Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Nature vs. Nurture vs. Epigenetics

Friday, January 08, 2016

Genes are not destiny.  —Bruce Lipton, PhDThe second Friday of 2016 seems a good time to reflect on nature versus nurture and what we know about the science of epigenetics, the study of changes in gene activity that doesn't involve alterations in our DNA genetic code but are still passed down to one or more successive generations.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. Tomorrow We Diet and Detox.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

It's New Year's Resolution time, when many of us set our intentions for self-improvement in the weeks and months to come. But the most common resolutions—diet, detox, lose weight and get more exercise, are big goals that can take a lot of time for most of us to make happen. So, let's also focus on smaller health-dividend changes we can make, even in just a few minutes a day.  Below are 10 favorite quickie resolutions from a Berkeley Wellness Letter that all of us can accomplish in minutes a day.

To Your Health!

Friday, December 18, 2015

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. —Nelson Mandela.        Christmas is a week away, and here is a fabulous last-minute gift idea. Make a small (or large) donation to the Hawaiian Eye Foundation in the name of that difficult-to-buy-for friend or family member, or just because it's a good thing to do.

Junk Food: Shrinking Brains & Excess Weight

Friday, December 11, 2015

An article recently published in BMC Medicine, the flagship medical journal of the BMC series, reported that older individuals who eat an unhealthy Western diet have smaller brains, which is further proof that junk food has a terrible impact on health and our ever-growing health care costs, yet our government does little to control subsidized agriculture and the high-calorie, nutrient-lacking foods on the supermarket shelf. According to government data, more  than two-thirds (69 percent) of U.S. adults are now overweight or obese.

Age Management: Nutrient Intake & Telomeres

Friday, December 04, 2015

A study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggested that the use of multivitamins may support the slowing down of biological aging in women. Would it be reasonable to suspect that multivitamins might support a similar process in men? [admin]A cross-sectional analysis, based on multivitamin use and dietary nu...

Gratitude Creates Better Health

Friday, November 27, 2015

A recent Healthline article reported that studies suggest people who regularly practice giving thanks are happier and healthier. "What if there was a solution to stress so simple that it involved nothing more than feeling thankful for the good things in your life? In fact, there is. That solution is called gratitude.

Science Supporting Carotenoid-based Interventions

Friday, November 20, 2015

A brilliant new 60-page paper guaranteed to hold the attention of anyone interested in the vast amount of science that supports xanthophyll carotenoids and macula health just become available online for download from the prestigious journal, Progress in Retinal and Eye Research.

Omega-3 Sustainability Thoughts

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ask any fish where they get their omega-3s. They will tell you that they metabolize omega-3 fatty acids from the algae they consume. The good news is that algae-based omega-3 EPA and DHA are now directly obtainable without the fish middleman and without further endangering delicate marine ecosystems.

Harvard School of Public Health & Lifestyle Medicine

Friday, November 06, 2015

Cutting-edge work on molecular mechanisms involved in the cellular response to oxidative stress was the focus of last week’s Harvard School of Public Health Annual Symposium. David Hunter, the acting dean suggested that the focus reflected the scho...

Food Sustainability & Politics

Friday, October 30, 2015

The October 9, 2015, issue of Science, the prestigious journal of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, reported that, for the first time, a February 2015 decision by the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommended that food system sustainability become an integral part of Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs).

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