Let’s Talk Science: Grafting, milk, and hair loss

Image via Biodidac

Image via Biodidac

By Chitwan Khosla, Features Editor

Science is about questions and looking for their answers. If Newton hadn’t wondered and looked for why the apple fell to the Earth instead of going up, we might have never found out about gravity. So, like Newton, this section is a quest to find answers in the field of science, logic, and theories. If you have a question about science that you’d like answered, send it to Chitwan at features@theotherpress.ca 

What is meant by grafting?

Grafting is method of asexual reproduction for plants induced by human-interference. Farmers and gardeners cut a part at an angle—usually diagonally—of a plant or tree that they want to cultivate or grow. The addition is called the scion and is then placed over the other tree or plant which is rooted. The rooted plant is called the stock which is also cut at almost the same angle as the scion so that the scion fits over it perfectly.

Then with the help of a piece of cloth, wire, or rope, the two plants are tied together. Over the course of time, the vascular tissues of plants help these two different plants join and become a single plant. When the graft starts growing, the support is also removed. It is a very popular and an important technique used all across the world. It is vital for sustaining fruit orchids; Extension.umn.edu, a website dedicated to gardening and farming, informs that, “Fruit trees cannot be reproduced ‘true’ to the original cultivar from seed. They can only be reproduced by grafting.”

Grafting helps in producing hybrid varieties with very minimal costs and also helps farmers use the same high-quality rooted stock multiple times. Another use of grafting is that it produces clones with very low risk of immediate changes in the genetic structure of the plant. Other than in artificial reproduction, grafting is also widely used in repairing the damaged parts of plants and trees.

Is milk a complete food?

No, milk is not a complete food, or meal in any sense. Mother’s milk, which is very important for humans and all mammals, though, is a complete food but only for infants. It is like a life-saving nectar for them because feeding it protects them against numerous diseases and health issues. The Natural Resources Defense Council claims that the risk of childhood cancer in children below the age 15who have been breastfed is eight times less than in children who haven’t.

When we talk about us as adults, it is very obvious that our bodies, activities, and energy needs are different than as children and everyone needs to have an appropriate diet. Milk is a very healthy and essential part of a balanced diet, but it shouldn’t be mistaken for a meal substitute. It has essential vitamins and calcium but also lacks certain nutrients our bodies need. Vitamins A, B6, and E, and minerals like iron are not found in sufficient amounts in milk. Also, vitamin C is completely absent in it. However, it is a great source of protein, B12, and calcium which is especially great for vegetarians.

What is the primary cause of hair loss?

There is no single cause of hair loss, although your family doctor or grandmother might have told you many times that diet and stress play a key role, and they would have been right.

In the case of diet, a deficiency of some vitamins and overuse of a few others can trigger hair loss. Lack of protein, vitamin B12, iron, and excessive vitamin A are some factors behind hair loss. Stress is another aspect. Both physical and mental stress negatively affect your body by changing your hormone levels. Illness, accidents, pregnancy, menopause, and fatigue also add to the problem. Over-styling your hair damages it from roots to tips, thereby causing them to shed. Chemicals in styling gels, hair dyes and colours, sprays, and heat from hair styling products, are murderers of your beautiful hair. Sleep is a very important and yet often ignored factor behind this problem. Lack of sleep causes changes in hormonal balance. Further, scalp infections or oiliness may lead to rapid hair loss in some, especially in men. You can also blame your genes for it. Many a time, it is a hereditary issue. Hair loss is also a side effect of certain medicines but also depends on your body’s reaction towards different medications. Another prominent factor for hair loss is weather. You might have noticed that hair fall is much more visible in rainy seasons than drier ones. Moisture loosens the hair follicles, making the hair break apart easily.

The Other Press

The Other Press, Douglas College's student newspaper since 1976. Articles, insight and updates from the New West and Coquitlam campuses.

More Posts - Website

2,788 comments on “Let’s Talk Science: Grafting, milk, and hair loss
  1. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought
    this post was good. I don’t know who you are but certainly you are going to a
    famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  2. Hi there, I discovered your web site by the use of Google whilst looking
    for a related matter, your site got here up, it appears great.
    I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

    Hi there, just turned into alert to your weblog through Google,
    and found that it’s really informative. I’m gonna watch out for brussels.
    I will appreciate in the event you continue this in future.
    A lot of other people might be benefited from your
    writing. Cheers!

