Specialized Therapies – Essentials to Save Your Vision

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CHAPTER 9

Specialized Therapies

This chapter provides you with a host of additional ways to boost healing and improve vision—that is, after you have changed your diet, become hydrated, and learned to relax. You do not need to think about doing all of them, but consider selecting one or two that seem to resonate with your needs.

NUTRITIONAL INTRAVENOUS THERAPIES

We discussed intravenous nutritional therapy, focusing especially on the Myers’ Cocktail, in Chapter 1. This type of therapy bears mentioning again in this chapter, which is devoted to therapies that deliver targeted, intense, short- term boosts of energy to cells and tissues to stimulate their healing potential. Patients who have not had “proper nutrition” (and by that I mean organic, whole foods) for most of their lives all need to boost their nutritional status in order for any of the other therapies they undergo to be maximally effective.

Another form of intravenous supplementation uses vitamin C. This method involves the administration of high doses of the water-soluble vitamin, far beyond what the patient can take orally, and it has been used with some success in cataract treatment.

Myers’ Cocktail

As discussed in Chapter 1, this is one of the most commonly used IV therapies. It has a high concentration of vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, taurine, trace minerals, and zinc. Receiving it is one of the best ways to jumpstart your body’s nutritional state. In fact, we recommend patients receive this therapy during our three-day eye health program; we also suggest patients undergoing microcurrent treatment receive a Myers’ Cocktail once a month. Myers’ Cocktail is also very helpful for recovery after illness or injury.

Patricia Kane’s Protocol

Patricia Kane, whom I introduced earlier, believes if a person supports the

cell membrane with good nutrition, the cell will function optimally, resulting in excellent neurological function. This belief is supported by the results she has achieved in over thirty years of helping patients with neurological problems. She is truly a miracle worker who treats the most advanced neurological cases with amazing results. Five years before writing this book, I attended one of her seminars, so I could learn her amazing techniques and use them to help eye patients. Because the eye is part of the neurological system, anything that benefits the neurological system will help the eye and vision; so, Kane’s techniques have benefited many patients with glaucoma, optic nerve problems, and macular degeneration. My friend, Dr. Dennis Courtney, encouraged me to retake her course this year, since many new developments had taken place in the field in the past five years. All the while, Kane has been advancing her research and perfecting her treatments to get better results.

Let’s look at the cell membrane in the retina and see how correct nutrition, especially the inclusion of proper lipids, is essential to maintaining vision and restoring lost vision. The retina has 100 million rods and cones. Each rod or cone has a stack of lipid membrane with up to 2,000 layers. The surface area of all the membranes in the retina is about forty square miles. That is a great deal of lipid surface area. In each stack of the lipid membrane are 140 million rhodopsin molecules. Rhodopsin molecules are responsible for capturing photons and producing sight.

Each day, every retinal receptor cell discards about 6 to 7 percent of these membranes. In addition, each day it must reconstitute these membranes, along with 10 million new rhodopsin molecules. The entire photo-receiving system is renewed every fourteen days. In other words, you have a new retina every two weeks. Clearly, if you don’t have the right nutrition, the retinal function will decline rapidly. In fact, if you don’t ingest the proper lipids for renewing these retinal membranes, you could experience a total loss of vision in just fourteen days.

What are these lipids that are so essential for retinal renewal? The retina’s membranes are 50 to 55 percent docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is an omega-3 fatty acid. DHA’s highest concentration in the body is inside the eye. In order for the eye’s cells to utilize DHA in the best possible way, researchers have found that the body needs a four-to-one ratio of fatty acids (four units of omega 6 to one unit of omega 3). We discussed the importance of omega oils for overall health and nutrition in the first chapter; now, we see how important they are for eye health. Another very important lipid for cell function is phosphatidylcholine (PC), which makes up close to 60 percent of the cell membrane, and helps to keep the ratio of DHA at the optimal level of four to

one.

Kane has developed a PC intravenous protocol for treating devastating neurological health disorders; this protocol uses IV lipid therapy and oral fatty acid supplementation. Her protocols have yielded marked positive responses in the treatment of severe neurological disorders such as ALS, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, autism, pervasive developmental delay, seizure disorders, post-stroke disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and metabolic and genetic abnormalities.

