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  • asked in Personal Wellness 13th Nov '16:

    Which aspects of the medical profession do you predict will be most affected by the internet of things?.

    Shawna Barker replied 21st Nov '16:

    Patients are more informed and proactive about their health. They are no longer looking for 'band-aid' solutions that simply mask their symptoms. Instead, they are now interested in the root cause of their health challenges.

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  • asked in Personal Wellness 9th Nov '16:

    What aspects of population ageing do you find most interesting?.

    Shawna Barker replied 21st Nov '16:

    The aspects I find most interesting include:

    1. The notion that once we get to a certain age some people feel like it is 'too late' to start making changes to their diet, habits, lifestyle, or focusing on prevention. In reality, it is never too late to start, we are constantly and continuously building our body with every single bite we take. Some cells have quite a rapid turnover and can begin to benefit from healthier choices very quickly.

    2. When we look at the populations around the World that are retaining their health as they age and living longer without chronic disease (the Blue Zones for example), we start to see that is it a combination of the foods they eat, how active they are, and the strength of their social environment. In addition to eating a wide variety of fresh plant-based foods and staying active as they age, another huge factor implicated in how well a person ages is if they feel valued, needed, and having strong connections to their friends, family, and community.

    3. That genes have very little to do with our health and how well we age. Yes, we are born with a certain sequence of genes, but whether those genes are turned off or on during our lifetime depends on our environment. What we eat, how active we are, what we breath in, what we drink, what we put on our skin or clean our house with all play a role in influencing whether or not certain genes are up- or down-regulated. Of course our mental, emotional, social, and spiritual factors will also play a role. Also, the new research into the microbiome shows that the bacteria that reside in our intestines have their own genome and ability to influence our metabolism, digestion, immune system, and neurotransmitter balance. Our health as we age is dependant on the health, integrity, and diversity of our gut microbiome. Every health issue comes back to the health of our digestive system.

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