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Posted by: JoanneO, Friday, August 26, 2005, 9:46pm
I've been BTD-ing now for 8 months and have been pleased with all changes for better, but this one surprised me.  I had my regular, annual eye exam yesterday.  I had lasik surgery 4 years ago and so I know my eyes get dry and that affects my focus vision, but other than that I didn't have problems.  But I did think my eyes were getting a little worse cause of age.  The office assistant checked my eyes against the reading chart, without any glasses and made notations.  When the doctor came in to exam eye interiors, I asked him to tell me what kind of health my eyes were in.  I also asked about the various exersize programs that are out there.  He didn't think the exersize programs did anything for eyes but he surprised me by saying that I am seeing better this year than last!  He was intrigued and wanted to know what I was doing.  I had him do the exam first and he told me that I had the eyes of a 35 year old! (I'm 59)  Wow!  that was incredible news.  I told him that the only thing that was really different in my life for the past year, was the BTD way of life.  He was very receptive and said that he would check it out.  He is an O as well.  I sure like to think that this diet is even improving my vision.   Anyone else have a similar experience?
Posted by: Cheryl_O_Blogger, Friday, August 26, 2005, 10:15pm; Reply: 1
My changes were not as dramatic as yours, but I had a similar discussion with my eye doctor.  My eyes also seemed less dry and tolerated contact lenses better.  We agreed that my prior low fat diet was not good and that the better fat profile with plenty of omega-3 fatty acids and other healthy fats had improved my tear profile.
Posted by: Missy, Saturday, August 27, 2005, 1:09am; Reply: 2
On the same note as Cheryl, I have less eye dryness and my eye allergies have lessened. This time of year I would be placing allergy drops in my eyes a couple times a day. I didn't even think about it until I read this note that I have not done this for quite sometime now. YEAH!  ;D
Posted by: paul clucas, Saturday, August 27, 2005, 2:48pm; Reply: 3
Hi Joanne,
      very interesting, I will be watching out for that.  My eyes tend to be dry, but I refuse to put drops in them since I what to treat the cause, not the symptom.

      There is a negative about laser surgery that I exprience when PK came out that I want to share.  I have always healed rapidly, and never broken a bone etc (typical for an O, i guess), but this is a problem when recouperating from laser surgery.

      After my first surgery, I was given steriod anti-healing drops to stop my eyes from healing back into the same shape that they started in.  Not remembering any warning about the post-op care required, I rolled my eyes.  I just knew that i was in trouble.  This was years before I heard of the BTD, btw....

      I took the drops every time on time (with help from my alarm clock),  but came back about a year and a half later and my eyes had healed back to being short-sighted.  The surgeon was decent about it, offered a free second operation and gave a different (I think) post-op drop.  I have been left with a milder prescription, but I still need glasses if I am looking across a large room.

      What are the implications of this?  You are driving in the dark without lights, unless you use the BTD knowledge to enhance the "this works for most people" attitude  of conventional medicine.  MD's know that the pharmaceuticals they prescribe do not work the same for everyone, but are prejudiced against any possible polymorphic approach to medicine!   (face is red, steam issuing from ears, adrenaline peaking

       I am going to break up some trees for my in-laws.  Just with my hands.  Always did make me feel better, breaking a four-inch branch across my knee when I am riled!
Posted by: IBHIPRU (Guest), Sunday, September 11, 2005, 9:27pm; Reply: 4
Hi:  I'm new to the forum but have been a fan of BTD for a couple of years.  Tomorrow I start a strict 8 week diet that includes only the highly beneficial items for type B.  I just wanted to comment on the benefits of eye exercises.  Most eye doctors will tell you they don't work (just like most conventional MDs will tell you the BTD is rubbish) but I can attest to the fact they do.  Several years ago I downloaded a set of eye exercises from the Internet and religiously followed them for a month.  The results were fairly dramatic.  In addition, I live near a casino and like to play video poker.  It's great eye exercise.  Recently I noticed that the day after playing for a couple of hours, I had trouble seeing through my glasses.  This lasted several days.  What was happening is the exercise was temporarily improving my vision making the glasses prescription slightly off.  I have also noticed that since I started playing video poker, I don't wear my glasses nearly as much.
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, September 11, 2005, 11:13pm; Reply: 5
IBHIPRU,
welcome
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if you'll go up to the top of the page, right hand side to Member Center, then to Avatar Settings on the lower left side of that page, you can select your blood type and you won't have to keep telling us what it is.
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Posted by: ED (Guest), Monday, September 12, 2005, 1:53pm; Reply: 6
Dear Friend,

Of all the five senses, sight is probably the one people treasure the most and try hardest to preserve. For the longest time, I had better than 20/20 vision—but all that changed in my mid-20s when I had to start wearing glasses. Of course, about half of the US population have eye health concerns, and the percentage continues to rise.

