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Friday Pearls

Dr. Loren Cordain on Diet & Evolution

Friday, October 09, 2009

I was fortunate enough to get permission from Loren Cordain, PhD, to use the following brilliant article on diet and evolution for this week's Friday Pearl readers.  

VEGF & B Vitamins

Friday, October 02, 2009

We are often asked why we include large amounts of B-vitamins in our multiples, Macula Complete and Oculair.  Today's column discusses one of the reasons.

Dry Eyes & Contact Lens

Friday, September 25, 2009

Studies suggest that the two primary symptoms associated with contact lens-related dry eye are itching and discomfort. Patient self-perception of dry eye during contact lens wear suggests that folks over the age of 40 think their eyes feel dry and too often ache when they wear contacts. This leads to discontinuation of lens wear.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine: The Mitochondria Rejuvenator

Friday, September 18, 2009

Mitochondria are tubular-shaped organelles found in the cytoplasm of every energy producing cell.  They absorb specific nutrients and break them down to create ATP energy.  This process is called cellular respiration.  Energy producing cells of the retina and brain can include thousands and thousands of mitochondria.  

Oliver Twist, Impact Factors & Tear Chemistry

Friday, August 28, 2009

The next time you feel tears coming and struggle to hold them back, think of Mr. Bumbles' lines from Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, Crying opens the lungs, washes the countenance, exercises the eyes, and softens down the temper. So cry away!

Tear Film Chemistry Outliers

Friday, August 21, 2009

An outlier is a statistical observation that is different in value from the others of the sample.   The tear film chemistry world lost another outlier last week. Jeffrey Gilbard, MD, died at the age of 55 from injuries suffered during a bicycle accident.  

2009 Health Freedom Bills

Friday, August 14, 2009

Congressman Ron Paul has introduced three bills to address FDA and FTC censorship of nutritional supplement health claims.  We join our state-of-the-art manufacturing partner, Vitamin Research Products (VRP), in support of these important bills.

Vitamin C and Helicobacter pylori

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

A study led by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) has found that the lower the level of vitamin C in the blood the more likely a person will become infected by Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that can cause peptic ulcers and stomach cancer.

Ginned Up For Vitamin C

Friday, July 24, 2009

Discussions with one of my favorite ophthalmic researchers, Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, chief investigator of the Lutein, Antioxidant Supplement Trial (LAST), usually get me ginned up about a particular nutrient and its effect on the eye. 

Demodex Mites & Dry Eyes

Friday, July 10, 2009

Long-term studies of Demodex and its role in chronic blepharits have been carried out in recent years.  Demodex are intradermal parasites that thrive in hair follicles, meibomian and sebaceous glands. 

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