7 REASONS TO JUMP ON THE TRAIN OF PERSONALISED PREVENTION

We live in exciting times; there is great power at the intersection between the genomic revolution, personalised health and human empowerment.  There is a real shift, which is waiting to happen for the better of mankind.The constant and exponential technological evolution and growing access to information, makes this even more pressing.  Access to information, which would take many years to research 20 years ago, is now available to download in a few clicks!

The question is, how to avoid information overload?  Is all the information relevant to me?  This is why we explore the concept of ‘Personalisation’, which is vital when it comes to Health and performance optimisation.

WHAT IS PERSONALISATION?

The first characteristic to personalisation is that solutions are designed for you, as opposed to you trying to fit into a pre-designed solution.  Personalisation also means it is adapted to your lifestyle, your voice and your control; rather than pre-determined by an entity or service.  Crucially, it represents a shift from a very structured professional entity, to a more ‘people’ orientation service or solution.

1. PERSONALISATION IS THE ONLY REAL WAY

It is time to be treated as unique, because we are!

The human body is made from approximately 37.2 trillion cells.  Now when we zoom in deeper, there are approximately 3 billion chemical letters (ACGT) in the DNA code of each cell.  More importantly, no two humans are the same.  It is our very makeup and the distinct hold it has on every fibre of our being that is responsible for this uniqueness.

2. PERSONALISATION IS ACCURACY

Think of a map or a blueprint – your body has its own.

Right now, the ‘modern’ but obsolete model we use refers to the same map for everyone, and treats everybody the same.  The one size fits all approach is not accurate.

Imagine if I gave you a map of London and asked you to find your way in Paris…how would that work?  It is very similar when it comes to health optimisation.  We first need to find out which area needs optimising, what lifestyle (environment) factors could jeopardise a programme when you start; and most importantly, what are the bespoke solutions which will bring you lasting results, while avoiding all the guess work and frustration which goes alongside.

3. PERSONALISATION FEELS GOOD

Personalisation is about empowerment not restriction – it makes you feel special. It makes you forget about miracle diets, generalised assumptions about weight gain (or loss), and any other one-size-fits-all solution.

A personalised based solution is about exploring yourself from within to guide you externally.  The aim is to understand your key areas, which are relevant to improving your lifestyle and building new habits, tailored to you in order to supply your organism with the correct tools to empower it.

This is your plan!  Your milestones, your pace and your own personal rewards can be established.  Your timeline, all designed around you to fit your needs and bring you results.  You do not have to struggle to fit you plan, it fits around you.

4. PERSONALISATION AVOIDS FRUSTRATION

Having a personalised approach and personalised action plan in relation to your health will detach you from the collective ego.  

You will feel empowered by the excitement of exploring yourself and being able to be detached from the mass and collective ego.  It will allow you to avoid frustration and empower you with a feeling of self-conscience, that you are unique and can thrive this way.

Being excited about your empowered future is your fuel, which combined with your set of personal tools, skills and techniques to aid you along the way, will guarantee a rediscovery of your true self.

5. PERSONALISATION LEADS TO A POSITIVE FEEDBACK LOOP

You will find yourself more committed.  How more engaging could it be, when it is all about you!

A personalised approach is more likely to lead you towards a powerful positive feedback loop.  Simply, it will provide you with all the information and actions designed for you in real time.  Then, it will give you the opportunity to change those actions, pushing them towards better behaviour for better results.

6. PERSONALISATION MAKES YOU PROACTIVE

Now that it’s about you – you are more engaged.  And to make it easier, there is a so-called wearable revolution that has just started, and will see a huge number of home diagnostic and monitoring devices coming on to the market within the next few months and years.  We are truly living in a quantifying self-revolution.  We are becoming a cascade of data, that we can feedback into us to improve our health and lifestyle, once again creating a powerful positive feedback loop.  But being healthy starts with a personalised approach.  The only way to achieve that is to be proactive in finding your own methods.

It doesn’t matter whether your method includes technology or not, it may not be for you at all…but you have to find your own ways to stay healthy.  Without proper personalised health management, even ‘modern’ medicine cannot help us.

7. PERSONALISATION IS THE WAY FORWARD

Shifting from generalisation to personalisation also means shifting from being reactive to being proactive.  Prevention is being proactive, armed with a personalised prevention plan means we do not have to wait until the onset of disease and then try to treat or cure them, which doctors would agree to be very complex if not impossible most of the time.

On average, any given prescription drug now on the market only works for half of those who take it.  Among cancer patients, the rate of ineffectiveness jumps to 75%.  Anti-depressants are effective in only 62% of those who take them.

It’s time to face the reality that generalised medicine is a failing model when it comes to health management.  A personalised and proactive approach is the solution, and the way forward.

Personalised prevention means that one day, doctors and genetic counsellors will be able to craft a lifelong health strategy, tailored to a person’s unique genetic constitution.  It is already possible to predict the risk factor for diseases and to prevent, delay or mitigate those diseases with precisely chosen nutrients, actions and customised lifestyle advice.

ARE YOU READY TO JUMP ON THE TRAIN OF PERSONALISED PREVENTION?

Your health is your responsibility – make the change.

Thomas O

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