Nikhil – OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. I chose this issue because I thought someone who I knew had OCD. I wanted to learn more and dig into OCD. However, this whatsoever does affect me or my family. I knew it messes with you and your brain but I did not realize the devastating effects of OCD. OCD may mess up teens time management skills. Most importantly OCD can make you feel depressed and you will feel stressed. Which both you should not be feeling when you are a teen.  Some examples of OCD are extensive “double checking”. Which means you will keep on checking something like let’s take closing the stove as an example. You may close the over and over and over again even when you know the stove is logically closed your brain won’t rid the thoughts. Another common example is washing your hands. You wash over repeatedly. But you’re brain won’t stop. These “rituals” should take 1 or more hour a day.

I learned that OCD’s effects are devastating. The OCD disorder can mess up your life completely here are some side effects of OCD


  • Reduced quality of life.
  • Depression.
  • Eating disorders.
  • Poor interpersonal relationships.
  • High levels of stress and anxiety


Now I think that OCD is not just an easy “aspect” of life and I feel sympathy for people who have OCD. I think learning how people cope with OCD was interesting. A misunderstanding I personally had was that OCD affects behavior. But can be entirely mental with no outward symptoms. You may be sitting next to a person who is both obsessing and completing compulsions and not even notice.  Some solutions of OCD are

  Some solutions of OCD are

  • Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy
  • Deep brain stimulation


Mudita – Posture

I chose to research about posture because sometimes, I find myself sitting in a way that my back looks like a ‘C’. This lead me to think about what the effects of poor posture are. We all sit down everyday-on the way to school, during lessons, to eat, to work and several other times. We all sit to relax, enjoy or work, therefore poor posture is a health issue to not just teenagers, but anyone who doesn’t maintain a good posture. I had already known that bad posture can lead to several bones to shift in your back, which can sometimes be visible, but I didn’t know how harmful it can be and its internal effects.

What seems like such a harmless and relaxing habit actually has the power to change your health. Sitting itself has its own risks but poor posture magnifies those risks and creates a greater health risks. It effects the body physically (body functions stopped working, bones shift, more likelihood of accidents, can lead to diseases), mentally (your brain cannot think as well) and emotionally (you feel more sensitive and greater pain).

The short term effects of poor posture are that when your back is slouched, your lungs bend due to the shape of the back. This limits the amount of oxygen entering your body. Your blood flow also decreases due to bent joints and muscles and is not able to flow as easily. Your brain requires both of these to be able to function effectively, but due to the limited amount supplied to the brain, it is unable to think as quickly or smartly. Temporary pause of lipoprotein lipase in your blood is also a short term effect of poor posture. Lipoprotein lipase is an enzyme your blood releases to break down the fat in your blood. While you are seated, your body is not able to burn fat as well. Headaches also occur due to tension and stress.

The long term effects are very harmful, and in some rare cases it can cause death. Swelling of muscles and small rips are caused by certain muscles being strained, stressed, or stretched for too long. These rips are not because your muscles are strained for too long, but because they are being overused. Reduced blood flow and uneven pressure in different parts of your body can lead to heart diseases, and lack of lipoprotein lipase in your blood can lead to diabetes (because of too much fat in body).  It can lead to scoliosis (where your vertebrae align to look like a ‘s’ or a ‘c’) because of bone shifts. Digestion, kidney and liver problems can also occur due to slouched positions and the efficiency of organs and body parts.

The picture below states that ‘Sitting is the new smoking’. This is because sitting for excessive amounts of time can lead to similar effects of smoking. It shows a chair looking like a deadly thing because it has the power to change your health.

The solution of this is simple, try to aim for an active lifestyle, but when you have to be in your seat, sit with good posture. Your back should be straight, the screen level at or slightly below eye level, and your elbows and wrists supported.  

The Curious Case of Alien Hand Syndrome (AHS) – Dylan

The Curious Case of Alien Hand Syndrome (AHS)

