Concept of Synergy: in human body.

Never thought I would be so fascinated with the concept of synergy. How do I define synergy?  Why is this so fascination? My idea of synergy is simply the combination of things is greater than the individual. aka synergy= 1+1 does not =2 but something more than just 2 => Synergy = 1+1 = 2+. I’m not sure if the example makes sense in equation but this concept is more relevant in terms of systems interactions rather than 1 or 2 component interactions. A fascinating example is the human body. The human body has probably 12-13 organ systems such as integumentary system, respiratory system, digestive system and etc and all these systems are constantly interacting with each other in what we refer to as a living person. This is when organ + organ does not = 2 organ but = life (which is quite awesome and complex if I think about i). This is why the human body is so sophisticated and beautiful.

If we look at this idea in terms of interacting system, so when one person has a problem with one system, it will gradually affect the others. All of a sudden, this reminds me of the entire cascade of mechanism in biochemistry and neuroscience class. Haha, how one minor thing can change and affect so many pathways. It gets a little too overwhelming when I start looking at the cellular level. Though it’s important to understand the activities in the cellular level, but how do we know what interaction are the milestones that produces a symptom in the body? This is so difficult to decipher. Where is the translational part in understanding the cellular level that would apply to the clinical practice?  This is why I’m always a little hesitant about pharmaceutical drugs. I know they help with the specific pathway but how do i know that what I ingested does not affect other pathways in my body, which in turns causes side effects?

Another amazing function of the body that I am intrigued with is our body’s ability to heal itself and adapt While we are poisoning ourselves with unhealthy foods or what not and potent environmental chemicals, our body’s natural ability to heal would kick in and help detox. Our body is like Wolverine from X-men except our body is more fragile,  cannot regenerate everything so quickly and claws would not suddenly thrust out of our hands…

Maybe this concept of synergy is making me understand the human body, health and medicine in a new light…


Acu points

I am glad that I have friends who volunteers to be my Model. It’s like learning anatomy from corpse compared to illustrations. It’s quite different but both knowledge is necessary. I am still trying to figure out an effective way to learn my acu points along with the functions and combinations. I’m quite excited about my intern level test. It’s time to continue to review what I have learned in the past year!

An attempt to resume bloggin’

My problem with blog is loosing the motivation and interest to post. As I read through some of the blogs that I follow, I am very impressed on how they manage to have consistent updates. What is their secret  to this commitment to update?? I hope it’s not because these avid bloggers are simply “older”. I don’t want to give in to the stereotype that young people are not ready to commit.  I re-titled this blog, hoping to inspire me to reflect more on my life and thoughts but it’s so difficult to highlight what happens in life. My goldfish memory doesn’t work too well with blogs but I will try to dedicate a few minutes to reflect and add to this. Hopefully I can break my last record.


Loving wine

Our five senses have always been a keen interest of mine. I love good music– hearing, I love beautiful artwork and design elements– seeing, I love the scent of natural and citrus fragrant– smelling, I love the softness of blankets and hair–touch, and I love scrumptious food and drinks–taste.

Taste is one of senses that makes life interesting and exciting. I had my first legitimate wine tasting afternoon today and it’s quite a experience than drinking wine at home. I actually had the chance to compare the difference between wines, side by side! It was fun and exciting to introduce new tastes to my taste buds. I’m also very grateful to share this experience with m fellow wine enthusiasts :). One of the most satisfying day so far…now I want to go to wineries to learn and taste some more!!

1 year Work experience

A packed and satisfying work day. It’s interesting to have such a dynamic, productive Saturday. I had the opportunity to talk and mingle with many individuals while supervising the conference that we have been working on for the past months. Then celebrated our successful conference with a scrumptious chinese dinner. When I look back on the conference, it reminded me on how much I have grown. It has been one year; I have accumulated a full year of work experience. Now, in additional to work I have school! I am glad to have a part time job to subsidize the cost if my tuition fee but I always wonder if I should find a full time job to help cover my financial expenses. It’s been one year working and I am wondering how I can further hone my skills. I have gradually improved on communication and organization yet I still have room to grow. I wonder how I can acquire my skill? Would I need to plan for it or should I wait to be assigned?

Occupational health

Occupation health. What is it? What does it mean if I am interested in occupational health? I share with others that occupational health is something i hope to specialize in my career. I am interested occupational health because it is an issue that every worker faces, no matter what field, no matter what position. It is also the best place to emphasize health promotion. From ergonomics to sub-clinical cases, I find that simple knowledge of your environment, your body posture and a few health tips would help one be on the path of health promotion. What I eventually want to learn more about are treatments to alleviate and treat occupational Health issues. Bear with me, I am still exploring this field and am searching for mentors and resources to help me better understand the need in occupational health concerns. This will require some independent research…

Thought of job searching

I am content with part-time job until I took a peak at my bank account. As much as I don’t want to think about finances, reality has slowly trickled in. Paying tuition bills with my whole paycheck keeps my account at a bare minimum. One problem I have is that I fail to think of myself when it comes to taking advantage of benefits, asking for promotions, etc.. I can easily consult others but cannot apply it to myself. I always thought that if I excel on my job then the rewards would fall in place. I guess I thought wrong. I’m not really getting paid based on performance but I still feel obligated to give it my 200%. Why is that? Perhaps, I like to see productivity? I guess this might be called having a strong work ethic? I find myself browsing through job openings and delve into IT jobs– jobs that often have a higher base salary. I believe I do have enough IT knowledge to be competent for an IT position but would it be what I like to do? What other options do I have? I can pursue a consulting, a field that I always loved because it demands analyses and understanding of something at a deeper level then decipher how certain ideas and strategies can be applied. Is this a distraction from my studies?? Or is this an opportunity to expand my job experiences??