Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fruit fly brains shed light on why we get tired when we stay up too late

As we learned in class sleep deprived teen do worse in school, but what actually makes us so sleepy after losing sleep?  In a research done by scientists in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, they found out fruit fly brains and sleep work similarly to humans. This led to research which ultimately shows a part of the brain in the flies called the R2 neuron. Flies that got sleep only had this section light up once every minute, however flies that are sleep deprived lit up their R2 neurons four times every minute. Moreover the sleep deprived flies had R2 neurons light up in more places, more frequently, and brighter. Ultimately this concludes that sleep deprived teens will get tired more often and more intense desire to sleep compared to well rested teens. 

This is really interesting how we can do more research on fruit flies to hopefully find a way to solve problems such as insomnia and people with overactive sleep drive. 

Do you think further research into this can help cure sleep diseases or abnormalities? Do you think this can also lead to more potent sleep pills or even the opposite? 

Does protein supplement actually help you gain muscle?

Anyone who wants to build muscle fast will go straight for protein supplements such as powders, pills, drinks, etc. but do they really help? Most people get them because they see that the product has 30 grams of protein or such, they don't know if it is true or if it will work. Studies have shown that some supplements indeed work and help build muscle. Others just simply don't do anything to you and can danger your health.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Can Fevers Help Depression?

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As we have learned in class, most mental disorders are caused by an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. In this article it talks about how doctors are testing to see if giving patients a mild fever will help alleviate depression symptoms. The way the treatment works is that patients are put into a  tent-like room and have heat applied to there limbs and chest to slightly raise there body temperatures. It is believed that this process will help activate the part of the brain that releases serotonin, the chemical that most depressed people are lacking.

I believe that if this proves to work, it will be a great advancement in helping depression. This method would most likely have little to know side effects, making it a great alternative to taking antidepressants. This is also a major help to people who don't believe in taking medication and prefer more natural methods of healing.

What do you think? If this proves to work, will it have an effect on the manufacturing of antidepressant drugs? What possible side effects could come out of constantly doing this to help symptoms?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Male Birth Control

Link to article on male birth control

This article describes the different types of birth control that are currently being researched and what stage of production they are currently in. This relates to the topic of sexual education and the different ways to protect yourself that we are currently learning in class. My personal opinion on this topic is it would be an intelligent choice for males to buy this product, because as the picture says, it would be more effective to kill of the sperm versus trying to control the sperm fertilizing the egg.

If male birth control becomes available for purchase, will men actually buy it? How could it affect the sales of birth control for women?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Drugs,Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction

The brains is made up of many parts that all work together as a team.The brain is a communication center consisting of billions neurons or nerve cells. Networks of neurons pass messages back forth among different structures within the brain, the spinal cord and nerves in the rest of the body(the peripheral nervous system). These nerve networks coordinate and regulate everything we feel, think and do.
Drugs are chemicals that affect the brain by tapping into its communication system and interfering with the way neurons normally send, receive, and process information.Most drugs of abuse directly or indirectly target the brain’s reward system by flooding the circuit with dopamine. Our brains are wired to ensure that we will repeat life-sustaining activities by associating those activities with pleasure or reward.When some drugs of abuse are taken, they can release 2 to 10 times the amount of dopamine that natural rewards such as eating and sex do.
For the brain the difference between normal rewards and drug rewards can be described as the difference between someone whispering into your ear and someone shouting into a microphone. The brain adjusts to the overwhelming surges in dopamine by producing less and by reducing the number of receptors that can receive signals.Chronic exposure to drugs disrupts the way critical brain structures interact to control and inhibit behaviors related to drug use. Drug addiction erodes a person's self  control and ability to make sound decisions while producing intense impulse to take drugs.


How Eating Healthy & unhealthy Foods Affects Your Body

The article talks about how healthy food choices are able to improve mental and physical health. Also, it says how unhealthy food choices lower your energy levels, takes years off your life, and increase in deadly diseases. It relates to health class because we did a whole unit based on nutrition and the importance it has to live a healthy lifestyle. A way to live a healthy lifestyle would be to cut out sugary and fatty foods and replace them with vegetables, fruits, and stuff high in protein.One reaction I had to the article was that I didn't realize eating unhealthy foods had such big consequences on my life. I feel after reading this article I will improve my own eating habits so I am able to live a healthy and long life. 

