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Macular Degeneration – or Macular Re-Generation?

August 6th, 2010

Ninety (90%) percent of what we learn in our lifetime comes from what we see through our eyes.

Losing one’s eyesight is a frightening possibility for over 60% of the population. With more and more “baby boomers” moving into the retirement stage of life, this problem is alarming in its proportions and its implications.

If a friend or a loved one has Macular Degeneration or is at risk of losing their eyesight, please share today’s article and video with them.

There is hope for this tragic disease.

Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050

A photo of an eye exam with an older womanIn a study funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers report that as many as 9.1 million people will have age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in 2010, and nearly double this number at 17.8 million people, will have the potentially blinding eye disease by 2050.

“What we found is that due to aging, the number of cases of early and advanced AMD will increase dramatically no matter what,” said study author David Rein, PhD, senior research economist from RTI International in Research Triangle Park, N.C. “In 2050, we project there will be 1.57 million cases of blindness [caused by AMD] with no treatment. But, with vigorous treatment, that number’s just about 1 million.”

Age-related macular degeneration is a serious eye disease that causes the breakdown of the macula, which is located in the retina. The macula gives you clear central vision, which is essential for reading and driving, even for just seeing people’s faces. AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in people over 65, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO). If you’d like to read the study, click here for the April issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology.

Nutritional therapy can benefit sufferers of Macular Degeneration

Macular Degeneration is caused by “exploding cells” within the retina. Cells that are literally falling apart from free radical damage. Drugs can’t fight this cellular breakdown, but Superfoods and Antioxidants can!

This science of fighting free radicals is something we specialize in, as it is the core of all our cancer protocols, because cellular breakdown is the initial cause of all forms of cancer.

An image of Dr. Wayne Garland's Vision Support nutritional supplementIn a major study at Johns Hopkins University of nearly 5,000 adults between the ages of 55 to 89 who were diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, those given a daily supplement of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene, Zinc and Copper saw a reduction of 23% in the incidence of AMD.

The lead researchers stated that if people would take these simple antioxidants and minerals, it could prevent vision loss in 300,000 people over the next five years.

So what we did is take this knowledge and then take all the free-radical fighting Superfood Antioxidant compounds we knew of that were specifically targeted to the eyes, and put them into a special Macular Degeneration Formula called appropriately enough Vision Support.
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Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050

May 15th, 2009

But nutritional treatments could reduce related blindness by almost 35%, study suggests.

By Serena Gordon, HealthDay Reporter
Healthday News

 

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Although the rate of age-related macular degeneration is on the increase, newer treatments, using nutritional supplements could help reduce the most serious effects of the disease by about 35 percent, new estimates suggest.

In a study funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers report that as many as 9.1 million people will have age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in 2010, but that 17.8 million people will have the potentially blinding eye disease by 2050.

“What we found is that due to aging, the number of cases of early and advanced AMD will increase dramatically no matter what,” said study author David Rein, a senior research economist from RTI International in Research Triangle Park, N.C. “In 2050, we project there will be 1.57 million cases of blindness [caused by AMD] with no treatment. But, with vigorous treatment, that number’s just about 1 million.”

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Over Half of US Adults Lack 20/20 Vision

August 26th, 2008

Half of all American adults don’t have the 20/20 vision physicians consider optimal. They are nearsighted, farsighted, or have an irregular corneal curve known as astigmatism.

A study revealed that such common eye-focus problems – collectively known as “refractive errors” – affect young, middle-aged and older adults of all races. Corrective care for such problems amounts to an estimated $3.8 billion to $7.2 billion annually, the researchers said.

Is there an answer?

Yes.

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