Updates on Cataracts
Cataracts are a growing concern among people young and old, so I wanted to update you all on how to prevent and reduce cataracts holistically. I will cover the cataract basics and then jump into what’s new. Enjoy the show.
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Hey, everybody, welcome to my podcast. today. I’m doing some mountaineering. And in fact, I’ve got some, I’ll show you my shoes. So I got some cleats here. So I’m going to be heading up the mountain. But I wanted to get this information out. So here we go. So I’m calling this podcast series, the new vision 2023. My latest information on how to work on different eye conditions. The first one I’m going to talk about today is cataract lens management. So the number of people that are getting cataracts is growing by exponential proportions.
A day doesn’t go by wear I don’t receive a question on how to either manage my cataract surgery, or how can I improve lens health. So this is my latest information. You know, I’ve been at this over three decades, I’ve tried many different things. And here is what I’ve settled on. Now in former content, I’ve talked about how lens health is related to our glutathione and vitamin C. That hasn’t changed. But the delivery system and the the way you need to work with these and other essential ingredients is something new. So I wanted to let you know what I’m thinking. Before I do that. I want to talk a little bit about what is a cataract. It’s basically oxidative stress that it begins to collect in the Transparent Transparent tissue in the lens of the eye. Now, we think that cataracts are related to age. And I hear this all the time that people say well, I’m 65 years old.
I’m starting to get cloudiness. Experience glare when I’m driving. It’s a cataract. And it’s because of age. So I’m here to say it’s less about age. It’s more about the size of the cataract and the location. You know, kids can get cataracts. We have the congenital cataracts that occur at birth. We also have cataracts we call juvenile cataracts that can start to occur. As a child, those are a little bit unusual situations. But they would fit into the category of what I’m talking about when we speak of the cataracts that people get, say, over the age of 55. So, as I said, cataract is an opacity that begins to develop, because the lens is not able to get rid of its oxidative stress fast enough. There’s no direct blood vessels in the lens of the eye, which makes it very vulnerable for getting the proper nutrients. And if we couple that with things like poor diet, stress, and we we start to see cataracts forming in almost everybody. So, a couple of things about types of cataracts. I’ve talked about nuclear cataracts, which are probably the most common, and that’s kind of in the center and the front of the lens.
That’s the one where you’re really going to get a diminishment in your visual acuity quite quickly. The second type of cataract is the one that’s around the edge of the lens. And this is called a cortical cataract. This is related to diabetes or glucose issues. The third type of cataract is called a posterior subcapsular cataract. And this occurs, again, because there’s a problem with getting rid of oxidative stress this occurs in the back part of the lens. And this is where people will get halos, glare on headlights, they can also get that in the cortical cataract, but they tend to get it a lot in the posterior subcapsular cataract. Okay, so
another thing that happens with cataract, is that you can actually get the surgery and you develop what we call a secondary cataract. Now, it’s not really a cataract, but some of the cells from your original lens start to grow over the inter ocular lens. And what the doctor can do at this point is something called a YAG laser where they can burn off the cells that have grown over the intraocular lens. And it’s a procedure that that’s very quick works well. So if you’ve had cataract surgery, and you start getting this situation, I would definitely opt into getting the YAG laser procedure. Now in cataract surgery, it is by far the best surgery out there in terms of eye surgeries, because they’ve done so many of them. And the success is very, very high. And when people get diagnosed with a cataract, a lot of times they get surprised because it just kind of is a sudden onset. And really the cataract has been there for quite a long period of time.
But it’s grown enough where it now begins to come into your awareness. And what you have to decide whether you want to do the surgery, or you want to work with me is how much time and energy do you want to put into it? You know, in cataract surgery, you get the surgery, and within a few days, you regain your eyesight. It’s pretty miraculous magical and it works really well. Obviously, there are some side effects like dry eyes the possibility of getting floaters. I don’t recommend mono vision where you’re correcting one eye for distance and one eye for near eye. Be careful about getting a astigmatism, contact lenses or multifocal lenses, and make sure to ask your doctor if the lens that he or she is putting in the eye has some blue blocking protection. But if you match the eyes for distance, and you get a single vision lens, you know Medicare cover covers it. It’s it’s pretty much a slam dunk. Now my community, people are really into mind body, they’re into healing. They’re into eating well. And you can do do all those things. And my approach still doesn’t work. In fact, I did a podcast not too long ago, why my protocols don’t work. And I would listen to that if you are challenged by my protocols, and they don’t seem to be working.
