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Posted by: Adopted4, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 3:52am
I was reading about Explorer supplements and saw grape seed extract in the Explorer catalyst. Right now we are not able to afford all the different wonderful D'adamo supplements due to our large family and multiple genotypes/blood types, but was reading some reviews on a grape seed extract supplement available on another website. I found it very interesting that someone mentioned their eye pressure decreased significantly after taking grape seed extract for a while. This person had high numbers which poses a significant risk for glaucoma and perhaps blindness. This person attributed the significant decrease in pressure to the antioxidant effects of the GSE.

My 16 year old explorer son has had issues with his eyes for many years and they appear to be slowly worsening over the years since he got his first pair of eye glasses when he was about 8. The eye doctor mentioned at his last appointment the problem about increased eye pressure. It didn't seem like there was anything that could be done to reverse it but that he will need his eyes checked frequently to monitor the situation.

I'm wondering if this is a very typical condition that many Explorers experience? Does anyone else have poor eyesight that has improved due to better diet or supplementation?
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:00am; Reply: 1
how compliant is he?

how is his blood sugar?

ocubright is a great formula
Posted by: Joyce, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 7:57am; Reply: 2

as the name says! Also eating for blood type from personal experience.
Posted by: Poppy, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 12:16pm; Reply: 3
Hi adopted4. Are you aware of a "disease" called "pigment dispursion syndrome" which causes early onset glaucoma? I am very interested in this as it is hereditary, and my sister has it. One of her children, in his early 30's was tested postive also,(his brother is negative). It's certainly a reason to get a younger person with eye problems checked out! I was just diagnosed with glaucom also.I have not done research about grape seed yet. But I am still convinced that following the diet is helping me in many ways that I may not be aware of at this point, and eyes would be included of course.
Posted by: Joyce, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 12:43pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from Poppy
Hi adopted4. Are you aware of a "disease" called "pigment dispersion syndrome"

The person who owns/runs fiteyes has that.

Posted by: Adopted4, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 5:07pm; Reply: 5
I hadn't heard of pigment dispersion syndrome, so I just googled it to understand what it is. By the way, I couldn't get the "fiteyes" website to open. My hubby took my son to his last eye doctor appointment, so he heard the explanation behind the eye pressure concern. I'll ask my hubby what he remembers about the conversation next time I talk to him (he's out of town).

As far as family history, we have none on our twin sons. They only have each other to compare. My other son has had no visual problems. One of the websites I read said the condition mostly affects caucasions, which our sons are not. But that still wouldn't rule out the possibility of course. My explorer son has one weaker eye that is partially crossed. It was determined shortly after he first received glasses that his eyes were not tracking properly and that he was mostly reading from one eye. We did eye patching for a while to make the weaker eye stronger. It was suspected that years of living in an orphanage without proper visual stimulation could have been the cause of this problem, or perhaps premature birth might have something to do with it.

As far as my sons diet goes, now he is generally blood type compliant, although in social situations he does eat some avoids from time to time. We only started the blood type diet last winter and transitioned into the genotype diet a few months later. So certainly you could say a lot of damage has been done. We used to eat A LOT of chicken until we discovered our boys are type B. I can only imagine how much damage that did over the years.

Just for the record, my older daughter was born blind in her right eye with several different conditions. She wears an artificial lens to cover her "small" eye. Her left eye appears to be perfectly normal at this time but we want to protect it and help her maintain excellent vision into her adulthood.
Posted by: Joyce, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 5:21pm; Reply: 6
Quoted from Adopted4
By the way, I couldn't get the "fiteyes" website to open.  

Neither can I - maybe undergoing maintenance - hope that's all it is anyway.

Try this

Posted by: SquarePeg, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 5:48pm; Reply: 7
"I'm wondering if this is a very typical condition that many Explorers experience? Does anyone else have poor eyesight that has improved due to better diet or supplementation?"

My father's side of the family tends to get glaucoma (as well as diabetes).  The interocular pressure in both my eyes is borderline high and it increases a bit every year.  As well, I need corrective lenses for distance vision, and I also have an astigmatism in one eye.

Usually I need new lenses every two years.  But I've had the same glasses for three years now without any vision trouble.  (And these are the $27 glasses I got from Zenni Optical!)  Then again, I'm at the age where distance vision problems reverse and reading vision becomes a problem.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 5:50pm; Reply: 8
Oh, I was going to comment on how you stated that your 16yo son is an Explorer.  I wasn't aware that adolescents could be Genotyped.  How did you determine his Genotype?
Posted by: wanthanee, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 6:34pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from Adopted4

I'm wondering if this is a very typical condition that many Explorers experience? Does anyone else have poor eyesight that has improved due to better diet or supplementation?

:)Hi adopted4. (First, I am sorry for my English it is difficult for me though plus I don’t know how to explain but I will try) I would like to share the experience about I have poor eyesight. When I was 45-48 I have to use eye glasses to read newspaper. After I found the website (now I am 51)

Just about 2 years ago. I no need longer to use eye glasses. I guess I start to eat more grapefruit and watermelon and more green or more green juice.  I look at the website that what in grapefruit and water melon. They have Vitamins A different Type. Example Vitamin A  should have 6-7 name such as:
Retinol,  Retinol Activity, Alpha carotene, Beta carotene, Beta cryptoxanthin, Lycopene and Lutein+Zeaxanthin. (If look at the website then click on Vitamin then click more detail (under vitamin) you will see more detail at vitamin A
So Grapefruits have every name but  watermelon doesn’t has Alpha carotene. Or Raw carrot doesn’t has , Beta cryptoxanthin, Cook carrot doesn’t has , Beta cryptoxanthin and Lycopene.  But fruit has some name so little. But green such as Kale or spinach they have a lot of Lutein+Zeaxanthin
Hope this might help. ;D
Posted by: wanthanee, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 7:01pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from Adopted4

I'm wondering if this is a very typical condition that many Explorers experience? Does anyone else have poor eyesight that has improved due to better diet or supplementation?

