Two potent forces power the Ebola and ISIS epidemics that the media are ignoring. They're (1) breakdown of governing authority, and (2) dissolution of "social capital" -- ties of trust and cooperation that empower individuals, families, and others to forge coalitions and tackle common problems at the community level.
We need experienced leaders who can plot out a principled, unified direction for our future, articulate objectives that create good for all of us, and draw the nation together in a shared vision. Our elected officials have let us down in this department. We do have one remarkable, untapped resource for such leadership.
Cancer, Alzheimer's, ALS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and painful, chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease will only be overcome if we, as a nation, have the will and commitment to once again make funding the type of essential research that led to the eradication of polio in the U.S. such a high national priority.
It's time to demand more of the relationship between technology and health. It should be interactive and personalized, and it should leave you feeling empowered, not anxious. As we learn more about the deleterious effects of stress on our health, ensuring peace of mind - across all facets of health care delivery -- should be of paramount concern.
In a rational model of health care, the consumer must have the ability to distinguish bad products from good, and must have enough information and emotional distance to make purely rational choices about their or their loved ones' health care. There are a number of reasons this simply is not the case.