Writing Sample: Nutrition and Mood, part II

Way back when I first started Healthy Emily,  I wrote a blog post about how eating different foods could affect our brains’ production of neurotransmitters that affect mood. This post was, and still is, one of the most popular posts on this site. About two years after I wrote it, I took a Food Science class that asked us to write a term paper on a topic relating to, as you might assume, food and science. Since the topic of nutrition and mood stability still fascinated me, I decided to turn the idea for that post into my term paper.

Since the post was so popular, I thought I would share with all of you the final results of my paper, with the actual, scientific research that answers the question:

Can dietary changes positively (or negatively) affect mood at a neurological level?

This is part two of the paper – read part one here! Continue reading

Writing Sample: Nutrition and Mood, part I

Way back when I first started Healthy Emily, I wrote a blog post about how eating different foods could affect our brains’ production of neurotransmitters that affect mood. This post was, and still is, one of the most popular posts on this site. About two years after I wrote it, I took a Food Science class that asked us to write a term paper on a topic relating to, as you might assume, food and science. Since the topic of nutrition and mood stability still fascinated me, I decided to turn the idea for that post into my term paper.

Since the post was so popular, I thought I would share with all of you the final results of my paper, with the actual, scientific research that answers the question:

Can dietary changes positively (or negatively) affect mood at a neurological level?

Here is part one of the paper – click here to read part two! Continue reading

Medical Tests 101: Esophageal pH Test and Laryngoscopy

geralt, 8084 images. Pixabay.com

geralt, 8084 images. Pixabay.com

I was out to lunch with a relative about a week ago. She has some serious pulmonary issues, and she started talking about “a disgusting, invasive” test her doctor wanted to do. I thought to myself, “see, you don’t have it so bad. There are people with worse conditions than yours, who have to have much worse tests than you’ve had done.”

Turns out, the test she was talking about is one I’ve already had done. Oh, the irony. Continue reading

Everybody Poops, part 2: The Poop Transplant

After my last post about poop, a few people were wondering about the last question in the poop quiz:

True or False: Doctors can transplant stool from one person to another to help with unhealthy bowels.

If you haven’t heard about this before, WebMD is correct.  Fecal transplants are, in fact, a thing. Continue reading

These Bacteria are ready to Par-TAY!

Here we have some lovely Eschericia coli and Staphylococcus saprophyticus, spread on plates to test for UTIs, that are clearly all dressed up and ready to hit the town for New Year’s Eve. E. coli is rocking the metallic glam look! And S. sapro is oh-so pretty in hot pink. Continue reading

Stupendous Word of the Day: Back for More

(C) PDPics - pixabay.com

(C) PDPics – pixabay.com

Classes started back up this week.  My new schedule is so much better than spring was and than summer was…even though I’m taking 11 credits, I’m only teaching 2 classes.  This is such a load off, I can’t even begin to tell you.

But, it means that my lovely post on fats and anxiety has been languishing in draft status whilst I’ve been writing syllabi and freaking out about if I’d be able to handle Chemistry 2 and Microbiology at the same time (Chemistry 2 is totally the same material that I learned in biochemistry back in the spring. WHEW.  And Microbiology seems like it will be interesting – we’re going to be focusing on viruses and bacteria – I’ll definitely be fascinated by that). Continue reading

Natural Stress Relievers (aka my Old Friends Chocolate, Popcorn, and Cheese). Plus Some Grammar Geekery.

Source: cosmin4000. CC BY-NC-ND. istockphoto. This photo is amazing and way less gross than the muscle pictures in my textbook.

Source: cosmin4000. CC BY-NC-ND. istockphoto.
This photo is amazing and way less gross than the muscle pictures in my textbook.

In the 10 days since I last wrote a post, I took my Anatomy & Physiology midterm, completed the third unit of the course (more on the brain/spinal cord/nervous system), and then took a lab exam that involved identifying nerves and components of the brain/spinal cord on pictures of actual people’s organs.

While the sections of brain were pretty damn disgusting, the ones I actually found the most disturbing were of the thigh (aka femoral region) and butt (aka gluteal region).  For some reason, all those tendons, muscles, and nerves, looking all cordy and mushy and beige-y, kind of like a chicken leg when you peel the skin off, really turned my stomach in a way I was not expecting. Continue reading