Air Pollution & Teen Psychotic Events

A quick snippet. Exposure to more air pollution was found to be associated with a higher likelihood of a psychotic event in teens. (JAMA Psychiatry).

Study in the UK of over 2000 children, followed from birth to age 18, watched the quality of air at their home addresses with the frequency of associated adolescent psychotic experiences.

There was an increased in the odds of mental health events if pollutants in air were present — specifically nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate matter <2.5 µm and <10 µm in diameter.

Specific questions re: delusions, hallucinations, and assessed responses to the ‘7-hallucination/delusion’ items designed for the study were carefully noted.


Potentially Inappropriate Medication Given To The Elderly

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) has released the ‘2019 Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults’. It is updated every 3 years. This report lists drugs that should be avoided in the treatment of older adults, either generally or in patients with specific diseases or conditions. These prescriptions medications are termed potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs).

The determination had looked at the quality of care to all those over 65 especially regarding the drugs they are given. They note an obvious link between taking potentially harmful drugs and a higher risk for hospitalization among older adults.


The 2019 criteria include 30 medications or medication classes to be avoided in older adults in general, and 40 medications or medication classes that should be used with caution or avoided in certain patients with certain diseases or conditions. Narcotics specifically opioids were added especially with benzodiazepines or gabapentinoids. Two criteria were added in response to the worsening opioid crisis: not prescribing opioids with benzodiazepines (ex: diazepam, Valium, Halcion, Xanax, Dalmane )or gabapentinoids (ex: Lyrica, Neurontin). Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were the most common class of PIM. Sadly so many of them are over the counter (OTC).

Also, some meds were dropped! Have a read.

Automated External Defibrillators – Do Nots

We have all seen them at airports, venues anywhere there are lots of people gathered, heck even my dentist’s office has an  AED! Called by many names: emergency defibrillator, automated external defibrillator, external defibrillator, but abbreviated – AED.
So what do you do when someone collapses and appears unresponsive? Often there is a trained bystander and you should take the time to become one. Whether trained or not this device leads one through application and use.

This blog is solely committed to when you should NOT use an AED. This is something you must read, totally comprehend, and register! It is SO easy to harm someone with an AED when all you want to do is the opposite.

Not surprisingly the folks that may need an AED have medical conditions so:

Do not place AED pad over a pacemaker (hard lump under chest skin).
Do not put an AED pad over a medication patch.


Circumstances dictate everyone’s safety so:

Do not use AED if the victim is lying in water.
Do not use AED if chest is covered with sweat or water.


Children are to only a certain extent small adults so:
Do not use an AED on infants (less than 12 months) unless trained to do so.
Do not use adult pads on children under age 8 unless non-other are available.


FINALLY, remember:
Do not touch a victim when AED says to “stand clear” or while delivering a shock.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Did You Know:

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetimes and no matter your skin color. It is the most common cancer in the United States with 500 people diagnosed every day – folks every day!

May is national skin cancer awareness month. In keeping with that, I would like to mention some risk factors and need to be assessed as well as how to prevent. As regards risk factors, obviously, family history has an impact. Duration of sun exposure, starting when we are younger which will accumulate as we age. Another risk consideration is an indoor tanning habit. Knowing which of your skin moles predisposes you to skin cancer is important, so examine carefully for the character, margins, color changes. Best to have a trained medical person initially map your moles and then both of you critically view them on a regular basis.

Interestingly it’s been found that people who have blond hair are more likely to develop skin cancer as well as those of us with freckles. Individuals who get sunburned easily along with those having blue or green eyes are at greater risk of developing skin cancer.

The good news is skin cancers can be preventable and is a very treatable form of cancer.  People  50 or over are at the highest risk of developing skin cancer especially men however with the advent of tanning shops, an increase of skin cancer in women and teenagers has occurred. With regard to prevention I want to quickly mention when in the sun, wear the proper eye protection (sunglasses with UV protection blue light protection), long sleeves, a wide-brimmed hat (3 inches all the way around) as well as a sunscreens (broad-spectrum every day 30+ SP),  also you should be in the shade between 10 am and 4 pm when rays are the strongest.

Allot is up to you!

About Food Allergies

I want to share a few insights into allergy terms in this blog, that I think can be helpful.

