Technology will Eradicate the Pill

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Google has said it is testing a “smart contact lens” that can help measure glucose levels in tears.

It uses a “tiny” wireless chip and a “miniaturised” glucose sensor embedded between two layers of lens material.

The firm said it is also working on integrating tiny LED lights that could light up to indicate that glucose levels have crossed certain thresholds. But it added that “a lot more work” needed to be done to get the technology ready for everyday use. “It’s still early days for this technology, but we’ve completed multiple clinical research studies which are helping to refine our prototype. We hope this could someday lead to a new way for people with diabetes to manage their disease.”

“It is likely to spur a range of other innovations towards miniaturizing technology and using it in wearable devices to help people monitor their bodies better”

Many global firms have been looking to expand in the wearable technology sector – seen by many as a key growth area in the coming years. Various estimates have said the sector is expected to grow by between $10bn and $50bn (£6bn and £31bn) in the next five years. Within the sector, many firms have been looking specifically at technology targeted at healthcare.

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Scientists are also developing special tattoos which may allow those with diabetes to more accurately and quickly monitor their glucose levels. Two different research teams, led by Michael Strano at MIT and Heather Clark at Draper Labs, have developed two different types of nanotech ‘ink’ which would be injected in the skin and change fluorescence depending on your blood sugar. Both types of tattoo would require an external device to measure and translate this fluorescence. While still in the very early stages of development, these glucose tattoos could one day improve the lives of diabetics by giving themselves a built-in monitor for their condition. Robotics and genetics may provide the near term revolution in healthcare but this work shows that embedded nanotechnology has the potential to create even larger innovations thereafter.

 

I am not a scientist – but I can imagine that if this sort of technology can be used to measure glucose, it could surely be adapted to measure Oestrogen and Progesterone levels within the female body. Imagine ladies – no more peeing on sticks, no more early morning thermometers, no more “Does that feel slippery or not?”!

With the new medical technology that is emerging, people will look back over the 20th century as a savage pharmaceutical orgy, where symptoms were treated – not people, and side effects were considered normal. The fact that it was considered the norm for women to constantly pump their bodies full of synthetic hormones to avoid conceiving will be regarded as barbaric as the medieval practice of blood-letting.

Soon i will be able to see exactly where i am in my cycle by scanning my arm, or seeing what colour my tattoo is. I will receive an email to tell me i have ovulated!

Technology will eradicate the pill – mark my words.

  Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25771907

http://singularityhub.com/2010/06/10/nanotechnology-tattoos-to-help-diabetics-track-glucose-levels/

6 thoughts on “Technology will Eradicate the Pill

    • While that approach may work for some couples, St. JPII made it perfectly clear that each couple must use their responsibility to have has many children as they can manage, for financial, emotional and health reasons. Our 3rd child is 7 months old – we are not ready for another one quite just yet!

      • Sadly, Pope John Paul II made many confusing statements throughout his life. Being tactful here, I would say he muddied the waters on many issues, as did his predecessor Pope Paul VI. That is really another topic altogether. Pope Pius XII in his encyclical Casti connubii restated the centuries-old constant teaching of the Church:

        “Since, therefore, the conjugal act is destined primarily by nature for the begetting of children, those who in exercising it deliberately frustrate its natural power and purpose sin against nature and commit a deed which is shameful and intrinsically vicious.”

        However, he went on to say this:

        “Therefore, to embrace the matrimonial state, to use continually the faculty proper to such a state and lawful only therein, and, at the same time, to avoid its primary duty without a grave reason, would be a sin against the very nature of married life.”

        Grave means as it sounds; this word has generally not lost its connotation. “Doctor, how is the patient doing?” “His condition is grave; he may not survive,” replies the doctor. The problem is that “grave reason” concerning procreation has been diluted to the point that almost any reason is deemed by one or both in the couple to be a grave reason. Traditionally, if a couple felt they were suffering grave circumstances, they would talk to a good priest.

        Today, marriages usually begin with a couple of years (or more!) of no children, so the couple can “enjoy” each other, without the “burden” of children. There is even explicit encouragement, often a requirement that engaged couples learn natural family planning, so they will be able to plan everything out. What happens when NFP “fails”? The couple already has a mindset of planning the births of their children. Unfortunately, once this mindset is adopted, artificial contraception is suddenly not off the table for consideration.

        A child is a gift, not a burden. Even if you do not believe that, God never gives anyone a burden he cannot bear. The truth is that even without planning pregnancies, no couple has more children than God intends. But what about free will, you may ask. We can cooperate with God or we can choose not to do so. Either way, children are not brought into the world against God’s will. We cannot force God to create a soul nor can we frustrate Him when He wills a soul be created.

  1. Reblogged this on Deaconjohn1987's Blog and commented:
    Yes, little by little we are being monitored and controlled by science. I think we should discard all these gadgets and start over with just trusting in God’s Providence. That’s what the first people did and humanity survived! Why do we have to control how many children we have, plus or minus, let God grant us what He wishes for us!

  2. And so, what about those people who are dealing with grave situations? They do exist. They are perhaps more common than you realize. The high level of c-sections is increasing risks in having large families. Placenta previa and accretta and uterine rupture are life threatening to the baby and the mom. One dear friend of mine had her bladder split in half during her last c-section and her OB told her no more babies or she risks even worse complications (including death for her or baby or both). Blood clotting disorders, alcoholic husbands, severe diabetes, homelessness, severe mental illness, etc are all very real realities for some people ~ more people than you would think. And those people who are in crisis would likely appreciate technology that makes things easier.

    Additionally, the reason couples are encouraged to take NFP classes during engagement prep is to expose them to alternatives to contraception. If anything, we should be getting this information into their hands long before engagements. So many couples are already sexually active when they get engaged … many women are on the pill from their teen years onward, initially to treat acne. We know this because we are involved in engagement prep in our parish. NFP is news to a lot of people … this is good news that should be shared loudly and often to counteract this (mis)information they are getting in their sex ed classes in school (where they may hear about how ineffective the rhythm method is and lots of jokes about how NFP doesn’t work).

    Also … it’s easy to sit outside someone else’s life and judge whether you think their reasons for spacing are “good enough”. Maybe instead of judging, you should be more open to helping. Do you know any overwhelmed moms? Are you bringing meals to post partum women? Do you offer childcare or housekeeping assistance? Are you a sympathetic ear and do you offer compassionate support and encouragement?

    NFP is not Catholic birth control. It’s an opportunity to marvel at the intricate way God made our bodies, to use that information to become healthier (identifying thyroid issues or reducing pms symptoms, etc.), and to be open to life while learning also the art of self control. I would submit that self control is a lost art, in so many areas of society and while there is grace that is only available when we are open to life, there is also grace that is only available when we practice periodic abstinence.

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