Sunday, January 12, 2014

Happy feet

Sometime ago, I wrote a post about how important good shoes get a good arch support and avoid pain and complications. Some people might have too low ....or too high arch... and that causes pain and might get worse if shoes are not good enough. 

So here is my new acquired pair of shoes from Ecco, anti-shock, made by receptor technology....They are so light ...and fit so well to my feet....''like a condom''!  It does not feel like walking but floating....! Since the long hours of standing up in lab....I realize the need of good shoes more then before! My feet indeed started getting pain at the end of the day....

I was wondering between the different types of shoes Ecco does - Biom or ...  Receptor, since the design of the Biom is better...At the end my choice fell on Receptor, since they had long years of use already. Whether the Biom is been on for 2-3 years.....  Also Receptor fits better to my feet, which was the most important at the end.  Happy feet! 

You can also see them here!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year's Eve apetizer

My New Year's Eve appetizer - 'Gr├Žsgris' in Danish or Grass pork. I usually do not like and do not eat pork and porky dishes....but I was quite tempted by the idea of this dish. It was organic pork fed on grass!
It  was decorated with red beet (yummm) and some cream. I was not mistaken, it was delicious!

I wish Happy New 2014! May this new year be more health-conscious for you 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Penicillin antibiotic

So I am starting my next biology module where I will get do deal with harmful (disease-causing) microorganisms, especially the ones that affect the digestive system of our body. :) Will get some meat from the butcher and analyse it for salmonella. So...pretty soon...or next year... I will get to describe the results from the experiment ;)

In my previous module we were dealing mostly with antibiotics and of course the Penicillin. It was interesting to investigate the effect of Penicillin on different species of bacteria and try to produce some Penicillin during a period of few days. Well unlike Alexander Fleming that discovered Penicillin by chance, I was not that lucky enough to have my production successful. But that's what happens with Penicillin, in our lab you had be lucky to get a production :) So Penicillin is mould - Penicillium....and yes it grows on our food and on our bread especially when we leave it outside for several days. Some people can be allergic to it. Used as antibiotic, it is effective only towards certain types of bacteria, and like most of the antibiotics it is not universal. So that's why it is important to determine what  infection we have and what type of bacteria has caused our infection in order to find the best treatment for it.

Some bacteria are gram-negative which have an outer membrane and that protects them better and makes them more resistant, other are gram-positive that have only one cell wall and more vulnerable. So the gram-positive bacteria are expected to be killed more easily by the antibiotic.
In my experiment I found out that Penicillin was most effective against the gram-positive Micrococcus Luteus and Bacillus Subtilis. It was not effective against Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Enterococcus Faecalis, Staphylococcus Aureus and Serratia Marcescens.

How do this bacteria become resistant to antibiotics then? That's quite interesting and quite complicated to explain for here, but they have certain filaments called 'sex pili' where they can transfer genetic information between eachother and that includes antibiotic resistance.

That's how Penicillin looked like ( the stripe in the middle). Not the most pleasant thing to look at, but quite important :)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Mascara? Maybe not that safe...

Today in one of my organic chemistry lecture we had a short discussion about the ingredients of mascara and the ones to avoid caught my attention. Normally all the ingredients should be stated on the package and safe for use. But not all of them. So we better check. And those are ones to watch out for and avoid buying mascara or any other cosmetic product, we apply on our skin:
  • Ceteareth-20
  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Aluminium powder
  • Butylparaben
  • Methylparaben
But why those? I will get back to that later.

The one from Maybelline (blue one) on the picture actually contains Methylparaben. I bought it accidentally not really checking the ingredient. But it was on a discount, so no big loss :) Now it is going straight to the trash. So, remember to check up on your Maybelline mascaras. As for the Lancome mascara I had lost the package with list of ingredients.... It might help to safe those.