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Natural Treatment for Macular Degeneration
Imagine looking at someone and the center of your vision is blurry and dark and what you can see is the periphery. This is the challenge people with advanced macular degeneration face each day. Our eyes are so important and as we get older we can experience more serious visual problems.
It is so important to maintain healthy eyes. Eye problems are often an indication that an illness or disease exists somewhere in the body. Take for instance jaundice. This condition is reflected in the eyes; they are a yellowish colour. With allergies, the eyes can be bloodshot or watery and the surrounding skin can be dark.
So the question arises – what condition in the body reflects macular degeneration and is this a valid question to ask? When I sit down and take the case studies of my clients who have macular degeneration, I discover a common underlying condition - candida albicans, which is a type of fungus. Candida albicans seems to be either an underlying condition of macular degeneration or a contributing factor in these clients. All in all, I find that there is a strong connection between the candida infection in the body and the macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is a disorder that affects the central part of the retina and causes damage to the central vision. The macula is the central part of the retina which helps identify fine detail. Reading becomes difficult as well as identifying people’s faces. This condition usually affects both eyes and it can lead to blindness.
There are two types of macular degeneration: dry and wet. In the dry form, yellow deposits called drusen form under the retina between the retinal pigment epithelium layer and the underlying choroid (layer of blood vessels found behind the retina). Most people who have macular degeneration have the dry form. A smaller portion have the wet form which is the more severe of the two types.
Wet macular degeneration occurs when abnormal blood vessels grow under the center of the retina. The blood vessels leak fluid and blood and scar the macula. Damage to the eye and loss of vision can occur in a short period of time.
Medical treatment of macular degeneration includes two major drugs: Avastin and Lucentis. Ophthalmologists often encourage changes in lifestyle such as: cessation of smoking, reduction of alcohol and caffeine and consumption of a well balanced diet which includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. Certain nutrients have been studied and identified as helping to support good eye health and to help slow the disease down: vitamin A, omega-3 fish oil, coenzyme Q10, zinc, B complex, vitamin E, selenium, lutein, and l-glutathione. This protocol is important to help promote better eyesight but I do not think that it is enough in the case of macular degeneration. A person suffering from this eye condition needs to seek the advice of a professional health care practitioner in order to determine if he or she has an underlying candida albicans infection in the body. This fungus can exist in many parts of the body because it travels through the blood stream.
If the person does have candidiasis, then the candida infection has to be brought under control and reduced to tolerable levels. Probiotics, pau d’arco tea and caprylic acid are chief natural ingredients for combatting candida. A diet low in sugar, yeast and carbohydrates is indicated.
My preference when treating macular degeneration is to use the candida albicans homeopathic remedy. This remedy is direct. It provides for the die-off of the fungus. Probiotics replenish the "good bacteria", but they are not enough on their own. A die-off of the fungus is essential and needs to be achieved. As this occurs, health problems associated with candida clear up and the eyes are helped.
It is not uncommon for my clients who have macular degeneration to call me while they are taking the remedy and say "Pam my eyesight seems blurrier." My response is "That is O.K." There is usually a pause at the end of the phone line. This is not exactly what they are expecting to hear. I follow up with: "You are getting worse because you are getting better." With homeopathic remedies, the health problems are expressed for a couple of days or more and then there is a gradual improvement. One of the first symptoms people with macular degeneration notice when they start to take the remedy is a worsening of their blurriness. This is short-lived and is a good sign.
For those who suffer from macular degeneration, they need to see their Ophthalmologist. They may also want to seek a professional health care provider who can help determine whether or not they have an underlying candida infection. If this is the case, by treating the infection, they are increasing their chances of controlling the debilitating eye disease.
Pam Nori is a Homeopathic practitioner and not a medical doctor or ophthalmologist and uses natural homeopathic methods of assessment and treatment of the whole person. Homeopathic treatment has been proven clinically, however, the treatment may not be an accepted practice by conventional medicine. The information on this webpage is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure an illness or a disease of a reader. Pam views Homeopathy as a complementary healthcare system and recognizes the importance of people also seeing their physicians and ophthalmologists.
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