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SUBJECT: EYES--PROTECT VISION, IMPROVE VISION?
Raw Diet and 3 Supplements Cause of Improved Vision?
Around 1998, I started a supper-supplementation program which included eating mostly raw, organically-grown foods as much as possible. Added to that, I started taking a Mannatech product called MVP--made primarily of hormone-rich Mexican yams (NO LONGER AVAILABLE)--and a "superfood" green barley grass drink like those found in most health food stores, and I also ordered a product designed after a famous European treatment using live cell rejuvenation therapy of some kind that many of the rich and famous swear by. It was a product called GH3--Gerovita H3 www.gh3.co.uk .
After a while, I realized I
couldn't see as well as before with my glasses and that they needed to
be changed. When the eye-doctor--a local optometrist in his late 70's--examined
my eyes, he said that my vision had improved up to 25% in one eye, and
somewhat less in the other, which made it necessary to "back down"
on my old prescription.
I can't say whether the vision improvement was from one product, all three, or all of these factors combined--only that these are the facts, to be interpreted as one will.--DJT
From: Darrell Stoddard's site-- http://healpain.net
Note: The above treatment http://healpain.net/articles/macdegrev.html (referring to an anecdotal story not included here) is based on the following research that I read in an acupuncture journal nearly 20 years ago. I was so impressed by the 97% cure or improved rate that I went to a trusted ophthalmologist to ask him about "Exudative Central Chorioretinopathy." He said, "We never see that in the United States, almost never." I wondered in my mind how they could get 600 patients with the disease in China if the disease is so rare. In my own mind I thought it must be because they have a billion people. This ended my search.
Years later I learned about wet and dry macular degeneration and that both types caused the loss of central vision. It occurred to me that Exudative Central Chorioretinopathy was probably just wet type macular degeneration, the most common eye disease known. I've tried it out on just a few patients for both wet and dry macular degeneration and seen near miraculous results in two patients. One man couldn't see my house when we started and after just five treatments he could see the numbers on my house. After nine treatments he could see a bug crawling across the floor clear across his living room. For all I know this may be just the placebo effect. If placebos will restore eyesight, then we need a lot more placebos.
I have a lot more to learn about macular degeneration. My success rate is not even close to the 97% in the study below. It has offered no help for about four patients. The results for two patients, however, were so impressive that I'm posting the letter and study here for those who would like to do more about this life altering eye disease.
Acupuncture Treatment of Exudative
Exudative central chorioretinopathy is one of the common ocular diseases. The early impairment of the central vision and protracted clinical course may seriously interfere with the life of those suffered. Various remedies have been advocated by authors of different countries with certain beneficial results, though far from being satisfactory. On account of the lengthy therapeutic course and great expense needed, their practical use has not met with general approval.
Since the mid 1970 we began to treat this disease with acupuncture of "Xiangyang" point and the clinical results attained were encouraging with an overall cure or improved rate up to 97.66%. From the accumulated clinical experiences for more than 7 years, it has shown that acupuncture of "Xiangyang" point in the treatment of exudative central chorioretinopathy is the method of choice. It is efficacious, with shorter therapeutic course, simple, safe and almost painless with a low cost and less equipment needed.
Analysis of 600 cases with exudative central chorioretinopathy undergoing acupuncture therapy showed an overall results of cured or improved in 586 cases (97.66%) and unsatisfactory in 14 cases(2.34%).
The role of acupuncture might be postulated as that the favorable effects of needling "Xiangyang" point perhaps transverse through the distribution of cervical plexus and sympathetic chains. More recently the fluorescing angiography of the fundus has demonstrated definite changes in the permeability of choriocapillaries. One would anticipated that the mild stimulation by needling may regulate the malfunctioned cervical sympathetic plexus, reduce the permeability of choriocapilaries and promote the resolution of edema and exudation.
As regards the nature of channel, whether it does designate nervous system still remains unsolved. For the time being we would assume that channel may intimately correlate with nervous system.From the site: http://www.mercola.com/2001/mar/7/visual_degeneration.htm
"Till recently, macular degeneration was considered a discouraging eye disorder. Most patients are told there is nothing that can be done to improve their vision. Then one lone researcher, Dr. Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, at the North Chicago Veterans Medical Center, painstakingly documented that macular degeneration can be reversed with nutritional supplements and dietary changes.
The human retina is about the size of a postage stamp and the macula only about the size of a pencil tip. Yet hundreds of millions of light-receptor cells are employed. Cone cells produce color vision and are located in the macula. Rod cells produce black and white for night vision. The cone cells are located in the center of the retina and are used for reading and fine central vision. The rods are in the periphery of the retina and are used for night and side vision. Degeneration of the rods results in night blindness (retinitis pigmentosa). Degeneration of the cones results in macular degeneration.
