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Cancer Bio 201, Part 11: Myths and Misconceptions

Oh, man, I love debunking so much. Let’s debunk some stuff.

Myth 1: Saccharin causes cancer

This is an unusual failure in our choice of model organism. Way back in the 70s saccharin was suspected to be a carcinogen, and that suspicion persisted among the scientific community well into the 90s at least. This was because, in pre-clinical studies, saccharin appeared to cause cancer in rats. In general, we use model organisms because they resemble us, so if something gives rats cancer, it’ll give us cancer too, right? WRONG! Most of the time it’s cliched and annoying to point out that “rats aren’t people,” because we know that, but in this case? RATS AREN’T PEOPLE! It seems to be down to a difference in the way rats and humans eliminate saccharin from the body. And because it works differently in us, it doesn’t give us cancer.

Myth 2: Cancer patients shouldn’t eat sugar

There are a few components to this. Yes, as I’ve said several times, cancer is voracious and demands a lot of energy. Yes, if you eat sugar, it will feed the cancer. But it will also feed the cancer if you eat brown rice, broccoli, or foie gras. To your body, AND to the cancer, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. Cancer needs to eat, but SO DO YOU. If you’re sick and miserable, I am officially giving you permission to ease the pain with chocolate ice cream.

Myth 3: Sharks don’t get cancer

Poor sharks. Either we’re killing them because we think they’re vicious man-eaters, or we’re killing them to make their fins into soup, or we’re killing them to grind up their cartilage to feed to cancer patients. Because eating a thing gives you the properties of the thing, which is why I just had sushi and now I’m dying to go for a swim. Sharks do get cancer, but even if they didn’t, why would swallowing their cartilage just…magically work?

(After the jump: Fungus cancer.)

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anonymous asked:

Can you explain why people generally hate cancers? Cause I really don't get it, unless they have some personal experience with a specific cancer. -A Confused Cancer

idk a lot of people are uncompatible with them and they are known to be really moody


anonymous asked:

Im 14, soon 15 and I've been cutting for years now. I just feel so trapped and I hate myself. I know cutting is bad and I've tried to stop now three months clean but I've started smoking instead. I don't know if it'll work but isn't it better to smoke than to cut? I'm trying really hard just to keep breathing and every second that goes I think of the razorblade but I take the cigarette instead. What do you think is better?<33

Cutting is so bad for you is so many ways and smoking can cause cancer and other diseases, especially if you start young and continue to smoke throughout your life. Both are horrible for you. I can’t tell you to do one over the other because you are still hurting yourself. This is what you should do : buy a journal, when ever you feel like having a cigarette or hurting yourself, write in the journal. It will make you feel so much better and plus you aren’t harming yourself.


These are pictures of my daughter, Desiree. She is the love of my life. As many of you might already know she came into this world with a serious battle ahead of her.

At 2 months old she had her first brain surgery for hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) with unknown causes. When we were discharged from the hospital she had very high blood pressure, was unable to turn her head, and urinated blood.

At 3 months old, the doctors found the cause- brain and kidney cancer. Prognosis 4-6 weeks to live. My 3 month old infant suffered thru high dose chemotherapy, kidney removal, 10 hour brain surgery, numerous transfusions, eye surgery, 30 days of radiation, months of bone marrow transplants, spinal chemo, etc. She suffered many cognitive deficits as a side effect. But eventually she went into remission.

For a year Desiree was okay. Then her respiratory health declined. Numerous bouts of pneumonia, RSV, bronchiolitis, etc. We were told she had interstitial lung disease because of the chemotherapy treatments.

For the sake of time I’ll wrap this up. My daughter just passed from respiratory failure. I’ll save the details because it was heartbreaking.

We want to honor my daughter and other children like her. I’ve donated all of Desiree’s medical equipment to children whom could use it. Her clothing has gone to women’s shelters. I want to honor my daughter. The Kindness Crew (on Facebook-my friends from high school and college) want to fund and donate a wheelchair accessible swing to the appropriate park here in buffalo.

