N-Acetyl-L-Carnosine, Colloidal Silver
10/10/2013: Yohanan from Israel: "Cataracts can now be easily removed without surgery using drops. These drops use a chelation process to remove cataracts, which are advanced glycation end products, from the lens.The drops contain N-Acetyl-L-Carnosine and colloidal silver and can be found on the internet. A crust will form outside the eye as the cataracts are removed."Replies
10/10/2013: Prioris from Fl replies: "Due to the expense of Can-C, I plan on making my own eye drops with Acetyl-L-Carnosine powder. I will use 100 mg of ALC powder in 5 ml of distilled water to make 2% solution. Is there anything else I need to know?"
10/11/2013: Yohanan from Israel replies: "Your ingredient proportions are incorrect - see cataract articles on Out of the Box Remedies dot net for more information. The Cataract Terminator is much cheaper than CAN-C, and at least twice as effective. It can be ordered cheaply from the Out of the Box Remedies dot COM website. Also, the N-Acetyl-L-Carnosine will cost you a minimum of $300 for 100 mg!"
10/11/2013: Prioris from Fl replies: "The price helps make the cure economically accessible to way more people. If people still can't afford it even at that price then they can make it themselves.
I don't think I have cataracts yet but I'd rather be proactive. Plus it seems to cure a broad spectrum of eye problems and could produce crystal clear vision over time."
10/11/2013: Mike from Denver, Colorado replies: "N-acetyl-l-carnosine can be purchased on amazon for hardly anything. Can you just mix the nac with water to make your own home made solution?"
10/12/2013: Prioris from Fl replies: "I found an online place where one can buy 10 grams of N-acetyl-l-carnosine powder for around $40. Did not find it on amazon.
1 ml of water equals 1 gram. To make 2 percent solution one for 100 mg in water, there would need to be 2 mg of substance added to the water.
Technically, one would need to adjust density of water to account for colloidal solution so one could eye ball it. I don't think it would need to be exact.
I don't have any financial interest in the product but I do think that the cataract terminator is still a good price for people who don't want to muck with the do it yourself stuff so many will prefer the already made solution. One may also need to buy a machine to make the colloidal silver. Also something to measure small amounts and the bottle. Given the varying economic, time and other situations of people, the more options one has the better."
10/13/2013: Mike from Denver, Colorado replies: "Prioris: The company that sells the 1 gram of nac for $40 is reputable. The cost is 6 times less than the eye drops. People could put some in a tsp. of water and let that dissolve through the gums to dissolve glycation and ages in the organs and tissues of the body bypassing the digestive system. The digestion may denature the nac. I am not sure but to be sure they can let the nac dissolve through the gums."
10/19/2009: Jean Marc from Miami, Fl: "In the phillipine this plant have several names: Ulasimang Bato | Pansit-Pansitan (Peperomia pellucida) -
It is effective in fighting cataracts, arthritis and gout. The leaves can be eaten fresh (about a cupful) as salad or like tea. For the decoction, boil a cup of clean chopped leaves in 2 cups of water. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain, let cool and drink a cup after meals (3 times day)."
06/20/2008: Tan Koon Peng from Singapore: "A nun in Malaysia discovered that Peperomia pellucida is a cure for cataract by chance. Her family have been using this plant for all kinds of eye diseases for over a hundred years. She takes this plant for her eyes when she has cataract as this is a great plant for eyes disease.
Two weeks later she felt that her eyes were painful, she immediately rub her eyes and to her surprise the thin films covering her eyes were on her finger and her vision is clear once again.A fter this incident she recommanded this plant to lots of cataract patients and all of them also managed to get rid of their cataract without any operation.This plant is a very useful medicine and may be taken raw or cooked.
This plant is also useful for presbyopia, glaucoma, Astigmatism, all other eye diseases, Cancer and many other diseases. In vietnam this plant is eaten raw as a salad.
Peperomia pellucida http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/flora-kiuic/p/peperomia_pellucida.html"
[QUESTION] 10/06/2008: Evelyn from Philadelphia, PA replies: "WHERE CAN I ACQUIRE THIS HERB?"
[QUESTION] 10/14/2008: Steffi from Mumbai, India replies: "Appreciate if we can get some information as to where we can procure this plant and how it grows. Thanks"
10/30/2008: Yash from Mumbai, India replies: "Peperomia Pellucida is called Toyakandha and Varshabhoo in SANSKRIT, Mashitandu Chedi in MALYALAM. It grows in wasteland, along roadside throughout India and western ghat OF Maharastra during rainy season. Though used in Ayurvedic medicine I could not find any formulation yet. Try Ayurvedic medical stores in the south."
[QUESTION] 01/28/2009: Richard Young from Cebu City, Cebu Province; Philippines replies: "Based on the picture, this weed grows in my backyard. How is it used for cataracts? I have a cataract on my right eye which I want to remove. Do I squeeze the juice into my right eye? Or do I just eat the weed?"