From back to front, the macula is nourished by the choroid or blood layer of the retina. Poor circulation would then affect vision. The choroid has extensions into the retina. If the capillaries (connectors) become leaky, then the chorio-capillarus will ooze some blood serum behind the retina, called subretinal swelling. If the capillaries become even more leaky, then red blood cells will ooze behind the retina and become a sub-retinal hemorrhage.
Vitamin C and bioflavonoids (bilberry, cranberry, blueberry, others) helps to keep the capillaries strong.
Furthermore, the back of the retina is protected from sunlight damage by brown melanin pigment. As melanin pigment dissipates with age, macular degeneration accelerates. Plant pigments like bilberry mimic the light-absorption of melanin.
The blood and its nutrients (oxygen, vitamins, lutein) must pass a membrane, called Bruch's membrane, which may become calcified over time, blocking nutrient entry and the exit of cellular debris. This can be remedied by taking magnesium, a calcium-antagonist (natural calcium blocker).
Once nutrients have passed Bruch's membrane, they go thru a single-cell layer of cells called the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). The RPE are garbage-cleaning cells. They digest used-up portions of vitamin A shed from the rod cells every morning. The RPE accomplishes this by producing an antioxidant called glutathione peroxidase, which is generated from vitamin E and selenium.
Without vitamin E and selenium, the RPE will build up cellular garbage deposits.
If nutrients pass through the choroid, Bruch's membrane, and the RPE, then they finally reach the retinal light-receptor cells, the rod and cones. These cells are lined with fat -- - omega-3 fat called DHA. Studies show that people who consume more fish, which is rich in DHA-fish fat, are less likely to develop macular degeneration. Vitamin B12 is the glue that keeps the DHA in place. Vitamin E protects the DHA-fat from turning rancid.
In front of the photoreceptors is the nerve layer of the retina. These nerve cells transmit visual signals via the optic nerve to the brain. It is in this nerve layer that lutein and zeaxanthin reside. These are two yellow dietary pigments that work like sunglass filters to protect the underlying macula from solar radiation. Blue-eyed adults have far less lutein and zeaxanthin in their retinas.
A recent study shows that 60-year olds who had adequate retinal levels of lutein and zeaxanthin retained the ability to see faint light as well as 20-year old adults!! How's that for anti-aging. Lutein and zeaxanthin are acquired from spinach and kale, and from food supplements as extracts of marigold flower petals. At least 6 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin should be consumed daily. (Centrum multivitamin only provide 1/4th of one milligram!.)
Therefore, a nutritional regimen for macular degeneration should include:
1. Habitual wearing of UV-blue blocking sunglasses when outdoors in daylight.2. Consumption of spinach and kale
3. A daily food supplement regimen that include lutein (6-12 mg), vitamin E (200-400 IU), selenium (organic, nor selenate or selenite) 200 mcg; vitamin B12, 300 mcg; magnesium 400 mg; vitamin C 500-2000 mg; bilberry 120-240 mg; DHA-rich fish oil providing 1000 mg of DHA; sulfur-bearing nutrients (glutathione, lipoic acid, N-acetyl cysteine or taurine).
4. Avoid high-dose calcium supplements without balancing magnesium.
5. Avoid hydrogenated fats that interfere with the omega-3 fats.6. Avoid very low-fat diets, that rob the retina of omega-3 fats.
7. Eat sulfur-rich foods, such as garlic, eggs, asparagus, onions."
Fish or EPA/DHA Supplements
May Help Protect Vision
Chalk up another possible health benefit of eating fish: prevention of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the US.
The macula is the central portion of the retina in the eye and when it is damaged, visual problems -- including blindness -- are the unfortunate result.
Australian researchers found that more frequent consumption of fish appeared to protect against late age-related macular degeneration. Only a moderate intake of fish was necessary for the protective effect.
Those who ate fish one to three times a month had about half the risk of late-stage disease than those who ate fish less than once a month. And more fish was not necessarily better.
The greatest amount of protection was seen in those who ate one serving of fish a week, and there was no additional benefit of consuming more.
The investigators note that eating too much fish may interfere with the absorption of vitamin E in the elderly, which could explain the threshold protective effect from dietary fish.
