Which immune system part are you? 

Tonsil: reclusive and easily tamed with ice cream? 
Thymus: nurturing yet thinks life ends after childhood? 
Spleen: tough yet disposable? 
Or are you a Lymph Node: omnipresent and easily irritated?

Blood Mug - Blood Donor Gift - Phlebotomist Gift - Blood Gift - Phlebotomy GiftKeep 'em guessing about what you're drinking. Throw some high-octane coffee in our cute new blood mug, toss in some red food coloring and maybe you can freak out your phlebotomist friends. Did you know what MGUS is an acronym for monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance --  a condition when abnormal proteins are found in the blood? Get your MGUS MUGS here.

Things are getting wild under the mistletoe at the I Heart Guts holiday party! Let’s hope Lymph Node is immune to getting the kissing disease from Spleen.

Looking for one of these love bugs? Check out the shop for spleen plush and lymph node plush.

Recently, I heard about someone with breast cancer who starved their body to avoid chemotherapy. Ever since, the guts and I have been wondering: Can you starve cancer by following a certain diet? Or is it only a preventative measure? Because not eating seems.. hard. So we starting researching and came across this July 2013 Ted Talk by William Li about diet and cancer prevention. That's 200% awesome if you don't have cancer. But what if you already have it? Researchers already knew, in 1923, that cancer cells use a ton of glucose (the nutrient we get from digesting carbohydrates) - more than regular cells. This is because they grow much faster than normal cells, so they need the extra energy. If you starve your body, even for a few hours, your cells can switch to using fat or protein. But do cancer cells do the same thing? Research from MIT says yes. Lucky for us, then, in July 2013 some great people at the University of Southampton have found something that cancer cells need for survival that normal cells don't need. More research from July 2013, thanks to the Thomas Jefferson University, resulted in this study about starving cancer cells through manipulating diet. Have you tried a diet approach to overcoming cancer, or know someone who has? Or do you think it's all a bunch of bunk?