What I'm doing about my eye health
- Created on Sunday, 23 January 2022 03:42
I had my eyes checked by an optometrist, most recently about a year and a half ago. He said I don’t have the slightest bit of macular degeneration or glaucoma. But, he said I do have some mild cataracts, but nowhere near the operable stage. And it came as no surprise because it’s one of those things that is pretty much universal.
At this point, I am not experiencing any cloudiness, blurriness, or any obstructions in my visual field. The only thing I am experiencing that may be related to the cataracts is that I don’t see as well at night to drive. I am not as comfortable driving at night as I used to be.
Looking ahead, I accept that it’s likely to get worse, but I am fighting it. For one thing, I have the kind of prescription glasses that turn into sunglasses when I’m out in the sun. And if I am going for a hike and it’s sunny, I will wear regular sunglasses. Ultraviolet damage from the sun is what makes cataracts so common.
Also, I take 500 mgs of Carnosine every morning. Carnosine is a di-peptide, consisting of two amino acids linked together: beta-alanine and histidine. It is a powerful antioxidant and an anti-glycation agent, and the damage to the lens is thought to be related to “advanced glycation end-products” in which glucose reacts with proteins detrimentally. But, Carnosine deters it, and there are even Carnosine eye drops.
There is Carnosine in meats but not in any plant foods. The body can make Carnosine, but such biological conversions tend to fall off as we age.
At this point, I am just taking the 1 capsule of Carnosine a day. However, if I become more concerned about it, I’ll bump it up to two a day in divided doses.
And I just might start using the Carnosine eye-drops too.
My hope is that I can live out the rest of my life and NEVER have to get cataract surgery. And don’t get me wrong: I think it’s one of the best things they do in Medicine. But still, I’d like to avoid it if I can and for two reasons. The first is that even though there are a lot of good eye surgeons who produce consistently good results, cataract surgery can, and sometimes does, go wrong. I have a good friend who underwent it, and it went wrong for him. His surgery had to be repeated, and to this day, he writes to me in large print, and I respond to him the same way. If I were going to have it done, I would consult with my good friend, Dr. David Peters, who is a qualified Texas optometrist (which is higher than most), and I would let him refer me to a competent surgeon. He knows the good, the bad, and the ugly.
And speaking of Dr. Peters, he recommends acerola cherries because of their very high Vitamin C content, including all the co-factors, and he urged me to buy them frozen at Trader Joe’s, and I have started doing it. They are quite delicious too.
But, the second reason I’d love to finish my life without having to get cataract surgery is because I am angry with Medicine over Covid. I think they are responsible for a lot of deaths. For instance:
If someone is unconscious and not breathing, then you have to ventilate them. But, if they are conscious, and if their respiratory mechanism is working, where they have good movement, good excursion, you don’t knock them out, and paralyze their muscles, and jam a tube down their throat to force air into their lungs. You might give them a nasal canula of oxygen, but you don’t ventilate them. But, doctors did it, even knowing how high the death rate was. They even persuaded conscious patients who were not in respiratory distress to be ventilated, and that’s a crime in my book. In New York, 97% of ventilated patients over the age of 65 died. And even younger patients died at a horrendous rate. 76% of those who between 18 and 64 died.
Is it necessary for me to state that you don't do a medical procedure that kills 97%? Perhaps they are still doing it. Then, there are the bogus Covid tests and the bogus, harmful, and sometimes deadly Covid vaccines, all endorsed by Medicine.
So, I am disgusted with the medical profession, and I don’t want to support them, financially, and the less I have to do with them the better. And that’s another reason why I’d like to avoid cataract surgery if I can.
Now, as I said at the beginning, the only thing I notice so far is that I don’t see as well at night, particularly to drive. And let’s say that that gets worse, but I don’t suffer any other major repercussions from the cataracts. Well, I’ll just stop driving at night completely. If I have to go somewhere at night, I’ll just Uber there. I’ll gladly put up with that inconvenience if it enables me to avoid cataract surgery.
But, I don’t know the future. Maybe at some point, I’ll have to bite the bullet and do it. But, if I do, it will only be because I absolutely have to.
So, wish me luck with that, and I wish the same to you.