Food Intolerance

No one knows precisely why food intolerances occur. what is known however is that 5-13% of folks with food intolerance have IBS. Common foods, self-reported, as causing problems are milk wheat eggs and onions.

Food Allergies  & Exercise

This is a condition where if you eat certain foods (celery/wheat ) within 4 hours before exercising an allergic reaction severe (Anaphylaxis) can occur. However, if that person ate those offending foods greater than 4 hours prior to exertion, there would be no problem. If they do not exercise at all no problem is noted with those particular foods


Onions A Day

In a recent study in China, for instance, adults who ate high amounts of garlic, leeks, and onions (known as allium vegetables) had a 79% lower risk of developing colorectal cancer than adults who consumed low amounts. Increased consumption has been implicated in lowering risk for certain cancer types, especially stomach and bladder.

Allium vegetables are a great source of quercetin, a flavonoid with significant antioxidant properties. Lots of natural fruit and ancho peppers to name two contain quercetin, do have a look at this helpful chart. If you have not already read the previous post on Garlic, it is worth the short time it takes. They also decrease  LDL-low density-the bad cholesterol!

Quercetin from onions is absorbed in twice the rate of from teas and other fruits like apples. These vegetables, of course, contain other powerful beneficial chemicals for example onions also contains organosulfur compounds known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antimicrobial, and antithrombotic activity.

Domestic Tip: Don’t want to cry when you cut onions put it in refirg for an hour before cutting.



Eat Garlic & Leeks

Always touted in media that garlic is good for you. Documented it lowers total cholesterol and blood pressure w added value of deterring Vampires! Not enough research results yet to know if can help with cancer and Diabetes.

Leeks a cousin to onions and garlic also affects blood pressure and reduces cancer. It is chockfull of kaempferol, a flavonoid (also found in w tea, kale, broccoli, cabbage). A 40% decrease in ovarian cancer was found in the “Nurses Study” when women diets contained the most kaempferol. You want to bottle kaempferol for its actions, make it an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, cardioprotective, neuroprotective, antidiabetic, anti-osteoporotic, estrogenic/antiestrogenic, anxiolytic, analgesic and antiallergic potential.

If kaempferol was in a pill form, it would make the pharmaceutical company more than Viagra.

Pill Burden

A new problem for both patients and medical providers has recently been legitimized – ‘pill burden’. Many patients are taking their medication with no benefits. Were they ever instructed on when to take the prescription medication? I want to discuss this as many of us take more than a few pills a day, especially given all the supplements that are touted to be beneficial That is when the specifics of how, when and with what are they been taken should be discussed. Some medical providers do not ask, they just increase the dose or change the prescription. Was medication worthless?

Everyone knows – wither it is followed or not- to drink 8 oz. of water with all pills. However, does it matter that you take 5 or more pills at once? Which can be taken all at once?

We all tend to make our lives simpler, but should timing and consolidating medications be part of that effort? Certain medication should be given at specific times and meals may play a role in absorption.

It does matter which pills are swallowed at once.  You know it does, just like what time of day medication is taken matters! Thyroid medication, for example, should be taken before breakfast. Even for some supplements timing matters for optimal benefit – red yeast rice, for example, should be take in evenings with a meal.

Do not presume that because you listed all your medications and supplements that your doctor is going to take the initiative to discuss timing and combinations. Drug interactions can also be checked online at sites such as and others. But you also need to ask the doctor how many can be taken at a time.

Again you are in charge of your health – ASK!

Low Blood Sugar – Need To Know It Is Happening

Too much is Diabetes to little is also bad! Diabetics can suffer from this when medication and diet are not in harmony. Hypoglycemia is also a medical condition in non-diabetic persons. Sugar can give us energy it is metabolized and used in our bodies for important actions.

You need to know warning signs, symptoms, and medical care. If you experience weakness, dizziness, shakiness, fast heartbeat, anxiety or headache, hunger, irritability, sweating including at nite you may have low blood sugar.

Since we are individuals symptoms will vary from person to person, some have no symptoms. Realize that tiredness, a fogged brain, being on edge. As blood sugar drops epinephrine (adrenaline pours into the bloodstream to raise sugar up after time depletion occurs and brain function is altered causing fog anxiety even passing out.

The brain consumes about 25-20% of carbohydrate you consume.


Get a medical diagnosis don’t guess. Keep a diary, present that information to your health care provider, and follow suggestion on dietary intake.