Pomegranates and Leaping Kittens

Peekaboo, leaping kittenLife has been relatively easy until now. This morning, as I was preparing breakfast for my four hungry cats, I looked up with unfocused eyes (before coffee!) and noticed something amiss: a pair of inquisitive blue eyes staring back at me and a flash of white. A second, more focused look confirmed that my five-month-old kitten has finally learned how to jump up onto the ledge overlooking the kitchen counter. Until this morning, only the other cats have been able to make that jump. She looked as surprised as I was, so this must have been her very FIRST jump! A major jump toward adultcathood, I would add. I darted upstairs as excited as a squirrel with a nut to tell Stefano about it. I walked into our bedroom as he was getting ready to go to work and said, as gravely as I could: Life as we have known it is over. Things will never be the same again. I didn’t fool him. He replied, grinning She jumped onto the ledge, right? I married a very smart guy (how the heck did he guess?)

Of course, this means that we may have kitten-prints all over my Xmas cookies! Drat. 😉

Second important event. The company where I teach English is conveniently located near a farm cooperative that has wonderfully fresh organic vegetables. I frequently shop there before returning home. Well, yesterday I saw some pomegranates for sale. I had never eaten a pomegranate, imagine that!, so I bought one, which we ate after dinner last night. We really liked it, and I can see that the seeds would taste fabulous in a salad. Pomegranates, by the way, are full of ellagic acid. Good stuff!

Okay, I am working on a couple of research posts so I will get back to them now, but I just thought I would share two rather significant moments of my life with you: my kitten’s first big leap and eating my first pomegranate

Oh, wait, one more thing. A few more interesting comments have been added to my November 1st post, so please have a look at them if you are interested in the issue of curcumin bioavailability. The lecithin idea is compelling, but I still have to have a closer look at it. One thing: I will not eat uncooked egg yolks. I also went to and read the transdermal link that Art provided. Hmmm, also interesting. I think JHope already brought up the patch possibility. Well, thanks, everyone!


  1. Hi Margaret, would you PLEASE PLEASE mention the Cancer Compass (MM board) site in your next blog. I have just found it and discovered that posters there are talking about a possible link between Celiac disease and MM!! It seems there may just be some evidence linking the two
    Interestingly, I have suffered from what was labelled as ‘IBS’ for the past 25 years. 21 years ago I was diagnosed with MGUS and was convinced there was a connection although I couldnt get any medics to acknowledge the fact.
    I couldnt believe what I have just read on the Cancer Compass board.
    Regards, Dora

  2. You just reminded me to go buy a pomegranate today, because I just read about a clean way to peel them (holding them underwater while you strip away the pith, then pouring the whole thing into a strainer. Voila! Pomegranate seeds!) Of course, you probably already knew this…

  3. Hi Margaret,

    I love your blog. It’s wonderfully informative and lends a much-needed human touch to MM. A close friend was just diagnosed last week so we’ve been in fact-finding mode. Curcumin looks very promising indeed. I had also found several studies on pomegranate but the ones that really caught my eye focused on the seed oil specifically. They appear to have a very beneficial effect on B cells.


    I don’t know if the seed oil would be better than the juice though.

    Also, you seem to have focused on curcumin instead of say, green tea extracts. The studies on green tea look really good. I’m interested to know why you prefer curcumin. Just my inexperience talking here.


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