The Art of Acupressure and Healing the Eyes Part Two

On Episode 31 of the Better Eye Health Podcast, ​continues the discussion of the role of Acupressure and how it is used in the process of healing the eyes. Grace Halloran, PhD many years ago discovered that acupressure could play a key role in her work reverseing degenrative eye disease. She drew from many fields, and the wisdom of Eastern medicine became a crucial element in her understanding of how these diseases could change for the better. Dr. Miller continues his exploration of this in Part 2. 

As always you will find the link to the Podcast, as well as the full transcript. You can also download a PDF of the transcript down at the bottom the page. Enjoy! 




We did part of 1 of acupressure and acupuncture last time and we are just going to do a little bit more on oriental medicine, especially acupuncture. I’m spending two different talks about acupuncture, because there are many people out there who are promoting acupuncture for the treatment of eye disease. I’ve had numerous people who either come to me after having done some acupuncture or who are seeking out acupuncture now. Just to briefly recap last week’s talk, when it comes to eye disease, we have found that acupressure, what we have you doing in the Better Eye Health Program, brings all of the benefits that you’re going to get from acupuncture or acupressure. I do needle acupuncture, and if I thought that needle acupuncture was the only way to get you what you needed for your eyes to heal, I would find a way for all of you to get needle
acupuncture. But that’s not necessary.

There is a lot you can do with acupressure. Acupressure is not as strong of a stimulation of the points, but it is something you do it by yourself frequently and you can get very powerful results when you do it on a regular basis. That’s why grace and I decided to use acupressure. Some of the acupuncture programs to be honest can be very costly without having much extra benefit. You can go up to one of the acupuncturist who has a residential program. You come and stay in a hotel for a week and they charge you thousands and thousands of dollars and treat you multiple times a day. It’s not to say that people don’t see benefits to that. They do. But then, people often have to
go back multiple times a year. They get some benefit when they go, it falls off, they have to go back. I’ve had people spending tens of thousands of dollars a year for acupuncture. If that is what it was worth, if that was what it took for your eyes to get better, I would say, do it. But it’s not necessary.

I do want to say something about the history of acupuncture in the West. I don’t know if people remember James Reston. Reston was a journalist with the New York Times and he was one of the journalists who travelled with Nixon and Kissinger when they first started traveling to China to reestablish diplomatic relationships with China and Mao Zedong. Reston on this first trip had developed appendicitis and ended up having his appendix removed in China, which frightened him a lot. He didn’t know if they were going to do a good job or not. They did an excellent job. What was interesting is that the anesthesia for that appendectomy was all done with acupuncture. He wrote extensively about that event because he had a place to write about it. He spread awareness of acupuncture through the New York Times, something read all over the world.

That first trip awakened the world to the fact that this very ancient medicine was still very much alive. It interested doctors, because doctors had completely dismissed the idea that acupuncture was of any use at all. But when someone has an open abdominal surgery with only acupuncture as the anesthesia, doctors sat up and took notice. They said, “well maybe there’s something to this.” One of the things that Reston wrote about was that oriental medicine was also used to treat eye disease. This finding was notable because in the early 70s, when this all took place, there was really nothing being done in this country for Macular Degeneration. Grace wasn’t doing anything, no one was doing anything other than some supplements. People were doing some supplements
like zinc and things like that.

There are many supplements or herbs, Chinese herbs, that are used for the eye. But most of them have a parallel in what we’re using. Chinese medicine talks about using foods that are rich in long chain omega 3 fatty acids. Things from algae, snakes and fish. They use Goji berries, which are gu chi zi, that’s the Chinese word. They’re little red berries, and they are becoming popular in this country mainly because they contain a lot of Lutein. The Lutein product that we use in the program is derived from marigolds which is proven better than the Goji berries, so I don’t recommend using the berries as your source of Lutein. But if you needed a source of Lutein and there wasn’t another source around, the Goji berries would work very well.

