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A Life Divided (Or, The Struggle Between Living Life and Thriving Life)

Originally posted on You Should See My Scars:
So, I have this problem and I bet a lot of you can relate.  The struggle is this: There are 2 me’s.  There is the Me I want to be, and the Me I don’t want to be….but somehow am so socially retarded that I can’t even be. Let me be more clear: THE ME I WANT TO BE: I have always wanted to make a huge impact in this world.  I have always wanted to have adventure, and love, and have my voice be heard.  I really want to try to change the way the world works because it just seems so shitty right now. THE ME I CANT EVEN BE BECAUSE IM SUCH A MESS: I want friends.  I want to have people to hang out with and to be able to sleep without laying in bed for 2 hours tossing and turning and thinking nonstop.  I want to understand what its like to have a social life. So heres what happens: I try to…

Secondhand Smoke

Originally posted on Serve With Me:
I use public transportation to travel to and from my service. While there are many positives to traveling via public transportation such as reduced air pollution, increased physical exercise, saving money and more, there are also negatives. As you can tell from the title of this post, the main negative I have recently become concerned with is secondhand smoke. Up until this point I have been satisfied with my efforts to avoid smokers. If someone is smoking at the bus stop, I keep my distance so that I don’t breathe in the smoke. In addition, I time my trips so that I am able to wait on the bus where smoking is prohibited rather than outside where it is allowed. Now I have realized that these two tactics are not enough. The tactics I mentioned above have resulted in me breathing in smoke when I am at the train station transferring from bus to train or vice versa. As I exit the bus, often times a person walking in…

Contrasts

Originally posted on Oh, the places you'll go (as a med student):
So, an awful lot has happened since my last post.  I had a brutal exam – made only worse by how burnt out I was after Monte Carlo – I received my geeky fabric and started making more scrub caps (posts and pics to come), and this also happened. Rough week eh? 😉 One of these things is an image of my experience as medical student: one of them is of my experience of a patient.  Any guesses to as which? It was this one, just FYI. I didn’t really break my arm thankfully, we just had our casting clinical skills after said brutal exam, and so we all got a cast on our arm and put on one our classmates arm…and then totally power sawed it off, and trust me, that was a trust exercise!! I sent a pic of me with my arm in the cast to my parents and sister, with no context, and they all freaked out a…

Genes and Addiction by Lisa Ann Catano

Originally posted on David Snape and Friends – The place to show off your hidden talents:
Dr Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist who was at the University of Wisconsin cloning human muscle cells, is best known for challenging the existing belief which purports that the human body is controlled by genes. In his video The Biology of Perception, he demonstrates to the audience using basic science combined with research material from his experiments on stem cells dating back to 1967, that contrary to belief perception controls biology.  Dr Lipton explains and I summarise: In one of his experiments a stem cell was isolated and put into a petri dish (a cell-culture dish) where it divided every ten hours. The cells were then split up into three groups and placed into separate petri dishes. In each of the three dishes the growth medium was changed which is the constituents of the environment. Surprisingly in the first dish the cells formed bone, in the second dish they formed muscle, and in the third dish they formed fat…

recovering from an ED || a beautiful journey of various volumes

Originally posted on she be kale-in' it:
? “recovery is not a destination where one day you will wake up and feel fixed but rather it’s a slow mending process that follows an imperfect line where progress is made over time. along the way your eating disorder will make it’s presence known as it fluctuates between being very quiet or very loud. use this as reassurance that you are healing by the mere fact that you are aware of the sounds it makes and in charge of the volume. “ ? finding this quote from Tina Klaus of Don’t Live Small?was a sign from the universe, i swear. i have read it multiple times knowing how much i must?remember that my eating disorder may flare+ fluctuate, but i remain in charge of the internal volume. i remain in recovery. so i’m being a bit more candid in this post, less about tasty healthy treats?+ more about what i have experienced as well as continue to live with. i’m curious who else had a difficult time…

Hope and Skepticism about the New MCAT

Originally posted on project millennial:
by Karan Chhabra and Allan Joseph The MCAT (better known as every pre-med’s recurring nightmare) just went live with some pretty big changes intended to better prepare premedical students for the healthcare system of tomorrow. We’ve got a guest post over at Dan Diamond’s Forbes blog examining and reacting to the changes. A small excerpt: That’s why we applaud the AAMC for resisting this bias and placing social science, psychology, and the humanities on the same plane as pure science — where they belong. The new MCAT sends a new signal to aspiring docs: they need this knowledge just as much as they need hard science, and the medical community now demands they have it… But unless admissions committees firmly commit to selecting “broader” applicants in all aspects of their applications, the newest version of the MCAT will fail in the same way its ancestor did. This is something we’ve thought a lot about, but we’re really interested in hearing your thoughts — take a read and let us know your thoughts on Twitter…