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Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Excuse me, could you repeat that please?

Friday, July 09, 2004

Is hearing loss an inevitable consequence of the aging process? Maybe not. New science suggests that the age related loss of all five of our senses can be directly related to cumulative cellular mitochondrial DNA damage, which could be dramatically slowed, or in some cases prevented through optimal nutrition.

Flax Seed Oil - The Unvarnished Truth

Friday, July 02, 2004

Although consumption of high intake Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) from flax seeds might reduce heart disease mortality, the recent association between high intakes of Omega 3 flax seed oil and prostate cancer is of concern. The current thought is that flax seed oil is highly unstable and too prone to oxidation. Once fatty acids become rancid, they can cause severe tissue damage that may even promote the growth of cancers.

Nutritional Science Studies: Poverty of Reductionism

Friday, June 25, 2004

Because the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts, large scale clinical studies on single nutrients will never completely explain their relationship to the chronic degenerative process. Unfortunately, most of the published nutrient studies are on individual nutrients and specific body systems because that fits the scientifically accepted pharmaceutical drug paradigm.

Macular Degeneration: Alzheimer's of the Retina?

Friday, June 11, 2004

This day, officially set aside to mourn Ronald Reagan, compels us to address the Age-Related Macular Degeneration/Alzheimer's connection. Both of these chronic degenerative diseases affect more than 10% of the population over the age of 75.

Autologous Serum Eye Drops for Dry Eyes?

Friday, June 04, 2004

Autologous serum eye drops (produced from patients' own blood) are rarely recommended until more conventional dry eye treatment modalities have been exhausted. However, many subjective symptoms (discomfort, foreign body sensation, dryness and photophobia) and some objective signs (fluorescein and rose bengal staining and conjunctival impression cytology) have improved significantly in severe dry eyes treated with autologous serum eye drops.

Vitamin A: Fat Metabolism and Eye Disease

Friday, May 28, 2004

Nutrients modify gene expression and their function in target cells affects many fundamental biological processes. Recent science suggests a link between Vitamin A status, fat thermogenesis and retinopathy.

The Misunderstood Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Friday, May 21, 2004

Unfortunately, all Omega 6 fatty acids now have a bad rap sheet created by well-meaning, but misinformed, medical writers. It is true that the typical American diet is over-loaded with Omega 6 linoleic- acid (LA) from vegetable oils such as sunflower, safflower, corn, cottonseed and soybean oils that are added to most all processed foods. So maybe it's time to clean your pantry of all the overly-processed crackers, chips, cookies and cakes and the above mentioned Omega 6 oils that oxidize too quickly and become pro-inflammatories.

Elevated Homocysteine Level: Age Related Diseases

Friday, May 21, 2004

A recent study published in The American Journal of Ophthalmology suggests a strong relationship between plasma homocysteine levels and exudative neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Nutrigenomics: The Importance of Micronutrients

Friday, May 14, 2004

Accelerating discoveries in genomics present possibilities for a dynamic era of scientific investigation based on understanding the effects of nutrients in molecular level processes in the body. Deficiencies in any one of the over 40 micronutrients required by the body can cause DNA damage and are associated with most chronic degenerative human diseases.

Lutein Antioxidant Supplement Trial (LAST): The most requested nutrient study at the Biosyntrx booth - ASCRS 2004

Friday, May 07, 2004

The Veterans LAST study (Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation Trial): Double-masked, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of lutein and antioxidant supplementation in the intervention of atrophic age-related macular degeneration.

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