Tips for Preventing and Addressing Dry Eye Syndrome

By Dr. Edward Kondrot of  The Healing The Eye & Wellness Center

Eye_Health_coverMillions of people suffer from a condition referred to as ‘dry eye syndrome.’ Creating an uncomfortable situation for those who experience it, the problem can also increase one’s chances of infections and even lead to further problems and complications with the eye. The good news is that there are things people can do to help prevent and address dry eye, helping them to stay more comfortable and avoid additional health problems.

 

“Typically, those in the industry tend to tell people to use eye drops or follow other conventional forms of addressing dry eye,” explains Dr. Edward Kondrot, founder of the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center. “This can be problematic, though, because eye drops often come with side effects and may not be as effective as we would like them to be.”

 

Several factors can contribute to one getting dry eye, including aging, medications, and environmental factors. Here are 5 tips for preventing and addressing dry eye syndrome:

 

  • Homeopathic. Speak with a homeopathic specialist in order to obtain a natural treatment plan. This will help avoid side effects associated with many of the conventional treatments used. Those needing drops to help moisten their eyes should opt for ones made from natural ingredients.
  • Increase humidity. By increasing the humidity in their homes, people are able to help keep their eyes moist. Placing a bowl of water near the head of the bed will help with this.
  • Take plant based omega oils instead of omega based fish oils. Many people begin taking fish oil for their dry eyes, but it can have the opposite effect. There are problems that can arise due to fish oil that has become rancid, have longer fatty acid chains, and run the risk of mercury. Plant based omega oils like borage, primrose and flax oils will give more health benefits to your eyes
  • Go organic. It is important to opt for including as much organic food in the diet as possible, ideally at least 70 percent. This will help keep harmful chemicals, which can potentially damage the eyes, out of the body.
  • Stay hydrated. To avoid dryness, be sure to drink plenty of water each day, ideally 8 glasses.
  • Blinking. To help keep the eyes from becoming dry, try to blink often. This will help to keep the eye surface moist and prevent it from drying out. Try opening and closing your eyes in a slower motion, giving your eye more time to become moistened.
  • Palming. Close your eyes and gently rest the heels of your hands on your cheekbones, covering your eyes with your palms. Imagine and visualize blackness. At the same time, feel your breathing.  Breathe deeply, slowly, and evenly, through your nose. The slower you breathe, the better.

“Tears and lubrication supply oxygen to the eye, and help remove foreign substances, among other things,”

 

“Tears and lubrication supply oxygen to the eye, and help remove foreign substances, among other things,” adds Dr. Kondrot. “When it comes to protecting the eyes it is imperative that people be proactive and do what we know works to help prevent and protect them.”

 

Dr. Kondrot is the author of three best-selling books, including “10 Essentials to Save Your Sight” (Advantage Media Group, July 2012), and president of the Arizona Homeopathic and Integrative Medical Association. He has founded the Healing The Eye & Wellness Center, located just north of Tampa, Fla., which offers alternative and homeopathic routes to vision therapies known as the “Kondrot Program.” The program focuses on such conditions as macular degeneration, glaucoma, dry eye, cataracts, and others. His advanced programs have helped people from around the world restore their vision. The center sits on 50 acres of land and features a 14,000-square-foot state-of-the art complex, an organic ranch, jogging trails, swimming pool, hot tub, and more. For more information, visit the site at www.healingtheeye.com.

 

About Health The Eye & Wellness Center

 

The Healing The Eye & Wellness Center is located 30 miles north of Tampa, in Dade City, Fla. Founded by Dr. Edward Kondrot, the Center offers world-class alternative therapies for vision conditions, including color and vision therapy, the treatment of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, dry eye, and more. The center also offers a variety of seminars, webinars, and training sessions for others in the medical community. Dr. Kondrot is the world’s only board-certified ophthalmologist and board-certified homeopathic physician. He is also author of three best-selling books in the field. For more information, visit the site at www.healingtheeye.com.

Fast Food Marketing To Children Won’t Solve Their Health Problems

Expecting fast food corporations to become children’s health advocates is delusional. Relying on advertising instead of education is a recipe for childhood obesity and the litany of other lifestyle diseases we’ve come to accept.

This infographic from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gives a visual for the statistics that drive commercial value over health values. After all, it’s a free country, right? Choose wisely.

