Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

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.

Day After Thanksgiving Food For ThoughtDay After Thanksgiving Food For Thought

Friday, 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.

The Importance of Balanced Nutrition: Full-spectrum Multiple Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants

Friday, 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.

Biosyntrx Response to Vitamin E Hysteria

Friday, 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.

Zinc Controversy

Friday, 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:

Biosyntrx Launches Oculair at AAO

Friday, October 29, 2004

Biosyntrx announces their newly named next-generation Syntrx Complete multiple formulation for eyes and body health at the 2004 American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in New Orleans.

Macula Complete Cited ''Best In Class''

Friday, October 22, 2004

Macula Complete has received the endorsement of Macular Degeneration Support, the award-winning, worldwide Internet-based information and support community for people affected by macular degeneration and similar retinal diseases. Founded in 1995, MD Support is an independent, non-profit organization which as a practice avoids product recommendations. Nevertheless, Dan Roberts, founder and director of MD Support, lauded Macula Complete in an e-mail to the organization's members earlier this month:

Vascular Disease and Folate

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Women consuming 800 mcgs, or more, of folate (folic acid) per day have a significantly lower risk of developing high blood pressure than women consuming lesser amounts.

Do No Harm

Friday, October 01, 2004

Research to Prevent Blindness contributed to the funding of an important study published in the July 2004 issue of Ophthalmology on four classes of prescription drugs associated with adverse ocular drug reactions. The use of bisphosphonates, cetirizine, retinoids, and topiramate can cause moderate to severe ocular side effects.

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