- Joseph Davison
- Provo, UT
- United States
Pharmacology is approaching its end
More and more, scientists are moving away from drugs as the primary treatment for medical conditions. Go look through any of the recent TED talks pertaining to medicine, neuroscience, and so forth. How many of them propose a new groundbreaking drug that will solve everyone's problems? By contrast, how often is it an alternative to medicine that is much more effective? I'm betting you'll discover the latter.
Medicine is a chemical. We allow these powerful substances to enter our bodies in attempts to treat whatever symptoms we may be experiencing. The difficulty is with all of the damage that chemicals do in the means - side effects.
I'm not suggesting that pharmaceutical treatments will soon be completely abolished, but I do suggest that we are beginning to move towards a new era of "medicine." Look at Ed Boyden's talk on optogenetics, "A light switch for neurons" or Yoav Medan's introduction of non-invasive neurosurgery "Ultrasound surgery - healing without cuts." Perhaps we are enter an era with safer, more effective treatments than bathing ourselves with chemicals.