Fast-Food TV Advertising Aimed at Kids: Who's Doing it and How?

by Whoisshih.
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Cranberries May Reduce Urinary Tract Infection In Suseptible Women

Consumption of sweetened, dried cranberries may reduce

urinary tract infection incidence in susceptible women

– a modified observational study

 

Published: 18 October 2013

Abstract

Background

sweetened dried cranberriesUrinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common bacterial infections, and over 50% of women will have a UTI during their lifetimes. Antibiotics are used for prophylaxis of recurrent UTIs but can lead to emergence of drug-resistant bacteria. Therefore, it is reasonable to investigate nutritional strategies for prevention of UTIs.

Cranberry juices and supplements have been used for UTI prophylaxis, but with variable efficacy. Because dried cranberries may contain a different spectrum of polyphenolics than juice, consuming berries may or may not be more beneficial than juice in decreasing the incidence of UTIs in susceptible women.

The primary objectives of this study were to determine if consumption of sweetened, dried cranberries (SDC) decreases recurrent UTIs and whether this intervention would alter the heterogeneity, virulence factor (VF) profiles, or numbers of intestinal E. coli.

Methods

Twenty women with recurrent UTIs were enrolled in the trial and consumed one serving of SDC daily for two weeks.

Clinical efficacy was determined by two criteria, a decrease in the six-month UTI rates pre- and post-consumption and increased time until the first UTI since beginning the study.

Strain heterogeneity and virulence factor profiles of intestinal E. coli isolated from rectal swabs were determined by DNA fingerprinting and muliplex PCR, respectively. The numbers of intestinal E. coli eluted from rectal swabs pre- and post-consumption were also quantified.

Results

Over one-half of the patients did not experience a UTI within six months of SDC consumption, and the mean UTI rate per six months decreased significantly. Kaplan-Meier analysis of infection incidence in women consuming SDC compared to patients in a previous control group showed a significant reduction in time until first UTI within six months. The heterogeneity, VF profiles, and prevalence of intestinal E. coli strains were not significantly different after cranberry consumption.

Conclusions

Results of this study indicate a beneficial effect from consuming SDC to reduce the number of UTIs in susceptible women. Because there were no changes in the heterogeneity or VF profiles of E. coli, additional studies are needed to determine the mechanism of action of SDC for reduction of UTIs.

 

Alexandra E Burleigh1, Susan M Benck2, Sarah E McAchran4, Jess D Reed3, Christian G Krueger3 and Walter J Hopkins4*

Nutrition Journal 2013, 12:139 doi:10.1186/1475-2891-12-139

 

Bulletproof Your Immune System This Winter

Discover the Simple, Affordable Solution

Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About

Thanks to Joshua Corn, Editor-in-Chief of the Live in the Now newsletter.

The time is right to be thinking about fortifying our immune systems as Winter approaches.The next issue of Nutrition News will be on Vitamin D. There’s new science about Vitamin D that you’ll want to know about.

In the meantime, enjoy Joshua’s article on Vitamin D. His timing couldn’t be better.

With winter fast approaching, you may be dreading the possibility of getting sick — the pain, discomfort and lost productivity can be truly dreadful.

 

And if you’re like me, you’re probably already thinking about ways to “bulletproof” your immune system so that you’ll stay healthy all winter long — even if everyone around you is coughing and sneezing.

 

But what you may not realize is that if you fail to do one simple thing, your efforts to avoid getting sick will largely be in vain!

 

Now, if you ask your doctor about how to avoid getting sick, the recommendation will surely be a shot. But please BEWARE that, in addition to side effects, even the CDC has admitted that the effectiveness rate of this “solution” is a mere 9%![1]

 

My advice to you: Don’t blindly follow the medical establishment’s recommendations. There are safe, effective and affordable measures you can take now to proactively ensure that your immune system stays healthy and strong all year long.

 

I’m Joshua Corn, Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now, one of the fastest growing natural health publications in the nation. My passion for natural health has always driven me to educate people on alternative solutions that are both safe and effective.

 

Please keep reading, because I’m going to explain how one simple nutrient can help you avoid getting sick, and at the same time improve your mood, reduce aches and pains and keep your bones and heart healthy year-round.

 

Is This Widespread Deficiency to Blame
for Seasonal Sickness Outbreaks?

 

Now you won’t hear this from your doctor, but more and more experts agree that the single most effective way to avoid getting sick is by getting enough vitamin D. As you may be aware, vitamin D deficiency is now considered pandemic and worsens in the fall and winter months.

