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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.

Eating the Peel Can be Good for Your Health

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In all probability, the first thing you do when eating an orange is remove the peel and chuck it into the trash. Well, you know what? By doing this, you’re missing out on some great nutrients. For example, an orange peel has nearly twice the amount of vitamins as the flesh inside, and though it might sound unappetizing at first, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate orange peels into your diet.

Friday Pearls

Hemp and the 2018 Farm Act

Friday, April 20, 2018

According to Nutritional Outlook, a new bipartisan Hemp Farming Bill of 2018 officially debuted on the Senate floor on April 12. If passed, industrial hemp will be regulated as an agricultural crop and will finally be removed from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act.This is great news. The hemp plant (first classified as cannabis in Greek and then Latin etymology) includes a compound called cannabidiol (CBD) with significant endocannabinoid system health benefits, but, without the psychoactivity of the cannabis tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compound found in marijuana.The last Farm Act, signed into law in 2014 by President Obama, legalized the growing of hemp for research purposes only, mostly by state departments or universities.The newly proposed bipartisan part of this Farm Bill, introduced last week by Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell and supported by Oregon Senator Democrat Ron Wyden classifies hemp ingredients (with THC levels under the 0.3 percent threshold) as an agricultural commodity and removes federal roadblocks to the growth of industrial hemp across the US.The hemp phytocannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) would also be considered an agricultural commodity.Items included in the bill:Removing hemp—specifically the parts of the Cannabis sativa L. plant with THC concentrations less than 0.3 percent, from the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that these hemp parts would no longer be considered US Schedule 1 drugs.The bill specifically unschedules all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, and seeds of hemp, as long as those portions of the plant remain below the THC threshold. This assures hemp-derived CBD will be considered an agricultural commodity, not a controlled substances.”States will be able to oversee hemp growth and cultivation, expanding growth beyond what was allowed under the 2014 Farm Bill’s pilot programs. The bill also legalizes hemp growing in tribal lands, reservations, and US territories—areas previously excluded by the 2014 Farm Bill.As an agricultural crop, hemp would fall under the regulatory jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Not only that, hemp would be eligible for USDA research funding. In addition, the bill proposes that hemp farmers be eligible for crop insurance.State departments of agriculture would be required to provide the FDA with details about their hemp program plans. “The states would submit a regulatory plan to USDA.The bill also clarifies that nothing in this Bill authorizes interference with the interstate transportation or commerce of hemp or hemp products—an important statement to protect hemp farmers and businesses from misguided regulatory overreach.Mitch McConnell said this from the Senate floor, “Today, with my colleagues, I am proud to introduce the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which will build upon the success of the hemp pilot programs and spur innovation and growth within the industry. By legalizing hemp and empowering states to conduct their own oversight plans, we can give the hemp industry the tools necessary to create jobs and new opportunities for farmers and manufacturers around the country.”We find this news exciting for a number of science-based reasons: The first being the emotional community-health benefits of seeing our elected officials cross the aisle and actually work together again for the greater good of the people they represent.The second being the growing numbers of international studies that support the use of cannabis cannabidiols to improve health.The third being that leading groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Farmers Union are calling for passage of the bipartisan House and Senate bills that remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, empower state agriculture programs, and unleash an exciting new industry.

Tocotrienols: Too Long The Red-Headed Stepchild

Friday, April 13, 2018

Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. —GoetheVitamin E was recognized as an essential vitamin in 1922. It’s a family of compounds consisting of two categories: tocopherols and tocotrienols.

March for Science, Not Silence

Friday, April 06, 2018

The second nonpartisan March for Science will happen on April 14, 2018, with more than 70 satellite events around the world registered to participate. Since Biosyntrx strongly supports evidence-based policy making and government supported funding for scientific research, today’s Friday Pearl will focus on agricultural practices of particular interest to the Union of Concerned Scientists. When improving nutrient intake from food is the subject; we support science, not silence.

Biosyntrx Sunday Morning

Spring: Every Body's Got the Fever

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring never fails to remind me of fever and fever never fails to remind me of Peggy Lee's 1967 television showl called "Something Special", which needs to be enjoyed and appreciated by our Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities audience.

Rachmaninoff and the Genius of Masterpiece

Sunday, April 08, 2018

You need color to make music come alive. Without color, music is dead. —Sergei RachmaninoffToday’s Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Music, Art and Humanities celebrates Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto, with a brilliant Vincent de Luise, MD, article titled, In Consultation: Rachmaninoff, His Physician, and the Genesis of a Masterpiece, recently published in Hektoen International – A Journal of Medical Humanities.

Consider The Lillies

Sunday, April 01, 2018

According  to Apple Seeds, a website devoted to inspirational and motivational quotes that promote positive attitudes, and development of holistic human dignity, "The beautiful trumpet-shaped white flowers symbolize purity, virtue, innocence, hope, and life, representing the essence of Easter Sunday."

Tasty Tuesday

Dinner Party Poached Salmon with Dill Sauce

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mid-April in Colorado continues to feature lovely spring weather one day and late-winter cold, windy, and snowy weather the next. Some older people still refer to this simply as normal Springtime in the Rockies.

Early Spring Lemony Linguine

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Today's spring-focused weeknight-easy Tasty Tuesday recipe is from one of my favorite foodie publications, this month's EatingWell magazine.  We decided to try it since it got the attention of our busy Tasty Tuesday team.

Homemade Tortillas

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Last week's Friday Pearl focused on niacin (vitamin B3) and the role it plays in optimal skin, digestive system, and nervous system health. We also discussed how US diets consisting of excessive corn and corn products are frequently linked to niacin deficiency, while our friends in Mexico rarely suffer from this deficiency. The difference being, their traditional preparation of corn tortillas involves soaking the corn in lime (calcium oxide) prior to cooking. Heating corn in alkaline solutions results in the release of bound niacin, dramatically increasing its bioavailability. 

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...