Project Title: Quantifying the Relationship Between Nutrition and Neurodegenerative Diseases
BASIS Advisor: David Calhoun
Internship Location: Inova Alexandria Hospital
Onsite Mentor: Dr. Alidad Arabshahi
According to the Alzheimer's Association, 8% of Asian Americans in the United States are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. This is the lowest percentage an ethnic group faces with this disease. So what are they doing differently? The initial gut answer would be genetics, but that may not be the only factor causing this low rate. It is found that having a specific and appropriate diet can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's by 53%. Healthy fats, fibers, minimal alcohol, and vitamin A and C are found to help prevent this disease and some cultures consume more of these through their cultural diet. My Senior Project goal primarily consists of being able to relate how cultures and their food origins impact a patient’s life. There’s more to a patient than treating one part of the body based on what numbers say; they must be looked at in whole. Someone’s life experiences, their culture, and their health all need to come into consideration, and I want to investigate if these questions about cultural diet are the best approach to staying healthy. Homeopathic and osteopathic are controversial topics of medicine, and through my research I hope to inform others more on these topics and to provide further information on the possibilities of herbal medicine. My research can help me, along with others, understand how much more there is to uncover in the medical world.
Week 10: Final Presentation
I hope everyone enjoys the presenation!
Week 9: The Final Stretch
For one last time, welcome back everyone! As I’ve been spending this week reflecting on my findings and overall accomplishments these past few months I was able to look back at the immense amount of work done at my internship site which made me want to reach out to my on-site mentor who I have […]
Week 8: Wrapping It Up
Hello everyone! This week consisted of extending my research from last week’s experiment that was discussed and reflecting back overall as I have begun to work on the final presentation. My main takeaway is that Salvia triloba and Piper nigrum plants are commonly used worldwide in households along with other herbal treatments that haven’t been […]
Week 7: Oh rats!
Welcome back! As mentioned last week, I was studying a research experiment on the effect of medical plants extracts on the oxidative stress status in Alzheimer’s disease induced rats. To pan out what the experiment looked like, there were 70 rats put on a laboratory diet kept in a controlled environment for a week. Blood […]
Week 6: Research. Report. Repeat.
Hello all, This week I really absorbed myself in reading about an experiment that was held a few years ago on the effect of medical plants extracts on the oxidative stress status in Alzheimer’s disease induced rats. The plants involved were salvia triloba, an East Mediteranian sage, and piper nigrum, which comes from a flowering […]
Week 5: “The Cutting Edge of Ethics”
Hello! And welcome back:) This week was filled with research. I have been making great progress in regards to collecting all sorts of data that I’ve hoped to get done, but definitely missing the office. In these past days my research went in a direction that I honestly didn’t plan on touching, but with all […]
Week 4: A Step into Cultural Competence
Welcome back everyone! This week’s findings included case studies held by the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences and their findings of the neuroprotective effects of medical plants. Cultural competence is how we can take the next step in improving the health care system as every individual is exposed to the fullest array of treatment. It […]
Week 3: The Medical World
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 […]
Week 2: “No Scribes – TLC”
Welcome back everyone! This week has been filled with the pleasure of meeting doctors, PAs, nurses, and scribes with the not so pleasing sights of ears, noses, and throats. I was humbly welcomed into the ENT Care family where they have been so generous in allowing me an insight to every patient’s appointments and access […]
Week 1: Is There Magic in Medicine?
Hello! I’m Kareena and welcome to the start of this eye-opening journey of mine:) Throughout the course of my Senior Project, my goal primarily consists of being able to relate how culture impacts a patient’s life because it has a greater impact than people have realized. There’s more to a patient than treating one part […]