Vision ~ Elki

Topic – Vision

I chose vision because 1) I have bad vision, 2) some of my friends and family have bad vision as well, and 3) I never knew the causes of and solutions (other than glasses/contacts) to bad vision. This affects me because we people who have bad vision have to go out of our way to pay for and seek treatment so we can see normally. This especially affects me as I am a student who does a lot of reading in class, and even small things like not seeing information on the board can be very costly when it comes to exams or performance tasks. Before studying and researching on this topic, I knew almost nothing about why people had bad vision and only could identify solutions to it. I just went through my vision treatment and followed directions; I never questioned why my vision was bad in the first place. A connection that this topic has with another is with the unit we had on respect. People with bad vision may lose respect for themselves as they may see themselves as inferior people, and they can also unintentionally lose respect from other people as it is harder for them to listen to others, as they can’t see them as well as normal. A connection can also be made to the study last year on Hellen Keller. As she was born deaf and blind, I would think that it would be extremely difficult for her to communicate and live like normal people, which inspired me to study this topic. A more obvious way this topic connects to me is that I have bad vision myself, and I really wished to get rid of it and to know more about why this happened. This is relevant to me because again, many of my peers, some family, and I have bad vision, and because it is very common throughout the world. For teenagers, the state of vision is very important because in an academically focused context, being able to learn visually without any trouble is very important as many of the lessons taught involve photo or video. Another way this is important to teenagers is that because teens are more subject to mood swings and anxiety, teenagers will lose self esteem at even higher rates because of their bad vision compared to others.

When researching on this topic, I found out the many different causes of bad vision, and I realized that bad vision can actually be caused by diseases. This was surprising to me, as I previously thought that bad vision was caused simply by chance or by genes and not diseases and conditions. This might also be a common misunderstanding about vision, another being the “blind people also have bad hearing” misconception. The first condition I learned about is called “Glaucoma”. This disease causes added pressure to your eye(s) which can damage your optic nerves. These optic nerves are the nerves that transmit images to your brain, and over time, Glaucoma can cause total vision loss without proper treatment. The second condition I learned about is called “Amblyopia”. This condition is when (usually) one of your eyes fails to fully develop like a normal eye, no matter the treatment such as glasses or contacts. This is more commonly known as “lazy eye”. I connect with this condition because I remember one of my kindergarten friends having an eyepatch on due to lazy eye, but I never really questioned it. The last condition that I decided to learn about is called “Astigmatism”. This condition is when your cornea (outer layer of eye) is misshaped, thus causing generally blurry vision. The misshapen cornea makes it more difficult for light to properly focus on the retina, which makes vision blurry from all distances. This is the condition I have, as without lenses or glasses, my vision is blurry from most distances longer than face to face, for example. This has vastly expanded my learning, as I previously knew almost nothing about how bad vision is created. I know know about the multitude of causes that make people’s vision bad, and now I understand why other people get different treatment than me, as they have different conditions. Other than glasses, another solution that cures/treats bad vision is called “Orthokeratology”. This process involves wearing a specially shaped contact lens during sleep, which reshapes your cornea temporarily for the day. This is the solution I use to solve my astigmatism, which works perfectly (unless you lose either contact lens). The other solution that I researched on was called “Lasik”, which involves a laser steepening or flattening the cornea of your eye. This laser pushes on the cornea according to the patient’s condition which makes it more normally shaped. To conclude, I’ve learned that even the smallest things have large effects, as even the state of your eyes can affect so many parts of wellness and have such complex causes and solutions.

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this is a diagram of a misshaped cornea with astigmatism on the left. this describes how orthokeratology works, as putting a specifically shaped contact lens over a misshaped cornea temporarily reshapes it. this connects to me, as this is the method i use for my astigmatism, and i really found this solution interesting and fascinating.


Exercise-Tomotaka shinozaki

I chose this topic because I noticed that passed these years, I haven’t exercise and was just sitting down and playing on my etc. And I think this issue affects me because I don’t exercise and these days there are a lot of electronics and I  might get cancer/heart disease. What I knew about exercise was that exercise maintains your physical health and when you exercise, there will be a happy hormone that will be released and makes your brain relaxed(makes you happy). And this topic connects to my previous learning because in PE we learned about how exercise and normal exercise helps our daily lives. And I think this issue is relevant to me because I use my etc every 30 minutes so now I know that exercise helps me lower heart disease and same as teenagers because for teenagers one in four teenagers are online constantly.

I learned that there are lots of people having a hard time due to this issue like weight discrimination, stress, depression, and having a hard time doing exercise and I think it expanded my learning because before I searched about exercise, I thought it just helps you build up muscle but there was more to it. My opinion about this issue is that I don’t think exercising is the best way to maintain stress because there are lots of other ways. What was unexpected was over 90 percent of women’s who don’t exercise had depression. And the solution for this topic is to at least exercise for 1 hour every day.

Autism – Holly

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Why Autism?

