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The physician, ornament of the elite

A physician counts always within the high ranks of the society to which authority and influence are ascribed. For many lay people a physician is shadowed by image of a magician who claims to have drawn from a divine source of knowledge and wisdom or have such heavenly assignment of inspiration and prophecy. People shall always ask whether their “Doctor” was naturally assigned, genetically prepared or were just a fake figure that would be expelled sooner or later.

Unique to the physician’s prerequisite is the accomplishment of an incredible triad of nobility, knowledge and wealth. Nobility is a character that confers impressions of superiority، satisfaction and abundance. It would best manifest itself in matters related to moral rewards, physical lusts and materialistic gains. The knowledge necessary for a physician is versatile and can be subject to handling. In such overwhelming topic of general knowledge several aspects may be lightly dispensed with without grave drops except those concerning people’s behavior, believes and convincing.

The third pillar in the incredible physician’s triad is the inclination toward financial resources and proprietary assets. That awareness of the role of financial stability and abundance shall positively impact the continuous knowledge and training acquisition besides fulfilling the expected and intuitive image of the successful Doctor. The financial resources would include medical support establishments, grants, intellectual property rights and medical services compensations or fees.

Standard sweet cake with dried grape and walnuts


As winter time approaches it would be very helpful to practice the conventional cake type (I would like to call it ‘The standard sweet cake”). For my preference I like very much some dried grapes within the cake itself. Today, I am very proud to present my first and successful self-made cake (see the pictures). I put some yellow dried grapes and little of walnuts while mixing the eggs, sugar and oil in the beginning.

Here are the ingredients:

1- two whole eggs

2- very little vanilla powder (approx. 0.2 gm; here I used only 1/2 of a small sachet that would be enough for an averagely large cake).

3- 2/3 average glass (its approx. volume : 250 ml) table sugar

4- 1/2 average glass oil

5- 2/3 average glass normal water

6- 2 average glasses flour (all purpose flour)

7- nearly a small spoon of baking powder (sodium bicarbonate)

Directions:

1- put the content of the two eggs in a suitable vessel (e.g., baking pot). Add the vanilla powder and mix well until the typical unpleasant odor of the egg is gone!

2- add the sugar to the contents in the vessel and mix well in the different directions for about 10 minutes.

3- then add your favorite filling (e.g. little dried grapes, little crushed or small pieces walnut, etc.) to the contents. Mix again the whole things for about 5 minutes. Take care not to be very generous in adding these fillings.

4- then, add the oil and mix well for about 5 minutes at least.

5- start adding the flour very incrementally, and mix well after each time you add the flour. The baking powder is to be added at some point while the flour is being added to the growing cake. After finishing the first glass of flour, add the normal water to the cake substance and mix well for about 5 minutes. You may notice that the air bubbles within the cake substance increase with better and longer mixing of the contents.

6- start adding the second glass of flour also very incrementally to the cake substance and mix well each time. While doing so preheat the oven at 180 Celsius and adjust the oven timer to about 60 minutes.

7- when you are contented with the cake substance as for consistency and air content, check the oven temperature and make sure it’s ok. Bring a suitable clean and dry oven pan and cover its inside with some oil, then pour the cake substance gently to the center of the oven pan. Make sure the surface of the cake substance is almost even ( help it being so by a table spoon, e.g.)

8- put the pan into the hot oven and wait until the nice smell of the cake is there.

9- once you smell the cake is being done, see its top whether it became nicely fair or light brown. Then, you may turn off the top flame and leave only the bottom’s flame of the oven for more of a few minutes.

10- when curious enough, check the consistency of the cake by a spoon or a fork (take care not to hurt yourself by the hot surfaces).


11- enjoy your preferable taste of the cake with or without topping (e.g. jam, or fruits and honey).

Today’s wisdom:

I cook, then I am here!

Characters, colours and musical chairs

Characters, colours and musical chairs

Human characters are so many that they may not be readily remembered at one time. Some characters are related to others while one character may have several synonyms. Colours sometimes may be used metaphorically to describe human characters. The white colour usually reminds of goodness, the violet can call for self-esteem, and so on. That arbitrarily resemblance between colours and characters would rationalize for possible ‘basic characters’ in analogy to the basic colours. In physics, Newton showed that the white light can be refracted by a prism to yield seven colours, and we may too imagine that one character may be made of some other characters.

The 8-digit character classification system
The human, like any other creature, should be provided by default character set that is needed and necessary for his survival in this world. These could be regarded as the basic (preliminary) characters: fear (white); short handiness (brown); denial (grey); self-esteem (violet); disorder (yellow); self-centredness (orange); individuality (light brown); and Inquisitiveness (green). These characters are suitable for every human from the time of birth till the early childhood when it is not expected that the opposite of those characters might have to come up. Gradually by time, a human would feel the importance and need for other characters that would help him to adapt and opt in a community life with new experiences and challenges. In fact, the preliminary characters will not be totally replaced by their opposite or by other more negative ones, but a sort of balance between basic and positive secondary characters would be realized; e.g. fear/safety.

