Best Kept Secrets to Prevent, Halt, or Even Reverse Macular Degeneration

Have you ever felt your money was wasted on supplements? That even though you consistently followed the protocol from your health-care practitioner you were not getting the results others obtained with the same program? You may have been right! We’ve helped hundreds of patients with age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) with these healing secrets designed to help “non-responders”; those for whom the average supplement and dietary protocol fails to work.

ARMD is the leading cause of blindness in elderly Western populations and it is marked by central vision loss where blind spots or scotomas intrude. Threading a needle and passing the driver’s licensing test eventually become impossible but ARMD is preventable – even reversible to some degree with the diligent, intelligently targeted efforts we have put into practice in our clinics to increase the chances of success.

Macular Degeneration

The best doctor’s recommendations or nutritional consulting for ARMD are fruitless unless nutrients are able to be broken down or micellized, transported to the macula, and assimilated there. After years of observing how some patients prevent ARMD despite strong hereditary tendencies, how some halt or even reverse impending blindness, and how some patients actually get worse despite being on the same protocol, it became clear that powerful tactics were needed in addition to recommending dietary changes or supplements.

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How To Avoid Cataract Surgery

How To Avoid Cataract Surgery

Age-related cataracts are the leading cause of low vision and blindness throughout the world.  Up to 30% of people over the age of 50 will develop them.  By age 75, about 70% will have cataracts.  Surgery to remove cataracts has become almost routine.

Cataracts develop when proteins build up in the lens of the eye making it cloudy.  It happens with age and is primarily due to oxidative damage.  Age-related cataracts are the result of a lifetime of molecular damage to the lens proteins by free radicals.

Can your diet make a difference?  Studies to date haven’t been conclusive.  Animal studies have found that wheat grass reverses cataract damage.  Human studies have found only a non-significant or modest association between fruit and vegetable intake and cataract risk.

But the most recent study from Spanish researchers is more promising.  An article published online on BMC Ophthalmology, finds a significant relationship between high intakes of fruits and vegetables and lowered risk of cataracts.  In addition, taking in more vitamins C and E is also associated with fewer cataracts.

High Intake of Fruits and Vegetables Lowers Cataract Risk

The researchers analyzed data from the Spanish segment of the European Eye study (EUREYE) collected between February 2000 and November 2001.  The subjects included 599 adults age 65 or older.

Participants completed a food frequency questionnaire to assess how many fruits and vegetables they typically ate.  The researchers also measured blood plasma levels of vitamin C, alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E), and various carotenoids.

Of the participants, 50% ate five or more servings of fruits and/or vegetables a day.  That number is high compared to what Americans eat.  The researchers noted that the general population of Spain eats a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruit.

The researchers showed that the more combined fruits and vegetables the participants ate, the lower their cataract risk.

The same was true of vitamin C.

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Vitamins C and E Associated With Lower Cataract Risk

As vitamin C intake increased above 107 mg per day, the risk of developing cataracts significantly decreased.  One orange has about 70 mg of vitamin C.  And the more vitamin C people ate – up to a point – the lower the risk.

Compared to those eating the least fruits and vegetables a day (between 13 mg to 83 mg), those eating up to 107 mg lowered their risk by 38%.  Those eating up to 143 mg per day lowered their risk by 51%.  However, those eating up to 408 mg every day didn’t see much more improvement.  They lowered their risk by 54%.  The researchers noted this was consistent with other research finding human eye tissues become saturated at intakes of vitamin C between 200 and 300 mg per day.

Vitamin E intake above 8 mg per day showed a protective association against developing cataract.  An ounce of sunflower seeds contains about 10 mg of vitamin E.  But there was no evidence that more vitamin E contributed to additional decreases in risk.

The researchers also measured the effects of other dietary antioxidants including lutein, zeaxanthin, β-cryptoxanthin, α-carotene, β-carotene, and lycopene.  But none of those antioxidants were associated with cataract risk.  The researchers admitted this result was not consistent with other epidemiological studies and called for more research.

Until then we know that high daily intakes of combined fruit and vegetables, as well as vitamins C and E are associated with a significantly decreased risk of cataract.

What does this mean for you?

Foods To Protect Against Cataracts

The researchers observed that high intakes of fruit alone did not significantly lower cataract risk.  But vegetables alone did make a significant difference.

To keep your eyes healthy, eat vegetables rich in vitamins C or E.  Broccoli is high in both of those vitamins.

