I started out as an eye surgeon. I felt there wasn’t any disease I couldn’t cut and put back together again. My philosophy has changed ever since homeopathy cured me of a severe case of asthma when traditional western doctors said nothing could be done. I’ve been integrating alternative therapy since then. I strongly feel that alternative treatments and looking at the underlying cause should be the first approach to any eye disease.
A cataract is like a red warning light. When a red warning light comes on, you don’t unplug or turn it off. You want to find out what is wrong. Those of you who are developing a cataract need to find out the underlying cause. What is wrong? Correct that and take some essential steps to reverse the cataract.
“Cataract” comes from a Greek word meaning “waterfall.” On the left is a picture of the Grand Canyon. Yes, in Arizona we do have water. This is an extremely beautiful sight. When you develop a cataract, it is not a beautiful sight. It interferes with your vision. A cataract is a clouding or darkening of the lens in the eye. The lens is responsible for focusing light on the retina, giving you good, sharp vison. This clouding interferes with your eyesight, and it is usually slowly progressive. In most cases, it doesn’t cause any pain.
The traditional treatment that western ophthalmologists do is to remove the cataract. They don’t look at the underlying cause. They insert a plastic lens to take the place of the natural human lens. You’ve been hearing all sorts of things about the dangers of plastic. I think it could be a potential problem to put a plastic device inside your eye.
Although rare, there are complications like infection, loss of vision, corneal swelling, glaucoma and, interestingly, an increase incidence of macular degeneration.
I’m not totally against cataract surgery. In some situations, you should have cataract surgery when it advances to the point where it’s severely obstructing your vision. In most cases, when the cataract is at an earlier stage, you should consider the alternative treatments I’m going to talk about.
There is a published five-year study looking at the incidence of macular degeneration in a group of people who had cataracts and cataract surgery. The study demonstrated that there was a threefold increase in macular degeneration after cataract surgery. This statistic is shocking. Most eye doctors, including myself at one time, thought, “The person is just getting older. They’re going to develop macular degeneration anyway.” This is false. You should take the steps to find out what is causing the cataract and try to reverse it with more natural means.
These are the three causes of cataract, and each one of these areas needs to be addressed. The first one is aging. The clock is ticking. There’s not much we can do about that, but we can begin to change our lifestyle to help reduce the ill effects of aging.
A big area I want to talk about is nutrition. There’s no question that cataracts are linked to nutrition. The bottom one is heavy metals. There’s no question cataracts are related to lead. If you have elevated lead, you need to have this taken care of. These are some of the essentials to treat cataracts: nutrition, proper hydration and reduced stress.
Physiologically in the eye when you develop a cataract, researchers have found that the ascorbic acid and glutathione levels in the aqueous that surrounds the cataract become decreased. It makes sense if the elements are decreased that we need to replenish them in the body to help slow the progression of the cataract, or in some cases reverse it.
These are some glutathione-containing foods. Your mother was right. You need to eat spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, parsley, avocado, asparagus, grapefruit, strawberries and milk thistle. All of these foods are rich in glutathione and should be part of your diet if you want to treat and reverse cataracts.
More important are foods to avoid. White sugar is first on the list. The American diet is far in excess of white sugar. Another is corn fructose. There’s danger with high-fructose corn syrup because it’s made from genetically modified corn. There’s also sucrose and fruit juice concentrates. All these things are high in sugar, which helps the cataract grow. In addition to being linked to cataracts, they cause other health issues like diabetes and obesity, so you need to avoid these products. First, eliminate sugar. Every time you see a cube of sugar, put the skull and crossbones on it. It is a poison to your body.
Proper hydration is essential. Your body needs a lot of water to detoxify itself. If you’re not drinking enough water, these toxins will accumulate and cause adverse changes in your body. One of them is cataracts. Drink plenty of water. I recommend that you drink one half of your bodyweight in ounces of water.
Dr. Batmanghelidj in his book, Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, felt that by drinking plenty of water, most chronic diseases could be cured. Water is our friend. The only problem is where are we going to find a good source of water? We know we should stay away from public water because of toxic components in the water. Pharmaceuticals are now found in water, if you can believe that, and antibiotics, hormones and hypertensive medicines. It’s horrible. Our water supply is contaminated.
