Blog Post 4: Bacon Cures Hangovers and Appetites!

In my blog post 3 I talked about an article at, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/5118283/Bacon-sandwich-really-does-cure-a-hangover.html. It talks about how many people think there is not a cure for a hangover however they say there is one. They state that a bacon sandwich can actually cure hangovers. The article just gives scientific facts backing their claim. The writers say that a bacon sandwich cures a hangover by boosting the levels of amines which clear the head. The article does not say what can not be determined from the results.

Looking back on blog post 2 the studies were very similar in how they backed their claim. They both studies why people like bacon and why its good for them in multiple ways. The articles claim is very close to the Cracked writers claim.

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FDA Does It Even Know What’s Going On?

I started out my search by selecting the database that I wanted to search in. I selected ProQuest to do my search in.

The challenges with searching in a database were finding enough sources. On most of my searches I had to make them more general to find more than one or two sources. This is different than my past experiences because I always have too many sources come up. I found four sources that I thought would be good to add to my list of sources. The sources that I found were very useful.

My article from The New York Times said, “The food industry has already been fighting legislation in the Senate backed by Dianne Feinstein of California that would ban bisphenol-A, commonly found in plastics and better known as BPA, from food and beverage containers.” My article BPA In Plastic Bottles-Another View says that the FDA made a mistake in reviews of studies about BPA causing harm. It also says that they failed to take into account the fact that microwaving could increase the amount of BPA in baby formula or milk. The FDA also relied too much on studies made by companies that make BPA. The Eco-Safe Kitchen talks about the different ways to avoid using plastic around food. Not only when it comes to heating food but also different ways to store food.  Most Plastic Products Release Estrogenic Chemicals: A Potential Health Problem that Can Be Solved talks about how EA or estrogenic activity can be released in commercial plastics. The article also talks about how plastics that say they are BPA can release more EA chemicals than plastics that have BPA. All of the articles that I have found from ProQuest contradict what my Cracked.com article said about microwaving food in plastic. My Cracked.com article said that microwaving food with plastic does not release toxins. However, the articles that I found from ProQuest say that it does release toxins.

Turning 180 Degrees, because I like to make Things Difficult

The author of Unmanned Drones are Flying High in the Military/Aerospace Sector looks into the technology the planes operate with, but also the complicated equipment the pilots must use to operate the drones from so far away. The drones which fly recon missions in Afghanistan, are typically operated state side, so the equipment and technology has to be advance in order to connect the two extremes. He also goes into detail about the new technology being developed for similar purposes by many different companies. He sees the Drone industry exploding up and the technology to keep pushing the limits. This relates to the article, Drone Wars, because not many young Soldiers are joining the military/Air Force to become Drone Pilots. The first article indicates that the technology could one day pilot itself.

Shows the estimated total of Civilian Deaths.. Civilian Deaths detailed in red.

Shows the estimated total of Civilian Deaths.. Civilian Deaths detailed in red.

I am still very unsure how I want to approach this paper, with Drones being so controversial many writers have very different opinions. The Drones are used in so many good ways, to monitor chemical spills, forest fires, and military surveillance. On the other hand, the drones can invade the privacy of the public stated in the Cracked.com article and of course the Predator Drones have taken several innocent civilian lives. The issue has so many variables it is hard to find the right to talk about the topic. I have read stories about Pilots having to deal with very poor lag on the connection to the drone, this event the Drone Pilot depicted ended civilian lives.

Sara Sorcher wrote, The Wonderful World of Drones, Talks about the ability for first responders to launch the drone to see problem area before they can get there. This could help in California during serious Forest Fires, and in rural areas where it could take fire, police, and emergency vehicles to get the place of emergency. Sara went to primary sources of agencies that use the drones, which is what most of my research has come from pilots or representatives of a company produces/using drones. The author raised a very important argument which I think will help me focus on the domestic use of the drone. The technology of the Drone can selectively take images of indicated areas, unlike a manned aircraft which pilots can see everything invading privacy of others.

This is a very different approach I have taken and the research has shown in blog #2. The controversy surrounds domestic use by state, and local government although the misuse of the drones on foreign soil is often in the news especially during this current Presidents term in office. This is a politically backed controversy on both domestic and foreign soil; both come with very different controversies.

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The comparison between Obama and Bush administration.

 

 

Greenhouse Gases Explained! (with memes)

In my last post I pulled an article from a volume of the “American Association for the Advancement of Science” journal called Climate Impact of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. Basically, the article stresses that global warming does exist, even though some temperatures in parts of the world have decreased at periods of time where there was rapid carbon dioxide build-up. Now, I can see that may come off as contradictory but that’s mainly why scientists have renamed the whole spiel “Climate Change”–fancy right?

