Science fiction guru Isaac Asimov in 1966 at the height of the Cold War wrote a thriller called Fantastic Voyage. It had to do with new technology that scientists had developed (fiction then) to miniaturize doctors and send them inside the vessels of the body to correct defects of man.
That was the fantastic voyage, not space travel, for Asimov, one of the greatest and most prolific novelists we have ever known. The miniaturization had one fatal flaw, it wore off quickly. Professor Benes develops the breakthrough that overcomes this limitation. But before he is able to communicate his crucial insight he falls into a coma, with a potentially fatal blood clot in his brain.
Against a backdrop of the continuing time limitation and international intrigue, our side sends in a submarine with five specialists using the still time-limited miniaturization technology to travel inside Benes body and destroy the blood clot.
Likely you read the book or saw the exciting movie. Moviegoers are treated to a genuinely fantastic voyage through the vessels of the human body as the intrepid team battles enormous white blood cells, insidious antibodies, annoying platelets and other threats as they work to achieve their goal before the miniaturization catastrophically wears off.
What’s the point? Only that in 1966 medicine had no idea that Asimov’s fiction would largely come about. Not that people are made small enough to go into the blood stream, but that we have developed medicine and vitamins that can do the job for us.
A futurist, Ray Karswell, has written some books about what to expect in travel in the future and health. The latter book is about health. In fact on page 3 his subtitle is: IMMORTALITY IS WITHIN OUR GRASP
If there are Christians in the “house” and I offend anyone who believes Jesus Christ has already done that in his atonement–and I am one of them–please bear with us. Kurzwell is zany, but his point was well taken. If we “eat well enough” people say we can do that. No–it isn’t what we eat, but what we digest, that’s most important.
There is an enemy in our quest to live longer. Who is it? It is sugar.
Never when I was growing up did I suspect that sugar was the prime cause of cancer, one of the biggest threats to long life. Keep sugar down in your diet and you’ll live a long while–and I mean actual sugar, not the kind you get from raw apples or other unsweetened fruit.
Listen to Kurzwell: “It is wise to consider the process of reversing and overcoming the dangerous progression of disease as a war. As in any war, if the enemy is at the gates–or inside the gates–it’s important to mobilize all the means of intelligence and weaponry that can be harnessed. That’s why we’ll advocate that key dangers be attacked on multiple fronts. For example , we’ll discuss ten approaches that should be practiced concurrently for prevention of heart disease…”
Who is the enemy? Put yourself at the top of the list. Until the onset of symptoms, most people do not focus on prevention of disease, so health officials give limited advice until something is severe…usually.
The second enemy is the disease process, itself.
As time goes on we’ll give you more specifics on how sugar can expand cancer in the human body, instead of reduce it. You know, don’t you, that all of us have cancerous tissues and cells inside our bodies. But because our bodies are healthy, our good cells fight and beat down the cancerous ones so that cancer never really gets a foothold. But what happens when you eat too much sugar and don’t get enough vitamin D-producing sunshine is that these bad cells multiply and become a big cancer, taking over vital body functions.
Enough for now. Just remember, if you drink coffee maybe you need to consider taking it without sugar–or with less sugar. If you drink herbal tea, honey is a lot better for you than granulated white sugar. Spend more time outside, until we talk again.