Another similarity between oriental medicine and our program is a focus on the entire person. If you’re having a problem with your eyes, you want to go and treat the problem at its root and not just the symptoms, and to do that you have to make the person stronger. This approach is true not just for treatment of the eyes, but for everything in oriental medicine. You’re really trying to look at how can we help make themselves complete, because if they’re whole, if everything is working, they will heal themselves. After all, that is what the body is set up to do. This way of thinking and approach that oriental medicine takes to eye disease and everything else is worthwhile and effective. I’m going to change gears, a little bit, and go back to a topic I mentioned last week. The
question concerned when it is a good idea to see an acupuncturist. The only benefit of acupuncture is not just from the needles. Acupuncturists tend to be another kind of practitioner, someone who might have an idea of how to treat a problem without giving you drugs, or without starting with drugs. They might avoid starting with a toxic or dangerous therapy, and instead try something that might be safer, easier, cheaper and that has a good chance of working. Seeing an acupuncturist if you have other medical problems that might be treated by acupuncture is a good choice.

I’ll go into some of the areas where acupuncture can be particularly effective, because I haven’t talked about that very much. The kinds of things that acupuncture and Oriental medicine are very good for are things like allergies, digestive, nausea and neurological problems. Between the herbs and acupuncture techniques, oriental medicine is very effective for digestive diseases. It can help with everything from reflux and indigestion to constipation and diarrhea and mal-absorption. Oriental medicine is also very effective for nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy or chemotherapy. It is also great at keeping the person strong during chemotherapy, and is useful for all kinds of neurological problems. That includes everything from the pain associated with shingles, to trigeminal neuralgia, the kinds of things that happen around the face, muscle spasms
and many other things like that.

Interestingly, some of the health plans around here that offer acupuncture as a benefit, don’t let the acupuncture be used for what it is effective at treating. For example, Keizer, which is a big health plan in the Bay Area and in California, has acupuncturists on staff, but the only thing that they are allowed to treat are things like back pain and neck pain. In any medicine, back pain and neck pain, are difficult to treat. No one has ever shown that acupuncture is the best way to treat back pain or neck pain. It can be of help, but there is this connection that western medicine makes between the treatment of pain and the value of acupuncture, which is rather interesting and a bit erroneous and misplaced. A lot of that comes from going back to the beginning of what I was talking about from that experience that Reston, the journalist, had. That fascination that doctors had with acupressure anesthesia. The idea that you could produce a level of anesthesia sufficient to allow open heart surgery or abdominal surgery caught the attention of doctors. They felt that acupuncture somehow blocked pain, so they were most interested in using acupuncture to treat things that involved pain. The truth is, acupuncture will treat pain, but it isn’t necessarily the best way to use it. Pain is hardly the thing that acupuncture is best at. Again, it can be done, but like I say, there is much better data on its value in treating problems with digestion or other neurological problems other than pain. So, those are the kinds of things for which acupuncture
should be used.

We’re going to be starting something next year. Hopefully we’ll get it going this year. I have a whole slew of alternative medical books. I have virtual versions of some of them, and we’re going to start putting those up as a virtual library. I have numerous books on acupressure and once we get those up, you will be able to go and figure out other points that might be helpful for you now that you have some experience doing acupressure. You’ll figure out other points you might use for other problems that you have.​


The Art of Acupressure and Healing the Eyes Part One

On Episode 30 of the Better Eye Health Podcast, Dr. Miller ​begins a discussion regarding the role of Acupressure and how it can have significant impact on the healing of eye disease. He knows this from over two decades of experience of applying these approaches. This is Part One of a three part series.

As always you will find the link to the Podcast, as well as the full transcript. You can also download a PDF of the transcript down at the bottom the page. Enjoy! 




