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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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. 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.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzBGa8KnM3Q
I picked the issue of blood loss because recently my grandfather had a problem where he couldn’t form blood in his body and he had a scratch and the blood kept on coming and coming and even when he tried to stop it, his body was very weak because he could not form new blood. And I wanted to see what were the side effects of not having blood in your body and how it could affect you in general. I didnt know much about blood loss and blood in general but all I knew was that without blood a human cannot function well at all. I do not have a lot of connections with blood loss but a lot of my family members were suffering and that had a huge impact on my family. I feel like this issue is important because it is not just my family but a lot of people suffer from it everyday and I think that this has made a lot of effects on our society in a negative way. Blood carries oxygen to your body and if you have no blood, you will have a hard time inorder for your body to get oxygen and that will have different side effects along with it. This affects teenagers because these days we play a lot of sports and we get injured very often and therefor a lot of blood will be lost. Also its not only what happens to adults but kids but blood loss can happen to anyone in any age.
I have learned a lot about blood loss for example the fact that if you louse blood then the blood type o because it can go inside any blood inorder too have enough blood for the person that is lousing blood. I also learned that with out blood it is very hard for a person to survive and is one of the big needs for a human. Without blood you can’t walk or talk as strong or move in general. This expanded my learning because I learned a lot of different facts about blood loss and I realised how important it can be to a human. I honestly think that all of us should be aware of this issue because it has gone worse over the years as more and more people are getting into physical activities. I was very surprised when I heard that in the USA every 2 seconds someone needs blood, which is actually now gone even worse. My thinking has definitely changed because I never knew that blood loss was this important and this scary and thought it was something minor. A lot of people miss understand blood loss as just something that can happen and get cured immediately at the same but that is not quite true because it does take a while to relif all the blood in your body. Every day there is 222 billion to 242 billion cells produced in a human body. A lot of the solutions for this problem is to definitely just stop the blood as fast as possible so that you do not do louse any more blood because the more blood you louse the worse it can get. This influences my thinking about wellness because blood is a part of your body and you have to take good care of your body inorder to not louse any blood and to be able to keep on forming blood every single day.
Coronary Artery Disease is a disease you get when you eat too much unhealthy food and your arteries get clogged and the blood finds it hard to get through.
My thinking has changed now because I’m going to watch my diet when I get older I will look after my diet and others,
I chose this topic because I learned that it is one of the big issues these days and there are many physical effects, and mental and emotional impacts that can cause stress and I wanted to know more about it.Also most of the teenagers owns a phone nowadays and many people are addicted to their cell phone and I think I am one of them so I was really interested to it.
By doing a research about cell phone addiction, I learned some new ways of how cell phone addiction can affect you, and I also learned is that it is not too late even though you are already addicted to your cell phone because there are still many ways that you can get rid of it.
Also I feel that I am one of the people who are addicted to their phones and other devices including laptops so I will try to use my phone less from now on and use my time more effectively.
I chose this topic as many people have blood in them but don’t really know what blood does and what it is used for. It also can cause problems if not treated properly and I wanted to know more about it.
I learned how you get a blood transfusion and what blood types can give blood to other blood tyoes. I also learned about how different blood cells have an important role in the overall health of your blood and your body.
I chose this because my parents are heavily against homework so I wanted to find out why they were against it. This affects my mom because my heritage are very active and therefore we do not really care about homework and do not believe in it. I knew that it was not the best and you should consider how much you do. How does it connect to previous learning? This affects my learning because I do not learn well with worksheets but I have a easier time with active learning. Why is it important? It is relevant because I do not do homework or like it. So I wanted to see if that was bad or good for me. This affects teenagers because many people in there teenage year do a lot of studying.
I learned that it is topic that people should not do too much of and that it can affect your brain in a negative impact. This expanded my learning because now I know when to take a break in order to get the most out of your learning. I think that this is a topic that is overseen and people think that it is good but in reality it is bad for your brain. That you lose brain cells instead of gaining. My thinking has changed because now I know how to do more for my brain. If a teacher gives a large assignment in one day you can tell them that is damaging my brain and convince them not to give the assignment. That it is good for your brain and is the best thing for your brain. Some problems are that teachers misunderstand this topic and therefore give hard tests and give them a lot of studying and assignments or big reassessment plans. This improves my thinking of wellness that even the slightest and unthinkable can be life damaging.
