Posted on Jun 22, 2021 104
Humanity has made a breakthrough in many areas of activity over the past few decades. This includes medicine. Who would have thought three hundred years ago that people would learn how to do heart transplants, invent anatomical prostheses, find a cure for plague and cholera...
But sadly, the development of new diseases has kept pace with humanity. The 20th century brought us AIDS and many other terrible diseases. But the new century also brings its own terrible “surprises”. Old “friends" are joined by new, previously unknown diseases. What diseases are killing people in the new century?
This term was coined by the Viennese pediatrician Clemens von Pirk in the early 20th century. He noticed that many of his patients develop a reaction to certain substances that surround us every day, such as dust.
Today, allergies are one of the most common diseases on the planet. Almost 85% of people on Earth have a reaction of the body to a certain product. People are allergic to just about anything - dust, food, the sun, and the cold. There are a few people on Earth who are allergic to ... water, which makes up our bodies. There are opinions that in a few years there may not be people left who are not allergic.
So who is to blame for this deplorable situation? The people themselves. The more we use artificial additives in our food, the more vulnerable our body becomes. And the chemicals that we use at home also adversely affect our body.
Obesity is becoming a real disaster. If a person is overweight by over 20%, he can already be called morbidly obese. The worst thing is that this disease also affects children.
The United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Brazil, and Germany are just a small list of countries where obesity has become a serious problem. It is caused by unhealthy food additives, an abundance of food and a sedentary lifestyle. If the calories a person eats are not burned, they are stored as fat. Only 5% of people who are obese have this disorder caused by a metabolic disorder. All other cases result from excessive food consumption.
It seems like a big deal, just a little extra weight that can be lost. But it’s that simple. Obesity causes many diseases: hypertension, angina pectoris, risk of diabetes, kidney failure, venous insufficiency, risk of heart attack ... And even if a person loses weight, complications after obesity and further torments the body.
Cancer has become one of the most common causes of death in the world. Every year the number of cancer patients is increasing. Scientists have not given a definite answer what exactly causes cancer. But we can say with certainty that bad ecology, radiation and an enormous amount of ultraviolet light in the environment, carcinogenic substances, some viruses lead to these diseases. It’s scary to admit, but today cancer has become much “younger”. Young people and children are increasingly getting cancer.
Depression is not a new disease. They knew about it in ancient times and called it “melancholy”. But as widespread as it is now, depression has never known. This disorder affects people regardless of age and financial situation. Modern society puts people in a rigid framework. We are constantly running, rushing, owing someone something all the time. The frantic rhythm of life takes a lot of physical and moral energy.
People who suffer from depression, constantly feel tired, sad, stop enjoying life, often break off contact with friends, trying to hide from the world.
Frequent companions of this illness are alcoholism, drug addiction and many phobias. Women suffer from depression twice as often as men.
The physiological manifestations of depression also manifest themselves in disorders of sleep and appetite, decreased energy, pain in the body.
You can’t list all of today’s phobias. People are afraid of everything around them. But new inventions give rise to new fears. One of the newest phobias, for example, boss-phobia - fear of the boss.
Phoneophobia is gaining momentum. This disease was first described at the end of the 20th century. The cause of the disease can be several conversations with rude interlocutors.
The more cars, the more traffic jams. More and more residents of large cities suffer from traffic-phobia, the fear of traffic jams. Every year there are more road users, and people with the fear of traffic jams as well.
At the end of the 20th century, fashion trends revealed a new standard of beauty - the painfully thin woman with sunken eyes and prominent cheekbones. How many girls all over the world are driving themselves to exhaustion to conform to this fantasy. These fears have evolved into a new Thick-phobia. People suffering from this disorder have a panicked fear of gaining even one pound. The appearance of extra grams on the scale generates in them panic, apathy, depression, and sometimes leads to anorexia. Women suffering from Thick-phobia, refuse to have children so as not to gain excess weight.
This disease was first talked about in 2005. The name speaks for itself. This disease arose from the fact that people write a lot of text messages on their phones. Those suffering from keyboard tendinitis experience pain in their fingers, often swelling, dizziness, muscle pain and even loss of appetite are also possible.
Imagine, and this is a condition that affects thousands of people around the world. It is caused by constant anxiety about money problems, the inability to manage their savings. The symptoms of this disease are the inability to manage one’s finances, make basic purchases, and pay loans. The person may also experience stomach upsets, diarrhea, and even difficulty breathing.
Sad as it may seem, scientists discover new diseases almost every day. And although the best minds on the planet are fighting for the health of humanity, so far they are lost in an unequal battle with new and old ailments. I wish people would forget about the physical and mental pain and be healthy and happy.