This is my 30th year practicing medicine and it remains my utmost passion. Despite the challenges of medical practice, which seems to get greater each year, the science of medicine continues to advance in exciting and unanticipated ways that fascinate and inspire. Cures for Hepatitis C, Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, and great advances in diabetes control….are just a few of the latest improvements. Just this week a cure for Hemophilia A is reported in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM for those who recognize). Using the latest genetic techniques, a healthy gene for clotting factor VIII has been inserted into patients to resolve this genetic defect. Now patients who were tied to transfusions of clotting factors will produce their own healthy clotting proteins and rid themselves of the risks of fatal bleeding.
As the science advances, it seems like the system of insurance and healthcare is retrograde…the pains of attempting to remake of the entire healthcare system. To avoid being a victim of this change, it’s important to take control of your health, both in good habits and in working within the healthcare system.
Our office, unchanging in the face of all the systemic changes, is a place of refuge and constancy. We are taking control in our office by sticking to what we do best…. old fashioned personal medical care. For 42 years, the Lakins have been providing care in this valley and except for the new technology we employ for patient communication and efficiency, I know my dad would still recognize the office as created in the image and pattern he established. We will stay connected, working together to be in control of our future.
Good health for us all in 2018!