 

In fact, there is some evidence to suggest that widespread drops in vitamin D levels may be the long-overlooked trigger for seasonal sickness! A 2008 study published in the Journal of Virology led by Dr. John Cannell, MD, executive director of the non-profit Vitamin D Council, concluded that vitamin D may indeed have a “profound effect on prevention.”[2]

 

So vitamin D may be your key to staying healthy, especially in colder months, however don’t rush out of the house to grab any old bottle. It’s important you take the right kind and right amount to really get the full benefits…but more on that later.

 

ABOUT JOSHUA CORN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
Joshua Corn, Editor-in-Chief of the Live in the Now newsletter, is a health freedom advocate who’s been involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years. He’s always been dedicated to promoting health, vitality, longevity and natural living. Josh is currently writing a book on natural remedies and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, organic gardener, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.

 

Vitamin D Activates Your Full Immune Potential

 

Here’s a fact you need to know: Breakthrough research shows that vitamin D is critical to what is known as the innate immune system. This part of your immune system differs from the resistance you build when you’re exposed to a particular pathogen, known as acquired immunity.

 

Innate immunity is your body’s natural defense system, which protects your mucous membranes from pathogenic invaders. If your blood levels of vitamin D decrease rapidly, as often happens with lack of sun exposure during the winter months, your innate immunity suffers dramatically — sometimes catastrophically.

 

Researchers have also discovered that vitamin D triggers the killer cells of the immune system — called T cells — which fight off invaders. Without sufficient vitamin D in your bloodstream, your killer T cells will remain dormant, leaving the door wide open for pathogenic invaders to enter your body and wreak havoc.[3]

 

The Tell-Tale Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency
 

Please don’t fall into the trap of thinking you’re not vitamin D deficient. Way too many people have a “not me” attitude, but the truth is, a whopping 75% of adults in the U.S. have low vitamin D levels![4]

 

Vitamin D deficiency may be symptomless at first, but as it progresses it leads to weakened immunity and many health problems that may be easily misdiagnosed.

 

Aches and pains, cognitive problems, mood issues, fragile bones and heart trouble are just a few common symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.[5,6,7] What’s more troubling is that low vitamin D levels can ultimately result in premature death.[8,9,10] Sadly, many people are given drugs to “treat” a simple nutritional deficiency, or are just told to accept these health issues as part of aging. What a shame!

 

Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency
Weak immunity Cognitive problems
Aches and pains Vision loss
Low energy Fragile bones
Mood imbalances Heart problems

 

How to Protect Yourself with Vitamin D

 

There are only two ways to get vitamin D in the amounts you need for optimal immunity and overall health: several hours daily of direct sun exposure (without sunscreen, which blocks vitamin D production) and vitamin D supplementation.

So for most people, a vitamin D supplement is a must. You may eventually want to get your vitamin D levels tested by your doctor, but you shouldn’t wait to start. Vitamin D is one of the least toxic substances known on earth, making it nearly impossible to overdo it, and it doesn’t interact with most medications. The bottom line is that you’re better safe than sorry.

WARNING: Don’t Take Fake Vitamin D!

 

When doctors are paying attention to vitamin D levels, they often write a script for synthetic vitamin D2. Why? Because the pharmaceutical companies cannot patent natural compounds, so in order to make money, they had to create a synthetic version that’s poorly absorbed and less effective.

 

The better option is to take natural vitamin D3 (also known as cholecalciferol), which is what is used in most dietary supplements. It’s more absorbable, more affordable, more accessible and provides the greatest benefits, as proven by hundreds of scientific studies.[11]

 

How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?

 

Most people take way too little vitamin D per day, because the current RDA is only 600 IU. Many experts now agree that this is woefully inadequate. Sadly, the government has stubbornly refused to increase the RDA, putting millions at risk.

 

According to vitamin D expert Dr. John Cannell, healthy adults should supplement with 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily to avoid deficiency and achieve superior immunity and overall health — more than 8 times what the government says is sufficient! Remember, vitamin D has zero toxicity so there’s no harm in taking higher amounts.

 

Choosing the Right Vitamin D Supplement

 

I hope I’ve made the case as to why it’s critical to take supplemental vitamin D3. However, many people make the mistake of just taking whatever is on the shelf of their local drugstore. You need to know what to look for to avoid getting ripped off.