After reading this article, will it change how you eat in your daily life?
If you eat healthy throughout the day, do you feel you get a better night sleep?
How do you recommend living a healthier sugar-free diet?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Assisted Suicide

I felt this was an important issue as we have been talking about mental health disorders for a while, and assisted suicide is always a controversial issue when brought up in any government setting.  In some ways it seems logical, as if a person is suffering with little to no hope of getting better then requesting to die painlessly seems reasonable.  However, there can also be arguments the other way, as I would not be able to live with myself if I was a doctor who had to administer drugs to kill someone voluntarily.  Religious arguments can also be cited as causes to keep sick people alive.  Do you think assisted suicide should be allowed?  How come?  What are the conditions that need to be met for someone to get help in ending their life?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Marijuana's Effect On The Brain

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This article starts off by explaining how marijuana strains of today's generation is nothing like the strains that were available 45 years ago. And some parents whose kids smoke treat it as if it weren't a problem and just a rite of passage for teens in high school. But what most parents don't realize is since the strength of the strains are a lot stronger(Up to 10 times the amount of THC) and the teenage brain is still in the process of fully developing substance abuse like marijuana can severely affect the development in a negative way. Studies have shown that teens who abuse marijuana tend to develop mental issues like Depression and Anxiety. Not only that but teens in their later age are at a higher risk of developing schizophrenia. Teens who abuse this drug are warned that the use of drugs like this should stop in order to eliminate the chance of developing mental issues later in life.

I agree with this article and believe that teenagers who are currently abusing this drug should think twice about the pros and cons and realize that the cons heavily outweigh the pros. What a lot of teens don't realize is that they are putting so much at risk by doing this and in the long run its going to ruin their life. Teachers are noticing these things too, its reflected with the performance of many students in class with grades dropping and productivity slowing down. Its obvious that its a bad thing but no one really cares so it doesn't seem there will be a resolve any time soon unless the teens themselves try and turn things around.

Do you notice anything like this around school? Do you think there will be a solution to this? If so what might be the resolve?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Why teenage want to use drugs?


Many people may concern why do teenagers use drugs, and what are the factors make teens want to use drugs? This article will talk about the reasons of teens using drugs.

Many parents may thinks that teenagers don't have stress, and they are wrong; teenagers get stress, and bad moods from school, friends, or their family. Some teenagers may not find a way to express in a positive way, so they find an escape in drug. Being a teenager is very hard because they are being introduced into the real world, and they are the pre-adults which means that they have to think and and take actions in a more responsible way, but some teens can handle that. They will be depressed and want to stop thinking to much, and this is the cause of teens using chemical solutions to make themselves feel better. Parental influence is one of the biggest causes for teenagers to use drugs. Parents are like a mirror to their children, a lot of teenagers choose to use drug because they see their parents do so. These are just some common causes of teens using drugs, there are so many other causes that make teenagers use drugs.

I think using drugs is not a good and right way to solve problems that we have because using drugs can not help anything but make you become worse. If we have any stress, pressure, or bad moods we can overcome theses in a positive way, such as taking or sharing your issue with friends and parents, and they can give you good advices. Taking drugs is not a good way to release yourself.

What other causes do you think would make teens use drugs?
What some ways teens can release their stress?
What would you when you have stress other than using drugs?

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Treating Sugar Addiction like Drug Abuse?

According to a Queensland University of Technology study, drugs used to treat nicotine addiction can also be used to treat addiction to sugar. Sugar acts on the brain in a similar way to drugs, and so FDA approved addiction medication, like Champix, actually reduces cravings for sugar. The researchers also found the same effects when using artificial sweeteners, suggesting that the sugar epidemic isn't caused purely by sugar, but sweetened foods in general. The research concludes that further research is required, although the same medications used to treat addiction to drugs could also be used to tackle the obesity epidemic.

