Lactose Intolerance

By: Chloe Vijandre

What is lactose intolerance?

It’s when people can’t properly digest ‘lactose’ which is a type of natural sugar found in dairy products. Normal people who eat dairy or a food containing ‘lactose’ then a small intestine called ‘lactase’ breaks it down enabling them to digest it properly, however, when you have lactose intolerance it doesn’t digest correctly and it does not make enough lactase in their small intestine. Without lactase, the body can’t properly digest food that has lactose in it.  It isn’t necessarily being allergic to dairy just unable to consume it properly.

What Are Some Effect From Intaking Dairy If You Are Lactose Intolerant?

  • stomach
  • aches
  • cramps
  • diarrhea
  • gassy
  • bloated

These effects can occur any time between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the person.

What Are My Connections And Why Did I Choose It?

My grandma, my aunt and myself all have lactose intolerance. It runs in my family and my families genes. I also chose it because I never really knew much about it, so I wanted to learn more about it and also about myself and how I can learn things to benefit me

Why is this important to teenagers or myself?

This is important because all of us can develop it. What I mean is that you can just suddenly develop lactose intolerance, you don’t have to be a specific age to just get it. Actually 65% of human population are lactose intolerant and how they got it is either at birth or just developed it for me, I developed lactose intolerance at the age of 10, I asked my other relatives that are lactose intolerant and they developed around the age of 10. Also, it affects guys and girls equally. However, some ethnic groups have more people that are lactose intolerant, for example the dairy count in Italian cuisine vs. filipino food. That is because some food cuisines use more dairy than other. So then it is more likely to develop it. Especially asians since 80% of asians are lactose intolerant. It is important to teens also because at this time it is hard to control the proportions or amount of food intake in your body, so it shows teenagers that being balanced with the amount of dairy you are eating matters to your health later on.

How has my thinking changed? How does this affect my thinking about wellness?

Well now I know that you can avoid developing lactose intolerance by not making meals to inproportionate that contain more amounts of dairy. Screen Shot 2015-10-11 at 9.49.16 PMScreen Shot 2015-10-11 at 9.48.58 PM

Also I know more serious effects of eating dairy, when you’re lactose intolerant. I also learnt how many people worldwide have lactose intolerance.

I also know now that balance is a huge part of wellness that is  because if you are are not balancing your dairy intake than you could develop lactose intolerance. My thinking has changed also because before I thought that Lactose Intolerance wasn’t that serious or bad but now I know that it can really affect someone’s balance and health due to the side effects that can occur.


Julian- Eczema

I chose this issue because my aunt has it and having her so close as a aunt I wanted to investigate more about this issue. This is important because like my aunt had it I never really understood it. It could happen to me because my skin is very sensitive and I suffer from allergies as well. It really does not affect teenagers it only affects the people who have it.

I learned that babies have excema in deifferent places than adults. 15 million people have eczema in the united states. Eczema has no cure, it has creams but right now there is no way to cure it. This skin condition is not rare and it could happen to any of us, and its good to know about. My thinking has not changed I mostly new about this thanks to my aunts.

How Physical Fitness Can Help You Learning – Indigo

For my Health Buzz I chose the topic to be How Physical Fitness Can Help With Your Learning. I chose this topic because I have been doing a lot of physical activity in school and I was curious to find out how much physical activity can benefit my learning. I also chose it because I love to do any sort of physical activity to keep me fit and healthy. This will expand my learning because I can explain to my family how essential it is to stay physically active and how it is beneficial for our learning. If teenages don’t excerise then they will have a hard time focusing on school work because they will feel stressed which won’t help them achieve what they are trying to accomplish. This information will be usful for teenages so that they can be aware that physical fitness can help them with their learning so that then they can start exercising more.

From researching about this topic, I learnt that physical fitness can help your learning and that there have been studies to prove it. By doing this project, I am now going to start exercising more each day so that my stress levels are always low so that I am able to focus on my school work and be able to finish it.


Viet – Malaria

I chose to do my healthbuzz on malaria because my mom had it when she was a little girl in Vietnam and I wanted to know more about it.  This issue is relevant to me because there is a risk of getting malaria in the Philippines.  Malaria mostly effects children under the age of five but malaria can effect the development of teenagers if they survive the infection as children.

Malaria is caused by Plasmodium, a parasite that is spread when a person is bitten by an infected mosquito.  Malaria can only be spread by female Anopheles mosquitoes.  The parasite multiplies in a person’s liver and then they spread to the red blood cells.  Some symptoms of malaria are fever, headaches, and vomiting.  The symptoms usually appear within 10 to 15 days of the mosquito bite.  Malaria can be cured with the right prescription drugs but if it isn’t treated, it can quickly become life-threatening.  The parasites will begin to disrupt the flow of blood to vital organs.  To lower the risk of malaria, people use mosquito nets that have been sprayed with insecticide and they spray their homes with insecticide.

Before, I thought that malaria was a disease that was only common in Africa and that it only effected very young children.  Now, I know that malaria is a life threatening disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people every year worldwide, yet it is preventable.  I find it frustrating that malaria costs Africa 10 billion to 12 billion USD every year even though only a fraction of that amount of money is needed to control it.  Not enough is being done to stop malaria.

This is a picture of a mosquito net.Malaria Insecticide Mosquito Net


Unit 2 Project: Hurtful Behaviors and Conflict Management

We’ve spent a number of classes discussing the importance of Respect, types of Respect we feel most important to us, ways of showing respect, types of disrespect, cyber bullying, social media, and ways of addressing disrespect.  In the upcoming classes you will be working on a mini-lesson that your group will be using to “teach” the class about Hurtful Behaviors and Conflict Management.

Your goal:  To produce a 2-page comic strip to contribute to the class “Anti-bullying Magazine.”  complete with a clear understanding of a social issue and clear guidelines for how that can be resolved through Conflict and Resolution skills.

Below you will find the Instructions for this performance task and the Rubric on how you will be graded:


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Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 7.57.06 AMTo help you get started, below is the chapter in our textbook that will help you with your assigned topics.  Don’t forget to cite your sources!

The textbook source is: Athreya, Balu H. Holt Decisions for Health: Level Blue. Orlando, FL: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2007. Print.