3 ways to diagnose glaucoma
3 important minerals for glaucoma
3 essential vitamins
3 important Herbs
3 important Homeopathic remedies
Glaucoma is a very serious disease and one of the eye problems that can lead to total blindness.
Many of the other conditions we’ve talked about, like macular degeneration, can cause significant visual loss. Typically, there is still some vision remaining. In macular degeneration, you may lose your central vision, but you always have peripheral vision. With cataracts, you have a clouding of the lens of the eye, which reduces the vision. There is a surgical alternative for cataracts.
Glaucoma is a different problem. I’m going to throw out a word of caution. If you have glaucoma, I’m not giving you advice to stop your eye drops and begin all these alternative treatments. This is a serious problem. Whatever you do with your condition of glaucoma, make sure you’re under close supervision of an ophthalmologist or optometrist.
Glaucoma is thought of as a condition where the pressure increases inside the eye. When you put too much air into a basketball, the basketball will start to split by the seam. In the eye, as the pressure increases, the seam is where the optic nerve enters the eye. The optic nerve has a lot of tiny, delicate fibers and small capillaries, so this increase in pressure causes damage to these capillaries and nerves.
Typically in glaucoma, you begin to lose your peripheral vision, which is a little bit different than in macular degeneration. In macular degeneration, you lose your central vision.
There are very few symptoms with glaucoma. That’s why it is called the thief in the night. Because glaucoma is such a devastating disease, everyone over the age of 35 should be checked, especially if you have a strong family history. There is a tendency for glaucoma to run in the family. If your grandmother, aunt, or uncle had glaucoma, please get your eyes checked. Periodic eye exams are the best way to diagnose this condition.
Before I go into how the diagnosis of glaucoma is made, I’d like to talk about some of the special things I’m going to share with you on this important program on glaucoma. We’re going to go over the three top herbs you should be taking if you have glaucoma. We’ll also talk about the three essential minerals that are necessary to have good vision and can actually help lower the pressure if you have glaucoma. We will also talk about three homeopathic remedies. There will be a lot of important information, so jot down this material.
3 ways to diagnose glaucoma
Let’s talk about how the diagnosis of glaucoma is made. Unfortunately, the diagnosis is tough at times. Glaucoma is more than just intraocular pressure, although this is an excellent way of screening to see if you have glaucoma. The normal pressure range can be anywhere from 12 to 25. You could go blind if you have a pressure of 12 and you have advanced glaucoma. If you have a healthy eye, you could have a pressure of 25 and never lose your vision. Pressure is just one measuring stick we have. It’s the easiest, but it is not the most accurate.
The second way is the visual field test. This is a computerized test where you put your chin into a fishbowl, and you have a button. Every time you see a flashing light, you hit the button. This measures your peripheral vision. There are certain diagnostic patterns that occur with glaucoma, so your eye doctor will use this as a screening test. This is also a valuable test to follow your progress with your treatment.
The third way is called the nerve fiber layer, NFL. That is not the National Football League. It is the nerve fiber layer. Imagine this. Inside your eye, you have 100 million rods and cones. These are tiny sensory elements that absorb light and send an image back to the brain. These 100 million rods and cones are all over your retina. Each one sends a little fiber to the brain, and all these fibers accumulate in the optic nerve. We can very accurately measure the thickness in this area, and this is the nerve fiber layer thickness. This is one of the most accurate diagnostic tests we have to make the diagnosis of glaucoma and follow your progress.
Let’s talk about the treatment. The traditional treatment is to lower the pressure. Why are we lowering the pressure? Imagine putting your foot on a garden hose. When you put pressure on a garden hose, you’re going to slow the flow of water. That’s what happens in your eye.
As your pressure rises, it puts pressure on the tiny capillaries and sensitive nerve fibers. It causes them to become hypoxic and slowly die. By lowering the pressure, we can improve the circulation and help the health of the sensitive nerve fibers. There is a device called the ocular coherence tomography which uses light waves, so we can actually measure the nerve fiber layer thickness.