Archives of Ophthalmology March, 2000;118:401-404
From Dr. Mercola: http://www.mercola.com/1999/archive/leading_cause_of_blindness.htm
The blue pigment in bilberries is one of the best treatments for the prevention and treatment of this problem. Blueberries are similar and would likely provide the same benefit, in addition to treating many of the aging diseases associated with the brain as reported several weeks ago in this newsletter.
It's amazing how quickly things are changing. A few years ago no one knew anything about the Internet. Cellular phones didn't exist, and we all used typewriters. The only toy that talked was Chatty Cathy--and for her to talk, you had to pull a string hanging out of her back.
Our health has also gone through some tremendous changes. But unlike all the technological changes that seem to spring up overnight, changes in health aren't apparent for about a generation or so.
If you had lived during the early 1900s, you probably wouldn't have known what a heart attack was. Virtually no one ever experienced one back then. And while doctors knew about cancer, they rarely saw an actual case of the disease. But thanks to diet and lifestyle changes that have occurred just since the 1950s, these two diseases have quickly become the killers of our day.
Now, thanks to more recent
changes in our diet, we are seeing the early signs of another huge health
problem. That problem is vision loss and blindness. The general public
isn't being alerted to the problem because no one seems to know what's
causing it. Even worse, no one seems to think there is a cure. No one,
that is, except a handful of opthalmologists whose work may turn the tide
on America's next epidemic.
I think most people would agree that the gift of sight is one of our most precious possessions. Like many things in life, however, our sight is something we seem to take for granted. Only when our vision begins to deteriorate do we start to worry. That may be too late, as many people in our society are now beginning to find out--especially when the vision loss stems from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
AMD is already the leading cause of blindness among the elderly in this country, accounting for more cases than diabetes and glaucoma combined. And the situation is even worse in the U.K. There, AMD now accounts for half of all blindness. In the U.S., 30 million people over age 65 will have AMD by the year 2025.
Until about ten years ago, AMD was virtually unheard of in anyone under 60 years old. Now it accounts for over 10 percent of all blindness in people under the age of 60. Researchers say that we will begin to see AMD problems in people as young as 30 years of age.
AMD involves a deterioration of the macula. The macula is a small, very sensitive area on the back inner portion your eye. Light passes through the lens of the eye and is focused on the macula. From there, the optic nerve sends visual signals directly to your brain. If your macula becomes damaged, you lose the central portion of your vision. You're not able to read fine print or focus on small details that, for instance, enable you to pick out a familiar face in a crowd.
Macular degeneration takes two forms. The most common, which occurs in 85 to 90 percent of all cases, is the dry form. Small blobs of fatty proteins are deposited in the macular region. These blobs block the small blood vessels feeding the macula, and choke-off the vital oxygen and nutrients that supply this portion of the eye.
The wet form of macular degeneration
involves the invasion of new blood vessels into the macula. These new
vessels leak fluid, which has no place to go. It remains in the eye until
scar tissue forms, encapsulating the fluid and permanently damaging the
In the rarer, wet form of AMD, lasers are often used in an attempt to stop new blood vessels from entering the macula. The prognosis is still grim, and rarely does this treatment halt the eventual destruction of the macular tissue.
Studies involving the new anti-angiogenesis
cancer drugs are currently underway to see if these drugs might be of
help. This is a logical step because such drugs are intended to slow or
stop the body's development of the blood vessels that feed cancer cells.
However, since shark cartilage is also anti-angiogenic, it seems that
therapeutic doses (20 to 60 grams/day) of high-quality shark cartilage
would have the desired effect without the risks or side effects of drugs.
I'll be looking into this possibility and I'll let you know about any
I'm sure that AMD may have some hereditary basis, and smoking, with its associated free radical formation, might certainly play a role. Obviously, advancing age is a contributing factor, too. But these factors don't explain the rapidly increasing incidence of this affliction, or the progressively younger ages of those it affects. Such trends can be explained only by more widespread causes among the general population. I believe that the significant changes in our dietary habits and lifestyles over the past 30 years or so are the culprits. With the exception of areas where the people have refused to adopt modern diets and lifestyles, the occurrence of AMD is increasing all over the world.
Dr. Bob Thompson, chairman
of the AMD Society in London, recently informed me about some important
studies on this subject. Conducted in Japan and Italy, the studies confirm
the importance of lifestyle and eating habits as factors in AMD. The researchers
found that AMD is now a very common cause of blindness in urban Japan,
but is extremely rare in distant Japanese fishing villages. Similarly,
in the traditional town of Salandra, Italy, the incidence of AMD is only
one-fourth the rate that prevails in the rest of Italy. Everywhere that
traditional diets and lifestyles still prevail, the incidence of AMD appears
to be lower.
