Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D. is a nationally recognized board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He attended the Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed his internship and neurological residency at the Medical University of South Carolina. For 26 years, practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from his neurosurgical duties to devote his full attention to nutritional research. Dr. Blaylock writes The Blaylock Wellness Report newsletter and has authored four books, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Natural Strategies for Cancer Patients, and his most recent work, Cellular and Molecular Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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Should Former Smokers Get Yearly CT Scans?

Monday, 21 Oct 2013 09:11 AM

By Russell Blaylock, M.D.

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Question: I was a heavy smoker for 13 years and stopped in my late 30s. I am now 54 and wonder if I should be getting yearly CT scans to monitor my lungs, or if I should be taking supplements.
Dr. Blaylock's Answer:
I would not recommend yearly CT scans, as that will increase your risk of developing lung cancer, especially with a history of smoking. A chest MRI scan would be more informative and does not use radiation.
A number of supplements have been shown to reduce one's risk of developing lung cancer, such as astaxanthin, lycopene, buffered vitamin C, mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols, curcumin, quercetin, ellagic acid, resveratrol, along with reduced intake of meats, sugar, and omega-6 oils.

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