Vegetables high in vitamin C include kale, bell peppers, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, tomatoes, and snow peas.  Foods high in vitamin E include spinach, avocados, sunflower seeds, squash, and pumpkin.

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What to do Today to Prevent Cataracts-Natural Support for Healthy Eyes

What to do Today to Prevent Cataracts-Natural Support for Healthy Eyes

By on December 5, 2013 in Articles

As we age, our eyes are often one of the most commonly affected organs. Age-related vision loss is a common problem and poses significant issues in regards to maintaining our quality of life.  Inability to drive, read or watch T.V. can all be significant problems. In addition, visual impairment can lead to increased rates of falls and injuries which can sometimes be life threatening for older individuals.

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the U. S.  Over one million cataract surgeries are performed yearly in this country alone and form when the lens of the eye begins to develop opacities which can interfere with vision.  The process is painless and progresses slowly over time. (more…)

Spirulina is Powerful Cancer Fighting Food

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Are you looking for a powerful cancer fighting food?  Tiny single cell organisms known as spirulina,were designed by nature 3.6 billion years ago. Spirulina generated the oxygen we have in our atmosphere and created an environment that allowed all higher forms of life to evolve into the rich diversity we find on earth today.  Just think what it would mean to capture the energy of this food in your body and free yourself or someone you love from the threat of disease.

Spirulina is in the highest order of superfoods. It contains one of the most remarkable concentrations of nutrients known in any food, or herb. Spirulina is 60 percent highly digestible vegetable protein, and contains a huge concentration of beta carotene, vitamin B-12, trace minerals, and the rare essential fatty acid GLA, missing in people who were not breast fed. Spirulina is rich in polysaccharides, another name for essential sugars sometimes referred to as glyconutrients. It has a balanced spectrum of amino acids, cleansing chlorophyll, and the blue pigment phycocyanin with tremendous antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. (more…)

If Your Care About Your Eye Health, Include Bilberries In Your Diet

 

Bilberries

People often confuse the bilberry with the blueberry and of course both these delicious fruits have wonderful health benefits, especially their strong antioxident properties. Although bilberries and blueberries are similar in appearance and closely related, the bilberry is proven to have special benefits for eye health. And these eye health benefits are not something recent as – for example – British World War 2 pilots reported improved night vision when flying after eating bilberry jam!

Bilberries possess a high content of anthocyanins, which provide potent antioxidant activity. In addition to antioxidants, bilberries support healthy eye function through their anti-inflammatory, collagen stabilising, vasoprotective, and rhodopsin regenerating properties. So without a doubt, the main benefit of including bilberries in your diet is for your eye health. (more…)

Yes, aspartame triggers retinal detachment and bleeding

Dear Pat Davies,

I just sent you the Aspartame Resource Guide.  Note that there is a URL for aspartame and blindness.  It will give you a lot of information, and in Dr. Roberts medical text, Aspartame Disease: An Ignored Epidemic, www.sunsentpress.com  there is an entire chapter on aspartame and the eyes.

Yes, aspartame triggers retinal detachment and bleeding.  In fact, when Dr. Ralph Walton did a study on aspartame some years ago the institution stopped it.  The administrator who took part in the study had a retinal detachment and lost vision in one eye.  Someone else had conjunctival bleeding.  Some said they were being poisoned.  So the study was stopped.

I’m so sorry you weren’t warned in time.  You should complain to Food Standards there but they won’t do anything, but send them a harsh letter just the same.

All my best,
Betty
www.mpwhi.comwww.dorway.comwww.wnho.net
Aspartame Toxicity Center, www.holisticmed.com/aspartame

Glaucoma and the One Antioxidant You Have Never Heard Of!

Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. 

An eye disorder that affects the optic nerve, glaucoma is the result of an increase of pressure within the eye. Often, it impairs vision. As pressure within the eye builds, the field of vision becomes more clouded. If enough pressure builds, blindness can result.

While the medical community is able to find risk factors associated with the cause of glaucoma, including genetic risk factors, there is no one clear cause.

