TED Talks For Food Lovers #1: Drought Tolerant Crops

Water is essential for all living organisms on this planet. Humans are made up of 65% water, and losing any of that water content would be detrimental to our survival. Similarly, most crops need water to grow and survive. Though some crops can tolerate losing more water than others, plants are able to store the water they need to flourish.   But is there a crop that can tolerate no water at all and seemingly come back to life once they come in contact with H2O again? Diet and health are highly interdependent. The food people eat over the course of a lifetime often plays a huge role in determining many of the ailments they incur. Referring to some recent exploration into the field of microbiomics, the large quantity and variety of bacteria in our bodies may likewise be acutely as well as chronically transforming due to the food we eat and the changes we make to our diets. Lastly, for aspiring medical personnel, quick food sources such as cold pizzas, Chipotle veggie bowls, and espresso shots often make up our daily sustenance. What effect do these have on our health?   Over the course of the next several articles, I would like to take you all on a run through some of the most interesting TED talks on food, some quite interesting and others downright genius. As you watch...

10 Moments That Will (Re)Fuel Your Passion For Medicine #6-10

Happy Friday! Here we have part two of the 10 moments that will remind you of your passion for the medical field. Take some time away from your studies to clear your head, watch a few clips, and then get back in the zone!   So here’s the deal. Contrary to my initial belief, I am actually turning into a Grey’s Anatomy fan. And I’m not talking about the ginormous book (that is way to heavy to carry, much less read), but the popular TV series on the life of surgeons.   Going into the medical field myself, I have several reasons and motives that keep me going everyday, despite of all the struggles. From my love for the field to my desire for helping people, I have much to go on. However, there are always those moments where you seek some form of external boost or reprise that can reinvigorate you to reach new heights in achieving your dream. You start to think that you want to be more than a physician – you want to be a person who can be looked up to as a figure of passionate purpose. And what better way to spice up your motives than some TV drama?   So, over the next several weeks, I would like you all to take a close look at some classic, memorable moments from Grey’s...

Healthcare Around The World #10: Brazil

Finally, we end our series of healthcare around the world with Brazil. Though I can’t believe the summer Olympics have already come and gone, I remember leading up to the event there was a lot of controversy surrounding how the country’s healthcare system would be able to support a huge influx of people from all over the world. After the fact, it seems that there was no problem. How exactly did they handle it? Still, that doesn’t mean the system is perfect.     To at least some degree, we are all aware of the dynamics around healthcare in the United States, centering around the struggles to make services affordable, ensuring equal access to care, and juggling the politics of party-line views between private and federally-sponsored healthcare (with everything along the middle of that spectrum). But how do other countries around the world offer healthcare to its people? Can their models provide us with some insight into how to modify our system to make it better?   Over the course of the next several articles, we will be viewing some interesting clips on the general model of healthcare in select countries across the globe. While this sampling is in no way representative of all possible models out there, it undoubtedly provides us with intriguing information to ponder.   Also, a disclaimer before we start. Some of the videos may...

The Key To Weight Loss May Not Be On Your Wrist

Weight loss is surprisingly a highly debated subject when it comes to best practices. There are so many questions surrounding the topic such as how many calories am I supposed to eat? Is diet or exercise more important? Should I do cardio, weights, or both? How often should I exercise? I could go on and on.   Just trying to come up with a plan is exhausting in itself, which is definitely discouraging. However, one factor is indisputable when it comes to weight loss: accountability. Many people believe that keeping track of your diet and exercise, whatever that may be, is the key to a successful weight loss plan.     Several apps have been developed to help keep track of your daily food intake, such as MyFitnessPal and My Calorie Counter. These apps show you how many calories you’re eating, and where those calories are coming from, to give you a better idea of how balanced (or unbalanced) your diet is, and may make you reconsider that late-night snack.   And there are apps to track certain activities, such as MapMyRun or Strava, such as running and cycling. However, when it comes to tracking exercise generally, things get a little more complicated. “So maybe I missed the gym today, but I walked a lot!” is something I find myself saying frequently. But just how much did I actually walk? How...

Issues Medical Students Should Be Aware Of #4: The Healthcare Crisis

As someone going into the medical field, I have been bombarded with questions, quotes, observations, and encounters regarding the “healthcare crisis.” Whether you look at it from the standpoint of increasing costs, an expanding elderly population, or a disconnect between patient care and medicine, everyone from legislators to physicians are grappling with the eventual reality that healthcare systems will encounter challenges that will push their limits.     If you are a medical student who has gone through clinical rotations, you might likely have had this experience (especially on the surgical floors). If you are just starting medical school, it’s something to look forward to!   With this pleasant perspective in mind, I want to actually talk about some of the key issues that you can (and likely should) be aware of as a prospective or current medical student. Beyond the technical medical knowledge, I want to vouch for the crucial importance of being aware of controversial topics that come up repeatedly and consistently in the medical field. As someone who will be holding the mantle as the future of medicine, medical students should be cognizant of current controversies that are garnering attention, forcing us future physicians to take a stand as the appointed leaders.   Over the course of the next several articles, I will be presenting unique perspectives delivered by experts on intriguing medical issues. And to...

Popular Alternative Medical Therapies #8: Reiki

Reiki is a form of energy work that is practiced by specialized practitioners around the world. Focusing on the comfort of the person and maximizing the flow of energy, reiki is utilized to improve overall well being.     Most people know about medicine as viewed through the lens of biomedicine, drug therapies, evidence-based treatments, and the like. However, there is a whole another area of study that addresses ailments with a quite different approach. We have all likely heard of it as alternative medicine.   There are many reasons to take an interest in this field. However, for us prospective as well as current clinicians, this field holds particular value as a future prospective approach that could likely be incorporated into common practice. Despite of our most cutting edge tools in today’s day and age, we are nowhere close to curing the wide variety of diseases in existence. This is where alternative medical therapies offer a different look at problems and open up a new playing field to develop a holistic approach that can benefit patients.   So, in an effort to make us all more informed, I will be going over some of the most common as well as interesting alternative medical approaches. Hopefully we can all learn something new and intriguing!   8. Reiki Video: Source   Featured Image:...

The Best Interview Question That Could Be Your Worst Nightmare

“So why do you want to become a doctor?” Yikes. As a prospective medical student sitting across the table from an interviewer, even though you have known for years that you will inevitably have to answer this question one day, you still can’t avoid the doubt and fear rising within you as you are about to embark on this path. “Why do I really want to do this for the rest of my life and how exactly can I explain it to everyone? What does medicine hold that so strongly pulls me towards it?”   Whether you are trying to find an answer to your questions or just attempting to find the perfect opening statement that will set you on a track to selection at a medical school, here are some aspects of the medical profession that you ought not to miss as a young aspiring physician:   1. Top of the pyramidal food chain I could state this in the most sugarcoated way, but the fact of the matter is that as a physician, you are at the top of the hierarchy. While this may sound enticing on its face, keep in mind that it attracts just as much responsibility. Your patients as well as the entire staff depend on your ability to make the final life and death decisions whenever necessary. You are the whole and soul...

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