Saturday, 11 May 2013

How Does Modern Healthcare Touch Lives?

I confess that when I hear the word 'Hospital', it does freak me out......even now. I am no new person to that place. I had my first surgery when I was four months old. And since then, I have had more than 20 surgeries. These have been the result of a little misfortune by birth. But now, 'All Izz Well', thanks to my parents. Now I am not looking for any sympathy. I have already seen that a lot and I am tired of it. Maybe the tone of the above lines might have made you go with a sad, "Awww" :P, which brings to my mind this singular word sound made by girls, usually; For some reason, I laugh when they do/type that.



My point is, due to these surgeries, I have seen a lot more needles (injections), tablets and medicines, X-rays, forceps, surgical tapes, finger-stick, cotton gauze, tincture, endoscopy and finally anesthesia. This is one word that I hate and that brings chills to me still. Even the cooum's smell is much bearable than anesthesia, I will say. But only because of this anesthesia, surgeries are possible. Yeah, in the early past, patients were operated in their conscious state. Now, it is not possible or rather people won't accept it. I had say, anesthesia is a very important invention. Even endoscopy, which enables doctors to see 'inside' the organs, is a real good finding.

We would still have that memory, where, when we were very young and in the hospital for some fever, the nurse who injects a needle for a blood test, would try to divert our attention to some poster on the wall. Though it sounds lame, it did work to some extent when suddenly pain surges into the body.

Modern heath care has indeed seen many inventions and all of them aims to reduce the work of doctors or reduce the healing time for that patient from a particular surgery etc; If you had seen the movie Prometheus, you would know that the lead actress gets into a operating module or something, presses some buttons and the system starts removing the alien baby that is forming rapidly inside her stomach. Though that scene is so gross, I was fascinated by the technology. I am not sure whether such a technology really exists. It would be great if it does. But the present level of technology in medicine does fascinate me too- from the contact lens to the stem cells. What with the existence of more beauty-conscious people in our society, people are even opting for cosmetic surgery. I have seen a skin doctor having more patients than doctors practicing other professions, even earning more than some of them. :O In today's world, skin is also given much importance just like any other organ.

While Modern health care sounds good to hear on one side, we must also remember that, "Prevention is better than cure". In my case, the situation could not be avoided and therefore many medications had to be taken. But apart from that, all people in this world face a problem and I guess it cannot be changed but reduced to a certain extent. With the growth in the food market and introduction of various machine processed foods with this preservative and that anti-oxidant, our lifestyle, without doubt is changing. This, in itself is a major problem, due to which, problems arise in our body. You don't want to change the nature of your body. When that happens, the problems pile on slowly. Even the vegetables and fruits that we eat, cannot be proved to be 100% natural and healthy, right? Some or the other chemical will be in that. The earth's soil has changed. So, there is a problem in every food item. We can't escape from that but can reduce it by depending on home-made food items. Just Less Bad. Accidents, too are caused by human errors.

The thing is, we spend too much money on food- be it any processed food/ biscuit/ chips/ chocolate/ drink from the supermarket or restaurant or a fast-food outlet etc; Remember, please do avoid fast-food outlets unless you are sure that the shop is hygienic.

But then when the problem (fever, head-ache or heart-attack) comes, we spend even more on medicines and unnecessary tests. If you really think, it is actually like, we spend money to create problems in ourselves and spend even more to cure them. Why go that extent searching for pain? Prevention is better than cure. I know those colourful drink cans, crispy chip packets, soft and hot parottas & samosas would tempt you. Just have control :). Also remember, too much medications is bound to have an effect on you. Majority of people (95% - just telling) get admitted to hospitals due to self-created problems, directly or indirectly. The remaining 5% people (attacked by birth problems) are those for which Modern healthcare is really worth using upon.

Eat well and stay healthy.

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I thank Apollo for giving this opportunity :)



28 comments:

  1. Beautiful article with a beautiful message....best of luck :)

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  2. nice one.. i think a person, works and earns a lot of money, ultimately to spend on medicines in his life which is the major expenditure. nice article.

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  4. nowadays almost every fruit and veggie are treated chemically.. why.. even drinking water is treated n packed in plastics. so it eventually becomes - no chemical no food lifestyle. since our living has changed this way, yeah, we should be more careful n hygienic in our intakes.. good food is the perfect recipe for good health. nice post Akash..

    All the best :)

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    1. Yes, all the good old days are far behind us. We can only minimalise it, in the present situation ...Thanks Meera :D

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  5. An honest and sincere post..... Good luck

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  6. very factual post this was among the ones I have read so far ... Akash I wish you all the luck for the contest !! Congrats for the Liebester Award ! :)

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  7. The western lifestyle that encourages earning more, invariably induces more stress at work and results in the fast-food culture. It's true when you say that 95% of our diseases are caused by ourselves, but how many of us are determined to change our faulty habits? Addictions (to money, fast food, entertainment, alcohol, etc.) are very dangerous. But our modern lifestyle insists that we keep our addictions and spend more. Actually, there is no time to do things right!

    The best thing to do (according to me), is to follow 'Sustainable Living practices'. Our ancestors had ingrained a lot of such practices into our culture, but the modern lifestyle is destroying everything. It's time to re-think our priorities.

    Destination Infinity

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    1. True.... Everything is changing gradually...God save us all

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  8. nice and touching to read from someone who has experienced it all...

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  10. Nice post akash, yeah its true were are only responsible for our health problems. Well written. Im not sure abt the modern technology but you touched my life with this post :)

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  11. Good one Akash, especially it has came out of experience !

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  12. Very nice article Akash :) Prevention is always better than cure.

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  13. 20 surgeries - Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww ;)

    Some valid points here. And health is the greatest wealth that should be maintained well.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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  14. Totally agree that health is wealth and most people think a master health check up at regular intervals is a unnecessary thing. They don't want to do a check up until something has gone wrong. Healthy food, moderate exercise and most of all, awareness is what will keep us fit. Great post. Cheers

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