Vision Medical Considerations
Vitamin A: Vitamin A has long been recognized as a very important vitamin for good eyesight. Caution must be exercised with Vitamin A, as too much Vitamin A can become toxic. Beta Carotene is a safe alternative, however it is still possible to get too much Beta Carotene.
It is best if you obtain your Vitamin A through a high quality multiple vitamin. That way it will difficult to overdose on Vitamin A, and or Beta Carotene.
Multi-Vitamins: High quality multi-vitamin / mineral formulas are needed to add the necessary "co-factors" needed for enzymatic pathways. Organic chemistry studies (a requirement for medical school students), demonstrates that all enzymatic, energy, and virtually all biological pathways in the human body, need many nutrients, or co-factors, to properly complete each pathway. Shortages of needed nutrients results in dysfunction of the organs for which those pathways could not be completed properly.
Blood Sugar: Diabetes will eventually affect eyesight. Its mechanism is due to weakened blood supply to the retina of the eyes.
EDTA chelation IV therapy: EDTA has been successfully used in the treatment of atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis for over 50 years. It has also been used successfully in many other complaints. (See section on Chelation, EDTA). Yet there is a very select few Medical Doctors and even fewer Naturopathic Doctors who have received proper training in this wonderful technology. It will be difficult to find a doctor who practices EDTA because the AMA and FDA do not promote this technology to Medical Doctors. EDTA is administered directly into the blood veins and must be administered in a medical office, hopefully under the direction of a doctor who has been trained in EDTA IV chelation therapy.
You may need to check out the International College of Integrated Medicine, icimed.com, (ICIM), to find a doctor in your area that uses EDTA in his or her practice.
If you are an Oregon resident, you may be able to call the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Examiners and request help in locating a Naturopathic Doctor in Oregon, licensed to administer EDTA Chelation. (971-673-0193)
Antioxidants: Free radical damages can be linked as one of the causative roots of many diseases, including dementia. Antioxidants help correct and then protect from further free radical damages. What is a Free Radical? A Free Radical is an unstable oxygen molecule that possesses an unpaired electron. This molecule is constantly trying to become whole by robbing cells of vital components. These biochemical compounds called Free Radicals damage our body and its cells. Both external pollutants and biochemical process of the body cause excess Free Radical reactions; Environmental pollutants, numerous food additives, and stress are only a few of the many ways Free Radicals are formed. The way in which Free Radicals are normally kept in check is by the action of Free Radical Scavengers that occur naturally in the body. These scavengers neutralize the Free Radicals. Itís important to assist our body by additionally supplementing daily with Antioxidants. Supplementation with only a few antioxidants though, gives us much less protection, than utilizing a complete array of antioxidants. This is due to the fact that the antioxidant defense system works as a team. If members of the team are missing, the outcome is poor. Maximum protection requires the complete array of established antioxidants in nutritionally meaningful amounts. Stressful living produces a much higher amount of free radicals than found in otherwise normal individuals. Free radical damage has many extreme negative complications, including faster aging, and is believed to be the root cause of many of our degenerative diseases. It is my professional conviction that "Type A" personalities will have a far greater amount of free radicals in their bodies when compared to Type C personalities. It is well known that Type A personalities die more often of heart disease, stoke and cancer than Type C personalities. Type A personalities do not handle stress well. Type C personalities are not affected by stressful situations like Type A personalities are, and they handle everyday stressors calmly. Most people I have met while working in my profession are Type A.
Failing eyesight may begin with oxidative damage to the eyes. Oxidative damage to the eyes is triggered by exposure to sunlight. This, in turn, may result in increased risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Cataracts are a clouding of the lens of the eyes, resulting in poor vision. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of eye blindness. Controlling oxidative damage from free radicals may play an important role in supporting eye health.
Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) has demonstrated, via NIH research, to be effective in age related macular degeneration. This is a hot new topic and is receiving widespread publicity. Our clinic specializes in Frequency Specific Microcurrent. Please see my topic on FSM.
For Macular Degeneration, also highly consider EDTA Chelation. See my section on Chelation.