Also, my friend, he is 83 years old. He still can read without glasses.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 8:46pm; Reply: 11
ocubright is a great formula
Quoted Text
Lutein and Zeaxanthin: Lutein is a carotenoid typically found in conjunction with zeaxanthin. Studies suggest that high consumption of lutein reduces the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Foods containing high concentrations of luteins, such as broccoli, spinach and kale are associated with the greatest eye effects.
Bilberry: The bilberry leaf and fruit contain powerful anti-oxidants known as anthocynanadins, which decrease vascular permeability, and have anti-inflammatory and anti-edema effects. Laboratory studies have provided evidence that bilberry consumption enhances the health of the center visual field (macula) of the eye.
Taurine: Found in high concentrations in the eye, Taurine is the most plentiful amino acid in the retina of all animal species. Taurine has multiple functions in maintaining normal retinal structure and function. Taurine deficiency has been linked to retinal degeneration.
Zinc: Zinc is an essential trace element. One of the most important roles it plays is in the maintenance of vision. It is present in high concentrations in the eye, particularly in the retina and choroid. Zinc deficiency can alter vision, and severe deficiency causes changes in the retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE).
Copper: An essential trace mineral, copper is widely distributed in foods, particularly seafood, nuts, seeds, wheat bran cereals, and grain products. As zinc can inhibit copper absorption in the body, a small amount of copper has been added to the formulation to maintain healthy copper levels.
Eyebright (Euphrasia): Its medicinal properties include antibacterial and astringent properties, and it has long been used by Western herbalists as an eyewash to soothe burning and tired eyes.
The synergistic actions of the six ingredients in Ocubright provide general eye health, sharpness of vision, and provide protection from photodamage.
Posted by: Adopted4, Tuesday, June 26, 2012, 10:51pm; Reply: 12
Thanks for all the wonderful comments and links. Wanthanee, I really appreciate your response. I know how hard it is learning a 2nd language (especially English), having adopted 4 kids from 3 different countries (none of them spoke or understood any English). I understand what you were communicating about the various nutrients and the roles they play in proper eye health. I prefer to focus on eating live, fresh foods to address my kids' eye health concerns over supplementation, even though I'm open to supplements if they seem necessary.

SquarePeg, we genotyped my son using the advanced genotype calculator from the Genotype Diet book. From the very start of my reading the description of an Explorer from Dr. D's website, I was sure my son fit that description very closely. The measurements and strength testing confirmed it. He is Rh negative, non-secretor, left handed, tall with a very long torso, quirky, accident prone, head/face/jaw consistent with Explorer, reactive immune system, and the list goes on. I know it's been said that children and teens can "morph" from one genotype to another, but his major growth spurt was quite a few years ago and I seriously doubt proportionately his measurements would change even if he grows a little more. He is most definitely reaping the benefits of the Explorer diet, that is when he isn't cheating much.
Posted by: Poppy, Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 12:06pm; Reply: 13
adopted4, it's interesting but probably coincidental that your sons are twins, since I am a twin, born prematurely, and yes, both of us have had eye problems, my sister's being worse than mine. I have mentioned here on several occasions that she is the vegetarian, probably O blood type, and shows no interest in the diet. However, it is my older sister who has the pigment dispursion syndrome. I thinks eyes are the "Achilles heal" in our family, but I am the only one following the diet. Thanks Lola for the detailed info about nutrients, and Wanthanee, you made yourself very well understood!
Posted by: Adopted4, Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 5:32pm; Reply: 14
Poppy, I think it has been well documented that premature birth increases the risk of eye problems. However, I have no way of knowing for sure whether or not my sons were born prematurely or how premature they might have been. I can only strongly assume it based upon several factors: Roma (gypsy) single mother, poverty, small town, likely inadequate health care, high risk pregnancy due to multiple fetus',etc. Sometimes I'm astounded at how different my sons immune systems are and their overall health concerns. I remember, though, how Dr. D talked about it in the Genotype Diet book and said even with identical twins (which mine aren't), one fetus can "absorb" more of the stress and toxins than the other and therefore 2 very different genotypes can emerge. I can't remember exactly how he worded it and I cant look it up right now because I loaned my book to a friend, but that fact does explain a lot as far as I'm concerned. With one being a strong Explorer and the other being a strong Nomad, their individual "worldviews" manifest themselves in very different ways. Thank God they now have the tools to learn to manage their own health as they enter into adulthood.
Posted by: Amazone I., Wednesday, June 27, 2012, 6:48pm; Reply: 15
would merely recommend *forshkolin* to provide a balance for the inner eye pressure  ;) ;D
Posted by: Poppy, Thursday, June 28, 2012, 11:32am; Reply: 16
What is forshkolin and is it good for all blood types?
Posted by: Amazone I., Thursday, June 28, 2012, 11:42am; Reply: 17
yup..  a herb to maintain different things, incl. inner-eye-pressure... its known in the literature... almost bene said once by Dr. D. for O's;  but also it augments
gastro juices.. so I'd merely say for all types ..... ;D :D(smarty)
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