It is easier to maintain a good health than it was in the past?
Health is an important concern for our modem society. From the increase in average life expectancy all over the world, it is evident that the current society has experienced improvements in various matters related to our health. Nowadays, innovations in technologies in different areas such as agriculture and medicine have made it easier for people to maintain good health than before.
To maintain good health, a nutritional and balanced diet is essential. Due to breakthroughs in agricultural production, a great proportion of the global population not only no longer feel threatened by hunger but also have the privilege of pursuing such a healthy diet. In the past, people found it hard to meet basic nutritional requirements such as a daily intake of Vitamin C or dietary fibers, because the main suppliers of these nutrients were fresh fruits and vegetables that were hard to preserve. However, due to greenhouse technology and advanced transportation methods, people now have easier access to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. There has also been a project called “Golden Rice Project” which aims to increase the amount of Vitamin A in rice crops. Since white rice contains no micronutrients, populations where rice is the main staple food has been commonly associated with Vitamin A deficiency which could further lead to immunity and liver disorders. Using new agricultural technology, the Golden Rice Projects provides these populations with a more balanced diet.
Besides agricultural breakthroughs that have given people a healthier diet, medical innovations have also made great contributions to our health maintenance. One of the most important innovations is vaccines. In the past, flues could easily spread throughout a population through just a cough or sneeze and leave people in a bad health state. Modern technology allows scientists to examine diseases at a microlevel and develop vaccines that specifically tackle these diseases. These vaccines prevent the spreads of diseases ranging from flues to greater life-threatening diseases such as malaria and even certain types of cancer. Furthermore，improvements in medical research and technology have also assisted doctors in diagnosing illnesses. Before chemical examinations and the invention of X-rays and CT, it was hard for doctors to even detect the person's illness. Nowadays with these innovations, doctors can precisely diagnose illnesses and prescribe the right drugs to help cure patients.
Some people more argue that people in modern society are more likely to be infected by new types of illnesses due to the unknown dangers our new technology may bring forth. For example, some rumors and researches that claim the preservatives in food and the radiation coming from different technology devices could cause cancer. Though these claims may be true to a certain extent, there is still lack in evidence that preservatives and radiation from cell phones can actually cause cancer. There are strict requirements and quality inspections that prevent such things from happening. Finally, it is also important to note that due to the growth in information technology, the media will play a role in supervising these new developments. People will have a better understanding of these matters, and together the society may be able to prevent possible health threats of new technology.
The advancements in agriculture, medicine, and even information technology have truly created great conveniences for our modern society and allowed us to pursue better health than in the past.