1. Don't take aspirin regularly. I warned that the regular use of aspirin would be responsible for an increase of AMD and blindness in this country. If you take aspirin on a regular basis, be sure to read the article "Aspirin and Blindness" in the November 1988 issue of ALTERNATIVES.
2. Avoid drugs and fake fats. I've also warned about the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs, fake fats, and the so-called "fat-blockers" being sold as diet aids. Each of these substances pulls essential fatty acids out of your body like a magnet, and leaves you more susceptible to developing AMD and the blindness that comes with it.
3. Eat eggs. I've written about the need for eggs in the diet and how the "egg scare," fueled by cholesterol misinformation, would create a dietary shortage of carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. These substances are essential in the prevention of AMD. I encourage you to eat eggs regularly and as often as you want.
4. Eat a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, berries, nuts, and seafood. These foods are all helpful in the prevention of AMD. Also, eliminate artificial sweeteners and minimize the amount of sugar and refined carbohydrates you eat. And don't forget to take plenty of flaxseed oil to help balance your essential fatty acids, as I discussed in detail last month.
5. Take a high-quality multivitamin
and mineral complex every day. A good daily supplement will supply you
with antioxidants, fat-soluble vitamins, trace minerals, and many other
components necessary for good vision and health.
Three doctors of optometry,
Drs. Leland Michael, Ralph Zehner, and Merill Allen of the Indiana University
School of Optometry, have been doing some amazing studies of AMD and a
condition called retinitis pigmentosa, another disease involving vision
loss and the deterioration of the retina. As with AMD, there is currently
no recognized method of curing the problem or even slowing its progression.
The doctors' current program involves the use of several nutritional supplements.
Each patient received the following daily supplements (half in the morning
and half in the evening).
(Retinitis pigmentosa patients received a different nutritional mix consisting of a multimineral and vitamin formula and 750 mg of taurine, 300 mg of bilberry, and 50 mg of zinc daily.)
In one study, 46 patients with AMD were placed on the supplement program for two years. Such patients' vision would normally deteriorate over that period of time, but these patients actually showed an improvement. When they were tested using an eye chart, they gained an amazing average of 8.5 letters of acuity per eye.
This research shows how important
certain nutrients are to eye health. When I formulated Daily AdvantageTM
a few years back, I purposely included maintenance dosages of many of
these nutrients. Because so much new research has come forth on nutritional
therapies for AMD, however, I recently started testing a more advanced
supplement specifically for AMD and other eye problems. In addition to
the nutrients listed above, it also includes the Triphala herb I reported
on in January as well as an advanced form of the antioxidant lutein. I'll
keep you updated on this formula over the next few issues of the newsletter.
The TENS units used in the study are standard units available by prescription through doctors of chiropractic, optometry, or medicine. They operate on 9 volts with an output 200 microamperes at 10 cycles per second (Hz). Each unit transmits electricity through two electrodes. For the study, one of the electrodes was held in the patient's wet hand and the other electrode gently placed on a closed wet eyelid. (When the unit is turned on, a slight flicker of the eyelid indicates that the electricity is reaching the retina.) If the TENS unit is to be used strictly for retinal stimulation, one of the electrode pads can be removed and the wire soldered to a small piece of copper tubing, which can then be held in the patient's hand.
Each eye is stimulated for a total of five minutes. The small electrode is first placed on the wet upper eyelid of one eye for 2.5 minutes, then the wet lower eyelid for 2.5 minutes. The process is repeated on the other eye. The TENS units were given to each patient to take home, and the best results seemed to occur when the eyes are treated several times a day. There were no adverse effects noted through the use of the nutrients or the TENS units. In fact, the patients found the treatment pleasurable.
Using a TENS unit to stimulate healing in the eye is not a widely accepted therapy. In fact, most doctors would probably recommend against it simply because it sounds unusual. However, other studies have shown that micro-current electricity provides several healing benefits. It improves blood flow to an area and enhances the transfer of ions across cell membranes. These effects could, in turn, help deliver nutrients to retinal tissue. One on the major problems with retinal injuries or disease is that increasing circulation to the area is very important, but also very difficult. Micro-current may be one of the few methods that can accomplish this important task.
In addition, micro-current therapy appears to enable two remarkable events in the eye. The first is retinal regeneration. One patient's retina had been surgically removed. After nine months of therapy, the retina had regenerated and 20/40 visual acuity had returned.
The second event is the regrowth
of photoreceptors and nerve connections in the eye. This growth might
require a year or more of treatment. Dr. Allen reported that one 80-year-old
patient with AMD actually regained normal vision over a 12-year treatment
Based on Dr. Allen's reports, I have begun testing TENS units on a few individuals and the results have been all positive. The work of these doctors could turn out to be one of the more incredible discoveries of our time.
