glaucoma

  1. Protect your eyes from attack… and save your vision!

    It’s one of the ironies of getting older.

    On one hand, we see life from a much clearer perspective.

    But meanwhile, what we’re LITERALLY seeing with our eyes gets fuzzier and fuzzier as time goes by!

    And while it’s normal for your eyesight fade a bit as you age, it also could be an early warning sign of a more serious condition, like glaucoma.

    Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness in this country. And once you’re over 60, you’re SIX times more likely to suffer from this vision killer.

    Age and family history have been blamed as risk factors -- but up until now, we didn’t know what set off the high intra-ocular pressure that’s a hallmark of the disease.

    And now, a new study claims that glaucoma is actually an autoimmune disease!

    If it’s true, knowing the TRUE root cause of glaucoma will help us treat it better and prevent it from occurring in the first place.

    But it may not change how we relieve that excessive pressure in your eyes – which I’ll get to in a moment.

    In this latest study, MIT and Massachusetts Eye and Ear researchers found that mice with glaucoma had T-cells that were attacking special proteins in the retina that typically protect the eye from stress and injury.

    We see that happen in autoimmune diseases all the time: Your immune system goes haywire and “turns” on healthy tissue as though it’s an infection.

    Normally, T-cells can’t get into the retina -- thanks to the blood-retina barrier. But when the pressure skyrockets, it somehow opens the door to an immune response that would not normally occur.

    And to make sure that this problem wasn’t limited to mice, the researchers tested people. And found that folks with glaucoma had FIVE TIMES more haywire T cells!

    What strikes me most about this study is that even when intra-ocular pressure was relieved, the symptoms of glaucoma didn’t necessarily get better. In some cases, the disease worsened.
    And that confirms what we previously knew about glaucoma – that the pressure is a symptom and not the cause.

    There are a few nutritional and natural therapies that may be able to help reverse it. And eliminating food allergies is a good first step.

    Research has also shown that daily use of fish oil (I recommend 1 tablespoonful daily) and high quantities of vitamin C (10 to 35 grams daily, split into three to four doses) can help reduce high intra-ocular pressure.

    And both magnesium (250 milligrams daily) and standardized extracts of ginkgo biloba (40 milligrams three times daily) have been found to improve vision in folks with glaucoma.

  2. Healthy habits can keep glaucoma at bay

    Save your sight with these easy tricks

    Every life stage comes with its own stresses and anxieties.

    But as we age, things are supposed to get a little easier.

    By the time you hit your "golden years," you're done raising your kids (if you've had them)... you're done clocking in every day... and it's finally time for some R&R.

    You may have less pressure in your LIFE... but it's likely you've got more pressure somewhere else.

    And that's in your EYES!

    As the years pass by, fluid can build up in your eyes for a number of reasons -- and the "intraocular pressure" (IOP) that fluid creates inside your eyeball can cause a condition called glaucoma, which damages your optic nerve.

    You could even lose your precious eyesight!

    And you're SIX times more likely to get glaucoma once you hit the age of 60.

    Now, we don't know exactly what sets off glaucoma, although your chances of developing it are greater if you have a family history of it.

    But according to the latest research, slashing your risk of glaucoma may be as simple as adopting a few healthy habits.

    At a recent meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Harvard University researchers summed up the most recent findings to date from multiple glaucoma studies, and four risk factors that can really ramp up your IOP emerged:

    1. not getting enough blood flow to your eyes,
    2. lack of exercise OR exercise that's too vigorous,
    3. carrying too much excess weight OR being underweight, and
    4. doing inverted head poses in yoga (who knew?!)

    But the good news is that all four of these factors are actually within YOUR control!

    That means that you can cut glaucoma off at the pass by sticking to some common-sense habits that are not just good for your eyes, but for your whole body.

    Eat more leafy greens like spinach to increase blood flow to your eyes. They're rich in nitrate, which your body converts to nitric oxide -- a chemical that boosts blood flow to every nook and cranny.

    Aim to exercise in moderation, which will help keep your weight in check. If you practice yoga already or want to give it a try, just stick to gentle poses that don't send you upside down!

    And as I've shared with you in the past, you can relieve some of the pressure in your eyeballs by sleeping with your head elevated just six inches. For more on Inclined Bed Therapy, see the October 2016 issue of my Nutrition & Healing newsletter.

  3. Drinking hot tea slashes your risk of glaucoma

    The British secret to protecting your eyesight Q: What suggestions do you have for glaucoma? GR: As I've shared in the past, glaucoma happens when fluid builds up in your eyes. That creates pressure inside your eyeball that damages your optic nerve... and that can rob you of your precious sight. And once vision loss sets in, it can't be...
  4. Leafy vegetables help fight glaucoma

    Load up on leafy vegetables and olives to dramatically increase your odds of preventing glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness.
  5. Dopey ruling on medical marijuana

    In the latest defense of Big Pharma's best-selling pain meds, the Department of Justice ruled that marijuana has no medical value at all, can't be used safely and has a high potential for abuse even when given under a doctor's supervision.
  6. Vitamin C for your eyes

    If you want to protect your eyes, forget carrots -- there's another "C" that plays a much more important role in how you see: Vitamin C.
  7. Marijuana vending machines debut in California

    The California Supreme Court ruling is the latest glaring example of the legal gray zone that marijuana has entered.
  8. Marijuana

    For one thing, I could only in good conscience write about it from a medical standpoint. And since it seems like the overwhelming bulk of the dialogue about the drug centers on its political aspects, its medicinal properties - and I'm not saying I'm certain there are such (I've seen evidence on both sides) - seem always to take a backseat. Because of this, the subject of marijuana use just hasn't come up very often in contexts I've found it necessary to weigh in on.

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