Did you know you have a "brush border" that keeps you alive? The brush border is the little fingerlings that line your small intestine and absorb nutrients from the food you eat. It is only one cell thick. Think about that. There's one cell between the food you eat (mixed with stomach acid into … [Read more...] about Brush Border & other GI miracles
Last night was "Gastroenterology: Clinical" at Georgetown Mini-medical school. Dr. Bruce Luxon was the presenter, and he had a perfect blend of expertise, good teaching method, and a relaxed attitude. He also had some amazing, gory films of endoscopies that were fascinating to see. We're going to … [Read more...] about Bust a Gut
One of the great things about living near Washington DC is having access to something like Georgetown's Mini-Medical School. My husband and I attended this a few years ago and have just started a new round. For eight evenings, on consecutive Tuesdays, we will listen to experts in various … [Read more...] about Stem Cells
I haven't eaten bread in two months. Or crackers. Cake. Pretzels. It's not that I'm on a diet, or that I've suddenly discovered a huge pool of willpower. Instead, I've realized that eating these things makes me sick, quite literally and quite immediately. I have become gluten-intolerant. Once I … [Read more...] about Gluten and God
my husband brought me coffee in bed my husband always brings me coffee in bed I still love my husband and he still loves me unprintable I had a bowl of grits for breakfast, with butter and salt I like the blue bowl I cook the grits in every morning the full moon was still high in a blue … [Read more...] about 52 Things I’m Grateful for on my 52nd Birthday
This was written by my dad, Nick Huizenga, and I needn't say anymore in the way of introduction because he takes care of that in the post. His original title was "Being Facetious," so be forewarned. Welcome to the blogosphere, Dad! Dear Friend, I wish to share with you some specific … [Read more...] about Guest Blogger: My Dad
At CREDO we did a "lifeline exercise" which was to help us summarize our life story so that we could share it with a few other people. As I reviewed the pivotal events of my life, it struck me that each of them was influenced mightily by my physicality. In other words, if you were to change who I am … [Read more...] about Size Matters
Perhaps somebody who knows history can help me here. I'm wondering if there is an appropriate parallel to draw between the movement toward universal educationÂ and universal health care. It's my understanding that in the early years of our country, all education was private. It was a luxury. Many … [Read more...] about Historic Parallel?
The secret of life is enjoying the passing of time. Thanks, James Taylor. Yesterday my husband chopped down a tree in our front yard and I didn't notice for 24 hours. Granted, the tree was small, and dying. But am I going through my life blind? I wanted to notice it's passing. Today I did Step … [Read more...] about The Passing of Time
why don't schools remove allÂ their soda machines andÂ install water dispensers that sell really appealing, really cold water, in a recyclable cup (bin nearby) for a quarter? (water fountains are very last-century) why doesn't theÂ FDA unapprove high-fructose corn syrup? (it is more like a drug … [Read more...] about While We’re Arguing about Health Care
If you read this blog, you know that our church is growing these days. But here's something else that's growing, unexpectedly: Me! I went for my first-ever bone density scan (that's an age clue, right there) and discovered that I am 3/4 inch taller than I used to be.Â Maybe it's the yoga. I know … [Read more...] about Growing?
Grace says: Resist the urge to rush. She is the mother of four girls, all under 7. She is lithe, narrow-hipped as a boy. I follow her movements in the mirror. Place the foot. Pivot the foot, just a few degrees. Swing the other foot around. Pause. Move the hands, gathering the energy. Imagine … [Read more...] about Tai Chi