Glaucoma may be one of the leading causes of blindness in the US today, but it still doesn’t have a clear cause. Fortunately, increasing levels of the powerful antioxidant glutathione in the body can protect eye health and prevent a wide range of diseases! (more…)

Nutrition and Glaucoma

In a world where the information we get seems to come fast and change even faster, some of the foods we’re now being told to eat, or not eat, may surprise you.
For instance, carrots were always thought to be good for protecting vision.
But, according to Steven G. Pratt, MD, senior staff ophthalmologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital and assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego – carrots may be good for you but they do not play as big a role in vision as once thought.
It turns out that carrots are high in beta-carotene, also an antioxidant, but one that is not usually found in the eye. So carrots’ ability to protect vision may actually be limited.
Spinach, on the other hand, contains high amounts of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin which are nutrients that are found in high amounts in your eyes, in fact, in higher amounts than all others.
It is believed that these two nutrients may be important for protecting your eyes against some of the bad effects that can be caused by oxygen.
That’s why they are called antioxidants. In fact, many doctors are beginning to tell their patients to eat more spinach and other green leafy vegetables and/or to take supplements rich in antioxidants to help with all kinds of problems, including cataracts and glaucoma.
There are also other nutrients thought to be good for protecting vision because of their antioxidant abilities, including vitamins C, E, A, and zinc. (See list below for foods that are high in these nutrients.)

Understanding Nutritional Supplements

As food has become more refined, and many of the important nutrients have been processed out, many Americans have started supplementing their regular diets. This practice has been common much longer in other countries.
For instance, Europeans have been regularly supplementing their diets for many years and the Chinese have been using herbal remedies for thousands of years. Now, in America, the supplement business has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry in the last decade.
Supplements are vitamins, minerals, or herbs that you can buy and take as a way of adding to the nutrition you already get from your daily diet. They usually come in tablet or capsule form but some are a powder that you can mix into a drink.
The American Heritage College Dictionary defines the word “supplement” as “something added to complete a thing, make up for a deficiency, or extend or strengthen the whole.” So the increase in use of supplements appears to be the result of what we have come to believe is missing from our diet.
There are about as many ways to purchase supplements as there are supplements themselves. Your local health food store will carry a wide choice. And many grocery stores, as well as your corner drug store, are likely to have a health food section where herbs and supplements can be bought.

Potential Problems & Too Much Of A Good Thing

Just when we thought we had a healthy diet, we learn that it is possible to overdo it. There are dangers of taking too much of a given vitamin or supplement. For instance, too much vitamin A can cause you to have headaches, vision problems, nausea, vomiting, dry and flaking skin, or even enlarge your liver or spleen.
Too much Vitamin C may cause nausea, diarrhea, reduced selenium and copper absorption and increased kidney stone formation. Taking too much vitamin C could even cause you to have a false-positive reaction to diabetes tests. And some studies have shown that vitamin E (in supplement form) can actually raise your cholesterol.
Too much zinc in your diet could cause a mineral imbalance and too much chromium can result in iron deficiency anemia.
While vitamins and supplements may be good for you, you should treat them with the same healthy respect you treat any drugs you happen to be taking. Always check with your doctor and make sure you’re taking the proper amount.

How to Be Safe & Healthy

Many doctors strongly believe that supplements are the best thing for their patients and advise their patients to take them. Others believe you can get everything you need by simply eating a healthy diet.
Some doctors are worried that since there is no governmental control over the supplement industry, there’s no way to be sure that what’s on the label is what you’re really getting in the bottle. All of this needs to be thought about when looking at your overall health.
The safest bet is to always eat a healthy, well balanced diet and talk to your doctor about what is best for you.

List Of Foods High In Antioxidants

Vitamin C

  • Citrus fruits
  • Berries
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Cantaloupe

Vitamin E

  • Vegetable oils (wheat germ oil is especially rich in vitamin E)
  • Wheat and other cereal grains
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Egg yolk
  • Milk fat
  • Butter
  • Meat
  • Nuts
  • Organ Meats
  • Seafood
  • Avocados

Vitamin A

  • Liver
  • Egg yolks
  • Whole milk
  • Carrots
  • Sweet potato
  • Kale Turnip greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Apricots
  • Beet greens
  • Collard greens
  • Papaya
  • Red Peppers
  • Cheddar cheese

Zinc

  • Lean meat
  • Seafood
  • Eggs
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Soybeans
  • Peanuts
  • Whole Bran
  • Whole cereals
  • Cheese
  • Oysters

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Spinach
  • Parsley (not dried)
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Green peas
  • Pumpkin
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Summer squash
  • Corn
  • Green beans
  • Green peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Green olives

 

  • Source: Glaucoma Research Foundation