Week 3: The Medical World

Mar 26, 2020

Hello everyone! The past week has been a rollercoaster to say the least. I’ve transitioned the move from the doctor’s office to home, continued my research, and experienced the highs and lows of self quarantine as I’m sure many of you are going through. 

On Monday I was able to come into office before they asked me and most of the staff to stay home until further notice. That day was much slower as only emergency patients were asked to come in. That didn’t make the days any less chaotic than it usually was. I will spare the severity of what some patients were experiencing, but it made me appreciate the medical world more than I did before. In a time where people are asked to remain home and jobs are put on hold, the medical field continues to move forward. Now, it may seem obvious, doctors need to continue seeing patients so that we can pass this pandemic as soon as possible, but we don’t truly recognize the risk they go through on a daily basis. Something completely new I was able to observe that day was a Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and from the name of it you can tell that the primary symptom is vertigo. The fluid that rests in the inner ear contains a constant concentration of sodium, potassium, chloride and other electrolytes. Believe it or not, there is a diet for vertigo, which consists of high salt and sodium intake to aid in the imbalance while the amino acid sodium glutamate can be found harmful and is found in food such as tomatoes, cheese, and mushrooms. 

As I mentioned last week, I didn’t expect there to be much of a connection between the ENT field and the use of traditional medicine, but as the days continue I get proven wrong (for the better I would say). My research does focus on the neurons in our brain rather than the fluid in our ears, but it is helping in retrieving vast information that may later circle back to what I do need more data about. 

Alzhemers includes inflammation, oxidative stress, apoptosis, mitochondrial dysfunction, and genetic factors. Amino acids such as omega 3 fatty acids inhibit cellular intoxicity and show anti inflammatory effects in AD which can be avoided quite well with  plant derived products such as Lunasin, Polyphenols, Alkaloids that are potential therapeutic candidates for AD. It is found that which component of the herb that has the most biological activity is what’s difficult to rule out. Between leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruits and seeds there most definitely needs to be more clinical trials held in order for this field to move further. 

Hope to see you all next week as my focus will be on the neuroprotective effects of medical plants!

Stay safe,


3 Replies to “Week 3: The Medical World”

  1. davidc says:

    Kareena, I’m so happy that you are safe and healthy during this time. I know it is hard to be transitioned home in times like these but it is always better to be safe. Also, I love your insight into the importance of the medical field in times like these. We often think of emergency rooms being the most important area that needs to stay open and forget some of the serious health issues that can come up outside of the emergency rooms. All health professionals are truly heroes in this time.

    I am, also, astounded that you have already started to find connections to the work you were doing and the research you are conducting. I never knew that vertigo could have the effects dampen by a diet. I am very impressed that not only were you able to figure this out but also how much of the science behind it you were able to learn and communicate to all of us. I’m very excited about the work you are doing and impressed with your progress so far! I can’t wait to see your final product!

  2. Audrey K. says:

    Glad you’re safe! I’m curious to hear about plants next week!

  3. Charles T. says:

    We must be thankful for the courageous medical workers, battling against the COVID-19 outbreak! Your research is progressing along nicely. Love to see more soon.

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