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Living Long...Doing What I Like to Do

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

I’m an octogenarian and enjoying it. As I grew from childhood into adulthood I thought people were “old” who were 20 years older than I. That age kept advancing as I got older.

Biology vs. Psychology

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

They say that attitude influences our reaction to stress more than any other factor. Today, people are living longer but enjoying it less. Despite the increased stresses of modern life, we are living longer even though diseases such as diabetes, chronic obesity, heart disease and other chronic degenerative conditions increase the demands on our body.

Slowing the Aging Process

Monday, January 15, 2018

We cannot change chronology, but we can change biology! Many of us accept the pronouncements of the pundits who pontificate about slowing the aging process, but few give specific directions to achieving this goal. I’d like to give a few.

Friday Pearls

Ocular Surface Mucins

Friday, August 10, 2018

Mucins are glycoproteins expressed by epithelial tissues of mucosal surfaces. Mucins are classified as either secretory or membrane spanning, and the ocular epithelium contain both types. Since the mid-1990s, a large number of mucin (MUC) genes have been identified: MUC1, MUC2, MUC4, MUC5A, MUC5B, MUC7MUC13, MUC15, MUC16 and MUC17.

On Andrew Wheeler and the EPA: Cautious, but Hopeful

Friday, July 27, 2018

Even small children are smart enough to get it: the environment, clean air and water matters where public health is concerned. According to Kathleen Rest, PhD, the executive director of the Union of Concerned Scientists, "Families and communities country-wide clearly value a clean environment and rely on strong science-based public standards to provide the protection they need, expect, and deserve."

Walking Science and Creativity

Friday, July 20, 2018

One of the best ways to improve any creative process is to study those who have mastered their craft. We frequently turn to a favorite newsletter writer, Gregory Ciotti, for process answers, since the output of creative geniuses is frequently intimidating, even thought relating to how creative geniuses conduct their lives is often surprisingly easy.

Biosyntrx Sunday Morning

Facing Evil

Sunday, August 12, 2018

While Americans are blessed to live in a nation that protects liberty, freedom of speech and diversity of opinion, there is no place for white supremacy, racism and neo-nazism in our great country.  —Ivanka TrumpDuring time of growing political resistance to hatred, bigotry, violence, climate change denial, record heat, and horrific fires, many of us turn to art, music, humanities, science-based critical thinking, or all of the above for reasoning and assurance.

Are We Turning Our Backs on Liberal Arts and Humanities?

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Today's Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities asks a question near and dear to our hearts: Is the United States turning its back on the humanities. The evidence could seem real to some, given declining enrollments in the studies of arts, history, literature, language, and philosophy at colleges and universities across the country.

Global Warming Solutions from Paul Hawkens

Sunday, July 22, 2018

In the face of widespread fear and apathy, Paul Hawken’s solution-focused book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming is a ray of welcome sunshine, as is his delightful and easily understood talk above, given at a Seattle town hall meeting in 2017.

Tasty Tuesday

Layers of Flavor Fruit Salad

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

When was the last time anyone waxed poetic about your or anyone else's fruit salad?  We are confident that today’s Tasty Tuesday recipe will change that. Any mixture of five or more brilliantly colored fruits will do. We used both red and yellow cherries, peaches, blueberries, bananas and strawberries.

Lifestyles

Changing the way we talk about aging

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The editor-in-chief of the Conde Nast Publication Allure, put out a September 2017 call to industry to end the use of the word, anti-aging.  For this we are grateful, since it’s been the position of the Biosyntrx founders, staff and scientific advisory board for the past ten or more years.

Strawless in September

Friday, August 25, 2017

You don't have to see the ocean to protect the ocean. 

Age-proof Your Knees

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

"Knee pain is common in older age, often caused by osteoarthritis (the wearing away of knee cartilage). Fortunately, there are ways to fool Father Time and postpone knee problems or even prevent them entirely. "In many cases, you can delay or avoid the need for surgical intervention, such as a knee replacement," says Dr. Lars Richardson, an orthopedic surgeon with Harvard-affiliated...