From the Desk of Spencer Thornton, MD
May 06, 2013
In studying nutritional therapy for the eyes (As in our Friday Pearls) I’ve learned a few things about the body and stress.
March 01, 2013
The TV doctor who promotes “the latest miracle cure” is promoted by the network and applauded by an appreciative audience. But behind this all-knowing expert is a staff of writers who are sure to remember the sponsor (usually a pharmaceutical company) who pays their checks.
January 01, 2013
Scientific studies (and some not-so-scientific) over the past 30 or 40 years have concluded that the length of time you have on this earth is programmed into your DNA.
October 09, 2012
Clinicians should feel comfortable with recommending nutritional supplements for patients with or at risk for AMD. Reports published in highly respected journals such as Archives of Ophthalmology have reported that hundreds of thousands of people could benefit from vitamin supplements shown to help prevent macular degeneration, the condition that is one of the leading causes of vision loss.
September 13, 2012
Cambridge University experts reported in The British Journal of Sports Medicine that colds were more common in people who did not exercise regularly. The same could be said of flu. It is well known that regular, moderate exercise contributed to ones resistance to infections, and in the British study of more than 1,000 people, regular moderate exercise nearly halved the odds of catching cold viruses.
July 31, 2012
When I think of all the people I admire, Norman Lear is at the top of the list.
July 08, 2012
When the name Julie Andrews is mentioned, most people break into song “The Hills Are Alive” or “a spoonfull of sugar helps the medicine go down”. When I saw Julie Andrews in the movie Mary Poppins 48 years ago I didn’t dream I would ever have the opportunity to meet her, but her recent visit to the Chautauqua Institution in New York provided the opportunity.
June 15, 2012
Most of us are aware of some of the reasons America has lost so many jobs to other countries: cheaper labor, cheaper raw materials, less oversight in manufacture, foreign government subsidies and financial incentives. Some foreign companies own American brands but the profits go abroad, and the US loses jobs and tax dollars.
April 11, 2012
I was, and am, an unabashed fan of Andy Rooney, who died last year at age 92. I’m writing this not as a memorial to him, but as a challenge to myself – and you. He is one of a number of people who stayed in the game up to the last possible moment and kept using his skills to make a difference.
January 01, 2012
If you’ve been reading our Friday Pearls (written by our Chief Research Officer, Ellen Troyer) faithfully you know how much we believe in real science and how it applies to our health, longevity and state of mind. What follows is a survey of the best advice I’ve gleaned from our research.