It's interesting to think about how sugar and drugs have a similar effect to the brain, especially moving from the nutrition unit to the drugs unit. Sugar doesn't seem to be really treated as a highly addictive substance, although it very well might be.

Do you think sugar should be treated as a drug?
Should someone currently obese or at risk of being so be prescribed anti-addiction medication?
Do you think anti-addiction medication is necessary to help reduce obesity rates in the US?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Teen Drug Abuse



            This article describes and explains how many teens are using drugs today. More teens are being exposed to drugs and using them because of peer pressure from their friends and wanting to fit in with the "cool" crowd "1 in 5 teens have abused prescription medications, according to the Centers for Disease Control. " Even though teens just want to experience the high of drugs, they don't fully understand how they could become addicted so easily. In Health Class, we are discussing how the brain become addicted to drugs and the long term effects drugs has on your brain. This article connects to what we are learning in Health right now because we are discussing why people began using drugs and how most people start when they are teenagers.

            I agree with this article and can connect with it because I have heard many of my classmates who have drank or smoked because their friends do it. I think that this article has very accurate information and reliable because lots of the information is very apparent in today's high schools. I was at first surprised at how many teenager have done drugs because I don't think that many people were doing drugs at such a young age. I was shocked to realize that their are various reasons to why teens use drugs from being depressed to peer pressure.

             Why do you think that teens use drugs?  Is there someone close to you that suffers from drug abuse? If so, why did they start using drugs? How do you suppose that we can start preventing teen drug abuse?        

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Is Listening to Music Good When Studying?

It isn't uncommon to find a student listen to music when studying. Teenagers often find listening to music because of their own personal motives, like distracting themselves from the world. 

But is listening to music really good when studying? This article states that listening to music when studying does nothing when you're trying to study. The reason is that your brain is already spending energy processing and analyzing the music, there probably won't be enough energy to analyze and process the work you're trying to study. I choose this article because I knew we already studied a bit in health about how the brain processes things, and that I normally do listen to music when I study because I get bored when I study and want to listen to somewhat interesting things other than the things I'm trying to study.

Why do teens normally listen to music when they study? What type of music do you listen to when you study? Will you try not listening to music a couple of nights of studying and see if music affects the way you think?

Binaural Beat Technology (Article)

Whether we like it or not finals are creeping up on us and as it gets closer and closer some of us need a way to manage our stress and anxiety. Binaural Beat Technology (BBT), something that was used as a tool to reduce stress during the 70's and 80's is making a comeback and is worth testing. BBT is a method in which two similar tones are played in opposite ears to make one new tone and match brain wave frequencies to make changes or adjustments in the strongest brain wave states. Doing BBT can counter affects like insomnia and headaches, help you reach a deep meditative trance or influence lucid dreaming, or even reduce stress levels, however there are many uses to BBT.

This article intrigued me as my father has put it into practice and can vouch for it's effectiveness. Taking that into account I wanted to delve deeper and research the possible capabilities of it and thus, share it. I would recommend reading the article if it interests you as I will also be giving it a shot.

Would you consider trying BBT? Have you already tried BBT? What did you think of it if you have?

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Stay Healthy and Safe this Spring Break!

Since spring break is coming up, here is an article all about staying safe while you travel! In this article, you can read about what to do before you travel, during your trip and after you return. For example, before you go, you should find out about any health concerns in your destination. If any of you are looking to travel this spring break or even this summer, I recommend reading this article.

 I found this article super helpful because I am going to be traveling out of the country this summer. I am definitely going to take all these tips into consideration when I go on my vacations!

 Are you going anywhere over spring break or summer vacation? Do you know of any other tips for staying safe while traveling?

14 things about the little dude in your head

This article tells you about some cool things that your brain can do and makes you want to know more about it. Do you think that we use way more then10% of our brains, well see if you're right by clicking on the link.
Sometimes it hard to take in all the things that your mind can do but here's a few.

Where there some things that you learned about your brain or what it can do ?
Do you think that some of the facts in the article are hard to believe?
After reading this article, do you think that your brain is cool and/or interesting?

