Friday, June 3, 2011

Just a Thought: Fat People

Hehe... Giggles.

I noticed this running through Damn! Lol!'s site, which I love.

Well I compared this to 80% America:

Hehe, Fat people.

So looking at this I wonder if all fat people are mythically jolly in a sense... Like Santa Claus. I think we assume they are jolly due to that fat bastard "climbin' in yo windows, snatchin' yo people up" <--- Actually I like the remix of this song.

Sorry off topic.

... Wait. I want hohos. Everyone knows what a hoho is right? Essentially fatty frosting rapped in fatty chocolate. If you deprive fat people of their hoho's they'd get on their zamboni (Idk some name brand of a scooter for old/fat people) and chase you as far as the battery lasted... Or broke down.

Do not deny the fat one their hohos! Or be faced with the wraith of the sweaty red faces!

Just A Thought

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

First post of my new blog!

So I have decided I will post a "Joke of the Day" at the beginning of each post. It may relate to the post or not, haven't quiet decided yet.

Did you hear about the blonde that:

Couldn't dial 911 because there was no "11" on any phone button.

After losing in a breaststroke swim competition, complained the other competitors used their arms.

Got excited when she finished a jigsaw puzzle in 6 months, and the box said 2-4 years.

Anyways, in this case, I will relate the joke to this post.

So this isn't necessarily a blonde joke, more of a jab, because jabbing is fun.

There is a blonde at my school (as you may guess, she dyes her hair blonde), and this blonde in particular I refer to as Fish due to her reputation (If you like this character, I will make more references in the future). She is as such: very fake (inside and out), materialistic, superficial, not fat - but overweight, and a reknowed (starts with a "B" and rhymes with "Itch"). Over a boy, she maliciously tortures a girl at the high school I attend. I watch it happen. As of recent she doesn't necessarily torture, but instead convinces all those that know the girl that she is a liar, a bad person, and that she is a -- Well a horrible term. If you are close to the girl, you would know she is none of those things, but thus is high school - Made by lies and gossip.

The funny part: On to the Jabbing!
Anyways, she attended Prom with a guy she suckered into going because she would not shut up on Faceboook about how she couldn't get a date (Gee, I wonder why?). So of course they took pictures at the Prom. The dress she wore is described as such: A very bright pink, off the shoulder, cropped short dress, which contains large, unneccessary, light/dark pink flowers along the collar, and bottom. Sounds decent so far right? Ha - There you are wronged by the thing that hung off the ass of her dress --- A tail. Not an animal tail, but a long stretch of a flower pattern in a rectangular shape connected to the dress by the same large unneccessary flowers. Seriously? It had no purpose.

Today she was passing around pictures of her and her (pity) date and she doesn't know it, but every person it was passed to get to the person intended during Graduation practice today --- snickered --- And I joined in.

So here's a question(s) for you my dear followers!

If someone was spreading rumors about your friend, would you talk to them first, or assume its the truth?Or POST which you want to read next! The Fish and her Choice, Or Just a Thought...?

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Changing Direction!~

I have decided I do not get as many interested followers with a Medicinal Blog, so I am following a different route.  :3

I am changing too~ *drum roll*

Just A Thought~ A happier blog that will make you laugh, or I'll at least try.

Lithium: The Very First

Although you may not believe it, but Lithium was the one of the first prescription medications created. Around the 19th century, it was thought to cure gout, however, the amount it would take to dissolve uric crystals is toxic to humans. Throughout the 1870's, it's use changed to treating mania disorders such as bipolar disorder, and manic depression. Later it was used in an attempt to replace dietary salts (sodium chloride), but due to the fact that it caused death it was put aside.
It wasn't until 1949 when John Cade, an Australian psychiatrist, that in low doses it could still be used as a way to treat manic disorders. In 2009, a recent discovery by Japanese scientists revealed a low dose in a populations regular drinking water prompted lower suicide rates because of the mood boost it gives.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Herb Of The Week II

(Sorry for not posting much, been busy with school!)

