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Abscopal Effect and Malignant Melanoma

[This one is a rare effect, but if they can just figure out how to trigger it consistently (research is ongoing) this would be a kickass weapon in the war against malignant melanoma and some other cancers.   A more general article on the abscopal effect can be found on Wikipedia, but here’s a quickie from Oncology Nurse Advisor.   –dr steve]

A recent melanoma case featuring the abscopal effect, in which local radiotherapy delivered to a single tumor results in the regression of metastatic cancer at a distance from the irradiated site, may lay the groundwork …

Measles and Multiple Myeloma

[Another interesting idea…if you know someone with refractory multiple myeloma, they may qualify for a clinical trial in vaccine therapy (take THAT, anti-vaxxers!)  –dr steve]

from cnn.com

A woman with an incurable cancer is now in remission, thanks, doctors say, to a highly concentrated dose of the measles virus.

For 10 years, Stacy Erholtz, 49, battled multiple myeloma, a deadly cancer of the blood. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic say she had received every type of chemotherapy drug available for her cancer and had undergone two stem cell transplants, only to relapse time …

Striking Results With T-Cell Immunotherapy in Cervical Cancer

[I used to say we were 100 years away from a more generalized approach to cancer therapy.  In the end, barring some unforeseen breakthrough, cancer “cures” will come from the realm of immunology.  The immune system is perfectly appointed to eradicate cancer cell by cell, molecule by molecule, but it only works if it actually recognizes the cancer as abnormal.  Turning on the immune system to recognize cancer cells as foreign is the purpose of a lot of research right now and this is the outcome of a small pilot study.  This makes me think the time horizon is …

Eat Fiber and Die – 1987

Ok, I recorded this in my little bedroom studio in 1987 with a Korg DSS-1 sampling synthesizer.  I was an idiot.  There was overwhelming response to this being played on my show (none of it positive, mind you) so I thought I’d post it here for your non-enjoyment.  Drive your significant other crazy with it, pretending to like it.

It’s titled “Eat Fiber and DIE” for no other reason than hipsters were (correctly) extolling the virtues of fiber at the time and I was an ass.  If you can’t understand it, the refrain is “Someone roll me a GREAT BIG ‘SPLEEF’, …

Recipe: Cheesy No Grain Breadsticks

I’m going to create a new category of NSNG recipes as I find and test them.   I tried this one SuperBowl Sunday and even my kids thought it was pretty good.  It ends up with a soft, bread-y interior, with a crisp outside crust (made of cheese).  Dip it in marinara or eat it with NSNG chili, as we did.  I’ll be using this basic recipe for pizza crust in the future.

1 large head of cauliflower
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups mozzarella, shredded, divided into 2 parts
1 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
1-2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt

You can use more or …

OWN Nick DiPaolo’s New Special NOW!

Ok, our new best pal Nick DiPaolo has a new comedy special, “Another Senseless Killing.”  It’s f-ing hilarious and you can own it TODAY by going to:

http://www.nickdipaolo.com/

DO IT.  What’s wrong with you?

Minimum donation: $8!  Less than a six-pack of that awful craft beer you drink (beer nerds.)

Here’s a sample:

Tell Nick ol’ Doc Steve sent ya!

Female Ejaculation vs Coital Incontinence

Much has been made of a study on female ejaculation in the media and on Twitter and Reddit lately.  The media and the blogosphere have been rife with headlines like: “Scientists Say Female ‘Squirting’ is Just Peeing!”

Unfortunately, once again the bloggers and medical media got it wrong.

Read the original study:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25545022

This study suffers from a severe case of selection bias. Finding that the fluid emission was urine was the only possible outcome of the study given its structure, because they selected only women who already had coital incontinence:

“Seven women, without gynecologic abnormalities and who reported recurrent and …

Recipe: NSNG Smoothies

People have emailed me, asking me for my smoothie “recipes” from the last podcast. I really don’t have any; I mostly improvise like a jazz musician using the following “chord chart” (yecch):

First Principles:

1) Spinach is basically tasteless raw (Kale is vile to me, but some people like it)
2) Almond milk is better than soy milk which is better than cow’s milk (especially if you’re lactose intolerant). Do I have evidence to back that up? Nope! Just my opinion.
3) The taste of fresh carrots is pretty good and can be masked with a single serving of fruit

so:

if you’re grain-free, you start …

Help Some People at the Holidays

Well, it’s that time of year and we have a couple of people we can help if you have an extra $1, $5, $10, or more!

First:

Our pal RexDart has been taking chemotherapy, but his fixed income makes traveling to MD Anderson AND keeping the lights on at home difficult. He also pays child support out of his Social Security check which is less than $1000/month in the first place.

If you’d like to help him out, click the button below. Any amount will help!  This will basically go toward keeping propane in the tank and the lights on….

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