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The (modern) Cell Theory.

Cells, which is currently a very common phrase in our society (think cell phones, cellular devices, and…sperm cells) initially described the habitable zones for Christian monks back in the 17th century. However, an inquisitive scientist by the name of Robert Hooke, with the aid of a simple microscope, [mistakenly] gave new meaning to the word cell. While observing the outer the layers of a cork, Hooke identified objects that looked hollow and compact, similar to that of the monks that stayed in the dormitories belonging to the Christian Churches. However, what Hooke was observing was the ‘cell’ wall of a plant, Quercus suber . The image of the plant cell he was observing, lacked a nucleus and any other organelle. Two centuries later, Theodor Schwann, (think Schwann cells) pronounced a unifying theory of cells. He (along with the help from Matthais Schleiden) described plant and animal cells as having a nuclei. In the same  century, scientists also identified other types of cells, this included the egg and germ cells, and a few organelles. Gradually, the word …

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SUMMER: HEALTH + NUTRITION.

Theme: Take care, my dear. Editors Notes: It is finally summer! Without a doubt, the summer is my most cherished time of the year. My affinity towards the summer months primarily stems from the fact that the weather is consistently habitable, and this my friends, greatly impacts my mood and attitude towards life. Also, the fact that I have two months for self exploration, two months to recreate and realign my reality, two months to plan, two months to unlearn and relearn life lessons, is simply phenomenal. I cannot think back to a time where my summer was uneventful. However, even in the bests of seasons, I still hear my grandmother’s last advice, ‘make sure you remember to take care, my dear’. And so I encourage you, the reader, to take special care, during these summer months. The summer months often afford a perspective on life that encourages self liberation, creativity and unbounded optimism. And naturally, the structures that I have developed throughout the year, generally tend to erode as I begin my summer excursions. …

SPRING: Health + Nutrition.

Navigating to the Blue Zone Editors Note: Spring has finally sprung! And Spring in NYC, is a Spring like no other. The color combinations of the red, purple and white cherry blossoms, the reintroduction of native flora and fauna, the spike of ambient oxygen, the birds first songs, its crazy awesome. NYC’s spring is like the prologue to what scientist are now classifying as the blue zones, the places on Earth where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else.  BLUE ZONES tend to be saturated with HEALTHY and thriving individuals that are truly invested in building sustainable social relationships, identifying a purpose in life and creating a harmonious balance between their professional and personal lives. My research on individuals who live healthy, happy and above all, FULLING lives, have revealed a salient virtue, those individuals all PRACTICE, improve and investigate novel ideas for healthy living. On a more personal note, three of my four great-grandmothers are still alive. Two are currently living in the Caribbean and one in the United Kingdom. And what I have learned from interacting with these intelligent women, is that they embody …