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Dave Foreman

The Eyes Have It

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

What is the #1 cause of blindness, affecting 2 million people? No, it isn't macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy. It's Glaucoma. I have been amazed at the number of questions I get on what to do naturally for this condition. Considering the many emails and inquiries on my radio program, Glaucoma could rank as one of the top 5 conditions for requested information. Glaucoma occurs when pressure in the eye is elevated. This increased pressure may be caused by either mired or blocked flow of the fluid (aqueous humor) found in the front and back of your eye.After this fluid flows into the eye, it doesn't drain back out at a normal flow rate. The inability to drain back out causes an increase in intraocular pressure. This pressure can then slowly destroy the optic nerve fibers at the back of the eye. As these nerve fibers die off, so does the ability to see.

Symptoms of glaucoma differ depending on the type. In most cases, people go without any symptoms until it is too late. The more common complaints are loss of side vision, followed by reductions in central vision, an inability to adjust the eye to darkened rooms, difficulty focusing on close work, and a frequent need to change eyeglass prescriptions. Regrettably,many symptoms are often assumed to be age-related and therefore go overlooked. (Always report any visual changes to your eye doctor.) Glaucoma is classified into two types: acute (closedangle or narrow-angle) and primary (open-angle or wide-angle). Acute glaucoma, which is less common, can lead to blindness in only a few days. People with this type often complain of severe eye pain, headaches, blurred vision, and even nausea and vomiting. The majority (90%)of glaucoma cases are considered primary or chronic and treatment will often be for the rest of your life. Besides structural issues that may cause this condition, it's believed certain medications (including antidepressants, steroids, decongestants, caffeine, antihistamines and certain drugs used for high blood pressure) can contribute to increased eye pressure. Consult with a health care provider for a more detailed list.

Glaucoma treatments offered by modern medicine range from surgery to the application of eye drops. Other options include ointments, oral medications and various other therapies. When it comes to eye health (especially in regard to glaucoma) don't mess around. Consult a doctor and have your eye pressure monitored regularly.

Fortunately, natural medicine offers a few supplements that can be helpful. At the top of the list is Vitamin C. Research shows taking as little as 2 grams of Vitamin C daily can significantly impact those with glaucoma. Most studies indicate using higher doses (between 5 and 20 grams per day) tends to be even more effective. In natural medicine, to determine the level of Vitamin C appropriate for you,we often offer a bowel tolerance test. The test requires taking 1 to 2 grams of vitamin C per dose and slowly increasing the amount daily until your stool becomes loose or you have abdominal cramping. Once you determine the amount that triggers these symptoms, you'll know your maximum tolerable level of C per day.

Although the research is limited, magnesium may offer those with glaucoma multiple benefits.A study with just 10 participants found that taking 245mg of magnesium per day helped improve, not only vision, but also circulation.

Supplementing with Omega-3s may also be an option, especially for those wishing to prevent this condition.We have found that people who consume large amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids, have a lower incidence of certain types of glaucoma. Lastly, the flavonoid rutin has been shown to increase the effectiveness of medications often prescribed for glaucoma.

Note, however, relying solely on dietary supplements may not be the most prudent course. It's always wise to work closely with your health care provider to assure you're getting the best treatment possible.

 
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