ABSCESS   
ACID/ALKALI   
ACNE   
ADRENAL
AGE SPOTS   
AGING   
ALCOHOLISM   
ALLERGIES   
ALUMINIUM TOXICITY   
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE   
AMINO ACIDS   
AMOEBA   
ANEMIA   
ANOREXIA   
ANTHRAX   
ANTI-AGING   
ANXIETY   
APPENDICITIS   
ARTHRITIS   
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS   
ASPARTAME   
ASTHMA   
ATHEROSCLEROSIS   
ATHLETES FOOT   
ASTIGMATISM   
BACK PAIN   
BAD BREATH       
BED SORES   
BEE STINGS   
BELLS PALSY   
BLEPHARITIS   
BLOOD PRESSURE   
BODY ODORS   
BRAIN HEALTH   
BREAST CANCER   
BREAST PAIN   
BRONCHITIS   
BRUXISM   
BULIMIA   
BURNS   
BURSITIS   
CANCER   
CANDIDIASIS   
CANKER SORES   
CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME   
CATARACT   
CELIAC DISEASES   
CHELATION THERAPY   
CHEMICAL ALLERGIES   
CHEMICAL POISONING   
CHICKEN POX   
CHLAMYDIA   
CHOLESTROL   
CHRONIC FATIGUE   
CHRONIC PAIN   
CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS   
CIRRHOSIS   
COLD SORES   
COLOR THERAPY   
COMMON COLDS   
CONCENTRATION   
COUGH   
CROHNS DISEASE   
CROUP   
CONSTIPATION   
CUSHING SYNDROME   
DANDRUFF   
DEHYDRATION   
DEMENTIA   
DENTAL HYGIENE   
DEPRESSION   
MENTAL DISORDERS   
DERMATITIS   
DIABETES   
DIARRHOEA   
DIGESTION   
DIVERTICULITIS   
ADDICTION   
DRY SKIN   
EFT   
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION
EMPHYSEMA   
Endometriosis
ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICITY
EPILEPSY   
EYE HEALTH   
FAINTING   
FAT BURNING   
FATTYFATTY ACIDS   LIVER   
FEVER   
FIBROMYALGIA   
FLU   
FRACTURES   
FRIGIDITY   
GALL BLADDER   
GANGRENE
GASTRITIS   
GLAUCOMA
GOUT   
GINGIVITIS
HAIR LOSS   
HANGOVER   
HAPPINESS   
HAY FEVER   
HEARING LOSS   
HEART DISEASE   
HEART ATTACK   
HEMOPHILIA   
HEMORRHOIDS   
HEPATITIS A   
HEPATITIS C
HIATAL HERNIA   
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE   
HIVES   
HOT FLUSHES
HUMAN PAPILOMA VIRUS
HYPERACIDITY   
HYPERHIDROSIS   
HYPERTHYROIDISM   
HYSTERECTOMY
IMMUNE SYSTEM   
IMPETIGO   
IMPOTENCE   
INDIGESTION
INFERTILITY
INCONTINENCE   
INSECT ALLERGY
INSECT BITES   
INSECT REPELLENTS
INSOMNIA   
IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME   
JAUNDICE   
JOCK ITCH   
JOINT PAIN   
KIDNEY DISEASE
KIDNEY STONES
KNEE HEALTH   
LACTOSE INTOLERANCE   
LARYNGITIS
LAW OF ATTRACTION
LAZY EYE   
LEAD POISONING   
LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE   
LEG ULCERS   
LIBIDO   
LICE   
LIVER HEALTH   
LONGEVITY   
LUPUS   
LYME DISEASE   
MALABSORPTION SYNDROME   
MASSAGE   
MEAT TOXICITY   
MELANOMA   
MELATONIN   
MEMORY LOSS   
MENIERES SYNDROME   
MENINGITIS   
MENOPAUSE   
MEN’S HEALTH   
MERCURY TOOTH FILLINGS   
METABOLIC SYNDROME   
MIGRANE   
MICROWAVES   
MILK’S DISEASE   
MINERALS   
MISCARRIAGE   
MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE   
MOLES   
MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE   
MOOD   
MOTION SICKNESS   
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS   
MUMPS   
NAIL PROBLEMS   
NAIL FUNGUS   
NARCOLEPSY   
NAUSEA   
NEURAL ACTIVITY   
NOSEBLEED   
NUTRITION DEFICIENCIES      
OBESITY   
OILY SKIN   
OSTEOARTHRITIS   
OSTEOPOROSIS   
OVARIAN CANCER   
PANCREATITIS   
PARASITE
PARKINSON’S DISEASE   
PERIODONTAL DISEASE   
PLANTAR FASCIITIS   
PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME   
PROSTATE cANCER    
PSORIASIS   
RABIES   
RAYNAUD’S DISEASE   
REYES SYNDROME   
RHEUMATIC FEVER   
RICKETS   
SCABIES   
SCHIZOPHRENIA   
SCIATICA   
SELENIUM   
SENSITIVE TEETH   
SHINGLES
SHIN SPLINTS
SIDS    
SINUSITIS   
SORE THROAT   
SUNBURN   
TENDINITIS   
TINNITUS   
TMJ SYNDROME   
TONSILITIS   
TRICHINOSIS   
ULCERATIVE COLITIS   
ULCERS   
UNDERWEIGHT   
URINARY TRACT INFECTION   
UTERINE FIBROIDS   
UVEITIS   
VAGINITIS   
VARICOSE VEINS   
VERTIGO   
VITILIGO   
WEIGHT LOSS   
WEST NILE VIRUS   
WHOOPING COUGH

ASTIGMATISM

Astigmatism is a mild imperfection in the curvature of the eye, which can cause blurred vision but is easily treatable.

