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Friday Pearls

Lycopene: Cataracts and Lipofuscin

Friday, September 17, 2004

Of all the carotenoids, lycopene has been shown to exhibit the highest physical quenching rate of singlet oxygen. Lycopene has very high antioxidative activity and exerts a protective effect from various diseases, including cataracts, aging of retinal pigment epithelial cells, prostate cancer and lower urinary tract symptoms in older men.

Selenium and Homocysteine

Friday, September 10, 2004

Researchers have determined that elderly humans with low selenium concentrations have increased levels of the cardiovascular risk factor known as homocysteine.

New Beta-Carotene and Smokers Data From the Infamous Finnish ATBC study.

Friday, September 03, 2004

An important new study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests that smokers who consume a wide variety of dietary antioxidants, including reasonable amounts of beta carotene, have a substantially lower risk of developing lung cancer. Scientists from a number of universities, including Yale, together with resea...

Good Medicine vs Marketing Hype

Friday, August 20, 2004

There is a difference between nutraceutical formulations designed by scientists around good medicine and those designed by marketeers around media focus (heat). There are a number of important questions doctors and consumers need to ask themselves before recommending or purchasing disease-specific nutraceutical formulations.

Paul Harvey: AMD Vitamin Huckster - Premiere Ocular Nutrition

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Paul Harvey is so good that large numbers of sponsors are lined up waiting for the chance to have him endorse their products because he has the delightful ability to make us suspend disbelief - if only in admiration for the magical way he woos us to spend our money on liver pills, utensils that dice, slice and chop and now vitamins to prevent or slow the progression of age related macular degeneration.

Up the Down Staircase

Friday, August 13, 2004

Have you ever zigged when you should have zagged, gone up the down staircase, slept when you should have been wide awake? Recent science suggests that disruption of our internal circadian clock can cause affective disorders that frequently make us feel like we are marching to a different drummer. Three specific vitamins particularly affect our circadian clocks.

Antioxidant Supplements and Cancer

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Last week the associated press (AP) reported on a cancer/antioxidant review featured on the cover of the most recent Lancet. The AP reported that a group of researchers from Denmark concluded "Antioxidant pills, except selenium, are useless for prevention of gastrointestinal cancers and may even be dangerous to your health." This news was reported despite the knowledge that many of the peer-reviewers of the paper emphatically concluded "There was no convincing proof of hazard."

Turmeric - The Powerhouse Spice of Life

Friday, August 06, 2004

Chronic inflammation is strongly linked to retinal degeneration, dry eye syndrome, cardiovascular disease, many cancers, and Alzheimer's. The chemical properties in Turmeric act as powerful anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, anti-angiogenics, and surgical wound healing accelerators.

The Amazing Carotenoid Race

Friday, July 30, 2004

At this point over a dozen carotenoids have been found in blood, but only two specific zanthophyll carotenoids (lutein and zeaxanthin) are found in the center of the retina (fovea). The fovea accumulates these two dietary xanthophylls, which constitute the macular pigment or macula lutea.

A Plague of Ignorance: Lyme Disease

Friday, July 23, 2004

It's estimated that over 250,000 U.S. citizens may be affected with Tick Borne Diseases (TBD).  The most common tick borne disease is called Lyme disease. Despite widespread information as to the cause, history and symptoms associated with these infections, tick borne diseases continue to strike thousands of Americans each year in every state, particularly in the months of July and August. The US medical profession has been very slow to acknowledge this recurrent epidemic that is threatening our nation's health - including our eye health.

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