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Friday, July 31, 2009

My RLS theories

I have Restless Leg Syndrome. Which pretty much means my legs wont stay still when am trying to sleep at night. There is still much to learn about this disease that affects millions of people all over the world. There have been some researches, some answers but still a lot of questions. Because of my little research on it and my little background in science, I have always asked questions about the cause of it. I have been wondering about 4 possible causes. Here are my theories.
Theory number one I called the poor venous return theory. If I sat down in one spot for about 30 minutes with all limbs dangling and I have no chance to walk around. At the end of those 30 minutes you will notice a lot of veins on my hands and legs. This tells me that the veins in my limbs are not doing their jobs of returning blood to my heart for more circulation correctly. I might have what is called poor venous return. One thing that helps the body in poor venous return is muscle movement. The contraction of muscles help squeeze blood out of veins towards the heart, therefore I believe when I am asleep at night and am not moving and my veins as usual are slacking in their jobs. My heart my heart might panic because it has less blood to work with and their for the brain would come in to help by signaling my leg muscle to start moving so the heart might get some blood to circulate to other part of the body that needs it
Theory Number two I named the low iron theory. Some of the few researches I have seen on RLS have linked it to anemia. A condition in which all or some components of your blood are low in amount, in RLS, iron is the culprit. It turns out iron is important for the brain to synthesis dopamine, and dopamine is important in limbs movement. People with Parkinson’s disease have low level of it. Therefore a low level of iron in my body also could lead to RLS symptoms.
Theory number three I named ‘nerve misfiring,’ which simply translates to mean that my nerves are just misfiring when I have these symptoms.
Theory number four is what I called hyper-metabolism. Since I was little I have never sit still. I am always running around burning calories. So I think my leg muscles might have gotten used to moving and burning calories that even when I am trying to rest them they still would insist on moving.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Obama in Ghana

Obama's speech to the Ghana's parliament Text released by the White House. In my opinion one of the best speeches addressed to Africans

Good morning. It is an honor for me to be in Accra, and to speak to the representatives of the people of Ghana. I am deeply grateful for the welcome that I've received, as are Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama. Ghana's history is rich, the ties between our two countries are strong, and I am proud that this is my first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as President of the United States.

I am speaking to you at the end of a long trip. I began in Russia, for a Summit between two great powers. I traveled to Italy, for a meeting of the world's leading economies. And I have come here, to Ghana, for a simple reason: the 21st century will be shaped by what happens not just in Rome or Moscow or Washington, but by what happens in Accra as well.

This is the simple truth of a time when the boundaries between people are overwhelmed by our connections. Your prosperity can expand America's. Your health and security can contribute to the world's. And the strength of your democracy can help advance human rights for people everywhere.

So I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world — as partners with America on behalf of the future that we want for all our children. That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility, and that is what I want to speak with you about today.

We must start from the simple premise that Africa's future is up to Africans.

I say this knowing full well the tragic past that has sometimes haunted this part of the world. I have the blood of Africa within me, and my family's own story encompasses both the tragedies and triumphs of the larger African story.

My grandfather was a cook for the British in Kenya, and though he was a respected elder in his village, his employers called him "boy" for much of his life. He was on the periphery of Kenya's liberation struggles, but he was still imprisoned briefly during repressive times. In his life, colonialism wasn't simply the creation of unnatural borders or unfair terms of trade — it was something experienced personally, day after day, year after year.

My father grew up herding goats in a tiny village, an impossible distance away from the American universities where he would come to get an education. He came of age at an extraordinary moment of promise for Africa. The struggles of his own father's generation were giving birth to new nations, beginning right here in Ghana. Africans were educating and asserting themselves in new ways. History was on the move.

But despite the progress that has been made — and there has been considerable progress in parts of Africa — we also know that much of that promise has yet to be fulfilled. Countries like Kenya, which had a per capita economy larger than South Korea's when I was born, have been badly outpaced. Disease and conflict have ravaged parts of the African continent. In many places, the hope of my father's generation gave way to cynicism, even despair.