March 16, 2007
Just as Julius Caesar chose to ignore warnings about his impending Ides of March destiny in 44 BC, the Age Related Eye Disease (AREDs2) formulation design committee chose to ignore a large number of scientists' warnings about the futility of having AMD patients consume the large amounts of supplemental beta-carotene included in the original ARED formulation.
March 09, 2007
The most recent report on supplement use from the National Institute of Health (NIH) suggests that multiples are used by individuals who practice the healthiest lifestyles. They also report that close to half of the population now takes daily multiple vitamin/mineral/antioxidants. This amounts to over 145,000,000 individual daily doses, or just under 53 billion doses annually.
March 02, 2007
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the undisputed science strength of the supplement industry, suggests the Feb 28th 2007 JAMA meta-analysis examining the effect of antioxidant supplements on all-cause mortality, misuses meta-analysis methods to create generalized conclusions that may inappropriately confuse and alarm consumers who can benefit from supplementing with antioxidants.
February 23, 2007
Medical journals are overflowing with the latest research findings on vitamin D and the many ways it protects our health. Yet, few doctors are informing their patients about the health advantages associated with this miracle vitamin.
February 16, 2007
The microarray is a fantastic research tool that combines molecular biology and computers (two of my most favorite things). Instead of examining one gene at a time researchers can now look at tens of thousands of genes simultaneously.
February 02, 2007
The 2007 stated mission of Biosyntrx Friday Pearls is to emphasise peer-reviewed nutrition and genome science, healthy lifestyle choice, disease prevention, and health care cost control - so we feel it appropriate to inform our Friday Pearl readers about a best-buy prescription drug service provided by Consumers Union.
December 29, 2006
The scientific discipline of health care is in a state of economic crisis - where new ideas, including ones previously discarded, are being tried. An intensely wellness-focused health care paradigm is being formed, has gained its own main stream followers - and, as expected, an intellectual battle is taking place between the followers of the new paradigm and the hold-outs of the old illness-focused system.
December 22, 2006
Protection of vision has preoccupied humans since the beginning of their existence. Who would believe that so small a space could encompass the images of the whole universe? - Leonardo da Vinci.
December 08, 2006
As predicted, the lame duck U.S. Senate passed S-3546, the Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Act, which will require manufacturers to notify the FDA of all serious adverse events for dietary supplements. The bill still has to get through the House of Representatives to become a fait accompli.
December 01, 2006
Product and consumer safety is always foremost in the minds of science-based nutraceutical companies. The Natural Products Association is, and has been for some time, working with the FDA to establish good manufacturing practices (GMPs) that appropriately match, or better, those used by the pharmaceutical industry.