From Kane, I learned that intravenous PC passes through the blood-brain barrier. This is important to know since, for any treatment to be effective on the retina, it must pass this blood-brain barrier. Notably, many conventional drugs do not pass this barrier. Kane’s PC IV protocol can also aid in the removal of heavy metals. In fact, Kane has been using PC IV protocols to treat cases of heavy metal poisoning. She believes that PC is more effective and less toxic than conventional EDTA chelation, since EDTA does not readily pass the blood-brain barrier.

When used intravenously, PC can also act as a carrier and help other agents to pass the blood-brain barrier. Kane’s protocol includes the IV administration of glutathione, a very powerful antioxidant. When administered alongside the PC, more of the glutathione passes into the brain and the eye, and it has a much greater therapeutic effect than when it is administered alone.

One recent development in the field is an oral form of PC. Now, I am making the oral PC form part of the vitamin protocol our office prescribes to patients with macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. (If you are interested in PC supplementation, make sure to avoid using PC made from lecithin. To make lecithin, people degum crude soy oil, bleach it, and then later process it by adding oil. PC made from lecithin is ineffective and will be broken down into its component parts when it enters the body.)

I have been using Kane’s PC protocol for the past five years to treat patients with degenerative disorders of the eye; in particular, I use it with patients who have macular degeneration and glaucoma. After hearing about Kane’s latest research, I will be revising my protocol to implement it and help you save your vision.

OXIDATIVE THERAPIES

Oxidative therapies, which include an assortment of techniques and protocols, add more oxygen to your cells, thereby stimulating healing and optimal functioning. Accepted methods of oxidative therapies include ozone,

hydrogen peroxide, and ultraviolet light therapies. They all produce charged oxygen molecules and have similar reactions in the body.

Ultraviolet Light Therapy

I introduced this technique in the earlier chapter on sleep and light. Ultraviolet light therapy is another of technique that energizes a patient’s metabolic processes quickly while reducing or eliminating infections. (These infections drain an organism and compromise its potential to mount a good immune response to current problems.) Many eye conditions can be addressed like the other diseases that follow low vitality, poor lifestyle choices, bad diet, increased stress, and environmental toxins. At our practice’s three-day eye program, we routinely use oxidative therapies. Each patient receives a minimum of two oxidative IV therapies during “Healing the Eye.” Since beginning this therapy, I have observed an increase in the overall visual improvement of patients who attend the three-day program.

Oxygen Therapy

We may be able to last a month or more without food, while we can only make it a few days without water. However, we can only survive for a few minutes without oxygen. Oxygen, which is carried by the blood, suffuses all the cells in the body every second. Without it, there is nearly instant death. We all keep breathing, which seems to keep everything working pretty well. However, we may as well acknowledge that people who have chronic diseases have cells that are at least partially deprived of oxygen. If you have an acute disease or infection, there is probably a pretty serious oxygen deficit in your tissues, too. If so, you have entered a situation that is beyond repair by exercise or deep breathing. It requires oxygen therapy.

Oxygen therapy is the addition of oxygen molecules to your tissues in order to make them healthy and more functional. The body can receive the molecules through a variety of administration procedures. One amazing thing about this therapy is that it works almost instantaneously, while the effects can last for some time. The other amazing thing about this therapy is that even though people started practicing it decades ago, with great results, it still has not found its rightful place in conventional medicine. A researcher named Emmett Knott first discovered the effectiveness of oxygen therapy on seriously and moderately ill patients. He treated the blood of his first human subject in 1928. The patient had a case of sepsis (bloodstream infection) following an abortion. She had been declared beyond help by the attending physicians, but responded dramatically to the therapy. He treated many other patients with

bacterial infections and viruses, and some were comatose—many of them were close to death. Knott administered oxygen intravenously to all of them. The results showed 50 percent of the comatose patients—those who were near death— recovered, and nearly 100 percent of the moderately ill people recovered.

Oxygen therapy has been used successfully to treat patients with staph infections, pneumonia, polio, and tuberculosis. Recently, it has shown good results in curing MRSA—the disease that people get in hospitals for which there is no known cure. A review of hundreds of cases of serious infections cured by oxygen therapy in the 1940s showed that it was effective, and had long-lasting results with no adverse effects. Which of our modern treatments can claim that?

