Monday, December 22, 2014

Oh the Joys of Mucus!

The Struggle!
So a month and a half later I decide to blog! But this topic is so necessary to discuss at the moment.  I have bee sick for over two weeks now... and I am struggling to say the least.  One thing I despise about having a cold is the whole sneezing, mucus thing.  It is a pain in the ass if you ask me!  All I keep thinking is how I can sneeze almost every five minutes, blow my nose and still have enough mucus to keep this process going.  I need a miracle!

Have you ever wondered why you even have mucus?  I am a weirdo and that is something I have thought about since I was little.  Our bodies have things called mucus membranes.  Those membranes consist of passage ways that allow for a connection between our bodies and the world around us.  Our mouths, nose, respiratory, digestive, and reproductive tracts are all considered mucus membranes. 

Holy Sneeze
The main substances that make up the mucus liquid are water, certain proteins (mucin), antibodies, and antiseptics. Each substance has a specific job to do in the body to help fight off a disease or infection.  So yes mucus is actually considered to be helpful to our bodies, as much as I hate to admit it.  Mucus has the ability to destroy bacteria and viruses, but also can help trap dust and dirt from getting into the body.  The presence of mucus in the body can be seen as your body's way of telling you that something is wrong, but will fixed in due time.

I guess I have to look at my extreme mucus issue as a positive to my body trying to fight off this horrible cold.  I will still cringe and complain each time I sneeze and have to blow my nose for the 1,000th time though!

To read more on how mucus helps protect other parts of your body click here: Mucus in The Human Body
Substances found in mucus


Monday, November 3, 2014

Never to Late For Yoga and Meditation

Hello there!  I know it may seem like a lifetime since the last time I have updated this blog... It actually has been, but I give my most sincere apology!  I have a some interesting information to share about two of my favorite practices, yoga and mediation.  As I have mentioned before, I am a strong advocate for practicing daily yoga and meditation.  I began my yoga journey about a year ago and have learned so much about my mind and body.  Meditation is still a new practice for me, but I plan to continue in the future. 

The practice of hatha yoga and mindfulness meditation can have a positive affect on the body of cancer survivors.  A group of scientists found that the length of a protein found at the end of chromosomes, known as a telomere, will remain longer in length in those survivors who practice hatha yoga and meditation compared to those who do not.  You may be wondering what a telomere has to do with cancer.  Well, the length of a telomere can be associated with disease.  Shorter telomeres are often present in individuals who are diagnosed with a disease such as cancer.  Longer telomeres are said to be protective against disease. 

Research was conducted on a group of cancer survivors.  The study called for the participants to practice mindfulness mediation and gently hatha yoga for a three month period.  Participants also attended support groups and practiced yoga in the home daily as well.  Each participant had their telomere length measured before and after each practice concluding that the telomere length in those survivors were longer in length.  Even though the study was only carried out for a short amount of time the findings show a promising future.  This new research gives hope for a future where simple practices such as yoga and meditation can be used in the medical world to help in ways that were once not thought to be possible! 

To read the full article and learn how the study was fully conducted click here: Clear new evidence for mind-body connection demonstrated in study
Mind, Body, Soul

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dirty Fun Fact

Body language

Hello there!  I know I have gone M.I.A for a while, and I apologize.  But I have the most interesting fun fact to discuss.  It may get a little intense, so if you are to young for the topic of sex close your freaking eyes and do not read on!

So recently I have been experiencing some weird body numbness during intercourse.  A little too much information I know, but I have a good point lol.  I was initially freaked out when I could not feel my hands and then it got worse.  I suddenly could not feel my bottom lip.  It was like I went to the dentist and got novocaine injected into my gums.  This has never happened to me before so I thought something was wrong with me medically.  Before I  made an ass out of myself and called my doctor to ask him why I felt like I was paralyzed during sex I decided to do some research. 

I came across many blogs where other females have had the same issue.  It is not one to get bent out of shape about, which is a good thing.  Long story short, it is common for females to experience body numbness during an orgasm or after.  Crazy right!  Apparently most females go through a type of hyperventilation, hence the heavy breathing, which can also lead to body numbness.  During intercourse blood flow is directed to the areas that need blood most at that time such as the heart, lungs, and brain.  Blood flow is being diverted from other areas of the body like the hands and face resulting in numbness. 

I no longer so concerned when my whole body goes numb during sex, just means someone knows what they are doing! To read more on this interesting topic click here: Glamour and here Healthtap

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Love or Lust?

Hello there!  I have been slacking on my post lately, I apologize for my rudeness!  But I have a great topic to discuss.  Love or Lust?  A question I know I ask myself when it comes to the opposite sex. New research has indicated that eye movements and location can determine whether or not your current situation is love or lust and spare you some of the disaster lol.

Have you ever wondered what your date was thinking as they gazed into your eyes or as they creepily undressed you with their wandering eyes?! I will help you out by explaining what the eyes can reveal between these two actions.  Eye patterns that are concentrated more on a strangers face are associated with the idea of romantic love, whereas eye contact with the body more over the eyes indicates a sexual desire.  The brain and eyes make that automatic judgment in less than a half of a second! 


