I’m Bulletproof, Nothing to Lose!

Just recently, I found out about this cool, “Bulletproof Diet,” by looking it up online. It basically is a “cavemen” diet that consists of healthy fats, animal protein, veggies and fruits (with no pesticides), no starch and no grains. You should also go check out this article on why this is actually effective and how the typical American diet is ridiculous:

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/07/magazine/what-if-it-s-all-been-a-big-fat-lie.html

Honestly, I thought this was a bunch of crap when I first saw this because this diet completely restricts us from eating bread, cereal and pasta. Okay, I didn’t think it was crap because it made perfect sense in my head. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it was and still is really hard to follow for me because I have literally been depending on bread, cereal, rice, pasta, etc., to fill me up, all this time. However, if you think about evolution, and how the human body was designed to work, we are supposed to only eat fatty acids, a little veggies and very little fruits, and animal protein. This all makes sense in my head because even though I am not a biochemist, I know how detrimental gluten, grains, legumes can be for the human body because we weren’t designed to eat this stuff in the first place. Our conventional food pyramid, especially here in the United States tells us how we’re supposed to have 6-11 servings of grains and a lot of fruits, when really you’re not supposed to have starch, or grains at all. I know this information may not be trustworthy, coming from a high school blogger, but don’t worry because I have evidence. Go read the “The Intuit Paradox,” based on true research in medicine at:

http://discovermagazine.com/2004/oct/inuit-paradox

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This isn’t some Dr. OZ dieting method or some weird tip to lose weight. This has been researched by mostly practicing physicians with M.D.s. You can look into it on the, “Bulletproof” website for which I also gave the link in my last post. Also, it’s not just about losing weight. It’s about getting smarter, sharper, stronger all at once. It’s about being in the state of high performance. These fatty acids that are included on this diet are essentially the fatty acids that make up your brain so it’s safe to say that by increasing the number of fatty acids you intake, you can really enhance your brain power. You can literally increase the cognitive capacity of your brain to think and progress.

Ten thousand years ago, our ancestors were tall, muscular, athletic and incredibly versatile but now, the average homo-sapien is overweight, out of shape, stressed out, unhappy, sleep deprived, and may be dying out of a myriad of preventable diseases. That’s really why this “cavemen” diet makes so much sense.

One thing I’ve realized is that the government of the United States in particular, doesn’t expose so much information about food because they don’t want the market of agriculture, including grains, wheat, and rice to die. For example, if you look up facts about gluten on WebMD, or on the Mayo Clinic website, it will tell you that gluten is neither essential nor detrimental to you, but really, that’s the American way of convincing you to not completely avoid wheat and grains that contain gluten. It makes sense why they would say that because the market for agriculture is so huge, but it isn’t in the best interest of the humans who actually go through these horrible diseases.  And no, I’m not saying that you’re going to die if you eat a lot of bread or pasta. I’m just saying that it isn’t in our genetics to be eating this type of agriculturally modified food. Staying on the typical American diet with processed food, a bunch of grains and other food filled with pesticides and neurotoxins  that we are not supposed to eat, will eventually get to you. When I become a physician, I hope my personal lifestyle and diet can impact my patients in a positive way and that people shall not die of diabetes, cancer and heart disease. I haven’t got to the stage where I can completely stick to this strict “cavemen” diet or Bulletproof Diet but I will get there and if I don’t, then I know I’m doing something wrong.

And that’s that. I’m bulletproof and I got nothing to lose from this. If there is going to be an effect, it has to be a positive and beneficial one!

“I am Titannnniiiuuummm…” Just kidding. Not yet. I will let you know when, though.

