Monday, March 12, 2012

Medical Mondays: Human Boundaries

Hey guys!

Most of my Medical Mondays discuss how to maim, kill, drug, and generally abuse the human body for the sake of good fiction. But let's celebrate some of the positives, shall we? Humans are pretty strong and the truth is that in many cases, we're hard to kill.

I found this fascinating test on human limits on the National Geographic website. Want to learn a bit more about that body of yours and test how much you know?  Check it out! 

And here's another article about free diving and the intersection of culture and human physiology. If you're too busy to read the article, just watch the video on the link. It's an incredible video. Totally surreal. I tried to hold my breath while watching the guy diving, and I barely lasted 30 seconds!

To quote the writer on this piece:

"Life as an amphibious human can appear so alien that it’s stranger than science fiction, but painfully beautiful to watch."

I'm skipping Friday and next Monday because of my crazy schedule. Stay tuned for Wednesday's post. I'm interviewing Samuel Park about his stunning debut, This Hurts My Heart, and Sarah will be posting for our Sisterhood series. Happy Monday everyone!

44 comments:

Dianne K. Salerni said...

These look like fascinating articles! I'll come back later when I'm procrastinating ... er ... when I have some free time and check them out!

SA Larsenッ said...

I'm not all that good at holding my breath, either. Good luck with your crazy schedule!

Jax said...

You're always such a busy woman ;) That's a good thing!

Sarah said...

Useful and interesting, as always! Looking forward to that interview on Wednesday.

Kimberlee Turley said...

I got 2 correct on that quiz. I think I'm doomed to die an early death now. I was usually one above or below the correct answer, but that's still pretty pathetic when there's only 4 answers.

Natalie Aguirre said...

My daughter's a swimmer and can really hold her breath. Not me.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I know I couldn't hold my breath for very long! I'm taking off this Wednesday so understand the need for some down time to get caught up on things.

Kim Van Sickler said...

My husband loves to dive shipwrecks. That is otherworldly to me.

Karen Lange said...

Happy Monday to you! Will check this out, thanks. :) Look forward to Samuel's interview.

Old Kitty said...

Yay for the human body! I think it's most fragile and equally amazing and resilient. I guess so long as we treat it with care and tlc, it'll perform brilliantly! Take care
x

Coleen Patrick said...

I can't hold my breath for long either--just the thought of it makes me a little anxious!

Jennifer Shirk said...

The human body is pretty cool. My hubby just read a book on running and how these great runners in these tribes in other countries run great distances with just sandals. They have no injuries like we in America who buy all these expensive shoes. The thinking is that we're not letting our feet naturally conform to running by wearing these special shoes. It's kind of interesting to think about it.

Jemi Fraser said...

I remember when I was a kid - I was a strong, regular swimmer and I played a wind instrument. I could stay under water for such a long time. Now? Not long at all! The body is an amazing machine!

Linda Gray said...

Wow, what a great set of questions and answers. (I spent at least as much time perusing your drawing--cool). Personally, I can't handle the amphibious stuff, water is too scary. :)

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Amazing what people learn to do and train their bodies to do. I am not a good swimmer or runner, but I admire those who are.

Bathwater said...

That is an interesting quote to think on

David P. King said...

People are rather versatile, aren't we? Love your series. I don't get to comment nearly as much as I would like, but I do stop by to see what medical advice you have for us. Thanks for keeping this up! :)

Julie Dao said...

The human body is absolutely astounding. I'm a runner and just thinking of the balance of my lungs pumping, my muscles working, and my bones taking the impact is amazing. I can't hold my breath for very long, though!

Meredith said...

Yay for the human body being fairly hard to kill! Thank goodness. :) Good luck with all you have going on this week!

Krispy said...

Going to check these links out later. Thanks for the info! :)

LTM said...

omg, OK. I made it 50 seconds holding my breath, but my brain panicked and made me gasp. Clearly, I'dve drown--unlike Sulbin.

This is amazing. I wonder if being that skinny helps... :D

I did that Nat'l Geographic thing and basically got them all wrong. Fun stuff! ;p <3

Madeleine Maddocks said...

Goodness it's amazing what there is on the Internet these days. i'm sure i wouldn't survive long as I suffer from Raynauds and am a shallow breather. :O0!
I've read a few autobios of people who have survived the most appalling attacks/injurires.

lbdiamond said...

Yeah, I can't hold my breath for nothin'. Not even a skunk. Ew.

Nice post!

Connie Keller said...

Fascinating as always! Thanks.

mooderino said...

Thanks for the links, will check them out.

cheers,
mood
Moody Writing
@mooderino
The Funnily Enough

Carrie Butler said...

Thanks for sharing the articles, Lydia! I love reading about things like this. :) Catch you next Wednesday!

Abby Minard said...

Awesome, thanks for the articles Lydia! Hopping on over to look at them. I used to be able to hold my breath much longer when I was a lifeguard. I'm still okay at it, but definitely not as good as I was back then!

Ciara said...

Good luck with the crazy schedule. We all seem to be suffering from that condition. Ugh. I know I couldn't hold my breath that long.

Jennifer Hillier said...

Okay, so I just held my breath for all of 14 seconds before I freaked out.

FOURTEEN SECONDS.

If that isn't pathetic, I don't know what is.

Casey L. Conley said...

Yeah. . The human body is amazing, I forget how resilient it is! And good gravy, I can not hold my breath long at all! I never realized!

Alleged Author said...

Just the words "free" and "diving" freak me out to no end!

Nas Dean said...

All fascinating articles, thanks for the links Lydia.

Your Medical Monday's are always so interesting!

Donna Hole said...

What fun :)

.....dhole

Rachna Chhabria said...

Thanks for these fascinating links, will have to check them out.

Clarissa Draper said...

The human body is really amazing. My son showed me a documentary about the human body and how it at times can show real superhuman strength. That was cool.

Stephen Tremp said...

Great twist on your Medical Mondays. The human body is truly amazing and is capable of doing amazing things. Wish flying was one of them.

Susan Fields said...

Wow - I did terrible on that test! The human body really is fascinating - I can't imagine anyone holding their breath for 11 minutes!

Carol Kilgore said...

Great test. Good thing I'm not a doctor - I missed half. And 30 seconds is a long time - I barely made it, too.

Southpaw said...

It's nice having something on the positive side.

Jai Joshi said...

Thanks for these fab links! The human body is amazing really, when we think about it. Our skin is incredible - waterproof, changing colour with the temperature to protect us, strong, ever changing, supple, stretching and tightening according to the situation. And that's just one part of us. So many things to marvel at!

Jai

Sarah said...

Hmmm... I did pretty badly on that quiz. Maybe because I answered for myself and not the average human being? (Yes, I'm a total weenie). ;)

Leslie Rose said...

I was totally mesmerized by the video. We're studying the respiratory system in my class so I'm going to share this with my class tomorrow. They'll love it.

Sarah Pearson said...

I only managed 4 on the quiz. Thank goodness my body works without me having to know how :-)

Maurice Mitchell said...

It's amazing what humans can subject themselves to. The record for holding breath is 19 minutes in cold water. I can barely do it for one.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/switzerland/7242852/Swiss-freediver-breaks-world-record-for-holding-breath-underwater.html
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