Great write up!
Nilima Jain

Thank you for your very kind feedback Dr. Jain.

Innovation in the medical profession isn’t really much different than innovation anywhere else. There are standards of care to be concerned about, which can be impediments to innovation and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. At one time bloodletting was innovative in the medical profession, but never really effective and often quite deadly. The placebo effect is a very real phenomenon, and the perception of health is all that is necessary to spark the adoption necessary for innovation. We would be foolish to believe that all that is innovative is universally good. One need only look to the highly innovative recruiting tactics of certain extremist groups today to understand this.

On one hand we would hope that medical professionals are relying more on good science in the pursuit of innovation. But on the other we can’t ignore that humans are seldom logical, rational, or reasonable about anything — especially their health. One case in point, the wildly popular product Airborne which contains no active ingredient scientifically associated with preventing colds or flu, and yet has been shown clinically effective in prevention. If people believe they are protected, they somehow are. For me personally, I would prefer more rational and scientific innovation, but we can’t completely discount that which is not.

To your second question, I’m not quite clear on it. What “approach” are you referring to? Of course, I would agree that “ancient cultures” were all highly innovative as everything we have today was built on the innovations of the past. As the world becomes a more global society, we are benefiting from the combined advancements of all cultures.

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