02/04/2009: Richard Young from Cebu City, Cebu Province, Philippines replies: "Hi, This is Richard Young again. Thank you for your "caution". Unfortunately, it was not the answer I was looking for. I repeat my question about peperomia use. How do you use it for cataracts? Do you squeeze it on to your eyes or what?"
[QUESTION] 02/06/2009: BJ from West Branch, MI, USA replies: "I am seeing my eye doctor to have him set up an appointment for the eye surgeon to have my cataracts removed. I would like to try this remedy. How do you go about it? Do you put it right on your eye? Thanks, this is the first time I have ever seen your site and I can't tell you how much time I have spent on it. It is in my favorites to visit again and again."
[YEA] 02/18/2009: Richard from Cebu City, Cebu; Philippines replies: "Cataracts and piperomia Pellucida: No answers yet on how to use this herb?"
04/05/2009: DrJ from Mumbai, India replies: "It seems that in Ayurveda, Peperomia pellucida "Skiny Bush" (its common english name) is it only used for infectious diseases of the skin. Although it is now being study as a possible anti arthritis drug its not traditionally used for that nor eye diseases. It is used in Africa for eye diseases and in Creole Medicine (Trinadad) for its antibacterial properties. As far as use for eye diseases it seems that the milky juice from stem and leaves are used traditionally for eye diseases. So tablet form may not benificial nor is it available that i can see so far?
Any natural cateract treatment like this must include cleansing dietary protocol to be totally effective. All forms of topical eye treatment for cateracts will fall short unless internal toxins are addressed.
There is a fantastic book in India called "Health in your Hands" By Devendra Vora which details a Cateract cure using a holistic protocol. He claims that poor flow of blood and "electricity", pituitary gland damage, and local lymph gland toxicity causes Cateracts. The sugar toxins that build up in the eye are not removed and "throw of carbon". The carbon causes this transparency! He also states that excess heat that accumulates in the liver has built up and due to suppression of fever and common cold etc. over the years with modern pharma drugs the heat never gets released from the body so over time the liver overheats. This goes in check with the Traditional Chinese Medicine view very well! Liver=Eyes!
Rx: Triphala powder internally as a eye wash diluted in water overnight acts to cure the problem combined with drinking colloidal mineral waters combined with hand reflex and local eye area acupressure treatment. Also cleansing diet of green juices and whole foods. Eye exercises are included such as looking into the sun at sunrise/sunset and doing eye rolling exercises and palming. He also mentions urine therapy also which was used by Indian Prime Minister Desai for his cateract problem.
At present i have given this treatment to several patients which is similar as above but more simple and easier to understand the complicated explanation in the book. At present there has been complete reduction of worsening of the condition and improvement is occuring but its not happening overnight."
08/31/2009: Tan Koon Peng from Singapore replies: "Cataract: Just eat Peperomia pellucida raw on empty stomach or boil and drink the water."
09/17/2009: Guest Mother from Toronto, Canada replies: "I have 2 questions for Dr J from Bombay.
1) What is the cause of cogenital cataract.
2) My daughter was born with. Docs removed the lens to remove the cataract. Is there any possible way to improve her vision as docs say that they can fix lens but she still needs to wear glasses to fix far off vision. Please help."
11/28/2009: Specwiz from Sydney, Australia replies: "To Guest Mother from Toronto, according to leading Sydney eye surgeon Richard Rawson, lens implants of different focus can be used, one side for distance and the other eye for near vision which generally avoids the need for glasses. Apparently the brain selects the correct focus at any distance automatically. He also discourages the use of variable focus implant lenses as they do not work and cause glaring."
11/30/2009: Guest Mother from Toronto, Canada replies: "Thank you so much for the reply. In my daughter's case, cataract was there only in one eye. Her right eye is completely normal with good eye sight. So the problem of near and far vision is only for left eye. Please advise if the strategy will work in this case too."
02/19/2010: Prairieboy from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada replies: "Seeds are available from this site: www.tropilab.com"
02/24/2010: Gracenmercy from Blythe, Ga, Usa replies: "I am writing to ask Prairieboy if basic planting, etc is best for these seeds. Do they need lots of water or little? Thank you so much for giving us this means to secure the plants.
10/11/2010: Drj from Bombay, India replies: "Galactosemia Causes Congenital Cataracts most of the time! The Dairy products you eat during Pregnancy! Termed Galactosemic cataract!!!!"