One method is to lower the pressure. The second method, which is just as valuable, is doing everything we can to improve the health of the optic nerve. How can we do that? We can improve blood flow, oxygenation, and the food you eat. Have a healthy mental attitude. All of these are important.
What I’m trying to convey is that there are two sides of the equation with glaucoma. One side is the pressure side. We have eye drops that address the pressure. The second side of the equation may be just as important, and I feel it may be more important. That is improving the circulation of the nerve.
Those of you who have glaucoma, begin to look at the food you eat. Healthy, organic, raw living food is one of the best things you can do. Shift your diet more toward raw organic. The second thing you need to do is exercise. Brisk walking, dancing, jogging, and all these things can help improve the circulation to the eye. There have been several studies done showing moderate exercise a couple times a week can lower the intraocular pressure. I’m sure you’d much rather eat well and exercise occasionally than to take some of these eye drops that are causing a lot of discomfort and pain.
In addition, I believe glaucoma is a disease of the autonomic nervous system. What do I mean by that? When we’re under stress, anxious, or worried, certain physiological things take place.
When the grizzly bear is chasing you in the woods, you’re running for your life. Your heart is racing and your pupils are dilated. These are physiological changes that take place. Your digestive processes and your body’s ability to heal begin to slow, and in some cases they even stop.
I think you can see the point I’m trying to make. Anything you can do to help reduce your stress will be beneficial in the treatment of glaucoma. In fact, I read a couple of interesting studies where they showed that meditation, deep breathing, and relaxation can lower the intraocular pressure.
I see many glaucoma patients fixated on a number. “I have to get my pressures below 15.” That’s important, but I think it’s more important to have the attitude of asking, “What can I do to improve the circulation? What can I do to improve the health of the optic nerve?” That’s what we’re going to talk about next.
We’re going to focus on three important minerals, one in particular that you might not be aware of. Later on, we’re going to talk about three key herbs you need to know about and take if you have glaucoma. Lastly, we’re going to talk about three homeopathic remedies that may be beneficial. I got interested in this whole business of alternative medicine through homeopathy. I think homeopathy can be a wonderful treatment modality.
Before we come up to break, I want to mention that I don’t want you to think you can stop your glaucoma eye drops and begin taking these herbs and homeopathics. Glaucoma is a serious disease, and you need to continue your eye drops. Follow your care with your eye doctor. When your eyes become healthy and your vision improves, he may make the recommendation to stop taking some of your eye drops.
3 essential vitamins you have to make friends with.
Before we talk about the essential minerals, one thing that is really critical if you have glaucoma is to be tested for heavy metals. Why am I saying this? Believe it or not, over 90 percent of patients I see with chronic eye problems have toxic metals in their body. I know you don’t want to hear that. Unfortunately, we grew up in a time when we had leaded gasoline, paint, and pencils, and mercury amalgams. There’s a lot of pollution in our environment, as we all know.
If you have toxic heavy metals in your body, it makes it more difficult for you to absorb and utilize essential minerals. I’m going to talk about three essential minerals you need to be aware of for glaucoma. At the same time, if you have heavy metals, you need to get them removed because the big heavy metals are like a bully on the block. The essential minerals are the tiny guys that the bully pushes out of the body, and they’re not absorbed.
The best way to be tested for heavy metals is the six-hour urine challenge test. You’re given a couple of capsules of a substance which makes the heavy metals soluble, and then they’re collected in the urine over a six-hour time period.
You could be dying of lead poisoning, and your urine and blood will be normal, so don’t be hoodwinked by your family doctor or internist into getting a spot urine or blood test that he tells you is normal. You need to have the urine challenge test. That is the best way to determine if you have heavy metals.
If you do have heavy metals, you need to get them removed. That is a whole other topic of discussion. By far the best way is IV EDTA chelation. You can take it intravenously, rectally, or orally.
The first step is to get tested for heavy metals. If you’re interested, give the office a call at (800) 430-9328. We can give you information on the heavy metal test.
