Right now, I am currently taking a course through Coursera. Coursera is a website, affiliated with many different top universities, that offers free courses. Yes, free! There are a bunch of lectures, and several quizzes included for each course. Upon completion of the course, you are given a certificate. Of course, there is a minimum percentage that you must obtain in order to receive the certificate. The course I am taking is about vaccine trials, and primarily focuses on the general practices of vaccine trials, lightly touches on how vaccines are created, as well as a number of other subjects dealing with vaccines.
Hmm not typically something you may think I would find interesting, perhaps, considering this blog has been about everything Italian. But, I have worked in a pharmacy as a technician, and am working for a pharmaceutical manufacturing company right now (will not mention the name either). So not too far-fetched for me.
I am also signed up for a course on nutrition and disease prevention. Nutrition is SO important to me, and is in fact very important for me to focus on. I have Celiac Disease. For those that do not know what Celiac is, it is an autoimmune disease. Celiacs cannot consume gluten, a protein found in things like wheat, barley, and rye. It is also found in other things like food colorings. Due to the disease, a Celiac is not able to absorb nutrients properly.The disease has made me more conscientious of what I put into my body because there are so many hidden ingredients.Without paying attention to what I eat can cause me to become really sick. However, not only do I have to pay attention to what I eat, but I just LOVE food in general. I will try just about anything, except for maybe bugs. Yes, many countries eat those as a source of protein, but I guess I am not as adventurous as people like Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations, or Andrew Zimmern on Bizarre Foods.
I have also just discovered a few days ago, an amazing little girl named Talia Castellano. Talia was diagnosed at the age of 7 with neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a malignant, or cancerous, tumor that develops from the nervous tissue. She has gone into remission on numerous occasions, but unfortunately keeps coming back. The disease does not stop Talia from constantly being an upbeat positive kid though. She is an aspiring make-up artist, and loves MAC. Feel free to watch the below video of her on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
Such an inspiring young lady! It is so sad that children like her should ever have to deal with the pain that they do. You can also read up on her on her Facebook age, Angels for Talia, or see her on her YouTube channel named Talia Castellano.