Several years ago ( after turning 40 ), my eye sight started to fail miserably. I also had been diagnosed with periodontal disease that had all but loosened all of my teeth to the point of being able to move them with my tongue. While browsing Earth clinic, I came across a post that someone had mentioned Oil pulling in. After further investigation, I went to my local grocer and found "cold pressed " sunflower oil. I started every morning on an empty stomach, swishing the oil through and around my teeth and gums for 20 minutes. After a couple of weeks my teeth felt like someone had put a string around them and tugged on it. I could no longer move them. They were so solid in my mouth and there were no more stains. I was wearing bi-focal glasses to read because my eyes had gotten so bad. I couldn't read my bible or anything else without them. After only a few months, I had forgotten my glasses and discovered that they were no longer needed. I have continued to oil pull for the last 6 years and have nothing but positive results. Please do yourself a favor and try it. A friend of mine who had psoriasis since she was an infant tried it and it went away until she stopped and it came back again. Thank you for all of your posts.
I went to the eye doctor recently for my annual contact and glasses check up. My Dr. said, "Keep doing what you are doing! " My eyes have gotten better the last 5 yrs when most others get worse. There are 2% of the population that never needs readers, according to my eye doctor. I have been nearsighted since 7th grade. I switched from glasses to contacts right out of college.
About 5 years ago my sight, what with contacts in and doing tons of work on the computer, was blurry. I was like dang my eyes are changing but they are getting better! So, as an experiment I started to wear just 1 contact lense in my eye needing a stronger prescription - the left eye. It is just for long distance vision (not a bifocal lense). In time, I was able to see the computer just fine as well as drive! It took a few days for my eyes & brain to get used to wearing one contact lense instead of 2.
I sometimes switch the contact to the right eye for driving. I began to think that the body really is amazing and it adapts. My vision for contacts went from 275 and 250 to 225 and 200. Both eyes have gotten stronger regarding my distance vision! I do not use reading glasses anymore. Small print is very clear. My eye doctor told me it's 20/15.
My vision hasn't been at these numbers since 1987. I checked my records! Hope this helps someone else.
Nobody has tried this here yet so I thought I'd put my 2cents in. I'm 40 yrs old and have always done, what I call eye exercises. You need to be outside in a large open area and what you do is hold your hand over one eye and look at something as far away as you can and then look at your other hand, close to your face. You do this back and forth as fast as you can for 30 seconds, and then switch eyes. You don't have to cover your eyes, but if you don't your domanant eye will get most of the workout. When you feel like your eyes have done pushups you have done a good eye workout. By the way I have 20/15 vision!
Several years ago I started consuming pumpkin. I had heard that the canning process doesn't harm it the way it does other vegetables so I began taking about a half cup per day in hot water seasoned as a drink, or with butter like a vegetable. My reason for taking it was for the beta carotene antioxidant qualities and fiber. After having worn glasses for distance for almost 50 years, I started putting them on top of my head because they were bothering me.
When I went for my next eye exam the dr. told me my vision had improved. It has been several years now that I do not wear my glasses except for reading. I am 67 years old. I didn't know that one's nearsightedness was reversible. The only thing I had done differently was taking the pumpkin (which has protected me from flu when everyone around me was sick when I was teaching school).
One day I heard Paul Harvey on the radio talking about a supplement for macular degeneration and that some people were claiming their vision was improving. I then knew for sure it was the nutrients in the pumpkin. Plain canned pumpkin with nothing added is a great addition to a healthy diet.
My favorite is pumpkin in chicken broth with liquid amino acids to taste(similar to soy sauce) for flavoring, shredded chicken breast and brocolli. The anti-inflammatory number in that is very high!
They are not marketing a fricken product! It makes perfect sense to me that the capsules are better as treatment then the amount you add in food. I don't think anyone will eat 3 tsp of cayenne a day in food, it's just too spicy. I am broke so I put 3 teaspoons of cayenne in orange juice along with some turmeric and chug it, but I doubt other people would be willing to do that lol. It's pretty horrid. I haven't done it in a few months, and I think I need to start doing it again, I feel like I have permanently tired eyes and eye strain. Time to step up the cayenne.
I was taking Astaxanthin as an antioxidant and to lower blood pressure. Surprise instead my vision improved so much after a month that I stopped needing reading glasses. I started using them a year ago so I am in the early stages of vision deterioration. But I am wondering if this would help someone who has more significant vision issues. I take 12 mg capsule once a day.