EC: More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galactosemic_cataract
[WARNING!] 02/20/2011: Sherie from Lakewood, Colorado replies: "WARNING regarding the testimonial for this herb and it supossedly curing cataracts (posted 6/20/2008 from a Tan Koon Peng) which stated: "Two weeks later she felt that her eyes were painful, she immediately rub her eyes and to her surprise the thin films covering her eyes were on her finger and her vision is clear once again. "
CATARACTS ARE NOT A SURFACE CONDITION OF THE EYE - they are a clouding of the "lense" of the eye which sits behind the Iris and Pupil. (the above is a physical impossibility!!! )
As an FYI - I have spent many years researching cataract causes/hopeful cures. I had my 1st cataract surgery when I was 35 yrs old. As with any disease I believe there is a necessity to understand the "cause" which is often (and still is in my case) a mystery. Even with all the doctors I visited (and got educated from) the most valuable information I gathered was from NORD (the National Organization for Rare Disorders). I believe they list/describe about 19 different Cataracts. Though cataracts are far from "rare" the knowledge and descriptions listed there could educate more than a few of the doctors I have seen over the years and definitely enlightened me on my quest for a cause and a cure. YES, you do have to pay for any reports you order (this site is aimed at assisting Docs/medical community as well) but in my case it was well worth it and didn't cost that much!"
06/18/2013: Betty from Fort Walton Bch., Florida: "I had cataract surgery, it was too large, so it fell apart, behind my eye ball. In turn, I had surgery to clean the cataract out, the lens then got infected had another surgery took out lens and put another one in (no Glaucoma) but it came back so they said want me to take drops. Scared to death, have anxiety, blood pressure comes up and I don't sleep, very depressed, can you help me for a natural cure?"Replies
06/19/2013: Judy from Kissimmee, Fl replies: "I recently read an article that said that the most abundant nutrient in the eye is vitamin c. If it were me I would take massive doses of vitamin c. My husband has taken very large doses of c over the last 20 to 25 years along with other nutrients and has gone from having to wear glasses for distance and reading to almost perfect vision. He feels that it was the c that was most responsible for the improvement. Good luck and stay well."
06/20/2013: Burrolady from Borderland, Az replies: "So sorry to hear of your complications following cataract surgery. Understand that the cataract (or lens) didn't actually go behind your eyeball, but rather pieces of it most likely pierced a membrane that separates the front of your eyeball from the back (where the retina is). Those pieces cause inflammation and sometimes infection. It sounds as though you have had surgery to remove the offending pieces and resolve the infection. The drops are most likely steroid or NSAIDS to control the inflammation. Steroid drops can sometimes cause a temporary glaucoma (or high pressure in the eyeball). It is possible you are also taking drops for that. Please have your doctor take the time to explain to you exactly what problems remain, what the purpose is of the drops you are taking, and when he/she expects you will no longer need them. Turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory and readily available. Many people swear by the effectiveness of castor oil (either dropped in eye or as a compress) for eye issues. I don't have any experience with that treatment, but you can check it out here on EC. Best to you."
12/05/2011: Ev367 from Gautier, Ms, United States: "Dear Earth Clinic members, My name is Elbert Vaughn. I am a new member to the group. Please, please have mercy and help me if you can. Tell me what to say, and how to say it to get you to reply. I have cataracts caused by my diabetes. I have no health insurance, and I can never afford cataract surgery at this time. I am frantically searching for non-surgical solultions that can avert surgery altogether or delay it until I can find some affordable health insurance. If you have any information/advice that you think can help me, please, please for the love God, please share it with me. I am hysterical, because I can be blind within a year (diabetes causes cataracts to progress very fast). I have other complications from diabetes, but I must address these cataracts first, because they can cause blindnesss. It is my 1st priority becauseI am a single father, and my kids will be taken away from me to childs protective services (foster home) because of my deteriorating eyesight which will cause me to lose my job.
If you have any info, and/or any personal experiences on any non-surgical(topical eyedrops/oral medication) dissolving cataracts/diminishing cataracts/halting the progression of cataracts or anything positve about any product that you or someone you know may have benefited from, please for the love of God, please get in contact with me, and share with me what you know.
I have been diagnosed with cataracts in both eyes 8 months ago, as I mentioned I have no health insurance and can never afford cataract sugery at this time. What I have dreaded has happened , and that is that diabetes would affect my eyes because I knew I would never be able to afford any kind of surgery or laser surgery for my eyes, because I have no health insurance. I am frantically trying to obtain some affordable health insurnace, so I can pay for cataract surgery which I have been unable to obtain ever since being diagnosed with diabetes 3 years ago. In the meantime, I am hoping and praying I can find a non-surgical product to prevent me from possibly going blind (As I mention the prospects of going blind is constanly on my mind because I am a single father, and my kids most likely will be taken away from me. Please, please, please have mercy and reply to this message if you know anything that can help a person such as myself).
