HealthBuzz- Max

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:

  1. 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.
  1.  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.
  1. 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.


Synesthesia – Grace

I choose this topic because I thought it would be interesting to research about, and it was surprising for me that synesthetes (people who have synesthesia) see words or numbers as certain colors, sounds, or smell.  Only 1 and 2000 people have this disorder, but it was kind of mind-blowing that people only can see colours, smell, and hear instead of seeing the actual objects, and I couldn’t really imagine it. And, people have some stereotypes to synesthetes, and for example one of the stereotype is that synesthetes are bad at math. I wanted to know why do people created these stereotypes, so I thought it would be fun to research about it.

By doing this topic, I learned that synesthesia could genetically be passed from parents to child, so if one of your family memebers have synesthesia, you might also have it. Also, there isn’t a solution to cure synesthesia so once you have it, you have to live your entire life having synesthesia. There are different kind of syenesthesias, but one of the most common one is colour-graphemic synesthesia, when you see numbers or words in a certain colour. For example, if you have colour-graphemic synesthesia, you might see 7 as red. There are different ones related to smell and hearings, it is when you see numbers or words in a certain smell or sound. Some examples are that you might smell the number 6 as smell of soap and number 5 as a sound of whistle. And there are some negative and positive effects of synesthesia. One positive effect is that if you have synesthesia, you have a good memory and you can remember things really easily. One negative effect is you might feel isolated because people think that you are weird, you see different thing as them, so you might fee isolated from the society. The last thing I learned was that you have to be patient, because synesthetes have hard time to remember all the smells, colors, and sound just by hearing. So, you have to be patient with them and kindly repeat the word or numbers you said or help them to remember it.


Atopic Dermatitis by Amarene

The issue is important because it is a common skin disease without a proper cure and affects many children. I picked the issue because I was curious about its full extent and also because I was diagnosed with it as a child. Prior to this research, I knew that it was characterised by inflamed, cracking, scaling and/or unnaturally thick skin. Atopic dermatitis heavily affects teenagers, especially since 85% of the affected are under 5 years of age and their teen selves usually still have memories of their experiences with the disease.

I learned that atopic dermatitis does not have an existing cure, which really surprised me due to it being so common. This expanded and connected to previous learning because both my parents and doctor have always been cautious about me having it. I believe that if doctors and scientists can make skin products like moisturiser and whitening cream, then they should be able to find a proper cure to atopic dermatitis as well. One misunderstanding about atopic dermatitis is that it’s the same thing as contact dermatitis (a similar disease, but requires physical contact with an irritating substance). Two major problems that come with this disease are that it worsens when the skin comes in contact with chlorine and that it tends to damage the skin of small children. For those who have atopic dermatitis, some important solutions are to stay away from touching water for over 20 minutes at a time, see a dermatologist, and to take whatever medicine their doctor may have recommended. In all honesty, I believe that this influenced my thinking in the sense that it made me more cautious about taking my medication, especially after seeing so many pictures of the effects of atopic dermatitis without medication on the internet.

Exploding Head Syndrome (EHS) – Josh

I chose this issue because I was intrigued by the fact that there is such thing called :Exploding Head Syndrome and wanted to learn more about it. To be honest, this does not affect me nor my family because we do not do things that would increase chances of EHS into our lives. Honestly, I did not know anything about this topic before hand. It was a new topic that I was intrigued about and wanted to learn more. Besides, at least I knew it had something to do with your head. This issue is important because I wanted to warn everyone that this is a benign syndrome and cannot hurt you, therefore there is no reason to freak out if you have it. This affects teenagers because it’s usually at this age where we want to go to sleep very late and wake up very late, usually having a very messed up schedule. This is was promotes EHS and therefore making us vulnerable to experiencing it.

