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?
ovary-too-proud-to-eggIf you're not hanging out with us on the social media, why the heck not? We offer myriad ways to squander time on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo, and even Spotify! Why spend time with real live humans you know when you could hang out with us digitally?

Many of you have written in to suggest making some sort of graphic showing where all the guts and glands live in the body, and I've finally gotten around to creating one. It's even got rollovers so you can learn more about, say, your pineal gland, should you have time to squander. For the purposes of simplicity, we've made the body a hermaphrodite -- she's got a uterus to go with her prostate and testes! We'll call her/him Hermie.
































Cancer is no laughing matter, but we'd like to give props to City of Hope's Underwear Affair campaign, which draws attention to the unpleasant and often-ignored diseases that develop beneath one's drawers by getting people to drop them -- or at least run around in their undies. We're not talking STDs, but cancer of the prostate, colon, cervix, kidney, bladder, testicles, ovaries and uterus. Anyway, should you want see lots of skin while supporting research for these forms of cancer, go check out the 10k run tomorrow at the La Brea Tar Pits, 3pm.