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Macular Degeneration

Overview

Macular degeneration refers to deterioration of the central area of the retina, known as the macula. It is characterized by a loss of sharp vision, meaning it causes an inability to see things sharply defined. Among people 55 years or older in both the United States and Europe, macular degeneration is the number one cause of impaired vision.

Types of Macular Degeneration
There are two main types of macular degeneration—dry (atrophic) and wet (neovascular). Dry macular degeneration accounts for more than 80 per cent of all cases, and is characterized by the build-up of cellular debris beneath the retina.

Wet, or neovascular, degeneration is so named because it is due to abnormal blood vessel growth beneath the retina that can cause leaks that scar the macula.

The primary symptoms of macular degeneration are blurred vision, dark spots at the center of what is being looked at, and distorted vision. This is especially true when looking at objects up close, or when doing detail work, such as reading, writing, knitting, and sewing. Words on a page, for example, may appear bent or wavy, and in some cases it can be impossible to perform such tasks as those mentioned above. Symptoms of macular degeneration begin in the center of the field of vision. Over time, they can spread to the periphery, as well.

Although macular degeneration is often considered a natural consequence of aging, there is nothing natural about it. Rather, it is most often caused by poor diet and nutritional deficiencies, impaired digestive function, environmental toxins, smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke, and regular exposure to ultraviolet light. Heavy metal toxicity should also be considered in the case of macular degeneration. All of these factors result in free radical damage and impaired circulation, both of which pose serious threats to the overall health of the eyes.

Macular degeneration can also occur as a result of pre-existing health conditions, including arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure. The use of pharmaceutical drugs can also cause macular degeneration, as well as other types of vision problems. These include antidepressants, antihistamines, blood pressure medication, diuretics, oral contraceptives, steroids, chlorpromazine, digoxin, ethambutol, gold (used to treat arthritis and lupus), haloperidol, hydroxychloroquine sulfate, and tetracycline.

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

Detox:

  • 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.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.
  • Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com

Hydrotherapy:

Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.

*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. The section Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

  • We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body.  Read more about colonics by clicking here.  Find a practitionerhere.
  • 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.

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 colored 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.

  • 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.
  • Avoid conventional beef.  The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out http://www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400.

Supplements:

Useful nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, alpha-lipoic acid, beta-carotene, betaine hydrochloride, chromium, digestive enzymes, flavonoids, lutein, magnesium, N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC), riboflavin, rutin, selenium, taurine, zeaxthanin, and zinc. DHA or omega-3 oils, such as fish oil, are also advised.

  • Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day .
  • 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.

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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Ayurvedic Medicine

According to Ayurvedic theory, most vision problems are due to digestive disorders. Emphasis is given to regular eye exercises, as well as the use of the herbs amla, licorice, and triphala, and a diet rich in organic, whole food with abundant quantities of antioxidant rich vegetables such as carrots and spinach. Indian gooseberries are also recommended.

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. Acupuncture has also proven beneficial in helping macular degeneration. Wolfberries or goji berries have also been proved to be useful in treating macular regeneration.

Aromatherapy

The following essential oils can help to relieve stress and tension, which can contribute to or exacerbate glaucoma: bergamot, jasmine, lavender, rose, sandlewood, and ylang ylang.

Herbs

The following herbs can be very helpful for preventing and slowing the progression of cataracts: bilberry, 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.

Other

Color Therapy: This form of healing has been in use since the times of ancient Egypt. It involves the use of specific colors to either calm or stimulate the eyes and surrounding muscles, blood vessels, lymph glands, etc. Magenta light emitted from a magenta screen placed over a light bulb helps to stimulate the entire macular region of the eyes, while blue-green light helps to enhance the flow of lymph in the eyes to improve the elimination of cellular debris. Green-yellow light can also be used to improve overall visual acuity, and is also helpful for nightblindess.

Eye Exercises: 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.

Flower Essences: To help deal with unresolved mental or emotional factors that can contribute to glaucoma, the following remedies can be helpful: Aspen—to ease general fears, Clematis—if you tend to avoid your problems by “living in a dream world”, Honeysuckle—for those who avoid the challenges of the present by becoming nostalgic for the past, and Rescue Remedy—for cases of acute glaucoma.