Baptisia Tinctoria (Wild Indigo)

Medicinal parts: The root of the plant.
Flower and Fruit: The flowers are terminal, and are on 7-10cm lightly flowered racemes. The corolla is yellow, the fruit is blue-black, and ovoid. The seeds are yellowish-brown, kidney-shaped, and 2mm long.
Leaves, Stem and Root: The plant has many branches up to a 1m shrub with a rootstock and knotty branches. The stem is 1-3mm thick, round and slightly grooved and glabrous. The leaves are brittle, and wedge shaped at the base. The roots vary in diameter from 0.2  to 1.5 cm.
Characteristics: The taste is bitter, acrid, and disagreeable; the odor is faint.
Habitat: Indigenous to southern Canada and the eastern and northeastern U.S.
Production: Wild indigo root is the subterranean part of Baptisia Tinctoria, which is dug up in autumn. The plant is produced from uncultivated areas.
Not to be confused with: Wild indigo can be confused or adulterated with the root of Baptisia australis (bluer/incorrect indigo)
Other names: Horse-fly Weed, Rattlebush
Actions and Pharmacology
Compounds: Water-soluble polysaccharide: in particular arabinogalactans, glycoproteins, quinolizidine alkaloids, and hydroxycumaris.
Effects: Stimulation of the immune system, ethanol extract has a positive effect on the human body. Found to raise leukocyte count and to improve the endogenous defense reaction. Has a mild estrogenic effect.
Indications and Usage
Wild indigo use is for septic and typhoid cases with prostration and fever, such as diphtheria, influenza, malaria, septic angina, and typhus. Also used for the common cold, ointment for painless ulcers.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Marvels of the Heart

Did you know?

  1. The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime.
  2. Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day.
  3. A kitchen faucet would need to be turned on all the way for at least 45 years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime.
  4. The volume of blood pumped by the heart can vary over a wide range, from five to 30 liters per minute.
  5. Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back.
  6. Because the heart has its own electrical impulse, it can continue to beat even when separated from the body, as long as it has an adequate supply of oxygen.
  7. The fetal heart rate is approximately twice as fast as an adult’s, at about 150 beats per minute. By the time a fetus is 12 weeks old, its heart pumps an amazing 60 pints of blood a day.
  8. The heart pumps blood to almost all of the body’s 75 trillion cells. Only the corneas receive no blood supply.

  9. human heart

    A healthy heart pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood a day

  10. During an average lifetime, the heart will pump nearly 1.5 million gallons of blood—enough to fill 200 train tank cars.
  11. Five percent of blood supplies the heart, 15-20% goes to the brain and central nervous system, and 22% goes to the kidneys.
  12. The “thump-thump” of a heartbeat is the sound made by the four valves of the heart closing.
  13. The heart does the most physical work of any muscle during a lifetime. The power output of the heart ranges from 1-5 watts. While the quadriceps can produce 100 watts for a few minutes, an output of one watt for 80 years is equal to 2.5 gigajoules.
  14. The heart begins beating at four weeks after conception and does not stop until death.
  15. A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in circulation. An adult human has about four to five quarts which the heart pumps to all the tissues and to and from the lungs in about one minute while beating 75 times.
  16. The heart pumps oxygenated blood through the aorta (the largest artery) at about 1 mile (1.6 km) per hour. By the time blood reaches the capillaries, it is moving at around 43 inches (109 cm) per hour.
  17. Early Egyptians believed that the heart and other major organs had wills of their own and would move around inside the body.
  18. An anonymous contributor to the Hippocratic Collection (or Canon) believed vessel valves kept impurities out of the heart, since the intelligence of man was believed to lie in the left cavity.
  19. Plato theorized that reasoning originated with the brain, but that passions originated in the “fiery” heart.
  20. The term “heartfelt” originated from Aristotle’s philosophy that the heart collected sensory input from the peripheral organs through the blood vessels. It was from those perceptions that thought and emotions arose.
  21. Prolonged lack of sleep can cause irregular jumping heartbeats called premature ventricular contractions (PVCs).
  22. Some heavy snorers may have a condition called obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA), which can negatively affect the heart.
  23. Cocaine affects the heart’s electrical activity and causes spasm of the arteries, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke, even in healthy people.
  24. Galen of Pergamum, a prominent surgeon to Roman gladiators, demonstrated that blood, not air, filled arteries, as Hippocrates had concluded. However, he also believed that the heart acted as a low-temperature oven to keep the blood warm and that blood trickled from one side of the heart to other through tiny holes in the heart.
  25. Galen agreed with Aristotle that the heart was the body’s source of heat, a type of “lamp” fueled by blood from the liver and fanned into spirituous flame by air from the lungs. The brain merely served to cool the blood.
  26. In 1929, German surgeon Werner Forssmann (1904-1979) examined the inside of his own heart by threading a catheter into his arm vein and pushed it 20 inches and into his heart, inventing cardiac catheterization, a now common procedure.
  27. On December 3, 1967, Dr. Christiaan Barnard (1922-2001) of South Africa transplanted a human heart into the body of Louis Washansky. Although the recipient lived only 18 days, it is considered the first successful heart transplant.
  28. “Atrium” is Latin for “entrance hall,” and “ventricle” is Latin for “little belly.”
  29. A woman’s heart typically beats faster than a man’s. The heart of an average man beats approximately 70 times a minute, whereas the average woman has a heart rate of 78 per minute.
  30. Blood is actually a tissue. When the body is at rest, it takes only six seconds for the blood to go from the heart to the lungs and back, only eight seconds for it to go the brain and back, and only 16 seconds for it to reach the toes and travel all the way back to the heart.

