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Pro-Aging: Do We Reconsider Fish Oil?

Friday, April 29, 2016

A vast amount of research suggests that eating fish regularly over a lifetime is good for our eyes and brain. But when it comes to staving off eye disease and cognitive decline in seniors, omega-3 fish oil supplements don't seem to be working all that well, according to an NPR interview with Emily Chew, PhD, deputy clinical director at the National Eye Institute and chief investigator of the AREDS-2 study.

Curcumin: A Spice for Life

Friday, April 22, 2016

Today’s Friday Pearl addresses curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric root (Curcuma longa) and the ever-growing scientific information now suggesting multitargeted therapy may prove to be better than monotargeted prescription drug therapy for a number of health problems.

Too Much Water?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Aquaholic: Addicted to water. A person that is always drinking water and keeps a bottle of water on their person, or very close by, at all times.  Although there was not much science to support drinking the long-recommended eight glasses of water a day (64 ounces), there is even less for drinking more if we are not exercising, working or spending t...

Rethinking the Word "Blind"

Friday, April 08, 2016

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.

Sensational Chocolate Science

Friday, April 01, 2016

This is not an April Fool's joke! A study published in the upcoming May 2016 peer-reviewed journal Appetite is titled “Chocolate intake is associated with better cognitive function: The Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study.” The results are guaranteed to make most people happy, since chocolate rarely fails to stimulate synesthesia—particularly in the human female brain.

Vitamin D: Evidence-Based Medicine

Friday, March 25, 2016

An evidence-based medicine review was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine last week that examined the clinical evidence for 10 vitamin D beliefs.

Vitamin D3 vs. Vitamin D2

Friday, March 18, 2016

A case can be made against synthetic Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) as a vitamin supplement, although pharmacopoeias still regard D2 and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) as equivalent and interchangeable.

Calling Out Evidence-Based Medicine One More Time

Thursday, March 17, 2016

This January 2015 Friday Pearl was a response to an Ophthalmology Journal article titled "Ocular Nutritional Supplements - Are Their Ingredients and Manufacturers Claims Evidence-Based?" The response was...

Nutrient Science Studies: Poverty of Reductionism

Friday, March 11, 2016

This Friday Pearl was presented in 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.

Vitamin D & Multiple Sclerosis

Friday, March 11, 2016

Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) in adulthood. JAMA Neurology published an online study on March 7 based on The Finnish Maternity Cohort data that suggests insufficient maternal (25(OH) D) during pregnancy may increase the risk of offspring developing MS as adults by 90 percent.

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