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When I was fighting breast cancer, I dropped below 100 pounds. At 5’6”, that is danger territory. Between nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, and just no appetite, my husband, the cook in our family since I went back to work after our second son was born, and my caregiver, did everything he could to entice me to eat. For most of the five months of chemo, my standard fare was Cream of Wheat, with water, not milk, boiled potatoes without even butter, Jell-O™, hummus with spears of fresh cucumber, popsicles and ginger ale. A couple of friends discovered I could eat ginger snaps, and kept me supplied.... (Read More ...)

When Did We Find Out Asbestos Was Dangerous? Asbestos has been used in buildings since the late 1800s for its insulation and fire resistant properties. Its uses expanded to pipe and ceiling insulation, fireproof drywall and flooring, lawn furniture and automotive brakes. I used to have stippled paint on my bedroom walls that likely included asbestos. By the early 1900s, researchers started noticing early deaths and lung problems in asbestos mining towns. The first documented death was in 1906. By 1918, life insurance companies were routinely denying coverage to asbestos workers. The first lawsuits... (Read More ...)

Michael J. Lippe’s Story – Pancreatic Cancer: A Patient & His Doctor Balance Hope & Truth In December 2007, Michael J. Lippe was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. It was inoperable and incurable. On average, 20% of pancreatic cancer patients live one year. Pancreatic Cancer Action logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Five percent live five years. Median survival is four to six months. Most of those who survive are among the 15% eligible for a surgical procedure known as the Whipple, which carves the tumor out of the pancreas. Lippe was not eligible for this procedure because... (Read More ...)

Chia Seeds How Much to Eat Per Day?  Recommended amounts of chia seeds how much to eat per day vary from about three-quarters of a tablespoon (10 grams or one ounce) to two tablespoons (15 grams), according to the livestrong and Dr. Oz sites. You can eat about a tablespoon of chia seeds a day and fall comfortably within these guidelines. When I was growing up,  you put chia seeds on Chia pets. You didn’t eat them. But, in 2009, they were popularized as an energy booster by Christopher McDougall in his bestselling book, Born to Run. Word soon spread that if chia seeds were good for Aztec... (Read More ...)

Weekly Recap. Sunday, May 6, 2012 A near-ending game board, tiles and racks of the magnetic Pocket Scrabble (International, Mattel, Inc.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The most time spent on posts last week were: Can You Make Popcorn Kernels Dance? Me. Goldie Hawn. Glamma. Is There Something of Your Mother’s You Always Wanted? Did You Ever Embarrass Your Children? Grandmas. Poems. Wisdom. Ice Magic. The most time spent on posts last month were: What Does What You Eat Have to Do with Cancer? Cigarettes. Newborns. What Is Cornstarch? Emperor of All Maladies. Have You Ever Gone to the White... (Read More ...)

Emperor of All Maladies In 1899, a Buffalo surgeon, Roswell Park, predicted that cancer would someday overtake smallpox, typhoid fever, and tuberculosis as the leading cause of death. Cancer, at the time, was the seventh leading cause of death. Cancer and diet from NIH (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Within a decade, typhoid fever was declining. By 1926, cancer had edged out tuberculosis, becoming the second leading cause of death, just behind heart disease, and that is where it stands today. Smallpox disappeared in America in 1949. The last case of polio acquired in the US – the polio epidemic... (Read More ...)

How Do You End Illness? Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington What do high heels, over-the-counter supplements and getting a dog have in common? Dr. David B. Agus, M.D. discusses all these topics in relation to cancer in his book, The End of Illness. What Do High Heels Have to Do with Cancer? Like Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, M.D. in Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life, reviewed a few weeks ago in the post, What Does What You Eat Have to Do with Cancer?, Dr. Agus, also a cancer doctor, believes inflammation plays a large part in the onset and recurrence of cancer. Once diagnosed... (Read More ...)

Does Attitude Matter In Cancer? U.S. Median Household Income Though Book Thursdays usually review classic children’s books or cancer survivor stories, this one is about a cancer survivor who wrote an essay about how to cope with the despair of a cancer diagnosis. A scientist and statistician, Stephen Jay Gould was diagnosed with abdominal mesothelioma in 1982. When Gould asked his oncologist for the scientific literature he could read about his diagnosis after surgery, the doctor said there was nothing worthwhile to read. Gould, used to deep research, set out to find out for himself. That was... (Read More ...)

Weekly Recap, February 12, 2012 Piggly Wiggly Supermarket Readers spent the most time on these posts last week: How do you build a strong popsicle stick bridge? How to you build with kapla blocks? What do you do that is a family tradition? Can you coat a nail with copper from pennies? When do you take your Christmas tree down? Readers spent the most time on these posts last month: How much blood is in the human body? Pennies from a Heav’n What does a memory championship have to do with cancer? Did your Mom ever stop you from doing something and you found out later she was right? Belinda... (Read More ...)

Joshua Foer 2007 Palaces. Forgetfulness. Moonwalking with Einstein. What does a memory championship have to do with cancer? In 2006, a young journalist, Joshua Foer, became the U.S. National Memory Champion. Only a year before, he had been reporting on this competition when one of the experts there told him it didn’t take any special, genetic ability to be a competitor. He promised to teach Foer enough to become the next year’s champion. Foer was intrigued. He spent the next year training and, indeed, won the championship. In his new book, Moonwalking with Einstein, he explains the technique,... (Read More ...)