The best chance of success in the ER is in the early stage cataracts. Once you get into the more moderate or the chronic cataract, the right cataract, I would probably opt for doing the surgery. But that’s up to you. Now, in former videos, I talked about eyedrops, and I have been trying them for a long time. And I’m actually here to say that I don’t recommend the cataract reversing eyedrops anymore. And I don’t want to mention names or manufacturers because I like those folks. I think they’re doing a good job. But in my community, I have found that those eyedrops don’t work, so I’ve dropped it, I’m not using them anymore. If you want to try them, that’s entirely up to you. But I don’t endorse or recommend them, because the success rate is too low. And since I’m really into success, my metric is what can I use to help people improve lens health as quick as possible. So the only eyedrop that I recommend for this process and it doesn’t, it’s not going to get rid of your cataract is my 5% MSM eyedrops. I like those for a variety of reasons. First of all, MSM is moisturizing, it’s lubricating, it’s a collagen creator. And you know, the lens of the eye is made up of partly collagen and protein and amino acids.
So what I can say about MSM is it’s going to lubricate your eyes, it’s going to soften them, it’s going to whiten them, it’s going to get rid of the circulation stuff that might be going on which is part of the cars. And I would use that MSM maybe one drop four times a day, as some people also like my castor oil, I dropped this as a good one for nighttime. And I’ll talk more about the castor oil I drop in my dry eye podcast. But I think that if you wanted to get your eyes to be moister, more lubricated, and better circulation, I think these are the two drops that I would recommend and I forget the other ones. And then systemically you see I feel that a lot of cataract causes are due to systemic imbalances.
And there’s a few key things that you want to consider number one, and I talked about this at the beginning. Glutathione is an essential antioxidant that helps improve one’s health. So five, four to 500 milligrams a day would be optimal. You can also get your glutathione from cruciferous vegetables. Make sure you’re adding selenium is a trace mineral that helps you in the absorption and the creation of glutathione. So that’s number one. Number two is vitamin C. Again, studies have shown that when a person is developing cataracts, a lot of times they’re they have low levels of vitamin C, I would recommend about 2000 milligrams a day of vitamin C. Next is a product I developed called Berberine. And Berberine is fabulous for helping you balance glucose levels. So there’s a mechanism that occurs in a cataract formation where the glucose molecule binds to the protein molecule in the lens, and the process is called glycation.
Now when this happens, this starts the growth of the cataract. So Berberine helps balance the glucose levels in the blood in the body. I’ve also put in alpha lipoic acid, which is a super fantastic antioxidant for the lens of the eye. This helps address the glucose part of the cataract formation. And I have found that working with us systemically is better than trying to use some kind of an eyedropper. And then last but not least, I would recommend things like lutein, Xanthan acid, Xanthan vitamin A zinc, bilberry, taurine, gingko. You see these are essential not only for retina health, but also for lens health. So I would recommend again my vitamin has all this in there And I just want to say a word about supplements. They’re just that supplements, if you can get your sources of antioxidants, and I’m talking about glutathione, vitamin C, and all those I nutrients through your, your vegetables, your rainbow diet. One of the diets, I find it’s very good for Eye Health is the Mediterranean diet, because you need to also have healthy fats and oils.
That then the supplements become just that they’re supplementing all the good antioxidants that you’re getting in your body. And I think this particular protocol is more effective and will get you to the finish line faster. And you’ll have better results than playing around with different kinds of eyedrops that have been purported to help. But in my experience, they actually have not helped, so why bother? The last thing I’m going to say about cataracts is that you want to take care of your eyes by protecting yourself against, you know, excessive blue light, especially after 6pm. You want to keep your eyes hydrated, you want to make sure you’re getting enough fats and oils. And if you do those things, you have a fighter’s chance to improve your lens health again, it works better in early stages, cataracts than moderate to end stage.
However, I’ve had people in moderate to end stage who’ve been able to slow down the progression, and they’ve been happy, because they haven’t wanted to get the cataract surgery, I’m gonna leave that up to you. So in all of these things, remember, everybody’s body is different. Everybody’s bringing something different to the table. And you’ll know in about three months, if things are getting better than you can stay the course. For most people, they have to be on this kind of a protocol for three to six months. And remember, sugar is your enemy. So any foods that you’re eating, you want to make sure you’re staying more in the low glycemic index areas, you want to reduce inflammation. I like things like Tumeric curcumin, and ginger root things that reduce inflammation, because this also can create an AI imbalance.
So if you have any questions, feel free to email me or text me. I’m happy to do that. And that’s our show for today. I want to thank you for tuning in. Until next time, take care.
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