  3. My brother suggested I may like this web site. He was completely right.
    This post in fact made my day. You can not consider just how so much time I had spent for
    this information! Thank you!

  4. The rapid rise in intelligence on this generation is responsible
    for completely unforeseen phenomena that academicians usually are not prepared
    for. Of course, let’s not forget the potency of
    audio players, which made how you can expanding the music business by
    having many different brands offering such devices. Professional
    wildlife photographer would have been a role model for a lot
    of budding photographers.

  5. Exclusive or pitched assignments involve a show producer or film director
    working with a single writer who’s often already begun to be
    effective a concept into greater levels of detail. s
    what guitar lessons coach you on, not with instructions
    on a song without with instructions on, and guiding
    you in technique. Professional wildlife photographer is a role model for most
    budding photographers.

  6. Piano classes are usually greatest reward that families could offer on their youngster.
    Then the rolls were sent to the studio to acheive the film strips developed ointo photographs.
    Instead of sitting in front of a box throughout the day, actually get the mind
    taking care of things, practice a song, keep your brain active
    and it will stay active for you.

  7. I think this is among the most significant information for
    me. And i’m glad reading your article. But want to remark on some general things, The website style is
    perfect, the articles is really excellent : D.

    Good job, cheers

  8. If this is true then results may be skewed or the
    writer may be struggling to draw any sensible conclusions.
    The goal is to find a way to provide a complete response, all while focusing on as small an area
    of investigation as possible. Reading and writing wherever possible should be the best
    way to develop a writing style.

  9. I’m not sure exactly why but this weblog is loading extremely slow
    for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a issue on my end?

    I’ll check back later on and see if the problem still exists.

  10. Exclusive or pitched assignments involve a movie producer or film director working with a single writer that has often already begun to
    be effective an idea into greater levels of detail.

    Then the rolls were shipped to the studio to acquire the film strips developed ointo photographs.
    In 1782, the Emperor Joseph II even told Mozart that his
    German opera had .

  11. I’d like to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this
    blog. I really hope to view the same high-grade blog
    posts by you later on as well. In truth, your creative writing abilities has encouraged
    me to get my own, personal blog now 😉

  12. Heya! I know this is somewhat off-topic however I had
    to ask. Does building a well-established website like yours take a large amount of work?
    I am brand new to operating a blog but I do write in my diary daily.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my experience and thoughts online.

    Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners.
    Thankyou!

  13. of course like your website however you have to
    check the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with
    spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to tell the truth on the other
    hand I’ll surely come again again.

  14. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is required to get set up?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?
    I’m not very web savvy so I’m not 100% sure. Any tips or advice
    would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  15. Exclusive or pitched assignments involve a movie producer
    or film director employing a single writer who has often already begun to operate an idea into greater
    levels of detail. A colorful graph around the front with
    the shirt indicates the potency of neighboring Wi-Fi signals, letting you find an optimal destination to connect before you even turn your laptop on. Her eyebrows are shaven,
    which indicates she’s married, and her eyes are narrowed in a very
    dreamily gaze looking in the distance.

  16. Exclusive or pitched assignments involve a
    movie producer or film director employing a single writer who has often already begun to function an idea
    into greater numbers of detail. Of course, let’s not forget the
    strength of ipods, which made the way to expanding the music activity business by having
    a number of different brands that supply such devices. Her eyebrows are shaven, which indicates she’s married,
    and her eyes are narrowed inside a dreamily gaze looking in to the distance.

  17. Some supply spy application for mobile phone in impossibly reduced prices, be cautious,
    there might be a hitch there. They offer features like Two Wash
    Courses (Gentle & Normal Wash, twin water inlets, spin shower, two
    wash courses (Gentle and Normal wash), and wheels
    for easy mobility in some models. This IP address then can be mapped to
    general geolocation data.

  18. Whats up very cool website!! Guy .. Excellent .. Amazing ..
    I’ll bookmark your web site and take the feeds additionally?
    I’m satisfied to find numerous helpful info right here within the put up, we want develop extra strategies in this regard, thanks for sharing.
    . . . . .

  19. Greetings from Los angeles! I’m bored at work so I decided to check out your website on my iphone during lunch break.
    I really like the information you provide here and
    can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised
    at how fast your blog loaded on my mobile .. I’m not even using
    WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, amazing site!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*