Personalized medicine for seniors is causing a paradigm shift that's global when it comes to healthy trends. More seniors are becoming interested in personalized medicine, especially the field of cellular nutrition. You may want to check out the website of Dr. Robert O. Young, a research scientist focusing on cellular nutrition. Dr. Young's writings and talks emphasize helping people balance their body chemistry using mostly dietary changes and eliminating inflammation.
For example, the human body is alkaline by design, and when it's in this state, it is surmised the human body is healthy and has a feeling of well-being. But when the body is excessively acidic, people can experience fatigue, irritations, sensitivities, allergies, and inflammation, according to Dr. Young's talk on the February 5, 2013 Coast to Coast radio show where he spoke as a guest. His remarks on the broadcast include, "In fact, I've said you cannot have acid without pain...I've referred to that as Stage 4 Acidosis," he commented.
According to the doctor's statements on the radio talk program, ideally, a person should be between 7.3 – 7.4 on the scale of the pH test strips, and "by managing the pH of the internal fluids of the body, they will live longer and healthier," he explained. What you have to keep in mind as a reader of educational and informative materials on research in personalized medicine, functional foods, or restorative medicine, is how does the research apply to your special requirements, and who else validates the various types of research in the field as well as what is the credibility of the peers reviewing the published research?
With funding and grants limited for research, and most research being funded by huge corporations, many in the business of producing prescription medicines, that leaves the nonprofit foundations to offer many grants in the field of nutrition research that look at how plants, micronutrients, phytonutrients, and natural foods enhance health holistically. In the field of personalized medicine, there is more choice for seniors and others when you're health care focuses on tailoring what goes into your body to your individual genetic expression and signature.
If you listen to an archived broadcast of Dr. Young's February 5, 2013 talk on Coast to Coast AM Radio, Dr. Young outlined dietary practices that can increase the alkaline level of the body, suggesting that we eat food, not because of its caloric value, but for its electric potential and life force energy, according to the radio program site. For him, this means a lot of green and raw foods and drinks (which are high in chlorophyll) like parsley, cucumber, spinach, broccoli, hemp, and avocados. Check out the sites, Body Chemistry & Health, Free Coast to Coast AM Streaming Site - index, and Shows - Coast to Coast AM. For more information about Dr. Robert and Shelley Young’s work, visit their other pages on their website, pH Miracle Living.
The pH Miracle Living site notes, "Dr. Young may be on the threshold of a new biology, whose principle—if proven—could revolutionize the biology and medicine worlds." Neil Solomon, M.D., Ph.D. Former Head of Research for John Hopkins University. During the past two and a half decades, Robert O. Young has been widely recognized as one of the top research scientists in the world. Throughout his career, his research has been focused at the cellular level. Having a specialty in cellular nutrition, Dr. Young has devoted his life to researching the true causes of "disease," subsequently developing "The New Biology™" to help people balance their life.
In 1994, Dr. Young discovered the biological transformation of red blood cells into bacteria and bacteria to red blood cells. He has since documented several such transformations. Dr. Young's research has been published in several noted journals, including The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. (Sympathetic Resonance Technology, Scientific Foundations and Summary of Biologic and Clinical Studies, Dec. 2002, Vol. 8, No. 6: 835-842).
He is the author of numerous articles (Herbal Nutrition 1988) and author and co-author of many books including: Herbal Nutritional Medications (1988), One Sickness, One Disease, One Treatment (1992), Sick and Tired (Woodland Publishing, 1995), Back to the House of Health (Woodland Publishing, 1999), The pH Miracle (Warner Books, 2002), The pH Miracle for Diabetes, (Warner Books,2003), Back to the House of Health 2, (Woodland Books, 2003) and The pH Miracle for Weight Loss (Warner Books, 2004) and The pH Miracle: Revised and Updated (Warner Books, 2010). Check out the website and any other research in this field. The question as it applies to you as a senior, is what's healthiest for your particular body and its special needs?
Drinking water treated to be more alkaline is another helpful practice, he said, noting that there are ionizers that can create this, or people can buy drops to add to their water. But seniors with kidney issues need to be aware of drinking alkaline water which may or may not be harmful to people with specific kidney problems. That's why it's best to find out whether your kidneys are suitable for any change of water pH, or use a water filter, such as Zero Water or some other filtered water that works specifically for your individual needs depending upon what your kidney or other organ condition requires.
Realize that certain minerals filtered out may be helpful or harmful, such as magnesium or calcium in the water, depending upon your specific health condition. There's the issue of how soft water compared to hard water affects people with clogged, calcified arteries. What you may want out of your water are harmful toxins such as lead, mercury and certain parasites. And some people may want fluoride out of their water due to sensitivity or arthritis issues. There are people who do have adverse reactions to fluoride. See, Fluoride Action Network | Hypersensitivity.
