Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Sight at the End of Life

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Biosyntrx is honored to present a condensed version of a talk on vision that was part of a Harvard Think Tank conference on Health and Aging presented on April 4 in Cambridge,MA, by one of the 2013 Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellows, Vincent de Luise, MD FACS, who mentors and educates at The Intersection of Visual Sciences and the Humanities.

Marijuana and Glaucoma

Friday, April 19, 2013

Introduction: Today's Pearl is a condensed version of Dr. Larry Alexander's recent research project for The political system is hot with the issue of the legalization of marijuana.  As of April 12, 2013 there were 18 states and DC that had legalized the medical use of marijuana and 10 states with pending legislation.  Colorado and Washington...

How Blind is Blind?

Friday, April 12, 2013

People with age-related macular degeneration were pleased and relieved to see the word “blind” on its way out as a description of their visual condition. The word "blind" has become increasingly less associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), thanks in part to more than 5 years of Herculean awareness efforts by a Macular Degeneration ...

Here Comes the Sun

Friday, April 05, 2013

Recent vitamin D deficiency studies suggest that a little daily sun exposure, sans  sunscreen, is good for our whole body and certainly our mood. However, too much sun is bad for our eyes and our skin and those sun related wrinkles can certainly affect our mood, if we let them.

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...

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