Throughout the last century, standardization has helped to improve the modern world tremendously. Standardized sizing for tools, school learning standards, and standards in medicinal practice are just a few examples of the ways that have a unified approach has helped us move into the modern era. However, with medicine specifically, we are beginning to find that a “one-size-fits-all” approach is not always the best approach to treating patients. This is why personalized medicine has become more and more popular in recent years.
Personalized medicine (also known as precision medicine, individualized medicine, or genomic medicine) is an approach to medical treatment that involves treating patients based on their specific genetics, environment, and/or lifestyle to determine what is the true root cause of their ailment and treat it accordingly.
Here are some examples of personalized medicine:
- Using methods such as tumor marker testing to treat cancer
- Recommending changes to your sleep habits to improve daytime fatigue
- Genome Sequencing (the process of determining the entire genetic makeup or a specific organism or type of cell)
- Recommendations for changing one’s diet due due to food allergies/sensitivities
- Taking health supplements when your body is deficient to ensure that your body is functioning optimally
Personalized medicine is important because it means that you are getting the right treatment for yourself, not the best treatment for someone else. This is why here at The Mills Institute, we offer Functional Medicine Primary Care services. Functional Medicine is a form of personalized medicine that emphasizes root-cause treatment. If you are interested in learning more about what The Mills Institute has to offer, contact us today.