We used to think that drinking water out of plastic bottles was healthy. Now we’re finding out that there are phthalates and benzene derivatives in the water that are extremely toxic to our body.
I’m a big advocate of reverse osmosis. It’s fairly inexpensive. For a couple hundred dollars, you can get a unit underneath your kitchen sink. This becomes a source of excellent drinking water. There are other systems out there, but I would investigate to see which one fits your budget and begin to drink a good source of water.
It’s important to balance the autonomic nervous system. There’s something called fight or flight when your body is in a stressed state. It’s like you’re running away from a grizzly bear. Your pupils dilate, your heart races and your breathing changes. The digestive process is shut down in your body, and your body’s ability to heal will slow or stop. It’s critical, if you want to reverse any disease in your body, to reduce stress. In our society, this is often extremely difficult to do.
Ways to reduce stress are physical exercise, meditation, prayer and positive affirmations. In our practice, we do treatments like microcurrent stress therapies and light therapies to help. Begin to do something to reduce your stress. Reduce your stress, and your body will heal.
There was a study done out of Harvard University that linked low-level lead exposure to the development of cataracts. There’s no question all of us have been exposed to lead. When I was growing up, we had leaded gasoline, leaded paint and leaded pencils. It’s in our environment, water and food. I believe this is the biggest contributing factor to the development of cataracts.
We need to be tested for heavy metals. The only accurate way is a six-hour urine provocative test. You could be dying of lead poisoning, and your urine would be negative for lead. Why? The lead goes into your bone, brain, eye, muscle and fat. You need to take a substance to make that lead soluble. This is a chelating agent. Then you collect the urine for six hours. That’s the most accurate way, and it’s the gold standard with integrative doctors across the country. A hair analysis is not accurate. I would not advise a hair analysis.
The best way to remove the lead is chelation therapy. Dr. Robert Rowen, the editor of Second Opinion, stated that one IV EDTA chelation a month can prevent cataracts. I agree with Dr. Rowen. The IV therapy consists of an administration of a chemical called EDTA, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. This is a molecule that goes into the blood, binds the lead and makes it water soluble so it’s excreted in the urine.
In addition to IV, you can do rectal suppositories. You can take oral and topical. There are many ways of administering the EDTA to treat the elevated lead. I would suggest going to www.ACAM.org. It has a listing of doctors near you who do these therapies.
What happens if I don’t do anything? A half-life is how many years it would take your body to naturally eliminate this. The half-life of lead is 99 years. That means in 99 years, half the lead in your body will be gone. You need to do something to get rid of this lead.
A question that is often asked me is what are good over-the-counter eye drops for cataracts? The two most popular ones are Can-C and Cineraria Maritima. I have found both of these eye drops can help with preventing the progression of cataracts. I have not seen the eye drops actually reverse cataracts.
Both of these drops can help prevent the progression, but I’m interested in reversing the cataracts and actually improving your vision. There are two prescription eye drops that can do this. The first one is OcluMed. The second is an eye drop developed by Dr. Rowen. It’s a mixture of DMSO, ascorbic acid and glutathione. Earlier I commented that the ascorbic acid levels and glutathione levels are reduced when you get a cataract, so it makes sense to have an eye drop like this.
The problem with the DMSO eye drop is it has to be made by a compounding pharmacist. Now the FDA is cracking down on compounding pharmacists, and patients find that it’s more and more difficult to get this eye drop made. That’s why I’m recommending OcluMed.
OcluMed has a great combination of key ingredients to help reverse the cataracts. One is L-carnosine, which immediately neutralizes existing free radicals. N-acetyl-L-carnosine provides a long-term protection because it lasts longer in the cells.
This eye drop also has glutathione, which is one of the most important antioxidants in the lens. It also has cysteine ascorbate, which is a water-stable source of vitamin C, and L-cysteine, which are very important antioxidants. We need to get the glutathione and ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, in high concentrations to reverse the cataract changes. The last one is L-cysteine, which is used to regenerate or reduce the oxidized form of L-glutathione in the eye. All these ingredients are really good products to help reverse cataracts found in OcluMed.
This is interesting. There are some doctors who feel that cataracts may be related to focal scurvy. We don’t see scurvy anymore in our country because people are getting small amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C is even found in cereal now.
