Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Rx Roulette = FDA Reform

Friday, September 21, 2007

After a huge amount of compromise, including giving up banning direct-to-consumer drug advertisements, controlling drug prices, and preventing FDA drug-approval investigators from being paid consultants to drug companies, the Senate, just last night, sent to the White House, a bill passed, by more than two thirds majority of each the House and Senate, a bipartisan drug safety reform bill that will give the FDA the power to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for safety problems. This will help ensure that the pharmaceutical industry can’t continue to keep drug risks hidden from the public.

Antioxidants & Media Misrepresentation

Thursday, August 16, 2007

\"Life\'s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?\" Martin Luther King Jr.   I don\'t always completely agree with \'The Health Ranger\' columnist, Mike Adams. However, the following excerpt from his Wednesday column on the antioxidant /heart disease study published in this week\'s Archives of Internal Medicine is worth consideration.

The Many Benefits of Vitamin E

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Even though the National Eye Institute, The Academy of Science, the New York Academy of Science, and the Council for Responsible Nutrition all published articles refuting the conclusions of the extremely controversial Vitamin E meta-analysis published a few years ago, we continue to receive weekly phone calls from patients who tell us their doctors are still telling them to stop taking any supplemental Vitamin E.

Flaxseed Oil and Eye Health

Friday, August 10, 2007

Some uninformed eye care professionals insist on recommending flaxseed oil by itself, or as part of a formulation for dry eye patients, even though the negative science around flaxseed oil continues to mount.

Healthy Living Made Easy

Friday, August 03, 2007

Current statistics confirm that at any given time, about fifty percent of us take some form of dietary supplement on a regular basis. Further surveys reveal that the majority of us that do take supplements do so without any real knowledge of what we are doing.

Prevent the Summer Cold

Friday, July 27, 2007

A new meta-analysis published in the July 2007 edition of The Lancet suggests that taking the herbal supplement Echinacea could reduce the risk of catching a cold by 58 percent and reduce the duration of colds by an average of 1.4 days. This is fantastic news for Americans who, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, catch 1 billion colds annually.

Women, Cancer and Supplements

Friday, July 20, 2007

Two recently published studies independently suggest that improving vitamin D and calcium nutritional status through supplementation may substantially reduce women\'s risk of cancer. The studies\' findings closely align with previous research that has pointed to a relationship between intake of these nutrients and reduced risk of cancer, specifically breast cancer.

Zinc in the AMD News

Friday, July 13, 2007

This week’s Pipex pharmaceutical news release would have one think that high intake of a newly patented form of zinc, 'Z-monocys' (a monocysteine complex ), invented by ophthalmologist David Newsome, could be the elixir of life or at the very least, the panacea for the dry AMD patient. Possibly, but more probably not!

Provocative Science-in-Fiction

Friday, July 06, 2007

Carl Djerassi, PhD, father of the birth control pill, developer of antihistamines, developer of environmentally benign pesticides, Stanford teacher of world class chemists, former president of Syntex, novelist, prolific playwright and one of the few Renaissance men in twentieth-century science, acknowledged our mutual interest in tear film chemistry by sending me a lovely inscribed gift of one of his books titled The Futurists and Other Stories. One particularly inventive story from this book, The Dacriologist, is perfect beach reading for our ophthalmic and optometric-focused Friday Pearl subscribers. 

Fishing for Answers

Friday, June 29, 2007

"Nearly every ocular disease has a genetic component. That’s why genomics and molecular biology are changing the way eye disease is diagnosed and treated. Gene-based approaches will play a prominent role in disease prevention in the future." Charles Wormington, O.D. PhD, Associate Professor of Biophysics and Optometry, Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

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