In that 8-digit human character system there will be two extreme character sets (basic and ultimate) with two transitional character sets in between (first- and second order) as shown in the following table.

characters table

General remarks:
The basic characters are simple, i.e. each one cannot be broken down to simpler ones.
The transitional 1. order characters are made of a combination of basic characters (+4; +/-4):
Example:
coward: fearful (yes); shorthanded (yes); denying (yes); self-esteemed (possible); disordered (possible); self-centred (yes); individual-opted (possible); inquisitive (possible).
The transitional 2. order characters are made of a combination of transitional 1. order characters:
Example:
liar: coward (yes); lazy (possible); going astray (yes); arrogant (possible); prosaic (possible); thankless (yes); absolute (yes); obtrusive (possible).
The good and bad characters are continuously either gained or lost, strengthened or weakened.
Human characters can be a matter of induction, reviving or encouragement.
A character may have derivative or related characters; e.g. obsession may be derivative of fear.
The characters can be influenced by intelligence, perception and emotions (e.g. love and hatred).
There could be an emotion conditional memory (character programming) that would take part in exhibiting or hindering certain character.

Psychology phenomena ladder

Basically, psychological diseases such as anxiety/depression and phobias/manias may not be regarded as diseases but rather merely as psychological phenomena. This is because of two reasons: 1) they can be experienced by almost all people (then it is quite embarrassing to find all people psychologically ill) and 2) they can happen in varying degrees and in different time lapses.

The origin of psychological disease/phenomenon seems to be the specific set of characters that the person builds up from the very beginning of life and throughout life especially during the first few years. This argument may be supported by the assumption/observation that certain psychological conditions would be experienced by some persons in some life stages but not by others in the same life stages. For examples, anxiety would me more in young adults with little experiences who tend to be sensitive (good-spirited and ambitious) and righteous, while depression may be more experienced by materialistic (intellectual and chance chasing) and self-centred persons.

Such naturalizing of psychological diseases/ phenomena would, from one side, reduce the emotional burden given by those experiences, and revise the significance/role of medical treatment of psychological conditions, from the other side. Indeed, nonmedical or conservative treatment would be the general rule while the medical treatment may be needed only on occasional basis. However, every psychological case should be considered individually and the treatment plan should be, hence, very specific for that person.

As the extent of psychological experiences varies in terms of obviousness/picture, duration and pattern, those experiences may be ordered in a ladder of ascending phenomenal grades. Although that view would implicitly mean a mode of diseases/condition evolution, neither the relay between stages nor the completion of the whole track may be strict.

This scheme sheds light on the importance of the insight of the person as a determinant for favourable/unfavourable psychological path. It implies also the role of the person’s will, i.e. choice – to a certain degree – as to where to direct his/her emotional and spiritual investment.

Factor 10 disease

factor 10 disease

1- Disease classification: a kind of psychosomatic disease (review disease classification here).
2- Disease description:
Type of patient: young adults and middle age, male > female
Symptoms and signs
The person may c/o usually unrelated symptoms that my include
– unjustified mood change, e.g. depression
– laziness, fatigue, drowsiness, malaise
– defective concentration, haziness
– muscle cramps, pain, heaviness
– intolerance to drink enough water, waterphobia
– intolerance to cold or hot weather
– emotional instability
– maybe some degree of lack of judgment, hesitation
Vital signs
body temperature: may be slightly decreased
pulse: can be slightly increased, high normal
blood pressure: tends to be lower average range
Disease onset: gradual or insidious
Disease course: intermittent or chronic
Prognosis: variable, according to person’s attitude
Investigations: usually normal
Treatment and prevention: according to disease chart
3- Disease chart
Elements:
Movement —> 50%
Emotion —> 50%
Agent —> 0%
Factors:
Work engagement —> 33%
Food and drink —> 33%
Hygiene —> 33%
4- Pathophysiology
The person would be of the melancholic type of personality (see the four human temperaments: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_temperaments). The factor 10 disease may be rationalized as a perturbed equilibrium of the body energy balance (see the four-element view of body components: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_element).

The clinical medicine logic

The physician works in a large frame of 3 pillars: the preventive medicine, the diagnostic medicine and the curative medicine. From a broad practical view the physician’s job is mainly in the curative medicine pillar.

The clinical (curative) medicine logics may be thought of as:
1- Adjunctive medicine
– analgesic, sedative, anxiolytic
– Mood modifiers
– Psychoactive agents
2- Casual medicine
– surgery
– invasive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions
3- Regular medicine
– nutrition
– common nonspecific agents: laxative, purgative, emollient, carminative
– specific medical agents
– antibiotics and antimicrobials
– anticancer agents