The Microbiome Hits #1 For 2017
Why do Cleveland Clinic’s Top 10 Game-Changing Medical Innovations Matter? Because it may just be “The Tipping Point…”
By Anne Mercer Larson
November 8, 2016
Cleveland Clinic’s announcement of the Top 10 Medical Innovations came at the conclusion of the 2016 Medical Innovation Summit.
The real surprise was the designation of the #1 spot to the Microbiome, welcome news to the “natural channel” product manufacturers, but more importantly to the millions of people globally who suffer from conditions and diseases that have the potential to be prevented and even healed. It beat out 200 nominations for inclusion in the Top Ten.
This is part of what Malcolm Gladwell might call “The Tipping Point” as he outlines in his renowned book by the same name. He discusses the three rules of epidemics in information and trends, and the microbiome we believe is at or near that point. The point where information about its importance becomes known and accepted and touted and part of the decision fabric of modern health care.
Cleveland Clinic’s announcement may well be the one to bring the importance of the microbiome to the tipping point of increased research and review of already existing research that verifies the “magnificent microbiome’s” ultimate role in all things relating to human health and disease.
Research into the intricacies of the relationship between the trillions of microbes that populate our gut is increasing but not new, but the acknowledgment of its importance is now prominent due to the WHI White House Initiative earlier this year and a world global initiative. In the case of the U.S., leaders, and institutions are joining their resources financially and strategically to ramp up research and provide solutions to disease and to empower health and well-being.
Prebiotin is currently involved in several studies, two of them funded by the NIH. This is important to know because the National Institutes of Health vet the products which will be utilized with an eye on successful health outcomes.
What is rarely yet discussed is the huge potential cost-savings to the overburdened U.S. heath care system. According to a 2014 Forbes article, healthcare expenditures hit 3.8 Trillion, the equivalent of the entire GDP of Germany.
According to Statista, The United States alone holds over 40 percent of the global pharmaceutical market. In 2015, this share was valued around 413 billion U.S. dollars. However, the prebiotic industry alone is estimated to reach 7.2 billion by 2024.
“Whichever candidate assumes the Presidency of the United States, reducing the state of exploding healthcare costs will be a priority. Reducing expenditures on traditional medical approaches and increasing the use of far less expensive nutritional solutions which provide better outcomes, should be at the top of both parties’ agenda,” says Prebiotin Chairman Ron Walborn Jr., CPA CEO.
Prebiotics are fibers found in food and quality supplements that can help the gut microbiome feed the good bacteria that already exist, thereby strengthening the body’s natural immune system, 80% of which is estimated to be in the gut. Damage from poor diet, overuse of antibiotics, and environmental toxins can break down and harm this natural defense system.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison
The Microbiome hitting #1 is good news for everyone’s health. Finding good and reliable supplements to aid in the gut disrupted by a poor Western diet containing too much sugar, processed foods, and poor nutritional value will reduce illness and suffering among millions.
Ultimately, this change from treating symptoms to preventing disease is now being given the credit it deserves. As Thomas Edison said over one-hundred years ago, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
According to prebiotic fiber leader, Prebiotin Chairman Ron Walborn Jr., CPA CEO, “We have known for a long time that food and natural supplements have the power to strengthen the immune system. Our third-party science proves it. In the past, drugs were the accepted remedy for an out-of-balance microbiome. Now the mainstream medical leaders, like Cleveland Clinic, are acknowledging the microbiome’s power, and investigating better ways of harnessing it.”
We encourage you to explore our posts and blogs and to educate yourself about the many ways our microbiomes can and do influence our health. We don’t want you to miss out on being part of this important and revolutionary tipping point in our world’s health!