I learned that there are things that could be very scary in life, but can also be harmless, so there is nothing to worry about. I also learned there is something called Exploding Head Syndrome which I thought was very interesting. This expanded my thinking because it helped me learn that there are certain types of suffering that doesn’t require physical pain, and got me thinking of others ways that could make one suffer without physical pain. (Not that I would torture anybody, just saying I was wondering) MY opinion on this issue is that honestly, I think it’s not that bad and that it does not require immediate help if diagnosed with it. Especially knowing the fact that its harmless, just very annoying. What was very surprising about this issue was the fact that it did not need to seek immediate help and was completely harmless. Some misunderstandings about this issue was that at first I thought there was no known cause, but then realized the website was slightly out of date and that there were actually a couple of known causes. Some solutions for this issue is that people could start to lower their stress levels and start going to sleep at a regular and constant time, meaning going to sleep everyday at the same time, so that your brain does not get confused during sleep. This influenced my thinking of wellness because I thought wellness was only about being healthy and maintaining your body in a good shape, but now I know there is psychological things involved.

Shingles by Ian Curry

The issue is Shingles/Herpes Zoster.

This issue is important because it affects most people who have had chickenpox and can be spread through direct contact with the blister, and affects .

I picked this issue because it is a contagious rash that causes itches, deep pain, blisters. Shingles/Herpes Zoster is common in older people and those with weaker immune systems due to stress, medication, etc. I also chose this because it affects the members of my family and I would like to know more about it so I can help them in the future.


This issue affects teenagers because teenagers who have had chickenpox are at risk for developing shingles in the future and it is beneficial for them to know how to deal with it.

I learned that there is a diagnosis for Shingles if it is taken before the virus fully develops. I also learned that it is able to affect a person more than once, although uncommon.

Some interesting facts about this issue are:

  1. If a Shingles rash develops near the eye, it may lead to future vision loss.
  2.  Damaged nerve fibers in the skin due to Shingles, send confused messages to the brain causing chronic pains that can last for a long time after the rash has gone.
  3.  Shingles developing on the face can lead to facial paralysis, hearing problems, and balance problems due to how Shingles affects the nerves connecting to the brain.

I believe that this is an important health problem to take note of because it may affect close relatives and we should know how to treat them and get them correct treatment to aid them.

This affects me because many of the members of my family could develop the virus and I need to know how to care for them, just as others would for their family members.

Solutions to this problem include, pain-killers, diagnosis before developing the rash, and anti-viral medications.

Problems: Extremely painful, affects nerve signals, may lead to sight, hearing, and balance problems.


In conclusion, this issue is important for you to know about because it will allow you to help yourself, others, and relatives if they develop the virus.  To help solve this problem, you can help those close to you with the virus get the diagnosis before the virus fully develops. This issue is important to me because the my parents and grandparents will possibly develop the virus in the future, and I want to know how to help them when the time comes.

Morgan – Introverts and Extroverts

I chose this issue because I’m personally affected by the general population’s misconceptions on introverts and extroverts. Having extremely introverted habits and behaviors has caused bullying in my life, and enhanced my introverted side. Before I studied this project, I already knew how having introverted or extroverted personalities can affect one’s life. It can determine the type of job you’ll have, who you’ll spend your free time with, your significant other, and the way you think about things or solve problems. Growing up with an introverted personality, I’ve had experience with people not understanding the way I think because it’s entirely cerebral. This has caused me to not only hope to not work with others, but to also look down on others when I’m forced to work with them. This issue affects teenagers because it can vary how well you do in class, who you’re friends with, how deep of conversations you’re capable of, and how you approach people you don’t know. Teenagers can be extremely affected by society when it comes to being an introvert or extrovert. When you’re teenager, you’re very susceptible to the opinions of others, and many people openly judge one another. These opinions of others can lead to bullying, depression, and can even cause an increase in introverted behaviors.

