With Google making great strides toward introducing autonomous (self driving) vehicles, the organ donor advocates have already begun to voice concern over the reduced number of available body parts for donation because of the anticipated lower rate of road fatalities. It’s a sad day in America when we rally for road deaths to assure an ample supply of organ donors.
I had never given much thought to the primary source of donors until this recent press about the risk of limited body parts. With the DMV leading the way with the “sign up here to be an organ donor” campaign, the strategy makes perfect sense. What a perfect match to coordinate with young drivers on organ donation knowing that a sad percentage of them will end up a teenage statistic.
There are a few things about organ transplants that you don’t hear much about. It might be a good time to review them while we ponder the shortage.
While transplanting a healthy organ to replace a diseased or failed organ can prolong life, transplants are not a long-term fix for the underlying problem. For instance, a transplanted pancreas keeps working for five years in only 57 percent of patients, meaning nearly half of patients will need a second transplant. A transplanted liver will function for five years or more in 70 percent of recipients, and even longer if the organ came from a living donor. After a heart transplant, the five-year survival rate for the organ is about 76 percent. However, a transplanted lung continues to work for five years or more in only about 52 percent of patients.
Since an organ transplant is not a long-term solution, I guess we DO have a big problem with organ shortage moving forward. We need organs for first time transplants and another set for repeaters.
I don’t take organ donation and transplants lightly. My young nephew tragically died in a car accident years ago and he was an organ donor. Within hours of him being pronounced dead, his organs were off to the save the lives of countless others. I’ve met the recipient of his heart and she’s still going strong. I also met the recipient of his kidneys and his liver. They passed within the 7 year estimated survival range. No offense to the recipients of his organs but I sure wish his accident hadn’t happened in the first place.
Whether Google autonomous vehicles limit the number of available organs or not, I think that we need to take better care of our original parts in hopes of avoiding the need for spares.
The liver and the kidneys are 85% water, the heart is 75% water and the lungs 86% water. In addition to a good diet and plenty of sleep and exercise, it sure makes sense to me that you’d water your parts with the finest water on the planet. Ionized, alkalized, electrically charged, anti-oxidant water is restructured and ready to hydrate all of you…especially your priceless organs. Look at it this way. If you hold on to your organs they’ll serve you well for the long run if they’re hydrated. If you pass them on they’ll be in good shape for the next guy!
CHANGE YOUR WATER…CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
CLICK HERE for the proper care and watering of all of you!