Designer babies… What’s your take on this?

handsWhen I initially got to know about the designer babies concept, it took awhile for me to digest the whole thing that we will have more than 2 parents for children going forward! As a mother of 2 kids who came to me through a tedious, lengthy surgery I could somehow not sync in with this fact. I can’t miss to mention about the whole natural process that went for a beautiful period of 9 months. We are technically developing, but aren’t we going in an incorrect direction with extreme speed? It all began with cloning animals and plants, then we progressed to design our bodies in desired shapes, sizes and now we take another dangerous step of designing/creating the mankind? With the news that UK folks are going to make this process as legal soon, let’s take a look at pros and potential risks of this process.

What is the concept of Designer Babies?

This is a process where babies are created using the DNA of three people using the IVF technique. This is to avoid potentially deadly and debilitating mitochondrial diseases that can be passed from a mother to the baby. This may eventually cause muscle weakness, lack of basic energy, failure of heart functioning, and in few severe consequences death. These mitochondrial diseases are impacting one in every 6,500 new born babies.  (Mitochondria are defined as the energy sources that are passed from a mother to a baby)

So as a process, this whole concept of designing a baby goes something like this:

1) An Embryo is created from the parent and the donor.

2) The pronuclei containing the genetic information are taken out from donor and the parent.

3) After creating the healthy embryo, the same is implanted in the womb. This creation happens by addition of parent’s pronuclei and donor embryo.

How does it matter to the existing balance in mankind?

Eugenics: It’s a practice to improvise the genetic composition in population. How we are going to do that?  Through a scary process that involves increasing the number of births of babies with most wanted traits and downsizing the size of the babies with not so desired traits. This could be shocking for a layman to know and understand but THIS IS in practice. As per estimation a scary number of 90% pregnancies carrying babies with Down syndrome are BEING ABORTED. I personally feel ashamed not of the technical development that shows clearly about the baby in the womb, but of the human nature that is not letting these babies born just because they are not perfect?

While this entire process is going to help ONE Baby in 6,500, and 10 couples in UK, there are potential threats to the balanced natural process of conceiving a baby. While the news is that UK government is soon going to make this designer baby concept legal, there are already many doctors and medical researchers who are raising eyebrows against it.

“These techniques are unnecessary and unsafe and were in fact rejected by the majority of consultation responses” Dr David King, Director -Human Genetics Alert.

However, as long as this is used as a MEDICAL need but not a COSMETIC need, this can definitely give a second life for mothers like Sharon Bernardi, who lost SEVEN children because of defective mitochondria. The question here is about the bioethics! I mean, today if we can break this rule of one child and two parents for a healthy next generation, why can’t we do it for more gorgeous next generation. It would not surprise me tomorrow if parents come forward with a request saying “I want my baby with blue eyes, black hair and fair complexion. My neighbor has all of them, but I don’t. So, let her be the donor and third parent”!! We have already seen how a Bariatric surgery is being mis-used as a weight reduction weapon! Bariatric surgery is clearly meant to reduce the obese of people who have medical implications. But we recently read that a 11 yr old girl in India (Sanchita) is undergoing this surgery just because she is obese (she has become obese WITHOUT any other medical implications).

This is what I feel as a person who truly respects the nature that is created by one almighty. Anyone can differ with me, for infinite number of reasons. You can express, but be an adult. Unprofessional comments will strictly be disregarded. Thank you, for your time.

4 DEADly addictions and simple ways to get rid of them

We all are addicts of one or the other thing. The addiction of few is towards cigarettes, few are addicted to drinking, few can’t manage without reading, few are addicted to their own work etc etc.

But what are DEADly addictions? When these addictions become harmful and dangerous to well-being, they turn into DEADly addictions. Truly speaking an addiction to cigarettes is more than DEADly because, it will anyway kill you but the chances are that this may kill even the people around.  yes, Passive smokers are almost equally prone to cancer.

Here are few such addictions and ideas to overcome them.

  • Smoking :  This has been a severe problem which is eating people for generations together. True ! There are people who had become victims of cancer from the same family for 2,3 generations but could not stop smoking. How do you stop it if you are the victim? The best idea is to start e-cigarettes, to begin with. This is an excellent alternative which will release smoke without nicotine. Eventually you will stop smoking. There are millions and billions of people across the world who are following this tip. So, just go ahead.

