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CATARACTS, GLAUCOMA & MACULAR DEGENERATIONA cataract is a cloudiness or opacity in the lens of the eye which is normally clear. The lens is made up of water and protein that are arranged in a specific way to maintain the clarity of the lens so that light can pass thru and focus on the retina. The lens can become damaged for several reasons such as diabetes, prolonged use of corticosteroids, heredity, UV rays, poor nutrition, smoking, high blood pressure, aging, free radicals and so on.
Another major cause is glycation. When sugars combine with proteins to create a compound called glycated proteins which in turn produces 50 times more free radicals than normal proteins. When this occurs, the water-soluble structural proteins in the lens of the eye clump together or become cross linked. This causes the clouding of the eye lens associated with cataracts.
Most cataracts are age-related although congenital cataracts can develop in the very young because of inherited genetic traits, intrauterine infections such as rubella or galactosemia which is a metabolic condition. American Doctors perform around a million cataract surgeries a year which is the only "traditional" treatment option available.
Our cousins "across the pond" have developed a non-invasive alternative treatment involving eye drops. You use the drops, twice a day, to dissolve the cataracts which takes a few months depending on the size of the cataracts. A simple test is to cover one eye at a time to see if the open eye has cloudy or opaque vision. If so, visit your optometrist to get an official diagnose. If you have cataracts forming, the earlier you start on the drops the better since smaller cataracts clear up faster. More information on how the drops work is included in our Natural & Alternative Healing Resource Directory.
Glaucoma is sometimes called a "stroke" of the optic nerve. It is an elevated pressure within the eye that can lead to pain, visual impairment and even blindness. Often, symptoms do not appear until permanent damage has occurred.
Risk factors include: history of diabetes
long-term use of corticosteroids
family history of glaucoma (African Americans over age 40 are particularly at high risk.)
Nutrients that can lower the high eye pressure associated with glaucoma include:
Vitamin C Rutin Alpha lipoic acid Ginkgo biloba
"He, who knows how to listen, hears wisdom.
Macular Degeneration (aka Age Related Macular Degeneration or simply as ARMD) is a progressive disease of the eyes that affects the central portion of the retina and causes a gradual loss of vision. The central portion of the retina (macula) contains the greatest number of cones which are the cells that are responsible for color vision and sharp, clear sight.
The insulating layer between the retina and the underlying layer of blood vessels breaks down. Abnormal blood cells may develop which can leak blood or rupture and cause scar tissue to form. This in turn causes the macula to degenerate. Central vision (straight ahead) fades while your peripheral vision (on the sides) remains unaffected. The disease may affect one or both eyes. As the disease progresses one can lose the ability to read or drive.
There are two basic types of degeneration. With the dry (atrophic) type, the degeneration and loss of vision progresses more slowly. With the wet type, new blood vessels develop from the choroid, which can leak fluid under the retina, creating a large blind spot and rapid loss of vision.
Certain rare hereditary forms of the disease can occur in childhood or even adolescence. Most cases, however, affect the elderly. One in six in the age group of 55 to 64 is affected which increases to one in four in the 65 to 74 age group.
The disease tends to run in families. On going research suggests that vitamin deficiencies, lack of antioxidants in the diet, uncontrolled high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, smoking and exposure to 2nd hand smoke and exposure to ultraviolet sun rays can be contributing factors.
There is no proven treatment for dry macular degeneration within the traditional medical community. Some alternative remedies are included in our Natural & Alternative Healing Resource Directory.. Some wet cases of macular degeneration can be treated with laser surgery.
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The same blood vessels that carry nutrients to your eyes and carry off wastes also serve your heart, bones and brain. A deficiency in one can likely lead to a major condition in these other areas also. Diabetics are also more prone to going blind. We have a separate web page devoted to DIABETES which can be accessed from our HOME PAGE.
It is estimated that by the year 2025 some 30 million people over age 65 in the U.S. alone will have ARMD.
Medicine cures three tenths, diet cures seven tenths.
Can tea really help prevent Cataracts, Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration? In a round about way we believe it can, especially when partnered with some of the remedies listed in our Natural & Alternative Healing Resource Directory.
Kombu. . what, you might ask.
It wasn't until 1993 that Kombucha was introduced to the American public. Today, over 3,000,000 Americans drink Kombucha on a regular basis.
Dr. E. Arauner confirmed that Kombucha is the "most effective natural folk remedy for fatigue, nervous tension, incipient signs of old age, hardening of the arteries, sluggishness of the bowels, gout, rheumatism, hemorrhoids and diabetes.
G. F. Barbancik, in his book published in 1954, wrote that Kombucha was an important remedy for: tonsillitis, diseases of the inner organs, reducing inflammation, gastroenteritis, inflammation of the small and large intestines, dysentery, hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure, sclerosis, etc.
Dr. Madaus writes in "Biological Method of Healing" that Kombucha and its metabolic produces affect the regeneration of cell walls and is therefore an excellent remedy for "hardening of the arteries".
The tea introduces micro-organisms into the body which transforms harmful substances such as uric acid and cholesterol into more soluble compounds. They can then be eliminated from your body via the urinary tract.
The vitamin B12 contained in Kombucha reduces the level of the artery clogging amino acid homosysteine which rises when people get older. It actually changes homosysteine into methionine which is an amino acid that helps prevent cancer.
For those taking several prescriptions and "over the counter" products Kombucha can be very important. It seems to be the biological equivalent of STP gas treatment, carburetor cleaner and radiator flush all rolled into one. Kombucha works at the cellular and molecular level pulling the toxins and dead cells out. Glucuronic acid (GA) then binds the material in your liver and ultimately eliminates it via your urine. Toxins and materials bound by GA cannot be reabsorbed by the intestines or the urinary system. This detoxification and flushing promotes a healthier bladder, liver and pancreas.
A survey of Kombucha drinkers was conducted and people reported improvement in a little over 6 conditions on the average. As your health improves and you are able to reduce your dependency on meds and OTC products this will also help reduce damage to your eyesight.
Kombucha sometimes enhances the effectiveness of other medications and it is important to deep your health provider informed so dosage can be adjusted if needed.
Kombucha by itself
doesn't cure anything.
It costs only about $5 a month since you brew the tea yourself. About 1 or 2 hours a month is needed for the brewing and cleanup. It's also simple. If you can bake a Duncan Hines cake then you too can be a Master Brewmeister.
I grew up in Missouri and as Uncle Harry (Truman) would say, the buck stops here. If you are willing to put forth a little effort there is no reason for you to continue to suffer. I know it sounds too simple to be true so visit our Home page for the details of our SATISFACTION GUARANTEE. For more technical information on Kombucha and its history click on the About Kombucha and America's America's Health Crisis pages.
Since Kombucha nourishes at the cellular membrane level it has a positive effect on many chronic and debilitating conditions. On the left side of our Home Page we list many conditions that millions of Americans are suffering from. If you or a loved one has any of these conditions take the time to check it out and see how Kombucha might be of benefit. Take charge of your family's health today.DISCLAIMER: The information presented is for information purposes only. It is based on scientific studies and or traditional usage. Consult a health care professional before using supplements or making any changes in prescription medications. The information and statements contained herein are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
SIDE EFFECTS WARNING: Those drinking properly prepared Kombucha in sufficient quantities should experience increased energy and stamina, improved mood, stronger immune system, some weight loss (if over your natural weight), lower medical bills and vitamin and supplement savings. Many will experience improvement or elimination of a wide variety of medical conditions. A much improved "quality of life" is not uncommon. Proceed at your own risk.