3 essential minerals
Let’s talk about the three minerals you really need to be aware of if you have glaucoma. The first one is the most important one. This is chromium. There was a study done looking at intracellular chromium in red blood cells. Normal, healthy patients had 279 nanograms per milliliter in their red blood cells. The people who had open-angle glaucoma had 119 nanograms. With this study, it became rather evident that folks with glaucoma have low levels of chromium.
Chromium is also essential for blood glucose metabolism. Most doctors will say you need to take your chromium so your sugar is metabolized well. I have found that many patients who have glaucoma have low levels of chromium, so chromium is something you need to take.
I’ve developed a special nutritional formula called the Optic Nerve Support formula, which I recommend for all glaucoma patients. It has all the ingredients I’m going to be discussing on this radio show for glaucoma. Chromium is a big one.
The second one you need to be aware of is zinc. Zinc is essential for just about every enzymatic reaction in the body. If you’re zinc deficient, you’re going to be in trouble when it comes to your eye and many other enzymatic and biochemical processes in your body.
The scary thing is that I used to routinely test everybody for zinc, but I stopped doing it. I have found that everybody I see who has an eye problem is zinc deficient. A lot of this has to do with the way we’re farming and raising our vegetables. Our soil has become depleted. People are not eating organic. They’re eating processed and preserved food that is decreasing in nutritional value.
There was an interesting study done in the ‘40s. They looked at the nutritional value of food and tested various servings to see how much minerals and nutrients were in each serving. To give you an example, the average serving of spinach in the 1940s had about 250 milligrams of iron. That study was done again in 2012, and the same serving of spinach only had 2.9 milligrams. That’s a 100-fold decrease in nutritional value. That’s the problem we have. Our food just doesn’t have good nutritional value.
Chromium and zinc are two big ones. The next one is magnesium. Magnesium is a great mineral for the nervous system. Magnesium is also really good to help prevent anxiety, fear, and nervousness. In the first segment, I mentioned that stress and anxiety are negative factors that will make your glaucoma worse. If you are taking something like magnesium, it will help protect your nervous system. It will also help your musculoskeletal system, heart, and arteries.
Recently, my blood pressure has been slightly elevated. The medical doctor I go to put me on some extra magnesium. I’m taking 800 mg of magnesium a day now. After beginning to take the magnesium, I am a little bit calmer. My blood pressure has been reduced significantly. Magnesium can not only help reduce that blood pressure, but it can also help reduce your eye pressure if you have glaucoma.
One important point I’d like to make is that if you are taking magnesium, zinc, or chromium, make sure you take it in a chelated form. Do not take it in an oxide form. The oxide form is not readily absorbed in the body. If you’re taking a lot of magnesium oxide, you may get some diarrhea and loose stool. If you’re taking zinc oxide or chromium oxide, it just won’t be absorbed. Make sure you take the chelated. As I mentioned, my Optic Nerve Support formula has all the adequate levels of these important minerals.
3 Essential vitamins to treat glaucoma
I want to briefly talk about some vitamins. Vitamins are essential for the health and metabolism of our body. There are three vitamins I want to mention that are especially essential if you have glaucoma.
One is vitamin E. Vitamin E is a perfect vitamin for the health of blood vessels. In glaucoma, you have some problems with decreased circulation in the optic nerve, so taking the vitamin E will be extremely beneficial for the health of the vessels of the optic nerve.
Vitamin C is another big one. Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C will chelate and remove some heavy metals. Vitamin C taken in a high dose will even lower the intraocular pressure. For those of you who have glaucoma, I recommend taking 3 to 5 grams of vitamin C a day.
You have to make sure you’re taking a good form of vitamin C. Most of the vitamin C on the market is imported from China, or it comes from corn. That means it’s from a genetically modified substance. Avoid vitamin C from corn and from China. Make sure you read the labels.
Lastly are the B complex vitamins. All the B complex vitamins, like thiamine and methyl folate, are essential for good optic nerve function. If you’re thiamine deficient or vitamin B complex deficient, you will develop optic atrophy and optic nerve damage. The Optic Nerve Support formula is just loaded with these B complex vitamins.
