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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

On Safe Drinking Water

Friday, July 13, 2018

Who ever thought our country would ever be thought of as a place where you can't drink the water?  ​The Safe Drinking Water ACT (SDWA) is the federal law that protects public drinking water supplies throughout the nation. ​The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ​is given the task of setting standards for drinking water quality and with its partners is required to implement various technical and financial programs to ensure drinking water safety.

The Health Benefits of Protecting Public Park Land

Friday, June 08, 2018

Forest bathing in public parks and forests is wildly popular in Japan and becoming popular in this country. In the early 1990s, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries coined the term Shinrin-yoku, which translates roughly as "forest bathing," the practice of taking a leisurely walk in a public or private forest for health benefits.

Digital Lifestyles and Ocular Health

Friday, June 01, 2018

Unfortunately, way too many people, including those who actively take steps to protect their eyes, are still unaware that today's digital lifestyle increases ocular health risk through excessive exposure to blue light.Blue Light Blue light is emitted from a multitude of sources including sunlight, digital devices (e.g. computers, laptops, sma...

Biosyntrx Sunday Morning

Sunday Sonnets

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Though it is not known who actually wrote the Vivaldi Four Seasons sonnets, there is a theory that he wrote them himself because the sonnets are broken down into sections, corresponding to each movement in the four concertos, which never fail to evoke something seasonally special for so many of us.

Carolina Beach Music Redo

Sunday, July 08, 2018

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.

Porgy & Bess: A Long Pull to Get There

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Like so many other cities around the country, we're having a June heatwave. It almost hit 100 degrees here in Colorado Springs this past week, therefore my need to listen to the smouldering sound track from George Gershwin’s innovative folk opera, Porgy and Bess.

Tasty Tuesday

Cold Pasta Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Occasionally, the Biosyntrx staff makes every effort to eat gluten free for a few days.  If you don’t know about shirataki pasta, it’s guilt-free noodles; zero calories, soy free, gluten free, cholesterol free, and vegan. It's made from the soluble fiber root of a plant called the Konnyaku Imo.

Hot 4th of July Cold Soups

Monday, July 02, 2018

Today’s Tasty Tuesday Mark Bittman nutrient-dense fresh vegetables chilled gazpacho is 2018 heat wave 4th of July perfect, particularly for those with visiting relatives including children and grandchildren.

Summer Solstice Cold Asian Noodles

Monday, June 25, 2018

This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year's threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go and becomes the future; the place of caught breath. ~Margaret AtwoodGiven that NASA just recorded the fourth warmest May in 138 years of modern global record-keeping, and the fact that Thursday, June 21, is the official 2018 summer solstice (the midsummer date based on the planet’s rotational axis, making it the longest day of the year), it seems appropriate to feature a refreshing cold pasta dish for celebrating the summer solstice, since the heat wave making it's way across the Midwest and Northeast could break records this week.   Cold Asian Noodles with Chicken, Cucumbers and Sesame Sauce​Ingredients (the sauce ingredient amounts are our preference and should be adjusted to cooks choice when necessary) 2 cups shredded cooked chicken or about 12 ounces boneless chicken breast1 or 2 pounds seedless English cucumber12 ounces long pasta like linguine, or 16 ounces fresh Chinese egg noodles2 or 3 tablespoons minced fresh ginger1 or 2 tablespoon minced garlic2 tablespoons dark sesame oil1/4 cup good quality Chinese sesame paste (a bit more expensive than tahini, but so worth it)1/4 cup peanut butter, or not2 teaspoons sugar3 tablespoons soy sauce, or to taste1/2 cup rice or wine vinegar1 tablespoon fish sauce, or to tastegarlic chili paste, to taste1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or moreat least 1/2 generous cup minced scallions (green onions)freshly chopped cilantro for garnish, or notffresh limes for squeezing over plated cold pasta, for those who choose to do soDirections​Boil a large pot of salted water. If your chicken breasts are uncooked, wash carefully and poach in the salted water as it comes to a boil; they will cook in about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, cut cucumbers in half and set aside (we used our mandolin slicer while wearing a safety glove for thinly sliced cucumber).When water comes to a boil, also cook pasta until tender but not mushy (If chicken is not done, you can still add pasta; remove chicken when it is done.)While pasta is cooking, mince garlic and ginger (we used our baby Cuisinart and minced them before adding other ingredients), then add dark sesame oil, sesame paste, peanut butter, sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic chili paste in baby Cuisinart, or whisk in a separate bowl.Thin this sauce with hot pasta water so that it is about the consistency of heavy cream; you will need a 1/2  to 3/4 cup or more sauce, depending on personal preference.When pasta is done, drain it and run pasta under cold water briefly. Shred chicken (the easiest way to do this is with your fingers).Toss noodles and chicken with cucumbers, green onions, a small amount of sauce, and taste as you go since there will be extra sauce for the refrigerator and you don’t want to over-sauce.Adjust seasoning as necessary (the dish may need salt if you do not include fish sauce) and possibly red pepper flakes, then garnish and serve.Nutritional valueSesame seeds have many health benefits due to the nutritional content, including vitamins, minerals, natural oils, and organic compounds including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, fiber, thiamin, folate, protein, and tryptophan.  A word of caution: Excessive consumption of sesame seeds can show up on drug tests due to their very small amount of THC.​Ellen Troyer with David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff​Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James​The mid summer sun's heat is said to be an elemental force that can energize or overwhelm us at whim; the year's longest day is a time for celebration. We enjoy the long hot summer days best when we surrender to their altered state, instead of treating them like something we need to escape.

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...