As human health worsens in all directions, our answer is to spend billions of dollars on cures for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autism and ADHD, the last two of which are now epidemics in the young.
Modern drug treatment is a (very) expensive sham. Our aim should be prevention of illness by regulating environment — removal of pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, coal dust, and other air particles — and to stop our rat-race style of existence which, under threat from human population growth, has made us demented and unhinged.
So-called mental illness is increasing rapidly among all age groups. I would prefer mental “illness” to be called a human failing of spirit, mind and soul. This can only be corrected by improving the conditions under which we live. Spending money on drugs is futile and only lines the pockets of Big Pharma and leaves medical orthodoxy trailing behind, fearful of litigation from Big Pharma’s team of lawyers.
We are now even thinking of ovarian transplants to increase fertility for an already over-populated world. This is madness, as is IVF which costs thousands of dollars for each one month treatment.
One of the big worries at present is the risk of contagion. At one end of the scale, crèches, pre-schools and kindergartens have flourished (or at least the people running them have). Strange, contagious diseases now spread very rapidly — slapped cheek syndrome, hand, foot and mouth disease ( foot and mouth only occur in sheep and cattle), Molluscum Contagiosum and other bacterial and viral ailments. These then spread to parents and (particularly) grandparents.
Molluscum Contagiosum (MCV) has now spread everywhere in the contagion factories ( crèches, schools, etc.). It will always clear up in one or two weeks, but worried parents want results right now. A cream, Imimiquod which was developed for skin cancers, is now used extensively for MCV. It costs $20 and has the same effect as covering the lesions with sticky tape. Hand, foot and mouth, which was always a mild viral infection, has now morphed into something more serious, affecting livers and kidneys.
On the other end of the scale is the proliferation of nursing homes. Here, we see depression, psychosis, Alzheimer’s disease (now expected to affect 33% of all American citizens) and bi-polar disorder.
As previously stated, we have a huge failing of spirit, mind and soul, which is completely environmental. Every nursing home patient is on laxatives due to side-effects of all the drugs they are on, and outbreaks of scabies occur every few months or so. They are given opioids during the day and sedated at night.
This is the society we have become — children and old people have been institutionalised and we have created infection factories. Michael Leunig in The Age a few years ago, drew a cartoon that showed kids in a detention centre. He was howled down and criticised by (mostly) working mothers. Leunig and I aren’t working mothers, but we still despair.