We all know that some medications that are of great efficacy in some people might have no effect on other people with the same disease. Other people might even experience adverse reactions to the same drug or medication that works wonders for another person with the same illness. Molecular and biomedical scientists claim that Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) might be associated with the absorbance and clearance of therapeutic agents. Currently, there seems to be no way of predicting or determining how a particular patient will respond to a certain medication or drug. It is almost a hit and miss situation. Only retrospectively, that is, by studying patient information from previous treatment can a health care provider know how the patient responds to certain medications. No single health provider can predictor with accuracy that the patient before him will experience an adverse immunologic reaction to a particular drug. It is hoped that using SNPs to study the genetics of drug responses will help in the creation of “personalized” medicine. The response of a patient to a drug is linked to common genetic variations in the genes. Individualized medication is gaining momentum in biomedicine.
The individuality or indivisibility of each human being (the individual) is the foundation upon which individualized treatment is based in both the natural realm and the spiritual realm. Biomedicine is following fast on the heels of religion as far as individualized therapeutic approaches are concerned. In the spiritual realm, each human being carries the Imago Dei (Image of God) with a distinct individuality. Mankind exudes organic unity. Each one of us is an indivisible unity of body, soul and spirit dependent upon God for sustenance. To honor our individuality, God deals with each one of us using unique individualized approaches. As such, we are not surprised when Jesus uses mud to open the eyes of one person (John 9: 6-7) and uses only His word for the other (Mark 10: 46-52) for the same physical health problem. When dealing with spiritual maladies, He scathingly rebuked the religious leaders for their hypocrisy (Matthew 23) and gently cautions the woman caught in adultery not to continue in her questionable ways (John 8: 1-11). Each person’s experience with Him is sacred and irreplicable although we can draw important lessons from it. The only variable that serves as a common denominator, equally extended to all of us is His amazing love.