Macular injections increase incidence of stroke!
One of the most common treatments now for wet macular degeneration is the use of anti- VEGF injections. VEGF stands for vascular endothelial growth factor. These injections use a protein that stops the growth of new blood vessels that are felt to be a major cause in the development of wet macular degeneration. One of the most commonly used drugs used for this procedure is Avastin which is powerful drug used to treat metastatic colorectal cancer
Besides the risk of infection and the potential to go blind with these injections I have felt that injections for macular degeneration are not in the best interest of patients for several other reasons
1) These injections go against homeopathic principles and law of healing. The basic principle is the body has a wisdom and any symptom or disease is necessary to maintain homeostasis or balance. Instead of injecting a harmful substance, doctors should be looking at why these new blood vessels are growing and why are these blood vessels necessary for homeostasis
2) Injections do not address the underlying cause of the disease which is lack of nutrition, poor circulation and oxygenation. these things need to be addressed to strengthen the patient and eye.
3) Another homeopathic concept is that of suppression. When the underlying cause of a disease is not treated properly, the disease is pushed deeper into the body and a more serious disease develops.
This condition of suppression has been observed with cataract surgery. Cataract surgery can lead to an increase in macular degeneration when the underlying cause is not treated. Read more on cataract surgery causing macular degeneration
Now there are reports that there is evidence that patients with macular degeneration are at an increased risk of developing a stroke over and above the expected risk seen in patients of similar age and vascular risk factors.
However, in an analysis of 2 recent studies , there was a statistically significant increased rate of nonocular hemorrhage, including cerebral hemorrhage, in patients treated with VEGF injections
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This article concluded that physicians should be alerted to the possibility of an increased risk of stroke in elderly patients with macular degeneration and that this risk may be further accentuated by the use of anti-VEGF therapy.
Another report indicates the anti VEGF injections might do more harm than good. Scripps Research Institute reported mice with their VEGF-producing genes removed experienced deterioration of the choriocapillaris (the major supplier of nourishment to the retinal pigment epithelium), death of cone photoreceptors and corresponding visual loss. Researchers speculate that drastic VEGF reduction using anti- VEGF injections may do more harm than good.
These studies indicate more reasons to consider alternative treatments to treat the underlying casue, improve your health and vision!