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Understanding dead vs dormant optic nerve cells

Submitted by dave on Sun, 11/30/2014 - 1:31pm

Question from a FitEyes member: Hello. I am impressed with the enormous amount of knowledge some of you have about glaucoma. You can teach the doctors a few things. I was diagnosed with glaucoma two years ago and as all of you am looking for ways to get better.
Can anyone tell me what happens to dead optic nerve cells? Does the body flush them away or do they remain in their shriveled state?
There also must be millions of stunted, dormant," hibernating" optic nerve cells, for otherwise how can microcurrent bring them partly back to life? This procedure is available in Germany but is expensive and seems to last less than a year.
I would like to believe in resurrection for the only alternative is stem cell therapy which is probably a dozen years away. I would appreciate any information.

Are The Experts Confused About Which Foods Are Healthy?

Submitted by dave on Wed, 05/28/2014 - 3:53pm

Have you ever received conflicting information about the health value of a particular diet? Of course - well all have!

In this article I want to share my viewpoint about low carb diets vs. high carb diets (and vegetarian vs. carnivorous diets).

I was inspired to write this article after reading Dr. Fuhrman’s blog . I came across a debate between Dr. Fuhrman and Barry Groves .

Can Grounding Lower IOP?

Submitted by dave on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 1:49pm

Dr. Kondrot recently enticed FitEyes members with some interesting observations about what he called grounding and its effects on intraocular pressure. He also wrote about earthing and shared this video of his patient, Peter Abilogu, a professor of African Dance, performing in his office.

Rescula Discussion

Submitted by dave on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 8:56am

A FitEyes member asked:   

I wonder if anyone of you has ever tried Rescula. This is a new product for glaucoma.

It’s actually old

The FDA approved Rescula in 2000 for the treatment of open-angle
glaucoma and ocular hypertension. The drug was taken off the market in
the United States in 2005 (apparently for commercial reasons). But the
commercialization rights were licensed in 2009 to Sucampo
Pharmaceutials, Inc. Sucampo then submitted a supplemental New Drug
Application to the FDA and relaunched the product.

New Tonometer Owner

Submitted by dave on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 9:54pm

We received this comment from a FitEyes member:

I am now the proud owner of a Reichert 7CR. I'd like to participate in the Fiteyes research community and contribute my data. I've just emailed Terry to ask for software, but any pointers for how to collect and look at data would be much appreciated.
The picture I am getting of my pressures is remarkably at variance with what my various opthamologists have thought based on the occasional office visit.

Scientists Discover New Role for Vitamin C in the Eye and the Brain

Submitted by dave on Tue, 07/26/2011 - 12:57pm

Optic nerve cells require vitamin C in order to function properly. Henrique von Gersdorff, Ph.D., a senior scientist at OHSU's Vollum Institute and a co-author of a new study showing how essential vitamin C is in retinal nerve cells had this to say:

We found that cells in the retina need to be 'bathed' in relatively high doses of vitamin C, inside and out, to function properly.

Can any natural system of medicine -- homeopathy or naturopathy or other -- cure glaucoma?

Submitted by dave on Fri, 05/27/2011 - 6:13pm

When thinking about the fundamental principles of health, I have to wonder how effective any pill (homeopathic or vitamin or other) can be for a chronic disease like glaucoma that takes decades to develop.

In another thread on glaucoma, emotions, stress and NTG, Dr. Ritch said:

Pigmentary dispersion syndrome is associated with perfectionistic, detail-oriented, high stress people.

No herb or vitamin pill is going to change those traits. (Even psychiatric medicines won't fundamentally change them -- only suppress them, at best.) The research from psychoneuroimmunology (see Dr. Candace Pert's work) shows that these personality traits turn into biochemical molecules in the body -- powerful chemicals that are more potent and more abundant than most pharmaceutical medicines --- and that come in a endless supply day after day. We wake up every morning and never forget to put on our personality. When we do so, our body is flooded with the biochemical signature of that personality. Any pill we take does little more than put a small dent in that massive stream of internally manufactured biochemical compounds. 

Think about that while reading this quote from a book by respected neurosurgeon Norman Shealy, M.D.**

Perhaps the best work in this field has been done by Dr. Caroline Thomas of Johns Hopkins Medical School. Her prospective studies of medical students have shown a high correlation with personality. Relatively specific personality quirks or defects predispose one to high blood pressure, tuberculosis, heart attack, cancer or suicide. These traits are present twenty to thirty or more years before the onset of disease. It appears that our “life script,” meaning our unconscious decisions regarding how our life will play itself out, provides a long-term attitudinal precursor of illness.

I wasn't familiar with that research in any detail, and I'm not relying upon it -- but this is essentially the same conclusion my own personal research on intraocular pressure led me to, and it is a core message of FitEyes because it conforms to time-tested principles of more than one traditional system of healing.

