The Eye Exam: A New Look by Dr. Grossman – 2020 Vision

eye exam of a senior citizenGetting a thorough eye exam has always been about more than reading letters off an eye chart. That is even truer today. One reason: We are harder on our eyes than ever before. Many of us spend hours each day staring and squinting at screens, developing digital eyestrain, and exposing our eyes to potentially damaging blue light.

But the typical tests offered during a standard eye exam may not go far enough to find problems as early as possible. Even a basic dilated eye exam may not be enough. Continue reading “The Eye Exam: A New Look by Dr. Grossman – 2020 Vision”

Patch with Microneedles Could Replace Eye Injections

microneedles patch instead of injectionsInstead of getting eye injections, patients with serious eye diseases may in the near future be eligible for a contact lens-type patch.1 Injections are often recommended for eye diseases such as Wet (advanced) Age-Related Macular Degeneration, macular edema, and diabetic retinopathy. The new patch is inserted painlessly like a contact lens. It delivers tiny microneedles containing medication. The microneedles are made from natural materials and dissolve over time, gradually releasing medicine. Patients would be more likely to stick with a regimen that does not involve eye injections.

Eye Injections: Stick a Needle in My Eye

Patients generally dread eye injections. Injections must be performed in a doctor’s office. Eye injections are not typically painful but can have some negative side effects such as occasionally pain after the injection. Continue reading “Patch with Microneedles Could Replace Eye Injections”

Inhibiting Angiogenesis in Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy

test for armd or angiogenesisWet Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy can lead to vision loss from angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is the growth of unwanted blood vessels in the retina. These excess blood vessels obscure or distort vision and damage the eye. They can result in permanent damage if not treated, typically by injection of EyLea, Avastin, or Lucentis. Macular Degeneration (ARMD) and Diabetic Retinopathy are most prevalent among seniors over age 60. Are there any natural methods to help retard the growth of extra blood vessels in the eye? Continue reading “Inhibiting Angiogenesis in Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy”

Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ) Supplements Have Anti-Aging and Brain Health Benefits

pqq Pyrroloquinoline quinoneScientists are learning more about nutrients that impact the cells and brain. Pyrroloquinoline quinone (PQQ) is a nutrient found in certain fruits, vegetables, tea, and eggs. PQQ supplements appear to improve mitochondrial functioning and improve the brain. As people age, the tiny mitochondria inside cells become increasingly damaged. PQQ is a quinone that could prove to be an important anti-aging supplement.

Humans cannot produce their own pyrroloquinoline quinone. You can get some PQQ through your diet. PQQ is found naturally in food such as bananas, cabbage, carrots, celery, egg yolks, fava beans, field mustard, green peppers, kiwi, miso, natto (fermented soybeans), oranges, papayas, parsley, potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, tofu, tomatoes, and green teas. Bacteria inside of people may be able to produce some PQQ. However, PQQ supplements provide a steady, predictable dose. We recommend just 10 mg to 20 mg of PQQ supplements per day. Continue reading “Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ) Supplements Have Anti-Aging and Brain Health Benefits”

Marc Grossman’s 2020 Vision: Integrated Health and Natural Eye Care

Dr Marc Grossman's 2020 VisionThe world is changing. Our concepts of western medicine have shifted over the past 30 years. Today’s public wants a more comprehensive, integrated approach from health care providers.

Complementary, integrated health care is slowly replacing the idea of referring each symptom to a different specialist.

We need to look at the whole person, his or her dietary preferences, exercise regimen, and the types of relationships they are engaged in. Also, we need to examine the particular symptoms that created their condition in the first place. Continue reading “Marc Grossman’s 2020 Vision: Integrated Health and Natural Eye Care”

Metformin Drug Negates the Effects of Exercise in Research Study

diabetes drug negates effects of exerciseA study published in the February 2019 issue of Aging Cell indicates that metformin may reduce the effectiveness of exercise. Metaformin is a drug that has been approved for people with Type 2 diabetes to help control blood sugar. However, the drug is also used by healthy people for its anti-aging properties. The researchers are concerned about off-label use of this drug.

Metformin is a popular drug worldwide for those who have Type 2 diabetes. This medication helps improve their blood-sugar control and sensitivity to insulin. Continue reading “Metformin Drug Negates the Effects of Exercise in Research Study”

Natural Parkinson’s Disease Prevention and Support: Help for Neurological Diseases?

Parkinson's DiseaseParkinson’s disease is a multi-neurological disease. Currently, most Parkinson’s treatments focus on increasing dopamine production and reducing motor symptoms and tremors through medication. However, this disease has many causative or contributing factors that cause changes in healthy brain function. Many of these factors are also relevant for dementia, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Wilson’s diseases as well. Which factors impact brain functioning and the development of brain disease? Are there natural approaches to preventing and slowing the progress of such devastating diseases? This article offers a brief overview, based on the new book, Natural Parkinson’s Support: Your Guide to Preventing and Managing Parkinson’s. Continue reading “Natural Parkinson’s Disease Prevention and Support: Help for Neurological Diseases?”

Could a Japanese Food Reverse Heart Disease? Nattokinase, Natto and Atherosclerosis

natto By The original uploader was Shades0404 at English Wikipedia. - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY 2.5Researchers are finding that food and supplements containing nattokinase may reverse atherosclerosis. Current treatments for hardening of the arteries slow down the progression of heart disease. Effectively reversing atherosclerotic lesions would be a dream come true for drug manufacturers. Nattokinase is the most active ingredient in natto. Natto is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented soybeans. Could we increase our longevity by consuming natto or nattokinase supplements? Continue reading “Could a Japanese Food Reverse Heart Disease? Nattokinase, Natto and Atherosclerosis”

New Book: Natural Parkinson’s Support–Your Guide to Preventing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease

Natural Parkinson's Support: Your Guide to Preventing and Managing Parkinson's Parkinson’s Disease is a multi-faceted neurological disease that appears to result from breakdowns in aspects of healthy body function. How can you support Parkinson’s naturally? Can you prevent this disease? Find out by ordering Michael Edson’s new book, “Natural Parkinson’s Support: Your Guide to Preventing and Managing Parkinson’s.” Continue reading “New Book: Natural Parkinson’s Support–Your Guide to Preventing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease”