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Waterfall Eye

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Photo of a healthy eye: by J-J-Rousseau (GFDL license via Wikimedia Commons).

It has been said that if you live long enough you will get cataracts! However, this doesn’t mean that we absolutely have to comply, since there is always hope of finding better ways to care for our eyes.  In this post we look at how you may be able to protect yourself from this problem looming in your future.

The word cataract comes from the Greek katarráktēs which means waterfall. Imagine standing behind a waterfall and looking out at the world and you will get an idea of what cataracts can do to your vision. The majority of cases are caused by aging and most surgeries are performed on people in their 70s and 80s, but recently there has been an increase in the number of cataract surgeries performed on younger people.

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A human eye with a cataract. By Rakesh Ahuja, MD (Creative Commons license via Wikimedia Commons)

The most popular treatment for cataracts is lens replacement surgery featuring phacoemulsification that uses ultra-sound to breakdown the existing lens. It is a very delicate surgery because the 4-5 micron pouch around the lens called the capsule must be preserved to support the new plastic intraocular lens. Amazingly the whole procedure can usually be performed without the need for sutures because very small incisions (< 3 mm) are designed to close up immediately upon the removal of the tool.

As with all surgeries there is some risk of infection or other complications during the surgery and post surgery, so it may be a good idea to explore the alternatives with your eye doctor.  Before exploring alternative treatments, let’s look at how we may be able to prevent cataracts from forming in the first place.

Oxidative damage alters the proteins in the lens over time either directly or by damaging the DNA in the eye.  Glycation (sugar-coating) of the proteins in the lens may also cause them to become opaque.  Dr. Andrew Weil provides an online article full of recommendations for avoiding cataracts through proper diet rich in antioxidants.  He states the following:

“Both the lens of the eye and the aqueous humor contain protective enzymes that breakdown the damaged proteins that clump together and cause cataracts. Antioxidants keep these enzymes from being destroyed. Vitamin C, vitamin E (mainly tocopherols), glutathione, and a variety of carotenoids are present in lens tissue and in the fluid that surrounds it.”

Dr. Weil also mentions lutein and zeaxanthin and provides a list of foods that contain these antioxidants (mangoes, corn, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, tomatoes and dark, leafy greens such as kale, collards, bok choy, egg yolk).  According to Dr. Weil there is good evidence that lutein helps protect against both cataracts and macular degeneration, two diseases that impair vision as we age.

In addition to aging and diet, other possible causes of cataracts are:

  1.  Exposure to excessive ultraviolet radiation
  2. Smoking, alcohol consumption
  3. High body mass index
  4. Diabetes
  5. Use of steroids such as prednisone, and certain medications
  6. Heavy metals
  7. Excessive exposure to RF radiation in the microwave range such as from cell towers, cell phones, WiFi, etc.

As you can see from the above list, it may make sense to use sunglasses that block UV (although DR. Edward Kondrot argues that some UV is necessary to prevent cataracts), improve health habits, lose weight, control sugar, and use landlines instead of cellphones when available.  I personally like to shut off the wireless router before going to bed at night and only turn it on during the day if it is needed.  I also make sure not to use the computer that is near the wireless router when the WiFi is enabled.   I notice that when I follow these simple precautions my eyes fare better during the day,  and I experience less insomnia and ear ringing at night.

Alternative Treatments for Cataracts

DR. Edward Kondrot, MD, MD(H), CCH, DHt,  has posted an educational video on YouTube regarding alternative treatments for cataracts that discusses the use of diet (70% raw living organic food / 30% organic but cooked), hydration, detoxification (chelation therapy), stress reduction, eye drops (Can C, Cineria maritima, Oclumed, DMSO/ascorbic acid/glutathione, EDTA), high dose vitamin C, laser therapy, light therapy, Infrared therapy, sunning the eye (closing eyes and allowing sunlight to penetrate the closed eye), and frequency specific microcurrent.   If you would like to learn more about these alternative treatments, feel free to watch this video and discuss it with your doctor.

Mainstream ophthalmologists do not appear to believe that cataracts can be reversed through alternative treatments.  For example in wikipedia we find the following:

“The Royal College of Ophthalmologists issued the following public statement about NAC as of August 2008:

The evidence for the effectiveness of N-acetyl carnosine eye drops is based on experience on a small number of cases carried out by a Russian researcher team [Babizhayev]. To date, the research has not been corroborated and the results replicated by others. The long-term effect is unknown. Unfortunately, the evidence to date does not support the ‘promising potential’ of this drug in cataract reversal. More robust data from well conducted clinical trials on adequate sample sizes will be required to support these claims of efficacy. Furthermore, we do not feel the evidence base for the safety is in any way sufficient to recommend its use in the short term. More research is needed.”[11]

However, there does appear to be clear evidence that an eye drop solution for cataracts may be on the horizon.  On July 22 of this year it was reported in Nature that the steroid lanosterol was used to eliminate naturally occurring cataracts in dogs.  This finding is also discussed in detail on the Science Alert website.  This is great news for those of us who are not looking forward to aging as currently practiced in the US.

We find that there is hope not only for prevention of cataracts but also for noninvasive cures.  And as Ben Franklin would say , “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  So if your doctor has told you that you have early signs of cataracts and that you will need surgery in a few years,  there is much you can do besides waiting.

The Journey of a Health Detective

20150202_185535My friend, whom I’ll call Mary, has had colon cancer for 10 years.  Her symptoms prior to diagnosis included: bloating, heart burn, and about 10 lbs of weight loss.   All this time prior to her diagnosis, Mary was thinking that she was: ” just busy at work.”  You see, Mary is a registered nurse by profession.  She was diagnosed during a routine exam and colonoscopy in 2005.

Two tumors were found on both ends of her colon which doctors performed surgery to resect.  Six months later, a small mass was seen on her liver.  In 2006, Mary underwent a resection of 60% of her liver.

Mary worked until 2011 after more than 5 chemotherapy treatments, numerous CAT scans and PET scans, two liver ablations, and radiation therapy.   Then she underwent a liver embolization  in 2013.   After enduring all of these treatments she became tired of the debilitating side effects such as:

  • Neuropathy (nerve damage) causing a sensation of tingling (“burns”) and feels like “sand in between your toes”
  •  Her kidneys are now only functioning at 50% capacity
  • She now has Gout (verified via blood work).

Mary had learned about a non-toxic treatment for cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases named the  Gerson Therapy  through the recommendation of a chiropractor.  The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that claims to activate the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements.

Providentially in 2012, through the kindness of a friend, she was able to attend a week-long Gerson Therapy retreat.  Mary’s 
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included: all raw organic fruits and vegetables, juices, no fiber, yoga, meditation, and coffee enemas as part of the alternative treatment plan, plus 7 supplements. While completing the Gerson Therapy in Arizona, for a week, she lost 13 lbs.  Since then she has continued this treatment at her home.

Rather than proceeding with additional radiation therapy and chemotherapy treatments recommended by her doctors, Mary decided that she would give the Gerson Therapy more time.  This was not an easy decision, but given the intensity of the side effects from conventional treatments she felt she had to make her own decision.

Today, Mary looks stunning, stylish and poised as I have always come to know her.  A person of faith and living in hope. You would never guess in a million years that she has cancer.  While interviewing Mary, I asked her about her decision to discontinue conventional treatment.  She shared with me that she is satisfied with her decision to continue alternative treatment using the Gerson Therapy.    Although the remaining tumors in her liver have not been eliminated they appear to be in suspended animation in the sense that they have not continued to grow.

Mary emphasizes that, “You don’t want to wait till you get sick.” If she can help someone else to avoid what she has gone through, then it would have been worth it for her. In essence, Mary has become her own Health Detective.   As a nurse and cancer survivor, it is important for her to encourage others to be screened and become proactive with their health.  As a Health Detective she has taken her health back into her own hands and is living the journey with courage, determination and faith.