I walked into the store this weekend and saw Christmas
decorations. Can you believe it? Christmas decorations?!?! I never
know whether I should be excited and festive or mortified at the
consumerism of having things out 3 months in advance. Seriously.
Who starts buying and decorating for Christmas 3 months before the
holiday? I guess it's just a reminder, though, that the end of the
trimester will be here before we know it. We're already looking at
midterms. My first one, in lab diagnosis, is this coming
Banyan Tree on Beach Drive in downtown St. Pete
I hear that the rest of the world is starting to cool off in
honor of the season--but here in Florida we're still averaging
upper 80s or lower 90s. It's. Been. Hot. I find I'm a little
envious of my friends and loved ones that are donning sweaters and
complaining about it being chilly. I haven't owned a sweater in
nearly 8 years. The closest to needing one has been dealing with
crazy air conditioning issues in the Annex. Sometimes it gets
downright chilly in there! We're threatening to bring teapots and
mittens. I can see it happening. It might start cooling off by the
end of October. For now, even though we're technically in Autumn,
it still feels like Summer--rain, heat, and all.
I'm getting into the Marketing project with planning my future
clinic. I spend a little bit of time every day, it seems, pondering
how things will be--how I want them. I know I need to do a lot more
research on my geographic regions and desired demographics, etc.
It's actually a pretty big project--but I think it will help me
tremendously when the time comes. I've even been working on putting
a logo together. I have no idea if that's what it will end up
as--but I think it's a good start.
I've started clearing the yard for a fall garden. I'm wondering
how long the growing season will be. I've never had a fall garden
before--having grown up in the Midwest. I will let all of you know
how that works out. If all works well, I could have fresh herbs and
veggies around Christmas. Maybe I'll decorate with them instead of
glitz and glitter from the store.
I'm still working on some pretty intense research topics. My
Pubmed list grows just about every day. Here is a listing of my
topics: oxytocin, C reactive protein, eicosanoids,
anti-inflammatory diet, food allergy, gluten, celiac, botanical,
functional medicine, vitamin D and asthma, stress, and naturopathic
medicine. There may be a couple of others--ones that I don't get
search returns on daily. There's amazing research that comes
through every day. Pieces of the puzzle come together. I'm learning
things about bloodwork that I never knew, how biochemistry is
affected by nearly everything, and what we can do (and what we're
doing and not doing) to fix it all. Fascinating.
Banyan Tree in Crescent Lake
One of the biggest I've ever seen (a little bit like the
"Tree of Life" from Disney)
Since I'm boycotting Christmas trees for at least another two
months, here are some Banyan tree pictures. Banyans are actually
fig trees and sometimes known as strangler figs. In some places
they're considered invasives. Here in this part of Florida, we've
got some Banyan trees that are OLD--REALLY, REALLY old. There are
several places around town where Banyan trees can be seen--there's
even a "Banyan Tree Motel"--although the only Banyan tree there is
on the sign. I've always found them to be majestic, spirited trees
that are absolutely beautiful.
Have a great week everybody!
Boy, last week sure went by fast! Unfortunately I missed the
tri-mixer. I'm guessing that my classmates carried on in my stead.
I was, instead, fighting with car issues. I'll spare you all the
details. Suffice it to say, the "Wonder Wagon" (my car) will be
seeing some time with the mechanic in the very near future.
Hopefully it's all fixable.
I wouldn't dare have taken pictures of this, but in Functional
Rehabilitation this last week, we had a guest "lecturer" come do a
yoga class with us! It was AWESOME! I used to do a fair amount of
yoga and stretching but have fallen out of practice with it. It was
good to learn some different poses. It's definitely something I'd
like to get back into. Of course a lot of our patients will likely
be yoga followers--so it's good to be familiar in that aspect.
The best part of the demonstration was trying "laughter yoga."
If you haven't tried this--I highly recommend it. The teacher
challenged us to laugh for one minute--stating that our bodies
don't know the difference between fake and real laughter. Now, I
disagree with this philosophically, but it was absolutely
hilarious. I have to call out my classmate Alid Perez. We all
started our "fake laugh," and I swear he burst into authentic
laughter. Within seconds I was crying because I was laughing so
hard. It was therapeutic in really amazing and odd ways. I'm
honestly thinking that I will try to find a laughter yoga group to
participate in. Here's a web article from The Body Knows Best about the benefits of
laughter yoga. If you're interested in finding a laughter yoga
group near you--try the Laughter Yoga website. Have a laugh! It might
make all the difference.
I've been doing some research on a variety of topics this week,
the latest of which is on oxytocin and its roles in social
conditioning. It's absolutely fascinating. Most of the research
stems from the links between oxytocin and bonding between mother
and child, but there's also research regarding partners and
long-term relationships. I had, jokingly, made comments about
relationships and oxytocin before. I had absolutely no idea there
was truth to it. So I'm eating it up with a spoon. I've even added
it to my Pubmed research returns. I'll probably have a million of
those before too long.
Now that I'm driving a car without AC (in Florida!), I want to
remind everybody how important it is to drink a lot of water. This
page, The Health Benefits of Water, isn't very
flashy, but has a lot of good factoids about water. The body is
over 70% water, the brain 75%. We lose 1/2-1 cup of water out of
the soles of our feet every day! That blows my chronic flip-flop
wearing mind! To contribute to my own dehydration, I went out to
Pass a Grille beach to take some pictures for you all. Enjoy and
have a great week!
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