All of the nutritional supplements used in this study are readily available, and the wholesale price of a TENS unit like those used in the study is less than $150. If you have AMD or retinitis pigmentosa, and want to try this treatment, I would suggest trying to find a doctor to help monitor and guide you with this therapy. Although it is relatively foolproof, from what I can see, having a doctor help you acquire a TENS unit and monitor your progress afterwards is a wise idea.
Standard TENS units are easy to come by, however, because they are used less frequently, there are fewer of the "micro-current" TENS units available. And not all of the micro-current TENS units have an output of 200 microamperes, the current used in these successful clinical studies. Your doctor should be able to find one from any of the dozens of companies that supply TENS units.
Dr. Allen told me that he is currently working on developing special electrode pads small enough to fit the eyes and also a special TENS unit with the proper settings for the eyes. Applications have also been filed with the FDA covering this unusual use of electro-therapy. Dr. Allen says he will be sending me one of his experimental prototype units for test purposes. I'll keep you posted on the results I get. Hopefully, a unit designed by Dr. Allen will be available to doctors in the near future.
In the meantime, doctors can order microcurrent TENS units from the following supplier. Altoona Medical Supply sells the 804M micro-current model that can be set to put out 200 microamperes and 10 Hz. The doctor's price is just under $150. You can reach Altoona at 705 2nd Avenue SW, Altoona, Iowa 50009, 800-442-8367.
Bad Fats Increase Risk of Blindness
Decreasing one's intake of specific types of fat, rather than fats in general, may help to lower a person's risk of the eye disease known as age-related macular degeneration.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a currently untreatable (by traditional methods) disease that causes fuzziness, shadows or other distortions in the center of vision. It is also the most common cause of blindness.
Some fats, such as those found in processed foods, may increase an individual's risk of the eye condition, while other fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in tuna, salmon and other cold water fish, may decrease one's risk.
People who reported diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids and low in linoleic acid, found in corn and safflower oil, had a decreased risk of the disease.
Foods with high overall levels of all of these potentially harmful fats -- vegetable fat, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and linoleic acid -- tend to be processed, store-bought snack foods.
Archives of Ophthalmology August 2001;119:1191-1199
Protect Your Eyesight
Four Tips to Protect
Your Eyesight as You Age
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
Of all the five senses, most people would least want to lose their sight. Eyes provide not only a window to the world, but also a means to discovering new things. As such, losing their eyesight is one of the common concerns that people have as they age. Let’s first be clear that simply aging doesn’t mean that your eyesight will diminish, as there are plenty of people in their 80s and beyond who still have good eyesight. However, as you age changes can indeed occur that may weaken your ability to see.
For those who are fortunate enough to have their eyesight, here are some tips to help keep your eyes strong and in good health no matter what your age.
Take Fish Oil Regularly
A fat found in fish called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may help protect and promote healthy retinal function. DHA is concentrated in the eye’s retina and has been found to be particularly useful in preventing macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness.
I don’t recommend eating fish due to the concerns of mercury and other toxins that have been found in fish from oceans, lakes and streams and farm-raised fish. The exception is fish that you have had lab-tested to ensure it is free from contamination.
The best choice is to take a high-quality fish oil, or cod liver oil, regularly. Both fish oil and cod liver oil are rich in DHA and EPA, and the fish oils I recommend are purified to the highest standards so you don’t need to worry about contaminants. At this time of year you will likely benefit from cod liver oil, which contains vitamin D that many are deficient in at this time of year, but you will want have your vitamin D levels tested to be sure.
Get Plenty of Lutein
Lutein is a carotenoid found in vegetables and fruits. While beta-carotene, another carotenoid, is commonly thought of as important for vision health, lutein may be even more important.
Lutein, which is found in particularly large quantities in green, leafy vegetables, acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from free radical damage. If you eat a healthy diet, you should receive more than enough lutein from the food you eat.
Unfortunately, most Americans don’t eat enough healthy foods and therefore don’t get enough lutein. This is particularly true if you rely on fast food as a staple part of your diet.
This is easily remedied by adding lutein-rich foods to your diet. Some excellent sources include kale, collard greens, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts and egg yolks, particularly raw egg yolks. Egg yolks also have zeaxanthin, another carotenoid, in an equal amount to lutein. Zeaxanthin is likely to be equally as effective as lutein in protecting eyesight.