Here's the succinct way I like to state it (based on Ayurveda):

Consciousness structures the physiology.

Our habitual thought patterns, emotional patterns and lifestyle habits shape the form and function of the material structure of the body over time. We become physically who we are emotionally and psychologically. This is the most fundamental and powerful force shaping the development of any condition in the human body. Given that fact, how can we expect some little pill that we take to radically alter these long term trends?

Glaucoma medication allergies, Serene Impulse and emotions

Submitted by dave on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 4:28pm

In a recent discussion on the FitEyes email discussion list we had an interesting exchange about allergies to the glaucoma eye drops. If you want to see how serious this can be, one picture is worth a lot of words:

glaucoma eye drop medication allergy

On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 7:39 PM, a FitEyes member wrote to the discussion list:

Glaucoma, elevated intraocular pressure, membrane permeability and emotions

Submitted by dave on Sat, 05/21/2011 - 4:07pm

For those of us with glaucoma or ocular hypertension, our goal is for the fluid in the eye (aqeous humor) to be able to flow freely out the two exit pathways from the eye. In this context, we had a recent discussion on the benefits of fish oil and DHA for glaucoma. In this discussion, someone raised this point:

Quote: "fish oil can improve membrane permeability"

That's a useful fact on its own. But that got me thinking about what I have learned from teaching and practicing Serene Impulse (and doing so as both a glaucoma patient and a personal self-tonometry researcher).

Fish oils (including DHA) may have a small effect on IOP -- but much less of an effect than other things I have identifed as a result of mixing self-tonometry and Serene Impulse -- and also as a result of interacting with other tonometer owners in the FitEyes community.

In pursuing knowledge that will help me manage glaucoma, I have a guiding principle: don't waste your time going after the small change. Go for the stuff with the big payoff. Mental and emotional tension, which always lead to tissue contraction, are a key area where we can find that big payoff. For some background, please see this link:

And here's another related post by Bailey:

And I will expand on all of this in the present article and tie it together into an (informal) theory of elevated intraocular pressure.

Prudence, Horror and Intraocular Pressure

Submitted by dave on Wed, 03/30/2011 - 5:21pm

Recently we had a discussion on the FitEyes email list about experimenting with glaucoma medications. As part of that discussion, people expressed that they were horrified or fearful. At least one person responded by advocating a prudent stance. I certainly do not disagree with the advice given. In fact, I think everyone who responded to the original post was in agreement that the thing the original questioner contemplated was totally inappropriate for the person's skill level. So that was the end of that discussion, rightly so.

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Turn yourself into wine

Submitted by dave on Wed, 03/30/2011 - 3:45pm

This captures a lot of what glaucoma means to me. Iti captures my experience of the initial bitterness of glaucoma eventually becoming sweet. Glaucoma positively changed me to my core. Glaucoma has enriched my life beyond anything I could ever have imagined. By the way, Joanna Macy is worth reading.

I am loathe to take glaucoma eye drops because of the potential side effects

Submitted by dave on Thu, 02/03/2011 - 10:52am

 A new member wrote:

Hello, I have a query I would like some advice on.  I have only just joined and this is all a new area for me so please forgive me if i'm covering old ground.  I was diagnosed with early stage Glaucoma in one eye this week.  I have been given Xalatan drops to take.  I am loathe to take these because of the side effects.
Do I need to take these?  Are there other alternatives and methods?  Any advice would be much appreciated.
Thank you
Hi and welcome to FitEyes.

If the IOP readings are ever high it proves that they do go that high

Submitted by dave on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 1:57pm

From a reader:

The doctor looked at my self-tonometry eye pressure data I brought with me. But he did not give my data much credence. He said if the  intraocular pressure readings are ever high then that shows that they do go that high. He is quite intimidating.

The assumption by the doctor is that he must target his treatment at the maximum intraocular pressure peak no matter how short it lasted, or how infrequent it is or what caused the IOP to rise.

Ophthalmologists are not yet familiar with the concept of the ocular white coat syndrome (white coat ocular hypertension). Our self-tonometry data may show that our IOP is lower outside the doctor's office than inside the office. Many of us believe this is an important consideration and a few doctors are starting to pay close attention to this information.

But reading your doctor's intimidating response gave me an idea...

How do I spend my day off? On FitEyes, of course!

Submitted by dave on Mon, 01/24/2011 - 10:34pm

Sometimes I wonder where all my time goes. I know I volunteer a lot of time to FitEyes that is unrelated to working with my clients or doing other things I "have" to do. So I did a quick check of where my time went on my recent "day off." Here's what it looked like:


1 hour emails (mostly related to FitEyes)

1 hour discussing new FitEyes website work with a developer

3 hours researching backup and storage solutions for the FitEyes website (long overdue)

1 hour to get a replacement computer part


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