Any positive experience you may have or someone that you know that has has a positive experience in the treatment of their cataracts, please, please, please let me know. I have tried (5) products (all from overseas, because they are the only ones I can afford), and have not gotten any positive results as far as my vision being improved. If anyone who is a member of the group that has gotten any postive results from the taking of any products that claim to reverse/halt or dissolve cataracts, please share your story with me. I am looking for any product at the very least halting these cataracts so I can find some health insurance. Any advice, any opinion, anything you tell me that you think that would be helpful to me I will be appreciative, and be eternally grateful for anything you can tell me. That could possibly help me save my sight. Thank you.
12/05/2011: Alvina from Eagle Creek, Or. replies: "I found help for the cataracts in my eyes on Curezone and began using Dr. Schulze's Eyebright formula."
12/06/2011: Dave From Greenville, Sc from Greenville, Sc replies: "Google "calcium AEP" and you will find research on "AEP" that relates to how it can be very helpful to you. Note Calcium AEP is not merely a calcium... It is the AEP that is the key. AEP does a dozen things on the cellular level and can help many, many conditions including diabeties, ms, Parkinson's."
12/06/2011: Michelle from Cambridge, Cambs replies: "Dear Ev, please look up Edgar Cayce's uses of Castor Oil for cataracts, Good luck."
12/06/2011: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Why not stop wasting your time trying to get some insurance to pay for this surgery and simply pay for it. I keep reading these ads offering LASIC SURGERY for about 2,000 dollars per eye.
In my opinion this insurance is a rip off. When I need any sort of medical or dental help I pay for it and save a whole lot of money that way. The dental care is, for me, the most expensive. You can read about LASIK surgery costs here: http://www.lasiksurgerynews.com/news/How-much-does-LASIK-cost.shtml"
12/06/2011: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West South Africa replies: "Hi Ev367, Type in Dr William Wong & he has got lots of advice on his website concerning diabetes & its complications. This guy is very knowledgable. I would advise everybody to go to that website no matter what ailment they have. Good luck."
12/06/2011: Olglory from Amado, Az, Usa replies: "Hi Ev. I hear the desperation in your post and can relate. I worked for many years in the ophthalmolgy field and assisted at many cataract surgeries. I am unaware of any agents or techniques that can reverse the process of cataract formation. There are many "eye" formulas on the OTC market that claim to halt cataract progression. They are mostly a combination of various antioxidants, and there is some evidence that they are effective. I would urge you to be sure that your diabetes has not caused a problem such as swelling or bleeding in your retina (the back layer of your eye). That is an entirely different problem and could be adversely affecting your vision (in addition to the cataracts). In many cities, there are organizatons that provide free eye care (including surgery). Doctors and even hospitals sometimes donate their time and supplies.
Also, Lasik surgery is not a treatment for cataracts. It is for something else entirely and is almost never covered by insurance (if you were to be so fortunate to arrange for insurance). I wish you the best and if anyone out there knows of alternatives to surgery, I would love to know about them; as having worked in the surgical field, I think surgery should always be the last resort and not the first."
12/07/2011: Dud from From The Woods Of, Wv, Usa replies: "Elbert;
My last posted message was about cysteine containing eyedrops for cataract reversal therapy. But the cause of the cataracts is the side effects from the diabetes condition. Their true cause. Fix that, and the cataracts are fixed, or at least halted in their progression.
Below I will post a link to a article about research on using Cysteine to treat diabetes internally. To help stop the damage from the diabetes; including cataract damage, You may want to consider taking cysteine supplement internally, as well as using cysteine eye-drops.
However; if you could stop and cure the diabetes, then that would be the best of all. There is a naturopathic type doctor by the name of Gabriel Cousins who has devised a diet cure for diabetes. He states that many are cured of diabetes in 30 days on the diet. the diet is a raw food diet. Dr. Cousins operates a health clinic in the USA. His books are sold on Amazon. I am not sure if one of those books is on the diabetes cure specifically, or not. Check there to see.
I do not have diabetes, and have not tried this cure myself. I do not know anyone who has tried it.
Info on cysteine supplement: excerpts
Life Extension Magazine January 2011
Carnosine: Exceeding Scientific Expectations
By Kirk Stokel
Carnosine is an amino acid compound found primarily in red meat. A typical red meat meal may provide 250 mg of carnosine, but this is quickly degraded in the body by the carnosinase enzyme....... Supplementation with 1, 000 mg a day of carnosine overwhelms the carnosinase enzyme, thus enabling one to maintain consistent blood levels of this critical nutrient.
...... Highly concentrated in brain and muscle tissue (including the heart), it turns out that carnosine strikes at multiple molecular targets to delay aging in laboratory animals and human tissues! 2-4
..... carnosine's ability to provide targeted support to vital tissues in the heart, brain, and eye.