It is important to note that lutein is an oil-soluble nutrient, and if you merely consume the above vegetables without some oil or butter you can't absorb the lutein. If you are consuming vegetable juice, it would be wise to use cod liver oil in the juice to maximize your lutein absorption, as well as the absorption of other important nutrients like vitamin K.
Eat Dark Colored Berries
Not only do berries taste great, but also the compounds that give them their dark color are great for your health. The European blueberry, bilberry, is known to prevent and even reverse macular degeneration, and bioflavonoids from other dark-colored berries including blueberries, cranberries and others will also be beneficial.
They work by strengthening the capillaries that carry nutrients to eye muscles and nerves.
You can either eat berries whole (be careful not to eat too many at once due to their sugar content) or consume them in liquid form in Living Fuel Rx Super Berry, which contains the same concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential fats, enzymes, co-enzymes, herbs, botanical extracts, and soluble and insoluble plant fibers as the original Living Fuel Rx but now has the added nutrition and great taste of organic blueberries, cranberries, strawberries and raspberries. Each serving contains 120 to 130 grams of whole, organic berries that are freeze-dried and powdered.
Avoid Trans Fat
A diet high in trans fat appears to contribute to macular degeneration. Trans fat may interfere with omega-3 fats in your body, which are extremely important for your eye health.
Trans fat is found in many processed foods and baked goods, including margarine, shortening, fried foods like french fries, fried chicken and doughnuts, cookies, pastries and crackers.
Drug Damage To EyesFosamax Type Osteoporosis Drugs Noted to Cause Serious Eye Problems
Drugs commonly prescribed to osteoporosis and cancer patients may cause serious inflammation in several regions of the eye in some patients. Researchers hope the finding will make physicians more likely to monitor patients for such eye problems as well as prompt drug companies to add warning labels to their products.
Two medications in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates, which are often used to increase bone density in patients with osteoporosis, were found to cause the serious side effects in the eyes of some patients. The drugs are also prescribed to cancer patients, as lung, breast or prostate cancer that has spread to the bones can also decrease bone density.
Researchers reviewed thousands of cases in which patients were prescribed bisphosphonates and tracked 314 patients who also reported eye problems. Although the side effects were rare and did not occur in most patients, some types of eye inflammation can lead to vision loss or blindness if left untreated.
Of the patients who reported side effects, close to 100 suffered from blurred vision. Other problems included pain and swelling.
Researchers noted that the side effects went away when patients stopped taking the medication.
New England Journal Medicine March 20, 2003;348(12):1187-8
Good Foods For Eyes
Dr. David Williams--Here are my recommendations to promote and maintain healthy vision:
Eat foods rich in essential
carotenes (in particular lutein and lycopene), flavonoids, the amino acid
glutathione and other nutrients found in natural foods (see Dr. Williams'
"Whey Cool Protein Shake" recipe, a great source of glutathione).
Among other things, these nutrients support flexible lenses and the health
of the retinal area. Such foods include:
Fruits and vegetables also help subdue oxygen free radicals. Long-term free radical damage is now recognized as the greatest contributor there is to age-related health problems. The best fruit sources for protecting eyes from free radical damage are prunes, raisins and blueberries. For vegetables, it's kale, raw spinach and Brussels sprouts.
Food allergies can affect healthy vision
Studies show that increased intraocular pressure may be triggered by food allergies. To check for allergens that you may be sensitive to, click here.
Limit your intake of sugar
Studies show that simple sugars like D-glucose, D-galactose, and so on, move from the fluid in the eyes into the lens, impairing healthy vision. Read food labels and make sure sucrose, dextrose, fructose, maltose, lactose and other sugars are not listed among the first four or five ingredients. Especially steer clear of corn syrup, a high-fructose sugar.
Vitamins and Minerals
Glutathione transports the minerals calcium, potassium and sodium in and out of the lens, protects certain proteins from oxidizing, and slows the breakdown of DNA within the lens. Low levels of glutathione lead to hardened, inflexible lens.
You can increase your glutathione level by taking either glutathione tripeptide (500 mg a day) or a precursor of glutathione, N-acetylcysteine (500 to 600 mg a day).
To enhance glutathione's effectiveness, take a multivitamin/mineral supplement containing selenium (which is necessary for glutathione to work properly), and at least 1,000 mg of vitamin C (which helps to "recycle" glutathione).
As far as your diet goes, increase your intake of glutathione-rich cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, bok choy, cress, mustard, horseradish, turnips, rutabagas and kohlrabi.
Supplement your diet with the following:
• The amino acids; glycine
(100 mg daily), cysteine (200 mg daily), and glutamine (150 mg daily).
