Considering the Future of Medicine

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Considering the Future of Medicine

By: [Brittany Williams]


Since the early years of medicine, we have systematically addressed illnesses and diseases with a simple method, referred to as, The Old Model: have disease, take pill, kill something. With great success in treating certain illnesses and diseases, the models approach swept the entire biology industry. Since its discovery, during the last 100 years an attempt to replicate the same model. The issue with reusing this model is that it’s being used within chronic and other non-infectious diseases, not alike the illness and disease the model was built on/for.

Physician and Oncologist, Siddhartha Mukherjee has introduced new research that suggested that we can treat, cure, and heal illness and diseases with preexisting cells found within the human body. Mukherjee also critics modern medicine by addresses the issues of The Old Model being applied to illness it wasn’t designed for, in addition to the approach only being able to target(medicate) 250 of >1,000,000 chemical reactions in our bodies. With the lack of innovation and advancement in modern medicine we have become inactive regarding the approach in how illnesses and diseases are cured and treated.

Mukherjee’s research is based on the idea of shifting medicines approach from “killing something” to “growing something”. Instead of looking for pills to generate health within the body, we should look for stem cells to inject/implant into the body. When applied, the stem cells will promote further growth of the cells that treat or aren’t available to fight the illness or disease. By supplying the body with self regulating-semi autonomous cells, it will eliminate the need for medication that just alters the environment in which the illness generates or attacks the body. Although no work has been produced to prove Mukherjee’s theory has been successful, it starts the conversation of how we can approach the creation of new models for medicine in the future.


Cell Therapy Newsletter – Volume 1, Issue 1 Table of Contents

November 12, 2017 1. Considering the Future of Medicine

2. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Master Editor: Alyssa Quiroz 3.

Editor: Brittany Williams 4. Overuse of Antibiotics

Editor: Victor Mercado 5. Diseases

Editor: Qinyuan Liu            6.

Siddhartha Mukherjee

By: [Alyssa Quiroz]

A hematologist, oncologist, and Stanford graduate, Siddhartha Mukherjee is the host of the TED Talk “Soon we’ll cure diseases with a cell, not pill,” and one of the leading researchers regarding stem cells and malignant blood diseases. In his discussion, he mentions that currently, society endeavors todc As of right now, Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, as well as a cancer physician and researcher. He’s explained at length the theory that by introducing to cancer cells what he refers to as “suicide genes,” doctors could potentially halt the propagation of hostile cells in a patient’s body. The problem is the process of testing this theory, and furthermore, the dilemma of how researchers would prevent the suicide genes from destroying healthy cells along with the cancerous ones. How exactly would they program these engineered genes to complete their mission, and stop there? These are the issues Mukherjee, along with other scientists, must investigate whilst they pursue their studies.

In November 2010, Siddhartha Mukherjee wrote the book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and became the prime achievement in his career thus far. His book follows cancer through the centuries, starting with its stunning appearance in Egyptian writing, and ending with its contemporary study in laboratories, where researchers all over the world are attempting to find a breakthrough. In the works right now, alongside the engineering of suicide genes, is the concept of personalization concerning genomics. Essentially, Mukherjee is considering the idea that your own genomes could in fact save your life! More specifically, your own cells, converted to stem cells. Individual cell therapy catered to a single patient, assimilating the theory of genomics, may be the next step in cancer treatments. According to Siddhartha Mukherjee, this is what we’ll be seeing in near future, and only time will tell if it works.


The Danger of Antibiotics

By [Qinyuan Liu]


Overuse of Antibiotics

Every year, your family faces a cold, fever or a virus. When you bring your child to a doctor to treat these diseases, do you automatically anticipate antibiotic prescription? In China, many people already have a dependence on antibiotics, and think this is the only way to cure the disease. Many parents even get angry when the doctors aren’t using antibiotics, and are uncomfortable with going to the hospital for antibiotics to get psychological comfort. Siddhartha Mukherjee has proposed that only 0.025% of your body’s chemical reaction applies to the mechanism that is suitable for the present key and lock, so antibiotics are not a panacea!

Misuse Puts You and Others at Risk

Excessive use of antibiotics can have a significant side effect, and can injure the body – especially in children. The most serious side effects of antibiotics are allergic reactions. For example, Streptomycin can cause vertigo and Kanamycin adversely affects the ear hair cells, as well as hearing loss.Younger children and the elderly are more likely to develop drug-induced deafness as opposed to others since their immune systems are weaker. Cold fever with antibiotics, children do not express, they only show symptoms of deafness after it is too late.


Antibiotic Resistance

In the event that antibiotics are overused, bacteria will become resistant, making the effect of antibiotics worse, or even invalid. Moreover, the bacterial immunity can also spread to other cells. The bacteria are invulnerable to certain antibiotics, but also to others as well, and that resistance can be in different bacteria, such as the normal bacterial flora Pathogenic, via drug-resistant genes, the bacterial resistance to complications. If you regularly take antibiotics, they destroy the body’s normal flora, so a number of highly resistant bacteria accumulate in the body, and eventually killing the patient because there was “no cure

Forget the Pill, Cell Therapy is Coming Soon

Cell therapy, as discussed by Siddhartha Mukherjee, refers to the function and structure of normal cells as a “drug” into the patient’s body, to repair damaged tissue cells and organs, and to control the disease and the purpose of cure.


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