A really bad car


My son is driving my grandmother’s car. It is a thing of pride and accomplishment, in spite of its looks. I bought it from my grandfather in 2007. A luxurious, pearl-colored Ford Lincoln with white leather seats, it was so expensive the dealership photographed my grandparents in front of the car when they bought it.…

Pine bark and melanoma – Leelamine


A compound derived from pine bark is making waves as a new possibility for treating melanoma. Interestingly, what it seems to do is the much of the same thing cannabis does: that is, work with cannabinoid┬áreceptors CB1 and CB2 in the brain. These receptors are responsible for certain psycho and physiological activities and processes like…

May 21 in hospital


Kevin was put in emergency surgery at 2am.┬áHe’s recovering very well. Challenges ahead include how to start him on steroids again, and when to resume cancer treatments. What’s happened is that a cancerous mass in his abdomen suddenly got so large it created two problems – an obstruction in his small intestines, as well as…

Melanoma vaccine – Vaccinia Melanoma Cell Lysate (VMCL)


Melanoma vaccine – Vaccinia Melanoma Cell Lysate (VMCL) is giving melanoma victims hope AM By Caroline Winter This has been a busy week or two, so I haven’t had time to update posts with new melanoma research out there. Here’s a vaccine that’s showing promise. This vaccine, different from Amgen’s talimogene laherparapvec, (also known as…

Copper, germs and cancer


Here’s a bit of trivia for you – do you know why old buildings and hospitals used to use brass or copper handles and handrails? It’s because bacteria can only survive 8 hours on brass, and even less time on copper. They self-sanitize, thanks to copper! Researchers have discovered that copper and alloys made from…