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The author uses the change of carbon dioxide levels over the years to show the cause of climate change and also to explain WHY it is the key ingredient to the greenhouse effect. Some people don’t even realize carbon dioxide isn’t the only greenhouse gas, there’s also methane and water vapor (Yeah, water vapor.) Carbon dioxide is just the main gas responsible. Another fun fact; based on the Milankovitch theory we’re supposed to be in an ice age right now! But that’s for another time to explain. 279557_Papel-de-Parede-Meme-Impossibru_1400x1050

The information from the data gathered has shown in the next century the carbon dioxide abundance will have reached 600ppm (Parts Per Million; One part per million would mean that there is one gram of the pollutant in every one million grams of air. *Key The More You Know music.*) That’s even if we lower the usage of fossil fuel. The article goes on to say “Potential effects on climate in the 21st century include the creation of drought-prone regions in North America and central Asia as part of a shifting of climatic zones, erosion of the West Antarctic ice sheet with a consequent worldwide rise in sea level, and opening of the fabled Northwest Passage.” Now that’s something to think about.

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However, even with all the evidence scientists have backing the climate change theory, science never proves anything. It’s not fact, it’s a theory, a group of tested general propositions, and just like Aristotle, one of the smartest men of his time, can be proven wrong, so can this.

The first article’s primary focus is on the different types and scales of climate change uncertainty, and goes into detail on what that is. However it is very broad on the impact of increased amount of carbon dioxide found in our atmosphere. That’s where this article comes into play. The articles agree with one another, and work very well together. Now, going back to the less scholarly Cracked  article. They state “Global warming is not going to mean a universal increase across the board, like someone leaned on the thermostat. Yes, on average, the temperature has been going up, and it will continue to go up, but even then not by an amount that sounds immediately alarming.” Which ties all the other articles together. *phew. Deep breath.*

Hopefully next time I can get into the Milankovitch theory. Anywho, cheers for the meme usage!

Blog Post 4

In my last few posts I talked a lot about the argument that the author of my cracked article made which was the fact that just because a drug is considered a natural drug it does not deem it safer than synthetic drugs.  With that I touched a lot on the fact that opium (a naturally formed substance) is found in HIGH amounts of Heroin.  Unfortunately through my research I wasn’t able to find too much more on the effects in comparison of natural to synthetic drug use.  Therefor I’ve decided to narrow my research to the effects that heroin has on the body and mind.  The author for the article I have chosen first is Jen Christensen, a writer for CNN.  She starts of by introducing how the drug works in the body.  She then specifically jumps to the causes of death and what exactly happens to the body when one dies from heroin use.  She references Doctor Karen Drexler, who explains that “Heroin makes someone calm and a little bit sleepy, but if you take too much then you can fall asleep, and when you are asleep your respiratory drive shuts down”.  This can lead to the body forgetting to breathe altogether.  The author of my article also states that overdosing on heroin drops your blood pressure significantly which can lead to the failing of your heart.  The author provides hyper links in her article to support all of her claims. 

 Here is the article http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/04/health/how-heroin-kills/

A Closer Look

Back in blog post 3 I talked about the article “Controlled High Meat Diets Do Not Affect Calcium Retention or Indices of Bone Status in Healthy Postmenopausal Women.” Now I will look more closely at that article!

The writers of this academic article are trying to determine how proteins, such as meat, in a persons diet can affect the calcium retention, and further more bone health. The researchers conducted a study over several weeks in which they “…compared the effects of several weeks of controlled high and low meat diets on body calcium retention…” They used a methodology of sensitive radiotracer and whole body scintillation. The writers are basically saying that they can determine if high and low meat diets affect the calcium retention, and they also compare the two. The writers do not state anything specifically that they cannot determine from their results.

When looking back at the article that I wrote about in blog post 2 I noticed that this article is different compared to that one. These two articles are different because the article in blog post 2 talks about more of a direct relationship between milk, calcium and bone health whereas this article brings in another factor (high and low meat diets). The articles do not disagree, because they are not really talking about the same direct idea. The cracked article itself is more closely related to the article I wrote about in blog post two because their claims relate. The cracked article compared to this article is not really the same idea so the claims are not exactly a match. It will be interesting to look more closely into all of the claims and try and piece together the truth. Is milk really good and beneficial to our bones?

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Relatable Source

Going through one of the references, 6 Ways Your Office Is Literally Killing You by Kathy Benjamin is somewhat related to my previous Cracked article, 5 Pieces of Clothing With Shocking Health Risks because it describes another way people can potentially die from. To begin with, the article is basically informing those that work in an office place about the risks everyone is taking daily working in an office. For example, they include in the article that laser printers emit ozone and give off particles of toner which can then cause cancer and different forms of lung disease. Also, they add on that your office building makes you sick, “over-illumination” can hurt your eye sight due to the lighting in the office, motivational meetings can cause you to think suicidal thoughts, having a higher risk of a heart attack due to boredom, and sitting can also increase cancer and some kinds of heart disease.

