From the Desk of Spencer Thornton, MD
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
In our study of pro-aging principles we have looked at a number of factors influencing longevity, including lifestyle choices (smoking and alcohol use) and dietary choices such as vegetarianism.
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.
Friday, September 23, 2016
One of my favorite English journals called the New Scientist included a blockbuster story a couple of years ago that teased out the connection between increased Alzheimer’s risk and excessive sugar intake. This suggests that making a lifestyle choice to reduce sugar intake may lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's.
Friday, September 16, 2016
N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is the acetylated form of the amino acid cysteine, the sulfur-based amino acid produced in the body from methionine. It has been suggested in a large number of published scientific studies to rapidly metabolize to intracellular glutathione, the mother of all antioxidants found inside every cell in the body, including the eye and brain.
Friday, September 09, 2016
Manganese is nutritionally essential. Although we repeatedly tell our readers that there is not one nutrient magic bullet, the Greek derivation of the word manganese happens to be "magic."
Biosyntrx Sunday Morning
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Music is the space between the notes. —Claude Debussy Some of the finest musicians play fewer notes than we actually hear. They leave enough empty space between the notes for our minds to fill in more sound.
Sunday, August 21, 2016
When very sad things happen, I most always turn to music, and particularly to Mozart. Today's Biosyntrx Sunday Morning Stop at the intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities features the brilliant clarinetist Martin Fröst playing the groundbreaking, and hopeful second movement of Mozart's clarinet concerto.
Sunday, August 14, 2016
We had an amazing number of positive responses to the July 31 Biosyntrx Sunday Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities that featured Luis Alberto Urrea discussing his life, Into the Beautiful North, and other best-selling books he has written.
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,...