New This Week — Vitality 101 News: December 23, 2008
Natural Rx for Glaucoma, Cataracts, ARMD and More
Our free iPhone application is rapidly growing, and the 7 eye topics below were recently added as well. For those of you with an iPhone (or iPod iTouch), simply go to the App store and search on "Cures A-Z." As of today, it was on the first page of most popular free applications under "Health and Wellness!"
This issue will focus on treating common eye problems naturally. Let's start with a quick overview of how the eye works. The eye is like a fluid filled ball, containing the:
|1.||Conjunctiva and sclera — The outer white part of the eyeball.|
|2.||Cornea — The clear front opening which lets the light in.|
|3.||Iris — The colored ring that determines the color of our eyes and how much light gets in.|
|4.||Lens inside the eye (just behind the cornea and iris) which allows us to focus. A cataract is when the lens gets cloudy.|
|5.||Retina — The nerve layer in the back of the eyeball which captures the images we see and sends them to the brain via the optic nerve.|
|6.||Macula — A special area of the retina used for reading and fine detail.|
|7.||Vitreous humor — The clear, gelatinous substance filling the central cavity of the eye. This is like the eyes' circulatory system to bring in nutrients and wash out toxins.|
This article will discuss the best of natural and standard therapies for common eye problems, including:
|Conjunctivitis — Where the white's of the eye(s) become red and uncomfortable.|
|Cataracts — Where the lens gets cloudy.|
|Eye floaters — Seeing spots.|
|Vision loss in 1 eye.|
|Glaucoma — Elevated eye pressure.|
Click each of the above to see that topic, or click here to review all of them at the "Common Eye Problems" section at our website.
There is a large body of research showing that nutrition can both prevent and treat vision and hearing loss problems. Many of the key findings are summarized in the articles on eye disease above. Below is a sampling of a few recent studies, showing how nutrition can dramatically decrease the risk of the most common cause of vision loss (macular degeneration) and hearing loss (noise induced).
Fish Oil Lowers Risk of Macular Degeneration
Oily Fish Once a Week Protects Eyesight in Old Age
Another recent study also shows that eating oily fish (e.g., salmon or tuna) can decrease the risk of getting macular degeneration (a form called "wet AMD") by 50%. Read more »
Diet, Antioxidants Prevent Blindness in Aging Population
Antioxidants can also prevent macular degeneration. Read more »
Treating Age-Related Hearing Loss with Antioxidants
NAC May Protect Against Hearing Loss
The antioxidant raising N Acetyl Cysteine may also protect against hearing loss. Read more »
FEATURED QUESTIONS FROM READERS
Q: How about pituitary adenomas? Treatments for PMS? Read more »
JOKE OF THE WEEK
Several women appeared in court, each accusing the others of causing the trouble they were having in the apartment building where they lived.
The women were arguing noisily even in the court.
The judge, banging his gavel to quiet them, said, "We are going to do this in an orderly manner. I can't listen to all of you at once. I'll hear the oldest first."
The case was dismissed for lack of testimony.