We’re going to start as we typically do. I’m going to talk a little bit and we’re going
to start today with what’s going to be a two-part talk. We’re going to be talking about
acupuncture and other aspects of oriental medicine that relate specifically to eye
treatment. All of you doing the program know we do acupressure. That’s a newer
technique for acupuncture, although its origins are very ancient. I have been doing
acupuncture for many years. I bought my first book on acupuncture in 1972. Grace had
also studied acupuncture, and had included acupuncture in her program from early on.
When I started working with Grace, we worked on further developed and refined the
acupuncture techniques in the program.
Going back for many centuries, there have been techniques described in
acupuncture and oriental medicine to try to help people with eye conditions. In fact,
there are practitioners across the globe that do acupuncture for these diseases. There
is a Danish man who has trained people in Canada, Turkey, Denmark and many
practitioners in the US many who teaches a particular style of acupuncture that has
some benefit for the eyes.
I don’t want to go into a whole talk on the theory of oriental medicine or the
theory of acupuncture, but one thing I do want to make clear in this talk is that Grace
had studied acupuncture, and I have extensively studied acupuncture and do a lot of
needling in my office. If I thought doing acupuncture with needles was what you needed
to get benefit for your eyes, I would be proposing that for everyone. Truly though, what
we found is that acupressure done even halfway correctly is as effective as
Now you may ask, how can that be? How can pressing on a point be as powerful
as needling it? Well the reason that it can work as well is that needling requires a
practitioner, and you’re lucky that practitioner treats you once a week. If you really have
a good relationship with them, you might get a treatment twice a week. The people that I
am describing who do acupuncture around the world would have you come live next to
their office for a week and would treat you twice a day. That gets to be really, really
expensive. With acupressure, each individual treatment is not as powerful, but you can
do it almost every day. The repetitive, gentler treatment done more frequently has as
much benefit overall.
I am not just saying so. There are many books about acupressure that show it
can be just as effective as acupuncture. I am going to be putting up pdf versions, not
that you need to be reading about acupressure although they’re interesting. The books
cover the history of acupressure and we will be covering them in the fall. In fact, we will
be putting up a whole library of pdf books for alternative health. You won’t be able to
print them, but you will be able to download them or read them online. You can put them
on an iPad or a kindle reader - that works well. The Kindle is quite convenient because
you can enlarge the type.
Just to get back to the acupuncture, one of the notions in acupuncture is that all
methods of stimulation have a similar effect. This result is true whether you are
stimulating points with needles, pressure, heat or even a laser.
Another important notion is how connections generally work. In the theory of
acupuncture often the top of the body is connected to the bottom. The left is connected
to the right. The inside is connected to the outside. As a result, a lot of the points that
are most powerful for treating the eyes are not around the eyes. There are some points
around the eyes, but if you just work around your eyes you are missing out on a lot of
the important points. I want to encourage you to go back to look at your workbook if you
haven’t recently, and look at the points on the hands and feet. Those are especially
powerful. A lot of the acupuncture points if you are needling are these points on the
hands and feet. So, make sure you’re doing those points.
We’ve revamped the work book we’ve revamped the videos and so we’re going
to be making those available if you’re already in the program and you want to buy an
updated copy of the workbook and videos, you’re going to be getting a mailing within
the next couple of weeks that will describe how you do that. If you just joined in the last
few months, I forget when the cutoff for that is, we’ll be sending you that update for free.
So, that’s about all I want to say this time. Next time well be going into a little
more of the actual theory of what you’re treating with acupressure. But the takeaway
message for today, or the most important thing is that, first these techniques from
oriental medicine, stimulating points on the body some of which are quite distant from
the eyes are a very powerful treatment for eye problems. The second thing is that
stimulating these points by pressure versus stimulating them by needling them if done
on a regular basis, gets you all the benefits you would get form needling. The
disadvantage is that it puts the burden on you to do the work. The good news is that you
can do the work, and you’re not going to be spending thousands of dollars. I really
mean thousands of dollars. A series of treatments at the center up in Vancouver is
$10,000. In Turkey, it’s closer to $18,000. It doesn’t come cheap. There’s real value in
being able to do this yourself even in just the money you save. The downside is that
you’ve got to do it yourself, so if you don’t do it, it doesn’t get done.
The one reason why you might go see and acupuncturist is if you had other kinds
of health problems that could be treated well by acupuncture instead of taking a drug
that might have adverse consequences for your eyes. You might need to seek out a
professional if you are looking for more than just these particular things we have you
doing for your eyes.


