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Don't we wanna move faster, write another email, make another phone call while txting and carrying groceries? Well, the thing is, that by acting this way we literally are tricking our bodies to thinking there's a tiger at every beep of the blackberry, and even the iphone and droid. We are letting our sympathetic nervous systems run rampant! And when the body thinks there's a tiger around the corner, it postpones all that "not-important stuff" like filtering the blood, digesting food, repairing microscopic tears in the skin and bones, and saves it for "later" which might as well be "never" if the phone's always beeping. Even if it's an iPhone and it sounds like crickets.
Nina, a native New-Yorker, is a 2011 TED Fellow and Fulbright Alum. She is an electrical and biomedical engineer at Columbia University’s Lab for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, and adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering at the Cooper Union, teaching a “Bioelectricity” class. She spent her early career in telecom (Avaya Labs), transitioning to biomedical engineering via a Fulbright in Italy (working on an electronic odor detector). She is also a certified yoga instructor.