  31. stethoscope

    A large-buxomed female patient prompted a physician to invent the stethoscope

  32. French physician Rene Laennec (1781-1826) invented the stethoscope when he felt it was inappropriate to place his ear on his large-buxomed female patients' chests.
  33. Physician Erasistratus of Chios (304-250 B.C.) was the first to discover that the heart functioned as a natural pump.
  34. In his text De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem, the father of modern anatomy, Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), argued that the blood seeped from one ventricle to another through mysterious pores.
  35. Galen argued that the heart constantly produced blood. However, William Harvey’s (1578-1657) discovery of the circulation system in 1616 revealed that there was a finite amount of blood in the body and that it circulated in one direction.
  36. The right atrium holds about 3.5 tablespoons of blood. The right ventricle holds slightly more than a quarter cup of blood. The left atrium holds the same amount of blood as the right, but its walls are three times thicker.
  37. Grab a tennis ball and squeeze it tightly: that’s how hard the beating heart works to pump blood.
  38. In 1903, physiologist Willem Einthoven (1860-1927) invented the electrocardiograph, which measures electric current in the heart.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Dream Dream Dream

When asked what I think a Dream is, I reply the same every time:

"It is a window to the subconscious, that relays messages that tell you what to do in life, or corresponds with a problem or issue you are facing, all in a mess of symbols and irony."

You're probably right...

Well, in fact, in holds true. What professionals called "lucid dreaming" (where you can control your dreams) is the main way for your subconscious to reach you. Another way is "deep sleeping" (where it feels like you just went to sleep 5 minutes ago), this opens the window enough to reach your conscious mind and relay a message. (However it's efforts are fruitless due to the fact you can't remember them in the morning!).

But think of this way ~ Your dreams, allow you to view the past, the present, and the future from a new perspective. Using this section of your brain, you can see mistakes, figure out a way to reconcile differences, or come up with a million dollar idea. Only catch is ... You have to remember it in the morning.

Try lucid dreaming sometime too, lay perfectly still in a comfortable position, and breathe slowly, within 20 minutes you should be lucid dreaming. However, I am pro at it, so I can happily move around and still lucid dream (although most people just call that sleep walking and I typically end up outside sleeping on the lawn...)

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fascinating Knowledge: III

Neurology: Entrance to the Human Brain

Definition of Neurology: the medical specialty dealing with disorders of the nervous system. Specifically, it deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all categories of disease involving the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems, including their coverings, blood vessels, and all effector tissue, such as muscle.
A Neurologist: A neurologist is a physician who specializes in neurology, and is trained to investigate, or diagnose and treat neurological disorders. Pediatric neurologists treat neurological disease in children. Neurologists may also be involved in clinical research, clinical trials, as well as basic research and translational research.

My chosen career is that of a Neurologist. Neurologists first appeared in North Africa in Egyptian studies. They recognized seizures, migraine,  bell palsy, tetanus, dementia, stroke, and the sequelae of head injuries and spinal transection. About 5000 years ago, there were Egyptian physicians who specialized in the care of head diseases and can, therefore, be considered the precursors of today's neurologists.  In southwestern Nigeria, they had native physicians who diagnosed several neurological diseases and were brilliant psychotherapists. Although Neuroscience practices have been around for centuries, it wasn’t until around the World War I era that Neurology was seen as a disciplinary medical profession.

