Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Defending Salt

Friday, February 03, 2017

It is difficult to get people to understand something when their job depends on not understanding it. —Upton SinclairOne of our bad habits as Americans is to overdo and obsess what currently gets our attention. The good news is that most of us seem to have a propensity to self-correct before too much damage is done.“Eat clean” (fresh, whole, nutrient-den...

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Friday, January 27, 2017

It seems timely to focus today's Friday Pearl on heavy metal toxicity (think Flint, MI), given the impending possibility of legislative action that might interfere with or lessen local and federal regulations that help protect our public water supply.

Tear Film Chemistry Diagnostics

Friday, January 20, 2017

A paper just published in Experimental Eye Research addresses the viability of establishing measurable vitamin concentrations in tears for nutritional assessments. The hypothesis is that nutrients are transferred to the living cells of corneas through tears. Imagine that!This is not at all surprising to those of us who have passionately studied tear chemistry ...

Curcumin, Nitric Oxide and Aging

Friday, January 13, 2017

Today’s Friday Pearl addresses a new human curcumin study featured in the January 3, 2017 journal, Aging.Thirty-nine healthy men and-post menopausal women aged 45 to 74 years were randomized to 12 weeks of supplemental curcumin (2,000 mg per day) or placebo.

Women, Heart Attacks & Stroke

Friday, December 30, 2016

Although our primary Friday Pearl focus is nutrition and eye health, given the sad and sudden loss of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, we felt like our last 2016 Pearl should feature a reprint of Jane Brody's New York Times 2015 article on the number one killer of women, including young women.

Sugar and the Holidays

Friday, December 23, 2016

Since it's a major holiday weekend, indulge if you must, but for the sake of your eye, brain and body health, please avoid excessive sugar.

Dietary Guidelines, Balance and Sustainability

Friday, December 16, 2016

The executive summary of the 2015 to 2020 Health & Human Services Dietary Guidelines reported that many infectious diseases have been conquered and the majority of the US population can now anticipate a long and productive life.  At the same time, they also reported that rates of chronic disease—many of which are related to poor quality diet and physical inactivity, have increased dramatically.

Macular Carotenoids and Photostress Recovery

Friday, December 09, 2016

The dietary carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and the zeaxanthin isomer meso-zeaxanthin are found in high concentrations in the macular retina. They are collectively known as macular pigment.

Frailty, Exercise & Nutrient Intake

Friday, December 02, 2016

Because falls and fractures are one of the leading causes of death and Medicare expense in those over the age of 65, a new study on physical activity, diet quality and mortality among community-dwelling pre-frail and frail older adults was recently published in an issue of the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics.

Gratitude and Our Health

Friday, November 25, 2016

Today's Friday Pearl is reminder information that many may find useful this holiday season. A 2015 Healthline article reported that studies suggest people who regularly practice giving thanks are happier and healthier. 

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