Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Palm Readers and Pharmanex Life Pac

Friday, March 18, 2005

Traditionally, palm readers set up shop in high-traffic tourist areas to attract vulnerable folks high on vacation energy. Unfortunately, some well-meaning physicians have now been convinced by multi-level marketers to set up questionable antioxidant palm reading devices in their offices.

The Bilberry Myths

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.

Autologous Serum Eye Drops for Dry Eyes

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.

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."

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