A Groundbreaking Discovery
Dr. Sergey Stvolinsky, a highly-regarded anti-aging scientist at the Russian Academy, has studied carnosine for years. In 2010 he published some surprising results in the journal Rejuvenation
Research about carnosine's effect on fruit flies.
........ Stvolinsky and his research team found that adding a tiny amount of carnosine to the flies' food supply produced an immediate 20% increase in the average life span of male flies. 5 Alone, carnosine had little effect on female flies' life span, but when combined with a water-soluble form of vitamin E, female flies experienced a 36% increase in longevity as well. 5, 6 ............
Cardiovascular Health Benefits
........ Its anti-glycation properties help prevent harmful modifications of LDL cholesterol molecules that contribute to early stages of arterial plaque formation, a benefit especially important in protecting blood vessels from diabetic damage.10
But even after substantial damage has been done, and arteries are clogged, carnosine offers potentially lifesaving benefits........... It protects brain cells after a stroke by reducing toxicity of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate. 12 Interestingly, treatment with carnosine significantly reduced the amount of brain tissue involved in experimentally-produced strokes in mice.
Combating the Dangers of Elevated Glucose
The destructive changes in vital enzymes and other proteins by glucose (the glycation process) is one of the major causes of aging and age-related tissue dysfunction. 22 While this process is accelerated in diabetes due to constantly elevated glucose levels, it occurs in all of us, and the effects accumulate over time. 23 A substance that can prevent glycation in the first place, or one that can reverse existing protein glycation, would therefore be a powerful anti-aging compound.22
Carnosine acts on multiple targets within cells and tissues to quench the chemical reactions that prevent proteins from functioning properly. 22, 24, 25 One benefit discovered early from this process is a suppression of elevated blood pressure in diabetic animals.22 An animal study showed that carnosine decreases blood glucose levels indirectly through beneficial effects on the autonomic nervous system. This modulation of blood glucose levels makes damaging glycation reactions less likely to occur. 26
These benefits have immediate payoff in living organisms. Carnosine stabilizes red blood cell membranes against the damaging effects of glycation products in diabetes. 27........ Astonishingly, carnosine supplementation in animals delays onset of diabetes and increases the mass of insulin-secreting pancreatic cells.29
Novel Anti-Cancer Properties
....... carnosine helps block the DNA damage that can lead to cancerous transformation in cultured cellsand it increases the life span of cells cultured from young subjects in the laboratory. 30 Carnosine also prevents release of inflammatory cytokines in intestinal cells, reducing a significant risk for colon cancers. 31 Its ability to inhibit new metastases, and to interfere with cancer cells' energy metabolism, make it still more appealing as a potential anticancer nutrient.32-34
Safeguarding the Aging Brain
Brain tissue naturally contains high levels of carnosine, ........ Carnosine can prevent that cross-linking, preserving normal neuronal function, and also helps minimize toxicity created by the high levels of metal ions that are present in certain areas of the brain. 4, 38-40
Carnosine levels are significantly lower in patients with Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disorders, ........ supplementation with carnosine could be expected to alleviate much of the cellular toxicity that contributes to these diseases, which is why animal and human studies now suggest an important role for carnosine supplementation in prevention of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.43-47
What You Need to Know: Carnosine
Carnosine lowers blood glucose, enhances insulin sensitivity, and may help prevent type 2 diabetes from emerging.
- Breakthrough research has shown that carnosine can dramatically extend thelifetimes of laboratory animals.
- Carnosine also extends lifetime of human cells in culture.
- Carnosine is a natural antioxidant and anti-glycation substance found in normal human tissues, predominantly in the brain and heart.
- By fighting oxidant and glucose-induced damage, carnosine blocks the central changes to cells and tissues that result in aging and age-related diseases.
- Carnosine helps prevent cardiovascular damage and brain injury through a host of mechanisms closely related to the interplay of glycation, oxidation, and inflammation.
12/23/2011: Dud from The Woods Of, Wv, Usa replies: "In reply to: 12/05/2011: Ev367 from Gautier, Ms, United States........ Elbert -
Since your cataracts are only a symptom of your diabetes disease, you need to cure the diabetes 1st, and the cataracts problem may go away as a result. Therefore, try the following CURE for diabetes.
Type 2 Diabetes Natural Cure Lecture of DeWayne McCulley Parts 1 3 of 13
by Family Healer on April 27, 2011
Type 2 Diabetes is entirely curable. This lecture was delivered by diabetic cured Engr. DeWayne McCulley. An ex-diabetic system engineer survived a near-death diabetic coma, weaned off insulin (4 shots a day! ), and reversed his Type 2 diabetes within 4 months and, now he is helping other diabetics prevent or reverse their diabetes every day! And, he can help you you will be the next diabetic cured person on earth.
Diabetics usually have the most abhorrent lifestyles and wrong attitudes and wrong concepts of living habits and nutrition but DeWayne twists this around and makes fun of himself. Truth via comedy.
