By Ross Pelton, RPh, PhD, CCN
The Cleveland Clinic is one of the most respected medical institutions in the world. In 2014, the Cleveland Clinic medical institution partnered with the Institute for Functional Medicine and opened the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine. In 2016, due to high demand and a backlog of 1,100 individuals on their waiting list, Cleveland Clinic doubled the size of its Functional Medicine Center to meet what medical director Dr. Patrick Hanaway characterized as “unbelievable pent up demand for this kind of care.”
In 2016, Cleveland Clinic assembled a panel of top doctors and scientific researchers to create a list of medical innovations that they expect to be major game changers in the coming years. When the panel of medical and scientific experts announced their list of the Top 10 Medical Innovations that are most likely to transform healthcare in 2017 and beyond, topping the list as the #1 Game Changer expected to transform healthcare was:
Using the Microbiome to Prevent, Diagnose and Treat Diseasei
The experts stated, “When it comes to life-saving potential and market opportunities, the gut is a gold mine.”
I just attended the Microbiome Movement: Human Nutrition conference held in Boston on Nov. 12-14th. Presentations at the conference confirm that research into the microbiome is unlocking mysteries at a rapidly accelerating pace. The result is the rapid emergence of new products, new companies and new microbiome research technologies.
In 2016, the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy announced funding for a new National Microbiome Initiative (NMI) which will continue to support research into the microbiome.
Indeed, in the decade to come, research into the microbiome will be one of the hottest areas of science, and a critical game changer with the power and potential to radically transform healthcare.
We at Essential Formulas are excited about these news reports because our top two products, Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics and Reg’Activ products with Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3, which synthesizes glutathione are also key game changers that are playing a role in transforming health in America.