Friday, June 19, 2015

Pearson International Airport

Well, this is it. I am officially back in the civilized world. I am sitting int this airport excted to be going to get back on to a real sleep scheduled. Now that is excited news!

Looking back, it's been a good run. After spending a total of  10 months fishing eels over the last 5 years, I know I am going to miss it, but as I sit here in this Toronto airport it is the last thing I ever want to do again. But I know when April rolls around next year and I realize that I will have to continue to be a real adult, I am going to be sad.

Looking forward, I am excited for hat comes next. I have a job interview Monday for what looks like a great job. Doing what I took in school no less. As well as starting my own business with Nathanael on the side. It's going to be an exciting summer and a more exciting year!

Well There is my boarding call so I got to go,

Nolan Out!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Just some whine


So this is just a quick rant session. Ready? Well, here we go.

So I am six weeks into this eel fishing thing and I hate myself. Once you get about a month in you just start hating it. It's like a light switch. One day you think you don't mind it, the next you hate it. Like a lot.

It's 7:21 AM. Most people are waking up. I am just about to go to bed. This is my life now. Will it ever end? I don't know. Likely. But it isn't coming soon enough, that's for darn sure!

On a much happier note, I went to McDonald's tonight. While waiting for the tide to go down me and Jessup(Jesse's eel name) went to get our favourite food. Plus it's his birthday, so celebration was in order. We are both satisfied... for a while.

The down side to this McDonald's run was that I wasn't hungry for Gerry's breakfast. Gerry is a wonderful man who cooks food for us. He is basically an angel.

I'm going to sleep now. Goodnight.

Nolan Out!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Brain Stuff

Aha! I bet you thought I was just posting a one time blog post full of empty promises didn't you?....Well maybe a little bit, but in my defense I just moved over the weekend so I haven't really had a lot of sit down and ponder time. That being said I have this wonderful 2 hour class that is largely filled with stories and is rather boring. Thus I sit here writing to you, feel honored! Anyway, I won't waste large numbers of words talking about my moving experience because I have an agenda for this post. That post is based in my brain....and your brain and all our brains!

During my second trimester (no i was not pregnant. Its like a semester but we do 3 a year instead of 2, hence the tri part) I was introduced to neuroanatomy by a brilliant man who was truly passionate about what he taught. Since then, I have tried to keep up on the latest research on the nervous system in many different respects.

So true to that, I have been looking into what roles the diet and immune systems play on the brain and vise versa. Recently, a study was published by the University of Virginia School of Medicine that stated the discovery of previously unknown vessels that link the lymphatic system with the brain through the meninges. Basically it was once thought that there was no direct link between the brain and the lymphatic system and when one developed an autoimmune disease (the body attacks itself) it was not linkable to a problem in the brain itself. The evidence of a direct link may provide a new approach to looking at what causes diseases such as MS and Alzheimers. Instead of thinking of the brain as just the control center of the nerves and hormones only, it may be directly linkable to the immune system as well.  I won't go into the specifics here because I don't want to make this post to long. If you would like to read more, I suggest reading this article or the actual study here, keep in mind you will only be able to read the abstract unless you have a subscription to the journal.

Contrary to what many believe, much of the human body and its function is not very well understood and researchers are constantly finding new mechanisms and processes, such as the one mentioned above, and the exciting thing is that as more and more is discovered, we are able to fill in the gaps between symptoms of a disease and the cause. In traditional medicine, the effort has always been to cure the disease after it has occurred or at the very least, minimize the symptoms. As we get closer to the original cause of these diseases, we are be able to reverse the disease or even prevent the disease from occurring at all . In the same way that it was discovered that smoking can cause cancer, AIDS is primarily transferred through sexual intercourse, and scurvy is due to a vitamin C deficiency if we can pinpoint the mechanisms behind neurological and autoimmune disorders we may be able to prevent them.

Thats all for now folks!