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stayin’ alive

In Japan, family members play a major role in the decision whether a physician should inform a patient with cancer about the true nature of his/her illness. Physicians discuss the cancer diagnosis with the family before discussing it with the patient and commonly comply with the family members’ requests. There is a family hierarchy and Japanese patients generally do not become the master of their own cancer treatment. Instead, they deal with their disease while their family takes decisions. Consequently, in Japanese society only a small percentage of physicians (13%) inform cancer patients about their diagnosis.
Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal


Very cool 3D and rotating maps of the human body.

I noticed the link to the body maps under an article about the death of Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. He died at 62. Colon cancer is apparently relatively easy to detect and treat if you get screened regularly. So perhaps his death might make people think about getting screened. Regular screening is recommended after 50.

Bobby Moore was the captain of the England football team that won the World Cup in 1966. He was one of the greatest English football players ever and one of the best defenders in the world. He shockingly died of colon cancer when he was only 51.


Bobby Moore makes a brilliant tackle on Jairzinho at the 1970 World Cup


Another English football player Vinnie Jones is an actor now. He appeared in a video using the Bee Gees dance song Stayin’ Alive – co-written by Robin Gibb – as the rhythm for CPR. If you sing the song to yourself while you do CPR you get the right rhythm for the heartbeat.

As the quote indicates in Japan even in the 21st century many terminally ill patients are not told about their diseases.

photo: Sky Moore – statue at Wembley Stadium by Steve Calcott


  1. Hi Niall, Thinking about your comment I looked for Noni juice and found this
    and by the way I saw your new post. I’d like to follow the blog, but didn’t find a link for that.

  2. niall

    Thanks Carina. I agree with you. I would like to know if it was me. Yeah you never know about natural medicines. When my knee was damaged I drank noni juice every day and it felt as if the healing was much faster.

  3. Cool photo and instructive video with a nice song, thank you Niall. It is really sad how many people must die so young, we have just now a coworker who is not 50 yet, whose kidneys doesn’t work anymore, so she cannot get chemo. But I think that the patient should know, I have the example of my aunt who could do a few cruises with her boyfriend whom she married a few month before and put her things in order. Finally I ‘d like to share this http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/medical/a/Lemons-And-Cancer.htm, I received it by email, and as I used to drink every morning the juice of a grapefruit, since this mail I add half a lemon, because one never knows and I like it.

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