HEALTH DETECTIONS: HOW A CHIP IN THE BODY COULD CHANGE MEDICAL HISTORY

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“Tracking your health.”


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Understanding your health is crucial in being able to live a long health life. But as time progress, what will the standards for tracking health become? Will we start to see microchips implanted into the body that will be able to track with 99% accuracy a health problem is on its way before we get the sickness? Because think about it, a chip placed in the brain, which is the central nervous system of the body, so that it can detect cancer in its very beginning stages. This would mean that the disease wouldn’t stand a chance of growing, must less spreading throughout the body. And thus allowing people to live longer disease free until they pass away.

cost

As with any clinical trial, the cost associated with this type of development would be staggering. The initial cost would have to be raised by through public, but more so the private sector. And this sector could most likely be from already wealth individuals who have the ability to give $100 million, $500 million, or even $1 billion for research. Only downside for society is that these are the people who would be the beneficiaries first. But with them putting up so much wealth, why not. But with anything else in our society, the initial cost are always high before it plateaus and comes affordable for everyone.

socially responsible 

In developing something so ground breaking, we have to make sure that we are holding ourselves to a certain level of decor in dealing. Because having such information about another human being can be an upside when treating them. But the information about patients can also be used to the benefit of the doctor and/or hospital. Because with hundreds of patients, or even thousands of visits in a year at a hospital, medical reps looking to sell products could make a killing if they have information about a hospital and their job is to sell products and services. It now becomes a race for more and more information about another human being. So morals and ethics will come in to play eventually.

externalities

The good over the long haul could easily outweigh the bad. Because imagine what this will do for the productivity of society. People living longer because they don’t have diseases. We could work for longer periods of our lives and retire much much later on. And it could contribute to the overall growth of of our existence.


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NO TRANS: ISSUES WITH TRUMP’S DECISION TO NOT ALLOW TRANSGENDERS TO SERVE IN THE MILITARY

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“To serve or not to serve.”


President Donald Trump announced his decision yesterday that the United States military will not be allowing transgender men and women to serve. This comes as a shock to most, considering not long ago, under President Obama, the LGBT community won a victory with the legalization of gay marriage. Now, a year later, we are seeing reversals of decisions being made. It seems as if everything that Barack Obama did during his reign as president, Trump is working to undo. So as gays now have the right to marry, transgender men and women can’t serve in the military. What was once a victory is now short lived because the community iS right back where they started. A sign that more work is still to be done.

Well, what are some repercussions, if any, from Trump’s decision. For starters, every male must sign up for selective service. It is a requirement for being a citizen in the United States. If you identify as transgender, does that mean you still have to sign? Or, are you exempt? And what are the guidelines for saying you identify as the opposite gender? How do we know to get out of selective service, there won’t be people who use this as an excuse to not enlist? Then there is the flip side of keeping transgenders from serving. And that is if you are willing to fight and protect your country, you should be able to do so. Are we going to keep that same sentiment if a war breaks out?

People at home have all these reasons they agree with the president. Yet when people start dying and drama is all around you, the last thing you think about is the sexual orientation of the person fighting with you. It must be a deflating feeling to know that a country where you are told to pay taxes and follow the laws you can’t protect the freedoms you have. This is yet another decision that could be overturned by our government. Trump’s views were aimed at not incurring costs for rising medical windfalls by the military. And this is when I started to question, “What costs? Are transgender men and women’s surgeries and enhancements being financed by the system? Do they need specialized physicians unlike everyone else? When you transition, do you need special medication because you are no longer who you once were? All of the above questions are not true.

And in the end, that is people’s problem with this decision so far. The transgender servicemen and women is so small, this seems more personal than fiscal decision making. Our military defense budget is between a range of $500 – $700 billion, with medical expenditures being around $50 billion. Any real cost incurred by the transgender community is a few million dollars. It’s so insignificant, that it could be mistaken for personal preference. But like I said earlier, the government may react quick to overturn this decision as well. This will just add to the ongoing tension between Trump and his adversaries in and out of government. Meanwhile he has not lost support from his voters.


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TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: BLACK MALES AND OUR DISDAIN FOR HOSPITALS

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“Why we run from the doctor, even though we need it.”

Ever since the days when Black men were used as guinea pigs for medical experiments, we still have a problem visiting a physician. The most well known experiment conducted on Back men was the syphilis study, where we were used to see the effects of the transmitted disease. There has always been this engrained fear for us as Black men to go to the doctor’s office. Even if it’s for a slight checkup. Because in the back of our minds, there is still this morale and ethical conduct that we don’t feel doctors have among themselves. We still think that doctors are behind the scenes conspiring to hurt us. But ultimately, we are hurt, but it’s not from going to the doctor’s office.

We are ultimately hurt because we don’t go the hospital for routine checkups. Me myself, I don’t go unless I am very much so in pain. This could mean a progression of some sort into something worse when it could have been dealt with early. But that feeling still lingers in the backs of our minds. Well, what can be done so that we can overcome that fear of going to the doctor’s office. Because at this point our health depends on it. Since not only are we paranoid about the doctor’s office, but on top of it, the food we eat tends to be unhealthy as well.

