THE FLUX ICE CREAM PROJECT
My Uber driver pulled up with a perplexed look on his face. He popped the trunk with zero chance of emerging from his seat, so I hoisted the enormous box onto the fender of his tiny Prius.
A good friend had bestowed on me a wonderful piece of Italian machinery. A graceful blend of high-grade stainless steel, refrigerant coils and paddles built to incorporate the perfect amount of air ( yes all ice cream contains air).
The Lello ice cream machine sits along side other Italian luxury brands Ferrari and Gucci, but is so much…
Eyes are terrible at leaving behind evolutionary evidence. This is due to their gelatinous, environmentally sensitive makeup. Historically this created much debate and frustration among scientists including the Godfather of Evolution Charles Darwin,
“The idea of eyes having evolved seems absurd to the highest possible degree.”
But evolve they did.
Current evidence suggests that proteins of simple unicellular organisms were able to receive light approximately 800 million years ago. While this form of light reception can’t be called “vision”, a slow multi-step evolutionary process was well underway.
Opsins are a type of “receiver of light” (receptor) protein that showed…
“Daddy? Grandma says I need to drink a glass of milk with every meal. Is that for real?”
“No that is not for real.”
“Well Daddy, she told me I wont have strong bones unless I drink milk with every meal and you don’t give me any milk.”
“I think your bones are gonna be just fine dude.”
“They may be fine Daddy, but I need great bones to be a soccer player. Actually you should probably give milk to your patients to make them feel better.”
And with that, my five year- old son had one-upped me once again…
How do you put shingles on a house with no roof?
How do you fill up on that super premium 93 octane gasoline with no tank?
Pretty tough to do, isn’t it? Yet the world of healthcare has many espousing a similar mantra:
“An overly pulverized bit of collagen that miraculously work into crevices around your aging eyeballs.”
“This newly discovered Nootropic that magically penetrates the top few millimeters of your cerebral cortex.”
Sounds a bit ridiculous, yet it has become the default strategy for many healthcare providers, supplement companies and emerging technologies.
How do I know this? I was…
We hear a lot about blood sugar.
Television, films, a friend with diabetes, maybe even your family physician. We see characters who have to frequently monitor it, and others placed in life or death situations when their levels drop dangerously low. A cookie! A cookie! My kingdom for a cookie!
But what exactly is going on?
The short answer? Sugar in the form of glucose is vitally important to the health and function of every cell in your body.
That said, glucose performs best within a particular range; too little or too much can cause an avalanche of inflammation or…
Task: Take a stick of butter out of the refrigerator and leave it on the counter.
Come back the following day, unwrap it and start poking and prodding around. That is what it feels like to touch a living human brain.
The brain’s we see on the internet or PBS style documentaries are often preserved and chemically hardened — a real brain, your brain, feels nothing like that.
I once had a neuroscientist colleague tell me,
“I really think that people would take better care of their brain if they knew how delicate it was.”
I would have to agree…
Navigating the World of Post-Concussion Treatment Options
They’re a lot more common than you might think.
Having treated concussions for over a decade, I’ve come across a lot of misinformation when discussing the brain.
So, what does a concussed person do? Where do they go for help? Here are a few of my personal recommendations:
If you’ve ever tried to fix or build something, you know it can take a lot of different tools. That’s why we have a toolbox filled with them.
Why would something as complex as our brain be any different?
Anyone working in the world of…
Some questions linger in our collective consciousness.
We ask them. Individuals offer up their ideas. We consider them. Ultimately, we’re never quite satisfied with the response and are left to ask again. And again.
I’m talking about the “big” questions: What’s the meaning of life? Why are we here? What is love? Who or what created the universe?
And to move things back into my area of expertise, what is the brain? The mind? The self?
As a species, we’ve been considering these concepts at least as far back as the great Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Realistically, probably…
How One Woman Regained Her Footing After Being Bowled Over by Covid-19
Covid-19 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. That’s the harsh reality.
And while there’s reason for optimism with the rollout of mass vaccinations and rapid testing, the pandemic will continue to affect our daily lives for the foreseeable future.
That impact — both big and small — can cause unnoticed environmental changes that can have a very real influence on our overall health.
It’s time to start paying attention to them.
Meet Patient A
Let me introduce you to Patient A — we’ll call her Anna.
Married with two…
As players or parents, we’re aware of the threat of sports-related concussion. Many even consider it the cost of participation: accept and mitigate the risk in order to play.
And when it does happen, the prescribed treatment has traditionally been just a few days of rest.
But that’s changing.
In the past few years, we’ve become more aware of the potential long-term effects of brain trauma.
If you, a son, or daughter play a contact sport, you may have noticed more attention to detail, with baseline tests at the start of a season, and multistep protocols for any injury to…
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