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Beware the Eyes of March

Friday, 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.

Healthy Lifestyle and Multiples Go Hand in Hand

Friday, 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.

JAMA Article Misuses Meta-Analysis Methods

Friday, 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.  

Vitamin D Now Flying Above the Radar

Friday, 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.

Research Tools and Genetic Eye Disease

Friday, 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.

Best Buy Drugs

Friday, 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.

A Health Care Paradigm Shift?

Friday, 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.

The Miraculous Gift of Sight

Friday, 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.

Health Freedom Musing - Part II

Friday, 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.

Health Freedom Musings

Friday, 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.

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