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December 23, 2012


Study: Mistletoe Effective Against Colon Cancer

(Thanks to Loudmouth)


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Well, there's only one response and we all know what that is.

Is there some new mistletoe tradition that I'm unaware of?

Eating it, you mean? I thought it was poisonous.

I am NOT going to kiss you there.

Works on prostates, too. Certainly worth a try.

Did you see the sidebar? The one with the photo galleries of "Famous Prostate Cancer Survivors" and "Famous Breast Cancer Survivors". Did you wonder why there wasn't a "Famous Colon Cancer Survivors" gallery? Maybe because there aren't very many. Maybe if you'd lost someone, like a 33-yearold young wife and mother (and my daughter), you'd see less humor here.

I'm sorry for your loss and for that of your grandchildren.
Hopefully, there will soon be a cure for colon cancer.

I hear mistletoe is very good at spreading the flu, actually.

It's not all bad.
My father-in-law had colon cancer in 1990, with evidence of spread through his lymph system. He spent a year on chemo.
We took them to Florida that summer because we thought it was his last vacation.
He'll be at our house for Christmas tomorrow. He'll be 86 next summer.

Washington, D.C. must be a cancer-free zone.

NJGill, I'm sorry for your loss. Those following this blog for a long time know that Dave has done a huge amount to boost awareness of colon cancer and has written classic columns (and even done a video) to encourage colonoscopies. A number of us have publicly written our stories when we had the screenings to encourage others reluctant to get them. We use humor as a conduit to draw people in--short attention span on the Interwebs, you know--and to inform them while they're laughing. We all take cancer very seriously, and we're not laughing at the disease--we're attacking it with humor. Type "colonoscopy" in the SEARCH THIS BLOG window at the top and check it out, please.

It's a horrendous world. We need our little space for bathroom humor to make it bearable.

I'm well aware of Dave's work on colon cancer - I worked the "Colossal Colon" exhibit tour in San Francisco the year he wrote his first column about having a colonoscopy. She's been gone for more than 12 years, and this is only the second or third time I've referred to her death on the Internet - I'm not looking for sympathy. I had something to say, and I said it.

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