Feeling and Doing Better in Reality – Not Just Looking Better on Paper
Each of us is a hologram of our data. We are living at a time in history where we have more information now about everything than we have ever had since the beginning of time. This includes ubiquitous information on all aspects of disease, health, behavior, genetic and epigenetics and more. Significantly, individual health and wellness are inextricably linked to the health of families, communities, countries, the oceans and the planet.
How do we navigate our way through and make sense of the jungle of 24/7 information so that new paradigm medicines offer truly “whole-person” and “whole-system” solutions for improving personal health and well-being? At the same time, how do we protect individual data sovereignty and freedom?
We need to employ modern epigenetic and augmented intelligence approaches to make sense of the information about who we are and how we are made (our individual personal wellness systems), as well as to ensure that the information we employ is accurate, trustworthy, authentic and relevant, and that individual sovereignty is protected at all times. New paradigm stem cell, regenerative and personal wellness therapeutics cannot just be about accessing new medicines; it must also be about living better lives.
ETHICS & STANDARDS
Evidence-Based Ethics and the Ethics of Optimal Health
The Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial (RCT) has limitations. This is true of all medicines evaluated in RCTs. Even when new paradigm stem cell, regenerative medicine and personal wellness therapies are evaluated in RCTs, the results may not be able to help determine whether a therapy will actually help an individual patient, whether it might harm them or whether the therapy will likely have no effect at all.
The methodological limitations for evidence-based clinical evaluation have significant ethical implications for informed consent and patient choice. Furthermore, the ethics around clinical trials and human experimentation are based on a paradigm of sickness care.
We need new approaches to thinking about the ethics of therapeutic evaluation when it comes to new paradigm medicines. Methodology and design of therapeutic evaluations have ethical implications, as does the sovereignty of patient data.
METHODOLOGY & DESIGN
Clinical Studies Design for New Paradigm Therapies
People are traveling to get the new paradigm medicines they hear about through word-of-mouth, the media, the internet or healthcare professionals. They believe these therapies will improve and/or optimize their health and well-being. This trend is not set to reverse and shows every sign of increasing.
What are the challenges of patients buying access to clinical experimentation on their own bodies offshore?
Personal Wellness: Increasing Your “Playable Life”
As people are living increasingly longer, they are also wanting to live better, healthier, more vibrant lives. Wherever possible, they also want to avoid medications that have toxic side effects or drain them of their energy and vitality. As evidenced by the four trillion-dollar valuation of the personal health and wellness industry, people from all walks of life (not just high-performance professional athletes) are using stem cell therapy, regenerative medicine and personal wellness modalities to increase their “playable life.”
The emergence of a new paradigm threatens and often heralds the death of the old. What happens to the structure of the entire traditional medical ecosystem and the traditional way of “doing business” in medicine when true health, regenerative health (not the absence of disease), becomes the standard?
Connecting the dots between the “whole-person” health paradigm of personal wellness and a healthier future for individuals, communities and the planet is a critical aspect of the regenerative health paradigm. This paradigm has biological, physiological, philosophical, social, cultural and economic implications beyond particular individual stem cell, regenerative medicine and personal wellness treatment modalities. Bridging to the future does not happen by accident.
How Do We Pay for the Future Health Therapeutic Modalities?
Most patients pay out-of-pocket for stem cell, regenerative medicine and other new paradigm personal wellness therapies. This often places a significant burden on many patients who might benefit from such interventions and creates inequities in access to such medicines.
We must create more innovative ways of paying for and funding R&D of regenerative medicine, stem cell therapies and personal wellness modalities. The advancement of new paradigm medicines and approaches to health depends on it.