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Lung cancer study shows that nail clippings really are useful in identifying, assessing disease

Tuesday, March 08, 2011 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer
Tags: nail clippings, lung cancer, health news

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(NaturalNews) Researchers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have published a study showing that lung cancer risk can be identified through an evaluation of toenail clippings. The research, which analyzed nicotine content in toenails, counters the false notion that hair and nail analyses are medically useless, when in fact they can actually serve a useful purpose in health assessments.

For those of you who listened to the recent Robert Scott Bell Show interview with Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez, you may remember that Dr. Gonzalez was largely maligned by NBC Dateline and made to look like a medical kook. One of the issues NBC Dateline used to attack Dr. Gonzalez involved his use of hair analysis, falsely claiming that this technique is fraudulent and inaccurate (

But UCSD researchers have verified that the idea behind this type of analysis is, in fact, valid. Wael Al-Delaimy and his colleagues evaluated the toenail clippings of over 33,000 men and discovered that those with the highest nicotine content were most prone to develop lung cancer. In fact, researchers say that nicotine levels in the clippings actually predicted whether or not men went on to develop lung cancer.

"[T]he toenail nicotine biomarker was found to be a strong predictor of lung cancer independent of smoking history, suggesting that the adverse effects of cigarette smoke may be underestimated in studies based on smoking history only," wrote the researchers in their paper.

A 2006 study out of Brigham Young University (BYU) also found that hair samples can reveal the presence of eating disorders. By comparing nitrogen and carbon content in various hair samples, researchers were able to accurately match hair samples to women with eating disorders 80 percent of the time (

And Roger Bezanis -- an author, researcher, formulator, educator, and mentor -- explains in this two-minute NaturalNews.TV video how to conduct a simple fingernail analysis technique that helps to identify possible health risks based on the structure and appearance of nails:

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