Bulletproof Diet Intro/Guide:

http://www.bulletproofexec.com/the-complete-illustrated-one-page-bulletproof-diet/

Human Behavioral Biology

So, I spent some time watching this really cool and engaging lecture on YouTube of Stanford University by Robert Sapolsky, who himself is a neuroendocrinologist, professor of biology, neuroscience, and neurosurgery. In this lecture, he basically explained how human behavior can be caused by the variations in the biology of the body. He starts off by giving a scenario of a married man, living a quiet suburban life with 2 kids and 3 and half dogs. This man shows strange behavior such as randomly punching a guy in the face, having an affair with a 16-year-old, and it gets to a point where he just runs away. No one knows why. He just does. So this professor talks about three possibilities which are that he is a truly deep creep, or that he may be having a immature mid-life crisis, or that he has a mutation in one gene in his head. Which one do you think it is? Well, it’s surprising enough that he has a mutation in one gene but its completely astonishing that the gene would cause him to do all this crazy stuff. However, the point is the biology of our bodies can really impact our behavior and that to me, is just so fascinating.

Further in the lecture, he describes how a person consuming too much junk food can potentially be dangerous. That sounded absurd to me at first but then if you think about it, that’s why they say, “you are what you eat.” Apparently, this person he was referring to ate a lot of twinkies and there were wild fluctuations in his blood sugar. That caused him to go all out and kill the mayor of San Francisco. After listening to that, I was seriously contemplating what I should be eating the for the rest of the life in order to not behave like that. Anyway, if you’re interested in that, I’ve included the link below.

Going back to the, “you are what you eat,” phrase, I found this podcast a couple of days ago called, “Bulletproof,” which I’ve also included the link for below. This podcast has really exposed me to some facts I did not know about my own body and now I finally realize how important it is to eat the right food. As an American, I have so much processed food in my house that I eat, not knowing about how it actually looks inside my body. I know that sounds nasty but when you see that next scan of yourself, the results will be shocking. Don’t worry though, just messing with you. 

This podcast also has an episode in which it talks about how the human body is not necessarily supposed to have breakfast, lunch and dinner. That’s just a norm modern society came up with and now we are suffering with diabetes, blood pressure problems, etc. That was definitely interesting to know about. Check it out!

Bulletproof Podcast : http://www.bulletproofexec.com/88-food-matters-with-james-colquhoun-podcast-2/

Stanford University Lecture : Introduction to Human Behavioral Biology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNnIGh9g6fA&list=PLD7E21BF91F3F9683

Dopamine/Neurophysiology Article: http://brain.phgy.queensu.ca/pare/assets/Neurobiology_supp.pdf

Being the Patient Yourself

How does it feel for a doctor to get sick? I really can’t tell you from a doctor’s point of view because I would have to be one myself, but I can tell you that being a patient, no matter who you are, really sucks. Here I am, fascinated by the way medicine heals the human body so effectively, if taken in the right amount, at the right time and in the right condition. However, what really sucks is when that medicine doesn’t help and all you can rely on is time…

This Saturday morning, I spent my time volunteering at Medical Bridges here in Houston, which is a place where they sort and organize medical supplies that need to be shipped to various developing countries. I thought this would be a really interesting experience for me. I could literally picture myself using one of those supplies one day on my future patient(s).

So, my volunteering team was told to put some latex gloves on and begin the process. We had to sort out urinary catheters, nose cannulas, blood pressure cuffs, masks, different types of syringes, etc. Then, we were told to pack them into assorted sizes of boxes for shipping. I honestly couldn’t have enjoyed anything else better than this. Or not really…..

Even if it was just sorting out supplies and boxing them, I knew that my tiny effort in this process could potentially change some patient’s life. Some doctors in developing countries did not even have the medical supplies to provide health care to their fellow citizens. This caused me to be melancholy, because living in a luxurious country full of medical practitioners and medical supplies, most of us don’t realize the value of what we have. The people in Nigeria, Sudan, Argentina, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, and some other countries, are really the ones who desperately need these things. I am not saying we don’t but it is always good to contribute some of the supplies that we have to these countries. I really, really, respected the work that this particular organization did.

