Health news of note – lung cancer/smoking, CV reduction via naturopathic medicine, childhood infections and Schizophrenia, disabling fatigue in teens, marijuana and IQ drop…

These great new studies and research results are definitely worthy information to make a note of.

This just blew my mind! I would have not believed this with all the focus, fundings and attention on finding cure for the breast cancer. And if quitting smoking can prevent lung cancer among other heath complications, wouldn’t it make sense to focus on it a bit more, I mean it is not just about cure in this case, but the prevention factor is in your face!


 The benefits of quitting smoking were dramatic for all age groups, with substantial gains in life expectancy, as compared with participants who had continued to smoke. Those who quit between the ages of 25 and 34 years lived 10 years longer; those who quit between ages 35 and 44 gained 9 years, those who quit between ages 45 and 54 gained 6 years, and those who quit between ages 55 and 64 gained 4 years. These differences persisted after adjustment for such potentially confounding variables as educational level, alcohol use, and adiposity.

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Dr Dugald Seely who led the study, stressed that the naturopathic approach is not merely the prescription of supplements but a holistic and individualized approach.

“I agree we can’t tease out what component is delivering what aspect of benefit there,” he acknowledged. “There is really a health coaching element that goes into naturopathic care and a certain amount of time that patients spend with clinicians that really allows them to focus on the key lifestyle issues. . . . So not just supplementation, for sure, although some of the ones we used have evidence for use in and of themselves, and when combined with a lifestyle and dietary changes, then they can really add up to have a more pronounced impact.”

Calling the study “very timely,” Dr Tracy Stevens (St Luke’s Health System, Kansas City, MO) pointed out that naturopathic physicians reinforce many of the same messages to patients that cardiologists are saying but typically spend more time with patients to individualize that message.

  • Childhood Infection Linked to Schizophrenia – New research shows that hospitalization for infection during childhood is associated with an increased risk of developing schizophrenia in adolescence and young adulthood.


“These are serious infections requiring hospitalization, so it is only the more severe cases of infections that are implicated here, and the fact that we found raised risk if the father had a history of being hospitalized for infection indicates that there may be some familial susceptibility to infection and subsequent schizophrenia risk,” Nielsen said.

The findings were presented here at the 14th International Congress on Schizophrenia Research (ICOSR).

As a side note regarding Schizophrenia, there has been a link between Celiac Disease and Schizophrenic symptoms and gluten free diet has been found beneficial.

  • Prolonged, Disabling Fatigue in Teens Common, Undertreated –  At the conclusion of this study doctors note that is not unusual for adolescents to engage in extreme behavior and exhaust themselves. However, fatigue that does not resolve when teens modify their behavior has significant health implications for social, emotional, and intellectual development and warrants medical attention. The investigators studied the prevalence and correlates of prolonged fatigue in a representative sample of 10,123 US adolescents aged 13 to 18 years. They defined prolonged fatigue as extreme fatigue with at least 1 associated symptom, including pain, dizziness, headache, sleep disturbance, inability to relax, and irritability, that does not resolve by rest or relaxation and lasts at least 3 months.


A survey conducted by investigators from the National Institute of Mental Health showed that prolonged fatigue, defined as lasting 3 months or longer, was reported in 3% of teens aged 13 to 18 years, and more than half of these youth reported severe or very severe difficulties in school, family, or social situations.

“Many parents complain their adolescents are ‘lazy’ because they tend to sleep late on weekends and do not seem to have much energy. Our data suggest that fatigue may be an indicator of either physical or mental disorders that should be followed up by their physician,” Kathleen Merikangas, PhD, from the National Institute of Mental Health, told Medscape Medical News.

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Cannabis users who start smoking the drug as adolescents show an irreparable decline in IQ, with more persistent use linked to a greater decline, new research shows. On the other hand, adult-onset cannabis use is not linked to a decline in IQ.

“Our results suggest that adolescents are particularly vulnerable to develop cognitive impairment from cannabis and that the drug, far from being harmless, as many teens and even adults are coming to believe, can have severe neurotoxic effects on the adolescent brain,” lead investigator Madeline H. Meier, PhD, from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, told Medscape Medical News.

Just some “food for thought” 🙂

To your health,


    • Yes, they are doing some amazing work at Gerson Institute. Too bad we no longer live in San Diego 😦 now I would really appreciate being near such amazing facilities as Chopra, Gerson…


    • Thank you George! I truly appreciate your comment. It means a lot coming from a person who is so visual! I love your work! Beautiful photography.


  1. Hi Elena, I really like your blog … it’s layout is brilliant and easy to follow, the topics are helpful, interesting and thought provoking.

    A comment regarding the cannabis coverage.. another study indicates the same correlation if you replace Poverty in lieu of Cannabis use, and that the results are thus in question linking teenage cannabis use to long term decline in IQ.


    • Yes! I just read that, very interesting and does make sense. Thank you Duane so much for sharing and for the nice comment regarding my blog!


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