Today, oxygen therapists use ozone therapy, hydrogen peroxide therapy (which utilizes a reactive form of oxygen [03]), and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Increasing oxygenation is a powerful stimulant for healing, and it has anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Dr. Robert Rowen and others feel that this therapy can be very helpful in treating macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other eye disorders. Typically, twenty to forty treatments are necessary, although patients can experience benefits after just a few treatments. There are three major oxygen-related therapies:

• Ozone therapy (patients’ blood is withdrawn, altered, and re-injected)

• Hydrogen peroxide therapy (patients are put on intravenous drips)

• Hyperbaric oxygen chambers (patients breathe pressurized, pure oxygen)

In the following sections, I discuss each therapy in more detail.

Ozone Therapy

What is ozone, precisely? If you’ve ever noticed the clean smell in the air after a lightning storm, then you know what ozone smells like; you were smelling ozone gas that had reacted with the atmosphere. This gas has a purifying and stimulating effect on people. The oxygen molecule is composed of two oxygen atoms. When an oxygen molecule is charged and acquires more energy, it attracts another oxygen atom and forms a three-molecule structure: ozone. So, ozone is similar to supercharged oxygen.

Ozone therapy is in the therapy class called oxidative therapy. In this therapy, the charged ozone molecules act as a catalyst to stimulate healing. If oxygen is good, ozone is much better! Studies show ozone therapy is very effective in treating both bacterial and viral infections. I believe, for example, that is one of the most effective and safe ways to treat flu symptoms. The last

time I developed flu symptoms, all my symptoms disappeared after I had two oxidative treatments. The treatments stopped the virus cold in its tracks

Professor Velio Bocci, author of the textbook Ozone Therapy states that ozone therapy is based on exposing patients’ blood to precise ozone concentrations. While some 95 to 98 percent of oxygen is always present, the real drug remains ozone, a highly reactive form of oxygen. Over the last ten years, Dr. Bocci’s research has established a comprehensive framework for understanding ozone therapy use when treating select diseases.

Ozone therapy involves the introduction of ozone into the bloodstream. The therapist withdraws a small amount of blood from the patient, mixes it with ozone, and returns it to the patient. This activates the white blood cells, so they can kill any pathogens. Since the pathogens in the blood are killed when the ozone is administered, this therapy may also work by stimulating the immune system to recognize killed pathogens, acting as kind of auto-vaccine.

Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy

Hydrogen peroxide therapy is given to patients directly into the bloodstream, through a slow IV drip, and has the same good results as ozone therapy.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) uses a pressurized chamber to deliver oxygen under pressure to individuals who are lying within it. The patient is surrounded by and breathes in 100 percent pure oxygen. The typical treatment lasts for one hour. The patient is conscious at all times, but may sleep if he or she wishes. A typical course of treatment is ten treatments, and the effects can be noticed for up to one year.

Research proves that patients with many types of conditions respond well to this therapy; however, its use in conventional medicine is restricted to a few situations, such as treating divers who have “the bends” and some head injury and stroke victims.

Yet this treatment has been proven effective for a number of different medical and surgical conditions, either as a primary or adjunctive treatment. It is also used to treat many other medical conditions, even though it is a treatment that the mainstream still considers experimental. On his website, Dr. Elmer Cranton maintains a list of the many conditions that have been affected by this therapy. Most of them are life threatening and many do not have any known, effective, conventional treatment.

It is unlikely that your (conventional) doctor will prescribe this treatment

and very unlikely that your insurance company will pay for it. Dr. Cranton makes this observation about HBOT:

Some day, when HBOT . . . is an established part of standard medical care, historians of twentieth-century medicine will wonder how so much supportive research on its benefits could have been published by skillful medical researchers and even more scrupulously ignored by the guardians of our health. By that time, most of the individuals who attempted to keep HBOT on the fringe will probably not be alive to blush, sparing them extensive embarrassment. (www.drcranton.com)

Hyperbaric oxygen chamber with patient and attendant.

Following is a list of eye conditions that Dr. Cranton says patients can improve with HBOT:

• Diabetic retinopathy

• Glaucoma with visual field loss

• Retinal artery occlusion

• Retinal vein thrombosis

I would add that HBOT slows the progression of macular degeneration.

As previously mentioned, it can be difficult to find a practitioner who will administer oxygen therapies to you. Some of my patients, who wish to self- administer this therapy, have purchased specialized equipment from my office. I urge anyone with a serious chronic condition or infection to investigate these methods of healing. In addition to the resolution of their infections and/or inflammation, people who receive oxygen treatments show lowering of blood pressure, improved cholesterol metabolism, improved kidney function, and better oxygen delivery to cells and tissues.

