Reversing macular degeneration

The leading cause of blindness in older adults and the most common degenerative condition affecting the retina is age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

by Julia Busch — 

The leading cause of blindness in older adults and the most common degenerative condition affecting the retina is age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). It targets the retina’s central portion, the macula, which is responsible for sharp central vision. As the disease progresses, all retinal cells are affected, including connective tissue and blood vessels.

In later stages, decreased blood flow to and deterioration in the structure of the retina can cause bleeding or exudative (wet) macular degeneration. In its most advanced forms, the effects are so severe that one becomes unable to read, drive, watch TV, recognize a face or even walk across a room without tripping.

The underlying cause appears to be a genetic abnormality in the ATP-binding cassette transporter gene (ABCR). The defect is also linked to fundus flavimaculatus (FFM), retinitis pigmentosa (RP), cone dystrophy (COD) and cone-rod dystrophy (CRD).

Amazingly, though, clinical studies show that a highly sophisticated microcurrent (MCS) device, which emits specific, low-current bioelectrical waves, can significantly improve diseased retinas in a very high percentage of wet and dry ARMD cases and their juvenal counterpart, Stargart’s disease (STDG).

MCS stimulation improves cellular metabolism and blood flow to promote retinal healing. Of 120 patients treated in a California clinic, 100 percent of the 11 with Stargardt’s Disease and 88 percent of those with wet (43 out of 49) and 77 percent (46 out of 60) with dry ARMD showed improvement greater than, or equal to, two lines on an eye chart in one or both eyes, via visual acuity testing. Improvement in visual fields and color vision testing was also reported.

MCS treatments are required only several minutes daily to a few times weekly. These at-home, hand-held, units (about the size of an iPod) are painless, easy-to-use, and require just three or four five-minute sessions. The units appear to be remarkably safe. However, treatment must be ongoing for improvement or stabilization to continue.

Resource: ABCR Unites What Ophthalmologists Divide, van Driel, M.A., et al, Ophthalmic Genetetics, 1998 Sep;19(3):117-22) Smoking, diet, lifestyle, and other eye problems can influence development, severity, and how early ARMD shows itself.

 

Julia Busch is president of Anti-Aging Press, Inc., editor of the So Young™ anti-aging holistic newsletter and author of 10 books. For free in-depth information on natural options for eye care and cataract reversal call 800-SO-YOUNG (800-769-6864) or e-mail julia2@gate.net.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 25, Number 5, October/November 2006.

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