Imagine a world where we don’t have to rely on harmful drugs or invasive surgeries in order for the body to heal itself.
Pretty easy, right?
We’ve all seen those “futuristic” movies where body parts are healed or replaced by stem cells or other nanotechnologies.
For several decades, we’ve been told that regenerative medicine is the future of medicine. And while new and better technologies are beginning to advance regenerative medicine treatments faster than ever before, most in the field are thinking about “cures” for disease or replacement organs. This, however, does not provide the greatest impact on the lives of patients or physicians.
It’s the incremental changes that most often have the greatest impacts on humanity. (The original Blade Runner and Back to the Future movies had flying cars, but they completely missed the personal cell phone, let alone the power of the smart phone!)
Regenerative medicine is about helping the body heal itself. That is, giving the body what it needs to do, or should do, naturally. We used to view regenerative medicine as medicine of the future. That view is wrong. Regenerative medicine is medicine in the present. And it is guiding the way to how we will receive, used, and practice medicine for the next 50 years.
In a recent Impact Physician blog post, I discussed that “contrary to popular belief, more and better technology is not necessarily the answer to health care issues.” But, “it is through relationships that physicians help patients understand, manage, protect, and better their patients’ health.”
Regenerative medicine has the chance to be at the intersection of science, medicine, and business and affords opportunities for both patients and physicians like few have seen in their lifetime.
In my White Paper, Medicine in the 21st Century: Regenerative Health Management, I lay out what I believe to be the four cornerstones for advancing the field of regenerative medicine. We must begin to understand:
- The Power of regenerative medicine
- That regenerative medicine reqiures both the science of discovery and the art of medicine
- How to navigate the complexities of regenerative medicine
- Economic interests must be aligned
I will lay out these four cornerstones further in future blogs. For the time being, regenerative medicine is advancing. And, unless we build the future on incremental changes, we’re going to miss the greatest impacts.