First world problems

It is weird that I did not realize this sooner but here are my thoughts. I did not realized how powerful an individual is in their community. Remember the cartoon that advocated doing a good deed for someone and having the person pass on three more good deeds? That’s an example on how a person has the potential in changing their community but i never thought much about it.

At every family gathering, I paid special attention to our interactions with one another. Odd that I can pick out what could be improved in terms of communication and mannerism. It was very interesting to see how the dynamic of the group differs, depending on who’s sitting in the table. I can sense the subtle change in behavior when an elderly is in the table compared to a table full of individuals in the same generation. It just reminds me on how Chinese people really emphasize the importance of respect.

When I come to think about it, there are plenty of family stress in any household. If a only a family member can spend some quality time with each other and listen to them, I wonder if that will help with all the misunderstanding and unnecessary stress that affects health? The first world problem no longer deals with survival but psychological stress —a silent killer.


Our extraordinary senses

As a student of medicine–regardless the East or West, it is important to know exactly why one wants to go into the field. The intention is so important. These few weeks as I started my first quarter in clinical practice there were quite a few insights that I came to realized. Before I started, I learned that it is important to be on the list of “good interns”. At first, I asked myself: “What does it mean when a patient requests a good intern?” There are so many aspect to that question? Are they looking for someone who can speak the same language? Are they looking for someone with technical precision when needling? What kind of characteristics does the “good intern” have that a bad intern will lack?

If i step back and look at this as a patient, I assume a good intern would have (1) adequate knowledge of what they are doing with (2) decent accuracy and (3) compassion. Out of the three requirements that i have, I suppose only number 3 is commonly used to determined if a intern is “good”. My assumption is that if an intern have enough compassion, it will imply that the intern will go beyond their studies to resolve and understand the problem and find a suitable treatment. 

I have been treating quite a few individuals who practices meditation and yoga. It is interesting experience having such patients because they are extremely sensitive to “energy”. I have been getting the comment; “I really like you, you have really good energy I can sense it” ..on their first impression of me as I start taking their medical history. In my mind, I don’t really understand how they came up with such conclusion. Does our body have the ability to really distinguish the “good” versus “Bad” intrinsically? 

Apple, Apple,…Kindle?!

I have been researching and contemplating which eReader to buy for about 3 months. Should it be the Motorola Zoom, Apple’s Ipad 2 or the Kindle 9"? Each has its strengths but which one will I actually use to read my text books? I already have an ipod touch so maybe I should get something else…kindle?

Oh, Why is it such a struggle to buy electronics or toys for myself?


The Hillsong concert is always a good experience. It’s wonderful to see how people are united, regardless of their ethnic background, class and age. The band titled their new album "aftermath" which I thought was a very meaningful. The word "aftermath" really gives weight to the historical events because we are living in the aftermath of what our ancestors have done. In a sense I feel like the aftermath is where we have to learn from history then apply our experience and knowledge to cope and improve the situation.

The Crave for Immediate Results

The crave for immediate results. Is this an American thing? or is this a human nature thing? There are some things that we can attain immediate results and there are things that we can’t. We cannot expect to become experts overnight (even if one decides to cram a 12 hour night worth of information and retain it). Some things just take time. As much as I understand this concept that knowledge does not get inputted overnight, i find myself unconsciously evaluating based on the immediate effects. My question is what can we evaluate immediately and what can you not? Perhaps, the more complex and interconnected systems cannot be evaluated immediately without taking into account the multi-factorial influences it contains, for example the human body that is intertwine with so many different physiological systems, where your cardiovascular system is actually communicating with multiple parts of the body. Perhaps, we should anticipate that any topic that is interconnected with one another such as relationships, one’s health, etc takes time to see results. As I’m starting to see more and more complex system arise, I am wondering if we can evaluate systems by patterns similar to what the Chinese did to the complex human body. Western science breaks down the body into pieces to fully understand the different components of the body compared to the Chinese traditional system that evaluate the human body based on systemic patterns. Taking a similar approach to various complex system, would there be a pattern that we can interpret or reveal something more about a complex system?

Immediate Results = From specific components
Longer Results = From Complex systems

Is this a plausible theory?