I was listening to my favorite program the other night, BBC Radio 4's In Our Time. This program focused on “The Origins of Infectious Disease.” As usual, Melvyn Bragg puts forth a fascinating topic. One of the superb panelists, Steve Jones, BSc, PhD, a Professor of Genetics at University College London and a UK Stem Cell Foundation Trustee, pointed out that we could divide the roughly 200,000 years of Homo sapiens into the following three ages of death.
The Age of Disaster: When we often met our demise as we were bitten, impaled or otherwise devoured.
The Age of Disease: When we frequently died from various plagues and pestilence as we moved into more closely packed cities.
The Age of Decay: When, as we began to successfully learn to collectively fight infections, we began to wither away.
While there are obviously dramatic exceptions to this very rough framework, it is really a nice one to begin the discussion, particularly in the context of what might call the plague of decay of our time: diabetes. If so, I would posit that those of us who are interested in healing, prevention and mobility are uniquely suited to making a difference.
1. UK Stem Cell Foundation. http://www.ukscf.org/downloads/UKSCF_brochure.pdf  Accessed June 10, 2011.
This blog has been adapted with permission from a previous blog that originally appeared at www.diabeticfootonline.blogspot.com  .