Supplement Descriptions for the Better Eye Health Basic Supplement Protocol

​Basic Supplement Protocol for ARMD, RP and Stargardt Disease

​Supplements alone will not restore your vision, but an optimal supplement program is essential if you hope to restore vision when taken while doing the other therapies used in the full Better Eye Health Program.

Lutein, Sourced from Flora-Glo 
Lutein serves to help rebuild retinal and eye tissue.  Lutein is the pigmented material that the eye needs to make a healthy retina look a dark orange color. Almost everyone who starts this program has a retina that is pale and lacking lutein. Hundreds of studies going back to the 1950s have found that the minimum dose needed to restore the pigments is 40 to 60 mg per day. This is found in two pills per day. Want to decrease problems with glare and light sensitivity? Then take your lutein every day.
Lutein DOSING: 2 or 3 daily, preferably away from food.

Colloidal Minerals
The fulvic (and humic) minerals are part of the backbone of our supplement program. They provide a more optimal amount of minerals than is found in any of the products marketed as eye vitamins. Current best practices say that vitamins and minerals are best taken separately for better absorption. It may seem inconvenient but you will see the difference.
Colloidal Mineral DOSING: Take one dose per day on an empty stomach with a large glass of liquid a minimum of 15 minutes before eating. Best to take before breakfast, between meals or at bedtime.

Colloidal Vitamins 
The colloidal vitamins are another part of the backbone of our supplement program. They provide optimal amounts and much higher quality vitamins than are found in any of the products marketed as eye vitamins. Current best practices say that vitamins and minerals are best taken separately for better absorption. It may seem inconvenient but you will see the difference.
Colloidal Vitamin DOSING: Take with food, one dose per day, best taken with breakfast.

J.R. Carlson  Super-DHA
DHA is an omega-3 essential fatty acid, and makes up 25% of the weight of your brain and retina. You need regular intake of DHA and the best source for this is from clean fish. The Carlson product is excellent and requires only one pill per day to get the recommended dose of 500 mg each day. If the body can't find DHA when it's trying to rebuild an eye cell it will use whatever fatty acid it can find. Cells built with other fatty acids don't work and die young.
Our product is certified free of any contaminants, and is the perfect balance with EPA for your eyes.
Super-DHA DOSING:  One to three pills daily, best taken with meals. Start with one. If you are having lots of problems with glare, and dry eyes, then increase your dose to two or three per day.

JarroDophilus AF (probiotic)
This high quality probiotic is recommended for the health of your gut.  A healthy gut allows high levels of absorption of the nutrients from supplements and the foods that you eat. A healthy gut is important for health. If you need additional help with your digestive health, call us.
AF means allergen free, contains no wheat, dairy, soy, eggs or corn.
JARRO DOPHILUS DOSING: At least one per day, anytime.

Taurine, from Thorne
Taurine is a conditionally essential amino acid that completes a protein that is essential for retinal repair and regeneration. Taurine is an amino acid found in large quantities in the eye and the heart. We recommend you take one pill per day at bedtime so that it is in your bloodstream while you sleep, which is when the body rebuilds proteins. The Repair Cycle in the eye is done during rest or sleep cycle.   (Our taurine is from plant sources, but most vegetarian and vegan diets are deficient in taurine.)
TAURINE DOSING:  500 mg before bed.

Stem Release-3, by Stem Tech
The entire better eye health program is designed to support and enhance your own adult stem cell system for regeneration. It does not take a rocket scientist to understand that you want adequate numbers of adult stem cells in your circulation at all times for this program to work it's best for you.
There are only a few substances that have ever been found to increase the number of adult stem cells in your blood to a healthy level, and Stem Release-3 is the only one that exists that is proven to work and actually on the market right now. The others are only found in research labs.
A side benefit comes from research that has shown that having levels of circulating adult stem cells found in young adults when you're older predicts a very low risk of stroke and heart attack.
STEM RELEASE-3 DOSING:  Two to six tablets per day. Start with at least two per day. Best to take one-half of your daily dose 45-90 minutes before doing your Microcurrent Stimulation treatment.

Note: When there is a range of doses suggested, start with the lowest recommended dose. Dr. Miller may recommend larger doses when he consults with you after you have started the full program.

