A Look Inside the Healthcare Industry
Even before the strain that the COVID-19 pandemic took on the healthcare industry and its workers, there was a worry about patient care and the capacity of hospitals and clinics to adjust to the increasing needs of the population. Three years later, the concerns have only multiplied. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers are overworked and some are leaving the field altogether. What does that mean for the many patients who rely on these types of services?
A shortage of available staff may limit treatment options, prioritizing standardized care instead of personalized medicine. While we will still be able to get surgery if we break our knee, or require emergency services, what about the treatments that are not a priority? How can we receive other types of care that we want and need to promote our overall wellness outside of these moments?
Proactivity vs. Reactivity
When it comes to our wellness, there are two approaches we can take: a proactive one or a reactive one. In the United States, we are more familiar with reactive medicine. As the name suggests, this approach seeks treatment options once a problem has already presented itself. It’s a reaction to pain or discomfort. Like putting a bandaid on when you get a cut, or being prescribed medication if you develop a particular disease, like high blood pressure.
No one would ever suggest not taking reactive measures when something goes wrong. It’s a biological response necessary for keeping all of us alive. But what if instead of a pill to fix a problem, we prescribed something different to help stop the conditions from occurring altogether? This is where proactivity and personalized medicine come in.
Proactive solutions, often called preventative measures, are a way of minimizing the need for reactive treatments. They are daily or weekly additions to our lives, like exercise and eating well, that have been shown to delay or prevent certain diseases from becoming a problem. For many people, these risks are generational concerns.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, six out of ten American adults currently live with one chronic condition. Four in ten have two or more. These conditions range from heart disease to cancer, diabetes, liver disease, osteoarthritis, and more. All of which are among the leading causes of poor health, long-term disability, and even death. How can personalized medicine work to reduce these risk factors and increase disease detection?
Why Personalized Solutions Benefit Everyone
Chronic conditions are not only hard on the individual who develops them but have an effect on their families and the healthcare system, too. While preventative measures are different from medical treatment, they are closely aligned.
No matter our wellness goals, we all want to be able to live the life we aspire to with the people we love. That becomes more challenging when we don’t have accessible ways to look after our well-being. One of the reasons that proactive solutions can be hard to stick to is that they are often not personalized.
We all know that exercise and proper nutrition are two key areas that contribute to our overall wellness. You have likely heard that from your doctor, parent, spouse, or any one of the numerous advertisements around New Year’s Eve. But without specifics, that advice isn’t very helpful. How many of us automatically know what to eat and which exercises would be the best for us? Unless you are a doctor or personal trainer, the answer is none!
In order for a treatment plan to be successful, it needs to include personalized medicine in its solutions, not generic advice.
What is Personalized Medicine?
Personalized medicine, sometimes called precision medicine, refers to innovative approaches to wellness and disease prevention that take into account a person’s differences in their environmental and genetic factors.
Wellness should be people first, which means providing treatment options that are based on your needs and lifestyle. That is what personalized medicine is: seeing each patient as an individual with unique needs and circumstances from diagnosis through treatment.
As patients begin viewing wellness care as a product or service to be invested in, we have to meet their growing expectations and work toward advancing personalized medicine. In today’s world, everything from shoes to ad preferences can be customized. All of us deserve to have a quality of care that is just as personal.
That begins with finding solutions based on your body and asking questions early so that you and your healthcare provider know the answers before the problem starts, and can work proactivity instead of reactively. Personalized medicine is all about you.
Finding Solutions Based on Your Body
When it comes to proactivity, and stopping diseases before they progress, disease detection, early diagnosis, and education are key. The best way to do that is by analyzing what your body actually needs and creating a plan that fits your results. By going directly to the source, with blood and genetic testing, we can know on a molecular level, what is happening inside your individual body.