Focal scurvy exists and can be related to periodontal disease, arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, and some doctors believe it’s related to Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Focal scurvy in the eye produces a cataract. Focal scurvy means you’re not getting enough vitamin C.
A few years ago on my ranch, we had goats. When a goat is under stress, it can produce up to 100 grams of vitamin C a day. A human under stress can’t produce any vitamin C. You can see that we need high amounts of vitamin C in our diet, especially if we’re under stress. If you have a cataract, definitely increase the daily amount of vitamin C that you’re taking.
It’s also important that you take a good form of vitamin C. A lot of the vitamin C that’s commercially available is made in China. It’s also made from genetically modified corn, so you want to get a non-corn source of vitamin C. One of those is from tapioca. Make sure you’re getting a good-quality vitamin C.
Quercetin is another dietary product that inhibits lens opacification. This was studied in an organ-cultured model of the cataract. It also inhibits hydrogen peroxide induced cataracts. Quercetin has been shown to prevent the progression of cataracts.
Rutin is a bioflavonoid, and it’s been found to be highly beneficial in fighting cataracts. It’s nice because it works synergistically hand in hand with vitamin C and quercetin. These three products are what you want to try to get: rutin, vitamin C and quercetin.
Surgery is not the best approach. I hope I’ve convinced you of this.
This is my protocol I’ve put together based on over 20 years of looking at ways to reverse cataracts. There are four components to this protocol. The Cataract Vitamin Formula is an oral vitamin. The Ocular Function Spray is a spray that you spray inside your mouth, and it’s quickly absorbed through the tiny capillaries. There are Cineraria Maritima eye drops, which are eye drops that go into the eye, and Homeopathic Cataract Tissue Salts, which is a liquid that also is administered sublingually.
Let’s look at each one of these products. The group of them is the Advanced Cataract Protocol. It’s four products. These are some of the ingredients listed, and I’ve broken down the cost if you were going to buy these separately.
The vitamin C, we have 1,000 milligrams, which is a nice amount. The cost for that would be $20. There’s vitamin A and vitamin B complex. You can see quercetin is 150 milligrams. N-acetyl cysteine is 150 milligrams. Rutin is 250 milligrams.
There’s milk thistle, trace minerals, and digestive enzymes and probiotics. That is important. The digestive enzymes and probiotics help these important nutritional ingredients get absorbed into your body. There are many good vitamin formulas out there, but they are not getting absorbed in your body. I decided to put these digestive enzymes and probiotics in. Remember that the list of all those foods I talked about had high concentrations of quercetin. Those green foods are in this vitamin formula.
If you would buy this separately, your cost would be $218, but this formula retails for $119.95, which is about a $100 savings if you were going to be each individual product.
This is the Ocular Function spray. This spray has a lot of these key ingredients. It has vitamin C, lutein, xanthine, L-taurine, alpha lipoic acid, rutin and quercetin. This is administered by spraying it inside your mouth, and letting it dissolve and absorb through the tiny capillaries. This way we can assure that you’re getting these essential nutrients into your body in case you have a digestion or absorption problem.
These are the Cineraria Maritima eye drops. The India Central Council for Research in Homeopathy ministry has stated that this is the drug of choice which prevents the development of cataracts. The recommended therapy is one to two drops in the eye three to six times a day. Once again, this eye drop prevents the progression. I don’t think it actually reverses the cataract.
The Homeopathic Tissue Salts are developed based on homeopathic principles, and they’re Schuessler tissue salts. These tissue salts help strengthen the tissues in the body, the neurological tissue, the collagen and the ocular tissues. This is a sublingual preparation you take along with the other three products.
This Advanced Cataract Protocol, all four ingredients, retail for $179.85. OcluMed is a prescription product that has the five ingredients I have found can actually reverse cataracts. The price for this has recently come down. It was listed at $175 to $180. Now it’s $135. One bottle of OcluMed will last you 45 to 60 days.
Are you are interested in the six-hour urine test for heavy metals? The urine test contains the Captomer chelators, which are the pills you take to make the lead soluble. Then you collect the urine over a six-hour time period and send a small sample to the lab. We get this comprehensive report that we’ll discuss with you. This is something that can be done at home. You don’t have to go to the hospital. We’ll call you with the results and what steps you need to take. Click here for the urine test