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Our facilitator, Billal Ahmed, shares his view on sleep. http://www.satherhealth.org/blog.php?id=147

Sleep: Because None of Us Get Enough


One of the most common complaints I hear, after "I don't understand anything the professor says" and "Crossroads sucks," is "I'm so tired. I got X hours of sleep last night." Given the extraordinarily busy lives of the college student, this should be no surprise. Even as I type away in the wee hours…

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Curious about some of the complexities regarding mental health? Check out one student's perspective on this issue. "The Subtleties of Mentalities" by Prerak Juthani http://www.satherhealth.org/blog.php?id=184

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Sleep Scheduling, or as Anyun Chatterjee puts it, getting the most bang for your buck. https://www.satherhealth.org/article.php?id=654

Sleep Scheduling, or how to get the most bang for your buck


As Cal students we hear the people around us talking about sleep quite a bit. Whether it be the EECS students who are talking about the midday nap they took in Bechtel, your floormate who hasn't slept in 26 hours because they need to finish a paper, or your parents reminding you to catch up on sleep…

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Do you know the TRUTH behind spicy foods? https://www.satherhealth.org/blog.php?id=245

Supa Hot Cheetos... I Eat Those


My Mexican roommate douses all of her food in hot sauce- everything from cup noodles to bland cafeteria food. What are the actual effects of eating spicy food, though? Below I have listed some examples of spicy foods and their health effects. Hot Cheetos We've all had a bite of these heavenly, salty…

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March 8, 2015 at 12:36 pm

One writer reveals the hidden truth about female ejaculation https://www.satherhealth.org/blog.php?id=246

The (Non)Mystery Behind Female Ejaculation


First, I believe a distinction must be made between female ejaculation and the coined term "squirting," as the two phenomena originate from two entirely different organs. Female ejaculate is released by the Skene's glands and are homologous to the prostate in males. Hence, the Skene's glands are som…

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Monday, June 15, 2015 at 3:22 pm


regret verb feeling sad, repentant, or disappointed over —Oxford Dictionaries

College years are the best years of our lives. We have so much freedom to do whatever and be whoever we want. The possibilities are endless. Nevertheless, even the invincibles could use a second chance.

Regret is one of those truly unique emotions that has the power to tie our past to our present while also influencing our future. It's a fascinating phenomenon that has long captivated many social psychologists. Many studies of regret have converged on the link between the Opportunity Principle and regret.

To feel regret, we first need a set of opportunities and alternatives. There are two kinds of opportunities: high and low. Low opportunities are generally out of our control, while high opportunities warrant us as more of an agent of change, giving us the power to choose. Whether academic or social, the college environment presents students with many opportunities, therefore theoretically increasing their chances of regret.

A study by Landman and Manis (1992) found that among 44 undergraduates, the proportion of regrets falling within life domains are 30% for Education, 25% for Leisure, 25% for Family, and 19% for Romance. A second study by Roese and Summerville in 2005 surveyed 34 undergraduates at the University of Illinois and showed that the frequency of regret was highest for the domains of Romance (26.7%), Friends (20.3%), and Education (16.7%). Both studies used the same definition for each domain: Education as school, studying, and good grades; Romance as love, sex, dating, and marriage; Leisure as sports, recreation, and hobbies; Family as interactions with parents and siblings; and Friends as interactions with close others.

The latter study also confirmed that where people tend to have the biggest regrets are where they perceive to have had the biggest opportunities. There is a difference between action and inaction regrets.

Gilbert and Ebert's work on Cognitive Dissonance Reduction presents the idea that whenever our beliefs are in conflict, there exists a process by which our mind mitigates such discomfort, diverting and lifting us from its effect. Cognitive Dissonance Reduction is more active for action than inaction regrets because not acting on something (e.g., asking someone out) leaves too much potential for change and different outcomes that our minds perceive it as "high opportunity" and has a harder time "letting go of the what-ifs," resulting in us feeling more regretful than we otherwise would had we acted and gotten an absolute reality. Regrets have also been shown by Roese 1994; and Zeelenberg 1999 to be a catalyst for "corrective action," whereby people remember their regrets and try to change their actions in future similar situations.

It is no surprise both studies found that Education, Romance, and Family to house the top regrets for college students. Maybe we truly don't understand the material, or maybe, and just maybe, studying with distractions like Facebook and Tumblr opened is not a good idea. At the end, it's probably more likely that we regret not trying harder for a class than we regret the difficulty of the class, something more immutable.

While finding good study habits and studying harder may not guarantee that "A," at least these action steps pacify our mind even if bad grades ache our hearts. Our hearts, by the way, are not made from paper. Some are more delicate because they have been roughly handled in the past, but they are still not paper thin. So, maybe it's time to stop protecting them as such and give them a chance to befriend other hearts.

Romantic regrets are pervasive among college students for a variety of reasons—some due to inaction, some due to too much action. But those that result from inaction will hurt us more in the end. Not knowing if they were a good kisser, or if they were the "one," or what could have happened if they'd said yesthese are the kind of questions that we can easily answer if only we would take a chance and just ask.

