Health and Nutrition

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July 1, 2005

Blue Light and Macular Degeneration

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From “Macular Degeneration–The Complete Guide To Saving And Maximizing Your Sight” by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D. and Marja Mogk (Reprinted with permission) In many primate studies, blue light has been shown to cause a photochemical reaction that produces free radicals in the RPE and the rods and cones. Researchers believe that these free radicals interact
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September 25, 2004

Antioxidant Values in Fruits And Vegetables

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by Dan Roberts September 2004 A study from Tufts University in Boston ranks the antioxidant value of commonly eaten fruits and vegetables using an analysis called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). This is a test tube analysis that measures the total antioxidant power of foods and other chemical substances. Antioxidants are special compounds that protect
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July 7, 2004

Beta Carotene And Smoking

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by Dan Roberts July 2004 As most of us are aware, beta carotene (i.e. vitamin A) has been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers [Finnish Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention (ATBC) study]. For this reason, people who smoke, or have recently smoked, are being advised to avoid supplements containing beta carotene. This
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June 9, 2003

Study Demonstrates Essential Role of Zeaxanthin in Eye Health

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Published by permission from RFB Communications Group, Inc. November 11, 2002 (Updated June 9, 2003) Schepens/Harvard study provides direct proof of dietary nutrient’s essential role in protecting the retina from the damaging effects of light. Skip to “Questions and Answers about Zeaxanthin”Research performed at Schepens Eye Research Institute and Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
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August 7, 2002

Study Shows That Vitamin E Does Not Prevent Macular Degeneration

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by Dan Roberts August, 2002 Until recently, some doctors have thought that megadoses of Vitamin E might help prevent macular degeneration. This opinion was bolstered by the National Eye Institute study and the resulting AREDS report on the benefits of high doses of antioxidants and zinc, which included Vitamin E. New research has concluded, however,
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April 15, 2002

Email Discussion Groups May Improve Health

Posted in: Daily Living, Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts April 2002 Researchers have shown that participation in an email discussion group may improve health status and lower health care utilization for persons with recurrent back pain. This is the first study of its kind which looked at Internet support in connection with health improvement, and it is this writer’s belief that
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January 6, 2002

Stargardt’s Patients Need Special Light Protection

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by Robert Hammer, B. Optom. January 2002 The gene for Stargardt’s disease has been identified (Allikmet et al.’97 Nat. Gen. 15:236-246). The faulty gene fails to code for a protein which is present in rod outer segments only (has not been found in cones, pigment epithelium or anywhere else in the body). This protein was
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November 5, 2001

You May Need Vitamin D

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by Dan Roberts If you are protecting your retinas by avoiding direct sunlight, you may also be depriving yourself of a natural source of vitamin D. This is the vitamin which allows your body to absorb enough calcium for strong bones. It is also important to protect us against muscle weakness and possibly a risk
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September 15, 2001

Spinach For Sight

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Light-sensitive proteins in chlorophyll may provide treatment for some eye diseases. by Carolyn Krause Reprinted with permission from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL Reporter, Issue 30, September 2001. Spinach, a vegetable famously rich in vitamins and minerals, can be safely assumed to be good for the eyes. A collaboration between ORNL researchers and the
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April 7, 2001

A New Look At Eye Health

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by Bill Sardi (Reprinted with permission from Nutrition Science News, April 2001.) Many people with deteriorating vision are seeing nutritional therapy as a successful alternative to conventional medicine or surgery. An example is Mildred Frank of Ormond Beach, Fla., who experienced a dramatic improvement in her vision that was not the result of lasers or
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