These natural substances help support healthy protein and glutathione
levels in the lens of the eye. You can purchase them separately or as
a complete protein in any health food store.
To learn more about the vision supplement I recommended which includes these nutrients, click here.
Minimize your intake of aspirin. Aspirin reduces the blood's ability to clot. If small blood vessels hemorrhage in the retinal area, aspirin inhibits the body's ability to stop the leak and damages your vision.
Taking a vigorous walk for at least a half hour can temporarily reduce discomfort and pressure in the eyes.
The above info came from the book: "Miracle Food Cures From the Bible" by Reese Dubin, Reward Books at Paramus, NJ, 07653
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Eye Muscle Exercises For Improved Vision
From a Health Sciences Institute email newsletter
Improved Vision without Surgery
"In Less Than 8 Weeks,
Today, you may be "chained" to your reading glasses ...driving glasses...bifocals...trifocals...or even your "coke bottle" glasses. But in just a few weeks, you could be seeing more clearly without your glasses -- and without surgery or strenuous eye exercises.
And there's only one thing standing between you and naturally stronger vision.
Even though they're called "corrective lenses," they don't correct your vision. They merely aid your vision temporarily...and they do NOT keep your sight from getting worse over time.
But poor vision is one of today's most common health problems -- over half of us wear glasses -- and if you're like millions of Americans today, you probably believe there's nothing you can do to save your eyesight. That's a crime. Because you already possess the power to enjoy clearer, stronger, unaided vision. And you can tap into that power immediately, thanks to an exciting program developed at an internationally acclaimed alternative vision health institute. You may even be able to discard your glasses -- for life.
Take off your glasses -- You CAN see without them!
Even if you've been wearing glasses all your life, this revolutionary program can unlock your natural ability to..
* Read, write, drive, and more
Since the Cambridge Institute for Better Vision was founded in 1977, nearly 200,000 people from around the world have benefited from its revolutionary methods, shown to naturally correct..
How can the Cambridge Institute correct your poor vision...when no one else can?
Because for the past 20 years, the specialists at the Cambridge Institute have pursued the truth about vision.
The fact is that 97 percent of those who wear glasses were not born with vision problems -- or even an increased likelihood of suffering weak vision later in life. If you're among that 97 percent, you simply "learned" how to NOT see. But it's never too late for you to "relearn" to see clearly. And even if you're among the 3 percent born with vision problems, you can still enjoy major improvements in just a few weeks.
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The most common -- and most dangerous -- myth about eyesight...
...is that the quality of your vision is determined only by the shape of the eye -- that is, if your eyes are the "correct" shape, you'll have clear vision for life. And if they're misshapen or distorted, you'll suffer vision problems.
But the Cambridge Institute has shown that the key to your ability to see clearly is NOT the shape of your eye, nor is it the strength of your eye muscles. In fact, your eyes are actually 200 times stronger than they need to be -- and they already contain all the muscles you need to focus with ease and clarity.
The key to your ability to focus and see objects at all distances clearly...is the flexibility of the muscles around your eye and your lens.
When you relieve tension and rigidity in and around your eye muscles -- the lens, the muscles and ligaments that surround the eye, and the muscles that squeeze and move the eyes -- an incredible thing happens. All the parts of your visual system work together and function in harmony...bringing the world into focus naturally.
So how do you release years of accumulated tension and rigidity?
To discover the answers to that question, you could travel to a Cambridge Institute seminar and spend hundreds -- even thousands -- to listen to their experts speak about the simple non-strenuous methods of visualization, relaxation, and muscle-coordination...that unfailingly generate clear vision.
Or you could take full advantage of this special offer. We've arranged for you to get all the healing benefits of the Cambridge Institute's seminar program ...without leaving your home. The Cambridge Institute will deliver, to your doorstep, an at-home program that guides you through its most powerfully effective techniques -- techniques that painlessly 'condition' your eyes back to their natural state of relaxation and clarity. The program, called The Program for Better Vision can take you...
From dependency on glasses...to naturally clearer vision, in only 8 weeks!
Day by day, your need for glasses will lessen... images, words, colors, and shapes will sharpen before your eyes.
"I just finished my first book without glasses..."
"Since completing The Program for Better Vision, I enjoy much more color, depth perception, and delineation of patterns. I just finished my first book without glasses and without undue effort." -- Mardelle M., Lake Jackson, TX
Freed from glasses in just 5 weeks!
"Before I started The Program, I wore my glasses 14-15 hours every single day. I passed my driver's test without them only five weeks after starting The Program. Now, I never need glasses." -- Donna S., Havre, MT
Eye age reversed by 25 years!