Carrots and Spinach
This is a quick report back on the vision issue. My left eye has improved markedly. It is back to normal. Normal for the left always has been a little weaker than my right as long as I can remember. What I did was eat a few carrots a day and a can of spinach also, with some Extra virgin Olive Oil, and I put this salt shaker lid with small holes in it over my eye and I covered by other eye with the palm of my hand and then I looked and read the smallest print I had and then lifted up my eyes to read typing on that I taped on the wall. I looked up and read a few seconds and then looked down to read the smallest print and then back again. Just a short time. Also, I now wear a pair of UV clear work goggles to look at the computer to cut down on the glare from the monitor.
The three prong approach on the vision issue in summary.
1. Carrots and spinach ( spinach contains high level of Lutein) (sic?) and EVOO ( the oil it to help the body absorb the oil soluble nutrition).
2. Eye exercises with a pin hole type thing over the eye.
3. Glare reducing clear glasses for reading the computer screen monitor.
I hope this helps somebody. Over and out.
Ok - I have very dry skin. Cool air, wind, all of these make my skin feel tight, dry and itchy. Recently I discovered that ghee (clarified butter) rubbed on my skin at night made it feel much better and I wake up with younger skin. So - I started putting it near my eyes and on my eyelashes and it would get into my eyes and it felt good. I have had fatty deposits on my eyeballs for a while now and usually can't drive at night and have to wear reading glasses to read (i am 50) but imagine my surprise when I had to drive in the dark for an emergency and had no trouble! And also I found myself not reaching for my reading glasses as often!!! Now I put the ghee into my eyes every night. Also my eyes are whiter in the morning and I have almost no crows feet!!! Amazing!!!
If she was trying to "market a product", she would have had a specific brand name, because anybody can go to the store and buy a pound of cayenne pepper for about five dollars. How is that "marketing a product"? I tell people to take turmeric and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, both of them foods from the grocery store. If she was "marketing" she would have said that her cayenne is special and all the other cayenne pepper was just not as good as her brand. Capeeche. Now, I am going to try increasing my cayenne consumption and see if my tired eyes can feel a little better. They have felt burned out and hazy lately. I did some painting with oil paint rust inhibitive paint and the next day my vision seemed off, ( inside with little air movement). On to the kitchen to get the cayenne pepper.
Art from Tustin, Please, please whatever you do don't put straight 35% HP in your eyes!! You may do irreversible damage!!! I don't know anything about the cure for your eye disease, but I do know that you can't use straight 35% HP.
My mother is 82 years. Just recently I noticed that she is wearing reading glasses. All these years, she had perfect eyesight. I asked her about her eyesight and she said her doctor is astounded that she has such great eyesight and perfect health. Mother told me to eat 1 raw carrot a day until my blurry vision is normal. She's done this for years she said and has just began using prescription reading glasses. WOW! I'm starting this today.
I have been taking 3 cayenne pepper caps a day and I cannot believe how i can see better. I am typing away without glasses this evening. My vision is +2.5 on the left and +2.00 on the right.
Also I suffer from a bad cocxyx (tail bone pain) since I started the caps my pain has halved. I read somewhere it heals nerves I think its true.
I am telling everyone about it.I take a capsule with everymeal.Its working. I had a brand new wart which became sore so I mixed cayenne pepper with a drop of water to make a little paste and put it on the wart. Put a bandaid on it and now its gone. Try it.
I am hopeful that there are things that would preserve your eyesight. Several things that come to mind are: activated charcoal powder, eyebright, and carrots.
You mentioned that you have been told to eat carrots. Juicing organic carrots would be a better way to get the important nutrients in larger quantities. I would highly recommend 2 cups of fresh carrot juice a day. It is a bit of a time commitment, but the "carrots for eyes" is not just a myth. I have a friend who reversed and "incurable" eye disease with carrot juice. (I am sorry I do not recall what the name of it was.)
The herb Eyebright got its name because of its usefulness in eye disorders. You can buy eyebright supplements and take capsules or a tincture. The is a Dr. Christopher Eyebright tincture that can be taken internally and can also be diluted in water as an eyewash.
Finally, activated charcoal has been used successfully to treat eye disorders. Here is how to make charcoal eye drops.
1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder
4 ounces pure water
Strain through a coffee filter.
Drop 1 drop of the filtered charcoal water into your eyes twice a day. (3 or 4 times a day is better but not convenient.)
An even stronger way to use charcoal is with charcoal poultices over your eyes at night. (See, "How to make a charcoal poultice" under activated charcoal powder on Earth Clinic.) Here is a link to a story about someone who had great success treating a serious eye disorder this way.
While she was not treating the same condition, it was a condition of the eyes and there was inflammation that would lead to blindness that was reversed.
Charcoal is also used by people for regular hypertension. Charcoal reduces inflammation.
All of these things can be safely done together.