If you are interested at all please donate to this cause. I love that they want to remember Desiree and help children like her.

You can donate at

I got curious.

okay, so when I say I have a captor and a vantas problem…. also lmao fucking kurloz. (vriska’s actually not that tall, she’s standing on top of my modge podge)

Are _____ and _____ a good match? (COMPATIBILITY)

So you want to know about your match?

You know who you like and who you don’t, but sometimes you’re just curious to see if you’re a good match. It’s fun reading through the pros and cons, I totally get it.

Here’s your options:

1. Look at all the pre-made compatibility posts!

This is your best choice if you just want to take a quick peek or if you just want an immediate answer.

All of these, and every other post I’ve ever made, are VERY conveniently located in the POST DIRECTORY

2. Order a compatibility reading!

This is a better choice if you want to know the specifics of the match. In a compatibility reading, you learn the strengths and weaknesses of your relationship in relation to astrology.

And, at last, I finally reveal what all these cute little animals are for…..

Ladies and gentlemen, I’d love to introduce you to a very brave little boy.  His name is Shane Metzgar, and he is currently undergoing treatment for alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma.  It is a rare cancer that develops during childhood.

He is not even one year old.

I am presently open for $5 USD “derpy” animal commissions to support “Baby Shane’s Fight Against Cancer.”  You can read the entire story at the Metzgar’s fundraising page.

Baby Shane’s Fight Against Cancer

Above are a few samples of what I am drawing for this event.  Simple line and flat colors; no heavy-duty digital painting, or highly developed backgrounds.

However, $10 USD will get you:
a.) 2 animals!  or
b.) one animal, and one plant (example:  A penguin chick by snowdrop flowers).

Basically: $5 USD per graphical element.

Here is what you will get:
A high-resolution JPEG or PNG (your choice) that you can print at leisure (no larger than 8 x 10 inches).

Your commission request will also be added to our Society6 shop for continued fundraising.  The proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.

I am highly discouraging original characters for this particular event due to intellectual property issues.  However, if you insist, and would like to have your original character support this cause, then I will comply.  :)  Otherwise—anything goes.


That’s it!

If you are interested in a commission and are willing to help me raise money for this cause, please send me a note/message/Ask via Tumblr.  We’ll go from there.

Other ways to help: If you do not want a commission, but would still like to donate—then by all means, donate!  If you can do NEITHER, I am kindly asking you to reblog this.  It would mean a great deal to get this as far out in the open as possible.  I have always wanted to use my art in this way—to give back to the community, and to help others out that are in great need.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for your support!

every tumblr astrology post ever
  • Aries- aaarrg so!! angry!!
  • Taururs- food
  • Gemini- talking alot shut uppp
  • Cancer- complaining crying shutt upp
  • Leo- mirrors and hair
  • Virgo- cleaning
  • Libra- doormats!!! needyy!!
  • Scorpio- murder and graveyards and blood
  • Sagittarius- carefree party dance woop woop
  • Capricorn- work
  • Aquarius- woah so different woah so unique also aliens
  • Pisces- crying
the signs on a trip (part 1)

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capricorn: yes. where are we going?
cancer: to hell!
gemini: i’m 100% sure we could come back to life so it’s ok for me
virgo: or we could enter hell without dying. i know how
libra: it’s gonna be hot there ;) *strips to the waist*
gemini: yeah! *gets naked*
capricorn: yes. *distances himself from the group*
sagittarius: honestly i want to go to the beach and enjoy my life to the fullest *u*;;
leo: perfect, the beach is a great idea! it has my full consent! let’s go there! 
aries: NO!
leo: why not?!
aries: because it doesn’t have my full consent
leo: sorry not sorry aries but i’m going to punch your face
scorpio: hey don’t argue! you have only two options: surrender to sagittarius, which is what i order you to do, or die
aquarius: i’d rather die
scorpio: why did you betray me my friend
taurus: I LOVE THE SEA!!!
gemini&libra: nudist beach ;)
capricorn: yes. where’s pisces?
virgo: there, can’t you see?
pisces: *lying on the ground*
gemini: ahahahahaahahahahahahahahhahahahamuhahahahahahaha!!! so funny!!! muahaahhahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahha
pisces: i came out to have a good time and i’m honestly feeling so attacked right now
sagittarius: well… LET’S GO THE BEACH, THEN!
cancer: let’s go to the beach, each! let’s go get away! they say, what they gonna say? have a drink, clink, found the bud light! bad bitches like me, is hard to come by *sings the whole song and dances*
aquarius: this is exactly why i’d rather die

anonymous asked:

