Personalized Medicine is Here

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.

People want:

  • 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


  1. Sharla Allard says

    Recently on TV I’ve seen ads announcing a more compassionate “New health care”–a medical approach that takes into account “how people lead their lives.” I’m happy to see this. The only hitch in the giddyap here is that it still gives the problem–a sick body–a lot of power. In just about every aspect of life, wouldn’t it be great to have been given power over any problem? In a paraphrase of something Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, said, if we’ve been given dominion over the fish of the sea (in the first chapter of Genesis), then how can eating a piece of salt fish cause someone to get sick? Is this too radical?

  2. says

    Thanks, Ingrid and V for sharing these experiences. I’ve also found prayer to be a quick and effective means of healing both injury and illness. It removes not only the symptoms and the root cause of a problem, it also removes any susceptibility to the problem as V mentioned.

  3. Virginia McCullough says

    Really appreciate this blog and v’s comment and want to respond. I didn’t get very far in actually reading the CNN blog and so very much appreciate your bringing out the points, Ingrid. Finding the treatment available through Christian Science was a life changer for me. And it’s so good that we can learn to treat ourselves and receive treatment from more experienced practitioners when needed. I’ve been healed of pneumonia, bronchitis, knee problems and so much more through prayer alone in Christian Science.

  4. v says

    Your friend’s experience reminds me of what led me to study and practice Christian Science as my first choice for spirituality and health care. My back used to go out a couple times a year. Surgery was an expensive, last resort option for years which I avoided by following doctors’ suggestion of bed rest for a day or so coupled with exercise to strengthen the back. But once, when I was in top physical condition thanks to a personal trainer, I found myself back in bed for a WEEK with a ruptured disc in my spine. Discouraged, I decided to go to a chiropractor the next time it happened. While it helped relieve pain, it didn’t prevent the next episode. I decided to try Christian Science care, something I’d had a taste of years before while attending Princeton University. After prayer treatment by a Christian Science practitioner, my back hasn’t gone out for years and is strong and pain free — and root causes like work-related stress and relationship problems have been healed as well. I agree with you, scientific prayer can provide the list of “wants” people have for health care … and other parts of our lives.