Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Multiple Vitamin/Mineral Safety

Friday, March 29, 2013

It’s time to address this issue again.  According to the latest research published in the Feb. 2013 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, multivitamin-multimineral treatment does not increase mortality risk, in spite of the poorly-designed studies or meta-analysis that suggest it does.  

Sex, Genes, Drugs and Dry Eyes

Friday, March 15, 2013

Sex, genes, and the drugs we use can dramatically increase the risk of developing dry eye syndrome. The prescription drugs consistently associated with chronic dry eyes are antihistamines, decongestants, antidepressants, diuretics, beta-blockers, oral contraceptives and estrogen replacement therapy (ERT).

The Whole Vs. The Sum of Its Parts

Friday, March 01, 2013

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."  Albert Einstein The chemicals of life act in balanced concert with one another. Only after the baseline of essential nutrients is met on a daily basis is it considered completely safe to add individual nutrients in higher amounts for therapeutic purposes.

Evidence-Based Medicine: Socratic Debate

Friday, February 22, 2013

A delightful article on Dr. Larry Alexander's new web site called reminded me of my 2007 Friday Pearl on Socratic debate borrowed from a 1995 British Medical Journal.   We hope you will enjoy reading it, or rereading it if that's the case.  

Is Calcium Dangerous?

Friday, February 15, 2013

Beware! The press has jumped on a questionable newly published study with headlines that read, Research finding suggest that women with high intakes of calcium from dietary and supplementary sources are associated with twice the risk of death from heart disease when compared to those women with a lower intake.

On Loving Vitamin C

Friday, February 08, 2013

I received a most interesting reply to last week's Friday Pearl on Age Management from Paul Honan, MD, one of my favorite retired Ophthalmologists and a fellow lecturer for a systemic inflammation CME course called Eyes On Fire that we co-taught for a number of years with Jerre Freeman, MD, Richard Kratz, MD, Spencer Thornton, MD, and Tom Mazzaco, MD. Dr. Honan graciousl...

Age Management

Friday, February 01, 2013

A study supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggested that the use of multivitamins may slow down biological aging in women. It seems safe to assume that multivitamins may slow down the aging process in men as well.

2005 Tipping Point Revisited

Friday, December 28, 2012

It's always important to spend some year-end time looking over one's body of  work to see what stuck.  Our 2005 Tipping Point Friday Pearl did just that. We present it again from the December, 2012 perspective.  

Holiday Eating Tips

Friday, December 21, 2012

In the spirit of the season and because it seems appropriate,  I’m using a holiday letter I just received from a favorite cousin as this week’s Friday Pearl.  I don’t think she wrote it herself since I seem to remember reading it once  before.  I hope it brings a much-needed smile to your face, as it did to all of ours.  

Ginkgo biloba: Colds & Flu

Friday, December 07, 2012

A study published in the peer-reviewed November 2012 issue of Natural Medicines examined the influence of Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb)  on the infectivity of influenza viruses and found an inhibitory effect: specifically EGb interference with the interaction between influenza viruses and erythrocytes (red blood cells).  

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