The 10X Health gene test looks at five specific genes for genetic variations in your DNA that can signify areas where your genes may not function optimally: MTHFR, MTR, MTRR, AHCY, and COMT. Genetic research has found that mutations in these genes are associated with a variety of conditions, including cardiovascular diseases, such as blood clots, stroke, and heart attack, which are responsible for one-third of all deaths in America. Other concerns associated with these genes are anemia, scoliosis, and mental health conditions like depression and ADHD.
If you have symptoms related to any of those disease risks, genetic tests may help to provide answers and a plan to improve the deficiencies caused by gene breaks.
While genetic information is beneficial to knowing what diseases you may be predisposed to, DNA is not your destiny. We have control over our lives, including what actions we take to prevent family diseases from becoming chronic. A percentage of our genetic differences may put us at risk for certain diseases, but the rest comes from our environmental factors. Lifestyle, nutrition, stress, and sleep all impact our overall wellness, and there are many proactive ways for us to take charge of our health. Personalized medicine can help.
The second way 10X Health customizes your wellness journey is through comprehensive blood testing. By analyzing over 70 biomarkers (6 times more than generic tests) our blood test allows us to get a complete snapshot of your current health and identify key opportunities to optimize your system.
From our blood test, you can learn about three incredibly important human elements related to your wellness: nutrient deficiency, hormonal optimization, and glucose control. Your results will tell us what vitamins and minerals you are lacking which could be affecting your mood, energy levels, and much more. It will also indicate if your hormones, which act as messengers and regulators in your body, are within an optimal range.
Lastly, your blood tests will give us a look at your glucose levels. Glucose is a sugar that your body uses for energy. When levels in your blood are too high or too low, you can begin to feel sick or fatigued, have brain fog, and even be at risk for serious conditions like diabetes.
With personalized medicine, intentional testing, and an understanding of how your body functions, healthcare professionals can offer options that are specific to your situation, alleviating symptoms by addressing the root cause.
Personalized Medicine and 10X Health Superhuman Protocol
At 10X Health, our goal has always been to approach wellness solutions in a straightforward way. We don’t want our clients to have to guess and check their way to their goals or to try and fit themselves into generic programs. That’s why we recommend the 10X Health Superhuman Protocol. Superhuman Protocol is an innovative wellness treatment that is designed to give healing power back using magnetism, oxygen, and light. Let’s dive into what each of these powers are and how they work.
Step 1: Magnetism
Magnetism is what grounds us to the Earth and keeps us all connected. As magnetic fields move around us, we can feel pulled in all different directions. Sometimes, our bodies require realignment. Using cutting-edge technology, called a PEMF device, we rely on low-frequency electromagnetic waves to stimulate your body’s natural processes.
After a magnetism session, you can experience improved circulation, reduced inflammation, and a boost in cellular energy production. These benefits may translate into an increase in feelings of vitality, greater mobility, and a more balanced state of well-being.
Step 2: Oxygen
Oxygen is in every breath we take, which reminds us that it is the ultimate sign of life. During the second step of the Superhuman Protocol, you will focus on breathing. As you exercise, you’ll breathe in highly concentrated oxygen for eight to ten minutes. This will help increase your body’s oxygenation levels and enhance your overall workout performance.
The entire process is called EWOT (exercise with oxygen therapy). Along with overall wellness enhancement, EWOT has also been shown to aid in weight loss, boost metabolism, and improve cardiovascular health. Our clients use it as the ultimate way to increase their energy levels throughout the day and 10X their fitness routines.
Step 3: Light
The final step to leaving you feeling superhuman is all about light. Specifically red light. Red light penetrates deep into our body’s cells, stimulating the production of energy and promoting cellular repair.
When used for ten to twelve minutes as the final step the the Superhuman Protocol, or as a therapy all on its own, red light therapy rejuvenates and revitalizes your body. Whether you’re seeking relief from inflammation (helping you to live a more active life), improving your skin’s appearance, or enhancing your athletic performance, you can feel the results from the inside out.