Death To Diabetes (Reverse Diabetes) lecture by: DeWayne McCulley [author of the acclaimed diabetic book Death to Diabetes (ISBN 0977360741) lecture given to diabetes/cancer group, introduction by NHF director Sylvia Provenza; attended by daughter Cynthia McCulley
DeWayne comes from Pennsylvania State graduate, Xerox engineer, Hughes Aircraft, Urban League math tutor, Eta Kappa Nu honor society, Farrell High School, Shenango Valley
Engineer DeWayne McCulley teaches people how to eat to cure diabetes. The best protein, the best fats, the best carbohydrates. He has a breakfast protocol. The best fat for him is raw extra virgin olive oil. The best fatty protein is seared wild salmon and / or omega 3 egg. And the best carbohydrates are nutritious green broccoli or spinach vegetables lightly steamed. And for the liquid, filtered water. This meal is a synergistic super meal.
DeWayne shared in this lecture that he was asked to stop giving his lectures in diabetes gatherings because people were getting well, getting off of their medications. Which is something the sponsors of the lectures don't like.
Come, invite your diabetic friends, invite your diabetic family. Pass this on to them share on Facebook. This is the cure. This is the way. This is how it is done. Very humorous, very good, very entertaining.
Continue on to parts 4 to 6.
09/04/2010: Periwinkle from Chinook, Mt, Usa: "Your web site helped cure several issues I had in the past. I highly commend you for your on going site! I recently found out I have cataracts. My lens are slightly opaque, so the cataracts are at the beginning stage. I want to fight this with natural remedies. With so many remedies, which is the best to start with?
Start with the phenylalanine, histidine, trypotphan? If, go to a health store and buy them? I read ACV in a water solution for the eyes cures cataracts, is this factual?
I currently take bioidentical cream( low dose), 30 mg of natural thyroid, macular complete supplement by biosyntrx ( half the dose- on it for 5 yrs), Vit D3, Vit C and DIM. I hike 4-5 miles 6-7 days a week, wt train 2-3 x a week, eating, my downfalls are chocolate- 1-2 oz a day, coffee- 2 cups a day, latte-once a week. I am prediabetic. I enjoy fruit, but am not a big fan of vegtables. I eat meat and fish, drink 30- 70 oz of spring water daily( depending on the exercise I do that day). In my 50's I would say I am in good shape, however when does it end to taking all these pills?
What is the best remedy to start fighting my cataracts?"
09/05/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Periwinkle: Notes which I have contain this 1995 study done by an M. D. Who gave Vitamin C in a trial to patients with glaucoma, but cataracts are clearly mentioned several times since it's all related. Notice he associates lifelong deficiency of Vitamin C as a possible root cause of retinal detachment also! :
It is the experience of this author that private patients do not present with macular degeneration, cataracts to remove, or glaucoma who have taken vitamins for years with ascorbic acid.
Glaucoma accompanies the cataract patients, so a daily intake of vitamin C could save the country literally in the billions of dollars.
Cataract removal represents the largest surgical expense in Medicare, and there are
many patients in my practice who improve several lines of vision on the Snellen eye
With a deficiency in vitamin C, abnormal mucopolysaccharide formation occurs. Disorganization of the vitreous body with the formation of vitreous bands is often associated with retinal detachment. 5
Here also the association of glaucoma with these people would be an interesting observation. The root site you may recognize as one of the late Dr. Linus Pauling's institutes:
There's huge amounts of info there on many nutrient studies done over many decades. As to the practical application of this there are eye drops out there non-prescription, but quite expensive for a tiny vial! Just search "carnosine eye drops". The research was done in Russia in the 1980's. Or first you could try the cheapest route: oral plain old Vitamin C several grams per day spread out through the day in 3 or 4 doses like that smoker in the study, but remember with Vitamin C high doses right off the bat with no gradual increase will result in 'bowel intolerance' till the body adjusts. Then for possible even more direct and faster results, you can make your own Vitamin C eye drops. Someone had a recipe for that posted here recently, but I can't find it."
09/07/2010: Periwinkle from Chinook, Mt, Usa replies: "Thank you for the information. I need to increase my Vitamin C dosage. Along with this I am going ot research the sites you mentioned."
12/01/2011: Barbara from North Haven, Ct., USA: "I have heard that a cup of Rue Tea once a day has had positive effects on Cataracts. Has anyone used or heard if this is true?"
