Wednesday, 3 July 2013

The disease riddled 21st century

Why is it, even though we've made such astronomical advances in the field of medicine, more and more new diseases surface every year at an exponential rate?

So you live until you're 80 huh? But then what; you take a pill for this, a pill for that, so many pills and you still get cancer and die a slow painful death.

Let's explore this, shall we.

The power of fungi

Well let's state the obvious one first. Antibiotics weren't around until 1928 when Penicillin was discovered. What does this mean? Well a little cut from that broken glass turns into a little infection, a little infection turns into roasting fevers, which then turns into sepsis and likely death without antibiotics. So this is how it went back then. If all the young people were dying out before they hit 30 (which by the way was the average life span in the dark ages) then you don't live until the age where you're more likely to develop heart disease, or hypertension, or cancer or most chronic diseases for that matter.

We're not as smart as we think we are

Let's not forget that we were pretty dumb back in the day. We are only recently emerging from an era where science was deemed witchcraft, and many religions forbade the practice of science. No science? No medical advancements, duh. So a lot of the diseases that we're now discovering, have actually always been around, it's just no one bothered to take notice of them, or study them until now. Just imagine, up until the 20th century, the treatment for the majority of illnesses was bleeding. Meaning, 'Oh you've got a fever? Let me just take this knife and slit your wrists until the fever goes away. Fever not going away? Let me slit you some more!'.

It's all in the code

Even though Homo Sapiens have been in existence for about 150,000 years (according to the oldest fossils) the population boom only started within the last few thousand years. Greater population means more genomes, more genomes means greater chance of mutations. Since the majority of mutations are harmful rather than helpful (we're most likely never going to become X-Men) then more mutation means more diseases. Here's a good article expanding on this topic. Link.

We're full of crap(py food)

I'm sure you'd never hear King Tut ask for his fries up sized with his burger combo. Our diet has changed dramatically within the last century, due the the Western influence on the rest of the globe. Vegetable oils, wheat, and deep fried foods are a fairly new staple to the human diet. Our change in diet from home grown, natural food to a mainly processed, chemically preserved diet is not agreeing with our body's physiology. Our bodies weren't meant to consume the food we do today, and it's fighting back with a vengeance. Acid reflux (heartburn) has only recently become a crisis in the medical field. Cancer rates are soaring, as well as those of obesity and the associated diabetes and hypertension. Let's me and you both, go for that fresh salad over that up sized fries next time.


  1. So is it you're opposed to taking all these medicines to help improve the quality of the long life we now live? Or is it that you blame longevity for the increase in disease...

  2. I don't oppose the advancement in medicine increasing longevity. That's an incredibly good thing. I'm convinced that it's the increased longevity that's causing a rise in disease.


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