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Holistic Solutions to Eye Disease.

Feb 08, 2014 02:01AM ● By Dr. Edward Kondrot

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 61 million adults in the United States are currently at risk for serious vision loss, and The National Institutes of Health estimates that 1.75 million people in the country have age-related macular degeneration. The Glaucoma Research Foundation reports that 2.2 million individuals around the nation have glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness. Clearly, millions of people suffer from vision problems, whether from these two conditions or others. The good news is that, no matter what our age, there are things we can do to help save our sight.

“Most people don’t do a whole lot to take care of their eyes or vision,” explains Dr. Edward Kondrot, founder of the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center, in Dade City, Florida. “Vision is so very important, yet it is something they don’t pay much attention to preserving – at least, until there are problems and their vision starts to be affected.”

Kondrot, the only board-certified ophthalmologist and board-certified homeopathic physician in the world, recommends following these 10 steps to help protect our sight.

 

Forget prescription drugs. Each year, over 2.6 billion prescriptions are provided to patients around the country, according to the CDC. Pills often have side effects and alternate routes are available, ones that will help our vision.

Focus on health. It’s important to live a healthy lifestyle, which includes getting plenty of exercise and sleep.

Eat Right. A well-balanced diet is essential to maintaining a healthy body and healthy vision. Eat fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamins and nutrients, such as butternut squash, kale and zucchini.

Exercise the Eyes. Exercises exist that improve eye health. Rolling the eyes in a circular motion and focusing on near and far objects is beneficial for eye muscles.

Understand the connection. It’s important to understand the connection between being healthy and protecting our health. For example, one of the biggest risk factors for getting glaucoma is being diabetic.

Learn all you can. Knowing the various things that can help or harm one’s vision is critical. Read about the natural and alternative methods for helping to preserve sight.

Take Preventive Measures. If you are susceptible to a particular eye disease, learn what you can do to reduce your risk.

Protect the Eyes. Blue light from electronics can damage our eyes at night as well as excessive UV rays.  For those working late into the night, try blue blocking  glasses for protection.

Choose wisely. Those who want to work with a physician to meet their vision needs should seek out one that is qualified to offer alternative therapies. 

Be Diligent. Eye exams can catch symptoms of diseases and illnesses such as diabetes, nutritional deficiency, liver disease and Alzheimer’s. If caught early, many of these diseases can be preventable.

 

“Much of the information that people get about protecting their eyes is not all that accurate or effective,” adds Kondrot. “I have spent my career helping people to protect their vision and improve their sight.”

Glaucoma, for example, impacts so many people, yet there continues to be many myths and misinformation regarding the best way to prevent and treat it. Kondrot is out to change that. “It’s a shame that so many people live a life of compromised quality due to glaucoma, when they clearly do not have to,” he explains. “People continue to do so because of all the incorrect information that is perpetuated. The myths need to be put to rest once and for all.”

Glaucoma sufferers should know that not getting enough chromium in the diet can lead to a decrease of glucose in the ciliary muscles, which can cause an elevation of the eye pressure. Chromium is found in foods high in calories, eggs, molasses, red wine and grapes, and the fat in red meat. Undergoing chelation therapy, will remove heavy metals from the body, which are very toxic to the optic nerve, and improve blood flow to the optic nerve. Another therapy called Microcurrent, which is a weak electrical stimulation that improves blood flow, reduces inflammation, and stimulates cellular activity. 

The relationship between vitamin C  and cataracts is another issue he hopes to bring to light. Scurvy is a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency. The disease causes weakness, anemia and a breakdown of connective tissue within the body. Kondrot suggests that cataracts may be a form of focal scurvy.

“When you look at what we know about scurvy and what we know about cataracts it just makes sense that the two issues have a common thread,” he notes. “The common thread between the two, which can help naturally restore vision in those with cataracts, is that of vitamin C.” Bridging the diseases together, it has been shown that when cataracts develop, the amount of vitamin C in the area surrounding the lens decreases.

His revolutionary book, 10 Essentials to Save Your Sight, tackles these issues and more, while offering a homeopathic and alternative approach to maintaining eye health. He says it took him a decade to pen the book, which is founded on a vast amount of research.

His therapies are aimed at helping those with macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and dry eye, among other conditions. He says whether one already has sight problems or not, the information in the book can help lead them to vision restoration, as well as helping to avoid any vision loss.

To learn these proven therapies, Dr. Edward Kondrot is offering “Training for using Microcurrent” workshops on March 1 and 2 in Phoenix, AZ, for patients that need help repairing their vision, as well as medical doctors or optometrists who would like to learn more about alternative therapies that can help patients with vision problems.

Additional conferences for medical doctors interested in learning proven alternative therapies to help patients with vision problems will be held in Nashville TN on March 12 and 13 and in Dade City, Florida on September 6 and 7.

For more information, visit HealingTheEye.com.

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