Does Coffee Stunt our Growth?

The age old question, does coffee stunt your growth? I’m sure everyone has heard their parents say “don’t drink coffee until you’re done growing or else you wont grow to be tall.” But how true exactly is a statement such as this one? According to a parenting website its actually not true at all. Babycenter says that although children under the age of 12 shouldn’t be drinking coffee anyways but even if it is consumed it well not stunt a child’s growth. With that being said coffee still has many unwanted side effects that an adult may want but is not meant for a child. in summary coffee is simply not healthy for a child but although it wont stunt growth, inadequate nutrition can cause a child’s growth to happen at a small rate than average. Secondly, the Harvard medical school also disagrees with this misconception. First of all there is no actually proof this is true to begin with. They also mention that most people have already reached the peak of their height by the time they start drinking coffee regularly. They say that this rumor is around due to the fact it was believed to cause osteoporosis but this was debunked because osteoporosis does not directly make people short. Although they do mention that caffeine increases the rate your body eliminates calcium and lack of calcium can contribute to osteoporosis, the connection is too slim to exactly pinpoint the cause of the problem to coffee. To conclude, the myth that coffee stunts your growth is indeed incorrect. Coffee does cause our bodies to do other things like make us less tired, more hyper, and raise our heart rate but it does not make us not grow. If you had to blame anything on your either lack of height or too much of it, it would be your parents since our heights mostly come from our genes, so keep on drinking that cup of joe in the morning!

Harvard Health Publishing. “Can Coffee Really Stunt Your Growth?” Harvard Health, www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/can-coffee-really-stunt-your-growth.

BabyCenter Editorial Team. “Is It True That Caffeine Can Stunt a Child’s Growth?” BabyCenter, 9 Mar. 2018, www.babycenter.com/404_is-it-true-that-caffeine-can-stunt-a-childs-growth_10310763.bc.

 

February Lab Refletion

For this months lab review I decided to choose the biscuits and gravy. I chose this recipe due the simplicity of it, other than the cheese in the biscuits this recipe does not take too long to make. Especially with a recipe like this I can see my family and I actually eating this, of course not too often since this recipe really isn’t the healthiest option because of the fatty bacon and sausage. During this lab it was Mathew’s and I’s duty to work specifically on the gravy. I personally enjoyed this because I enjoy cooking more savory foods oppose to baking. While cooking the gravy the smell of the cooking meat was very strong which I found very pleasant however when adding the flour it took us by surprise how quickly the oils and fats thickened up. After trying our best to cook the gravy and despite following the recipe to the best of our ability our gravy did not turn out the way I pictured due to the fact that the gravy was really thick compared to most southern-style gravy this probably occurred due to over stirring while on the stove which over time kept evaporating the milk leaving us with more of a paste then a sauce as our final product. Shortly before this lab we were instructed to move table groups, in hopes of meeting and working with a new group of people, although this is an assumption, I don’t think that previous to this class any of us were really that great of friends or even friends to begin with. With that being said, this lab, being one of our first labs actually turned out pretty well from a team standpoint. I found everyone to be really nice and it was nice that none of them were afraid to start or engage in a conversation. Because of all this I found with this lab and even the other labs they were successful because we were able to delegate jobs and tasks and during every lab someone is always willing to do dishes or other duties without being asked during times where not all four people were needed for the lab. After seeing the final project I wouldn’t mind trying the other half of this lab, that being the biscuit, Yulia and Aly did a great job so I would like to see if mine could look or taste similar. However with the gravy I would defiantly want to either add more milk or time myself properly to ensure that the gravy’s overall consistency is how it is not only preferred but expected. Overall personally I enjoyed this lab because of the not only the end result but working with my group.

5 Postions of Parliment

1. Prime Minister- my first choice would be the prime minister. Becoming the prime minister is not that hard of a task once making your mark in your party. Yes, the PM does have many duties and task but they do not really participate in any debates unless major ones. The PM must ensure that he or she is fully for filling the parties promises. Finally a PM is able to maintain their position quite easily as long as they have the confidence of the HOC and can keep winning elections
2. Senator- secondly as a senator you are independent with no attachment to the MPs and able to propose laws. They’re selected by the governor general as long as they have a good word put in from the PM, unfortunately they are blamed for many of Canada’s issues.
3. Governor General- The Governor General is a high position appointed by the queen to represent her to the rest of Canada. They are pretty out of the spotlight considering the fact that they have a high position. The Governor General is also in charge of our armed forces. This position is nice because of the fact that after bills and laws are approved, he or she only double checks to make sure they follow constitution.
4. Members or Parliament- they are allowed to free vote and can even disagree with their party’s decision however a party whip will often try to change your mind anyways to ensure the party’s success.
5. Minister- They are selected by the PM, ministers are often all kinds or people to have a great diversity in the cabinet. They bring forth issues and can propose laws

 

Making Change in Canada

 

Petitions

Petitions are lists of names and signatures of people who agree on the same change. To have an eligible petition a certain amount of signatures are needed to even be taken serious. The people who can sign these have to be of voting age. The pros to this form of wanted change is that its not only peaceful but it clearly shows that there is a large percent of people who agree with the argument for change the downside to this is that it takes time and hard work to obtain the needed amount of names.

Pressure Groups

A pressure group is a small group of influential individuals that are chosen because they can persuade others to change. The issue with this is that because they are such a small group of people, they don’t really speak for everyone and for the majorities opinion. Another issue with pressure groups are that if it becomes too successful it becomes nondemocratic, again because of the issue of amount of people in a group representing a large population of people.

Civil Disobedience 

Civil disobedience is a form of peace protest where to argue for change you do close to nothing. Make signs, chant, and stand your ground. The issue with this is usual the people against the protesters have somewhat of government authority and permission police can be involved resulting in injury. Another issue with this is the fact that this does not gain much attention unless the protest gets pushed to extremes like injury or chaining yourself to a tree for example. This is similar to Viola Desmond case, she actually stood up for herself as a black woman during the 1940’s but the reason why this got attention was because she injured by the police. Because of this injury she was able to have a fair trial in court.

Safety Cheat Sheet

Fire

When cooking and a fire get out of hand, cover the fire. This will suffocate the flame and put it out. A flat baking sheet is suggested.

Burns

Pouring cold water over the burn immediately after being affect will help the burn from continuing and heal faster

Chemicals

Never mix chemicals unless being instructed. The results may be very dangerous

Slips Trips and Falls

Always wear suitable footwear in the kitchen, especially if carrying something hot or heavy

Cuts

The proper knife grip will ensure the safest way to cut.

Heavy Lifting 

Know your limit. If you need helping with something heavy there’s no shame in asking

Food Poisoning 

To avoid food poisoning always use the freshest ingredients

Waste Management 

To avoid large amounts of waste double check your recipe to avoid mistakes

 

Personal Hygiene

Always wash your hands when cooking. Wash with warm soapy water for about a minute.  

Trig Summary

Throughout this unit we not only reviewed trig but also learned new lessons. SOH CAH TOA can be rewritten as sin y/r, cos x/r and tan y/x.

we learned reference angles, which I find are easiest to solve when using a visual, such as a graph. The reference angle is determined by the closet x-axis, this will help decide whether or not you add or subtract from the degree of each quadrant.

we also learned the 2 special triangles. one we got by cutting a square in half and the other by cutting an equilateral triangle in half, these are used when we are asked for an exact ratio.

lastly we learned 2 new formulas, sin law and cosine law, these are used to solve non-right angle triangles, one or the other can only be used by fitting certain requirements