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Vitamin D and Nearsightedness

Friday, March 17, 2017

Study data collected by the Vitamin D Council and published by Springer Nature strongly suggests that low vitamin D status is related to axiel length structure / function and an alarming increased risk of nearsightedness (also called myopia) developing in early childhood, adolescence and teenage years.

Niacin: A Favorite B Vitamin

Friday, March 10, 2017

Niacin, also referred to as vitamin B3, was the third B vitamin to be discovered. In the 1940s, medical doctors started reporting the niacin health benefits for muscle and joint flexibility, since inflexibility is associated with structure / function health issues experienced by older people.

Public Health & Air Pollution

Friday, March 03, 2017

A last Sunday pre-Oscar early dinner discussion with a few doctors spurred today's Friday Pearl on health and air pollution, based on a WebMD article.

Strength Training, Metabolism and Energy Production

Friday, February 24, 2017

A study published in the journal Cell Metabolism looked at exercise tolerance and the ability of working muscles to resynthesize energy-rich, mitochondria-produced adenosine triphosphate (ATP), at a rate that matches or even exceeds energy expenditure.

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...

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.

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.

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