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Biological Rhythms

Biological Rhythms – Anatomy of the Fall- and Thanksgiving

Ashley Davidoff MD Copyright 2015

The Fall

Mixed messages.

Maturation with impending death.

Strong green,

Hints of orange, yellow, and red

Skulls and ghosts in gardens


Mortality and cycles of life

Biological Rhythms

“Early Fall”

shows a CT scan of a skull in the aging garden as the time of the Fall shows its beautiful head.  Some of the greens are still green but there is a sense of a cycle moving forward to a next phase as some leaves start to show their mature age with the coming of the fall season.

Time moves on

Yellows oranges and reds become deeper…

And more intense

And we understand George Eliot

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it,”


“Mid Fall and Halloween”

shows a CT scan of a skull with reducing volume of bone as the Fall ages and becomes fatter.  The skull is located in the aging garden as the time progresses to the mature and mellow yellow, oranges, and reds.  There is a sense of a seasonal cycle moving forward. Middle fall is the season of Halloween when we are reminded of our mortality.

We take the dog for a walk

And everywhere it says

Death is coming


“Autumn Reminding Us of Mortality”

shows the sentiment of the Fall as we move on in our life cycles.  Biology by its natural cycles will have a beginning, a middle and an end.  The fall is a time for contemplation and a reminder to make sweet while the sun shines.

Halloween brings the

Cutest of our society to say

“Do not to worry – there is youth in this season also”

And a pregnant Mommy stands behind smiling

Yet another inner maturation –

Cycles within cycles


“An Autumn Beginning for this Baby”

shows an MRI of a pregnant uterus in the third trimester.  For this baby the fall is a beginning

So I come to think of the parts that make the whole

Of members of my inner society

And start with the cell


“The Cell in the Autumn of Its Life Cycle”

shows the cell in the its own  mature and mellow colors in a background of yellows and oranges of the seasonal external cycle.  The beauty and reality of the seasons and biological rhythms are in us and all around us.

And think about the tree of my breath

As it goes through its cycles


“Ginkgo Lung in the Fall”

is a rendering of a CT scan showing an upside airways forming the trunk and branches of a tree.  The lungs have been reshaped and colored  to reflect the shape of the ginkgo leaf in the Fall.

And about my aging bones that

Used to run in the park with no effort


“Anatomy of a Jog  in the Fall”

shows X-rays of the calves of a runner taking a run through the park in the late fall season.  The orange colors reflect a mature part of a cycle as well as portray the element of time

and of the agility and beauty of a dancer in her prime


“En Pointe in the Fall”

shows X-rays of the foot of a ballet dancer “en pointe” in the park in the late fall season.  The yellow colors reflect a mature part of a cycle as well as portray the element of time

 I try to shake off the melancholy

Uplifted by the performance ….

Through my orange eyes


“The Dance of Autumn”

shows an impressionistic  portrayal of contemporary dance in the Fall.  The mature and mellow colors are reflected in the yellows and oranges with the occasional splash of evergreen green.

And then we give thanks

For being  alive

And for being part of a bigger family

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The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth, 1914

(Original by Jennie Augusta Brownscombe, Modified Public Domain Image )

 “Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.”
― Jim Bishop

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Emphysema – a Poem


Perspective of an Alveolar Cell

Ashley Davidoff MD Copyright 2015

Healthy Alveolus

When I was young my cell buddies and the tissues around us felt invincible

The ease and elasticity with which we opened and closed –

Allowing the breeze of

Beautiful oxygen ….in

And dirty carbon dioxide ….out

Was executed without effort

It really was a breeze – right through our strong bodies

No effort


Alveolus in Healthy Lungs

Then  one day – when the guy in charge was about 14

When his hormones started to fill his psyche

He went to a party

Lots of little talk

And “cool” this and “cool” that

And “come on … try this” and “try that”

And in his psyche I read

(though he did not consciously know it )

“I want to fit in”…  “I want to look cool”

And suddenly while waiting for my beautiful blue oxygen

A wave of  black and gray stink air imploded in my face

“Yech” I shouted

And that was the beginning of the end

Day after day

Smelly smoke continued to come down the pipeline

.. and it took control of him

Even though he knew better

Early morning when we woke up

After breakfast with a cup of coffee

Same after lunch and after dinner

And just before sweet repose

He blew this black-gray muck in our faces

And we had no power

Over the years

We lost our elasticity

And we lost hope

Then and Now

He hid his habit from his children and grandchildren who said “yech”

His breathing had a deathly rattle

He coughed green and yellow stinky mucus

His breath stank

His clothes stank

He aged before his time

His skin wrinkled

His voice was coarse

And his arteries became rigid and narrowed pipes

And our small airways were stretched and stretched

Till we looked like big black holes in a ghost town

Of rotting and stale air that could not move…

What We Were… and Now …Big Black Holes 

So when we look back

And try to learn, ……

It all started when he wanted to fit in

A human weakness we need to address at a time


The psyche of our children

…. and many adults

Have a need to pursue superficiality to

Look cool and fit in

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Emphysema – What Does It Feel Like?


What does it feel like?

Ashley Davidoff MD Copyright 2015


Take a breath and hold it-

While holding that breath … Take another breath on top of that – and hold it –

While holding that breath .. Take a third breath on top of that – and hold that – and then do it a fourth and  a fifth time

and maybe a 6th if you can

That is what emphysema feels like!!!


Big Lungs of  Stale Air in Emphysema

No more room in the chest to take in any fresh air

It is beyond discomfort – With no relief …

You cannot take a magic medicine

And  wake up the next morning

.. and finally take in a full deep breath of fresh air

Like you used to do

You have lost that blessing of life

Medicine and oxygen may help


The ability to feel a full breath of pure fresh air….

That feeling is gone forever…

Why did I not listen?

A lesson taught by Dr Bartolome Celli MD 

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