Unlike education and romantic partners, which can have many opportunities for corrective actions, we only have one family and therefore only one chance to make things right. Sometimes amidst our busy schedules juggling between classes and clubs, it's easy to forget to return their phone calls. Hours turn into days, days turn into weeks, and time marches forward for everyone. And while we're just beginning our lives, our parents have nearly lived all of theirs. Sooner or later, there won't be anyone there for us to call back. Our biggest regret, then, would be not doing all that we could have while we still had the chance.

As we pass our years in college, keep in mind that this unique experience only happens once and that the people to share it with may not always be around. If we care about something or someone, prove it in the present. Don't look back wishing you had done something. Look back with pride and say "I did it."

Published on June 15, 2015 by Thomas Trinh Read on »

Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Supa Hot Cheetos... I Eat Those

My Mexican roommate douses her food in hot sauce: everything from cup noodles to cafeteria food. What are the effects of spicy food? I have listed some examples of spicy foods and their health effects.

Hot Cheetos

We've all had a bite of these salty, heavenly, decadent, flaming red fried clumps of potato batter. Health risks include 10% of your daily value of sodium, 17% fat, 8% saturated fat, and unnecessary ER visits. According to Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann of St. Louis Children's Hospital, some parents and children, alarmed at seeing bright red in their stools, have made unnecessary ER visits. Bright red stool indeed can indicate bleeding, but it could also indicate an alarming amount of Hot Cheetos consumption, which is a problem.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Mild Peppers only produce a burning sensation in the mouth, but excessively hot chili peppers can cause blistering of the lips and palate. Otherwise, though, there isn't enough research to suggest any detriments of eating spicy foods. People with frequent heartburn or ulcers are advised to stay away, as spicy foods exacerbate heartburn, but refraining from spicy foods will not decrease occurrences of heartburn or exacerbate the effects of ulcers. In fact, peppers could even help reduce the effects of sinuses.

Most people make a beeline for the water, but science suggests otherwise. Eating absorbents like bread and rice, rather than drinking liquids to spread the irritant, can be used as treatment.

It's not just your taste buds that can burn from peppers; in fact, every part of your body can burn.

Pepper Spray

Capsaicin is the chemical produced by peppers that causes irritation in tissues. This is why you have to wear gloves when cutting peppers, or you will feel a burning sensation on your fingertips for several days. Although it's on the average Cal student's keychain, pepper spray, made from the deadly cayenne peppers, has evoked criticism from organizations such as ACLU for its role in police brutality. An US Army study in 1993 even stated that pepper spray has carcinogenic effects, cardiovascular toxicity, and neurotoxicity.

Luckily, military officers have more experience with pepper spray than college students have. They have devised a treatment plan. Wash the affect area with soap and water to remove dirt that may trap irritants, and flush with water for 3-5 minutes. Keep skin exposed to fresh air so irritants can evaporate, so don't apply any lotions or oils to the skin, and do not bandage the affected areas. These can cause irritation.

Above all, don't panic! Increased aggression can become an excuse to restrain and arrest you.

Published on March 8, 2015 by Yandi Wu Read on »

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm

The (Non)Mystery Behind Female Ejaculation

First, I believe a distinction must be made between female ejaculation and the coined term "squirting," as the two phenomena originate from two entirely different organs. Female ejaculate is released by the Skene's glands homologous to the prostate in males. Hence, Skene's glands are sometimes known colloquially as the female prostate. The fluid emitted from Skene's glands is similar in composition to that released from the male prostate. Due to the lack of research on this topic in female health, there is little research into what female ejaculate actually is. The fluid is most often released during orgasm and contains uteroglobin (human urine protein 1) and the enzyme PDE5. More interesting, though, is the presence of compounds similar to that of prostate-specific antigen and prostatic acid phosphatase. Therefore, a movement towards renaming the Skene's glands to the female prostate is underway. The fluid, however, is not urine.

Squirting, on the other hand, can almost be considered an even more complex occurrence. It is the expulsion of a massive amount of clear liquid, unlike female ejaculate, which is expelled in small amounts and often white and opaque. The article "Nature and Origin of 'Squirting' in Female Sexuality," a 2014 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, revealed that squirting is essentially "the involuntary emission of urine during sexual activity." In the experiment, the participating women urinated before sexual activity and had an empty bladder on an ultrasound. During sexual activity, however, the ultrasound revealed rapid bladder filling resulting in expulsion of liquid from the bladder during orgasm. Out of the seven studied, only one showed prostatic-specific antigen in the fluid, leading to the differentiation between female ejaculate.

But does that mean that squirting is just adult bed-wetting? Absolutely not. The fluid expelled is not even close in composition to the dark, heavy urine from your morning routine. Average urine is primarily water with urea, salts, and creatinine. The fluid from squirting is almost entirely water, with little urobilin (waste product that gives urine its typical color). Due to rapid bladder filling, very little waste products are actually present.

