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The gallbladder/gallstone/curcumin question by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Many of you have been asking me the same question for quite some time now: “if I’ve had my gallbladder removed, is it safe for me to take curcumin?” Today I can finally gi ... Read on »
Medication in motion… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer There’s no getting around it: I have lazy DNA. My mother and my aunt both agree that their side of the family has always been afflicted by an incredibly lazy gene pool — t ... Read on »
A health reason to be silly… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A Swiss friend of mine, whom I met via the blog (it’s becoming quite a crowd! ), recently sent me the link to a very interesting CNN article, titled “This is your brain o ... Read on »
Leukemic cells transformed back into normal cells: could that be possible…some day? by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I was fascinated and intrigued by almost everything I read in this New Yorker article written by Jerome Groopman who is, among other things, a hematologist: https://goo.gl ... Read on »
“Blimey, Margaret. Talk about lightning striking twice!” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer That’s exactly what a dear friend of mine (whom I met via my blog many years ago, by the way) wrote to me after learning the news about Stefano’s uncle. Now, as you re ... Read on »
A planned destruction: my beloved Parco della Piana by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The Parco della Piana is one of the very few bird reserves in the province of Florence (in my opinion, it is also the best, by far!). Many different bird species go thro ... Read on »
Spam talk by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I have a very efficient anti-spam program. It blocks all the stupid and at times irritating stuff that clogs (or tries to clog!) every single website/blog in the world, ... Read on »
Dyclonine enhances the cytotoxic effect of Velcade (bortezomib) in multiple myeloma cells by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer If you are taking Velcade (bortezomib), you HAVE TO read this abstract:  http://goo.gl/DjYdVv In a nutshell, dyclonine, one of the main ingredients of Sucrets (coug ... Read on »
My current supplement regimen by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Back in March (!), after receiving many reader queries about my current supplement regimen, I began writing a “supplement” post…But then, between one thing and another, I ... Read on »
New policy regarding e-mails by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer On Tuesday, when Stefano and I returned to Florence (after spending a couple of weeks with my parents in Massachusetts), I found almost 2,000 unread e-mails in my mailbox. ... Read on »
Sitting in a chair in the sky… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer When I was a kid, getting on a plane and flying somewhere was one of the most exciting things ever. My family and I didn’t do much flying back then, mind you, but we did ... Read on »
Yeah…again… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Before writing anything else, I wanted to celebrate my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary with all of you. I mean…SIXTY YEARS!!! Isn’t that something?? And my parents are ... Read on »
Finally, some of my photos from Skokholm Island… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I took almost 3000 photos of puffins, razorbills, guillemots, gannets, and other bird species while we were on Skokholm Island in Wales (the first photo gives a view of ... Read on »
Parasite in cat poop might be able to cure cancer…someday… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer One of my six cats. This is Priscilla, 9 years old. If you’ve ever thought that cats are useless creatures, think again: even their POOP might someday bring us clo ... Read on »
Curcumin gum! by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer When I first read this bit of news, I thought it was a joke:  http://goo.gl/E1ufJA But no, not at all. On the contrary, it makes perfect sense: by bypassing the stoma ... Read on »
A near escape by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Anyone who has been around puffins (= my favorite seabirds) knows that they don’t have an easy life, especially because of their main natural predators — the lazy, greed ... Read on »
53! by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yep, today’s my birthday. I’m 53 years old! I feel a bit like the puffin in my current header photo (by the way, I took that photo at Skokholm Island, Wales, UK, last we ... Read on »
Leaving for…what do you mean? LEAVING??? AGAIN??? by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I know, I know! It seems as though we just got back from Amsterdam and now (= on Saturday…yes, I mean THIS Saturday!!!), we’re getting on another plane. Why, I’ve barely u ... Read on »
Braking in Amsterdam by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer We got back from Amsterdam the other night. Vacation over. We had such a wonderful and interesting time…loved the city, its canals, its houses, its houseboats, its cycli ... Read on »
Back in Italy…and off again… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I can’t believe that I’ve been back home with Stefano and our kitties since June 5 and haven’t written a post, not even a tiny post about…ANYTHING AT ALL!!! Well, a lot ha ... Read on »