The 21st Century Diagnostics

2611 BC – Ancient Egypt:  As Imoteph laid on the Ancient Operation Slab, fatigued from his disease symptoms, a ‘Healer’ handed him a mixture of bloodstone, red grain and carob, cooked in oil. “Take it in the next 4 mornings with honey”, said the Doctor. Another healer walked up to Imotph and recited a spell against the Disease.   

611 BC – Ancient Greece:  2000 years after Imoteph’s Diagnosis, Hippocrates recorded the association between disease and heredity, while egyptPythagoras noted the association between metabolism and heredity. The medical community, however, has only recently acknowledged the importance of genetics and its relevance to mainstream medicine.

1400 AD – Western Europe: The world now had a better understanding of diseases and how to cure them. It is in this era that David’s great ancestor, Robert was diagnosed with Diabetes. His blood was collected in a vial and its viscosity and color was observed while it drained from Robert’s arm. The rate, power and tempo of his pulsing artery was also carefully noted by a physician. The color and viscosity denoted whether Robert had an acute, major or chronic disease; which also assisted the physician in zeroing down on the presence of excess blood sugar in Robert’s body.

Today:  “In each person’s DNA lies a script for how their bodies will change and become ill as well as how they will handle the assaults of the environment from the beginning of their life to its end.”

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Medical diagnostic methods have evolved to such an extent that today, a genetic test could reveal the biological strengths and weaknesses in respect to these assaults and predict disease proneness before they actually have the opportunity to manifest. The physician, forewarned with this knowledge could guide the patients towards appropriate lifestyle changes to anticipate and mitigate disease processes.

                                                         And that is the difference!!

Yesterday, a cure could only be provided after the manifestation of a disease. Based on how serious the person’s condition was, medicine would either work or it was too late. Today, through a DNA Test, we can successfully predict an impending disease and accordingly plan interventions to prevent it from ever happening!!

 

Throughout the ages, medicine has been able to cure the deadliest of diseases. BUT why live a drug-dependant lifestyle when the right food and right exercise at the right time could even prevent the likes of  PCOD, Type II Diabetes and Several Heart complications before their symptoms ever manifest!!!!  Think about it.

 

 

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