Recently, I treated a macular degeneration patient who is from Colorado and lives at 5,000 feet. I have another macular degeneration patient who is

from Arizona’s White Mountains and lives at 6,500 feet. When comparing these two patients, several questions came into my mind. What are the effects of low oxygen saturations at these altitudes? Does this contribute to the development of macular degeneration? What are the effects at high altitude? Oxygen saturation is reduced by 20 percent at 5,000 feet and by 30 percent at 10,000 feet. This reduction in oxygen saturation can be a problem for eye health, especially if the patient is subject to other conditions that affect oxygen use. Will increasing a patient’s oxygen saturation help improve vision, then? Could hyperbaric oxygen treatment help patients’ conditions at high altitudes?

Oxygen is essential to good health; low oxygen saturation in tissues will cause disease. Medical literature has clearly documented that people with low oxygen saturation will have greater occurrences of macular degeneration. Causes of low oxygen saturation include high altitudes, sleep apnea, tobacco abuse, and chronic pulmonary disease. All of these conditions will reduce the body’s oxygen saturation.

Any condition that reduces the oxygen saturation needs to be corrected. At our practice, all of the patients being treated for macular degeneration and other eye problems are evaluated to determine any conditions that may be reducing their oxygen saturation. Low oxygen saturation is more common at night, especially in patients who have sleep apnea, lung disease, or chronic sinus infections. To measure the possible oxygen deprivation that may occur at night, we use a simple test, nocturnal pulse oximetry, which measures oxygen saturations. Finding a low value is a call to evaluate and treat the reason.

How can hyperbaric oxygen therapy correct low oxygen saturation? Placing someone in a pressured hyperbaric environment increases the atmospheric pressure, which increases the oxygen gas’s partial pressure and thus forces the blood plasma to dissolve more oxygen. This saturation of oxygen in the blood allows extra oxygen to be diffused or transported to the surrounding body tissues. Thus, plasma transportation of oxygen significantly increases under hyperbaric therapy (HBOT). The following article, reprinted courtesy of Dr. Robert Rowen, summarizes HBOT research that all diabetics should find interesting. The article reveals oxygen therapy has good results in treating diabetes-induced damage to the eyes and kidneys.

Reverse Diabetic Retinopathy with Easy, In-Home Treatment

By Dr. Robert Rown, MD

You can reverse the two most-feared complications from diabetes, retinopathy, and nephropathy with a simple treatment you can do in your own home.

Both of these conditions [the complications] develop in diabetics because the disease causes the capillary membranes to thicken. When these membranes thicken, it hinders oxygen and nutrient delivery to the cells.

Unfortunately, conventional medicine has little to offer diabetics who develop these conditions. Most of them receive laser surgery, with little success. But a new study gives evidence that diabetics, even those who have had laser surgery, can benefit from one of my favorite therapies.

In a pilot study just published by Johns Hopkins Hospital, five patients between the ages of 52 and 69 with diabetic retinopathy were selected. All had conventional laser treatment previously and 9 of 10 eyes had persistent edema despite the laser. (Lasers burn abnormal and leaking blood vessels caused by diabetes in the retina.)

The patients were given supplemental oxygen (using an oxygen concentrator) at four liters per minute by nasal tube. They were instructed to use the oxygen continually for three months, except when taking showers.

At the end of the test period, extra thickness of the macula (your [area of] central vision) was reduced by 54 percent! Additionally, three of the eyes had better visual acuity, improving two lines on the reading chart. Most of the eyes gradually worsened when the oxygen was withdrawn. However, four of the eyes maintained stability, suggesting that supplemental oxygen has a stabilizing effect on the laser surgery for retinopathy.

The principal investigators in the study believe the retina, when faced with a decrease in oxygen, becomes leaky. This stimulates the growth of new (but abnormal) blood vessels.

Since the new blood vessels are abnormal, they can leak or bleed. So their presence is more dangerous to the eyes than simply needing the oxygen [is]. The leakage can cause the macula to become thickened, resulting in vision loss. This affects up to 10 percent of all patients with

diabetes.

Supplemental oxygen prevents the eye from producing these abnormal vessels. This, in turn, reduces the amount of leaking in retinal vessels and prevents the macula from thickening. The treatment could reduce the thickness of the retina before laser treatment. Burdened by less edema, laser treatment may become more effective, even when oxygen is withdrawn.

