A Cataract is a progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens. It is a gradual blurring of vision, it affects quality of life and is also the leading cause of blindness. Most cases of cataracts develop gradually over time and occur primarily in middle to old age. However, it is possible that cataracts may form at any age. Because of the gradual onset of cataract symptoms, cataracts are often mistakenly considered to be a natural consequence of aging, allowing symptoms to progress undetected until it is too late to reverse the damage they can cause. When cataracts are detected early, though, natural healing approaches can usually halt their progression and even reverse them.
Types of Cataracts
There are two main categories of cataracts—senile cataracts and inherited cataracts.
Senile cataracts make up the majority of cataract cases, and are characterized by spots on the lens of the eyes appearing in middle to old age. Inherited cataracts, which can occur as early as one`s teenage years, and in some cases even earlier, are much rarer than senile cataracts and are typically caused by an inherited disorder, such as diabetes or Down’s syndrome.
The primary symptoms of cataracts are cloudy or opaque spots on the eyes` normally translucent lens. Initially, they may go unnoticed, but over time they can cause partial or complete cloudiness in the lens. In severe cases, blindness can occur.
Other symptoms of cataracts include blurry vision, changes in color perception, darkening of vision, night blindness, and temporary improvement in farsightedness.
The main causes of cataracts are the result of free radical damage to the lens of the eye. Culprits include an unhealthy diet, nutritional deficiencies (especially antioxidants and minerals), heavy metal poisoning, eye injury, obesity, smoking and regular exposure to secondhand smoke, and exposure to infrared light, radiation, and/or ultraviolet light.
Cataracts can also be due to poor blood circulation, sluggish digestive function, especially low stomach acid, which can result in the incomplete breakdown of food nutrients, causing free radical damage.
The use of pharmaceutical drugs can also cause cataracts, as well as other types of vision problems. These include antihistamines, diuretics, oral contraceptives, steroids, chlorpromazine, digoxin, ethambutol, gold (used to treat arthritis and lupus), haloperidol, hydroxychloroquine sulfate, and tetracycline.
Other causes include chronic physical tension, especially in the face, neck, and/or shoulders, and chronic, unresolved emotions.
Emphasize a diet of organic, whole foods, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Antioxidant vegetables include bell peppers, carrots, celery, parsley, spinach, tomatoes, yellow squash, and dark-green leafy vegetables, such as chard, collards and kale.
Fruit high in anti-oxidants include berries, especially the dark rich coloured berries, purple and red grapes, plums, cherries, mangos, melons and citrus fruit.
Organic egg yolks are also recommended because they are rich in carotenoids, an important class of antioxidants. It is best to eat soft, rather than hard cooked egg yolks to preserve the heat sensitive valuable carotenoids. Soft boiled, poached, sunny side up, or raw eggs are best.
Raw eggs may be eaten if they come from a reliable organic source and are washed prior to cracking. Samonella travels on the shell of the egg and enters the egg from the outside, so washing eggs with hot sudsy water minimizes exposure.
Avoid all processed and fried foods, sugar and sugar products, refined, simple carbohydrates, alcohol, and unhealthy hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. Milk and dairy products should be consumed sparingly, and preferably raw and organic. Avoid conventional flesh foods and overcooked/grilled meats. In addition, test for food allergies and sensitivities and eliminate those foods that test positive.
Also be sure to drink plenty of pure, filtered water throughout the day, at least half your body weight in ounces, to help flush out accumulated debris in the eye drainage channels. Proper hydration is also essential for maintaining the suppleness of the eyes` lenses. Fresh raw green juices are also an important addition to one`s daily food plan. See the recipe section for green juice suggestions.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to also adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B complex,
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Other useful supplements include: flavonoids, lutein, N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), riboflavin, selenium, taurine, zeaxthanin, and zinc.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner hereor go towww.thetappingsolution.com, www.fastereft.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Palming and Imaginative Seeing – Audio guide www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/palming_and_imaginative_seeing.php
Food for eyesight health www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/food_for_eyesight_health.php
The many layers of us (link between emotions and eye problems) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/the_many_layers_of_us.php
Amla – An Important Ayurvedic Medicine www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/aamla_an_important_ayurvedic_medicine.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Ayurvedic remedies for cataracts www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbRgMgvGti8
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Healing the Eye the Natural Way: Alternate Medicine and Macular Degeneration [Kindle Edition] Edward Kondrot
The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health by Robert O. Young, PhD
Cell-level Healing: The Bridge from Soul to Cell by Joyce Hawkes
Juice Fasting Bible: Discover the Power of an All-juice Diet to Restore Good Health, Lose Weight and Increase Vitality by Sandra Cabot
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.