Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Too Much Water?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Aquaholic: Addicted to water. A person that is always drinking water and keeps a bottle of water on their person, or very close by, at all times.  Although there was not much science to support drinking the long-recommended eight glasses of water a day (64 ounces), there is even less for drinking more if we are not exercising, working or spending t...

Rethinking the Word "Blind"

Friday, April 08, 2016

People with age-related macular degeneration were pleased and relieved to see the word blind on its way out as a description of their visual condition.

Sensational Chocolate Science

Friday, April 01, 2016

This is not an April Fool's joke! A study published in the upcoming May 2016 peer-reviewed journal Appetite is titled “Chocolate intake is associated with better cognitive function: The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study.” The results are guaranteed to make most people happy, since chocolate rarely fails to stimulate synesthesia—particularly in the human female brain.

Vitamin D: Evidence-Based Medicine

Friday, March 25, 2016

An evidence-based medicine review was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine last week that examined the clinical evidence for 10 vitamin D beliefs.

Vitamin D3 vs. Vitamin D2

Friday, March 18, 2016

A case can be made against synthetic Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) as a vitamin supplement, although pharmacopoeias still regard D2 and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) as equivalent and interchangeable.

Calling Out Evidence-Based Medicine One More Time

Thursday, March 17, 2016

This January 2015 Friday Pearl was a response to an Ophthalmology Journal article titled "Ocular Nutritional Supplements - Are Their Ingredients and Manufacturers Claims Evidence-Based?" The response was...

Nutrient Science Studies: Poverty of Reductionism

Friday, March 11, 2016

This Friday Pearl was presented in 2004.Because the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts, large scale clinical studies on single nutrients will never completely explain their relationship to the chronic degenerative process. Unfortunately, most of the published nutrient studies are on individual nutrients and specific body systems because that fits the scientifically accepted pharmaceutical drug paradigm.

Vitamin D & Multiple Sclerosis

Friday, March 11, 2016

Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) in adulthood. JAMA Neurology published an online study on March 7 based on The Finnish Maternity Cohort data that suggests insufficient maternal (25(OH) D) during pregnancy may increase the risk of offspring developing MS as adults by 90 percent.

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Evidence-Based Clinical Science?

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Physicians have been asked for years to consider whether the drug model for research relying strictly on randomized clinical trials (RCTs) is actually the most appropriate evidence-based research model for nutrients, including dietary supplements.

Folic Acid Safety

Friday, March 04, 2016

Since the inception of Biosyntrx, we have encouraged doctors to recommend nutrient-balanced multiple vitamins over individual supplements. A recent folic acid review published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition supports our learned recommendation.

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