Note: There may be other supplements that are helpful and these should be determined by individual evaluation. You can get prices and additional information by calling: 888 838-3937

These suggestioned supplements are not to be added to an existing supplement program. Contact the office for help with integrating this protocol with your other supplements. If you have any questions, please call us. 
Toll Free Line: 888-838-3937 (888-838-EYES)

Can You Help Your Eyes With More Oxygen?

On Episode 28 of the Better Eye Health Podcast, Dr. Miller briefly discusses the role of adding extra oxygen to the overall daily practice of the Better Eye Health Program. The issue becomes more about blood flow and he talks about this in the podcast. 

As always you will find the link to the Podcast, as well as the full transcript. You can also download a PDF of the transcript down at the bottom the page. Enjoy! 



Dr. Miller: A question just about oxygen—about adding oxygen.  There are things that people do, things like hyperbaric oxygen.  An easy one to do is what’s called EWOT—Exercise With Oxygen Therapy—where you basically put breath from an oxygen tank next to your treadmill or your stationary bike.  Those are good things to do, but the other thing that’s important besides adding more oxygen into your blood, is to add more blood into your brain. There are several things you’re doing that increase blood flow to the brain; a number of things in this program.  The acupressure increases blood flow; the color therapy increases blood flow; the micro-current stimulation increases blood flow; the exercises increases blood flow.  Some of the supplements that we had for people with more advanced disease, things like the Vinpocetine and the Gingko, those increase blood flow.  So that’s the first five that we do to increase blood getting to your brain.  Meditation also increases oxygenation.


When is the Best Time To Take Taurine?

On Episode 26 of the Better Eye Health Podcast, Dr. Miller talks about the basic use of Taurine and the most effective time to take it during your participation in the Better Eye Health Program. Taurine is one of the central components of the program. 

As always you will find the link to the Podcast, as well as the full transcript. You can also download a PDF of the transcript down at the bottom the page. Enjoy! 



Dr. Miller: The next question has to do with the supplements—the Taurine should not be taken with protein.  All of the instructions about how and when to take supplements and what to take them with or what not to take them with, are really about maximizing absorption.  I just want to stress that, there is no danger in mixing things.  There’s no way you can put things together that is going to make them, in anyway, harmful or dangerous.  But for Taurine, all proteins, all amino acids are absorbed by what’s called active absorption.  They don’t just passively go from the lining of your gut into the blood stream, there are just certain doorways that recognize amino acids, bind them, and pull them through.  So if you’re eating a protein meal and there’s a lot of protein and amino acids to be absorbed, only a limited number of doorways are left and if you take your Taurine with that high protein meal, you may not absorb as much of the protein.  Also, Taurine is mostly used at night, that’s when the eyes, that’s when every other cell in the body regenerates itself.  And so, we recommend if you can take it later in the day, at bed time maybe.  Minerals are taken separately, simply because they tend to react with things and form insoluble complexes.  You can take the minerals either between meals or at bed time, even with the Taurine. You also can take them first thing in the morning when you stumble into to kitchen before you’ve even put the water on the boil for your morning tea.  But make sure to take them away from other things.


Can You Do Eye Exercises Twice a Day?

On Episode 17 of the Better Eye Health Podcast, Dr. Miller answers a question regarding the frequency of doing the eye exercises and if you can add additional rounds each day. This is a short podcast topic but important in terms of how to balance the impact of the program on daily life. 

As always you will find the link to the Podcast, as well as the full transcript. You can also download a PDF of the transcript down at the bottom the page. Enjoy! 



Participant: Could my husband do the eye exercises more than once a day or even do them every single day or should we just stick to it once a day five days a week?

Dr. Miller:  If he goes through them once a day five day a week that is good. If he’s got extra motivation and extra time and wants to do more, I would really encourage picking something else up. In other words, going for a walk, doing some stretching, doing some meditation or making sure he’s doing the stress management.  There are a lot of things that he can do if he’s got the time to take care of his health, but I would not necessarily do more exercises.  Having said that, there’s no problem at all with him doing the exercises more than once. There’s definitely no downside to it.  The exercises are designed to benefit the eyes, so if  he decides he just wants to do the exercises again that’s fine.