The researchers behind this study used black and white photographs of couples looking into each others eyes or interacting with each other and then photos of single individuals of the opposite sex looking directly into the camera.  A group of students were used as test subjects and their task was to look at the images and determine quickly if the image showed romantic love or desire.  Results proved that those individuals who associated the photo with romantic love were more visually fixated on the face.  If the individuals thought the image was more of a sexual desire image their eyes move from the face then fixated on the rest of the body.  These results were found in both male and female cases.

This research gives insight into the first clues of how automatic attention processes can distinguish between the pure feeling of love or just feelings of desire at first sight.  There is not much known behind the science of love, but this is a great start.  I may have to use this tactic to on my next date!

To read the full article and how the study was carried out, click here: Eye movements reveal difference between love and lust

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cannabis not so bad after all

Medical Cannabis
Ever since I was a little girl I was told the horrible stories about cannabis.  For my younger generation it is known as weed, dope, and Mary-Jane to name a few!  As I grew older, I could not seem to understand why there were so many negative connotations surrounding cannabis.  I mean it grows from the earth for goodness sakes! But I will not get off topic.  I recently came across and article that I am dying to share.  New research has proved how cannabis can be used to decrease tumor growth in cancer patients. 

A group of Scientists from the University of East Anglia were able to use the main psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis to target breast cancer cells. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main ingredient and the amazing properties it retains are anti-cancer properties. To complete this study mice were induced with samples of human breast cancer to encourage tumors.  Once the tumors were detected in the mice, the THC was used to target the tumors with results showing a decrease in tumor size.

Chemical molecule for THC
Researchers have found that two main receptors in the cannabinoid receptor family are responsible for the tumor shrinkage, but are unaware of exactly which one does so.  The effects of cannabis in the medical world has been of great interest over the years and is steadily increasing.  With this new found result, some of the effects of THC being used at different doses on cancer tumors can now be explained in a more thoroughly.  Pharmaceutical industries can hope to work towards a future where safe synthetic counterparts can be created that have similar anti-cancer properties as THC.  

This was one of my favorite blog posts to present to you!  I am intrigued with the new research surrounding ways to fight cancer and will enlighten you each time I found something new on this topic.  I hope that one day scientists have the technology and research to do exactly what no one ever thought was possible, cure cancer!

To read the full article and how the doctor mentions that patients "should not be tempted to self-medicate" (lol) click here: How cannabis compound could slow tumor growth

Monday, July 7, 2014

Eye Regeneration

There are many people around the world who are diagnosed with blindness due to accidents, disease, and chemical injuries.  Some even experience partial blindness from cataracts and glaucoma.  In the past tissue or cell transplants have been used to restore the cornea.  The problem with this method is that the end result is not successful.  New research has been conducted on limbal stem cells and a molecule known as ABCB5 with results proving that it is possible to regrow human corneal tissue to restore vision.
Restored functional cornea

Limbal stem cells are rare and have the ability to maintain and regenerate eye tissue. Researchers used antibodies to detect the ABCB5 molecule in stem cells of deceased donors, (those who donated their body to science for research), and then regrew functional human corneas in mice.  The mice who did not have functional ABCB5 molecule had a loss in limbal stem cells and their corneas did not heal properly.  That finding alone shows that ABCB5 is essential to the survival and maintenance of the limbal stem cells. 

The current research is the first known example of creating a tissue from an adult human stem cell! This is an example of how basic research is moving in the direction of transplants and more advanced processes.  With this finding corneal restoration can be completed more easily and those people around the world who suffer from blindness may have a chance to restore their own vision. I find this research to be impactful and gives hope for a future where more tissue restoration can be completed.

To read the full article and how the researchers conducted their study click here: Researchers regrow corneas, first known tissue grown from an adult human stem cell

Monday, June 30, 2014

Emotional Disposition

Soooo Emotional!
Ever since I was a little girl I can remember being extra sensitive when it came to certain things in my environment.  I tend to cry at sad movies more than normal, feel sympathetic for those who are not at their happiest moments, and sometimes let my feelings get the best of me!  I recently came across an article discussing the topic of sensory processing sensitivity (SPS).  SPS is a personality trait that is defined by the sensitivity throughout an individuals social, emotional, and physical environment.

Research is now showing how SPS is associated with certain behaviors, genes, and specific brain patterns than was known before.  Those who experience high levels of SPS are known as high sensitive people (HSP) whereas those who have low levels are known as low sensitive people.  HSP is a new found concept where the individuals show more reaction to subtle stimuli, process information more thoroughly, and are more emotionally reactive than those who have low levels of SPS.

Shine Bright
A study was carried out and the results proved that those with HSP had much more blood flow to areas of the brain that are responsible for awareness and emotion (the empathetic section of the brain).  The conclusion of the study allows for researchers to continue to learn more about this topic and shows that HSP individuals actually do respond more strongly to social interactions that can cause emotion.  So the next time you catch yourself tearing up at an emotional scene or because the triangle sounded beautiful during the National Anthem (yea... I'll admit that happened to me!) tell your friends not to make fun of it's because you are classified as an HSP and your feelings define you!

To read the full article and how the study was carried out with images of married individuals and their spouses, click here: Sensitive? Emotional? Empathetic? It could be in your genes