Please let us know what you try and what helps you. I do hope you see results quickly with what you try and that you can save your eyesight.
~Mama to Many~
Peer Through a Small Hole
I have been occasionally using pinhole glasses for reading and computer work for about 35 years. They keep your eye muscles strong and I believe help to keep the lens circular. I am 69 years old and just got my first set of mild prescription glasses (1.5 mag) from an ophtalmologist a couple months ago.
As a follow-up, don't use the pinhole glasses while driving because you lose a lot of your peripheral vision.
I just wanted to share this with the Earth Clinic community. Sometimes I read post that make me think; I wonder if it is the placebo effect that make them feel better. But this one I know it is true it happened to me and I am very excited! Months ago I bought a juicer (not the expensive kind, just a $100 one at Target) and started juicing. I started noticing problems with my eyesight (I wear lenses) and I thought, uhm, all these years I have never stopped seing with my lenses even when the prescription got a little bit stronger. I couldn't see with my lenses. So I told my daughter, I wonder if my eyesight got better with the vegetables and she laughted. I took them off and still couldn't see.
Well last week I finally went for an eye exam and from -3. 00 I went to -2. 00 on my lenses and -1. 50 on my glasses. So I know it was the juicing! I had stopped juicing for about a month and I am now going to start again, even though now I am afraid my new prescription won't last. It makes me wonder if we can revert all the way to 20/20???
I highly doubt that you can reach that amount of cayenne pepper in pure powder form. You should never think that a remedy for your health is a waste of money! And caps with cayenne are natural caps PACKED with cayenne so I doubt it is the same amount you use in food, nobody could eat that!
You never put 35% hydrogen peroxide in your eyes ever unless you want to go blind!
Peer Through a Small Hole
This is amazing. The way to improve (I'm afraid to say completely cure) your eyesight is to do this: Peer thru a small hole the size of a pencil lead width. Use a card or your hand. Look thru and you will see your eyesight is perfect! Not sure exactly why it works but if you use it to exercise your eye, it will improve your eyesight dramatically. You can even feel your lense contract as it works to adjust itself. It works quickly and 5 minutes a day for a couple of weeks will do the trick. Then just as needed after that to keep them eyeballs in shape! And if you ever forget your glasses, peering thru a pinhole will do in a pinch.
They sell what are called pinhole glasses online (cheapest on ebay) but they are too dark, I don't like them much. But the idea is they help you improve/exercise your eye!
Lita209, I have found the same thing although I am not juicing. I am having chlorella and spirulina powder with liquid chlorophyl every day. I usually find it very hard to drive at night because I am practically blinded whenever a car passes me (especially on a two way road with minimal streetlights.
Anyway I had to drive at night recently and I kept thinking my eyes seemed better because the headlights weren't blinding me as they usually did. I didn't even have to avert my eyes to the side of the road when a car passed as I used to.
I haven't noticed a difference when trying to read street signs from a distance but I will keep an eye on that as well.
I agree, I don't think she is marketing about her success with cayenne. This stuff works wonders for a lot of things, I tried it for sinus problems and that was the one thing that helped (tea with appelcider vinegar and about 1/4 tsp cayenne) did not try it for my eyes yet but I should try it.
My response to those who accuse people who use and get results with natural products of "marketing a product"is, "What?". It's a pepper. You can grow it yourself and it wouldn't cost you a dime!
And I'd like to point out that I don't drive a Mercedes, belong to a country club or sell toxic chemicals that kill hundreds of thousands of people every year as medicine for perks, a hefty commission or so that my family can hang onto it's social status but if you'd rather seek the "advice" of those who DO, then why are you here?
If you want to sacrifice your liver for a bronze in the my-disease-is-worse-than-yours Olympic games, nobody here can stop you. You can even sacrifice your children for a win! It's perfectly legal and might even get you up a step on whatever sociopolitical ladder you're climbing so GO for it! Just ignore all the deaths caused by that little Wall Street profit stream and the appalling suicide rate of those who participate in it. Easy peasy!
First let me say that neither my husband nor I wear glasses and we are in our sixties.
When we find our vision going out of focus we stop trying to read immediately. The worst thing you can do is try to force your eyes into focus. Then we palm (Bates Method for Improving Vision) We palm throughout the day. Once you palm for a few minutes, try reading the material again. You most likely will have brought your eyes back into focus. If you already wear glasses, palming frequently throughout the day will most likely help your vision.
What is palming? Cover your eyes with the palms of your hands formed in a cup to avoid pressure on your eyes. The objective is to make it as black as possible to allow your eyes to refocus (regain its point of central fixation).
This has certainly helped our eyes and it might be worth a try.