Participant:  Okay, and we go to the gym almost every day. He’s doing exercises too and he loves the stress management. He goes and lays down in his bed for an hour or so.


Can Caffeine Decrease Blood Flow to the Eyes?

On Episode 11 of the Better Eye Health Podcast, Dr. Miller talks about how different substances might effect the eyes and their function. In this talk he looks at caffeine and how it potentially impacts blood flow to the eyes. Since many of the exercises and techniques in the Better Eye Health Program encourage stronger blood flow to the eyes, it is always a concern when a substance restricts this. He also explores positive and negative effects of substances like coffee. 

As always you will find the link to the Podcast, as well as the full transcript. You can also download a PDF of the transcript down at the bottom the page. Enjoy! 



Participant:  My question is about caffeine.  I read somewhere that caffeine can cause a restriction of blood flow to the optic nerve and I was wondering what your view was on drinking coffee, is it counterproductive?

Dr. Miller:  That’s a good question. Coffee can reduce blood flow, but it can also open blood flow up.  Blood flow in the brain and the eye is a very complex thing, because it’s controlled by two different systems that balance each other.  The autonomic nervous system has the sympathetic and the para-sympathetic. Those are the medical terms for the systems.  The sympathetic is part of the autonomic nervous system that would be fight or flight, really pump you up, but it also can slow down blood flow to the brain,  but it depends on what the nature of the stress is.  Sometimes sympathetic overload, and that’s kind of the state that caffeine mimics, it produces an increase in sympathetic tone, which can also open up blood flow. 

The effect of coffee is complex and caffeine is complex because it does not just an effect on the nervous system, it has an effect on the liver.  There’s a certain workload that the liver has to do to process the caffeine, and interestingly, in oriental medicine there’s a connection between the organ that we call the liver and the system that’s referred to as the liver system, which is much broader than just that organ in Chinese medicine.  There’s a connection between the liver system and the visual system in oriental medicine.  The thing that stresses the liver is going to be a little bit negative on the eyes. 

Caffeine is one of those things that as long as you do it in moderation, meaning you have some coffee in the morning and you’re not drinking coffee all day long,  or late at night, you will probably tolerate it pretty well.  One of the things that’s interesting just about caffeine and coffee is it’s been a very highly studied drug. It’s essentially a drug, legal, but a drug.  Consider the billions of cups of coffee that people consume probably every day. People have been very worried about the negative health effects that caffeine and coffee might have. However, every attempt to try to link consumption of coffee and consumption of caffeine with some disease,  cancer, degenerative disease or circulatory disease has never found a connection.  Part of the reason for that is that coffee, if it’s prepared from the whole bean, is a plant substance. It’s a whole substance and there are good things which outweigh the bad. 

The reason I say that coffee has a lot of benefits from being a plant substance is that in the few studies that they’ve done where they showed any negative impact at all from coffee or caffeine, used decaffeinated coffee.  Part of the reason for that is that whatever process you use to decaffeinated the coffee, whether it’s a water process or something a little more toxic, whatever you do that removes the caffeine, also removes a lot of the antioxidants and the other things that are good. So you suddenly don’t have a whole material anymore, and it potentially could lead to some problems.  So my recommendation is that if you are going to drink coffee at all, just drink coffee and don’t drink too much of it. 

You hear about how there are antioxidants in things like green tea. Well, the amount of antioxidants in coffee far outweighs what’s in green tea.  So coffee isn’t all evil, but you can definitely overdo anything, even something potentially good, but I would not worry too much.  I have had, and I don’t mean this as a fallback position, but I’ve had quite a few people that I’ve seen in this program who’ve done very well who drink coffee.  So I do not find evidence that coffee is the undoing of this program.  So I hope that answers that question for you.

Carlyle:  I would say too, Damon, that it’s also what you put in the coffee.  So if you’re doing a lot of milk and sugar and things like that, that might not be great either.