If you have diabetic retinopathy, or nephropathy, oxygen therapy is a must. In fact, if you have diabetes, you’re most likely to have problems [to] some degree in many organs of the body. Don’t wait for complications. Start EWOT today! And if you have diabetic complications, take this information to your doctor and ask to be prescribed supplemental oxygen. For more information on EWOT, please call 800-728-2288 and ask for my special report!

Reference:

Nguyen, Q.D., et al. “Supplemental Oxygen Improves Diabetic Macular Edema: A Pilot Study,” Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 45(2) (February 2004): 617-624.

diabetes.

Supplemental oxygen prevents the eye from producing these abnormal vessels. This, in turn, reduces the amount of leaking in retinal vessels and prevents the macula from thickening. The treatment could reduce the thickness of the retina before laser treatment. Burdened by less edema, laser treatment may become more effective, even when oxygen is withdrawn.

If you have diabetic retinopathy, or nephropathy, oxygen therapy is a must. In fact, if you have diabetes, you’re most likely to have problems [to] some degree in many organs of the body. Don’t wait for complications. Start EWOT today! And if you have diabetic complications, take this information to your doctor and ask to be prescribed supplemental oxygen. For more information on EWOT, please call 800-728-2288 and ask for my special report!

Reference:

Nguyen, Q.D., et al. “Supplemental Oxygen Improves Diabetic Macular Edema: A Pilot Study,” Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 45(2) (February 2004): 617-624.

The therapies described in this chapter aim to support cells and tissues at an essential level. Just as we discussed the importance of hydrating tissues, we are now discussing something even more elemental—oxygenating them. After all, there are reasons why specific diseases develop in specific people. It is not random. Of course, genetics can play a role in increasing the likelihood of a disease developing, but genetics do not predetermine situations. To a great extent, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts are problems caused by aging, poorly nourished, and poorly oxygenated tissues. Rarely do patients present with one of these diseases without having any of these other chronic conditions. Typically, patients with these eye problems are sedentary, eat the SAD (Standard American Diet), have used or currently use toxins in their environments, and test positively for heavy metal loads. We cannot simply intervene and “fix” an eye disease without changing the environment that produced it. That is why I have developed the holistic approach to treating eye disease described in this book.

I know that many, if not all, of the therapies described in this chapter may be new to you. However, that does not mean that these therapies have just been discovered. It means that mainstream doctors have still not accepted them. This does not mean that these therapies are not effective—far from it! If you want to restore your health and your vision, I suggest that you explore using at least

one of these powerful methods to do so.

CHAPTER NINE NOTES

Ozone Therapy: Reports of Ozone Benefiting Macular Degeneration in European Studies

Sanseverino, Riva E., et al. “Effects of Oxygen-Ozone Therapy on Age-Related Degenerative Retinal Maculopathy.” Panminerva Medica 32, no. 2 (Apr. – Jun. 1990): 77-84.

Summary: The results indicate that the majority of patients showed improvement in their ocular condition, which suggests the continuation of this type of investigation on a larger group of people.

In the United Kingdom, there are about 200,000 patients who have the atrophic dry form of macular degeneration; for these patients, ophthalmologists can only prescribe antioxidants and zinc, which do not harm but are ineffective. During the last eight years, researchers in Siena, Italy have treated hundreds of patients, achieving a significant improvement in about 70 percent of the cases. Usually patients who have fifteen treatments (one treatment twice weekly) and follow this treatment with maintenance therapy can retain sufficient vision acuity for many years.

Soto, G., et al. “Ozone Therapy in Senile Macular Degeneration.”

Summary: Researchers performed a retrospective study on twenty-two patients who were assisted at the Ophthalmologic Service of the Medical Surgical Research Center (CIMEQ). Centro de Investigaciones Médico Quirúrgicas, CUBA. The results demonstrated that of the patients treated with ozone, 80 percent had improvement of their visual acuity (with an average of 20% improvement in visual). Ozone therapy could be a good therapeutic choice for patients suffering from dry-type of macular degeneration.

Author’s note: Although no formal studies have yet examined ozone’s effects in treating glaucoma, I have observed that ozone therapy can stimulate the optic nerve’s function, thereby stimulating healing and improving vision.