Lifestyle: Avoid eyestrain by refraining from working at computer terminal or reading for long periods of time. Also refrain from watching television of movies in the dark, as well as spending prolonged periods in darkness. In addition, 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.

To help prevent and relief eye pressure, regularly engage in mild aerobic exercises such as jogging, brisk walking, and rebounding (jumping on a mini-trampoline).

Micro-Current Therapy: Micro-Current Therapy is recommended by Grace Halloran, Ph.D., founder of the Integrated Visual Healing Center, in San Leandro, California. It involves the use of micro-currents administered along meridians in order to stimulate the eye muscles and improve the circulation of the eyes` surrounding blood vessels. Micro-Current Therapy is non-invasive and can be self-administered after proper training, using devices such as the MicroStim.

Spinach: – Research shows this leafy green vegetable, along with kale and broccoli can protect against macular degeneration because it contains the chemical lutein.

Saffron: Research has shown that this valued spice can help prevent eye degeneration.

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, with a focus on heavy metal detoxification, Chelation Therapy, Magnetic Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, and Osteopathic Medicine. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)

Prevent macular degeneration:  www.naturalnews.com/032835_macular_degeneration_prevention.html

Saffron could save your eyesight: www.naturalnews.com/028346_saffron_eyesight.html

How to improve your eyesight with yoga: maculardegeneration.ws/&/how-to-improve-your-eyesight-using-yoga

Wolfberries in treating macular degeneration: www.livestrong.com/article/435216-wolfberry-macular-degeneration

Video

Ayurvedic home remedy for macular degeneration:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg5n-ztYIbI

Acupuncture for macular degeneration: www.youtube.com/watch?v=657mm18sNXE

Research

Curing macular degeneration is here: www.naturalnews.com/032785_macular_degeneration_cure.html

Lutein prevents macular degeneration: www.naturalnews.com/010203_lutein_eye_health.html

Quercetin prevents against macular degeneration: www.naturalnews.com/023292_quercetin_food_antioxidant.html

Spinach protects against macular degeneration: www.naturalnews.com/020542_spinach_broccoli.html

Further Information (links and books)

Save Your Sight! : Natural Ways to Prevent and Reverse Macular Degeneration by Marc R. Rose and Michael R. Rose;

Healing the Eye the Natural Way: Alternate Medicine and Macular Degeneration by Edward Kondrot M.D., William K. Coors and M.D., Edward C. Kondrot; The Macular Degeneration Handbook: Natural Ways to Prevent & Reverse It by Chet Cunningham ;

Healing Your Eyes with Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, Acupressure, & Chinese Herbs by Andy Rosenfarb and Marc Grossman; Eye Care Naturally by E. Michael Geiger;

The Macular Degeneration Handbook: Natural Ways to Prevent & Reverse It by Chet Cunningham

Vision Sense, NorthStar Nutritionals – (800) 913-2592

Vision Advantage – www.drdavidwilliams.com (800) 888-1415

Vision Essentials, Health Directions – www.drwhitaker.com (888) 886-8213

Vision Clear Formula, Vibrant Life – www.ivlproducts.com (800) 218-1378

Program for Better Vision, Real Health Breakthroughs – www.realhealthlabs.com (800) 565-6656

Macular Degeneration – www.altoonamedicalsupply.com (800) 442-8367

Vision Formula, Vita-Vision – www.vitalmaxvitamins.com (800) 815-5151

Carina Goodrich carina@janetgoodrichmethod.com – Eyesight specialist

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.comwww.RogerCallahan.com – Thought Field Therapy (TF): releasing unresolved emotions, stress and illness.

Trusted products

KT Daily Supplements

Aromatherapy oils

Rebound Air – mini trampoline

Clean well – Natural Cleaning Products

EMF necklace – blocker and stress reducing pendant

Neutralize electromagnetic chaos

Dr Callaghan Techniques

Supplements

Water filter

Candida plan

Herbal and homeopathic remedies