Through this issue, I’ve learned that it’s not just the personalities between introverts and extroverts that make them different from each other, but it’s also that introverted brains react differently to dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that provides motivation to achieve external rewards. There is no difference between the amount of dopamine in the separate brains, it’s just the difference between the activity. There is more activity in the brain of an extrovert than in the brain of an introvert. My opinion on this topic will always stay the same, however in can be enhanced. I’ve always believed that these labels do not lessen a person, it’s just that humans need to label it so that they can better understand it. The only thing that was surprising to me about this topic was the fact that the brains between introverts and extroverts work differently when it involves dopamine. There are some huge misconceptions about introverts and extroverts that pushed me to study this topic for my Health Buzz. One of the main ones is that introverts are always depressed or sad and don’t have any friends. This isn’t true at all. Introverts just see a different way to spend free time than extroverts, and don’t like having a large group of friends. I, for instance, would rather be at home with a good book and tea than going to a concert with my friends. Plus, just because someone’s sad or depressed doesn’t mean they’re an introvert, it just means that they have problems in their lives that are making them sad. Another misunderstanding on the topic is that everyone belongs either to one or the other. This is not true at all. Just because I’m shy at first glance doesn’t mean that when I know you well enough I won’t be bouncing off the walls. I do have an abundance of introverted attributes, but I also have extroverted attributes as well. Everyone does. No one just belongs to one category. One solution to these misconceptions is that humans can be more open minded about the subject. If someone has introverted or extroverted attributes, that doesn’t define them as a person.

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(This is a photo of the skills of introverts and extroverts.)

Pnuemonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis- Angela

The fact that it’s the longest word in the English language and it’s a disease fascinated me. Pnuemonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis can’t exactly effect me or my family, It’s because the environment that we live in isn’t one where you’re most likely to develop the disease. Miners are more likely to get this disease, for example, If a miner is a quartz miner he is more exposed to inhalation of silica dust and if he is exposed to that for more than 10 years then the disease becomes chronic. When I first heard the disease I thought it was caused by the inhalation of fine volcanic dust and that’s it, I didn’t know that there was more. I’m not quite sure if I can connect this to whatever we learned in wellness class in 7th grade. For people who live in the same environment as I do (like teenagers, kids and people living away from mine) it isn’t very important but for miners it’s extremely important to be cautious of this disease especially mining around quartz.

I learned about the different symptoms of Pnuemonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis and the treatments for the symptoms. I learned more about the different diseases of coniosis. In my opinion I think Pnuemonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is very fun and interesting to research and to find out more about the different coniosis diseases. Something that was really unexpected for me was that pnuemonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis fell under a categorie of coniosis diseases, I thought that there is only one type of disease. I will definitely be more cautious with my surroundings more often. A lot of people think that because it’s a really long word its a complicated disease, but it isn’t as complicated as other diseases. There are solutions to the treatments but not for the actual disease.

CIP Hassan

What is it about

My presentation is about Congenital Insensitivity to Pain. This presentation was fun but disgusting at the same time. CIP is when people have a disability and can’t feel pain. This means that when something happens to them they won’t feel it and can be life threatening. Till now there have only been 20 cases reported in the scientific literature.

I thought in the beginning, that CIP was a cool condition but now I know that it is very dangerous. If something happens to me on the outside I can see it but If something happens to me in the inside I won’t feel it it could be life threatening.




How has my thinking changed

Lucas – The Bubonic Plague

I chose this issue because it changed Britain’s history and it was one of the most deadly plagues in the world. The bubonic plague was famously named the Black Death for the amount of damage it caused. This condition is very deadly even though the first outbreak happened 700 years ago. This Plague killed about 75-200 million people from 1346 – 1353. It killed 60% of the population of Europe in 7 years. It created people to establish mass graves and caused social, religious, and economic upheavals.

This a Plague Doctor

According to the CDC (Center of Disease and Control) on average, about 10-20 people in the United States of America are diagnosed with the Bubonic Plague per year. Now, this disease is still deadly but is treatable by everyday antibiotics like penicillin. But can be deadly if not treated 24 hours after the first signs of symptoms. There is no guarantee that this plague will be wiped out because of the uncommon way it spreads and how many forms there are of the plague. The three forms are the common Bubonic Plague, Septicemic Plague, and Pneumonic Plague. The Bubonic Plague spreads through fleas infected with Yersinia Pestis. Yersinia Pestis is a gram negative bacteria. These fleas are spread through animals that live in dirty environments, mostly mice carry the disease. Some symptoms of the Bubonic Plague are headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, severe fever, severe chills, extreme weakness, severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, internal and external bleeding, shock, and blackening of death tissue.

A simple solution to decreasing your risk of this disease is to remove all rodents from your house, and giving all your animals a medicine that prevents fleas. Another solution is to eat healthy and make sure your house is not dirty.