A recommendation I make to all my patients is if you can, try to receive a Myers’ cocktail once a month. A Myers’ cocktail is a specially formulated intravenous vitamin which is wonderful to help you achieve those optimum vitamin and nutrient levels in the body.
I’m a big advocate that you are what you eat, and food is your best medicine. Thomas Edison said that the doctor of the future would not prescribe any medication but instead would direct the patient to prevention and the use of proper diet and nutrition.
I tell all my patients that the first step you need to take is to look at the food you eat. Colorful food will give you colorful vision. You need to avoid processed food and food with preservatives. For goodness sake, throw away your microwave. I hope none of you are microwaving your food. You essentially destroy the nutritional value.
I believe the body has an ability to repair itself and rejuvenate. If you don’t have the essential building blocks for this, it’s not going to happen.
3 special herbs for glaucoma
Let’s talk about these three special herbs that I feel you should know about if you have glaucoma. The first one is Ginkgo biloba. Ginkgo biloba is from one of the oldest trees known to mankind. It has been supporting health for nearly 2,800 years.
Ginkgo biloba is found to support health circulation, maintain normal function and tone of blood vessels, and support healthy oxygen and glucose metabolism in the brain and eye. All of these items would be very important if you have glaucoma, including improving circulation to that optic nerve, and improving and maintaining healthy oxygen and glucose metabolism.
In addition, Ginkgo tends to stabilize capillaries and make them less fragile. That’s the big situation when you have glaucoma. The fragile capillaries of the optic nerve are dying because of high pressure.
Another interesting thing about Ginkgo is that it is very useful in easing anxiety if you’re anxious and in a stress situation. Many of you are when you’re first diagnosed with glaucoma. You have to take all these eye drops, and the doctor is telling you you’re losing vision in your visual field or your nerve is becoming damaged. That is going to trigger a lot of anxiety. Ginkgo can help with that. It helps with circulation and reduces anxiety. This is probably the number-one herb that you need to think of when you have glaucoma.
All of these herbs I’m talking about are contained in my Optic Nerve Support formula. If you want more information on the Optic Nerve Support formula, which I recommend for all of my glaucoma patients, go to www.HealingTheEye.com for more information.
The second herb I’m going to talk about is Coleus forskohlii. This is a well-known Ayurvedic herb that has been used for thousands of years to support vitality and wellbeing. Interestingly, it is not only used to treat heart disease, hypothyroidism, and respiratory disorders, but it has been suggested that this may be an excellent herb for glaucoma.
I find it interesting that many cases of glaucoma are related to hypothyroidism or low thyroid function. Thyroid is essential for good metabolic activity. When you have low thyroid activity, you’re going to have low blood flow and a low metabolic state, which can be detrimental to your eye, especially if you have glaucoma. That’s a key point. If you have glaucoma, make sure you get your thyroid function checked.
There have been some studies that have shown that topical application of Coleus forskohlii lowers the intraocular pressure. Unfortunately, I am not aware of any topical product of Coleus forskohlii, although there was a company in Germany that attempted to bring this to market. Because of difficulty in the delivery system, it was abandoned. I think it was also because of problems with big pharma fighting the simple treatment.
Oral Coleus forskohlii is controversial. There are some studies that show taking it in pill or herbal form may lower the intraocular pressure. That is open to question. I have found a few patients who begin taking Coleus forskohlii, and it will lower their pressure. It can’t hurt. It improves the thyroid function. It helps with heart disease and respiratory disorders. I think this is a great herb, and it is also in my Optic Nerve Support formula.
The third herb is ashwagandha. That’s a tongue twister. This is another Ayurvedic or Indian herb. It’s famous for regeneration. It also calms the mind, eases stress, and supports overall vitality and wellbeing.
Ashwagandha is a very powerful adaptogen. It will counter mitochondrial dysfunction. A lot of researchers feel mitochondrial dysfunction is the underlying problem in glaucoma. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell. When you have mitochondrial dysfunction, that is when you begin to lose the delicate nerve fiber layers and begin to have damage from glaucoma.
These are three phenomenal herbs that you need to write down: gingko biloba, ashwagandha, and Coleus forskohlii.