This works and has been used by Eskimos with their traditional snow goggles with the narrow slit for peering through. You can also buy glasses with black lenses but dotted with pinholes - they work very well and are called pinhole glasses. The results are immediate but they will also improve your vision if worn regularly. I've also seen plastic fashion glasses that are similar to pinhole glasses in teen fashion shops that are less expensive.
This is an East Indian spice that we drink in our tea concoction once a day for maintaining good digestion. Also helps with bad breath and a few other ailments.
I have used cow ghee (clarified butter) into my eyes on a daily basis. This really works for stabilizing and even reducing myopia.
Hydrogen Peroxide for Contact Lenses
For most of my life I have worn either contact lenses or glasses. As for contacts, I have preferred gas permeable lenses for the level of oxygen, to accommodate my natural tendency to have dry eyes, and to hold the shape of my eyes in order to prevent further astygmatism. Soft contacts would, after a short time, begin to move with my eye lids. (There are some gas permeable lenses that are, surprisingly, very, very comfortable.)
About a year ago I began to notice or to develop some allergic reactions to the contact cleaners/solutions I was using. I am not sure why or how this happened, and it is not important for the purpose of this post, but instead of trying a new brand I decided to go "natural. " Over the years I have been learning a great deal about these things, in part from this very website (i.e. All of you). So I am writing to share my experiment.
For an entire year I have been using hydrogen peroxide to clean and soak my gas permeable contact lenses and filtered water as a rinse. The results have been far better than expected. The contacts are as fresh as when I first wore them. No deterioration. This is due in part to the fact that I do not rub the contacts to clean them. I simply soak them in a 3 percent solution of common household hydrogen peroxide. (See ingredients when you buy your common household peroxide and be sure the only ingredients are purified water and peroxide to 3 percent strength. ) Then, I rinse them under a stream of filtered water from a plastic ketchup bottle. (The water comes from a "water station" hooked up to a public supply but filtered by reverse-osmosis.)
(I do not know about the dangers of getting hydrogen peroxide in your eyes, but it has happened to me on few occasions. Certainly painful, but obviously not deadly. Best to be certain with rinsing not only the contact but your hand/fingers.)
This system has not only solved my allergy issues but also extended the life of the contacts. It has also, I am certain, if not contributed to my eye health not subtracted from it. Finally, it is less expensive.
Note: There is also an over-the-counter brand of cleaner/disinfection for soft contacts that uses hydrogen peroxide as its main ingredient. I know little about this, as I have not worn soft contacts for many years.
I'm a little late in this thread, but I think it is the beets. I started drinking beet kvass and noticed an improvement in my eyesight. At the moment my eyesight is blury because I just tried the ghee remedy suggested above (but my crows feet are much finer after just a few minutes. So ghee on crows feet, but not in the eyelashes is my preliminary conclusion.)
Could you please tell us what your eye problem was? I also have eye problems but I had no idea about the influence of cayenne pepper. Although I don't take the pills (I find them a waste of money) I do take quite a bit of the real stuff but I never noticed a difference in my eyesight.
I just saw yesterday where a Dr. said diatomaceous earth helps after chemical exposure. The same symptoms you stated.
Someone asked why palming works and I thought I'd put my two cents in - it's due to nature. As in, a natural environment without electric light. Ordinarily, one would have many nights, per month, of no light or, so little light that closing one's eyes, as for sleep, would easily block it out. It stands to reason that the body would be equipped to benefit from that light interpreting brain drain at regular intervals and, unless one uses a good sleep mask, one seldom gets that. Night lights, clocks, street lights, porch lights - for many people it's just "light, light, light" all the time which isn't natural. And, FYI, during daylight hours, palming doesn't provide that level of blackness either.
Hello To the one with the fennel/herb efficacy question: Your question on fennel cannot be answered until you can identify what the author of that herb book is calling fennel! Is it that common weed with a distinctive odor that we southerners frequently call dog fennel. Our inability to answer this question is why I recommend that everyone buy themselves l or more good herb books and another good reference book for identifying these so-called "weeds" that usually are wonderful herbs. How many of them can you identify beyond the dandelion? You never know when you might be reduced to gathering and preparing those herbs for your own use, so you should become familiar with those in your area. You should also have a good reference book about what local plants are safe to gather and eat. Most bookstores stock some good reference books in this area. If you aren't familiar with him, James Duke's book, "The Green Pharmacy" is based on the information he gathered before retiring from federal employment, which can be found in the Federal Government's data base on plants, not only on the plants in N.A. but plants from other countries also. I suggest that you concentrate on your local plants because if you find yourself in a position of needing this information, you aren't likely to be able to order "cat's claw" from South America or anywhere else at that time.