Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

AMD Prevalence News

Friday, January 14, 2011

Epidemiology data presented by some of my favorite researchers from the University of Wisconsin: the doctors Klein, et al, was published in the January 2011 Archives of Ophthalmology.  The data suggests that the prevalence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) dropped from 9.4% of the US population to 6.5% of the US population between 1988 and 2008.

B Vitamins: A New Cause for Concern?

Friday, December 24, 2010

High concentrations of plasma total homocysteine are known to be associated with the risk of developing diabetes-related cardiovascular disease, nephropathy and proliferative retinopathy.

Food Intake Facts

Friday, December 17, 2010

Today's column is a friendly reminder to Eat, Drink and Be Merry during the largest holiday party weekend of the year. But, do exercise portion control if possible.

War is Metaphor for Inflammation

Friday, December 10, 2010

Most wars and all inflammatory responses happen because of outside threats.   At-the-ready defense systems and well-stocked arsenals are necessary to prevent and control damage.  However, over-reaction to perceived threat or attack is not appropriate and leads to depleted resources, and destructive chronic inflammation. 

Vitamin D Report Falls Short

Friday, December 03, 2010

Once again too many overzealous newspaper editors wrote headlines that don't match their reporters' articles.  Many even went so far as to suggest in this past week's headlines that the general public doesn't need vitamin D supplements at all - based on the new recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (ION). 

Dry Eye Pathophysiology

Friday, November 12, 2010

Dry eye disease is a common multfactorial ocular disorder of the tear film among middle-aged and older adults. The incidence of dry eye is higher in females than males and new science suggests the systemic disease link may differ between ethnic groups.

EpiCor Wins Immune Health Scientific Excellence Award

Friday, October 29, 2010

This October Supply Side West award is significant because it honors EpiCor's impressive library of human clinical research. In 2010, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published the results of a clinical study that concluded EpiCor significantly reduced cold-and flu-like symptoms in non-vaccinated individuals. Supply Side West is the world's largest trade show for natural ingredients included in foods and supplements.

"Why Do You Think You Have Dry Eyes?"

Friday, October 22, 2010

I was asked that question by a delightfully earnest young man in a Dry Eye Device booth at last weekend's Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Chicago - after I told him that I had dry eyes. The implication was that I could not possibly know if I had dry eyes until I knew the results of his test. 

Consumer Confidence Remains Steady for Supplement Use

Friday, October 15, 2010

A consistent percentage of U.S. adults label themselves as supplement users, with 66 percent classifying themselves as such, according to a new survey conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).  In 2009, 65 percent identified themselves as supplement users compared with 64 percent in 2008; 68 percent in 2007; and 66 percent in 2006.

Nutrition From Womb to Tomb

Monday, October 04, 2010

Most of us are given amazingly long lives by nature that we shorten by a wide variety of destructive behaviors and environmental influences.  Nutritional deficiencies and excesses, along with smoking, infections, toxic factors in the environment and trauma, are the major determinants of how closely the functional capacity, health and longevity of individuals match their genetic potential.

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