Even though the fluid squirted is technically urine, it is dirty, unhygienic, or unsafe. As long as the individual is healthy and uninfected, urine is not toxic. It should be noted that urine is not technically sterile, though, as it does contain low levels of bacteria. There are so few bacteria, however, that it is considered nontoxic to humans. Thus, overall, it is harmless (as we've seen on many a Bear Grylls episode).

So, no, squirting is not accidentally peeing yourself. It is a completely natural phenomenon that has been reported many times before. The article "Nature and Origin of 'Squirting' in Female Sexuality" by the International Society of Sexual Medicine has been misquoted and used to exoticize female sexuality, when it has in reality has brought us further understanding of a field that has yet to be studied in depth.

Published on March 5, 2015 by Cypress Lynx Read on »

Monday, November 3, 2014 at 1:04 am

Campus Maintenance & Student Health

On July 29, 2014, UCLA's campus flooded, making several parking lot units, basketball courts, and several other facilities inaccessible to students, staff, and faculty. Such instantaneous flooding can bring with it health risks, one of the most important of which is infectious diseases. Legionnaire's, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, typhoid, and cholera are all diseases typically spread through floods, especially in urban areas such as Los Angeles. What is worse that it is not just students, faculty, and staff who are at risk but also the surrounding community. Preventative measures that have been taken up in the past have clearly failed, and it's becoming increasingly clear that these measures not only need to be reconsidered but also carried out in the first place.

It is important to note at this point that it was the rupture of a 90-year-old city water line that triggered the rampant flooding. City officials have known that several hundred miles of city water lines needed replacing, some for over a century. More than 20 million gallons of water flooded the UCLA campus on July 29, 2014. A city official said he had found that replacing the water lines more often (once every 100 years instead of the current rate of replacement of once every 300 years) would cost taxpayers approximately an additional $4 billion whilst also taking a over a decade to complete and increase the water rate around 4% further.

Understandably, certain city officials in the Los Angeles area are unwilling to "bankrupt their ratepayers" by raising the annual rates; however, it is clear that to maintain community health, the rate and taxes need to increase. Conversely, other city officials, such as Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Felipe Fuentes, believe that this unexpected event still doesn't serve as a catalyst for a rate increase.

Lastly, it can't help but be noticed that similarities are developing between the UC campuses and their lack of maintenance. We had a similar event occur here at UC Berkeley, when a fire and some explosions occurred close to the center of our campus. After a thorough investigation, it was found that the explosion occurred due to a lack of maintenance of copper wiring, which of course is due to a funding shortage. A pattern like this can't afford to be repeated when so many lives and such large communities are at stake. Hopefully, these trends and issues will be recognized, and solutions will be discussed with more care and attention, as they should be.

Published on November 3, 2014 by Smriti Joneja Read on »

Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 12:03 am

Late-Night Work: How to Maximize Utility without Sacrificing Health

According to a study performed by the University of Georgia, college students have been reported to have (on average) 5 to 6 hours of sleep. This sleep deprivation results from a sharp increase in workload—more classes, activities, jobs, etc.—and has the potential to wreak havoc on our grades and health.

Why does sleep matter? As many of you might already know, sleep carries a number of benefits, including restoring our energy, strengthening our immune system, helping us think more clearly and creatively, improving our memory, and maintaining a more positive mood throughout the day. As such, sleep is an active, dynamic, and necessary process, vital for optimizing motor and cognitive function.

However, don't take my words in the wrong way! While we should get more sleep, there are ways to alter our daily schedule that could make sleep loss a little less harmful for health. As a whole, the body needs a certain degree of regularity (i.e., a predictable schedule of food and rest, among other things). Optimizing this is the key to maximizing utility without sacrificing health. Other general tips include:

  • Picking a routine that you can stick to. No two days are the same, but finding a routine will allow your body to get a sense for when it should be working most efficiently and when it can rest and rejuvenate.

  • Make the most out of power naps. If you have a short period of time (even as little as an hour between classes), you can try to squeeze in a quick power nap to increase alertness and concentration.

  • Avoid taking caffeine within 4 hours of sleeping, since caffeine is detrimental to sleep hygiene.

  • Avoid taking alcohol as a sedative. One common misperception is that it can help people fall asleep, when it can actually lead to a rebound effect (restlessness immediately after being metabolized).

All in all, it is definitely possible to get your body functioning well without having to resort to health-reducing drugs or stimulants. Keeping a regular schedule, limiting caffeine and alcohol, and taking power naps can aid in efficiency. Yet, it is important to keep in mind that while these will reduce negative health effects, they won't eliminate them entirely. Healthy habits such as regularly getting at least 7 hours of sleep, eating nutritious foods, and limiting stress will lead to better outcomes. Overall, keep in mind that your body is a machine: it will function only as well as you treat it. If you treat your body well, it will treat you well.

Published on October 12, 2014 by Varun Bahl Read on »

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