Several well-known alternative doctors, including Robert Rowen, M.D., and Frank Shallenberger, M.D., believe ozone therapy should be considered as a front-line attack in helping patients with macular degeneration. Typically, my colleagues and I will do two oxidative treatments during our three-day eye care program, but most authorities suggest between twenty and forty treatments for maximum effect. The problem is the cost; at $100 a treatment, this can be

expensive.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Robert Rowen, M.D., mentions a report by Drs. Jansen and Nielson (from Copenhagen, Denmark), which details two case histories of ARMD patients improving with hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT). Both patients had cystoid macular degeneration. One patient, a Type-2 diabetic, went from a degree of visual acuity of 0.5 (he had difficulty reading) to 1.0 (he could read normally) with just one treatment. The second patient’s visual acuity was only 0.2; he could not read at all. After five sessions of HBOT in three days, his acuity reached 0.9 and he could read normally. These doctors saw a “very rapid,” day-by-day improvement in the patients’ maculae; they recommend that treatment be started as early as possible, before there is irreversible damage.

Bojic, L., et al. “Hyperbaric Oxygenation in the Treatment of Macular Degeneration.” Split, Yugoslavia: Split Naval Medical Institute, pp. 1-4. Selected References to Published Research on HBOT at http://drcranton.com/hbo/hbobib.htm.

Summary: In a clinical trial, four patients with advanced macular degeneration and severe vision loss received HBOT treatment. Three of the four patients experienced a doubling of visual acuity after HBOT.

Halit, Oguz, and Sobaci Gungor. “The Use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Ophthalmology.” Survey of Ophthalmology 53, no. 2 (Mar. – Apr. 2008): 112-20.

Abstract: Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a primary or secondary adjuvant therapeutic method used in treatment of various acute or chronic disorders. Currently, eye diseases are among those receiving the off-label use of hyperbaric oxygen. However, there is increasing evidence showing hyperbaric oxygen treatment’s safety and efficacy for the treatment of blocked arteries of the eye, swelling of the retina and non-healing ulcers of the eye. Recent studies point out its potential to treat some blinding diseases. This article constitutes an up-to-date summary of knowledge about the therapeutic use of hyperbaric oxygen, and aims to contribute further understanding of this therapy’s current and potential use in ophthalmology.

Jansen, E.C., and N.V. Nielsen. “Promising Visual Improvement of Cystoid Macular Oedema by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.” Acta Ophthalmologica Scandinavia 82, no. 4 (Aug. 2004): 485-6.

Kurok, A.M., Kitaoka, T., Taniguchi, H., and T. Amemiya. “Hyperbaric Oxygen

Therapy Reduces Visual Field Defect After Macular Hole Surgery.”

Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging (May – Jun. 2002): 200-6.

Weiss, J.N. “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Age-Related Macular Degeneration.” Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Journal 37, no. 5 (Sep.

– Oct. 2010: 375.

Abstract: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a significant cause of visual loss in the United States and Western Europe. As the population ages, researchers expect the prevalence rate of advanced AMD by 2030. In this study, researchers used a one-hour session of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO2) to treat a group of fourteen patients who had advanced AMD. Researchers observed significant improvements in visual acuity and/or visual fields, along with improvements in the activities of daily living.

EWOT: Exercise with Oxygen

Author’s note: Obviously, your most important nutrient is oxygen! Exercise with oxygen therapy (EWOT), which has been performed for decades in Germany, is the granddaddy of oxygen therapies, and more proof of oxygen’s value. Aging causes thickening of the capillaries. Years ago, researchers showed supplemental oxygen could reduce edema accumulated in the capillary-lining cells. This research confirms EWOT’s power, but it may be decades before “modern” medicine accepts it.

How to Do EWOT (summarized from www.EWOT.com)

Purchase an oxygen generator (no prescription needed), which is a small portable device that plugs into the wall and produces 94-95 percent pure oxygen. (This does not require oxygen tanks, but uses your room air, removing the nitrogen and producing high oxygen purity.) A seven-foot tube connects to the machine and then goes over the ears and under the nose to supply oxygen. A person who wears the tube while exercising (e.g. riding an exercise bike or using an elliptical or whole-body vibration trainer [such as a TurboSonic, similar to the Power Plate described in Chapter Four]) will breathe approximately 20 percent higher levels of oxygen. With an oxygen mask the person can almost double the oxygen intake to between 35-40 percent. EWOT increases strength during the same time period, allowing the person to perform at a higher level and burn more calories. EWOT can make the difference between aging faster and slowing aging to a crawl. Practitioners suggest doing EWOT for fifteen minutes, three times a week—or more, if possible.

Websites

American College of Alternative Medicine

www.acam.org

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