08/29/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "This remedy isn't perfect yet, but it is part of on going investigation on cataract. Basically most of the internet world right now is looking onto the N Acetyl Carnosine eyedrops and it's variation as a means of dissolving the cataract in people. The problem here lies in not looking at the deficiencies and the causes of cataract itself. Most people are looking along the lines glycated lens. What initiated my look into it is I have been having somewhat cloudy vision lately. Obviously there are other avenues to resolve this issue, not just finding the elusive and expensive N Acetyl Carnosine. If I look into a Taiwan studies looking for amino acid deficiencies, there was one study that did look into both cataract and extreme myopia as part of their analysis. The one amino acid that actually stood up very clearly in people with cataract is they found no tryptophan in the aqueous humor at all in people with cataract. As for people with myopia, it was found that glutamate was more then ten fold higher in myopia. There was a studies in the late 1940s, concerning using various amino acid supplements to reverse cataract or their deficiencies of them that caused them. There was a couple of interesting amino acid that reversed that too, in that study it focused on the cause of cataract with histidine and phenylalanine. Other research cited by that revealed also tryptophan, feeding with too much galactose (sweet food will do), methionine and cystine, and valine (found in BCAA -branched chain amino acid), high tyrosine diets (will cause cataract), low riboflaving, and perhaps vitamin A. The research also quote others, which in addition includes lysine, threonine and all three amino acids in BCAA (leucine, isoleucine and valine).
From my own observations and tests, I have found histidine and phenylalanine to work the best, closely followed by tryptophan. I haven't quite tested all of them, and various combinations. So a people with a slight foggy eyes, will definitely observe changes in clarity vision (if observant enough), but not perfect within minutes to hours after taking them. Such as phenylalanine, histidine and tryptophan, 1000 mg to 2000 mg each.
Interestingly, histidine deserves special mentioned as it is never been that popular due to commercialism of anti-histamines, so people assume histidine is not good for you. In fact just the opposite, histidine is an anti aging supplements. There is a study that tries to determine which component of carnosine was responsible for anti glycation effect. Carnosine is actually a double amino acid, or what they call dipeptide, with Beta alanine and L histidine attached together. Actually dipeptides works better by staying in the blood stream longer. That's basically it. Most of the body building supplements focuses on the beta alanine portion on the issue of pH buffer, which I doubt. But the anti aging effect in removing glycation and breaking cross linking was the histidine that worked the best. They tested different compounds of histidine, and it turns out the simple histidine works the best. I took a few histidine supplements to remove cloudy vision and I can tell you they work, but can't quite completely remove them all because it was taken over a short period of a couple of days, as part of my tests. Carnosine is used in N acetyl Carnosine deserves special mentioned as these patents are notoriously misleading to get people to think something else, so that copy cat manufacturers won't be able to have the same quality as the original patent holders. The secret actually lies in the fact that most research in the past, nearly all of them, until just recently, overlooked the fact that hydrazine contaminants, is found in all carnosine as part of the extraction process betweein 0.01% to 0.02%. It was the contaminant hydrazine that was responsible for most of the amazing benefits of the carnosine! When they redo the research, the results of anti aging effect, mostly the antioxidant aspect, and anti glycation, actually came from the hydrazine contaminated carnosine! The company that made the N Acetyl Carnosine knew that, and whenever you have a hydrazine contaminant in carnosine, it is bound to react with carnosine, causing breaking of carnosine into its component, of particular interest is when it is reacted with histidine, which is l histidine hydrazide. The original patent knew that and mentioned in passing, about this as part of their patent for the N acetyl carnosine, of the more powerful L histidine hydrazide. Obviously taking just histidine would help anyway, from my own tests and the health effects of carnosine came from contaminated samples of hydrazine. If you can see the connections of anti cancer properties of carnosine is contaminated with hydrazine, there is something to the anti cancer effects of Dr. Gold's Hysrazine sulfate, and they do work. If you just look at all the compounds of hydrazine, sometimes they called it hydrazone, it is already in use in medicine, although quietly.
So the people in Taiwan obviously had low intakes in tryptophan which they don't drink a lot of dairy product and they got myopia from ght Monosodium glutamate. For cataract, supplements with phenylalanine, histidine, and tryptophan I have found helpful, but there are others also mentioned here. While reduction of some myopia maybe possible if MSG is reduced in the diet and this can be offset by taking more taurine supplements as it is neuroprotective against glutamate excesses in the diet, which obviously comes from snack foods in U.S.
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01/21/2011: Kurt from Riverview, Florida, Usa: "Alpha Lipoic Acid for Cataracts
During the last two years I have been testing the effects of nutrients on my glaucoma and cataracts (not for my myopia and accommodation which have improved recently after I asked for weaker lenses and asigmatism but I don't know if nutrients made a difference). For me the cataracts went away in less than a year (both eyes; first evidence noticed in a week) with 100 mg of alpha lipoic acid per day. Last month (after having started pine bark extract [200 mg] for my tinnitus) the doc said I've got new ones so I doubled the ALA dose.
After the cataracts had gone away The first time the glaucoma (by retinal, optic nerve, and visual field evidence) went away after I had started 1 g fish oil (w/ EPA and DHA omega-3s).