Doing all this volunteering really gave me pleasure. However, that pleasure only lasted for about an hour. After that, I started feeling my body burn and developed raised skin bumps, a reaction to an allergy that I had. I didn’t know what that allergy was and just assumed it would go away. When I came out, my arms were covered with hives and I knew that I immediately had to go to the doctor and get medicine. I did get medicine, and took it for about 2 days, but it still didn’t go away. Perhaps I was developing an allergy for latex or some other instrument I dealt with that day. The point, however, was that I couldn’t function normally and really needed help. I didn’t even touch my books for 2 days and felt useless.

My huge concern, which actually should have been my the least of my concerns, was that I was potentially allergic to a medical instrument or latex gloves and I wanted to be a doctor !!! This was kind of ironic too because I dealt with latex gloves all the time in high school dissections. Anyway, being the patient really sucked and if there is anything I have learned, it is that take care of your body. Your body is your temple and therefore, you must protect it from viruses, bacteria, etc.  If I can’t protect myself, then how do I expect myself to take care of patients when I become a doctor?!

Thought of the day.. Just thought I would share this with all my fellow bloggers or blog-readers…

Peace.

Misleading Medical Dramas

Grey’s Anatomy… House… General Hospital… Scrubs… Emily Owens M.D…

When I watched these shows, I was kind of surprised at the content too.  No, I’m not saying all of them are misleading but think about the difference in the realities of those people. Every T.V. show will obviously try to incorporate a little bit of drama to engage their audience but the main concern is that most of these shows convey incorrect messages about medicine. A lot of them, according to the podcast by Dr. Ryan & Allison Gray on medschoolhq.net, are just displaying medical inaccuracies. Now, I’m glad I know some things that aren’t true because I never want to go into medicine thinking that it will be a drama show in which I can show off.

If you think about it, the culture of medicine has changed profoundly from what it used to be 20 to 30 years ago. Earlier, there would be more male attendings as surgeons and most of the females would be nurses. Today, there are plenty of female attendings that are surgeons, thankfully! No, the field of medicine isn’t sexist! That was just somehow the norm at the time. Although it is somewhat ironic that the norms expressed a long time ago still exist on some of those medical dramas. (Cough Cough Dr. House…)

Now I won’t lie, I watched a couple of medical dramas too and thought they were fascinating because this one guy would get all the cool cases. For example, in House, Dr. House had the privilege of diagnosing all the special patients while all the other doctors just followed him around. It seemed that Dr. House specialized in everything, which is impossible to do. Today, there are so many specialties in which even a single doctor can not do all the diagnosing there is to be done. If a single doctor could specialize in everything, I can’t even imagine what the face of medicine would look like.

The point is, however, that changes like these encourage us to speed up the process of more changes, in terms of progress and innovation. From the time Dr. Micheal DeBakey was a surgical pioneer, to when Dr. Micheal Collins was an orthopedic surgeon, leading on to when Gabriel Weston became a surgeon, there has been nothing but change. That change was inevitable; and we, a.k.a., the younger generation, must make sure that change continues toward progress. The only way we can do that successfully, is if we take into account, the experiences of other physicians and try to learn from them. That is why, last year, I started reading a lot of memoirs of doctors, not because I wanted to show people that I was interested in the field, but because it was actually captivating. Yes, I am a completely normal teenager and I say books about medicine are captivating. The reason I say that is because, most of the books I read were very organized and well-written for an audience that extends farther beyond the realm of just medicine. For example, there was this one that was very inspiring, and I have mentioned this earlier as well. The book I am referring to is called,  Blue Collar Blue Scrubs by Dr. Micheal Collins and also, Hot Lights Cold Steel, which is sort of a continuation of the doctor’s life during residency.

Some other books I found interesting are:

  • Intern by Sandeep Jauhar
  • Direct Red by Gabriel Weston
  • The Orange Wire Problem and Other Tales from the Doctor’s Office by David Watts
  • Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Proof of Heaven  by Eben Alexander

So it’s much better to focus on these enlightening books because I promise you, you will love what you read and you will love it more than watching medical dramas that are just a passivity.