Friday, March 11, 2005
If you had trouble believing the WW2 story about bilberry jam improving the Royal Air Force pilots night vision, you may also have trouble believing the alternative explanation for how all this jam on toast business got started. The second, possibly urban myth, suggests that the first bilberry story was put out as a bit of disinformation to keep the German powers from finding out about the Allies new invention called radar. Since neither version of the story seems to have dependable published support - the truth may forever remain a mystery.
Friday, March 04, 2005
New studies continue to suggest the effectiveness of using ones own serum for eye drops, after conventional dry eye treatment modalities have been exhausted. A study published in the February 2005 issue of the American Journal of Ophthalmology concludes that autologous serum eyedrops were found effective in the treatment of severe dry eye disease, evidenced by improvement of tear stability and ocular surface vital staining scores.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.