05-21-2016, 12:16 PM
I just learned that I've got 'em. And I want to stop/reverse the process before my sight gets any worse.
I already have a very clean diet and lifestyle. I almost never use sugar or other refined sweeteners and never take any artificial sweeteners, MSG or artificial anything. I consume about 85% plants, no red meat, lots of seafood (including sea vegetables), no alcohol, no drugs, no dairy products, no refined flour products and only cold-pressed oils. I chew well and use unrefined sea salt in cooking only, not at the table.
Our water contains no fluoride or chlorine. I don't use fluoridated toothpaste or chemicalized mouthwash or cosmetics or cleaning products. I have plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits every day, and I get a lot of exercise, fresh air and sunshine. I don't use cell phones, cordless phones, wireless anything. I shut down all the electric circuitry in the house every night before going to sleep. I try to get to bed before midnight and get up early. I don't eat for at least three hours before going to bed. There are no inner springs in my futon and I do not wear synthetic fabrics against my skin!
I also take a variety of herbal remedies and supplements. The ones I take most often are: celadrin, glucosamine-chondroitin-msm, hawthorn fruit, curcumin, astaxanthin, CoQ-10, lithium orotate, B-12 (methylcobalamin), NAC, PQQ, chlorella and a combination of five different medicinal mushrooms (reishi, Lion's Mane, Turkey Tail, maitake, shiitake). Others I have on hand to use as needed, such as GABA, valerian root, Kava Kava, St. John's Wort, etc.
On the surface it would appear that I have a healthy lifestyle, and theoretically I shouldn't have any major health problems. My main complaint, aside from the lasting repercussions of past injuries (which restrict movement and cause a great deal of pain in certain parts of my body), is that I've gained about 40 excess pounds that I can't seem to shake. But clearly there is something insidious going on beneath the surface.