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jennifer huget
Welcome to The Checkup, a blog that takes a first-person look at the latest health news. I've been writing for the Post's health section since 2000, covering everything from my own laparoscopic gall-bladder surgery to female
incontinence and the health benefits of Crocs. For a time I was the section's go-to girl for tooth-whitening stories.

I'm also a work-at-home mother of two: a girl and a boy, a teen and a pre-teen. And I've had my share of personal health issues, including multiple sclerosis, with which I was diagnosed in 2001.

With a master's degree in English, I never thought I'd become a health writer. But I've found health to be a fascinating beat. It's infinitely varied, and it's often complicated and challenging to write about. It changes daily as
new research is published and medical discoveries are made. Best of all, it has to do with real people, their lives, the things they struggle with and the things that make their lives better.

rob stein

On Thursdays, the Checkup will be written by one of the science journalists I most admire -- Rob Stein, who has been writing and editing health and medical news stories for more than 20 years. For the last six, Rob has been covering obesity, breast cancer, aging, hormone therapy, "superbugs," and almost any of the other complex topics that hit the news. And he can talk the talk, having spent four years editing science for broadcast at National Public Radio.

Rob brings not only expertise but varied perspectives to his reporting, having held fellowships in the U.S. and the U.K on everything from basic biology and women's health to that fascinating intersection between medicine and religion. (And, like me, Rob's a dog lover.)

"My stories often provoke people to call and e-mail me," Rob told me, "and I'm really looking forward to having a chance to have more give and take with all of our readers."

Rob and I blog with gusto, and we encourage readers to respond in kind.

So: To your health! Let's get the conversation rolling.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  |  April 7, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
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Hello Jennifer and Rob

I am a 56-yr old woman who was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer two years ago. When conventional treatment failed (I was too far gone for surgery, got chemo for 5 months here in D.C.), I went to Germany for treatment by an American oncologist now working in Prien am Chiemsee, M Rigdon Lentz, who has developed a treatment for soft tissue cancers based on immunotherapy. This is highly scientific, technological in nature, not some kind of health food quackery. After a year and a half of treatments I am now in clinical remission. Dr. Lentz has just received the CE Mark from the European Union for his device, the technology of which is based on apheresis and the use of antibodis to cancer shed receptors/inhibitors that interfere with TNF response.
This is a treatment that can help thousands of cancer patients in the future. I am only one of a group of people who have come here with a variety of cancer types who now have our cancers under control.
I would welcome the chance to tell your readers about Dr. Lentz´s revolutionary treatment. I would like to know how to submit a piece to the Post, initially through your blog, but eventually, an article about my unique and inspiring experience. I would appreciate your advice.
Felicia Miller, Ph.D.

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