Chemotherapy agents were first discovered in the late 1940’s, after the 2nd world war, since then many new drugs have been developed and trialed with limited success. Researchers certainly now have a better understanding of ‘what is cancer‘ and ‘vague ideas of what are the causes of cancer’, yet it appears that we are still no closer to unraveling how to cure this devastating disease.
We can continue to develop and use drugs to inhibit chemical processes, switch off cellular pathways, target receptor sites and create drugs which attack both cancerous and non-cancerous cells, or we can take a more personalized functional medicine approach and get to the root cause.
A very wise man once said: How can we “keep doing the same things and expect different results”?? Surely something has to change!!
As outlined by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, “father of Functional Medicine”, the answers lie within to combat chronic disease, and suggests we start by investigating the seven core physiological processes to find out which ones are out of balance and which ones need attention!!??
It is now surely time to recognize we need a different approach and what Dr. Bland is suggesting is that we need a systems approach to look at what epigenetic influences have made the individual susceptible to develop cancer in the first place. Functional medicine is about ‘treating the person rather than treating the disease‘, only then can we begin to truly practice the art of ‘personalized medicine‘.
By addressing the core physiological processes which are out of balance for each individual, we can then and only then, get to the underlying cause of disease manifestation. By taking a functional medicine approach, this can only lead to a deeper understanding of our ‘personalized trigger points‘, which we then have the power to influence and control.
For anyone interested, check out the book “The Disease Delusion” by Dr. Jeffrey S. Bland for a truly enlightening read. As quoted by Roger S. Newton PhD, Esperion Therapeutics Inc.. “Dr.Bland illustrates the fallacy of the pharmaceutical reductionist approach to treat the symptoms of chronic disease”