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Marijuana vs. Alcohol

This article points out the effects, both physical and mental, of marijuana and alcohol. It stated that marijuana itself hasn't been responsible for a single death, however alcohol caused 3.3 million deaths in 2012. It also said that marijuana can cause a person to experience anxiety, panic, and paranoia. Marijuana can also increase a risk of psychosis and schizophrenia. There are many physical and mental effects to alcohol including heart disease, liver disease, cancer, dementia, and depression.

If alcohol is worse than marijuana, why is it legal and marijuana not? Do you think both should be legal? Do you think both should be illegal?


Do protein shakes really help you gain muscle mass?

This article points out that there are benifets to protein shakes, but that they don't work miracles. There is significant evidence showing that protein shakes can help for building muscle mass and for being a meal replacement for weight loss. Even though it does help, the article says that exercising and eating healthy are the most important factors. Drinking protein shakes alone will not necessarily give you more muscle mass. I found this article interesting because I drink protein shakes myself somewhat often and I was curious to know if they are actually beneficial to my health.

Do you use protein shakes in your diet? Why? What is your opinion on protein shakes in ones diet? How important are protein shakes in one's diet?

Friday, March 18, 2016

Should we have more naps throughout the day?

These days, nobody gets enough sleep due how busy our lives are. Students stay up late doing homework, and adults overwork. Because of all this sleep deprivation, we suffer from a lack of concentration, and overall sluggishness. Although catching a nap on the job is looked down on as slacking, naps would benefit both companies and employees. U.S. businesses actually lose around 18 billion dollars yearly in result of “lost productivity" caused by drowsiness. In addition, multiple scientific studies have supported the benefits of even a 30 minute nap in the afternoon—alertness, mood, and productivity are all improved. This topic relates to what we’ve been discussing in health class about mental health. We’ve learned that being well rested can drastically change our quality of life, and can help raise our grades. Companies like Google and Procter & Gamble have made power naps a thing, and has bought specially designed sleeping "pods" as seen in the picture. This could be a good start for improving our mental health. 

Is sleep deprivation an issue for you? How do you feel your sleep deprivation affects your daily life? Do you use power naps to increase productivity? Should companies have “nap rooms”? Should schools have nap time? 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Colorful Minds

Most people know that the most calming color is blue. Blue is the color that most connected to our minds. Yellow is usually associated with sunshine and brightness, but other connotations are suicide and emotional fragility. There are many different ways colors affect our minds whether it is directly or indirectly. Constantly surrounded by color all the time in every aspect of our lives, they have a very strong influence on our emotions and thoughts.

What is your favorite color? What does your favorite color tell you about your dominant thoughts and emotions? Do you think colors affect your daily choices and thoughts?

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Us and Music

Living in the 21st Century, we have the unlimited supply of music. Music has evolved as an entertaining hobby making its way into the medical field. Remember when you would feel some certain way and you would put your blasting headphones on to isolate yourself from a situation? At that point, music starts to make you feel good and forget everything that's happening. Three areas of your brain are affected by this; the hippocampus (memories), prefrontal cortex (judgement), and the parietal lobe (cognition). So how does music help us to become happier? Music releases high levels of dopamine levels throughout the period of listening music. The music also releases serotonin at this period of time. Serotonin and dopamine both help us being a happier person with other benefits included. Now since music is down to preference, some music could hold a deeper meaning to you and actually help motivate you. Euphoria from singing along or even listening to a song helps you motivate yourself and bring better and positive vibes to you. Another way music could help us to becoming happier, it lowers stress levels down. The songs help soothe your body and mind and with all the dopamine rushing throughout you, you feel relaxed and tense free.

Why should music be used other than entertainment? It helps us become a better us. In my opinion, music should be enjoyed, celebrated, and should be a stress free hobby. With so many new ways to utilize music such as using it as an anti-depressant for the anxious and depressed, music could evolve into something much bigger to even uniting us as one.

Does music have an impact on you? Does music make you stress free? Is music a getaway for you? Do you already do this for your own benefits? Do you agree or disagree about this view about music? Why or why not?

Is Breakfast Really Keeping You Lean?

