Proclivity to Live

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Oprah Winfrey At graduation June 11, 2013

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“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”

Video taken from MSNBC.com. US.Education

 

Curiosity Kills Fear May 3, 2013

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I recently met Dr. Nina Tandon, electrical engineer and current Ted Senior Fellow during a special talk a my research poster event. I have never heard of her before, and after hearing her speak for the first time, I wondered if I had been living on planet earth all my life. Nonetheless, I learned many new amazing facts from her that excite me even more about the future of bio-medical research . For example, for the first time I learned about bio-reactors and their function in tissue engineering.

Her talk was fascinating and inspiring. It was breathtaking  to see how her visionary childhood curiosities led to yet such realistic scientific breakthroughs, that I would have ever imagined possible. During her talk she stated, ” Curiosity for me, is a happy endeavor.” At that point, I realized that I had something in common with her. 

My curiosity is a big part of who I am. Not only has it led me to my inclination towards the sciences, but it has  also allowed me to develop many other passions. My curiosity drives me to learn and to discover. It provokes me to undertake challenges and to master the difficult tasks. While the Sinoatrial (SA) node plays the role of pacemaker in my heart, curiosity is the pacemaker that keeps my brain pumping.

Walt Disney once said, “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” It is because many of our predecessors chose to envision the possibilities  and subsequently take action to make those visions a reality, that society has been able to progress thus far.

Dr. Tandon’s journey started when she took notice of her fascination by the connections between electricity and the body. Her electrical engineering background has been very paramount in her bio-engineering research. She is currently working on  cardiac tissue engineering and bio-reactor construction.

I am particularly interested in Dr. Tandon’s views on personalized medicine. As a future physician, one of my major concerns with the current state of medicine is that there exists a gap between the research and clinical worlds. I envision the future of medicine as one where both physicians and scientist will speak the same language and where laboratory discoveries will find their way directly to the clinical setting. Dr. Tandon has mentioned that, with the ability to create a mimic of human organs, scientific research and medicine can become more personalize and more efficient. As someone who has worked in the laboratory setting, I understand that sometimes the studies conducted on mice or any other animals, are not always translatable to humans. This, I believe  is one of the major contributors to the gap that exists between the lab bench and the bedside. With the contributions of Dr. Tandon, I foresee a promising future in the advancement of medicine and a narrowing of the bridge that exists in science.

Dr. Tandon terminated her talk by stated that, ” Fear does not kill curiosity, but rather, curiosity kills fear.” I think that this is a bold and empowering statement. So next time you think of the impossible, don’t throw it out just yet. Keep it in the back of your mind, and come back to it when you are ready to face it.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2

 

During a test, the teacher is always quiet

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Have you ever wondered, “Why me?” I am almost confident that each and everyone of us, at some point in our lives, has pondered this and  wished we could avoid every peril. The tenets of my faith consistently remind me that I must not question the actions of God, and society’s age-old proverb is that everything happens for a reason.

I must admit that many times, I catch myself asking this question.  And though I believe that everything does happens for a reason, I am often troubled to understand why a God of love, grace and mercy would allow such horrible things happen to those he love.

This dichotomy dwelt in my mind for many years and just recently, I came across the answer. As I listened to a radio commercial on popular contemporary Christian station, the speaker on the end stated, “When you’re going through hard times and you wonder where is God, just remember; the teacher is always quiet during a test.”Image

This reminds me of something that I taught my high school students in Sunday school. God allows us to endure the worst because in the end, he always has the best waiting for us. Jeremiah 11:29 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Our perils are nothing more than a test that covers many areas; it is a test of faith, patience, and endurance, just to name a few. Furthermore,  it is a marathon training.  And at the end of the marathon, a gold medal awaits us. Lastly, it is a learning experience during which we learn how to deal with difficult situations.

Just imaging having to learn how to jump, with weights shackled to your legs. Once those weights are allowed to come off, you will be able to jump higher than any other person who has never had to deal with the weights.

So next time you ask yourself this question, keeps this in mind and it will help you deal with and make it through your trials. Just remember, finish the test and pace yourself.

just a thought.

 

RESEARCH:Junk No More September 6, 2012

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We have all heard the saying, “One man’s junks is another man’s treasure.” Well now it turns out that our ‘junk’ can actually be our own treasure, if you may. A new scientific breakthrough has shed light on the enduring G and C-value paradoxes  <http://www.duke.edu/~mwh3/Gvalue.pdf>, indicating that the so-called junk in the genome actually plays a major role in determining whether or not a person is affected by a certain illness. This new discovery will allow for the development of new drug targets and for the improvement of ‘personalized’ medicine whereby treatment is designed to specifically comply to one’s genetic makeup. This would be an effort to, not only treat an illness but to also prevent the relapse or occurrence of an illness. I am very excited about this finding because it opens doors to so many more findings. <http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/story/2012-09-05/junk-dna-disease/57604346/1?csp=34news>. 

 

Democratic National Convention (DNC) !! September 5, 2012

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My comments on the convention are coming soon!

 

La Madrina De La Cocaina de Colombia Ha Muerto

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Mira el foto, parece como una abuela cariñosa no? NO! Griselda Blanco de 69 año, mas conocida como “La Madrina Cocaína” fue matado en Colombia el lunes pasado, por un motociclista. La ironía es que, ella fue la pionera del uso de las motocicletas en los asesinos entre las bandas. Sabe lo que se dice, “ Lo que va, vuelve.” Recuerdo que el año pasado, mire un documental sobre ella y me intrigue como ella podía manipular a la gente y la ley. Aunque ella fue encarcelada por aproximadamente 20 años, ella continuo en su misión de trafico de drogas. Ella sobrevivió muchos anos y ahora mismo, no puedo crear que ella está muerta. 

 

http://www.fits… September 2, 2012

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Check out this!

“FAT BLASTING 10-MINUTE WORKOUT VIDEO WITH JEANETTE JENKINS”

http://www.fitsugar.com/10-Minute-Bootcamp-Workout-Jeanette-Jenkins-19281628

For some, this may be a great warm-up before a workout, however with 2-3 repetitions of the entire sequence, this can be considered a workout in itself. Hope you enjoy this and remember, give it 100 %  and you burn lots of calories while toning your legs and arms!

 

True self, when violated,… September 1, 2012

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True self, when violated, will always resist us, sometimes at great cost, holding our lives in check until we honor its truth