What Is Precision Medicine And Why Do I Need It?
Florence Comite MDNov 18, 2020
With COVID-19 leaving us all thinking about our own health, it’s no wonder people are anxious to find the next big innovation that’s going to keep them healthy.
The global pandemic that’s plagued 2020 has made the weaknesses of conventional medicine all too clear.
Yet even before COVID-19, it has been evident to doctors and physicians on the cutting edge of medicine that conventional medicine has been falling short. All too often, a cheaper quick fix is taken over long term, personalized care. So, what’s the solution?
What Is Conventional Medicine?
First, let’s unpack what we mean when we say “conventional medicine.”
Think about how you currently approach your health. You may feel a little tired and run down, but you ignore it because there’s no time for the doctor. If you’re reaching a certain age, you may simply accept fatigue as the inevitable result of getting older. Then, you get sick and (begrudgingly) head to the doctor. You sit in a waiting room after filling out a chart with basic information that you’ve told every doctor before. Maybe you wonder why you are always repeating yourself at these visits.
When you finally see a doctor, they look at your chart and spend very little time with you. With a vague promise to “keep an eye on things,” they prescribe you a medication that’s worked well for other people in the past and send you home. In their eyes, your symptoms are simply an inconvenience, but an inevitable part of getting older, even though there is ample evidence that it can be reversed or slowed down.
This approach reacts to your symptoms. As you age and get sicker, this cycle will only become more vicious. Under this model, doctors will only treat you if you considered ‘ill’ and may turn you away if you look for more proactive ways to stay healthy.
The good news is, there is a better way to take control of your health! Enter: precision medicine.
What Is Precision Medicine?
Precision medicine is the antithesis of conventional medicine. Rather than treating you based on what has worked for the general population, precision medicine looks at the variability of each person.
By taking a deep dive approach to health, precision medicine can detect, reverse, and prevent disorders of aging. A doctor who practices precision medicine will look at your:
- Personal and Family History
- And more
In short: no more waiting to get sick! The goal of precision medicine is to unlock what works best for you for your sleep, nutrition, exercise, and more so that you actually extend your vitality and your lifespan.
The Comite Center for Precision Medicine & Health is at the forefront of precision medicine. The Center examines thousands of data points, consults with your regular doctors to attain your health history, and uncovers the health trends in your family to create a full picture of your health.
The result – a healthier, happier, more optimal you! The aim isn’t just health, but health accompanied with longevity. You deserve the most out of life, whether that means being able to climb that hill with the grandchildren, dancing with your wife at a wedding, or being able to have that occasional sundae without needing to carry 50 pills.
Who Needs Precision Medicine?
The short answer? Everyone. There is no such thing as an average person, so there should be no such thing as “average healthcare.”
Simply put, there isn’t a single person on the planet who would not benefit from knowing their health trajectory and changing its course if necessary. The beginnings of disease can be developing long before you ever actually feel sick. By looking at your genetic data, doctors can detect markers for diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis (to name a few) and proactively address them.
Precision medicine is the future of healthcare. As Dr. Florence Comite notes:
“The technology and science of Precision Medicine are advancing at a rapid pace, offering new tools every day for gathering a more detailed understanding of what’s happening in the human body at genetic, cellular, and molecular levels.”
How Can I Achieve Optimal Health with Precision Medicine?
The unfortunate truth is that precision medicine has only been available to a select few because of its cost. But Dr. Comite deeply feels that access to this sort of life-changing information should be a right, not a privilege.
Groq Health is the next major leap forward in precision medicine. An app that makes specialized, unique care accessible and more affordable. Distilling the same bespoke care that clients have received at the Comite Center for over 20 years, Groq Health is a must for people who are looking for something more from their healthcare.
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