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Friday Pearls

Buyer Beware - Multiple Vitamins

Thursday, February 17, 2005

A study published in the February 14th, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that one out of every four American adults incorporate dietary supplements and nutraceuticals into their daily life. Unfortunately, the knee-jerk mainstream medical message, "buyer beware" now falls on deaf ears of millions of self-informed consumers.

Fish On Fridays?

Friday, February 11, 2005

A January 2005 review published by Emily Chew and John Paul San Giovanni from the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Research at the National Eye Institute suggests that long-chain fatty acids from cold water fish exhibit protective and therapeutic actions that contribute to a number of anti-angiogenic and neuroprotective mechanisms within the retina.

The Homocysteine Connection

Friday, February 04, 2005

Within the past four decades the efforts of investigators worldwide have established the amino acid, homocysteine, as an important risk factor in arteriosclerosis and diseases of aging, including degenerative diseases of the eye.

Do Diabetics Have Dry Eyes?

Friday, January 28, 2005

Diabetes is associated with a number of ocular complications that can lead to blindness. 47%-67% of diabetic patients develop primary corneal lesions during their lifetime. Persistant dry eye complaints from diabetic individuals indicate a clear role of tear film abnormalities.

Key Molecule in Photo-Protection Identified as Zeaxanthin

Friday, 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.

Safe Sex or Safe COX2 Inhibition

Friday, 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.

Vitamin C: A Balm in Gilead?

Friday, 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."

BioTears Oral GelCaps Safer Than VIOXX and Celebrex

Friday, 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.

The Vitamin D Deficiency Pandemic

Tuesday, 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.

Cataracts, Vitamin E and Xanthophylls

Friday, 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.

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