Consider the rate at which people die every day. It is not all deaths that happen because of old age or because of accidents. A lot of deaths in the United States occur because of chronic diseases. You might wonder what exactly we mean by chronic illness. Let us break it down to you.
Diseases are illnesses that happen to human beings. They get cured in time with adequate care and effective medical help. Chronic diseases, on the other hand, are long-term medical conditions that take time to heal. The disease usually starts small but becomes a big issue with time. Any health situation that lasts for more than three months is a chronic condition.
Chronic disease is a generic term that describes a variety of health-related situations of human beings. They can range from syndromes to disabilities and even to physical impairment. Chronic conditions can affect any part of the body, even the nail on your finger. Examples of chronic diseases are cancer, hepatitis B, type 2 diabetes, obesity and respiratory problems.
The consensus is that there is no cure for chronic illnesses. Once it sets into the body, the best thing a person can do is manage it. Such individual cannot be how they were before the disease. However, scientists always discover new things. In the past, chronic disease was a source of worry. There was no way for people then to cope with it. Now, people with chronic illnesses live successful, fulfilling and happy lives. That is not to say we have given up on finding cures to chronic diseases. Here are a few ways to help find cure to chronic illnesses:
Trained Health Professionals: The importance of doctors in the world is undeniable. There are doctors for everything. If you want to have a face lift, there are doctors for it. If you want to make your spine straighter, there is a doctor that specializes in it. Also, to find a cure to chronic diseases, there need to be doctors that we train specially for that purpose. The head of facilities should designate them to every area of chronic illnesses that need attention. Also, these doctors should go through rigorous training in medical school before graduating. There is a new trend. Some patients walk into the hospital and ask for a practitioner that practices “functional” medicine. Functional medicine is the science that creates health. These doctors focus on finding the root cause of a patient’s illness. They do not just concentrate on treating the symptoms which patients are complaining about. Now, if more people are looking for functional medicine health professionals, they are obviously doing something rights. It is probably time to stop training our students the conventional medicine way. Perhaps with joint and continuous effort, we may find a cure to chronic diseases.
Research and Development: It is popularly called R&D. It is an investigation carried out by facilities to improve existing conditions or procedures. It also sometimes leads to the development of new circumstances or procedures. Basic research is a systematic study of the fundamental aspects of a concept. It aims at a better understanding of a phenomenon. We can utilize this method in our institutions. We can utilize them in our health care facilities. If there is a Research and Development department in these places, it will make a world of difference. We can carry out research simultaneously. Teams can be assigned to work on a particular disease. Results can be exchanged to aid development.
Carry Out Tests and Experiments: The quickest way to find a cure is to do tests on the diseases. You can perform experiments on test subjects to check the results of the research. It is otherwise known as applied research. Applied research is the systematic application of the results of basic research. Basic research is time-consuming while applied research is painstaking and expensive. The advantage of experimentation is the fact that you can keep trying again. While at it, you may even discover things nobody foresaw. You may find a new procedure to carry out a test that will reduce time. You just might find a way to save lives in the most unusual way.
Investing in the Medical Field: Working in the medical line is time-consuming. A lot of energy goes into researching both in the laboratory and in libraries. A way to help find a cure is by investing funds into our facilities and institutions. You can raise awareness about the need to support this field. Philanthropists are always looking for new ways to donate funds to help the society. The medical world might be an area of interest for them. It doesn’t just rest on the government. You, as a person can also invest in this field in your little way. Find out if there are research and development facilities in your locality. You can just walk up to them and tell them you would like to support them. It is as simple as that.
Adequate Salary and Incentives: Doctors and researchers are human beings just like we are. They think like us. They act like us. An excellent way to find a cure is to make sure they get compensation for their work. You cannot expect a doctor to spend extra time looking for a cure and you refuse to pay him more. Such doctor will rebel and refuse to put in his or her best. Also, creating incentives for hardworking doctors can go a long way. We can reward medals, lifetime awards, and recognition to practitioners that make a breakthrough in their field.
We can still find a cure to chronic diseases. It might take five years or more. It might take twenty years, who knows. However, it will be a great victory for our generation and our country if we can find the cure to these pernicious diseases. In any case, if you have a chronic disease, do your best to prevent it from becoming more severe. Take your medication. Live healthy. If you do not have a chronic disease, make sure you’re living a healthy lifestyle. You can do your best to keep these illnesses at bay. Health is wealth!
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