What are some of the pick up likes they use?

Im sure they would say this if they where trying to be flirty

Aries: hey babe, If you’re feeling down, I can feel you up.

Taurus: Now what’s on the menu? Me-n-u

Gemini(castor): I tried my best to not feel anything for you. Guess what? I failed.

Gemini(pollux): You’re so beautiful that you made me forget my pickup line.

Cancer: You’re the only girl I love now… but in ten years, I’ll love another girl. She’ll call you ‘Mommy.’

Leo: Do you have a sunburn, or are you always this hot?

Male!Virgo: I was so enchanted by your beauty that I ran into that wall over there. So I’m going to need your name and number for insurance purposes.

Male!Libra: Are you a camera? Because every time I look at you, I smile.

Scorpio: Do you live in a corn field, cause I’m stalking you.

Sagittarius: I’m not staring at your boobs. I’m staring at your heart.

Capricorn: If I received a nickel for everytime I saw someone as beautiful as you, I’d have five cents.

Aquarius: I must be a snowflake, because I’ve fallen for you.

Pisces: Because of you, I laugh a little harder, cry a little less, and smile a lot more.

the signs as types of energy
  • Aries:magnetic
  • Taurus:chemical
  • Gemini:thermal
  • Cancer:electromagnetic
  • Leo:electrical
  • Virgo:mechanical
  • Libra:elastic
  • Scorpio:nuclear
  • Sagittarius:kinetic
  • Capricorn:potential
  • Aquarius:gravitational
  • Pisces:light

Picture this.

You’ve had this problem that you’ve dealt with your whole entire life. This problem has negatively impacted, not only you, but thousands of other people. Other people with similar problems get people to help out and fix theirs, and yet somehow millions of people don’t even know what your problem is! You don’t belittle the efforts to help people who have another problem, though, you try to help them too! And finally, after going your entire life witnessing this problem — a group of people are doing something to help fix it! Anyone helping other people with their problems is a good thing.

But, then other people say that your problem isn’t as important as other problems. They, these people who are completely unaffected by this problem, say what  you’ve dealt with your entire life doesn’t really hold significance to them. It’s just not that important. Other problems deserve it more.

I don’t care if your problem was anything from a series of bad days to a chronic condition. No one’s problems need to be compared and belittled. If something is finally being solved and your first instinct is to say “Well, but this other thing matters more!”, I honestly don’t know what to say.

I’m trying to be really careful about wording this, hence the overly long hypothetical situation, but it’s hard to be when this is the subject for me.

My dad’s problem was ALS. It killed him about two weeks before I started high school. He was diagnosed when I was a year old, and was completely paralyzed before I could walk. I’ve spent more time in hospitals than at sleepovers and my dad was literally locked into his own body. He couldn’t eat for himself. He couldn’t speak without a speech computer, and he couldn’t even do that in the later months. He couldn’t breathe for himself. He couldn’t hug his kids and he only lived to see one graduate. 

Fundraising for a cure didn’t save my dad. But it could save someone else’s. Or someone’s mother, sister, brother, friend, husband, or wife. Or just someone period. It could be you that gets the disease down the line, we know so little that it could be.

I used to tell my mom that other kids didn’t really understand what I went through. That I didn’t care about their parents’ divorce or their fight with their friend and that I didn’t see how that really mattered in comparison to my problems. And her response was what I tried to live by every day since. Everyone goes through terrible things in their lifetime. To them, their issues are just as big as yours are to you. Everyone, in their life, goes through terrible things. Life isn’t a competition for who sustains the most losses and every single struggle matters.