We've all heard the saying, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What do we base this off of? Scientifically, people who eat breakfast tend to be leaner than those that don't. Recent studies have shown however, that breakfast may not be the deciding factor. It's difficult to tell what single activity is good or bad for you when you have such a variety of actions throughout the day. For example, lets say a person eats breakfast, but then also goes to the gym for one and a half hours and doesn't have dessert later that day.  Those are all fine, healthy actions. Now lets say we have someone who doesn't eat breakfast, has dessert after lunch and dinner, and doesn't regularly excise. When looking at all of your activities, its hard to tell which action is good and bad for you. Who's to say that breakfast is good for, because the person that ate breakfast was overall more healthy than the person who did not. Of course, its always a good idea to eat all three square meals a day, but recent studies have shown that it's not necessary to staying healthy. In fact, many studies show that its better to have smaller, more snack like meals throughout your day, rather than large meals. Personally, I can see both sides to the argument. Our bodies have been having three meals for almost as long as anyone can remember. We've been engineered to eat this way. But, at the same time, breakfast cant be everything. Im sure there are people out there who don't eat breakfast but not only stay lean but healthy, due to all the other activities they take part in during the rest of their day.

Do you personally eat breakfast everyday? And have you noticed changes in weight when you don't eat breakfast for an extended period of time? Why do you think breakfast is important? And do you agree or disagree with this study?

Alternatives to animal testing?

For many years now, we have been using animals for testing hair products, human health, pharmaceuticals, etc. Many of these animals has died and suffered mutations or slow painful deaths or even physiological distress. Usually at the end of the experiments, the animals are killed but some may be used in other experiments. The more commonly used animals in experiments are mice, dogs, cats, hamsters, and in some countries monkeys are used as well. Roughly estimated around 115 million animals worldwide are being used in laboratory experiments every year. Sometimes when a scientist tries to cure a disease, they would try to created artificial symptoms of the disease in the animals and then treat it with different unknown substances. As this was stated in the article, in some cases the drugs may work on animals but when it is given to a human, the drugs fails and causes other issues. The National Research Council believes that they may have found a alternative to animal testing by using human cells or cells lines to conduct the tests. They believe that this alternative can be more reliable to humans because scientist can use computers to help make predictions more relevant to people than animal testing.

How do you feel about animal testing? How reliable do you feel that animal testing is? After reading the article, how do you feel knowing that some drugs can be successful in a animal but fail when given to a human? Do you guys think that we should look into more alternatives than animal testing?

Sunday, March 6, 2016

A Diet to Fight Cancer...?

From learning about nutrition and what to put in your diet, this is an interesting take on how a diet can fight genetic problems. 

Cancer has been researched and battled for a very long time, and scientists and doctors are constantly trying to come up with new ways to treat and aid with the treatment of this deadly disease. Although all types of cancers are different, and therefore treatments may be personalized, there are some general similarities between all types of cancers. Most cancers usually involve the mutation of DNA, but what researchers are starting to recognize is that not only is their genetic damage, but also a abnormality in energy production. Normal cells produce energy using oxygen, however cancer cells "prefer the anaerobic, or oxygen-free, process of fermentation". Instead, caner cells rely heavily on glucose to produce energy. There is also usually mitochondrial damage to the cancer cells, which in turn can be the cause of DNA mutations, not the other way around. This knowledge led to the newly found dietary plan patients can use. This is not a replacement for medicinal treatment, but a helping hand. The diet is high in fat, low in carbs, and especially low in all sugars. In theory, this diet would lead to a kind of starvation of the cancer cell's energy source. This could then slow down the growth of tumors, allowing treatment to be more efficient. 

What do you guys think? From what we learned about nutrition, could there be any side effects from this type of diet? Would anything about this diet be undesirable for some people? Do you think cancer patients would stick with previously conceived "cancer prevention diets", or try something new?

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

The human body is made up of 60% water. Water is very important to drink as it regulates body temperature, delivers oxygen to the body, helps digestion, and more! However, if you don't drink enough water, you can suffer from headaches, irritability, poor physical health, and more. Erica Kenney, a scientist at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health, studied a group of 4,000 children from the ages 6 to 19, between the years 2009 and 2012. She noticed that half the children were dehydrated. The United States National Agriculture Library says kids need about 10 to 14 cups of water daily. However, this water can come from other foods such as fruits and vegetables (oranges, cucumbers, melons, ect...). I always try my best to drink enough water throughout the day, however I don't drink enough water on school days. 

