What do you think the future holds for health? What developments are you hoping for? What challenges will we face? Send us your thoughts and we'll print the best ones here.
From: Madre Regina Bishop, Roseville, MI
Date: August 20, 2007
Your view: Spread the word. Onions and garlic are the best defense right now, for in the next several months, there are many new strains of bacteria coming. They will ward off disease before it happens. Eat often, and enjoy the ride down primrose lane with Christ, Jesus.
From: Gary Hackley, Chicago, IL
Date: August 7, 2007
Your view: In this Information Age individuals still are living in the 1950's in terms of feedback about their personal health. The high tech industry should be offering low cost individual health monitoring capability on a par with popular hand held digital devices. Given frequent and consistent feedback about health metrics, more individuals will be motivated to improve their personal habits. This revolution will extend the fiscal viability of Medicare, allow for reallocation of healthcare funds to promote research on genetic disease and enable universal health coverage in the same way the Internet enables worldwide information availability.
From: Joseph Pettigrew, Chapin, SC
Date: August 2, 2007
Your view: I'm looking for a ray of energy that removes any fungii, virus, or bacteria that wasn't on your body from the previous day (E. Coli or Salmonella, etc . . . .) Not necessarily a focused beam, but a frequency that would be cataloged in your home computer (connected to this energy gun or door.) The life-forms on your body would not be harmed, only the invading ones.
From: Mohan George, Scarborough, ON, Canada
Date: July 24, 2007
Your view: Diseases are nothing new to mankind, and so are permanent cures. However, along with the increase of the complexity of diseases, the time required to find an effective has increased perhaps proportionately. Thankfully so has the level and intensity of medical research and I think that by 2020 this will result in finding permanent cures to all existing and new diseases within short time frames. Perhaps the world must seperate science and religion and not use the latter to impede progress in the former. Religion is man-made, and must evolve to benefit society the same way eveolution of science has.
From: Ashraf Azmi, HAWORTH, NJ
Date: July 20, 2007
Your view: The biggest development that could come around 2020 is overcoming aging. Using new cellular and genetic research, it will be possible to treat aging as a curable disease. I am not an expert but I would love to hear the Experts opinion on this subject and their expectations for the future. A search on "aging" and "telomere" in Amazon should find scientific books and experts.
From: Marlies Van Hoef, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Date: July 12, 2007
Your view: This topic is Cure of Cancer.
This website collects several issues in stem cell research and I take the liberty to respond as we are working in the area.
In the stem cell debate on this website is noted that cord blood and embryonic stem cells are considered stem cells, however the most universal source of stem cells is BONE MARROW, OR CELLS FROM BONE MARROW MOBILIZED IN THE PERIPHERAL BLOOD.
In 2000 I started Transplant Creations in Falls Church, VA to work on improvement of disease outcome by use of bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cells as part of a therapeutic approach.
In 2001 the stem cell debate was active in the United States. In our vision cloning of embryonic stem cells is unethical.
In October 2006 we were interviewed by the WallStreetReporter; the edited transcript was published in March 2007.
Not one investor, company, insurance agency contacted us
JUST IMAGINE, your bone marrow has the power to support cure of cancer ... in our vision that is feasible for many types of cancers and diseases ... and we donot need to wait but can start trials right now ...
From: Terry Brookman, St. Louis, MO
Date: July 9, 2007
Your view: The map on this link should shed some light on the problems of the world http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Death_rate_world_map.PNG tho unusual thing is the death rate in Central America, it should be higher with squaller and population density. Which leads me to believe a drug resistant strain of something real bad should be coming out of there soon.
From: Luigi Frigo, Berkeley/CA
Date: June 22, 2007
Your view: Telemedicine is gaining a lot of respect as a tool to educate and allow even nurses to apply medical techniques. Ecologically Sustainable Medicine also is showing value for the green health care approach of using preventive medicine than curative medicine. Health care in terms of drugs only, have created a range of issues we can't understand; moreless manage and control. When people are kept healthy by simple nutrition, daily exercise, relaxation and enough sleep it produces a positive environmental impact. Sick people seems to prefer to be treated naturally and with a touch, instead of intrusive cold devices, and medication that have secondary effects not well understood.
The World Health Organization is looking closely at Sustainable Medicine to solve many health risks and epidemics, before they occur, because the cost of drugs, and curing people is so much expensive, and contributes the most to the pharmaceuticals and drug companies, which are also investing in prevention, to manage these epidemics we are currently facing: HIV in Africa, just $60B pass for TB, the list goes on. Thank you.
From: Tom Joyce, New York
Date: June 22, 2007
Your view: Great question ! http://www.youtube.com/v/8b3A1EZixnc&autoplay=1&loop=1
From: G L Jones, MN, USA
Date: June 21, 2007
Your view: My goodness! What optomistic people! When the finite oil supplies dry up in a decade or so, look for ecovillages to spring up, growing their own food, etc., because the American government has been so concentrated on building their personal wealth through legislation (or lack of it), and, IMHO, it is within a year or two of being too late to fix anything. The problems will be increased because nothing was done to stop illegal aliens from invading the US, and like tapeworms, sucking the infrastructure dry.
What? Can't happen you say? It Has Already started..
From: Neil Laporte, Ottawa, Canada
Date: June 20, 2007
Your view: I believe that the next big scientific breakthrough will be in the health care field, be it genetic DNA manipulation, stem cell research, nanotechnology etc...
I truly believe that we are on the cusp of something incredible. By 2020 we should have cures for many degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and many forms of cancer. As well by 2020, life expectancy should rise considerably as new groundbreaking research changes the landscape of how to prolong life.
I for one believe that in the near future people will live to be 500, 1000, or even longer. Sure this brings up many ethical/political/moral questions. There are many websites on the internet support the cause for Longevity and they get into these questions.
Some may think that it is impossible to live that long, well all I have to say is, 100 year ago many people thought that it would be impossible to fly to the moon, yet we have... Now it's time to reach for the stars ;-)
From: Sedat Sertoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
Date: June 16, 2007
Your view: The world will not be different in 2020. The hell scenes we are watching on TV will keep on. None of the problems will be solved. The hunger for power will even grow. That's what I saw for 2020. And godd luck to all of us called humans...
From: Kenneth Yeung, Singapore
Date: June 16, 2007
Your view: Naomi Halas : Nano photonic gold particles for cancer treatment Great ! How do the phtonic particles know where to seek out the tumors and stop when they have found them ?
From: Brittany Hutchison, Scottsdale
Date: June 15, 2007
Your view: I think a chemical test would be a better than any game or statements by the afflicted. Let's get back to scientific/medical proceedures rather than games and psychiatrists who inject there own beliefs to assess the ailment. Depression is serious and it can render a person of value non-functional. E-mail to a friend