Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy

Overview

Causing characteristic slit lamp findings which may result in decreased vision and/or recurrent corneal erosions, epithelial basement membrane dystrophy (EBMD) is a disease that affects the anterior cornea.

Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy is also sometimes referred to as either of the following: Map-dot-fingerprint dystrophy, Cogan’s dystrophy, Cogan microcystic epithelial dystrophy or Anterior basement membrane dystrophy.

There is actually some debate as to whether EBMD is a true dystrophy (a disease which occurs more commonly within affected families than in the general population) or a corneal degeneration (a disease which more commonly occurs randomly than in affected families). Known family history and age are probably the most important risk factors for EBMD.

The breakdown of the basement membrane in epithelial cell dystrophy can cause redness of the eye, as well as blurred vision, light sensitivity and discomfort that can range from moderate irritation to severe pain. These symptoms are generally worse at the start of the day because sleep does not permit the blinking that keeps the surface of the cornea lubricated with tears.

EBMD is usually not progressive but can be extremely variable in its presentation and can fluctuate in its course. The condition is typically bilateral but it can show up in just one eye. It also can be very asymmetric in its presentation often with a marked difference between the eyes.

This dystrophy occurs when the epithelium’s basement membrane develops abnormally, causing the epithelial cells to not properly adhere to it. This leads to recurrent epithelial erosions, which can cause blurred vision and severe pain. This condition is usually not inherited. However, families with autosomal dominant inheritance and mutations in the TGFBI gene have been identified.

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:

Health Protocols

Detoxification Therapy:

  • 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.colloidsforlife.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.

Hydrotherapy:

  • 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 www.drinkrealwater.com/

It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to 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.
  • Eliminate conventional dairy products.  The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows.  If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.

Supplements:

  • 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.  The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product.  You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
  • Take an Omega 3 supplement:

Krill oil

Fish oil

Cod liver oil

Vegetarian

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 dis-ease. 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 here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com orwww.tftrx.com
  • Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind.  Find a practitioner here.

Ayurvedic Medicine

According to Ayurvedic theory, most vision problems are due to digestive disorders.  Regular eye exercises, the use of eyewashes and the herbs amla, licorice, and triphala, plus a diet rich in organic, whole food and rich in antioxidant vegetables such as carrots and spinach are popular remedies.

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 practitionershere

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To help treat Epithelial Basement Membrane Dystrophy, you may wish to try any of the following:

Fennel – boil the seeds, allow to cool and then use as an eyewash.

Slippery elm – make a poultice using the powder and place on the inflamed eye.

Turmeric – mix 2 tsp of turmeric to 1 cup of boiled water and use as a warm compress.

To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here

Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:

Aromatherapy

Make a warm compress with a few drops of chamomile, lavender or rose essential oil.  To do this fill a bowl with warm water, add the essential oils and stir.  Soak a folded flannel in the water, lean over a sink and apply the flannel over your eyes and leave for one minute.  Do this 2 to 3 times a day until the infection has gone.

To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy is based on the principle that ‘like cures like’ –ie something that in a large dose creates the symptoms of a disease will, in a smaller dose in fact cure it.  Remedies are prescribed very much on an individual basis taking the whole person into account.  To find a tailored remedy you should visit your local licensed practitioner.  Find you closest homeopath practitioner here

Here are some homeopathic medicines that may be considered when dealing with your specific case –

  • Argentum nitricum — for red, swollen eyes with pus.
  • Sulphur — for painful, burning, red eyes with a yellow discharge.
  • Apis mellifica — for swollen eyes that are red with a burning sensation.

Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) 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:

Herbs

Aloe Vera – Make a compress with aloe vera juice and place it over the eyes. Alternatively use as an eyewash.

Chamomile – Steep 1 tsp of dried chamomile flowers in a cup of boiled water for 5 minutes, strain, cool, and use as an eyewash or a compress.

Elderberry Blossom – make into a tea and use as an eyewash.

Elderflower – make a strong infusion and use as a compress.

Eyebright – has astringent and antibacterial properties, and is very soothing to the eyes.  Steep 1 tsp of dried herb in 1 cup of boiling water for ten minutes. Cool, strain, and use as an eyewash. Do this 3-4 times a day. Alternatively you can use eyebright as a compress.

Fennel – boil the seeds, allow to cool and then use as an eyewash.

Slippery elm – make a poultice using the powder and place on the inflamed eye.

Turmeric – mix 2 tsp of turmeric to 1 cup of boiled water and use as a warm compress.

Thyme – its natural cleansing properties  make it the perfect antiseptic for healing conjunctivitis

Other

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.

Exercise:

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.

Are carrots good for your eyes? tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/carrots-eyesight1.htm

Nutrition for the eyes: chetday.com/eyehealth.htm

Traditional Chinese Medicine  – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php

The best way to cleansing and purification of the body  www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php

Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/

Immune health www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf

Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php

Colloidal Silver www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_09-08.pdf

Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf

Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf

Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf

Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php

Video

How to make a salt eyewash www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFRTC0EkJfo

What is Collodial Silverwww.youtube.com/watch?v=O8DGYmQQwhE&feature=related

EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html

Further Information (links and books)

The Eye and Nutrition by Umberto Veronesi

Nutrition and the Eye: A Practical Approach by Frank Eperiesi

Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by John McKenna

by Bernie S Siegel

The Healing Power of Nature Foods: 50 Revitalizing Superfoods & Lifestyle Choices To Promote Vibrant Health by Susan Smith Jones

Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green

Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen

Colloidal Silver: The Natural Antibiotic Alternative by Zane Baranowski

The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal

The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine

Andrea Butje | Aromahead andrea@aromahead.com – aromatherapy

Carrie Vitt deliciouslyorganic@yahoo.com – organic food recipes.

David Spector-NSR/USA david024@nsrusa.org – meditation, stress

judith hoad judithhoad@gmail.com – herbalist.

Kath May kathrynmay@talktalk.net – reiki, tai chi.

Lillian Bridges lillian@lotusinstitute.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.

Monika monika@healingmuse.com – aromatherapy.

Rakesh  GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Joanne Callaghan – joanne@tftrx.com   www.RogerCallahan.com Thought Field Therapy (TF) releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

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