OH MY, I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN REALLY EXPLAIN THIS IN WORDS!

I am absolutely thrilled that I am writing this article today because today I really saw rather experienced something out of the world. I am an engineer who is working for Philips Healthcare. My job involves making various healthcare products like CT, MR, X-Ray, Ultrasound etc. to work together in the hospital. Part of my job also involves hospital visits and sessions with doctors they are our customers.

It was year 2007 when I saw the first surgery in my life. I was blown away when I saw the surgeon operating on a patient just by looking at the monitors. It was an angioplasty procedure where the blockage in Patient’s heart had to be removed which was causing a heart attack. It was minimal invasive surgery which meant that patient’s heart is not required to be opened up. Just a small incision on the thigh from where a catheter is introduced. It is navigated all the way to the artery that is blocked and a stent is placed there. All this by just looking at the monitors that gave him real time X-Ray images and guided him throughout the surgery.

Since then I have seen a lot of medical procedures and scans – MR, CT, X-Ray, Ultrasound etc. It amazes me how science has evolved to show the internals of a human body without probing the body at all.

Today I had a chance to meet one of the eminent Neurosurgeons of the country. It was interesting to see what he had to say about the devices that we sell to the hospitals and his challenges with them.

Today he was kind enough to take us very briefly into an Operation Theatre virtually through a 3-dimensional TV. What I saw completely astonished me. He showed us the inside of a human brain and how he very carefully with a skill of his hands removes tumors from the brain. With such a finesse, he uses the scissors, clips and other tools to take out what is unwanted in the body. He has to be extremely alert, his hands cannot shake, every millimeter of the patient’s brain that he touches can have a negative impact on the patient. Without trembling and with tremendous confidence he cuts the right part of the brain, goes deeper and deeper inside till all of the nasty tumor is out of the brain.

We watched various surgical videos for about 30 mins and for next 30 mins, I still had my heart racing. Somebody from the audience asked the doctor – “What if something goes wrong during the surgery?” Doctor said “You know it is only the thought of God that is on my lips when I am doing this surgery. And I find myself privileged that I get a chance to work on one of the most beautiful creations every single day – Human brain.”

My first reaction to that video was “Oh, it is horrible!” because I could only see the blood and some slimy looking tissues that did not look nice in the first instance. But as we progressed through the surgery, I could appreciate the little intricacies with which our brains are designed. The network of nerves and blood vessels flowing all across, the various layers of tissues covering each other, the intricacies of the membranes protecting the insides of the brain. Oh my, I don’t know if I can really explain this more in words!

When Edison invented a light bulb, he couldn’t have imagined how this light bulb will get transformed to what it is today. When Graham bell invented the phone – he wouldn’t have imagined these mini computers that we call smartphones could ever exist. When Wright brothers invented the first airplane – they couldn’t have thought of all the kinds of sophisticated fighter plane that are made today.

Human body is a miracle which is extremely well engineered, designed and executed. But the biggest miracle of this universe is the most important part of the human body – The Human brain.

Human brain that created this science, technology and skill-set to operate on another human brain. Human brain that can imagine something that is impossible and work tirelessly to make it possible in the coming days, months, years, decades or centuries.

When medical science and the technology is used to save a person close to you – that is when you feel the real blessing of it. When my dad went through angioplasty – I realized what a boon this technology is. When I first heard my baby’s heartbeat while I was 6 weeks pregnant and later I went on to see him nicely curled up inside my uterus – I realized how this technology actually touches people.

Lives are being saved with the help of technology and medical science. Millions of patents are filed all across the world to innovate better and more. Every generation is getting a better, easier and healthier life because of science and technology.

My Tayaji (Uncle) often say this every time he is amazed by technology – “Science da kamaal hai” (It is the magic of Science).

It truly is magical how human brain over centuries of work have managed to bring science and technology to a place where it is today.

REST, RELAX AND RESTART

Do you frequently try to cover those dark circles of yours with make-up? Think again . . .

No brand of make-up can vouch to remove dark circles completely, no matter how aggressive the advertising may be. Yes, they sure play good concealers. But once you remove those layers of make-up and stare at your stressed face in the mirror, don’t you wish that the made-up face stayed with you at all times concealing those dark circles and the puffed up eyes?

Most of us, be it homemakers, those in the corporate / government sectors, those managing business empires, even students burning the midnight oil – lack adequate rest. Ask the mother of a new born baby and she’ll tell you what it is to stay awake by nights (when the baby is active as if the sun has just risen) and still get up in the morning to manage other household chores while the baby is fast asleep!