I chose bipolar because a lot of people in our world have this disorder, including many famous people. I have realized that these famous people are singers and actors, but before that Bipolar Disorder is a mental or brain disorder that causes someone’s feelings or mood to change frequently. I think that the famous people with Bipolar are singers and actors because they can show or express deep and strong emotions or feelings into songs or acting. But Bipolar Disorder is a really hard disorder to control. Moods change in different amount of times depending on the type of disorder. People that see people with bipolar disorder many become confused in why the person’s mood changes so frequently. People with Bipolar usually have Anxiety due to them not being able to control their disorder. A term that comes out often is the word manic. Manic is the climax or the most serious position in bipolar, this is called manic depression. Depending on the type of Bipolar this can continue and stay up to 2 years. The changes of mood are called episodes. They can last from hours to weeks. Bipolar episodes and manic depression is caused because of the amygdala. The amygdala is where the brain chooses he or she’s movement or reaction, and also has many more important triggers in the body. Because the changes of the brain the amygdala stops and moves and changes. This is why episodes happen. The amygdala stops moving, the person will act depressed and will not want to move. But when it is functioning, the person will have a different emotion or feeling than before.
I choose this topic because it is a very worldwide disease that over 6000 infants are born with every year. I’ve met many down syndrome kids all around the world and would love to learn about their disease. Down syndrome is a condition in which a person is born with an extra chromosome. With Down syndrome, the extra chromosome causes delays in the way a child develops, mentally and physically. But this disease is actually quite common, as out of 700 newborns 1 will have the disease (Down Syndrome) a number of down syndrome kids depends on their nationality. Down syndrome is caused by a gene before birth, People without down syndrome usually are born with 46 chromosomes and down syndrome kid is born with 47 chromosomes this makes it so that kids with extra chromosomes, their brain and or bodies develop in many different ways. Have kids with down syndrome. Many down syndromes were abandoned by their parents as they did not want a child that did not look like everyone else. This lead to these kids not having real parents and did not have a proper upbringing.
I also learned that down syndrome is carried through genetics meaning that you may carry the disease of down syndrome. So if your kids have down syndrome, you are very likely to carry the genetics or your partner. If you have a down syndrome kid the chances of having another one is very high. Down syndrome takes serious care and should never be treated with disrespect. People with down syndrome suffer hard lives with dangerous type so living as they are faced with living only until they are only teenagers or to their 20s. They also face bullying in their junior life. Its hard being a down syndrome kid and they need to be treated properly.
The health issue I would like to present today is Lucid Dreaming.
Before we start I would like to give you a brief explanation on what lucid dreaming is. Lucid dreaming is the ability to realize you are in a dream and control the dream you are having. For example when you realize you are in a dream you can control what happens and you can be in the dream.
This issue is important because many important theories have come from lucid dreaming such as albert einstein and the principle of relativity or paul mccartney when he composed the entire melody for his song “yesterday” in a lucid dream. .
I picked this issue because lucid dreaming is an amazing phenomenon that i want to experience one day. Also can you imagine being able to control you dreams.
This issue affects teenagers because Lucid dreaming can make teens creative and can help them overcome fears and phobias. That is because there is a free flow of ideas coming from the unconscious mind.
What I learned about lucid dreaming is that it is not as simple as it looks. I think lucid dreaming is a very exciting experience because it shows the power of your mind and what you can do with it. I mean who wouldn’t want to play a sport in front of thousands of people or live in the house of your dream.
Some interesting facts about this issue are:
- Techniques of lucid dreaming are DILD,MILD and WILD. DILD is when you notice something in the dream that makes you know you are dreaming. Mild is when you convince you are going to lucid dream tonight and when you are in a dream you will instantly know you are dreaming. Wild is when you trick your mind into thinking you are asleep which will bring you into a dream.
- When we are dreaming we are in a stage called R.E.M (rapid eye movement) it helps us not act out our dreams in real life. But sometimes we may not be in R.E.M mode and that’s how sleepwalking is caused.
- How to Lucid Dream. Step 1. Keep a dream journal 2. Convince yourself that you are going to lucid dream 3. When you are in a dream look at your hands usually in dreams you will notice that you have more or less fingers. 4. Look for un-ordinary stuff. Maybe you will be in your room for one minute then Egypt for the next. That will be an obvious sign to your mind that you are dreaming.
I believe that lucid dreaming is a very important because it helped create many groundbreaking achievements that led to the change in history . It also is a very exciting way to relieve stress.
What I think of this, this issue is important for you to know about because with this strategy you can relieve stress easier and improve memory.