In addition to these herbs, I can’t harp enough that I believe many of the substances and building blocks you need are in your own neighborhood. Sometimes you don’t need to take these exotic herbs, but they can’t hurt. They’re certainly much better than taking glaucoma drops, pills, or petropharmaceutical chemicals.
I have to mention again that having a healthy, varied, organic green diet is important. Green and colorful foods are probably the best thing you can do for any eye disease. I may sound like a broken record, but one of the best things you can do is begin to look at the food you’re putting into your body. Shift your diet toward organic, raw food. Whatever your healthy condition is, whether it’s hypertension, diabetes, glaucoma, or macular degeneration, I believe shifting your diet to this organic, raw diet will be the best thing for you.
A question I get all the time is, “Why does it have to be raw? I like green vegetables and colorful fruits, but why can’t they be cooked?” Unfortunately, when they are cooked, it destroys the delicate protein structure in your body. When the protein structure is destroyed, the amino acids are destroyed. It just does not have as much nutritional value. I hope this is clear. You need to shift your diet more toward raw organic.
Keep those three herbs in mind. They are Ginkgo biloba, Coleus forskohlii, and ashwagandha. You can purchase them separately at any health food store. Begin by taking the lowest dose recommended, and then gradually increase. Sometimes you can also get the tincture form.
Whatever changes you make, make sure you’re under the care of an ophthalmologist or optometrist to measure your intraocular pressure. Whatever you do, do not stop or discontinue any of your eye drops unless directed by your eye doctor. Glaucoma is a serious disorder. There are many things you can do.
In addition, we’re going to talk about one of my favorite treatments, microcurrent. Microcurrent can lower the pressure. Microcurrent reduces inflammation, stimulates cellular activity, and improves circulation and oxygenation. This is one of the best modalities you can begin to use if you have glaucoma. We’re going to talk about ways you can get involved with microcurrent and how you can purchase a microcurrent machine.
3 of Homeopathic remedies for glaucoma
Most people have a misconception about homeopathy. Homeopathy has nothing to do with proper diet, vitamins, nutrition, or mineral supplements. It is a distinct form of medicine that believes the body has the ability to heal. As homeopathic doctors, we look at the symptoms, the disease, and the tissue structure. We prescribe a homeopathic remedy that acts as a catalyst to help the body reverse this process and to heal naturally.
Homeopathy believes the body has an intelligence and a wisdom. When we develop signs, symptoms, and diseases, it’s because we need this process to maintain a balance or homeostasis. This may sound peculiar. Why does my body need to develop glaucoma? Why do I need to have hypertension or diabetes? If your body has wisdom, you need it to maintain homeostasis.
Let me try to explain it in this simple manner. Let’s say you get severe diarrhea. Maybe your body needs the diarrhea to get rid of toxins or something harmful you eat. It is doing this for a reason.
In traditional medicine, they believe the body does not have a wisdom, so if you have diarrhea, the doctor will prescribe something that will produce constipation to reduce the diarrhea. In homeopathy, you are given something that causes diarrhea. You may say, “Wait a minute. If I take something that causes diarrhea, wouldn’t that make my diarrhea worse?” Not really. If the body is doing something to benefit you and to maintain homeostasis, let’s help the body do what it wants to do.
Homeopathy is what got me started in this whole area of alternative medicine. I was a very successful eye surgeon, and I developed severe adult-onset asthma. I could not function. I was taking three medications which had a lot of side effects. I wanted a cure, and one homeopathic remedy cured me of my asthma. This was when many doctors told me there was no cure for my asthma. They said, “Just continue taking your medicine and learn to live with it.”
Homeopathy is one of the few disciplines in medicine which actually tries to help you cure your disease. I’m talking about curing. The right homeopathic remedy can not only reverse the glaucoma damage or whatever problem you have, but it has the potential to cure.
The problem is that homeopathy is very difficult to master. If you have 100 people with glaucoma, it’s not like there’s just one homeopathic remedy that will help all of them. It’s a little bit different. In homeopathy, we treat the person. If you have 100 people with glaucoma, each one may need a different homeopathic remedy. Whatever I took to cure my asthma may not help you if you have asthma.
