Organ harvesting, alive or dead?
Human organs are harvested in China.
How do they harvest, alive or dead?
When I was a high school student, one day, we saw a lot of people rode whatever vehicles to chase a prison van. It’s said that some prisoners were going to be executed. People didn’t want to miss the great entertainment. They crazily rushed to the running prison van. The police officers on the van were scared by the huge crowd gathering from all sides. The prison van tried different directions to get away from the crowd but in vain. Soon, the prison van was going to be blocked in all directions. The officers stopped the van and pulled out two criminals and shot them. Just after the shooting, people were already surrounding them. Later, some witnesses said the criminals were carefully shot. They were still breathing. They were connected to the oxygen tank. Doctors immediately started to cut one of the criminal’s abdomen to take something out.
I’ve read a memorial written by a Chinese. A criminal was going to be executed for being anti-communism. Before being shot, the abdomen was cut open alive and the organs were harvested. (The memorial didn’t say the doctors used pain killer. Maybe they were more concerned about the “quality” of the organs than the pain that the criminal suffered.)
Never Let Me Go
In an alternative post-World War II England, 3 friends attend boarding school where they are treated as “special” to the outside world.
SPOILERS: Through interminable remembered conversations and the tedious minutiae of life at school, the reader slowly begins to understand that the children at Hailsham school are being prepared for a strange destiny. Narrated by one of the three young people, Kathy H., their secrets are revealed: everyone at Hailsham is actually a clone bred to provide organs for donation to “real” people. When they can no longer donate, they die.
Although billed as science fiction, Never Let Me Go is closer to The Chrysalids by John Wyndham than to Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The novel could be characterized as “alternative history with a message”, which is fine by me. But to draw the story out in a gossipy, excruciatingly detailed narrative…..! The type of narrative where an event occurs in 2 pages but Kathy H. thinking about it takes a full chapter! To be honest, I started skimming about a third of the way into the book and by the end, did I even care that they were clones destined to expire saving others? Not at all!
I think it was A.J. Casson, famous member of the Group of Seven painters, who said that when he was starting out in his career, he carefully copied each leaf of the tree into his painting. With more experience, he realized that he could get better results by “suggesting” the many leaves with fewer but more skillful strokes. Mr. Ishiguro painted every leaf and leaf bud with—in my opinion—unnecessary detail: I couldn’t see the tree for the leaves!
I’m thinking this one fares better in the movie version….
5 out of 10.
What is BioSynergy?
Biosynergy is the future of medicine. It is a neologism that I have coined to describe the next paradigm shift in medical possibilities. Biosynergy will be the next revolution for mankind, and it will be even greater than all previous transformative technological innovations (except for the invention of light).
Biosynergy is fully harnessing beneficial properties of living organisms and customizing them to human health needs, at little cost to the human body, to cure diseases, regenerate organs, and restore functions. To achieve biosynergy we will rely on the progress made in genetic analysis and engineering. Examples of biosynergy include the use of viruses, instead of antibiotics, to fight infections more effectively and with fewer side effects. Biosynergy will enable us to create animals for organ harvesting, and eventually create spare kidneys, lungs, hips and livers, at will, and cost effectively. Damaged organs, will be fully restored with little trauma to the patient. Cancers will be easily cured. Stem cell transplants will be used to cure a myriad of genetic diseases. Biosynergy is also the use of animal senses for medical diagnoses with higher degrees of statistical accuracy than any known laboratory method.
How is biosynergy different from conventional medicine? To illustrate the change in paradigm I will need to highlight some of the greatest medical achievements of the past centuries. While medicine is an ancient craft, it only became beneficial to mankind in the past 150 years. Before, doctors’ errors killed as much as their salutary interventions. Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis intuition and Dr. Louis Pasteur’s discovery of disease transmission through germs, laid the ground for Dr. Alexander Fleming’s synthesis of Penicillin. Penicillin, better sanitation, and the progress of pharmaceutical research led to significant improvements in life expectancy. Another development was the improvement of surgery. A positive by-product of two world wars was the improvement in surgical methods which allowed physicians to repair an increasing number of organs and replace some of them with artificial prostheses. While all of these contributions enabled millions to live fuller lives, they conform to one paradigm.
Contemporary medicine facilitates the healing process, or uses drugs to kill disease causing pathogens in an indiscriminate manner. An orthopedist can intervene to ensure that a fracture heals properly, but a 60 year old person will take a much longer time to heal than a teenager. An adult will heal less well than an infant. An oncologist, or an infectious disease specialist, can prescribe antibiotics or chemotherapeutic agents that kill the bad bacteria and the cancerous cells, and inflict significant, often irremediable damage to good bacteria and healthy cells. Collateral damage is the cost of contemporary medicine.
Current medical interventions only enhance the body’s regenerative capacities in its healing process. The problem is that our regenerative potential declines with age, and we lack the capacity to fully restore damaged body structures. In contrast to conventional methods, biosynergic medications will be able to replenish the bodies healing potential altogether with little or no side effects. Biosynergic diagnostics will be made by examining an individual’s idiosyncratic genetic and biochemical make-up. Cancer, genetic diseases, will become what sepsis was a hundred years ago.
The good news is that research to leverage biological properties and fully customize them to human needs is already underway. The less enthusiastic news, is that it will take time for these ideas to mature, and they will require solutions to, as of yet, undefined problems; soliciting the talents of the greatest scientific minds. The microscope revolutionized biology, mathematics and statistical analyses methods will transform biosynergy. Over the next few months, I will share with you compelling articles on gene therapy, diagnostics, and other medical innovations that exemplify biosynergy as a paradigm improvement over medicine as we know it.