Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

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.

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).

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