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How Does the Body Heal itself? Tissue Repair – Part 1

[Forgive me; I’m returning to this blog after a long absence caused by work on other projects, including a book that has come out recently.] Healing from everyday cellular damage happens within the membrane surrounding each individual cell of the body, with the...

Women, Writing, and Blog Hops

  About a month ago, I agreed to participate in a blog hop focusing on the Writing Process. For those (few?) of you who haven’t participated in a blog hop, it goes something like this. One person writes a blog on a designated topic and, in the writing, links back to...

Are Women and Men Wired Differently? Part 2

This was my response to the blog on gender differences in brain wiring introduced in the last post. I read your rant with a sinking heart, in part because I can understand where you’re coming from. I understand the annoyance and pain of feeling once more...

Mother to Daughter: A Questional Legacy – Part 4

This is the final installment of a set of meditations that began here/. There was a time, when I was much younger, that I resented my mother a bit for not teaching me the rules about how to be a girl. I had to learn all that stuff all by myself—from books and...

Tissue Repair and Stem Cells

For many years, stem cells have been suggested as the ideal vehicle for mending or replacing tissues damaged by disease. Experimentation has been severely hampered by technological problems in producing and obtaining genetically compatible stem cells. In addition,...

Life, Reality and Stem Cells – Part 1

Two or three months ago, a question was asked on a forum that I track intermittently. It was from a student taking a biology course who was surprised by the amount of controversy elicited on the subject of stem cells. (Wait until he gets to evolution!)  He wanted some...

How Does the Body Repair Itself? Cellular repair.

Perhaps the most amazing feature of living beings (organisms) is that they are often able to repair injuries inflicted by the environment. That’s lucky for us, because our bodies sustain a lot of damage as we move through life, and the body needs to last a...

On Being a Woman – Violence and Alcohol

Congress finally passed (or should I say, reaffirmed) the Violence Against Women Act. Apparently, what was holding up the legislation was the issue of Native American women. Do the federal government and its law enforcement agencies have jurisdiction on autonomous...

See Your Doctor If…

The body is an almost miraculous, self-healing being, and if cared for properly, it will usually last for a good, long lifetime. If you have survived the ills of childhood and have reached the age of 25 without incurring serious, long-term illnesses, your body is...

The Songs We Sing…

The songs we sing help build our souls. The soul can be thought of as the bedrock sense of self, the way we see our own being and its place in the Universe. Soul, the sense of self, ultimately informs our personal values. It directs behavior toward others and to the...

Did You Know? Diabetes

Did you know that there are actually three general types of diabetes? Diabetes comes from a Greek word that simply means excessive urine. It was recognized as a specific disease millennia ago by Egyptian and Greek physicians. All three forms of diabetes involve...

The Christmas Story

For us in Western countries, the Christmas story has long had a compelling resonance, whether we’re Christians or not. I know several atheists, Jews, and non-Christian Asians who celebrate some form of the Christmas holidays with a decorated tree and gift giving. They...

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