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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Honey Did You Take Your Implant This Year?


The implants to which I am referring have nothing to do with how you look cosmetically. There is a company called MicroChips, Inc. that has developed an experimental, implantable microchip to deliver drugs in your body. For now, the microchip is designed to replace painful shots. It is said that the microchip will have the ability to deliver medicine in your body more accurately and reliably than administering the injections yourself.


About 20 years ago, I heard about the possibility of administering drugs through microchips. That possibility has come a long way. In fact, it is already being tested on people. There was a study of seven postmenopausal women who had the microchip implanted in their stomachs to receive a daily dosage of bone-firming hormone. The study took place over 20 days. However, scientists say they can develop chips that deliver medicine for at least one year.

One of the reasons for the microchip is that many patients forget to take their injections, administer inaccurate amounts or refuse the medicine because of the pain from needles. With the microchip, those problems are eliminated, and the patient has a better chance of receiving the full benefit of the drug. 

While there has been success in recent studies, it will take up to two years to create a microchip that can deliver drugs for 365 days. Furthermore, in the study with seven women, the medicine was released as scheduled. However, there was an eighth woman in the study. The microchips did not release medicine in her. With that, it is thought that this technology may not be available in the US until later this decade.

On a personal note, I am committed to living my life medicine free. I do understand how technology and medicine has advanced and prolonged the lives of many. Health is a life style.  It is not something that should be considered in your later years. The human body was designed to be healthy with the proper foods and exercise. While I have stated nothing new, people will make choices that hurt their long-term chances of being healthy.

For those willing to take the chance, the microchip may be a saving grace. Taking painful injections for the rest of your life is less than a pleasant thought. Yet, you can be sure that the chips will come with a built in downside. There may be many other factors that mitigate the effectiveness of the chip. There could be x-rays, alcohol, weight gain, metal detectors and other unforeseen disturbers.    

It’s your life. Choose wisely. 

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