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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Howard Rheingold, my former Marin County, CA neighbor, Stanford professor and author of The Virtual Community, once commented on the influential early online intellectual community called The Well, "When people carry on public discussions long enough, and with sufficient human feelings, they form webs of intense supportive relationships."
Friday, November 17, 2006
Age-related cataract, the world's leading cause of blindness, affects more than 20 million Americans over the age of 40 years. Surgical correction is currently the only known option for intervention, but researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University recently sought, in three different studies, to determine if prevention is possible.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Our genes are formed from microscopic double-strands of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). They are dependent on adequate nutrition for their structure and activity. By appropriately switching on and off (this is called transcription in the genome research world) our genes direct the behavior of our body's 60 trillion cells. Many genetic researchers consider our genes to be the Rosetta stone of health and disease.
Friday, November 03, 2006
It seems appropriate, on the Friday before 2006 mid-term elections, for Biosyntrx to set aside nutrition studies until next week and discuss the most pressing mortality crisis in the world - and the numbers that none of us want to face.
Friday, October 27, 2006
For the non-scientists, meta-analyses combine similar small studies together in an attempt to better assess the effects of a treatment. Meta-analyses are often considered the final word on the effects of those treatments, although there are serious limitations to this approach. When studies have different designs or inclusion parameters, deciding which studies to combine and which to leave out of the analyses is too often subject to investigator bias.