Most folks are born with two kidneys, but did you know some people have three 💜 💜 💜 ? When you’re born with more than two, those extras are called supernumerary kidneys and it’s extremely rare, with fewer than 100 known cases. Having three kidneys is more common following a transplant — they hook up the new one and leave the old one in!

i-love-guts-printed-by-jakprintsI've been taxing my poor printer by forcing it to churn out our little What Do Guts Do? poster, so I'm excited to tell you (and my LaserJet 2605dn) that we're printing it professionally so it'll be bigger and better! We're expecting these giant 18 x 24 posters any day now and were pleased to get a sneak preview from the Jakprints blog. Apparently the poster made the folks over there newly appreciate the pancreas and all it does to regulate your sugar levels. My friend's six year old helped me go over the artwork, and he understood most of it (he is not only very bright, but has been looking at our guts ever since he was a baby), i.e. why the kidneys are in the bathtub, why the bladder is watering the plants, why the spleen is beating up germs, why the lung is playing the trumpet, etc. Only when he got home, he gave us a call and wanted to know why the uterus was riding a bicycle. We expect these any day now, so check back soon!
whatdomygutsdoYour body is up to all sorts of hijinx all day long -- isn't it time you learned a little something about it? Check out our fun new mini-poster that shows the guts in action and debriefs you on each organ's main function. Marvel over the intestine as he unloads his dump truck, enjoy the pancreas and gallbladder as they indulge their respective sweet tooths (should I say sweet teeth?).
renal-structureLocal independent shows always give me the opportunity to meet interesting and amazing people, and Renegade SF did not disappoint, as I got to meet Sophy Wong, an MD and assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCSF. She told me about her awesome clinical notes on anatomy and physiology, and I finally got around to checking them out on her website, and I have a feeling you'll love them too! Very colorful, obviously very informative, and for those of you adverse to taking notes -- they also happen to be for sale.