"It's official! For the first time in 25 years, I passed my driver's test without my glasses!" -- Howard S., Wilton, CT
And The Program for Better
Vision could start improving your vision almost immediately. In fact,
some of the relaxation techniques may cause temporary "flashes"
of crystal clear vision. This is a sign that there is nothing "wrong"
with your eyes, and that The Program for Better Vision has already begun
to restore your ability to see.
The Program for Better Vision includes 6 audio-taped "Vision Sessions" -- each no longer than 20 minutes -- that improve your visual concentration, your peripheral vision, your power to focus more clearly, and even your mental sharpness. The only requirements are that you take off your glasses, follow along, and never struggle to see.
And the Cambridge Institute experts have also devised a way to eliminate all guesswork. Along with your Audio Vision Sessions, you'll get a Program Guide that uses photographs, illustrations, and simple explanations to outline your eight-week program.
Also included is the Cambridge Institute's most innovative -- and enjoyable -- vision improvement tool, the "fusion string." It's been called "relaxing" and "fun," but the fusion string is also a very powerful tool, because it develops your ability to focus at will.
And you'll have access to ongoing personal support.
Free support from Cambridge Institute specialists
If at any time you have questions, you are encouraged to call the toll-free support line so that a trained vision expert can help you achieve significant improvement...fast!
No more bifocals!
"After completing The Program for Better Vision, I never need bifocals to see! I can read and do close work for as long as I want." -- Dr. Olga H., Beverly, MA
More clarity ...brighter colors...more depth
"After using The Program, I notice more clarity, more contrast, more depth and bright colors ...I see everything better. You would not believe how much this beautiful program has helped me!" -- Evelyn B., Sheridan, WY
Plays church organ -- and reads phone book -- without glasses!
"The thing that was most dramatic for me was when I took my glasses off in church and played the organ for more than two hours, reading every note perfectly with my own eyes. I don't even need glasses to read phone numbers in the phone book. Thanks!" -- Judy W., Madison, WI
If you think you're too old...or your vision is just too hopeless to be imp roved...
Think again. The visual system -- just like any other part of the body -- can deteriorate with age. But this decline is not inevitable and it is not irreversible. In fact, nothing is further from the truth. And even those with "hopelessly" weak eyesight have seen dramatic improvements after using The Program for Better Vision for just a few weeks.
Freed, at age 85, from astigmatism and lazy eye!
"I'm 85 years old and can focus very well and read for a long time without fatigue. Using The Program For Better Vision, I am recovered from amblyopia and astigmatism."
-- Aldo M., Boulogne, France
Laser surgery is not the answer!
Refractive eye surgery may seem like the quick answer to your eye troubles. But at a cost of thousands and with possible complications ranging from itching and dryness to improper correction of your eyesight to permanent glaucoma, it may be an unnecessary risk. Why take a chance on such a delicate and important part of your body when you can try The Program for Better Vision free of any risk?
The Cambridge Institute guarantees you'll get measurable improvements in your vision. But if for any reason at all you're not satisfied, simply return the program for a complete refund, less shipping and handling. You have 60 days to try it out, free of any risk.
Try out the program -- including the free Cambridge Institute support -- for the full 8 weeks, free from any risk!
Natural Health Magazine reports that The Program for Better Vision "...is like owning your own private vision seminar." All for only $49.95 plus S&H. You're saving hundreds, possibly thousands, on travel and lodging, plus you're still paying only a fraction of the cost of a Vision Institute Seminar itself (a weekend seminar is almost $300.) And you won't risk a penny.
You'll see more clearly and with less effort. Your eyes will naturally stay relaxed and more open. You'll get relief from headaches, tension, and fatigue related to strained vision. And, with your own, unaided eyes, you will see colors more brightly and vividly than ever before. You'll see objects -- at any distance -- with greater clarity. Once-blurred traffic signs or book print will sharpen into focus.
Or your money back. It's that simple.
There's no greater step you can take to strengthen and protect your eyesight. When you start reversing your eye age today, you can help prevent future, more serious vision problems from developing -- and stay protected. Let us send you The Program for Better Vision, so you can start bringing your world into focus right away!
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P.S. Up to 90 percent of the information you gather comes to you through your eyes. It's your primary link to the world around you! The Program for Better Vision takes only 20 minutes a day. Use it to reverse your vision problems today and possibly enjoy freedom from glasses in just a few weeks. Try it for eight weeks, starting today! "
Dianne Jacobs Thompson Est. 2003
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