Astigmatism occurs when a surface curvature exists in the front surface of the eye (cornea) or the lens, inside your eye. The surface may have some areas that are flatter or steeper than others rather than being smooth and flat all around. A distorted shape in the cornea is known as corneal astigmatism. The same is true for distortion in the lens. That condition is known as lenticular astigmatism. Blurred vision, which occurs more in one direction than in another and at all distances can result from either type of astigmatism.

The condition tends to remain constant, neither improving nor deteriorating much as time progresses.

Signs and symptoms of astigmatism may include:

  • Distortion in portions of your visual field
  • Blurring of vertical, horizontal or diagonal lines

Within the human eye are two parts that are responsible for focusing images. They are the cornea and the lens. In an eye with a prefect shape, both the cornea and the lens have a perfectly smooth curvature like the surface of a rubber ball. The curvature allows the cornea to bend (refract) all incoming light the same way and makes a sharply focused image on the back of the eye (retina).

With astigmatism, the cornea or lens is curved more steeply in one direction than in another. This prevents light rays from being refracted properly and results in what’s known as a refractive error. Astigmatism is just one type of refractive error. Uncorrected astigmatism blurs your vision.

Astigmatism may occur in combination with other refractive errors, which include:

Nearsightedness (myopia) - This occurs when the cornea is excessively curved or the eye is abnormally long. Rather than being focused precisely on the retina, light is focused in front of the retina, which makes distant objects appear blurred.

Farsightedness (hyperopia) - This occurs when the cornea lacks enough of a curve or the eye is abnormally short. The effect is the opposite of nearsightedness. When your eye is in a relaxed state, light is focused behind the back of your eye, making objects nearby appear blurred.

The following supplements may be helpful in treating astigmatism naturally:

DHA (take as directed on label) - Essential for mental and visual function.

Vitamin A (take as directed on label) - Important for strong healthy eyes.

Retinal (take as directed on label) - Regulates the development of various tissues, such as the cells of the skin, eyes and the lining of the lungs and intestines.

Magnesium (100 mg daily) - Improves vision in those with vision problems.

Selenium (100 mcg daily) - Supports eye health.

Digestive Enzymes (take as directed on label) - Increases the absorption of needed minerals such as vitamin A, zinc and copper for retinal health.

Taurine (take as directed on label) reduces the oxidative damage caused by sunlight to the eyes and stimulates the body's ability to clean up waste by-products that accumulate in the retina.

Multi-Mineral Supplement (take as directed on label) - Replenishes mineral balance.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin (take as directed on label) - Act as a filter to protect the eye from potentially damaging forms of light.

Bilberry - Enhances night vision and may also slow the progression of eye problems.

Autism and Vaccines

Autism and vaccines.  They sort of go hand in hand, don’t they?  After all, for years natural health practitioners—even some traditional health practitioners—have told us that they may lead to autism, a developmental disorder that affects one in every 110 children (and one in 70 boys).

Well, 12 years and scores of people who’ve heeded this warning later, doctors now say there’s no link between autism and vaccines after all.

This “debunking,” of sorts, comes from the publisher of the study, the British medical journal Lancet. They issued a retraction of the 1998 study last month because the results were based on false data sets.  The study’s lead researcher, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, was dealt a stinging rebuke by the British medical panel that issued the retraction, saying Wakefield showed “callous disregard” for the facts.

Despite this well-publicized retraction, however, it’s done little to quell parents’ concerns regarding vaccines and their safety.

According to a recent study performed by researchers from the University of Michigan, 54 percent of the 1,552 parents polled remain worried that vaccines pose a risk for significant side effects.  Twelve percent admitted to the fact that they’ve refused to get their kids certain vaccines because of their reputed link to autism (e.g. varicella vaccine, meningococcal conjugate).

Now, I’m not a parent, so I can’t tell you whether or not you should or shouldn’t get your son or daughter vaccinated from potentially deadly diseases.  That’s a decision best left between you, your spouse, and your pediatrician.

What I can tell you is that I’m very wary of vaccines’ effectiveness and have only grown more wary of them since I got into the natural health business over a decade ago.

One person who really opened my eyes on vaccine safety is Dr. Cynthia Foster. I recently posted an interview I had with Dr. Foster regarding the effectiveness of the H1N1 vaccine, and vaccines in general.  If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to read it.  It’s a bit lengthy, so you may want to print it so you can read it at your leisure.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be talking with Dr. Foster again to get her two cents about the Lancet’s recent retraction of their 1998 study.  I’ll be interested to hear what she has to say and hope you’ll be as well.  Stay tuned.

 

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