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Month: March 2015

STEM Tuesday: Obesity and the Human Microbiome

Two mice; the mouse on the left has more fat s...
Two mice; the mouse on the left has more fat stores than the mouse on the right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Thanks everyone for the the positive feedback on my STEM Tuesday posts.

With the weather getting warmer, many of us are getting on the excercise and dieting as we anticipate baring more skin.  Me too.

Does the Human Microbiome impact our efforts? Guess what?  Big time.

Chemistry tells me that a calorie is a calorie, no matter where it comes from.  Eating fewer calories and moving more is the only way to be slimmer and trimmer.

“Eat less, Move more. That’s the key to staying thin,”

Doctor Heart told me. He’s correct, but that’s only part of the story.

Thin people have different microflora than obese people.

You know that old saying?

You are what you eat”

It’s sort of  true, but not in the way you might think.

Photo Friday: A Mile in These Shoes

Within a month of moving to Chicagoland, I took an overnight business trip.  My boss, Cathy, agreed to stay with my kids and get them off to school.  (I know. Who has a boss like that?)  I admit, I fretted a bit.  Would they behave? Teens, you know. “I never saw such big shoes.” Cathy’s eyes got big and round.  “He’s only in junior high.” We took our shoes off at the door.  There she spied the biggest shoes she ever saw. Cathy told everyone at work what big shoes Wrestler #2 wore.  Incredulous. I think of Cathy every time…

OFOTW #2: Kicking into Spring

Okay,this picture shows I’m uncomfortable with this “Outfit of the Week” Project.  My fashion blogger friend, says she always takes faces out of the post.  I wonder if my face will start to look relaxed and comfortable as my project progresses.

DSC06154I really, really want spring and warmer weather to get here.  It’s not.  It’s

STEM Tuesday: Human Microbiome

This is the first of a slew of posts on the Human Microbiome.  As a former microbiologist, and constant lover of the Little Life, this project just blows my mind. Did you know? The Human Microbiome Project is not pseudo-science.  It’s an interdisciplinary project funded by NIH. Could you guess? Our Little Life (our micro-flora) carries out activities that are not part of our genetic coding and are essential  for our health.  So when we talk about the “human genome” we should think of it as an amalgam of human genes and those of our microbes. Can you picture it? Only 10% of…

Gratitude Monday:  Snow again

It’s late in the day. I failed to start the day writing my gratitudes.  Still, I did a lot of contemplating.  I had time because I spent the morning and most of the afternoon waiting. Talking. Waiting. Talking. Waiting. So here I go: 4-wheel drive. I woke to snow. Three inches of it. By 6, CoCo, CeCe, and I began a drive to the surgi-center an hour away, for CeCe’s out-patient surgery. (Nothing serious, just a little repair work.) I supposed local road crews believed the first day of spring meant no more snow.  I suppose they are new to…

Photo Friday: Out of Africa?

Monday evening I had dinner with some of my cronies. I drove over to a congested suburb. I took the hour-long commute to the area where I worked before I started working for the most difficult, yet most understanding, boss ever. (Me.) Two of my friends retired. The third, Linda, worries about being made redundant by an eminent take-over. (I love the polite British term for losing a job.) The four of us catch up. Magnificence greets us at the door as we leave: As beautiful as the sunsets in Africa. Looking out over the parking lot, I hardly know I’m in the city.…

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