“Each of us will be able to regrow a heart, liver, lung or kidney when we need it, instead of waiting for the donor to die,” says Dr. Peter Diamandis, the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation in a blog where he predicts eight areas where we’ll see extraordinary transformation in the next decade.

Dr. Diamandis, who co-Authored Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think, predicts massive disruption of Healthcare, says existing healthcare institutions will “be crushed as new business models with better and more efficient care emerge.”

He suggests that along with thousands of startups, data giants such as Google, Apple, Microsoft, SAP, and IBM will all enter the “lucrative $3.8 trillion healthcare industry”.

I’ll be honest… his article scares me.

Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a place for science in healthcare but I believe that prevention beats cure EVERY time and Dr. Diamandis’ predictions seem to be more focused on treating disease than preventing it.

He talks about wearable devices and artificial intelligence saying that these technologies will make each of us the CEO of our own health. NEWSFLASH! You are ALREADY the CEO of your own health.

Who lives in your body? That’s right, you do. This means you are the person most in tune with how you feel, what your energy levels are like and if you are experiencing discomfort or dis-ease.

The world is changing though and with increasingly hectic lives, with ever more distractions, less people are in tune with their own bodies and a reliance on devices to monitor health is already happening.

I guess it started with bathroom scales, but now the ‘must have’ gadget is the smartwatches and fitness tracker.

A new report, entitled Is Time Running Out for The Watch?, predicts that sales of watches in Britain will fall steadily over the next five years, while wearable devices, mostly fitness trackers and smartwatches, will grow by 30% annually.

With the abundance of data now available about EVERYTHING, it appears many people are also seeking scientific data on their own health. I guess this is where Dr. Diamandis’ predictions around the big data companies comes in.

He says “large-scale genomic sequencing and machine learning will allow us to understand the root cause of cancer, heart disease and neurodegenerative disease and what to do about it. Robotic surgeons can carry out an autonomous surgical procedure perfectly (every time) for pennies on the dollar.”

The first part of this statement is positive, although I think we already know many of the root causes of today’s biggest killers. They have been branded ‘lifestyle diseases’ for a reason.

The thing is that many people don’t want to accept this reality…

They want to continue to eat convenience (processed) foods and live in a sedentary way. Then they want someone else to ‘fix’ them when disease inevitably takes over. For these people the idea of cheap surgery and regrowing organs will appeal, but for me I’d rather just stay well in the first place.

 NEWSFLASH! You are ALREADY the CEO of your own health

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