Not All Human Medical Studies Test Drugs
Clinical trials where a human test subject is used to do research for a drug or medical procedure sound scary to some people. The idea of being the first person to “test” a drug with unknown side effects that hasn’t been proven safe is not usually my idea of a good time. In fact, I’m surprised at how many healthy people are out there looking for studies that they can participate in to make a little money. I guess if I was desperate for cash, things might be different, but even so, I don’t know that I’d be willing to possibly sacrifice my health for that kind of thing.
If I were sick with some kind of disease or had a condition that couldn’t be cured or prevented, I think I’d feel differently. I’d probably be more than willing to try a new treatment, especially if I had been told by doctors that they had no more ideas for what to try. And I know there are many people who are chronically ill and end up looking for clinical trials to participate in with varying results.
One thing to remember though, is that not all medical studies necessitate you taking drugs. There are plenty of studies such as many clinical trials in Dallas, Texas http://www.clinicaltrialsdallasfortworth.com where doctors and scientists want to research other things. For example, sleep. People are very curious about sleep these day; how much we need, if naps are helpful or not, if certain foods or drinks affect our ability to sleep. These kinds of studies seem less scary to me. Although it’s probable (and likely already been proven) that not getting enough sleep is unhealthy, to me the risk of changing my sleeping habits in order to participate in a study seems less dangerous than taking a drug about whose safety we are virtually clueless.
Another area of research that might include some safer clinical trials to be a part of is exercise. In general, we know that exercise is good for our bodies. Although, of course, there is always the chance of getting hurt or overdoing it with exercise, again, I feel like you could argue that the benefits outweigh the risks. A study on exercise would probably be very interesting and possibly applicable to your life in the future. Maybe you would learn some good exercises for your body or find out what kinds of things are just not right for you.
Overall, clinical studies are very interesting to be involved in. Human subjects are needed for us to continue to develop new medicine and procedures as well as to just learn more about how our bodies work. When you sign up to be a part of these trials, there is usually some kind of risk involved. It’s your job to decide ahead of time what you are willing to commit to. And although your choice may be a risky one, it’s one that will help others in the future.