I’ve decided to start a new blog series called “Internet Round Up” where I share interesting links, articles, videos, etc. that have struck me in the past two weeks. Part of this stems from me wanting to share more cool health-related information and the other part, to be very honest, stems from my working 80+ hours a week in the hospital these few months and needing a quick way to still get some of my thoughts out there. Hope you enjoy these finds as much as I did!
1. To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This. Psychologist Arthur Aron described a method that could accelerate the process of falling in love between two strangers, and the writer of this article tests it out. M and I want to try going through the 36 questions you ask your partner in this experiment to see if we find anything new about each other. Our takeaway was that these questions allow two strangers to essentially cram 10 dates into one, making the “falling in love” part much quicker if the two are compatible.
2. A visual representation of what happens when you touch your food without washing your hands first. The photo of what happens to dirty bread makes me think about how my hands are constantly dirty at the hospital despite washing them every 5 minutes. Also, good reminder to de-germify your handbags (the purse handles contain more bacteria than the average toilet seat).
3. What 2000 calories looks like. Surprise surprise, a single drink or dish can be up to 2000 or even over 2000 calories. I love how you then see the picture of all the food you can cook at home that would add up to the same number of calories. Inspiration for more home cooking!
4. Why 10% of the Population hates cilantro. It’s all in the genes! To 10% of the world, cilantro apparently tastes like soap. This is a breakdown of the science.
5. How Long have I got Left? Published one year ago, this NYTimes piece by Stanford chief neurosurgery resident Dr. Kalanithi still touches my heart each time I read it. “I can’t go on. I’ll go on,” became his mantra when at age 36, almost at the beginning of his career as a neurosurgeon, he was diagnosed with lung cancer. I go back and read his story from time to time because it shows me what it feels like to be a patient from someone with similar medical training as me. I have never met him personally, but I have several friends who worked with Dr. Kalanithi in the operating room at Stanford. Before he was diagnosed, my friends remarked that he seemed tired all the time, needing to take breaks in the middle of a long case, but he never gave up work. Even though I don’t know him, I have so much respect for him and I feel like he has taught me so much about empathy and patient communication.