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How to Find Your Own Personal Miracle Cure

Modern medicine is driven by huge, randomized double-blind trials that may not apply to your own particular genes or lifestyle. Here’s how to join the truly personal medical revolution.

<em>Edit Article</em> How to Find Your Own Personal Miracle Cure

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Just in case you’ve recently crawled out from under a rock, let me be the first to tell you that the adoption of self-tracking electronic gadgetry has reached epidemic proportions. A hefty step up from climbing on the bathroom scale once a week to see if the new diet works, digital wireless devices now measure everything from the number of steps you take to actual medical data such as blood sugar levels, heart rate, and heart rhythm. Data acquisition can require operator input: “Here’s everything I ate, now you tell me the grams or calories of carbs, protein, and fat.” Or it can be completely automated: “Good morning, Deborah! Not such a good night, eh? You were tossing and turning for one-third of the time you spent in bed. Not very good sleep efficiency.” OK, the sleep monitor in FitBit isn’t quite that personal yet, but a mere glance at the data acquired while you sleep can evoke the same feelings as a first-grade teacher’s praise or criticism. Given that one in 10 Americans over the age of 18 now own some kind of activity tracker, it’s time to ask, “What’s going on here?” Are the new monitoring dev …

Deborah Gordon, MD, has worked in a variety of medical settings, including private practice, emergency medicine, outpatient clinics, and as the Medical Director for the first Migrant Farmworker Clinic in Southern Oregon.

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Deborah Gordon MD

Deborah Gordon MD is a competitive rower and paleo aficionado who practices integrative medicine in Ashland, Oregon. She is keenly aware of the need to maintain muscle and bone mass (and everything else) as we age. Much to the surprise of many of her patients, Dr. Gordon recommends hormone replacement on the theory that paleo women would have used it if they could have.

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