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From the Desk of Spencer Thornton, MD

Biology vs. Psychology

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

They say that attitude influences our reaction to stress more than any other factor. Today, people are living longer but enjoying it less. Despite the increased stresses of modern life, we are living longer even though diseases such as diabetes, chronic obesity, heart disease and other chronic degenerative conditions increase the demands on our body.

Slowing the Aging Process

Monday, January 15, 2018

We cannot change chronology, but we can change biology! Many of us accept the pronouncements of the pundits who pontificate about slowing the aging process, but few give specific directions to achieving this goal. I’d like to give a few.

Eating the Peel Can be Good for Your Health

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In all probability, the first thing you do when eating an orange is remove the peel and chuck it into the trash. Well, you know what? By doing this, you’re missing out on some great nutrients. For example, an orange peel has nearly twice the amount of vitamins as the flesh inside, and though it might sound unappetizing at first, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate orange peels into your diet.

Friday Pearls

Niacin (B3) Science

Friday, March 23, 2018

Niacin, water-soluble vitamin B3, and its derivative nicotinamide, are dietary coenzyme precursors of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide NAD, which can also be a phosphate derivative of an organic coenzyme molecule called NADP.

Fish Every Friday Tales

Friday, March 16, 2018

Now that Ash Wednesday has come and gone and our souls have been cleansed by not eating meat, Lent has officially started for millions of Catholics around the world. Fish on Friday is back on the menu until after Easter Sunday. My entertaining conspiracy theorist friends will, no doubt, sink their teeth right into an NPR spoof suggesting that a powerful medieval pope made a secret pact to prop up the Italian fishing industry by requiring all Roman Catholics to eat fish every Friday, with the goal of getting millions of Catholics around the world to alter global economics.

Nerve Growth Factor and Why We Love Science

Friday, March 09, 2018

Neurotropins are exciting blood stream-signaling proteins that induce the survival of neurons. They are capable of stimulating specific cells to survive, differentiate, or grow. This can be particularly important to those suffering from age-related loss of optimal eye and brain function.

Biosyntrx Sunday Morning

Celebrating Gypsy Jazz

Sunday, March 18, 2018

A note from my  friend and fellow founding board member of the Ocular Nutrition Society, Carol Boerner, MD, about her recent week in Paris celebrating food, drink, and music with her goddaughter, reminded me how much I love Paris, Gypsy jazz and the early “Hot Club” protest music started by gypsy guitarist “Django” Reinhardt outside Paris in the 1930s.

E.O. Wilson: The Scientist Who Writes Like a Poet

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Every generation benefits from the insights and discoveries of the generations who came before. If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. —Sir Issac NewtonPen American Center, the largest branch of the world's leading literary and human rights organization, has just announced that Edward Osborne Wilson, PhD, Harvard professor emeritus and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, is the 2018 winner of the prestigious Pen Literary Science Writing Award.

Leonard Bernstein at 100 Celebration

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time.  ―​Toni MorrisonThis past week's Colorado College three-day symposium celebrating Leonard Bernstein at 100, addressed the differences he made in our appreciation of classical music, musical theater, conducting choreography, our understanding of Gustav Mahler, Bernstein's own Jewish identity, and his lifelong commitment to social justice. 

Tasty Tuesday

Sour Cherry Pie for George Washington

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

I always bake a cherry pie for friends and family around George Washington's birthday. My first cherry pie was a surprise I decided to make for my parents when I was nine years old and at home alone. I used my grandmother's hand written pie crust recipe from my Mom's green metal recipe box. It clearly read: 1) Sift two and one half cups of flour and a dash of salt with one cup of Crisco shortening. 2) Cut in the shortening in the flour with two knives until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some small pea-sized pieces. 3) Slowly add five or six tablespoons of ice water until the mixture holds together. Roll out two rounds on a floured board for a two crust pie.

French Onion Soup (Soupe à l'Oignon Gratinée)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On particularly cold and snowy Colorado mid-February days, we crave steaming hot bowls of French onion soup made from Julia Child’s original cookbook—and there will always be cheese. 

Polenta and Sauteed Mushrooms

Monday, February 05, 2018

The Biosyntrx test kitchen staff have fallen in love with gluten-free  Colavita Instant Polenta, a traditional northern Italian starch that can be the base for quick and easy meals served with your favorite sauces, stews, grilled meats, or simply topped with fresh cheeses like Gorgonzola or grated Parmesan.


Changing the way we talk about aging

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The editor-in-chief of the Conde Nast Publication Allure, put out a September 2017 call to industry to end the use of the word, anti-aging.  For this we are grateful, since it’s been the position of the Biosyntrx founders, staff and scientific advisory board for the past ten or more years.

Strawless in September

Friday, August 25, 2017

You don't have to see the ocean to protect the ocean. 

Age-proof Your Knees

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

"Knee pain is common in older age, often caused by osteoarthritis (the wearing away of knee cartilage). Fortunately, there are ways to fool Father Time and postpone knee problems or even prevent them entirely. "In many cases, you can delay or avoid the need for surgical intervention, such as a knee replacement," says Dr. Lars Richardson, an orthopedic surgeon with Harvard-affiliated...