According to Dr Mark Hyman, we’re at a watershed moment in science and medicine today. We used to try to find “the drug for the bug or the pill for the ill,” he says, “instead of really finding out how to treat the body as a system.”
This involves completely rethinking diseases. Hyman says:
We’re moving from the idea that diseases are things, like bacteria that need to be treated with a drug, like an antibiotic, which was a wonderful paradigm for 20th century illness, but it’s not a good paradigm for chronic lifestyle-driven diseases. We’re looking to choose drugs over lifestyle to treat diseases that are really lifestyle-driven illnesses.