Many people blame a Western society that has too much to read or that stares for too many hours at computer and television screens—but such a quick analysis doesn't bring the problem entirely into focus. The truth is that the foods we eat can affect our eye health in various ways.

While I still wear glasses, I'm proud to say I don't need to keep getting a new prescription for my lenses every few years. Although conventional medicine may disagree, I attribute my good fortune to the steps I've taken to maintain my eye health over the years by knowing which foods to avoid, which foods to eat, and which supplemental antioxidants to take.

Refined Carbs Don't Refine Our Eyes

While most people know there are foods that benefit our eyes, research indicates that all the refined carbohydrates in our diet have adversely affected our eye health. There's little doubt that the Western diet now includes far more processed breads, cereals, and sugars than at any other time in history.

Compared to complex starches (like those in the whole grains that were common in diets of the past), these highly processed starches are quickly digested and cause a corresponding rapid increase in blood-sugar levels. To counter this effect, the pancreas pumps out additional insulin.

Researchers have known for some time that spiking insulin levels lead to a decline in the levels of the insulin-like binding protein-3—which, in turn, disturbs the fragile process that coordinates eyeball length and lens growth. If the eyeball becomes too long, the lens isn't able to flatten enough to focus images on the back of the eyeball.

This research is certainly further proof that we need to stay away from processed foods as much as possible. The closer our foods are to their natural state, the better our overall health will be.

Colorful Eye-Healthy Foods

We all know the old adage about carrots being good for our eyes, but it's being replaced with the new advertising rage on how tomatoes also benefit our eye health. The fact is we need both in an eye-healthy diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables.

The deep, rich colors of carrots, tomatoes, spinach, red and yellow bell peppers (et cetera) signal the presence of beta-carotene, lutein, and other mixed carotenoids—powerful antioxidants whose pigments collect on the surface of the macula lutea to help fortify and protect it.

Research also shows that egg yolks significantly increase bloodstream levels of both lutein and zeaxanthin—another carotenoid that's been shown to help filter out ultraviolet rays and promote macular density.

Dark berries are also beneficial because of their bioflavonoids. In fact, you may have heard that RAF fighter pilots ate bilberry jam during World War II to improve their night vision. The effect was due to a bioflavonoid in bilberries (a specific type of wild blueberry found in Europe) that helps protect blood vessels in the eye.

To maximize your intake of carotenoids and bioflavonoids, you should be sure to eat five to nine servings of fresh, colorful, and organic fruits and vegetables a day. Of course, a good multi-nutrient is also an important complement to your eye-healthy diet as long as it provides adequate daily amounts of lutein and beta-carotene.

While eating eye-healthy foods should always be part of your overall diet, I also formulated Vision Advantage to provide the most advanced antioxidants, bioflavonoids, and other nutrients to supplement a good diet and help maintain your eye health and night vision.

Your eyes are delicate organs that allow you to see the wonders of the world around you. Keeping them healthy is not only sensible, it's vital.

