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The Heart Tattoo

Many concerns about a permanent tattoo have been expressed over the years, as reports of unregulated industrial ink being used has plagued the industry. Increased hepatitis and other physical evidence of damage to the liver, kidneys and pancreas are legitimate concerns documenting long term systemic effects of those permanent images upon the flesh, a fertile place to mark a symbol or emulate a story since the skin is the largest organ of the body.

The tattoo sleeve was meant to be an alternate way to present those colorful images especially close to your heart without the danger of ink, needles or lead laced  oils of unidentified sources as they are slowly absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream, attaching to red blood cells  that circulate to all the organs of the body, past the Blood Brain Barrier into the white and gray matter disturbing the delicate balance of neuron, dendrite and synapse, effecting memory,  perception, reaction time and judgment.

Now we have a new concept for the  tattoo that makes the visual etching on skin’s surface a life saver  in nothing less than an ingenious advance in medical technology to monitor blood glucose levels an ever increasing problem in fast food societies.

Diabetes is  very difficult to manage. Exertion of energy and lifestyle effects the balance of the bodies metabolism often creating havoc with sugar levels. The best person to judge appropriate doses of medication  and frequencies is the patient, when properly trained about the disease and who are also alert to changes in there own body.

The Blood Sugar Monitoring-Nano Ink Tattoo, developed by Draper Laboratories, is focused on “glucose monitoring nano ink” applied once as a  small tattoo and changes color as glucose levels vary, “The nano ink particles are tiny, squishy spheres about 120 nanometers across. Inside the sphere are three parts: the glucose detecting molecule, a color-changing dye, and another molecule that mimics glucose. If the molecules   latch onto glucose mostly, the ink appears yellow. If glucose levels are low, the molecule merges onto the glucose mimic, turning the ink purple. A healthy level of sugar has a ‘funny orangey,’ color. The sampling process repeats itself, every few milliseconds.”

Although this all sounds like something that The Borg assimilated in its quest for perfection, its not. The concept of itty bitty robots circulating throughout the body is not new, the subject was first  portrayed in the 1966 science fiction classic Fantastic Voyage a sweeping special effects visual epic of shrunken humans traveling through  the human body in a nano-size submarine. It was written by Harry Kleiner, with a star studded cast including Steven Boyd, Edmond O’Brien, Donald Pleasance and Raquel Welsh in her second breakthrough performance in an emotion filled scene as she is attacked by White blood cells who regard her as an alien substance, as all hands on the deck were needed to remove them from her body before being squished to death.

I suppose “The Blood Sugar Monitoring-Nano Ink Tattoo” which comes only in a heart design at present could be adapted to some other useful symbol blissfully in a world of advanced technology, world peace, warp drive as assimilated beings using nano technology to answer  our most difficult  societal problems.