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When bad news strikes

Recently I got some news that was not so great about new complications with my FAP condition, that has challenged my positivity and made me once again come face-to-face with the devastating and unfair disease that FAP is. 365 more words

Tommy, Part 2

Some of you may remember Tommy, a little kitten we have that we needed a home for.

Well, we found him a home – not something we normally do, but the rescues are pretty full right now. 418 more words


Five ways a vegetarian diet protects against colon cancer

A plant-based diet is a powerful way to substantially cut your risk of colon cancer. It’s long been known that vegetarians have a very significantly reduced risk of colon cancer. 615 more words


Grand Simplicity

Grand Simplicity
by Michael Romani

There is a sense of wicked, needless perversity
In resolving global coral's afflicted adversity
Perhaps understanding this begins with curiosity
Learning the species quite thoroughly
Super structures build by simple organisms
That have become a report on the oceans in microcosm

Seeming simplicity as seen strictly from the outside
That view does not tell the story from the inside
Quietly sophisticated in the uniquely special way
No need for opposable thumbs to be more than okay
Thousands of polyps cooperate to form in a mega-one
This is just how it's been done since time first begun

Inside each is a micro-algae daylight food factory
Daylight feeding by photosynthesis that proves satisfactory
As this supra-animal grows, its skeleton is secreted
The polyps grow over it again as was always intended
The as the sun goes down, the polyps pop out 
With stingers at the ready for the passing morsels they flout

Coral is a foundation species in a thousand shapes
Proving the ocean nurseries in a myriad of seascapes
Always the grand simplicity behind the world's reefs
As sacred to the oceans as mankind's own oceanic beliefs
A simplicity so large that some can be seen from space
With only one wish, to co-exist with our silly human race

(c) August 7, 2017  Michael Romani
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Poetry And Poems

Colorectal Cancer

The National Cancer Institute reports that over 136,000 people were diagnosed with Colorectal Cancer, and over 50,000 people died from this condition in the US last year, making it the second leading cause of death from cancer in the country. 413 more words

Healthcare Docs & Tips

Colorectal cancer and gut microbiome

Although genes contribute to colorectal cancer, the gut microbiota are an important player. Accumulating evidence suggests that chronic infection and the ensuing inflammation contributes to tumor initiation and tumor progression. 6,970 more words


The dreaded Colonoscopy

I had a colonoscopy recently. Who wants to hear about this medical procedure? Probably no one, right? Right. So… I’ve written this blog for anyone having the procedure, letting patient’s know what to expect, hoping my medical journey can help others. 1,129 more words