(CNN) -- What lengths would you go to for health or well-being? Would you get plastic surgery in Mexico? Or buy fertility drugs on the black market? Or get a potentially life-saving organ if you weren't certain of its origin?
All this week, "Anderson Cooper 360" reported on the lengths some people have gone for what they would consider better health or a better life. In turn, we asked for your take on these questions. (Special report: How far would you go?) Here is a selection of your answers, some of which have been edited for length or spelling.
Sterling Oldemeyer, Littleton, Colorado
When it comes to personal survival, ethics do not apply. There is no shame in the pursuit of self preservation.
Sean MacCotter, Harvey Cedars, New Jersey
I would rather die the death that awaits me than to accept an organ from a reluctant donor. People have to understand that life is transient. Get over yourselves!
Vanessa Hahn, St. Paul, Nebraska
I wouldn't be able to accept an organ from an unknown source. I could never live with myself knowing that the person who donated it or was paid to donate it may not have had adequate medical care both before and after the operation. That person who donated the organ is somebody's family. I couldn't live with myself knowing there was a possibility that I was inadvertently responsible for taking someone's loved one from them. If I didn't know the organ's origin before my own surgery, I would refuse to go through with the procedure until proper documentation could be shown, even if it meant that I would die without the organ. Organ donation is called a gift for a reason.
Jared Rice, Gulfport, Mississippi
If it were a question of my life in jeopardy, I would go as far as I needed to, putting away all ethics and concerns about morality in order to save my own life.
Gary Stoner, Springfield, Missouri
A little over one year ago, I was blessed with a 6-point match for a kidney. This was from a 24-year-old female located in Texas. I am not sure how she died, but if there is an organ out there that is available then it should not be wasted. I do not condone the killings that are going on in China, but if they are going to kill the people anyway, then why not use the organs for good instead of letting them go to waste. The solution is not to have to go to another country to get an organ, but to have more awareness of donors here in the U.S. I am for stem cell research in hopes that one day there will not be a waiting list for organs, and people will not die needlessly. This is a solution to the current problem of a lack of organs, but eventually there will be a more suitable solution. Until then I hope people take advantage of the organs.
Kelly Bond, Glen Allen, Virginia
"When you've got nothing, you've got nothing to lose." I believe when humans are faced with life-threatening situations, our animalistic qualities come out. We rationalize doing things we would never in our wildest dreams do to survive. If faced with a dire situation, absolutely I would do whatever possible to save my life. Even if that meant possibly breaking the law, or going to some low-income country to buy an organ. (seriously, does that really happen -- I thought people only did that in "Nip/Tuck"?)
Saniya Khan, Chicago, Illinois
Its a hard question but in reality, patients in need of organs don't have the liberty to pick and choose organs (and where they come from), and rightly so. Also by the time someone is in need of organs, things are desperate. Most organ transplantation takes place around holiday times, with potential organ donors perishing in road traffic accidents and having their wishes for organ donation respected if feasible. A lot of times these are healthy young donors. And if someone can accept taking an organ from a healthy young person who meets a premature death, I guess accepting an organ from someone who is executed should be acceptable as well.
Joann Fractman, Kuna, Idaho
I had bilateral corneal transplants in 1965 and again in 2002. I suppose it's possible I received them from an incarcerated individual...don't know. If so, then I would say this proves every life is or can be of value. I am eternally grateful for these gifts of sight I received. My life is much easier than that of a blind person and you can bet I thank my lucky stars every day! To answer your question of whether or not I would accept organs from an executed prisoner...yes. In fact I may already have done so. I can tell you from experience that the soul of another does not travel with an organ transplant.
Sharon Dunten, Indianapolis, Indiana
I guess the first thing that comes to mind is the death camps of WWII with Dr. Joseph Mengele. Though I guess unrelated in some terms, it was and is a total disregard to human rights and humanity. Organ tourism I believe is just another excuse to execute any matched donor with a prospective payee who is willing to pay at any cost.
Tammy Cheramie, Berwick, Louisiana
If I was told I was going to die, I would do whatever it took to live, whatever the cost, wherever I had to go on the planet to do it. I would do the same for a loved one in similar circumstances. Twenty-one years ago my parents were told I'd die from internal injuries from an auto accident, and they made the choice to air-med me to one of the best hospitals in the nation so that I would have a chance at survival. I will always be grateful they loved me that much and had the means to do what they did. I think as human beings we do whatever it takes to continue life at a high level of quality for ourselves and our loved ones no matter what.
Maritza Munoz, San Jose, California
We live in a highly privileged society, the most sophisticated of high tech cosmetic procedures are available at our whim, the frenzy and pressure of perfection are I believe largely driven by Hollywood's standards and media hype of those standards. My grandmother's generation just accepted growing old gracefully and they seem happy. Sadly, in this day and age people will go to any desperate lengths for the sake of superficial beauty.
Debbie Darby, Denham Springs, Louisiana
I can't really say how far I would go for my own health. Maybe you can't really answer that until you're faced with making those decisions. As for my family, I would go to any lengths to ensure that they get what they need. My mother died of ovarian cancer 11 years ago. If there had been anything I could have done to save her, I would have -- even if it meant sacrificing my own life. It's easy to think you're taking the moral high road to say that what other people do to survive sometimes is unethical -- and you'd never do those things. Sometimes "ethics" are just used as excuses to judge the actions of others. But the truth is, no one really knows what they'd do and it's wrong to assume that you do know.
Garrett Bonillas, Glendale, Arizona
Understandably, people will go to great lengths in order to ensure their own health. However, when people engage in such desperate measures as the black market, they are risking more than their own heath. When relatively wealthy Americans go to foreign countries and receive preferential treatment or illegally purchase high-demand drugs, they are perpetuating a system that unequally distributes resources and harms those who are most in need.
Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio
I don't know what lengths I would go through "for health or well-being," but in the case of infertility I know what I would not go through. I have enough sense to know that if I could not afford to "get pregnant" I could not afford to raise a child properly. In a world where so many deserving children are waiting for a loving home, going to extremes to have your "own child" is an act of selfishness.