That's why individual, personalized medicine means finding out what is harmful for your individual body and how it responds to changing your water. You can't just take general advice from any given radio or TV show and apply it to your individual health condition, especially if your kidneys or other organs require personalized, tailored nutrition to your body's specialized needs.
Green foods may be the best way to build health, the radio talk show guest explained
The radio talk show went into detail regarding increasing the consumption of green foods is the best way to build health in our bodies, "cause if we want healthy bodies, we have to build healthy blood," Dr. Young explained. Young further recommended that people get healthy amounts of salt in their diet to stay alkaline.
Salts help to support the stomach, which pulls sodium, water, and carbon dioxide from the blood to form sodium bicarbonate which alkalizes the food we've eaten, and neutralizes acids from metabolism, he explained. But if you're salt sensitive and get high blood pressure from eating salt, you need to tailor your diet to your individual body's needs. This type of research falls under the heading of personalized medicine. And one part of personalized medicine, which in some ways includes predictive medicine, is cellular nutrition.
Cellular nutrition goes global within the field of personalized medicine
Decades ago cellular nutrition was combined with the field of molecular genetics. Now genetic and metabolic nutrition formed a branch of which cellular nutrition is a specialty within a nutrition specialty. And under the banner of cellular nutrition, which includes metabolic and genetic nutrition as a field, there's the broader field or banner of personalized medicine. A closer look at personalized or point-of-care healthcare was the focus of a recent international conference in India organized and chaired by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Distinguished Professor Atam Dhawan.
The IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) International Special Topic Conference in point-of-care healthcare technologies, broadcast around the world, focused on topics ranging from 21st century medicine with new smart cross-and trans-disciplinary technologies to how wireless communications will change how physicians care for patients.
"The last century witnessed a technology revolution in medicine and health through instrumentation, computer and information and communication technologies," explained Dhawan, an electrical engineer, in the February 6, 2013 news release, Personalized health care will revolutionize 21st century medicine, says NJIT professor. "This revolution has continued into the 21st century innovations re-defining the relationship between patient and healthcare providers."
IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society International Special Topic Conference trends included the following new research
- New smart cross and trans disciplinary biosensor, biomarker, and information and data communication technologies will become more widely used. These technologies, along with health monitoring and data analysis systems, address healthcare priorities in developing and developed economies. Among the key priorities: hypertension and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, infectious disease, women's health during pregnancy and elderly healthcare.
- As life expectancy increases, the global community will face new quality of life and healthcare challenges at an affordable cost. The most vital challenge to developing nations is providing minimal quality healthcare to rural communities.
- Miniaturized devices and wireless communication will change dramatically how physicians and surgeons can care for patients and the role patients will need to take in their own health care.
- The hope is that health care will become more personalized through the tailoring of interventions to individual patients.
- Providing minimal healthcare in the eastern part of the globe which accounts for more than two-thirds of the world population will remain challenging especially for curbing diseases and infections like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. The issue will become more critical if there is a potential outbreak of an epidemic.
- Educating users on the implementation of these new technologies, data communication, compliance and behavioral change poses the most formidable challenge.
Personalized medicine is creating a paradigm shift in global healthcare
People will need to realize and accept a new role and reasonability in keeping themselves, family members or others healthy, said Dhawan, according to the news release. "It appears that personalized medicine or point-of-care healthcare technologies are creating a paradigm-shift in global healthcare. However, the development, deployment and compliance issues related to affordable global healthcare must be examined towards developing sound business models so they can be sustained with an economic impact to support the implementation infrastructure."
Dhawan, who is also the interim dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College (ADHC), was selected to represent the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society as a 2012-2013 Distinguished Lecturer to travel worldwide providing lectures about advances today in medicine and technology. In December, he was a special guest lecturer at Cornell University.
Dhawan is best known among engineering peers as the inventor of an important innovation for an instrument commonly used to detect skin cancer--the nevoscope. The optical transillumination technology developed by Dhawan was also commercialized into a line of vein visualization products, Veinlite. He currently is developing a multi-spectral optical and near-infrared tissue imaging technology to measure and monitor glucose levels in the blood non-invasively without painful pricking to get a drop of blood as required by conventional glucose monitors.
Dhawan is the founder and executive director of the Interdisciplinary Design Studio offered to ADHC students. The Studio is a unique, enhanced undergraduate research program focused on teaching students a roadmap of innovation to entrepreneurship, where students develop innovative ideas of commercial products, designs or services with high-potential impact under a streamlined curriculum, faculty advising and industry mentoring over three and a half years.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls more than 9,943 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities.
NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.