For others the lack of those nutrients may not seem to be the problem, and it's worth knowing that I was already taking extra vitamin C (1 g for colds resistance), D (2000 IU for bone health, etc. ), Calcium (500 mg with Mg for osteoporosis), E (400 IU for benefits including eye health), and iodine-iodide (Lugol's soln. 12 mg for benefits including eye health). That's on top of a Paleo diet for ten years that is mostly raw, organic vegetables, sprouts, fruits, nuts, fish (wild salmon) And fowl. At age 66 now, my BP has been about 110/70 at 55, blood chem perfect, And I've had to continue prescription drops for my elevated IOP for lack of a natural alternative."Replies
09/02/2012: Wdickson from Washington, Dc, District Of Columbia, USA replies: "A month ago, at the end of July, I had my eyes examined at the Medical Center as preparation for renewal of my driver's license, which was to expire in August 2012 on my 81st birthday.
I told them at that time that I felt that I was able to see better without my glasses than with them except for reading fine print in dim light, or for driving at night with the glare of oncoming headlights. The results of that examination were unnerving. My vision was certified at 20/30 left eye, 20/40 right eye, which of course was satisfactory for purposes of the DMV, but the doctor also told me I had cataracts in both eyes and after more definitive eye examination, they may want to discuss cataract surgery with me along with an updated prescription for new bifocals.
So on August 31st I went in for the "more definitive" eye examination. The result of these tests was 20/20 vision in both eyes and no evidence of cataracts! The doctors asked me what I had been doing differently. I told them I had been taking a new supplement called NAC 600, primarily for my heart condition, but more recently I had been experimenting with 2 drops of pharmaceutical grade Castor Oil in each eye at bedtime each night for the month of August. Their jaws dropped. The doctors were incredulous. They said they had never, ever heard of using castor oil for the eyes before. They said cataracts are not reversible except by surgical procedure.
I told them I found the research on castor oil and NAC on the internet, at various natural medicine web sites. They took notes and entered the information into my VA medical records. They told me no eye glasses need be prescribed since my vision was now 20/20. My eye pressure was about the same as it has been for the past year or so, validating the decision last October to take me off glaucoma prescription eye drops. While a little on the high end (26 left eye, 29 right eye), it appeared to be stabilized, so as far as they were concerned, I was no longer on the glaucoma suspect category that I have been on for the past 20 or so years. And while cataract surgery is the most frequently practiced surgical procedure in America today, it appears at least for the time being that I have successfully avoided cataract surgery by using that three thousand year old remedy known as Castor Oil. The doctor's want to track my eye health with follow up testing and have set up appointments for further eye exams going forward. I'm sure that I am now the "talk" of the VA eye clinic.
So, while my eyes are still a mite cloudy sometimes and when doing close reading of fine print in dim light I need reading glasses, it seems that I am now back to 20/20 vision after less than one month of castor oil eye drops! After all these years (more than two decades! ) on the glaucoma suspect list and a driver's license requiring eye glasses for driving. I will now get back to the doctors to ask for re-certification to get the eye glasses requirement off my driver's license.
Now I am continuing the castor oil application nightly for the present. But I have also continued my research and have developed a new treatment after reading about the anti-oxidant supplement N-acetyl carnosine (NAC eye drops) which, in the eye drop form, are reputed to protect the eyes against glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts, and are prescribed by many practicing ophthmologists today.
I am also watching my "liver spots" on the backs of my hands disappear with nightly castor oil massages.
I credit the Budwig Protocol of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese, with fresh-ground flax seeds, in combination with the Castor Oil, with a all of my health improvements renewed vigor, vitality, and vision health. After several years of FO/CC I noticed my eye sight was progressively improving, and that in general I could see better without than with eyeglasses. I had no way of discerning whether my vision was improving or whether I just needed a new eye glass prescription. But when the doctor discontinued my glaucoma eye drops last October, I credited flaxseed oil and cottage cheese regimen. I credit FO/CC in combination with the Castor Oil drops with the reversal of my deteriorating vision and beginnings of cataracts. The doctors just smile and say very little."
09/05/2012: Frankie from Raleigh, Nc replies: "Can you be more specific on the source of the nac eye drops and where to get them?"
[YEA] 05/12/2013: Waysays from Mytown, Ca: "I use fresh mid-stream urine in my eyes, and it is supposedly very healing for all eye issues, including cataracts, styes, and vision. Just what I would do. It has been done for thousands of years. I never have to use my reading glasses anymore! --Waysays"Replies
05/13/2013: Wayout from Central, Ca replies: "Recall the name M-urine? Also, lutein, found in yellow and orange fruits, and dark green, leafy vegetables is very eye protective and healing toward cataracts. --WayOut"