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.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.utopiasilver.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
- “Eye or ear problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, redness, blurred vision, poor eyesight… : Use 1 drop of colloidal silver topically (directly in the eye or ear) 3 times a day.” The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health by Robert O. Young, PhD, pg 178.
- Use a herbal eyebright eyewash www.herballegacy.com/Herbal_Eyebright.html
The following eye exercises are useful for preventing and reversing most types of vision problems.
- Rest your eyes for five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes, relaxing your gaze and staring into space.
- Blink your eyes regularly. This reduces eyestrain.
- Take regular breaks throughout the day to breathe deeply for a few minutes, coupled with neck and shoulder stretching. This helps to ensure that your eye muscles receive adequate amounts of oxygen.
- To further reduce facial tension, yawn in an exaggerated fashion. Doing so helps to stretch and relax your facial muscles.
- Cover your eyes with you palms for five minutes and breathe deeply. Do this every one to two hours.
- Spend 20 to 30 minutes each day rapidly switching your focus from near to far. An easy way to do this is to hold your finger six to eight inches from your eyes. Focus on it for a moment, then focus on an object in the distance. Keep changing your focus from near to far. This is an excellent way to exercise your eye muscles.
- Roll your eyes all the way up and down in a full circular motion for five minutes, three to five times a day.
- Pin a sheet of reading material to the wall and read it from two feet away (or closer if you need to). Each day, step further away from the wall. With regular practice, you will eventually be able to read the same material from across the room. If you are nearsighted, reverse this process, starting as far away from the sheet of paper as you need to be, then slowly moving closer each day until you are able to read it standing only a few inches away.
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.
According to Ayurvedic theory, most vision problems are due to digestive disorders. Emphasis is on improving digestion and regular eye exercises. Specific Ayurvedic herbs are used along with the more commonly known amla, licorice, and triphala herbs. A diet rich in organic, whole food with abundant quantities of antioxidant rich vegetables is strongly encouraged.
However, as always, the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
According to TCM theory, most vision problems are due to diminished liver function. To restore healthy liver function, TCM practitioners combine acupuncture with dietary changes and traditional Chinese herbs, such as ginkgo biloba and ginseng.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Calcarea—for early stage cataracts.
Phosphorus—for symptoms that cause a veil-like effect over the eyes.
Ruta Grav.—for symptoms accompanied by hot, red eyes.
Silicea—at the first sign of symptoms and from that point on until satisfactory relief is achieved.
The following herbs can be very helpful for preventing and slowing the progression of cataracts: bilberry, calendula, curcumin, gentian root, grapeseed extract, ginkgo biloba, and pine bark extract (pycnogenol).
Juice Therapy: Drink 16 ounces of carrot juice and/or carrot juice combined with fresh squeezed celery, cucumber, parsley, and spinach in two divided doses (eight ounces per serving) each day.
Lifestyle: Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke and, if you smoke, stop. When outside on sunny days, wear sunglasses that protect against both UVA and UVB ultraviolet rays.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Alternative Professional Care
The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for preventing and treating cataracts: Acupressure, Acupuncture, Bodywork (Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, Reflexology, Rolfing, Shiatsu, and Therapeutic Massage), Craniosacral Therapy, Chiropractic, Detoxification Therapy, Environmental Medicine, Magnetic Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, and Osteopathic Medicine. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
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@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.