The Electro- Therapeutic Society founded in New York, 1873, turned into the Society of Neurology and Electrology. Later, the American Neurological Association in 1875 would become the first society of Neurology in the world. With the formation of these organizations, Neurology broadened as a medical research and was recognized as a specialty. However, it was until the late 1990's when Neurologists started to truly understand the brain. This has led to remarkable studies and life-saving diagnoses. Neurologists can now predict the damage that Alzhemier’s disease will cause on the brain and how long it will take to deteriorate. It is also been proven possible to perform hemispherectomy (when half of the brain is removed to slow or eliminate seizures/epilepsy) with a high chance of recovery in young children and a normal life expectancy.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Herb Of The Week I

Artemisia Absinthium (Wormwood)


Medicinal Parts: Aerial parts of the plant.
Flower and Fruit: Plant grows from 60 to 120cm in height; The flowers are short stemmed and hang in a many flowered panicle. The fruit is about 1.5 mm long.
Leaves, Stem, and Root: The plant is a semi-shrub. The stem is usually erect, branched, and leafy. The leaves are silky on both sides and simple as it grows upward.
Characteristics: The plant has an aromatic odor and a very bitter taste.
Habitat: Europe, Northern Africa, Parts of Asia, North and South America. 
Production: Wormwood consists of the fresh or dried upper shoots and leaves, the fresh or dried basal leaves, or a mixture of the aerial plant parts from Artemisia absinthium, harvested during flowering.
Not to be Confused with: Will at times contain additions of Artemisiae herba.
Other Names: Green Ginger, Absinthe.
Actions and Pharmacology
Compounds: Volatile oil with high levels of (+)-thujone.
Typically used to treat patients with liver disorders, fever induced by yeast infection could be reduced, watery extract of the drug supposedly reverses the growth of Plasmodium falciparum. The essential oils may posses an antimicrobial effect. Increases the "bitter" taste buds.
Indications and Usage
-Loss off appetite
-Dyspeptic complaints
-Liver and gallbladder complaints

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Fascinating Knowledge: II

Psychology In Pieces 

I follow Sigmund Freud as a personal guideline to the human mind. Yes, he may have been a little on the crazy side, but his discoveries provided a breakthrough in Psychoanalysis/ Psychology. He was originally in the Neurology field (more info on that to come later), he soon moved to the Psychology field when he discovered that women of the time were suffering from "rages" that were brought on by a biological need for (you know what) and were deprived by it. After which he began studying children and came up with the theory that male children will develop an instinctual attachment to their Mothers and kill their Fathers and marry them (Sound familiar to any of you Greek Mythology readers?) and vice verse for girls. 
Children start out with what is called the "Id" at birth. It is the basic needs (eating, sleeping etc), once the child hits around the ages of one, the "Ego" is born, where the child becomes aware of its surroundings, after the Ego, comes the "Superego" which enables the child to begin seeing things in more than black and white and telling right from wrong. This may all seem a bit weird, but Freud developed a point in Psychology. Back in Victorian times, most men sought after a woman who didn't resemble physically their Mothers', but more the emotional and mental connection they craved.  Women usually looked for dominant, secure men, like their Fathers' who could take care of them. Although times have very much changed since Victorian times, the theory can be altered and can be flexible to new generations to come.
(If you would like to know more about this field Comment and I'll be sure to answer!)

(Request following F.K.I)
During a M.I. It is common for the sufferer to have a "chill" feeling. When the body goes into Oxygen Starvation mode, the brain cannot function, so all movement/actions/thoughts/ are slowed or stopped completely and this includes homeostasis (heat/body temperature conduction). It is also common that those who are about to have a M.I. have a "chill" feeling. It is the body's way of trying to tell you something is wrong (blood flow is slowing, heart palpitations etc.)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fascinating Knowledge: I

Cardiology Discovery

I have found many interesting studies, one so far has been on Myocardial Infarction (heart attack). A few years ago, I lost a relative to this common diagnosis. In this, the heart stops beating (due to blockage or other reasons), which causes a lack of oxygen to the brain, which in turn causes red blood cells to die ultimately ending in death. In the year he had passed, the knowledge of how to prevent red blood cells from dying in the process of a M.I. was absent. This information was found two years later in an experiment with spinal injuries. 

In this experiment, when a person was subjected to a spinal injury, the body would go under a "cooling process" (where the body is cooled to well below body temperature) which happens to stop swelling from the injury (reaction due to trauma).  While this was undergoing, experiments were performed on those who had had a M.I. and it proved to stop blood cells from dying. It is still being experimented on, because the success rate still has to be confirmed at least above 60%. As the years go on, there is hope that M.I.'s will slowly decrease as will the death rate that is caused by them.