If you are still not convinced as to why you should stop smoking.. Read on..

According to WHO, there is a smoker getting killed because of his own so called PLEASURE, one every 6.5 second !!!

more than 443,000 Americans are killed because of smoking. Shockingly, 50000 of them are passive smokers!!

2000 people a day are dying in china just because of smoking !!

Nearly 1 in 10 deaths in India a re caused by smoking. This makes a deadly 900,000 people !!

Impact of Alcohol
Impact of Alcohol
  • Alcohol  : Another deadly sin !! One of the most astonishing facts is that over 2.5 million people are dying annually, world wide. where are we heading to ? Out of all the men who die, 6.2% are died due to alcohol and 1.1% women die because of alcohol.

There are to scaring things about these deaths. One is, we are talking about only recorded deaths here. the number could be potentially more than this. Second is, we are only talking about the direct deaths here. The passive deaths could be atleast 30% of the 2.5 million. Passive to drinking ? you think it’s not possible ? think of a family where the man died and the family lost the one and only earning source .. what happens next, the whole family dies of starving?  These are the passive deaths of Alcohol. scary.. yeah ? there is more to it, Alcoholics are tend to get into serious issues like  violence, child neglect and abuse, and absenteeism in the workplace which may cause passive deaths again !!!

So, how do you handle this, if you are a victim of alcohol… The best way is to visit a re-rehabilitation center. if you want to test your tongue before u hit the center, you can try few easy steps which may work.  Read more about drinking deaths. Read more about those families who lost the man of the family or an affectionate mother because of this drinking. Take a route to any village and try to visit the families where whole family is starving because they lost their man, these are high impacting things which can potentially warn you at the first peg itself.  If these are not working, then re-rehabilitation centers are the best.

*** the sad part is that, when we are beginning with Alcohol , we all think it’s ENTERTAINMENT. By the time we realize it’s really not fun, we can’t get out already!!!

Overweight in Children
Overweight in Children
  • Obesity: The darling addiction of all, for many people. Obesity is not a SINGLE problem. It comes with a big package which will find one or the other way to kill a person. Diabetes, Cholesterol, Heart diseases,  cardiovascular diseases .. what else is required to kill a healthy body. Obesity is not a person being made fun of because of the dangling tummy alone!! There are more and more serious issues to it.

Today, thanks to the increased awareness of the significance of health, many people are willing to fight against Obesity. So pick up one of the best diet plans and follow that if you have been one of the victims. Simple work outs and fresh/ balanced diet helps fight obesity most efficiently.

** Try replacing one meal with heavy fruits and vegetables like carrot etc. This is a definite weight reducing tip.

  • Workaholics :   I am one too !!! But thank god, I am at least able to manage not get into a depression or any other imbalance, when I am not working. I have seen tons and tons of people who do not know why they are sitting in front of their computer or laptop. They sit, they sit and they sit for hours. But are they workaholics ? No, definitely not. Workaholics are those who does absolute hard work but without any limitation. people who are unable to replace the hard work with smart work, and therefore slog for hours also come under this category. It’s unbelievable when we hear that one third of Canadians accept that they are workaholics .. but it’s true ! so what if someone is so glued to their work? it’s a problem.. causing hypertension, blood pressure and diabetes etc. Not only that, the increased pressure on you has a very negative passive impact on people around as well.

What do we do to get out of this. Simplest way is to try and find if there are any smart ways to do the same job in less time. But that doesn’t suffice ! When you are left with enough time in hand because of these smart steps do not accept more work, but look for a new hobby. It could be anything.. To begin with, pick up something relating to your work. so that slowly you can adapt more versatile things to do. If you are a software professional, pick up a habit of social networking about few topics of your platform. This will get you in contact with varieties of people and eventually you may start meeting more people and spend quality time with them, instead of just sitting and working.

** If someone is saying ” OMG you work so much !!” DO NOT take it as a compliment.  You never know probably this is high time that you will need to work on some strategy to reduce working hours , in order to avoid being a workaholic.