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    How to support a person in your life who is (crazy enough to be) doing a PhD

    Doing a PhD is a great life experience and a true love that can end in bitterness and divorce – or at least go through one hell of a rough patch. If your PhD went smoothly, you don’t need this post – go enjoy your life you crazy genius!! If you are anyone else, as a PhD researcher myself, with many beloved PhDs around me, I have noticed a thing or two that might be helpful for anyone wanting to support a person in their life who is (crazy enough to be) doing a PhD. I have been the PhD supporter and the supported. Neither is super fun but both…

  • Two Bizarre Things I Think about Weight Loss

      Today I’m using my medical knowledge to tackle a big topic – no pun intended. Medical school takes six years, then add the five for biomedicine and on top of that hours and hours, evenings and weekends spend reading articles related to nutrition, lifestyle and health – and this is what you get: two bizarre ideas, which I think are the actual truth about weight loss. Losing weight is a very complex and difficult issue, and you might need to come back to this blog post and use many others for inspiration on your weight loss journey. But, there is something about the secrets in this post that just might…

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    Understanding Scientific Articles: 4 Questions You Need to Ask to Make Science Easy & Keep Your Health

      Many a hundred of scientific articles get published in (bio)medical journals each year. Some of them about diseases, some of them about prevention, and some of them about health and nutrition. Only a tiny minuscule proportion of those get portrait correctly in the media, and lots of times you will find yourself being misinformed, while you actually want to know what’s going on. With the following tips, you can decipher any (bio)medical article, find out which ones apply to you and easily know which ones to discard. The four questions you need to ask are: What is the population studied? Has the study been carried out in cells, animals…

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    How to prevent and treat PCOS?

    POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME is a diagnosis more and more (young) women have to face – but a diagnosis that not all doctors know how to explain well. Here is everything you need to know about PCOS. Sit back, relax and read on 😉 . WHAT IS PCOS? IMAGINE A BUNCH OF GREEDY LOOKING EGG FOLLICLES BOXING WITH EACH OTHER IN THE OVARIES. That’s PCOS. IT IS HORMONAL IMBALANCE RESULTING IN MULTIPLE RIPE FOLLICLES IN THE OVARIES. Since there are so many ripe follicles, they compete with each other and it’s difficult for any of them to become the actual egg that will then go on to the womb. These competing…

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    The role of vitamin D, diet and exercise in prevention of colon cancer

    Harvard Medical School publishes a health letter every year. In 2014, their letter listed five steps that help prevent colorectal cancer. In this post, I will explain three of the five points mentioned. Colon Cancer Prevention 1.Vitamin D Vitamin D is free (it comes from sunshine) and seems to have a protective effect on many diseases. Exposing most of your body to sunshine 10 minutes per day is enough to have good levels of vitamin D. You can have your vitamin D checked by a doctor to discuss possible supplementation. Although it is not clear yet whether vitamin D supplements have the same effect as vitamin D from sunlight, Harvard…