By: Dylan Yap


I chose to do my health buzz on AHS, or Alien Hand Syndrome because I found it very alluring and thought it could be turned into an entertaining, educational presentation. This issue is important to me because there are a lot of smaller syndromes and disorders that not many people know or pay attention to, and I believe that this is one of them. This doesn’t and didn’t really affect me or any of my relatives (that I know of), but I just thought that it would be something that not many people knew about which is one of the reasons I chose to do this. I already knew the basic topics, (an uncontrollable hand due to a brain part not functioning correctly), but I didn’t know about how it could’ve been affecting any limb, how the corpus callosum worked, and a caboodle of other facts. This didn’t really connect to much of my previous learning in wellness (unless you count how internal organs like arteries and the brain are alike), but I already knew about some parts of the brain because of the workshop that we had at the start of the year talking about the brain of a teenager. As I said before, this doesn’t really relate to me or anyone I know, I just found it interesting. Although this can affect teenagers, Not many people are affected due to the rarity of this disorder (only 1 percent of Americans are affected by epilepsy, less than that has had surgery for it, less than that has had their corpus callosum removed, and even less than that receive these kinds of side-effects)


I learned a lot about this disorder, including:

  • How it’s caused.
  • The symptoms of it.
  • How it affects teenagers.
  • How common it is.
  • If it can be cured.
  • More negative effects on it
  • A lot more facts that I didn’t know before.


This really expanded my learning because I wanted to learn more about the brain, and I was able to do so. I also wanted to study a really radical and unique topic, which lead me to this disorder, and now I know a lot about it. At first, I thought that alien hand syndrome was just a fascinating topic about an annoying hand, but I really learned about the danger and smartness of the other uncontrollable limb. I think that this disorder should be focused on more, although I believe that not a lot of research has been put into it because it’s a rare cause. I found it really surprising how the afflicted limb is capable of doing complex tasks, and also how dangerous alien hand syndrome can really be. My thinking has changed for all syndromes in general, which is that although a disorder may seem simple and only somewhat of an annoyance on the outside, there’s a whole new world of recorded interesting facts that people have done research on. Some people believe that alien hand syndrome is just about hands, and also that the limb is somewhat primal and not capable of doing complex tasks like unbuttoning shirts and turning on the lights. This issue has some problems, like how dangerous and confusing AHS is, as well as the fact that it is currently incurable, but some solutions to it are to keep yourself away from dangerous things and to take some medications (doctors have found out how to keep your affected limb temporarily at bay). This helped me learn lot more about the world of wellness, and how there is so much more riveting facts and details out there to learn. I also learned a lot about how wellness isn’t just about staying fit and healthy, but also an assemblage of other topics.

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Protein – Ori

I chose protein as my topic, because I think that protein is very important to our bodies.  We need protein in our bodies to grow.  In addition, hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Enzymes are chemical reaction.  Enzymes has a very important job in our bodies.  Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.  Cartilage is the structure of your bones during your growth. Its also makes your joints more stable.   I knew that protein builds muscles, it grip your bones, and make them stronger.  Last year we learned about protein but a little bit  We learned last year with text books about protein and when to eat it.  You should eat protein after an exercise.  To build your muscles and rest.  Protein is relevant to me, because I exercise a lot during the week.  I need to know how much protein to eat and when.  Protein is a critical food group for everyone.  Most adults need about 10 to 11 ounces of a protein food each day.  The best way to eat this is to have two portions daily of 4 to 5 ounces each of a protein food.  Also, women can have up to 6 eggs per week.  Men can have up to 8 eggs per week, and no more.  Proteins need to be cooked, but not overcooked.  Avoid all pig products, although they are nutritious.  Most can contain parasite cysts or eggs, even when well-cooked.  Too much protein causes toxicity of the liver and kidneys, and excess production of proteinaceous toxins in the colon, evidenced by foul-smelling stools.  Too little protein in the diet can cause weight gain or loss, and severe malnutrition.  Protein affects teenagers, because  at that time period, where teenagers grow they need to eat right; when to stay healthy.   They should eat protein everyday to stay healthy.  If they don’t their healthy level is going to go down.                                                                                                     Image result for beef                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     learned that protein is very important to you and you need it for your daily meal.  At this time of your life where you need to eat protein to build up your muscles, joints, and bones.  Its an important food element.   I expanded my learning by learning that protein is good for your body and what things it builds.  I learned that protein increases your cells and bones.  I think that everyone should know about protein and what it does.  Protein does many things in your body that has to do with health and growth.  My opinion is that, you should eat the right amount of protein everyday.  Something surprising about protein that I didn’t know is that it builds your bones and increases your cells.  I used to think that you need a lot of protein, but you need only 4-5 ounces of protein everyday.  I use to think that if you eat a lot of protein after exercising, but now I think that you need the right amount of protein in your protein. I don’t have any miss understood about this topic.  One thing that is bad about protein is if you eat more then you need.  Know I need to listen more in wellness to learn on our health.Image result for protein synthesis image DNA