When I talk about these three homeopathic remedies, these are the top three, but these remedies may not help your glaucoma at all. I advise you to seek a professional homeopath to help you with your remedy selection. I am always available to help you with your homeopathic evaluation. This is something I really love. In the homeopathic interview, we’ll not only talk about your eye condition. We’ll also go into detail about when the eye problem started, stresses in your life, and other associated problems.
Homeopathy looks at you as an individual. It looks at causative factors and many different aspects. It’s a phenomenal way to understand why your body has developed this particular problem. I see miracles when a homeopathic remedy is prescribed because not only does it help with the glaucoma but it helps your mental and emotional state. It helps your overall wellbeing. Homeopathy is an amazing form of treatment.
The number-one homeopathic remedy is phosphorous. Phosphorous is a mineral. It is one of the top remedies listed in our Materia Medica in homeopathic literature for the treatment of glaucoma, especially when there’s optic nerve damage. It seems to be a very important remedy that has an affinity to the optic nerve.
The phosphorus person has the experience of having tiredness in the eye and seeing halos around lights. There seems to be the sensation of color variation and maybe seeing colors, spots, or things like that. There is also a certain personality. The phosphorus seems to be a very likable, sympathetic person who enjoys people. That’s the other thing about these homeopathic remedies. Not only do they address the tissue and the disease, but there’s a certain personality. Phosphorus is a big remedy.
The second remedy is belladonna. Belladonna is the remedy we think of for an acute attack of glaucoma. This is when your pressure suddenly increases. Your eye is red, and you have a lot of pain. This would be the number-one remedy. In addition to the pain, there’s a dimness of the vision. It may be accompanied by head pain or a headache, and there may be nausea and vomiting.
The personality of a belladonna tends to be quick to anger and have a certain quickness about them. Whenever they develop flu symptoms, abscesses, boils, and things like that, there’s a certain quickness to the belladonna. Belladonna is for a sudden onset of eye pain, dimness of vision, and elevated pressure.
I’m not suggesting you take belladonna instead of going to the eye doctor. You can take the belladonna, but rush to the eye doctor if you have these symptoms because you need to have a qualified person evaluate you.
The third remedy is physostigma. This is a homeopathic remedy that has effectiveness for treating glaucoma, especially when there are some spasms of the eye and a very small pupil. Symptoms include dim vision, blurred vision, and pain in the eye.
These are the top three homeopathic remedies: phosphorous, belladonna, and physostigma. I’m not suggesting you go to the health food store to get these remedies and expect this will cure you of your glaucoma. You need the professional expertise of a homeopathic doctor. I’d be happy to consult with you if you’re interested in homeopathy. You can go to www.HealingTheEye.com or give our office a call at (800) 430-9328.
Last, I want to mention microcurrent stimulation. Microcurrent stimulation is a wonderful adjunctive treatment if you have glaucoma. There are many ways you can get involved with investigating microcurrent. I’ve devoted several previous radio shows to microcurrent, so go to my website, www.HealingTheEye.com, to learn more about microcurrent.
If you have glaucoma and you’re thinking about alternative treatments, I think you’re at a crossroads right now. You really have to begin something. As I mentioned, the best way to do this is to shift your diet. Begin eating more healthy, organic, raw food.
I would also highly recommend you consider taking my Optic Nerve Support formula which has all the ingredients I discussed on this radio show. It has the three essential minerals, the three essential vitamins, and the three essential herbs.
You have to make a decision right now. It’s so important that in addition to taking your glaucoma eye drops and following the directions of your eye doctor, you begin some type of alternative therapy. The other thing you need is to be tested for heavy metals. There’s no question about this. Heavy metals can contribute your vision loss.
It was a pleasure revealing to you this essential information about glaucoma. If you have any questions, please give the office a call 800-430-9328 or email to info@HealingTheEye.com
Dr. Edward Kondrot, wishing all of you good health and clear vision.