So the other day I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about the medical business/field.* He stressed the point that modern medicine isn’t focused on prevention but instead it focused on cures. Prevention of illness is an amazing thing. It puts one ahead of the curve when it comes to impending disease and medical conditions and let’s be honest, when your dealing with your health time is a key factor. Cures on the other hand can also mean increased profits for hospitals and drug companies.
This post isn’t about that. This post is about the misallocation of research and time. I seldom read my local newspaper the Post and Courier but today I flipped through the local section and came across a story with the headline “MUSC, ‘meat doc’ split: Neither party bears any ‘ill will’ toward the other, University statement says”.
I thought to myself “meat doc”?
As I read further into the actual story a doctor at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) named Vladimir Mironov has been working with experiments that would facilitate the growth of meat in laboratories.** His goals are to alleviate future food crises with synthetic meat but MUSC “let him go” for undisclosed reasons.*** Dr. Mironov’s intentions seem noble but of course the FDA is gave him the Heisman when he asked for funding for research because this is some borderline Soylent Green/SkyNet type ish.**** (He is also backed by PETA, so that automatically makes me give him the stink eye.) Honestly, it’s just creepy but that leads me to my main question:
Why not skip all of the weird science and focus on curing cancer, sickle cell, HIV/AIDS, or heart disease? *****
Yes, there are major food issues around the world but the first world could get off of it’s a** and do something about this. (Sometimes these famines are caused by governments who are in charge of specific people, like North Korea, simply because they don’t give a damn so Uncle Sam and the rest of the Justice League can’t step in…although they should.) Medical science shouldn’t be wasted on man-made meat. The various types of cancers and other illnesses are to prevalent not to cure. I realize this guy’s idea did not receive any funding from the FDA but I wish research like this would get table so that some real progress could be made.****** Like I said, I’m no scientist but tell me if I’m off base. There are too many sick people out there for ideas like fake meat to even be thought of as a priority. Stop cancer or sickle-cell then I might consider fake meat.
Vaya con Dios.
*Face it, it is a business.
**He jumps in it!
***Are bulls not giving heifers the eye in cow pastures around the world anymore? Are all the bulls on the DL or something?
****I’m no scientist. Hell, I sucked at science in school but I harbor a theory that screwing with the food sources that we currently have has put us in some deep kimchi already. Over developed kids, steroids, and many of these other conditions can’t be random.
*****This is a little personal to me so forgive my rancor.
******Or what I call “real progress” anyway.