How Supplements and IV Therapy Can Support a Personalized Wellness Routine
One of the most well-known preventative steps to improving your well-being is through nutrition. Your body needs a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to function at 100%. When you don’t get enough of these vital substances, your body can suffer in a variety of ways. Some of the most common nutrient deficiencies are Vitamin D, Iron, and Vitamin B12.
Vitamin D, or the “sunshine vitamin” as many people know it, plays a hugely important role in the body. Because vitamin D receptors are found all over the body — in places like your brain, heart, stomach, and of course your bones — having low levels of vitamin D over time can lead to serious issues, including hypertension. In the summer months, when our skin is hit with a lot of sunshine, we don’t have to worry about deficiencies in vitamin D as much, however, the gloomier months often require us to find a supplement for those UVB rays that keep us happy!
Similarly, chronically low levels of iron (medically known as anemia) affect the optimal levels of red blood cells that your body produces. Red blood cells are the portion of our blood that is responsible for carrying the oxygen that we breathe throughout the human body. When it returns to its original location, it carries carbon dioxide, which is discarded by our lungs when we exhale. To keep us breathing optimally, it’s important that we don’t run low on our iron stores.
Vitamin B12 shouldn’t be overlooked either. Although every cell in our body needs it in some way, the only source of dietary B12 available to humans comes from meat and dairy. This puts those who live a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle at risk for a B12 deficiency. B12 supplements, or multivitamins with B vitamins added, are an effective way for those concerned about a deficiency to easily and naturally restore their body to optimal levels so they can get back to feeling their best.
Customized Dietary Supplements
But how do you know what supplements and therapies are going to give you the fastest results for your goals? That is where a team of healthcare providers, specializing in personalized medicine, comes in to advise you. Everything from improved endurance to weight loss, nutritional guidance, or any other questions you have will be covered!
After receiving your results from our state-of-the-art blood and genetic testing, our team at 10X Health will go over your labs and send you back a comprehensive chart explaining what we found, what it means, and the next steps. We will also provide you with a detailed wellness plan including personalized suggested supplements and therapies.
IV Therapy as Proactive Medicine
One of the therapies we may recommend for those serious about boosting their performance and overall wellness is called IV Therapy. IV therapy is the intravenous (in the veins) administration of fluids and nutrients. Its main purpose is to efficiently deliver vitamins and hydration to your body. This form of personalized medicine can work for anyone who needs an extra boost of electrolytes or is seeking a more effective way to address vitamin deficiencies.
For competitive athletes, hydration is a serious concern for several reasons. When we complete a heavy workout, our bodies lose fluids full of key vitamins and minerals. Replenishing these nutrients quickly (within one to two hours) is important for muscle recovery.
10X Health’s IV therapy includes a mixture of IV supplements like antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins and minerals that help rehydrate you, allowing your body to recover more efficiently. IV therapy has been so popular because it can help rehydrate your body faster than drinking water alone. Plus, most IV drips can be infused with electrolytes to aid in rehydration, too.
Exercise and proper nutrition go hand in hand when it comes to promoting your health and preventing chronic diseases. In order to prevent injury, you also have to think of what you are doing after. You can help your body capitalize on the sweat and hard work it just put in by focusing just as hard on the recovery period after.
Working with a team of professionals who know your body and are trained in optimizing and transforming wellness routines can put you not just one step ahead, but 10X ahead of your competition. That’s the power of personalized medicine. Who wouldn’t want results like that?
Get Ahead of the Wellness Curve with Personalized Medicine
The wellness industry has boomed over the past decade as more people begin seeking personalized options to optimize their health. 10X Health has been at the forefront of this movement through our innovation and dedication to our clients. We know that personalized medicine matters throughout the patient journey, not just in the initial testing and learning phase. If you’re serious about breaking out of your comfort zone and pushing the limits on what your body can achieve, we are the team for you!
Ready to see what 10X Health personalized medicine can do for your wellness journey? We’re ready when you are! Learn more about the 10X Health difference and why our clients trust their personalized wellness regimens to us!