Do you drink enough water every day? If you don't, why not? If you do, what are your tips on drinking enough water throughout the day? 

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is commonly a discussed topic, but it is an issue that needs serious physical attention. Although many (most likely the under aged drinkers) may disagree with categorizing this topic as an issue, experts on alcohol abuse and alcoholism may have the facts and information to change the opinions of those who drink at a young age.

For few obvious reasons, underage drinking is very much looked down upon. Statistics shown on a National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism site titled "Underage Drinking", restates some of those reasons and also states that people ages 11 through 20 consume a lot of alcohol. Not only that, but there are large amounts of deaths and injuries due to the cause of underage drinking (especially while driving). Underage drinking can also lead to sexual assault through multiple and different scenarios, and risky brain development problems. Although a lot of underage drinkers have their own personal and preferable reasons for why they make the choice to drink, they do not considerably think about how the choices that they make to consume alcohol at a young age can "affect their own lives, their families, and their communities". Underage drinking can seriously affect their lives in the matter of even losing it from consuming a lot of unfamiliar and unhealthy liquids that their bodies cannot handle. People who underage drink also tend to make unconscious and terrible decisions that also may lead to losing their lives. Underage drinking can also untie relationships between families and friends for many obvious and personal reasons. As some choose to ignore the various casualties of underage drinking, we become one step closer to losing a life or a relationship. 

How can we prevent underage drinking? How can we stop an underage drinker from making bad decisions? Should we act more strict about the drinking age? Should there be more announcements for awareness? Do you believe that you have the ability to convince one from becoming an underage drinker? How will you choose to personally prevent underage drinking? Will stopping someone from acting upon peer pressure towards a younger person reduce the numbers of underage drinking?

Sweet Tooth

Now that we have been learning about sugar for a while I decide to pick an article that will help us decide on whether or not to do the 10 day sugar challenge.

Shed That Sweet Tooth from TIME to Kids, has talked about how sugar is something that many of us can't resist. Although, by resisting less sugar it can reduce your chances of overweight, obesity, and tooth decay. For those of you that don't know what a tooth decay is, it is the decay of your outer surface of your tooth that can result a bacterial action. Majority of the food we consume has sugar in it, but it all doesn't apply on fresh fruit and vegetables. Majority of the sugar is placed on "added" or "free" sugar products. We might assume that some foods don't have sugar because the labels don't say they consume sugar, but they are know as "hidden" sugars. It's important that one reads the ingredients to make sure what the product consumes. Scientist are recommending that one cuts down on their sugars at least 10%. Although, it can be hard because we are all so used to eating sugary foods, but it is easier to avoid a great amount of sugar in fresh fruit and vegetables.

What can be a good way to stop eating so much sugar? Do you think you can handle not eating sugar for 10 days? Why do you enjoy eating sugar even if you are not craving it? Do you think that by starting a diet it can reduce your chances on getting a tooth decay? Do you think that by reducing your sugars at least 10% it will help change the way you feel?

Monday, February 29, 2016

10 Day Sugar-Free Challenge

Launching in May 2014, along with the release of Fed Up in theaters, over 65,000 people joined Katie, Laurie and the Fed Up team on a 10-day Challenge to go Completely Sugar Free! To kick of this semester on the right foot, I am challenging you to GO SUGAR FREE FOR 10 DAYS by launching the 10-Day Sugar Free Fed Up Challenge! 

Starting Wednesday March 2nd, 2016 Hillsdale High School is invited to participate in the 10-day sugar free challenge!
Start by cutting sodas and other sweetened beverages and foods that have ADDED sugars. EAT real, fresh, whole foods and lay off all products that contain added sugar including honey, molasses, agave, etc., and all liquid sugars, such as sodas, bottled teas, fruit juices, and sports drinks. Also, be aware of foods that may have hidden sugars, like yogurts, canned foods, spaghetti sauce, and ketchup. Watch for hidden names of sugar too. This includes all artificial sugars and sugar substitutes. No exceptions, so don’t ask!

