Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Starving to Death in the Land of Plenty

Friday, February 17, 2017

A study just published in Population Health Metrics suggests that dietary studies indicate diets rich in ultra-processed foods are grossly nutritionally unbalanced. Unfortunately, most population nutritional-status studies focus on individual nutrients rather than the overall nutritional quality of the diet.This study evaluated dietary intakes of 9,317 participants fr...

AREDS Studies Revisited

Friday, February 10, 2017

The American Society for Nutrition just published a review article from the Moran Eye Center, University of Utah School of Medicine, titled "The Age-Related Eye Disease 2 Study: Micronutrients in the Treatment of Macular Degeneration."

Defending Salt

Friday, February 03, 2017

It is difficult to get people to understand something when their job depends on not understanding it. —Upton SinclairOne of our bad habits as Americans is to overdo and obsess what currently gets our attention. The good news is that most of us seem to have a propensity to self-correct before too much damage is done.“Eat clean” (fresh, whole, nutrient-den...

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Friday, January 27, 2017

It seems timely to focus today's Friday Pearl on heavy metal toxicity (think Flint, MI), given the impending possibility of legislative action that might interfere with or lessen local and federal regulations that help protect our public water supply.

Tear Film Chemistry Diagnostics

Friday, January 20, 2017

A paper just published in Experimental Eye Research addresses the viability of establishing measurable vitamin concentrations in tears for nutritional assessments. The hypothesis is that nutrients are transferred to the living cells of corneas through tears. Imagine that!This is not at all surprising to those of us who have passionately studied tear chemistry ...

Curcumin, Nitric Oxide and Aging

Friday, January 13, 2017

Today’s Friday Pearl addresses a new human curcumin study featured in the January 3, 2017 journal, Aging.Thirty-nine healthy men and-post menopausal women aged 45 to 74 years were randomized to 12 weeks of supplemental curcumin (2,000 mg per day) or placebo.

Science Supportied Carotenoids

Friday, January 06, 2017

A brilliant 60-page paper guaranteed to hold the attention of anyone interested in the vast amount of science that supports xanthophyll carotenoids and macula health is available online for download from the prestigious journal, Progress in Retinal and Eye Research.

Women, Heart Attacks & Stroke

Friday, December 30, 2016

Although our primary Friday Pearl focus is nutrition and eye health, given the sad and sudden loss of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, we felt like our last 2016 Pearl should feature a reprint of Jane Brody's New York Times 2015 article on the number one killer of women, including young women.

Sugar and the Holidays

Friday, December 23, 2016

Since it's a major holiday weekend, indulge if you must, but for the sake of your eye, brain and body health, please avoid excessive sugar.

Dietary Guidelines, Balance and Sustainability

Friday, December 16, 2016

The executive summary of the 2015 to 2020 Health & Human Services Dietary Guidelines reported that many infectious diseases have been conquered and the majority of the US population can now anticipate a long and productive life.  At the same time, they also reported that rates of chronic disease—many of which are related to poor quality diet and physical inactivity, have increased dramatically.

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