It’s not often we get to mark the change of a decade. But what an opportune moment to take stock of what’s been going on over the last 10 years, and perhaps even more importantly what we’re heading towards.
One of the things I appreciate most about my work is that it takes place in this amazing community of brilliant Functional Medicine minds. Collectively, we can do so much more to move Functional Medicine forward than we can alone. So when I started to ponder what should be in this article, it was obvious to me that we needed more than just my opinion. Amazingly, as always, we received many responses to my email ask! And I’m really happy to share them with you here, with my thoughts at the bottom too). Each of us have put into words (sometimes in short-note form – please forgive our busy-ness!) our answers to the following questions:
- What do you think have been the most major breakthroughs of the last decade?
- Where do you think we are headed in the next decade? What changse or trends will we see?
It was very interesting to me, as I compiled these responses, to actually see how in alignment we are. We are most-all lit up about the omics revolution, particularly around the microbiome. Dr. Sandberg-Lewis also raised the ecology connection, which I very much appreciate. It’s also interesting to have a contribution from an evolutionary biologist, who’s thinking about aging as a driver of chronic disease, Josh Mitteldorf PhD. He’s the biostatistitian we’ve been working with in our epigenetics study (Methylation Diet & Lifestyle) and he has given me a new lense through which to look at our data.
Humbly, I now turn you over to my colleagues, who each have kindly given us insight into what they are thinking about. I ask that you consider adding your own thoughts too, in the comments below. We are all in this together!