I chose autism to be my topic because I know three people with it. However, I haven’t seen them in a while/I am not close to them, so I do not know much about them. Their actions have been different to others’ around me, so naturally, I was curious as to why. Another reason I chose Autism is that I have read a few books on people with Asperger’s, and I wanted to know more. The last reason I wanted to study autism, was because I have always been interested in disabilities and differences, and I know autism is quite common (amongst mental disorders), so I chose to learn about that. Before doing this project, I thought that people with Autism couldn’t express any emotion, but now I know that they can express emotion, but they just have a hard time reading others’ emotions. I also thought that once you have autism, you always have it, but now I know that this isn’t the case and occasionally people do get rid of it. This connects to previous learning because last year we were assigned book clubs and mine was about a girl with autism. I knew a little about the subject beforehand, and so I had a small head-start on this project, but now I know even more about it because of the research I have done. Also, a personal connection I have is how I know people with autism, and teachers have to adapt their lessons to help this person. Also, one of my parents’ friends has two kids who are autistic. Their mother was unable to work for 5-6 years, and the government gave her money to get her kids into therapy every day. The older sibling, with less severe autism, is now fully able to go to school by herself (but still has learning support) and the younger one still has to go to therapy, but the mother is now able to work. This affects teenagers because there are multiple resources that show ways of helping children with autism, but almost none that deal with teenagers and autism. A teens life is considerably harder than a child’s life (because of anxiety/schoolwork/relationships with peers) without autism. Now put it into perspective. You can’t read others’ emotions well, and you show behaviours that other people may find ‘weird’ or ‘disturbing’. On top of that, you also have to deal with schoolwork and everything else that teens have to deal with. You can help these people by just being a little more accepting and understanding of their situation, and not join in those who aren’t as accepting.

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What did I learn?

I learned that there are four types of autism, each one falling on a spectrum. The main thing about this is how everyone with autism is different. When you meet a new autistic person, they will certainly have different autistic tendencies to the last autistic person you met, and that these people will be different. You can’t classify all autistic people together like you can’t classify all humans together. We all have different aspects and traits that stand out. Also, there is no cause towards autism. Some things may affect the baby a little, but all in all, when you have autism there is not really a reason why. Some misconceptions about autism are that autistic people have no feelings, and autistic people can’t read others’ feelings. These aren’t true, and autistic people are capable of feeling everything you are capable of feeling. Autistic people may not understand you are sad via body language or sarcasm/tone of voice, but if you make it clear, they know what to do. There isn’t a solution to autism, but some medicines can help the person to focus more or stop them fidgeting, etc.. However, to help the autistic person feel more comfortable in a specific environment, you can be accepting towards them, and help others feel the same as you.

This picture connects to autism because really, autistic people aren’t that different. (Most of) They can walk, eat, and sleep just like us. Most of the time, on the outside, you cannot distinguish an autistic person from anybody else. They have passions too, and they have feelings too. This picture represents that because autism comes in all shapes and sizes, and overall, the people aren’t that different to us.

Dyslexia- Kalia


I choses Dyslexia because have a mild case of dyslexia.  This topic affects me because I have a harder time understanding thing than my peers.  Somethings that I have previously known about Dyslexia is that it is a learning disability that makes you process reading, writing and math.  This connects to me because I have dyslexia also because I have learned about left and right side of the brain.  This is important to me because i’ve had this disability without knowing for almost for all my life and I want to know as much as I can about it.  I think that this is important for everyone to know so that people can understand how dyslexic people learn and feel.  I think that this would affect teenagers with dyslexia because there peers and their expectations will rise.

I learned about the history of Dyslexia.  My opinion about Dyslexia is that there should be more awareness about it because you or some close to you could have it without it.  Something that I found interesting is that there are three types of Dyslexia.  This has changed the way I think because if I met someone dyslexic I could relate to them.  Some misunderstanding that could happen to people with dyslexia is that they can be called “dumb” but it it’s not a lack of knowledge but displaying the knowledge.  The problems with dyslexia is that they learn differently than most of the class or they can be rejected from peers or family members.  There is no getting rid of dyslexia but there are thing that can be done to help the person learn just as quick as his/her peers something that can also help is to be very accepting and understanding.  This influence me in social part of wellness because people need to learn how interact with people that learn, look or think differently without discriminating them.


Kota – Food Before and After Workout

I choose a topic about food before and after workout or training. I chose this issue because I thought it was interesting that your food affects your body and muscles. I knew that proteins make more muscles, but I didn’t know why. I had a connection with this topic because I play soccer, and I wondered how to make my performance better. It also connects to our previous learning because all food can be categorized by six main nutrients, and we learned all of the nutrients. This topic affects many teenagers because many teenagers play sports, and it will be surprising for them if they knew that meal can change your performance.

I learned that what you eat before and after workout changes how your muscles grow. You need to eat carbohydrates and fats before training because those nutrients provide you energy to do some workouts. You have to drink water during a workout because it will keep you away from dehydration. Proteins are most needed nutrients after a workout because it will repair broken tissues and gives you stronger muscles. Also, you need to take minerals, especially magnesium and potassium. Potassium and magnesium will help you to build muscle. It expanded my learning because I didn’t know that food can improve your physical performance. My opinion on this issue is that you should take those nutrients before and after a workout. So that your body will make bigger muscles and you will be healthier. Interest thing was that there are different types of minerals, and each of those has different functions. My thinking had changed because before, I thought the food will not affect your performance, but now I realized that foods are important.


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

Blood loss: Riya


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.

Cell phone addiction – Mao

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.