Until next time,
Posted by: Howard, Saturday, September 17, 2005, 5:21pm; Reply: 7
Thank you Ed for that information! Not only is it informative and helpful. but it is of benefit to all irregardless of blood type!
Posted by: 1321 (Guest), Tuesday, October 4, 2005, 2:27pm; Reply: 8
I want to share my eye experience with all.  I'm almost 72 now, and my vision is fine. During the first  years of our married life, I had many infections, and eventually had a tubal pregnancy, followed by another blood clot in my other Fallopian tube that had to be removed. This made me unable to conceive.  We adopted a six day old baby boy, and four months later, we fostered a 2 1/2 day old baby girl, who we eventually were able to adopt also.  We were a happy ideal family, my husband was transferred to a city 50 miles from where we both grew up, and I began to have problems that no Dr. could diagnose, as I appeared to be a very healthy 28 year old young woman.    I was going blind and had only 20% vision left.  My corneas were hardening, and were so hard, the specialist from U of Mich Hosp. in Ann Arbor said my corneas looked like porcelain .  He could wipe them with a cotton swab and I wouldn't even flinch.  He  told me I had a very rare disease of the eyes, that is usually caused from serious major diseases such as syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis, tuberculosis etc, and I had none of them.  My adopted children were about 4 years old, and only 4 months apart ( a hyperactive boy and a girl) and you can imagine how busy I was keeping track of them. The only hope the Dr. gave me was to come back when my corneas had deteriorated entirely and I would be put on a list for a corneal transplant.  
I knew nothing about the BTD then, but I did know that whenever I ate sweet corn on the cob, my eyes became bloodshot, itched, burned and watered. Also when I ate candy I was affected the same way... Little did I know that my blood type O shouldn't have corn. I was also aware then that bread was affecting my ears, so I cut down on it and used mostly unbleached flour.  I was determined to regain my eyesight, so I went on a high protein, low carb diet, and I just used a saline solution every day, and in 9 months, I had my vision back enough that I was able to pass my vision test for my driver's license.  I stayed on the diet for several years, and gradually returned to normal eating as I grew older, but depended on mostly herbs and supplements for my good health.  
Fourteen years ago I was again having health problems, was advised by my older sister to be tested for Hereditary Hemochromatosis (iron overload), as she had been diagnosed and advised by her Dr that every blood relative be tested.  My ferritin was high, I went off all supplements and herbs, and six months later it was even higher, so I began to have regular phlebotomies to lower my ferritin below 10 to pull the iron out of my "6 times more than normal" iron toxic liver and other organs. I was also suffering from muscle weaknesses that caused rubber legs, difficulty breathing, and heart irregularities.  
It is mandatory that I have an eye checkup every year, and 3 years ago, there was evidence of the beginnings of cataracts, but after being on the BTD, there is little evidence of cataracts, and I haven't had my glasses prescription changed for 3 years. My medical Dr. respects my knowledge of health concerns and tells me "whatever you have been doing, keep it up".  I now take liquid cell ready minerals and the BTD Polyvite O vitamins, and Deflect O along with Vision Essentials from Dr. Julian Whitaker M.D. My Mom had  Macular Degeneration of the eyes, and I have 2 older sisters who also have it, but the Vision Essentials seem to keep it from progressing.  I have no indications of Macular Degeneration, and theirs showed up at the age that I am now! My EKG s are normal, but I still have some muscle weaknesses that may also be hereditary but if I stray from the BTD or not get enough rest is usually the culprit.  I look and act young for my age, most people think I'm in my late 50's'
My adopted daughter who is also O. moved in with me (my husband died of colon cancer 3 years ago and didn't beleive in special diets or good nutrition) a month ago, and I have been feeding her the O diet, and she lost 5 pounds in a month! Is there more need for proof of the BTD success? Because of a large supply of the Vision Essentials on hand, when they are used up, I plan to switch to those mentioned by Sam Dan from NAP.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, October 4, 2005, 6:55pm; Reply: 9
sewjean,

your testimonial is very eye- opening!!!!!!!
as to what levels of well being are affected if not eating right.

thank you for sharing!
congratulations to your daughter on her weight loss, she must be very pleased!
Posted by: italybound, Thursday, April 9, 2009, 2:42am; Reply: 10
WOW, this is an OLD thread, but thought I'd just add to it instead of starting a new one. Lots of good testimonials here I'll bet. ;-)

Will add mine......small tho it may be. Went to the eye doctor today........the nearsightedness in my left eye has improved by 3 points. :-)         Before we started the exam, she asked me if I ever used eye drops for irritation or the such. I told her no, but that if I ate wheat, my vision was noticably blurrier. Wellllllllllll, you can imagine. She didn't say anything but something like Hmmmmmm.  You could tell she thought I  was a nut job. I repeated what I'd said, but in a slightly different manner. Plant, water, repeat. ;-)

I was very happy to hear of the improvement and to be honest, I could be much more compliant . :B  ..............  so if I were, think of what the results might have been!!!  It gave me new incentive to be better.  ;D  (clap)
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Monday, April 13, 2009, 1:18am; Reply: 11
It's strange that I need reading glasses for fine print or bad lighting, but my other vision is still about the same as before. I still am a little nearsighted. I have avoided glasses over the years as I look very ugly in them & nice without them & my vision wasn't that bad anyway. I do think that glasses make your eyes lazier. I have noticed that if I use the reading glasses more than absolutely necessary, my eyes are not as good. But soon after not using them, the vision gets better. Many folks use contact lenses. I think they make you more dependent. I also take a cheap lutein blend supplement which I feel helps. I have shared before that we find it at the Wal-Mart in Terre Haute, Indiana(It's by Rexall, a mainstream company, but it works!)
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