Advent of technology brings many benefits to the human race in curing illnesses, diseases and body conditions. They also help in better and improved diagnosis due to inventions like imaging technology. When modern techniques like Laser are used in surgeries, the benefits are manifold. The Laser technique uses probes to perform surgeries; this avoids the external cuts hence improves the healing process and speed. I know of someone, 91 years of age, who underwent a surgery, which without Laser technique may not have been possible.
But again the new techniques and technology are used for certain procedures which are not proven or their long term effects are unknown. There is a procedure called Lasik. LASIK or Lasik (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis), commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction, is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. The LASIK surgery is performed by an ophthalmologists who use a laser or microkeratome to reshape the eye’s cornea in order to improve visual acuity. For most people, LASIK provides a long-lasting alternative to eyeglasses or contact lenses.
While talking to an eye surgeon, I asked him his opinion about Lasik. He said that anything that is done to our body, against the nature, can be risky, dangerous and some of the detrimental effects may be seen after a long period has passed. He felt that this maybe done for a specific reason; for example, for joining armed forces certain eyesight requirements are there. This is also done on people who want to be in show biz like movies, TV. Using eye glasses is considered taboo for younger aspirants. But he made a valid statement. He said, ” In our city there are 13 eye surgeons who perform this surgery for sometime. Why not a single one of them has undergone Lasik? If they perform this surgery on hundreds of patients, do they not find it safe enough?” This reminded me when I had visited an electronic item chain store called Radio Shack, in Boston with my son Sachin. We bought a few items and went for billing. This was many years back. Their system was so slow that I said to my son, jokingly, that these guys seem to have ancient computer systems that have a speed of a bullock cart. I said this in Marathi. The person on the counter was smart enough, he understood what I had said, “Sir, upgrades are for customers, not for us!” Like many drugs, these new procedures will have side effects but we don’t stop using them. In fact judicious use of modern technology is going to improve our life style. Laser assisted cataract operations are the classic examples of such use.
Humans are known to go overboard sometimes, and get things done that should not be done. These procedures maybe essential in show business (says who?) but can cause lethal damage, sometimes. Michael Jackson and Sridevi are two names that come to mind. They had performed some procedures over a period of time which made their skin lighter. Both of them, originally had darker complexion. If we compare their videos from early and later days, you can distinctly notice the change in colour of their skins. Even a nondoctor like me understands that the skin colour rarely changes over our life time. Skin colour is due to Melanin, and it is HIS gift! We cannot do much to change it! What treatment they took, I am not aware.
But both of them had early deaths which could have been due flogging of their body to improve their skin colour. A well-known blogger and writer Ratna Rajaiah had written an interesting blog about skin colour. As we are all aware that the South Indians normally have dark skins. She mentioned that in Southern India, during growing phase of girls, there is an advice given to her to “Talc Yourself”; just finished your bath, talc yourself. Going out, talc yourself, have done nothing for some time, talc yourself. She mentioned that “talc oneself” is an obsession in South Indian ladies. The weather conditions are very humid and add to that the colour of skin, this leads to excessive use of talcum powder. It has been a human thought process since thousands of years, that anybody who is good, is fair skinned and those who are bad have always been dark skinned. This old thinking prevails and people want to be “Gora”, fair skinned.
This obsession has led to people taking treatments for the skin “improvement”. They should have asked their surgeon if anyone from surgeon’s family was given this treatment. Maybe all these doctors were Caucasians! Another thing people want to control is their body shape. It is well proven over thousands of years what is good and what is bad for our body. But still people go out of their way to control weights and in case of women their figure, the so called 36-24-36-hour glass figure. Controlling weight is good but good idea is to eat sensible things and exercise regularly. People don’t do these things and then want to do crash diet, follow severe work out regimens.
Another thing that ladies do, is to control body to “Zero Figure”. Honestly, I do not know the real meaning of this. But the girls who are in modelling and advertising, try to achieve Zero figure. For what? God has made woman’s body keeping in mind child bearing capabilities. Procreation is the most important aspect of human life which keeps continuity. HE has given the right size, shape and contours to take care of child bearing. Ok, you don’t want a child but HE is not going change design only for you. By making such drastic changes in your body, you are inviting trouble. I hear that some these girls have bulimia. Bulimia is an emotional disorder characterized by a distorted body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight, in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by fasting or self-induced vomiting or purging. Princess Diana had bulimia!
As usual the questions arise why, why and why?
Friends I shared with you some things where doctors do some procedure on patients but will never do it on themselves. People in show business get somethings done, but these are basically against nature. Some people follow regimen which are against HIS design. So is your career so important? Is looking beautiful so important even if the risks are known? Is bulimia accepted? Why not try a different profession? There are enough choices in life, choose the right one, choose the path which does not go against the nature. To me at least, health is more important than the so called successful career.