Publication date: Aug 08, 2019
But in his new book, scientist Eric Topol argues that artificial intelligence can actually make healthcare more human.
His latest book, -Deep Medicine,” is an attempt to explain how artificial intelligence can -make health care human again. “
Topol also had interesting things to say about how people should be thinking about their diets – and a surprising take on first oatmeal and then cheesecake – and where he sees the medical industry going in the next decade or two.
TOPOL: “I had been reading this amazing work out of Israel by a fellow named Eran Segal and his colleagues at the Weizmann Institute, which is one of the top research institutes in the world, and they had uncovered, for the first time, that when we eat the exact same food, the exact same amount, the exact same time, that we have very different glucose responses.
The sugar in our blood is highly variable and then they got data on thousands of people, not just the date on their glucose and the food .. . and everything they ate, but also their sleep and their physical activity and their gut microbiome samples that were analyzed and all their labs and, you know, the whole shooting match on each person and they found that you could predict the glucose response, and it was highly individualized, which debunked the whole sense that there’s this diet, magical diet for all people.
So I became one of the participants in the experiment, and I did two weeks of this and had a glucose sensor on and had to record everything I ate and drank and the whole thing and. ..” HAMBLIN: Did you have any expectations of what your diet would say about you?
When I see a glucose that’s supposed to be hovering around 100 even after you eat, but we go to 160, even up to 180 and I said, oh my gosh, this is bad and then I learned that some of the foods that I really like, that I thought were healthy, maybe not so healthy for me, like oatmeal, and then the foods that I didn’t eat were projected to be, you know, really good for avoiding glucose spikes, things like bratwurst and cheesecake and all these things that I would never eat.
In fact, in most of my clinics, I actually spend a good part of the time ‘de-prescribing’ because most people are taking too many drugs and they have all these interactions and side effects – no less their cost – and so if we can switch from medicines to apps and food, we’ll be better off in the long run.
HAMBLIN: Right, so the title of your latest book, “Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again,” it implies that there is some humanity missing, but how does artificial intelligence play into what you’re saying, actually getting away from keyboards, actually getting away from, you know, data entry?
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