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Friday Pearls

Dry Eyes & Quality of Life

Friday, April 02, 2010

A study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology suggested that dry eyes affect more than 5 million people in the United States. This disease significantly impacts the quality of life of people who suffer this malady.

Folic Acid Science

Friday, March 26, 2010

Folic acid is an essential nutrient that plays a major role in intracellular metabolism. The Institute of Medicine has found it safe when consumed in doses up to 1,000 micrograms (mcg) daily. Today's column is a Council for Responsible Nutrition response to an article on folic acid in the April edition of Prevention Magazine.

Acetyl-l-Carnitine: The Cellular Housekeeper

Friday, March 19, 2010

Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) is a combination of the amino acid l-carnitine with an acetyl group attached, thereby giving ALC the ability to transport long-chain fatty acids into the mitochrondia (referred to as the intracellular power plants because the mitochrondia generates ATP chemical energy).

George Buys: What is He Gonna Do Next?

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Low Vision Community lost a favorite son last week. George Buys, the inventor of TalkingCommunities.com (the forerunner of all live-on-line teaching software applications) died of emphysema. George frequently referred to himself as “Blind guy on a mission!”

AMD: Then and Now

Friday, March 05, 2010

Nutrition science has advanced considerably since the Age Related Eye Disease (ARED) study formulation was designed in the late 1980s. The formulation included 28,000 IU beta carotene, 500 mg vitamin C, 400 IU vitamin E, 80 mg zinc oxide, and 2 mg copper oxide.

The Charles Kelman Story

Friday, January 29, 2010

It has come to my attention that "Through My Eyes: The Charlie Kelman Story," which aired on PBS in mid January, was not available in some parts of the country. Today's Pearl includes a tribute to Charlie and a link to the complete program for our Friday Pearl readers who did not have access to the documentary on this 20th century Renaissance man. 

Black Current Seed Oil Science

Friday, January 08, 2010

Black currant seed (BCSO) oil has an excellent fatty acid profile that includes omega-6 alpha-linolenic acid, gamma-linolenic acid, and the omega-3 fatty acid, stearidonic acid. It's fatty acid content makes it the oil of choice for those suffering from dry eye disease or Sjogrens.  

Healthcare Reform 2010

Friday, January 01, 2010

Healthcare reform calls for all clinicians and their patients to become diligent regarding appropriate nutritional and lifestyle interventions that may favorably affect health.

Resveratrol Rocks

Friday, December 11, 2009

Gerontology studies suggest that resveratrol, the antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes and in red wine has the ability to mimic the health benefits of calorie restriction, which seems to slow the aging process - possibly by activating longevity genes.

Turkey Leftovers & L-Tryptophan.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy day after Thanksgiving! Turkey contains the essential amino acid, L-tryptophan. It's a precursor for serotonin, which aids sleep and anxiety and helps in the production of the B vitamin, niacin.

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