What will happen in medicine in 2019?
I believe this is a time of great change, where the cost of many treatments will be beyond the reach of both patients and governments, and a lot more "back to basics" therapies, which are probably just as effective, will return.
Cancer – our understanding of cancer, and the enormous expenditure on finding specific treatments for specific forms of cancer have lead to an explosion of new drugs. These are incredibly successful compared to previous therapies, but how are we going to pay for them? Supplements and herbs such as turmeric, garlic, mistletoe, and others are becoming accepted by oncologists, and I believe that the ketogenic diet which starves the cancer cells of sugars will become 1st line treatment.
Heart disease – over recent years there has been an explosion of angioplasty and stents for all forms of angina, but many studies have shown that only in cases of unstable or uncontrolled angina are these any better than medical treatment. Many predict that the number of stents being inserted will drop dramatically. High doses of fish oils (greater than 2 to 3 g a day) have been proven to be beneficial, as well as regular gentle exercise, and Coenzyme Q10. Interestingly around the world the incidence of heart attacks appears to be dropping.
Diabetes – drug treatments and diets have all been unsuccessful in reducing the incidence of the horrible side-effects of this disease. The ketogenic diet with or without intermittent fasting can virtually cure type 2 diabetes, and with great care can also be helpful in type I. (I'm writing a booklet on this which will be available in the next few months). Gastric bypass surgery will also become more available.
Alzheimer's disease – the incidence of this continues to rise, and we really don't know why. The ketotic diet, or taking ketone supplements does seem to improve the symptoms, and some have suggested that intermittent fasting might help clear the nerve cells of the buildup of amyloid tissue which seems to cause the condition.
With drugs are becoming increasingly expensive, health professionals are beginning to look back towards the benefits of lifestyle, diet and supplemental treatment, leaving the introducing drug treatment as late as possible.