Well, the bottom line of it all is that no matter what our age or profession may be, we all get worked up. The grim truth is that we can’t do away with our packed-up schedules ever. But, it is in our hands to find the time to rest and relax. It is an undeniable fact of life that the happier and relaxed a person is, the effective the secretion of the growth hormones and neurotransmitters and hence the greater the longevity. Stress, tension and overloaded work schedules inhibit active secretion of the hormones and neurotransmitters and thus decrease the life-span.

Adequate rest and fruitful relaxation refresh the brain cells and prepare it for further productive work. If you wish to increase your work output, take rest, relax and then restart – don’t push your body beyond its God-tuned rhythm.

Family and work are important parts of life, but not life itself. So, it is wise to find time to rest and relax for some time each day, apart from the occasional planned vacations – so that you present your best self to the world. For some rest and relaxation may mean just to flop down on the bed and sink into a deep sleep, for others it may be to sketch, paint, sing, dance, sew, play, write, read, cook, design, browse, get a massage done, and the list goes on.

Many young and budding individuals are seen to committing suicides, getting into extra-marital affairs or addictions as they find their brains too overworked, with no way out. Don’t kill yourself. Kill your stress.

 

 

MIND BLOWING FACTS ABOUT BRAIN

Human brain consists our MIND which is – “the faculty of a human being‘s reasoning and thoughts. It holds the power of imagination, recognition, and appreciation, and is responsible for processing feelings and emotions, resulting in attitudes and actions” according to Wikipedia.

There are some mind blowing facts about brain that might amazed you as it amazed me while researching on Uncle Google.

Do you know, there are 1,00,000 miles of blood vessels in our brain? And the distance between New Delhi to New York is only 7307 miles. That’s why we can reach our american friends faster than by just travelling by aeroplanes. Lol… Just kidding :p

Do you know our brain uses 20% of the total oxygen in our body? That’s what I was wondering who’s eating up all my oxygen that my poor lungs inhaling for my body. My naughty brain 😦 

Do you know if our brain loses blood for 8 to 10 seconds, we will lose our consciousness? Oh my… I will drink more water and keep myself re-hydrated… I promise… 😉

Do you know the scientists have discovered that men and women’s brains react differently to pain, which explains why they may perceive or discuss pain differently? Now who’s more vulnerable we don’t know. Usually, we see females break down quickly or reacts quicker than the males. Be considerate and don’t judge, you males!!! Me too… 😉

Do you know there is a class of people known as supertasters who not only have more taste buds on the tongue, but whose brain is more sensitive to the tastes of foods and drinks? In fact, they can detect some flavors that others cannot. I think I am one among those ‘Supertasters.’ I am a foodie and I am very sensitive to what touches my tongue. What about you??? 🙂

Have you ever thought that women tend to take longer to make a decision, but are more likely to stick with the decision, compared to men, who are more likely to change their mind after making a decision? Don’t know about this but I tend to stick to my decision to show up but keep regretting in my mind. Now, I am kind of telling all my secrets tonight. Okay…Okay… Have fun reading about them!!! 😦

Do you know the connection between body and mind is a strong one? Of course I know… One estimate is that between 50-70% of visits to the doctor for physical ailments are attributed to psychological factors. No doubt why doctors give Gelusil or Vitamin tabs to the villagers who come complaining excruciating pain in their bodies. Sometimes our mind says, ‘this is a good medicine because the price of this medicine is higher than the other.’ But that’s only in the mind. And doctors utilize that piece of fun fact to cure a patient. Lol, shrewd doctors! 

I think this much fun is enough for tonight. 😉 Rest of the fun can be searched and researched by asking uncle Google who can share all the important facts about our mysterious brain and mind. 

Keep reading and keep having fun!

Stay blessed!!!

HOW MYSTERIOUSLY BRAIN WORKS!

The following two videos are very interesting to watch. They are depicting how mysteriously our brain works… Please enjoy watching them:

 

 

 

 

Brain rewards you for thinking NEGATIVELY?

Did you know your brain rewards you for thinking NEGATIVELY?

In a 1998 paper psychologist John Cacioppo and team concluded, “Negative information tends to influence evaluations more strongly than comparably extreme positive information.”

In the pre-historic age humans were faced with fatal dangers such as predators and natural disasters day in and day out. Natural selection preferred those who could anticipate and avoid danger better than others. Thus our brain developed its “negative bias” – essentially an enhanced ability to register and learn from negative events and anticipate negative outcomes.

So if you want to look at the world through a realistic lens, you need to put in conscious effort.

Notice the positive.
Remember the positive.
Emphasize the positive.

-Sulagna