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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Macular Degeneration & Smoking

Medrants has brought this very interesting article on smoking and MD to my attention. Since I'm interested in ophthalmology, I'll share it with you...


Blogger Michael said...

Research is proving that macular degeneration can be very responsive to nutritional supplementation. A large research study from Harvard showed that even supplementing with 6 mg of lutein per day could reduce your likelihood of getting macular degeneration by 57% (Seddon, J.M., U.A. Ajani, et al. (1994). “Dietary carotenoid, vitamins A, C, E, and advanced age-related macular degeneration. Eye Disease Case-Control Study Group Jama 272(18):1413-20). That same study showed that the specific carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are primarily obtained from dark green leafy vegetables, were most strongly associated with a reduced risk for AMD. Individuals consuming the highest levels of carotenoids had a statistically significant 43% lower risk for AMD. The AREDS study showed that supplementing with a combination of betacarotene, vitamins C and E, zinc and copper could significantly reduce the chances of dry macular degeneration turning to wet macular degeneration.

So there certainly are preventative measures you can take. Additional beneficial nutrients include omega-3 fatty acids, taurine, vitamins A and E, selenium, zinc copper, beta-carotene, gingko biloba.

For those with macular degeneration, research has shown that this is a condition that can be very responsive to specific nutritional supplementation (lutein, zeaxanthin, taurine, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and E, selenium, beta-cartoene, zinc and copper to name a few), diet and lifestyle. Also, microcurrent stimulation done daily at home along with specific supplementation can be very effective in helping protect against vision loss. The last research study done by a Dr. Ed Paul showed that 73% of the people who did microcurrent stimulation daily along with specific supplementation showed improved vision up to 2-3 lines on the eye chart. As a result of this study, there are now 4 double blind FDA approved studies starting (including one at New York Eye & Ear Infirmiary) studying the benefits of the microcurrent stimulation for macular degeneration along with some other retinal dystrophies. For more information and related research studies, you can go to -- you can also read the specific research studies on microcurrent stimulation and macular degeneration at

For questions and answers, you can also go to our blog on natural eye care at

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