In the recent past, a new approach emerged on how medicine should be practiced to keep us far healthier than we used to be.
Instead of acting only when something is broken in our body the preventive approach takes preemptive measures to optimize our body's performance, and either prevent the outbreak of diseases in the first place or catch them as early as possible, when treatment is still relatively easy.
On the most basic level of prevention, we don't even need specialized tests or equipment.
We start by evaluating how to protect the vital components of our body from disease and aging. Also, we implement a daily supplementation regimen that includes countermeasures to the known processes of aging wherever possible.
A Word on Supplementation
Supplementation only makes sense if we at least follow a healthy diet. And it can only reach its full potential when we exercise, detox and strive for mental well-being as well. Without the implementation of such a foundation - especially without proper nutrition, it will be inefficient, bordering on a total waste of time and effort.
However, if based on the proper foundation, supplementation can help us boost our health far beyond what is considered normal for our physiological age.
In the media we see is a lot of back and forth whether supplements are helpful, useless or even do harm. Oversimplification is used to offer easy answers to complex topics. The view is narrowed down to cheap multivitamins that only contain a few vitamins and minerals that can easily be obtained from a balanced diet and not really considering the targeted and scientifically proven compounds, that make up a good supplement regimen.
We consume media and studies on supplements carefully, since the parties involved frequently do not have our best interest in mind, but follow their own agenda. Research is often sponsored by large pharmaceutical companies who obviously won't spend money to prove that cheap, non-patentable plant extracts can prevent or heal the very same diseases they make a fortune on by selling their expensive products. Studies based on experimenting with mice or other rodents can only be partially transferred to the human realm.
Backing up our Stem Cells
A lot of exciting research is going on in the field of regenerative stem cell treatments. New organs are already created in the lab from stem cells and therapies to rejuvenate individual parts of a body, like the complete cardiovascular system, are in development. If we want to take advantage of these technologies, once they are available, we need stem cells to start with. Those can be generated by changing normal skin or fat cell back into stem cells that can be multiplied and then used for treatment.
Unfortunately, when we require stem cells a few decades from now, we would use skin or fat cells that are 30 years older and might have accumulated many genetic errors and other damage. It would be best to have cells as young as possible, preferably already stem cells when we need them. For newborns, there is a general procedure of extracting stem cells from the umbilical cord and deep-freezing them for future use.
Now adults can store their stem cells too. The body keeps stem cells for blood production in the bone marrow. Using a particular medication, part of these stem cells can be released into the bloodstream where they can be extracted in a dialysis-like procedure, and deep-frozen for much later use (decades). The body replenishes the remaining bone marrow stem cells automatically.
Today various companies are offering adult stem cell extraction and storage.