I’m seeing people say it’s not that big of a deal when comparing it to Ferguson or global warming (both causes I’m very passionate about and want to help) and I can’t help but wonder if they would say the same thing if they saw the same things I did. If they saw their father crying because he couldn’t move or because he feared that this was the pneumonia he wasn’t going to live through. If they were told stories about how their dad just wanted to live long enough for you to remember him. If you had to say your goodbyes to someone who probably couldn’t listen.

I highly doubt you could say “Yeah, but it’s not as big of an issue to me and it shouldn’t be getting more attention than X.” then. 

Issues aren’t a competition. Please don’t compare things that don’t need to be compared. Help other people regardless of how big you perceive their struggles to be. Do not compare two issues in order to belittle one. Because when you do that, it’s someone’s problems, for me it’s my dad’s death, you’re just casting aside. 



One of the best things about running this blog is we meet a lot of fantastic people from various backgrounds and walks of life. Sometimes they’re fellow gamers, other times they are artists or developers and we are able to share their work and stories with everyone on the site.

Those stories could be comical or inspiring or they could be sad and heartbreaking. Today, I share with you a story of courage in the hopes that we can rally together and make a difference in a person’s life.

November of last year we got word that David Vigil of That Vigilante was diagnosed with stage III stomach cancer and that he needed donations so he could afford to get treatment.  

After getting the necessary donations, he was able to get treatment and he received a clean bill of health. It was exciting for him because he was able to continue creating and designing the things he loved and was able to move from Washington to California as well.

Around September this year though, David discovered that his cancer had spread to his pancreas and he now has stage II pancreatic cancer.

Once again David is asking for everyone’s help with donations so that he can get the treatment needed to get well. If you who have ever known someone with cancer or experienced it yourself then you understand the seriousness of this condition and why we are helping spread his message.

We are asking everyone here to share encouragement with David on Twitter or Facebook or, if you’re able, donate to his cause. Right now he needs the well wishes and positive vibes more than anything so that he can overcome this cancer and get back to creating more dynamic products like you see here. 

Donate || Twitter || Facebook

This is Corbin; he’s four years old, and he has two big sisters and a brother.

He also has Stage IV Neuroblastoma. He was diagnosed on March 8th, 2013 and promptly began a really intense treatment regimen. In August, he had a stem cell transplant coupled with an extremely high dose of chemotherapy. He got very, very sick and had high fevers for 10 days after his transplant. His immune system was vulnerable and he caught pneumonia as a result.

His scans were recently repeated and they showed no signs of change.

Soon, he and his mother will fly out to New York to begin another phase in his treatment that they hope will be promising. But Neuroblastoma is pretty aggressive when it hits this stage.

I got the chance to meet him this summer and he’s a sweet, charming little boy. Which is why it makes my heart hurt so bad to think that he could lose his battle before he’s even gotten a strong fighting shot.

I know some of us aren’t big into religion, but please keep him in your thoughts. Send out vibes for his recovery and good health. And I know some of us are pretty poor, but if you could make a donation that would be extremely helpful too.

There are t-shirts and bracelets for sale to help raise funds for the family. They look like this:

T-shirts are $12 and bracelets are $3. Send an email to Kate at for orders, availability, and sizing.

If you just want to see how he’s doing and send your thoughts to his family, his caring bridge site is here.

Please just signal boost this, if nothing else. I mean, obviously we can’t cure cancer, but if we can get a kid his fluffy chicken, we can make a post count, can’t we? It would mean a lot if we could keep this post moving.

Thank you to everyone.


For Saint Valentine I want to post my beloved Briciola ♥ sadly, he’s now dealing with a problem in his ears. Apparently he has otitis caused by acarus, but we don’t understand how this happened because he’s always home (or in the balcony). We are curing him following the vet’s indications, but if you have ever had the same problem with your cat I’d like to hear your stories too. I love you Briciola ♥♥