Posted in Humor, Life, Nursing and Health, tagged aging, education, Humor, Life, medications, nursing student, politics, school, thoughts, wrinkles on January 15, 2010|
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Okay, so here I am 50+, looking at the lovely “senile lentigines” on the back of my wrinkly old hand. A commercial on TV says their cream will fix my old skin and make me look like a teenager again. Could this be true?
First I had to see exactly how the skin breaks down and gets all saggy: UV radiation causes the generation of free radicals (I thought they were all in Washington, DC). Free radicals, otherwise known as ROS, cause increased levels of AP-1 a transcription factor that inhibits collagen production; and decreased levels of transformative growth factor ( TGF). (Transformative growth factor, wow, that sounds really nice! I want a LOT of that stuff!) Skin is constantly being remodeled. The body really doesn’t like stasis, only homeostasis. So it constantly tears things down and builds them back up. I guess when we get older, the body gets a little lazy, and forgets to build up so much.The UV-caused ROS messes up the balance, more collagen being broken down than built up causes an invisible “solar scar”. Repeated UV damage eventually causes a deep scar, otherwise known as a wrinkle, and the skin is less elastic because of insufficient collagen.
Back to the creams: can any of them fix the problem and repair the damage? Maybe a little. It turns out that some studies have shown that creams with antioxidants in them actually do reverse the damage a little. Idebedone, a type of Coenzyme Q 10, and Vitamin C 5% topical actually help to stimulate collagen production, though it can take six months to show an effect. Do you think a paste made up of a Vitamin C tablet would work? Maybe I should go to the store and start peering at cream labels with my dollar store reading glasses and see if any have one of those magic ingredients. It can’t hurt, maybe in six months I’ll look 48 again.
Can you tell we are studying “the integument” this week?
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Now that I am back in classes again, I have to remember that there is a big difference between normal daily thinking and the type of thinking expected in a Master’s level class. Normally, cursory understanding and shallow involvement is all that is necessary to get through a day. How much do you really think about the box of cereal you are about to put in your shopping cart after all? A glance at the calorie levels and a cursory analysis of the potential likeability of the flavor of the product is about it. “Hmm, 110 calories and I like blueberry, it’s a go”. Done.
Now if it were an assignment to analyze the decision about the cereal, you could write a 5 page thesis on the subject, not including reference page, in APA format of course (Where did the American Psychological Association get the ability to dictate how everyone writes a paper anyway?). Start with research on the company that makes the product: is it a company with a good economic and quality rating? Have they had many recalls of their products? Is the packaging design misleading or accurate? Is the packaging harmful to the environment (too much package for too little product) and is the box truly indicative of the amount of product within. I hate it when you open a cookie box and there is a plastic tray inside so there are only a few cookies in a huge box.
Next comes the nutritional value. Is the product whole grain? Or so-called “enriched”. Is it high fat/sugar? Are there trans fats? (Oh, I recently found out that zero trans fat listed on box means less than 1/2 gram. That isn’t zero by my definition. Back to looking for hydrogenated oils again in the ingredient listing). How many calories? High fructose corn syrup?
Then there is price, Is it a good value? Are there other products similar with a better price? Does the store brand taste as good? (Hmm, taste testing coming up).
It is a whole different world, and my husband wonders why I look vaguely at him when he asks me, what do you want for breakfast?
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