From the Desk of Spencer Thornton, MD
Thursday, June 30, 2016
When we think of pro-aging principles we want to consider those things that impact our health most often. A little study reveals that some of the things we take for granted can have major effects on our health. Sugar is one of these. Take a look at any ad for breakfast cereals or soft drinks and you will see a startling and shocking picture of just how sneaky certain food companies are when it comes to concealing the amount of sugar (cane or high fructose corn syrup) they add to their products, many with bogus health claims.
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
Alzheimer’s is the current lay health writer’s subject du jour, which is both good and bad. The good pro aging news is increased public and government awareness about the need for additional Alzheimer's research funding.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
In studying nutritional therapy for the eyes I’ve learned a few things about the body and stress. The first thing I’ve learned is that fatigue is in the mind. I’m not talking about tiredness. Tiredness is the feeling you have after prolonged or stressful activity of any kind. I’m talking about the attitude of fatigue. You know, the “I just don’t have the energy for it” kind of attitude. It’s a type of depression.
Friday, July 29, 2016
My entertaining conspiracy theorist friends will, no doubt, sink their teeth right into an NPR spoof suggesting that a powerful medieval pope made a secret pact to prop up the Italian fishing industry by requiring all Roman Catholics to eat fish on Friday, with the goal of getting millions of Catholics around the world to alter global economics.
Friday, July 22, 2016
We were beyond intrigued with the impressive results reported in Ophthalmology Times on an early, well-tolerated phase II lipoic acid-based "anti-crosslinking" proof-of-concept eye drop study that found an improvement in lens elasticity and near vision.
Friday, July 15, 2016
The purpose of our Friday Pearl column has always been to primarily discuss nutrition science as it relates to eye and body health, and to remind our readers about the importance of regular eye exams by an eye care professional.
Biosyntrx Sunday Morning
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Music imprints itself on the brain deeper than any other human experience. Music evokes emotion and emotion can bring with it memory. Music brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can. —Oliver Sacks Today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities focuses on the vitally important role music can play in feeling safe...
Sunday, July 17, 2016
July is the perfect time for lazy afternoons on the beach or in a Pawleys Island hammock—preferably sipping "Something Cool"* while reading a delicious Pat Conroy novel with the faint sounds of syncopated beach music in the distance.The story goes that around 1945, Southern radio wars with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Producers) triggered station WLAC ...
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Regular readers of our Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities on both sides of the political isle are most likely a bit anxious about this coming week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which will always be a favorite city given its forward-thinking focus on science, medicine, music and art.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
This is a favorite quick and easy gluten-free Biosyntrx staff lunch, and also perfect for a light summer evening dinner. Ingredients - six servings1 cup uncooked quinoa2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice2 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed1 can (15 oz) wh...
Monday, June 13, 2016
One of our most favorite food bloggers, April Steinert, also known in ophthalmic circles as Roger's fabulous wife, presented a beautiful gnocchi recipe on her Vitus and Vinous website last month.Her opening sentence, “If prepared correctly, gnocchi can be transcendent. Pillow-y soft, potato-y, and the perfect vehicle for whatever sauce you decide to dress them in."...
Tuesday, June 07, 2016
Today's Tuesday information is from an outrageously fun millennial website called Elite Daily. This informative article is supported with far more peer-reviewed published science than many might think."When I arrived in Tokyo 40 pounds overweight, I told my new Japanese share-mate about my weight concerns. She said, “Maybe you ...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
This article in TIME magazine got our attention since some of the Biosyntrx team are prone to developing blisters when we hike."Whether you’ve walked miles in hiking boots or a new pair of high heels, you know the pain of a blister. “People have been getting blisters as long as we’ve been outside,” says Dr. Grant Lipman, clinical associate professor of emergency medi...
Saturday, September 12, 2015
The before and after photo is of the Biosyntrx COO, David Amess (center) and team at the September 2015 Tough Mudder event in Snowmass, Colorado. For those of you who don't know, Touch Mudder is considered the ...
Saturday, September 12, 2015
“I know I’m going to get older. I can handle that. I even know that I am going to die. What bothers me the most, though, is the thought of becoming irrelevant.” Older people are becoming less and less a minority in our country. Quite to the contrary; today, approximately 18 per cent of people living in the United States are 60 years old and older. By 2050,...