Once again, this article relates to my main article because it has to do with how it can potentially hurt your health. This article has a lot of facts and statistics that it includes in order to keep it credible by using sources within it like: BBC News, CNN, and businessweek.com.

 

 

Reliable Sources?

In my Cracked article the writer has many sources that back up their claims throughout the article. A couple of the sources comes from online medical journals, yet, some of them come from other articles like abc NEWS and BBC News. The point they’re trying to get across is “all we know is that you should probably avoid wearing the following common clothing items that are physically damaging, or in some cases even trying to outright kill you. Unless the look really fits with that new jacket you just bought.”

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The way they come across explaining their argument is by being a bit sarcastic but at the same time they use a concerned tone when explaining what they are trying to get across. When they use the different sources, the writer makes their topic believable. Therefore, just clicking on the sources makes me comfortable in knowing that they have a credible source and that their results are correctly stated.

Solving the Traumatic with Simplicity…plus a Thorough Understanding

Lets start with super cute kid that kind of relates to concussions:

Now, going back to one of the articles I mentioned in the previous post. This article is all about answering the question, “What do I do to feel better after a concussion?”

I mean, it is clear what they are trying to determine with their study: the best way to treat a concussion. It is a government page, last updated in late 2012. Now, since every concussion is different to each individual, they give TIPS  on how to treat a concussion to certain age groups. They acknowledge the differences between concussions: age, cause, symptoms, variation of time period for healing.

Their evidence is not very clear. There are no references or authors to question, but like I said it is a government website. However, that may not mean much to people especially if you don’t trust the government like I don’t. How do we know they are telling the truth, but how do we know they are not telling the truth either? I don’t know, that is more research for another topic another day.

They do determine that sleep and rest is quite the remedy for this traumatic brain injury. Sure it seems simple, but maybe that is just it. I mean it was a TRAUMATIC injury, maybe the opposite will help: the simplicity of sleeping.

Still, they cannot determine every person’s case, this is why they give us tips. It is not a step by step process like they give you for baking (I know it is a random example, but go with it, I’m hungry). It is almost an inductive reasoning process, when trying to figure out the symptoms, cause, diagnosis, and treatment to begin.

Here is an informational photo of what happens in a concussion:

This article does seem a bit similar to Blog Post Two, just because we are all agreeing that sleep is a good thing for people with a concussion. However, this article is really defending that argument a bit more. It doesn’t cover the basic knowledge of a concussion, because it assumes you already know for the most part, but instead is answering the specific question of how to “fix it.”

The Cracked article does agree with sleeping after a concussion,and it does focus more so on the humor of the whole myth, talking about drunk people and how that is where all of this confusion probably started. Whether they are serious about that or just trying to go with social humor, I am not sure.

 

I just thought this was interesting. Not really pertaining to the post but may be helpful in my paper later on.

Who are we really believing? “Hear-say” or Fact?

With my academic article found for the myth on concussions, they did not have a reference list, but they did have related readings/videos. However I have found another site with basic information, and this one led me to more readings as well but these seemed more helpful so I looked at those instead.

But first I would like to point out a quote from my second academic article I am using. “Rest is very important after a concussion because it helps the brain to heal.” 

Should you sleep with a concussion?

 

 

 

  • This site lead me to a PDF file which is shown here: JAMA Patient Page: Concussion(American Medical Association) – PDF. But, it is explaining and backing up the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments. Many of these sites are saying the same things about these areas of concussions. I am curious as to where the myth started more so now, because these sites are making it obvious that rest is key for a concussion. I mean, given the type of concussion. Obviously if there are massive serious symptoms like the pages discuss then seek medical help first but if you are just having a mild concussion at home that is treatable without medical help, then sleep.
  • Another site coming from the second academic article was arguing the seriousness of a concussion no matter how small or how intense. Especially emphasizing on the effects any concussion can have on an individual. Blah, blah, blah, same medical stuff I have been looking at.
  • The last article I wanted  to look at was from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This site answers the question, “What can I do to feel better after a concussion?” And to sum that one up… it may be a bit of a shock.. but the answer is…. REST! Whoa, imagine that..

So now the question I am asking is “where did the myth come from?” I am too tired to try and figure that out for this post, but maybe later on, we’ll dive deeper into the falsity humans have believed for years even though every government site and academic article clearly states sleep is the best remedy for a concussion (given its state of seriousness). We as humans tend to go with what we hear instead of looking it up for ourselves. Do we trust to easily? Don’t you think that is a bad idea if it involves something as crucial as our brain?! Wow humans.. wow. Now, lets be honest. I don’t look things up either, so yes, I am telling myself this too. Don’t think I am bashing humans for their stupidity, because I am also human. 🙂