One of the ways to get us healthy and fear less, is our relatives, maybe a child, going to the office with us. With someone present, this decreases a lot of the fears. Having that support system makes us feel at ease. Or better yet, your spouse could serve as someone that would make you feel a lot better. Another suggestion is to research good doctors who have been successful with other patients, This way you’re able to have more trust in visiting the hospital.

In the end, no matter what we do, we can’t continue to be afraid. Especially when we’re predisposed to so many illnesses. Although the historical aspect still leaves us frightened, further holding off from visiting a physician will only hurt us in the end.

PERSONAL PLANETS: KNOWING HOW OUR BODIES RELATE TO THE WORLD

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“Knowing your body is like knowing the world around you.”

My reason for the above topic comes from the fact that I have been sick for the past couple of weeks. Knowing that I am generally a healthy person, I go what’s wrong. I know there are no chest pains nor do I have any problems with my any other part of my body. But there is one area and that is the area between my Larynx and my Esophagus. Well what could be wrong, especially considering I have medicine. For starters we as people have to think of our bodies as a planet. And whatever goes into this planet is ultimately going to effect the countries/landmass in it or in other words our organs, nerves, and muscle tissue.

Let’s start with our mouths which can be looked at like the Earth’s atmosphere. So much penetrates the Earth’s atmosphere and yet we never think twice about it. The same with our mouths; so much enters voluntary and involuntary that we never think about it. Now let’s be clear, there are other ways for bacteria and viruses to enter our human atmosphere, I’m just using the mouth as an example. But in the case of the mouth, we breathe in and out taking in particles only detected with high powered microscopes. Where do these particles go when they enter. They stick to the walls of our Larynx, Esophagus, or enter the Bronchi into our lungs.

These are very vital areas of our bodies because lungs pump oxygen and making it difficult to breathe effects the whole body (planet). Are there other regions of the planet where bacteria/viruses can strike. Of course, one is the brain, or the central nervous system. You can get a lot of transplants, but not a brain transplant. This is the main hub of the entire body to tell the body what to do. What’s funny, it’s almost like the bacteria/virus knows to head for these central places. Not just the brain, but the heart, lungs, kidneys, stomach, liver, and intestines. These very vital areas for survival are so hard hit.

But I ask what is the virus of Earth? This can be a way to combat the virus of our bodies. When you look at how the Earth is effected in a negative way, we as humans are actually like a virus. Just look at the warming of the planet because of burning fossil fuels, fracking, urbanization, and other major Eco Systematic effects on the planet. But not all bacteria is bad, such as the bacteria in our intestines that actually provide healthy nutrients to our system. Or our eyelashes have bacteria that feed off of small particles that try to enter our eyes on a daily basis.

Now the question is, how do we defeat the bacteria that is bad in our bodies and the viruses as well. Because there is a known fact that we cannot kill a virus. But when we die, the virus dies as well because there is no host. Now back to Earth, if humans impact are like a virus to the Earth, we can be eradicated. The Earth does not need us to continue on, we need it; the host which is Earth for us. Earth is hosting us, and if it dies, we die with it. For example, there is no cure for the HIV/AIDS virus because it needs a live host. When we die it dies as well. But we don’t die because of the virus itself. The virus weakens our immune system by killing white blood cells, which allow other treatable sickness to takeover; like cold flu or pneumonia.

Now look at Earth, if humans are AIDS/HIV that weaken the atmosphere because of our industrial impact, thus making it possible for serious pathogens to enter, then what are white blood cells. To me, natural disasters have been more and more prevalent over the years, meaning out of season. Maybe the Earth knows it’s sick and a natural disaster is a way it fights what’s making it sick. Makes sense because when there is a disaster, our productivity slows and we must start all over again building. Now, sense we are AIDS/HIV adapting to our surroundings, mutating and learning as we go along. So once again, what are white blood cells?

To me a white blood cell is the disasters which kill a lot of us, but not all of us. What is strong enough to rid the Earth of humans? Two things in particular are stronger and that is the sun and an asteroid. The sun gives our planet life, which allow us to have life. But the sun is not enough, we as humans need an asteroid. What is an asteroid that could wipe out humanity? Meaning, humans need an asteroid of the medical field to wipe out AIDS/HIV. Because an asteroid could wipe out everything, even bacteria. Now the immediate downside is, there are certain bacteria we need.

The only being on this planet that has this level of consciousness is humans. The Earth knows it’s sick, but doesn’t realize it’s us. It only knows a natural disaster suppresses the pain. But we know that it is us. AIDS/HIV doesn’t know we know it exist, it exist. But given we have a conscious and the virus doesn’t, use our planet human relationship to beat it. Because viruses and harming bacteria listen to nature, but humans are given the ability to dictate outside of nature meaning to reason. We should figure out the ability of asteroid to kill so we can kill AIDS/HIV. When asteroids kill, it’s a combination of size and energy exerted. In the future, can scientist exert enough energy as well as the right dose of medicine that will kill the virus.

In the end we must be aware of our world to be aware of our bodies. People say there is no money in cures, but if we keep people healthy longer, there is more money in that than the medicine for AIDS/HIV and other sicknesses. People being healthy living longer is more positive economic impact other than the burden of more sick people. The tough part will be creating an asteroid that won’t leave us susceptible to other illnesses. Because remember, when an asteroid hit, it’s not only a threat to us, but the whole planet. We don’t want to kill AIDS/HIV or other viruses and bacteria, but also create something much worse in the process.