- the ability to “monitor a patient’s response to treatment”
- treatment that addresses the “root cause”
- treatment “that’s not expensive”
- health care that “addresses behavioral and lifestyle changes”
This list characterizes the very aspects of a spiritual approach to care that I’ve found so valuable and effective in my life: personalized care that’s available 24/7, goes to the heart of the issue, has a physically and mentally transforming effect, doesn’t break the bank, and isn’t invasive.
When a friend of mine was unable to go to work after throwing out his back, he found himself in a lot of pain and not able to walk normally. How he decided to treat this issue might be surprising for some. Because after years of finding results from daily prayer about all kinds of issues, he again decided to pray rather than use pain medication or consult with a chiropractor–both well-meaning suggestions from his boss. He was confident in the clear connection between his thought and his body.
His experience was that prayer, as he’d learned in his study of Christian Science, gets to the heart of the problem and heals. It comes from a conviction that God alone is real and causative and that his health and freedom couldn’t be there one day and gone the next. Even though the back problem felt very real, my friend knew the value of mentally arguing against its validity.
He made steady progress over a few days and soon he was out of bed, back at work and walking normally without any pain.
So I have to ask, why wait for the future? Health care that recognizes consciousness in the health equation and addresses both the spiritual and mental needs of a patient is available and being practiced today. It’s personalized medicine at its best.
“I invite the whole world to turn to me and be saved. I alone am God! No others are real” -Isaiah