January 21, 2005
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory just announced they have identified a key molecule that helps protect plants from oxidative damage as the result of absorbing too much light. The researchers determined that when plants take in more solar energy than they are able to immediately use, molecules of zeaxanthin, a member of the carotenoid family of pigment molecules, carry away the excess energy.
January 07, 2005
If you are concerned about the recent FDA rulings on VIOXX, Celebrex, Bextra and over-the-counter COX2 inhibitors like Motrin, Advil, and Aleve, here are 5 suggested ways the 'good-guy' prostaglandins produced by the balanced essential fatty acids (EFAs) found in BioTears Oral GelCaps help quell moderate pain from inflammation by promoting the natural metabolic sequence of events set in motion at the beginning of the inflammatory response.
December 31, 2004
There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole. Bill Sardi, the esteemed health journalist, predicts that one vitamin could save Medicare from bankruptcy. In his most recent Article he wrote, "America is on the precipice of a great change. With the safety of prescription medicine in question, if the truth about natural medicines gets into public view, and the public begins to experience health benefits, there will be no turning back. Medicare ran an $87 billion deficit in 2004 and had to draw money out of the general fund. This entire deficit could be eradicated if the public took just one 1000-milligram vitamin C pill on a daily basis."
December 24, 2004
If you are concerned about the recent FDA rulings on VIOXX and possibly Celebrex, this Christmas Eve Friday Pearl suggests 5 ways how the 'good-guy' prostaglandins produced by the balanced essential fatty acids (EFAs) found in BioTears Oral GelCaps help quell moderate pain from inflammation by promoting the natural metabolic sequence of events set in motion at the beginning of the inflammatory response.
December 14, 2004
Pediatricians scattered around the country have been surprised to see children suffering from rickets, a bone disorder caused by vitamin D deficiency that had been largely relegated to a bygone era. Recent studies suggest that low vitamin D levels associated with osteoporosis put adults at life-threatening risk from falls and fractures. Rickets and osteomalacia are the same condition; rickets is the name used when it occurs in children, osteomalacia is the term used for adults.
December 10, 2004
Approximately 20 million people in the United States have their vision obstructed by cataracts and 500,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. The incidence and public costs associated with this disease are certain to increase with the increasing number of individuals over 65 years of age. Effective strategies aimed at preventing and/or delaying the development of age-related cataract are needed.
November 26, 2004
Researchers have discovered that one of the foods traditionally associated with Thanksgiving's dinner protects against cancer, build-up of arterial plaque, urinary tract infections, gum disease, Alzheimer's, and possibly macula degeneration. Hopefully, you have some left over in your refrigerator.
November 19, 2004
In the past, many physicians routinely recommended one or two isolated nutrients in order to attempt to achieve a specific result. A classic example of this would be the use of vitamin C in large doses to combat or prevent colds and flu. This can work very well, but long-term high dose use of a single nutrient like vitamin C can cause a deficiency of many other key nutrients such as the B-complex and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
November 12, 2004
A meta-analysis on synthetic vitamin E and all-cause mortality published November 10th, 2004 in the on-line issue of Annals of Internal Medicine inappropriately tries to draw conclusions for the whole population based on a combination of studies of people who were already at risk with existing diseases including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and kidney failure.
November 05, 2004
Recent science suggests that even mild zinc deficiency contributes to a number of health problems. However, a number of controlled trials strongly suggest that zinc supplementation should not excessively exceed the safe upper level (UL) established by the Food and Nutrition Board of The Institute of Medicine. Zinc plays an important role in the prevention of a number of age related diseases: