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Climbing in Cantabaco, Cebu

After spending over 20 years of my life in the island of Cebu (Philippines), you would think I would be well aware of everything! But it had to take me living two years in Japan to discover how much I still have yet to learn about my hometown island. The journey On March 18th, 2022,…

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Pathogenesis or Salutogenesis?

Health is beyond the absence of disease or infirmity. Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing. It’s a basic human right, essential for a long and happy life, and something we should all strive for. Traditionally in medicine and health studies, pathogenesis works retrospectively from disease to determine how individuals can…

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The differentiation between stress & anxiety

Whether it is in sport, studies, work or recreation, stress is a common experience throughout our human life and not everybody experiences stress the same way. This is what makes stress highly subjective. Imagine six people riding a rollercoaster, some may appear very anxious and fearful while others might be in pure euphoria and excitement.…

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Lonely Heart

A tactful method of developing one’s understanding of the human heart’s anatomy is through drawing it! One study reported that “when studying anatomy science, drawing is one of effective important methods because it is an integration of ideas and knowledge of vision thereby increasing comprehension and learning motivation of college students” (Joewono et al. 2018).…

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Book Review: The Upside of Stress

The first time I heard of Kelly McGonigal was her TedTalk on how to make stress your friend published in 2013 and then around September of last year, I was recommended her 2015 publication, the Upside of Stress. Where McGonigal reveals an important truth based on science: True excellence is only achieved under great adversity.…

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Feeling overwhelmed? Try this.

Step 1: Get everything out of your head and onto paper by listing out everything you are worrying about. Step 2: Look at your list and place a star next to anything that is within your control. To help guide you with where you have power or responsibilty, check out this article. Step 3: Look…

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Change your Life with these 5 Questions

Clarify your thinking and ask yourself these questions. Who do you spend time with? The people you surround yourself with, or the individuals you choose to spend time with will influence who you become more than any other factor. The people around you will dictate what you do and what you do dictates who you…

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Great Women of Medicine

A role model, or someone to look up to, positively contributes towards our self-improvement. A role model influences our actions and motivates us to uncover our truest potentials and push us towards overcoming our weaknesses. Their achievements, advice or history can challenge us and help to keep us on track with our own goals and…

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