No, not like this

If you’re reading this, chances are you have a brain--a three-pound, pink blob of fat and water, sitting within your skull and automatically turning these squiggly lines on your screen into actual words you can understand. Historically, it’s been difficult to understand what different parts of the brain do, since the only way to look at a test subject’s brain is if the brain is already inactive, or if they have an extremely lucky head injury.

Brain Plush Toy

Besides, even if we had clear skin and bones, so that we could see all of our organs at all times, we still would only be able to see the surface of the brain, and not all the activity going on inside. Enter: MRI Machines. While X-Rays are perfect for looking at our bones, MRI Machines, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging Machines, can look past our skin directly at the more juicy (I assume) parts of our body. How does it work, you ask? The same way all magic works: with extremely powerful magnets. 

Even today, scientists can't explain magnets.

Our bodies are about 10% hydrogen, but most of it is concentrated in places with a lot of water and fat (remember at the beginning of this post, when I said the brain was a blob of fat and water? That’ll be important soon). Hydrogen atoms are just one proton and one electron, so when you magnetize them, they all align in the same direction.

Ateeeeeen-SHUN!

An MRI just takes this fact to the extreme, with an electromagnetic tube that you’re placed inside to calibrate your molecules, so to speak. The next step is to shoot radio waves through your body, which disrupts the magnets and returns a map of one of your organs or glands. And violà! You can see all the different neuron activity within your brain, while it’s still in your head.

 Brain Plush Toy

Unfortunately, it isn't easy to see a brain on a day-to-day basis. MRI Machines are quite difficult--and costly--to install in your home, and the only alternative is... legally dubious at best. Here's a cheaper and more accessible alternative: get your very own brain plushie! It may not have the exact realism of an actual real human brain, but it compensates with adorable softness. It's the perfect trade!

I Heart Guts Brain
Whyyy brain! Why must you always do this to us! 
Good luck to everyone taking exams at school right now, we believe in you and your brain!
If you've been looking for a fun study buddy, check out our brain plush and other brain goodies!

Yep, love really *is* complicated. Hormones, neurotransmitters, sensory neurons, oh my!

doctor-gift-medical-giftThey're stocking candy canes at the grocery store, and our local Bed Bath & Beyond's got plush singing rabbis (I'm not making this up), so that must mean the holidays are near. Gearing up for the holiday season before Thanksgiving fills me with disgust, but being the gut-monger I am, I suppose I must jump aboard the holiday retail bandwagon and remind you to check out our Gutsy Gift Guide. It'll tell you what to buy if your best friend is getting a mammogram, or just the thing for your diabetic brother. There's even a sebaceous gland lapel pin for that diligent cosmotologist who got rid of all those zits for ya. Our handy list will help you find just what the doctor ordered for that marvelous nurse, amazing pediatrician, or that special medical student in your life. So take two lapel pins and call us in the morning.