What’s wrong with eating processed sugar?

Artificial sweeteners slow your metabolism and make you crave and eat more food. They trick your body into gaining weight and effect your insulin and leptin signaling. Sugar also overloads and damages your liver. It can cause metabolic dysfunction and increases your uric acid levels. High uric acid levels are a risk factor for heart and kidney disease. 

Why am I participating in this?

Over the many years that I have been living a healthy lifestyle, I have noticed the detrimental effects of sugar on my health- inflammation, weight gain, sleep issues, and overall lethargy. When I cut sugar out of my diet years ago, I noticed so many benefits and wanted to share that with my students. –Mrs. Trisko

Sign our pledge sheet on the main office window!

Share your commitment with others and help keep them motivated and empowered during this 10-day challenge. It can be shocking and tough, but rewarding at the same time. By working together as a community, we will be stronger than attempting this on our own.

Share your progress on our Health class blog Trisko Blog 10-day Sugar Free!

How is it going for you? What has been a challenge? What has been easy? Which foods did you discover that had sugar? What changes have you made or felt?

Bring your own sugar-free lunch and join others in room 247 on Fridays for support, ideas and discussions about eating healthy!

Other sources on the effects of sugar:

The film’s official website:

Journalism Relating to Health, Sugar and Obesity:

Politics and “Big Food”:

Websites for Healthy Recipes:

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Getting Enough Sleep?

     The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reported that 35% of adults in America don't get enough sleep, which increases their risk of contracting illneses such as: diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.   Based off a study done in 2014, they reported that about 1 in 3 people in the United States.  In order to make sure that you get enough sleep, and don't put yourself in danger, the CDC listed several habits that may improve your ammount of sleep.  Some examples of what might help include: avoiding tobacco, removing all large electronics from the bedroom, and keeping your bedroom dark in order to relax.  Personally, I know that I am going to try some of these examples, because I really don't really feel like contracting heart disease or having a stroke.

How about all of you?  Do you feel like you could pull off taking electronics out of your room if it meant avoiding life-threatening diseases ?
And even if you did, do you get enough sleep as a student?

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Is it possible to grow a 3-D printed ear?

Bioengineers from Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have recently come up with a way to 3-D print organs. They created the structure of a human ear and placed it into the backs of mice and rats. The transplanted tissue had blood vessels and nerves running through it and it even was able to grow. The tissue is made of a mixture of human, rat or rabbit cells and gelatin. This could later lead to 3-D printed hearts in the future! I think this is awesome! It is a more comfortable way transplant organs because the donor wouldn't have to die or choose to live with out a kidney for example.

Would you feel more comfortable with a donor organ from a human or a 3-D printed one?
Would you feel confident that a man made organ would work properly?
How do you feel about 3-D printing body parts?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

What is Balanced Diet

 The basic food categories are fruit, vegetables, meat and grain. They provide basic nutrition for people, such as, vitamin, sugar, energy,  protein, carbohydrates, fats and so on. A balanced diet contain many proper nutrition that people need. Calories is the most important factor in our body because it supplies energy for people. We should keep calories in the range of the normal level because less than or more than the normal level will cause many health problems. If you receive less calories, you cannot maintain your weight and you will be malnutrition. If you receive an excess of calories, it will cause obesity. Daily calories intake can depend on people's age and their health level. Therefore, we need to plan on our health eating habit and balance the nutrients what we need everyday. Balanced diet is very important in our life because we need proper nutrition to work effectively. It helps our physical strength and prevent disease from out coming. We need to know about the health and the food we normally eat.

I found this article very useful because it gave more information about diet and listed some health food as a reference. After I read this article, I planed on my daily health diet. I thought it is very interesting to do that because I can search the function of the food while I plan my new diet. This article also fitted the topic of my health class in this week. My health teacher talks about the nutrition of some basic food we usually eat every day and lets me know which cooking method is unhealthy for people. They both embody how to cook a balanced diet and why a balanced diet is so important today. 

Do you find something new in this article?
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