Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Up the Down Staircase

Friday, August 13, 2004

Have you ever zigged when you should have zagged, gone up the down staircase, slept when you should have been wide awake? Recent science suggests that disruption of our internal circadian clock can cause affective disorders that frequently make us feel like we are marching to a different drummer. Three specific vitamins particularly affect our circadian clocks.

Antioxidant Supplements and Cancer

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Last week the associated press (AP) reported on a cancer/antioxidant review featured on the cover of the most recent Lancet. The AP reported that a group of researchers from Denmark concluded "Antioxidant pills, except selenium, are useless for prevention of gastrointestinal cancers and may even be dangerous to your health." This news was reported despite the knowledge that many of the peer-reviewers of the paper emphatically concluded "There was no convincing proof of hazard."

Turmeric - The Powerhouse Spice of Life

Friday, August 06, 2004

Chronic inflammation is strongly linked to retinal degeneration, dry eye syndrome, cardiovascular disease, many cancers, and Alzheimer's. The chemical properties in Turmeric act as powerful anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, anti-angiogenics, and surgical wound healing accelerators.

The Amazing Carotenoid Race

Friday, July 30, 2004

At this point over a dozen carotenoids have been found in blood, but only two specific zanthophyll carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) are found in the center of the retina (fovea). The fovea accumulates these two dietary xanthophylls, which constitute the macular pigment or macula lutea.

A Plague of Ignorance: Lyme Disease

Friday, July 23, 2004

It's estimated that over 250,000 U.S. citizens may be affected with Tick Borne Diseases (TBD).  The most common tick borne disease is called Lyme disease. Despite widespread information as to the cause, history and symptoms associated with these infections, tick borne diseases continue to strike thousands of Americans each year in every state, particularly in the months of July and August. The US medical profession has been very slow to acknowledge this recurrent epidemic that is threatening our nation's health - including our eye health.

Rebuttal to Competitor's Comparison Chart: TheraLife

Friday, July 16, 2004

It is the policy of Biosyntrx to refrain from commenting on competitors unless competitors publicly misrepresent our products. This is a large industry and there is ample room for numerous properly designed OTC health products in the dry eye sector. Healthy competition is encouraged because it tends to raise the bar, which ultimately benefits the dry eye patient.

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.

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