The Plight of Modern Medicine

We know how to save lives in modern medicine with drugs and devices, but we are not very good with preventing disease. We have more and more chronic disease at younger and younger ages. I see kids earlier and earlier with what used to be adult diseases like obesity, anxiety and depression, irritable bowel syndrome and the like. We are also seeing more developmental disorders such as speech delay, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD and oral aversions. This is not just something that I’ve read in a textbook. This is real life. Something I’ve experienced personally. My own child has suffered from some developmental delay. I counsel more on more patients on the above disorders; much more than I did almost 10 years ago when I began primary care. These problems are certainly much more prevalent than they were say 20 years ago when I began my medical career. This is a systemic issue across the board.

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