Or as Dan Brown’s Origin explores, “Where did we come from, where are we going?”
It seems customary to make predictions at this time of year; but I want to begin by looking back four decades. It is more than reminiscence. Until managed health care was introduced into the marketplace undermining the doctor-patient relationship, a patient would make health care decisions for the most part based on the trust and confidence established with the family physician. Then came what was promoted as New Horizons of Health Care; mainly insurance based decision making. Hailed as the means of controlling spiraling health care costs, the doctor-patient relationship was no longer primary. The model changed health care decision making from a physician to a non-professional employee sitting in front of a computer and determining your care based on a cost containment paradigm. The next step in devolution was the appearance of Web MD and the like were in everyone thought they could become a physician and expert in some aspect of health care by simply clicking on a mouse. No need now for a physician or expert any longer; why bother with someone educated in medical school and struggling through a lengthy residency and then fellowship? Then appeared the next step in Gulliver’s Travels, further devolution or the opportunity for camp followers and charlatans to exploit the belief that marketing would outweigh evidence and science in a patient’s decision-making process.
Unfortunately, the FDA is only now beginning to police these amniotic fluid stem cell purveyors offering false hope. We have experienced a study process of lowering standards, further eroding norms, and peddling fiction. Where are we going; where should you turn for orthopedic care?
Today, I am undergoing a cellular orthopedic intervention on my knees so as to assure my best possible performance when I fly fish, ski, cycle, and maintain my fitness profile in 2018. The process is an autologous therapy (from me to me), that I have wanted to bring to the United States since Kobe Bryant and many more travelled to Dusseldorf, Germany, to have completed over seven years ago. The promise is to do more than treat my knee pain; rather I hope to slow the progression of my Osteoarthritis with this cell-concentration system.
The poet Robert Browning wrote a poem, Rabbi Ben Ezra, often cited as we age and I will quote the opening stanza here:
“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be”
You may read the entirety at the Poetry Foundation website. You may watch my webinar on my web site at www.Ilcellulartherapy.com. Call to schedule appointment (847) 390-7666.
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