What Sort of People Do We Help?
We can be affected by two types of disease and condition
1. Transmissible diseases and conditions are ones that we “catch”.
We get transmissible diseases from:
- other people – for example, flu, measles or whooping cough
- animals – for example, malaria or bubonic plague
- contaminated things we touch or eat – for example, gastro-enteritis or norovirus
Sometimes, as with Coronavirus, we can catch the disease from more than one source. We can get COVID-19 from people and from objects, and it may well have come to our species from others.
Very often we are able to get through living with these conditions without needing emotional support, but where a disease causes anxiety or necessitates life changes, NISAD can help – through our ELK.Health programmes and clinics – by providing the tools to cope emotionally.
We help people with transmissible diseases
Currently, NISAD is looking at developing innovative ways to deliver both virus and antibody identification accurately, easily and at a much lower cost than at present.
And we are creating new ways to help people change their behaviours. The Coronavirus has taught us that the way we behave is crucial to our survival.
2. Non-communicable diseases and conditions (NCD&Cs) are ones that we “get” but don’t “catch”
So they’re things like:
- lower back, or other long-term pain
- Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancers
- too much stress, depression, recurring anxiousness
- a feeling that we are flawed or not really worth much
We help people with non-communicable diseases or conditions
Our innovative ELK.Health apps and games – supported by our clinics – help people to change their habits and welcome healthier behaviours.
The reasons why we get NCD&Cs could be down to these factors:
- Genes we inherit e.g.Parkinson’s, Down’s Syndrome or genetic blood disorders such as sickle-cell disease.
- Behaviour – doing something which is bad for us – or not doing something that is good for us.
E.g. more people who smoke get lung cancer than people who don’t, and people who take even short periods of exercise tend to be less prone to feeling down than their desk-bound friends.
- Genes & Behaviour e.g. Type 2 diabetes is often caused by what we do – but, in addition, some people will get the disease earlier in life. For example, those of us with south Asian and sub-Saharan ancestries often get Type 2 diabetes in our 20s, whilst, globally, the average age is nearer 45.
We are experts at helping people change what they do.
Do you feel like you need some changes?
Find out more here.