Natalie Walker

Student Cardiology Technologist
Vancouver, Canada

About Natalie

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English

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Natalie Walker
Posted over 2 years ago
Should we take vitamins or not?
I agree that this is too complicated for a yes or no answer. As a vegan I take a multi-vitamin to supplement my diet. I try and make sure I'm getting enough out vitamins and minerals everyday, but there are quite a few that my diet doesn't provide because I don't consume any animal products. A vitamin pill is necessary to make sure I'm getting enough Iron and B vitamins, because though they are available in plants it's not as available as in meats. To me a multivitamin is necessary, but for someone who's healthy and eats a well balanced omnivore diet I don't see them being needed unless you're deficient.
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Natalie Walker
Posted over 2 years ago
Has written communication coupled w/technology {email, texting} caused a decline in verbal skills? Is the art of conversation endangered?
I feel that written communication combined with technology has damaged language beyond just conversationally. When I was in high school I had a discussion with my English Lit. teacher about some of the essays she was marking from an English 12 honours class. The grammer and spelling in many was pretty horrific, and some people even ventured to use text acronyms in them. She told me that students over the years were having a hard time understanding text books that she'd been using for the last ten years. When I think about that, the texts aren't changing and getting more difficult, it's that the level of education people are receiving is degrading. Another example I feel fits here is that my six year old nephew got a laptop for Christmas. When his mother was asked why she bought him this piece of technology she said it was because a teacher had complained about his writing skills, and she said he would now learn how to type his homework so that he would be able to avoid working on his penmanhip. This blew my mind. I think that many people also use techonology such as facebook and twitter as a replacement for socializing. Which to me is a bad thing, we're encouraging people to become more and more isolated from eachother, whilst creating the illusion that they aren't actually isolated at all. I think that technology all around is harming communication, and language.
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Natalie Walker
Posted over 2 years ago
Why and how is Cuban Health Care system is effective?
My siginificant other is Cuban, and though I don't have any personal experience with the system I can relay what I've heard from him, and also what I've experienced working as a student within the medical feild. The western system (Canada and America primarily) are set up in symptom treatment mode. The focus is not on prevention but on treating those who are already ill. This is reflected in when and why a majority of people go to the hospital or doctor's office. It's often not until they are so ill it can't be avoided any longer. Waits here are long, and based on illness severity, and the role of the "family" doctor is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Healthcare here, even in Canada, is not universally accessible also due to government funding, red-tape, and insurance costs. Where as in Cuba, at least Havana, doctor's offices are plentiful and you would go in if you were even feeling just a little bit of the sniffles. Medicine there is more preventative than symptom treatment. Also because of the government set-up healthcare is considered universally accessible.
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Natalie Walker
Posted over 2 years ago
Does the cost of a college education outweigh it's benefits?
Whether the cost of your college/university education outweighs the benefits depends on alot of things. First how determined you are to finish your degree, are you going to take four or five classes every semester to finish ahead of your peers? Are you willing to sacrifice every moment to live, breathe, and eat education? I have plenty fo friends who go to university and take two or three classes a semester, and some of them unrelated to their chosen degree. To me this is a huge waste of money, but to them it's part of the experience. You need to decide what this degree means to you, experience or education? Another thing that you would need to look at is the degree itself. I have a friend who graduated with a BA in History and minor in French and polisci, and she's working as a stewardess. Her degree is useless to her in a professional sense. Planning out your education takes alot of thought, you need to look at what you're good at and love to do versus what can be financially viable for you, and what can be used in a real world sense. For many people a university degree is a must have to get a job anywhere, and there are still plenty of people who have great careers and no college education. Whether your education is worth the cost depends entirely on the outcomes you want, and how you persue it.