The Problem With Tackling Important Health Issues And Concerns

kidNowadays, we have the Internet to tell us what we need to know for pretty much any topic.  This presents the concern over people diagnosing themselves and being confident that the research they did on WebMD was enough to tell what disease they had depending on their symptoms.  There is so much information out there on the Internet that you can find any type of answer to a question.  Now, this doesn’t make the answer correct or right in any sense.  The Internet is vast and holds a ton of information.  However, no matter how much research we do, we will always come across right and wrong answers – how do we distinguish them from each other?  This is the rising concern over tackling questions relating to health.

The problem is when people aren’t making a case of seeing the doctor.  The thing is, when you’re diagnosing yourself and not seeing a doctor, things can happen without you knowing.  One day you might just pass out and not have anyone there to help you.  I guess an easy way to solve this is to wear stretch medical id bracelets which can help others identify if you have any health concerns.

Another issue with health these days is parents aren’t taking their kids to see a doctor.  Rather, they look up and do research on the Internet, then diagnose their child without any professional help.  The problem is obvious – how can you identify exactly what’s wrong with your kid without a doctor?  Another part of being a parent is making sure that whoever is taking care of your child knows his or her health issues.  I believe that all kids with diabetes or whatever health concerns should wear medic alert diabetes bracelets literally just for their own safety.

There are many things that adults do that can cause serious health concerns in the future, and they often take to the Internet to look for answers.  Now that’s all fine and dandy but please make sure you see a professional in order to get diagnosed accurately.


In the early-nineties, a visionary special-effects guru named Marc Thorpe conjured a field of dreams different from any the world had seen before: it would be framed by unbreakable plastic instead of cornstalks; populated not by ghostly ballplayers but by remote-controlled robots, armed to the steely teeth, fighting in a booby-trapped ring. If you built it, they’d come all right.

bookIn Gearheads, Newsweek technology correspondent Brad Stone examines the history of robotic sports, from their cultish early years at universities and sci-fi conventions to today’s televised extravaganzas – and the turmoil that threatened the whole enterprise almost from the beginning. Stone surveys robotic combat’s evolution, profiling the obsessive, brilliant builders; their ingenious, fearsome, often witty creations; and recounts the bitter power struggle between Thorpe and the record executive whose company financed the sport – a battle that pitted true belief in one corner and profitability in the other, and destroyed much more than just robots.

Of Gearheads, Kirkus Reviews says the events described in the book “may be emblematic of our civilization.” Publisher’s Weekly says that “all the elements of a taut thriller are here.” Wired magazine says, “the book moves fast and offers high-rpm clashes. A lawsuit-slinging exec reduces Robot Wars founder Marc Thorpe to financial ruin, and supergeek Dean Kamen weighs in with dismay as cash and TV deals go to Segway’s crude cousins. Still, the robots multiply, undeterred by human frailty. ”

By turns a lively historical narrative, a legal thriller, and exploration of a cultural and technological phenomenon, Gearheads is a funny and fascinating look at the sport of the future today.