 

Here are my 3 tips to use as a buyer’s guide:

 

  1. The D3 form: Make sure you’re taking 100% natural vitamin D3 which is the safest, most absorbable and most effective form. Avoid synthetic vitamin D2.
  2. An optimal dose: Leading experts recommend 5,000 IU of D3 daily for optimal health. Most supplements provide far less than this.
  3. A rice bran oil base: Many supplements have a low quality soy oil base, that has toxins and GMOs. Instead look for a healthier rice bran oil base. Scientific References
    1. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6207a2.htm
    2. Virology. 2008 Feb; 5:9.
    3. University of Copenhagen. “Vitamin D crucial to activating immune defenses.” ScienceDaily, 8 Mar. 2010. Web. 1 Oct. 2013.
    4. Exp Biol Med. 2010 Sep; 235(9): 1034-45.
    5. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2010 Feb; 64 (2): 203-9.
    6. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2009 Nov; 12 (6): 634-9.
    7. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2009 Nov; 71 (5): 666-72.
    8. Curr Med Res Opin. 2008 Jan; 24 (1): 139-49.
    9. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2010 Jun; 39 (2): 401-18.
    10. Circulation. 2008 Jan 29; 117 (4): 503-11.
    11. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Jul 6;(7):CD007470.

 

 

 

 

 

N-Acetyl Cysteine Offers Therapeutic Alternative In Psychiatric Disorders

05 October 2013

European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP)

 

Edvard Munch Painting BARCELONA, SPAIN (7 October 2013) – Improved understanding of the roles of inflammation and oxidative stress in psychiatric disorders has generated new leads in the search for novel therapies. One such investigative compound currently in clinical trials is an amino acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), which appears to reduce the core symptoms of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, autism and cravings in addictions including cocaine, cannabis abuse and cigarette smoking.

 

At the start of the decade of the brain, in the early 1990s, there was great hope that a flurry of new treatment discoveries would eventuate. In contrast, today, most pharmaceutical companies have a drying psychiatry and neurology pipeline and many have exited the field entirely. “One of the factors has been an over reliance on typical monoamine pathways as targets for drug discovery,” said Professor Michael Berk, Chair in Psychiatry at Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.

 

Professor Berk pointed out that the situation regarding new drug development for psychiatric problems was best summarised by former National Institute for Mental Health Director, Steven Hyman:

“drug discovery is at a near standstill for treating psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and common forms of autism.”

 

Beyond the monoamine-based drugs, neuroscience has elucidated an array of other important pathways that are involved in most major psychiatric disorders, for example schizophrenia and both unipolar and bipolar depression.

According to Professor Berk, there is now an incontrovertible evidence base that these disorders share inflammation and oxidative stress as part of their disease physiology. In addition, associated pathways including reduction in proteins that stimulate neuronal growth (neurotrophins), and increased cell death (apoptosis), as well as energy generation in organelles called mitochondria are intimately involved. “This understanding provides an entirely new set of treatment targets.”

 

The amino acid, NAC, seems to have multiple effects on all these pathways: it

  • boosts glutathione, which is the body’s major antioxidant defence;
  • has anti-inflammatory properties;
  • enhances levels of nerve cell growth proteins and the growth of new neurons; and
  • reduces cell death pathways.
  • It also appears to reduce dysfunction of mitochondria.

 

These molecular effects of NAC have been investigated in a series of clinical trials, which show that NAC reduces the core symptoms of schizophrenia including negative symptoms such as improved apathy, social interaction and motivation.

It also appears to reduce depression in people with bipolar disorder and at this meeting, new data on its role in unipolar major depression was presented. Furthermore, there is intriguing evidence that it reduces cravings in a number of addictions including cocaine, cannabis and cigarette smoking. “Apart from nausea, it appears to be relatively free of problematic side effects,” said Professor Berk.

 

In addition to NAC, a range of other compounds that target similar pathways, particularly inflammation, seem to have therapeutic potential. These include aspirin, cyclooxygenase (COX) inhibitors, statins, omega-3 fatty acids and even some anti-diabetic agents such as pioglitazone. “Capitalising on our understanding of inflammation and oxidative stress in major psychiatric disorders appears to give us an entirely new range of potential treatments for these common, severe and disabling conditions,” said Professor Berk.

 

 

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