Dr. Miller:  Yes, if your body doesn’t like milk and you’re loading up your coffee with half and half or whole milk, or you’re using some kind of bizarre, who knows what it is, artificial creamer just to make it white, there’s all kinds of chemicals and things in there that may not be good for you.  You can easily dump 20 grams of sugar into a cup of coffee and that’s over half the amount of sugar you should eat for the whole day.  So thank you, that’s very true.


Can Taurine Cause Insomnia

On Episode 9 of the Better Eye Health Podcast, Dr. Miller explores the supplement Taurine and whether it effects sleep negatively. This is one of the shorter podcasts since the issue at hand is a minor one. Still it is important to understand the effects each remedy and supplement might have on you. Each person can react differently, so sharing information with Dr. Miller is essential so that he can suggest alternative solutions. If at any point you feel something is off or you are having a reaction, then make sure you do not wait to let us or your doctor know. 

As always you will find the link to the Podcast, as well as the full transcript. You can also download a PDF of the transcript down at the bottom the page. Enjoy! 



Participant:  Is there any reason that Taurine would add to problems with insomnia.

Dr. Miller:  We’re having you take the Taurine at bedtime, but for the life of me can’t think of why it would.  For some people, when they put something in their stomach, even if it’s just a pill of Taurine and a little bit of water, you’ve started a process that may be a little energetic which might disrupt sleep.  I don’t think there’s anything specifically about Taurine that should disrupt or would disrupt sleep. If you notice that when you take Taurine right at bedtime, you don’t sleep as well as those nights when you took it at another time during the day,  then your experience trumps anything theoretical.  So if you’re concerned about that, and you’ve played around with it and feel you do better when you don’t take Taurine at bedtime, then don’t take Taurine at bedtime.


Do Computer Screens Cause Eye Strain?

On Episode 10 of the Better Eye Health Podcast, Dr. Miller explores the top of computer use and eye strain. These days it is almost impossible to not stare at some kind of screen or device in our daily life. If you are required to stare at a screen for long periods of time, this can cause stress and strain that might work counter to your overall eye health. Dr. Miller talks in some detail about how to approach this issue and what to do to counter balance this so your eyes can have a break. 

As always you will find the link to the Podcast, as well as the full transcript. You can also download a PDF of the transcript down at the bottom the page. Enjoy! 



Participant: My question is regarding computer screens.  I use computer screens all day and wear yellow-lensed glasses that are meant to shield from the blue ray.  I just wonder if you have any other recommendations or things to take note of in terms of looking at computer screens.

Dr. Miller:  Well I’m assuming, in this day in age, that the screen you’re using is not a big, cathode ray tube, it’s a flat screen?

Participant:  Yes.

Dr. Miller:  You know the electron beam that would get shot up the screen in the big, older, clunky, heavy monitors that have the cathode ray tubes?  There’s a lot of radiation off those; there’s not nearly as much or none really off the flat screens. 

There is an electromagnetic field, often from the computer itself, that’s running that screen.  You should check and make sure that the computer is properly grounded and if possible that it’s as far away from where you’re sitting, so you’re not sitting on the power supply in the computer itself.  The yellow-lensed glasses can definitely help reduce the strain. 

There are two things that they’ve studied with computer screens that effect vision, but they are not directly because of the screen.  The first thing to keep in mind is making sure the screen is positioned so that you’re looking straight at it, you don’t have to look up or look down.  Looking up or down stresses your neck and that effects blood flow to your brain and your eye.  So you want to make sure that the ergonomics—chair, keyboard, mouse, screen, really everything—is at a very comfortable place, where you can just sit in a relaxed position with your neck neutral, right in front of you is the screen, and you don’t have to look up or look down.

The other thing is not directly related to the screen, but can easily be a problem is if you’re working on a computer and look to suddenly see that an hour has gone by.  And you’ve been sitting there typing, clicking around, looking at the screen for an hour without any interruption.  You can buy a little cheap timer and set it so that every 25 minutes or so, it goes off.  At the very least, you want to get up out of your chair, spin around a few times, and walk away and walk back.  It doesn’t take a lot, but just doing something to break up that cycle of just sitting there has a very positive effect.  It is a lot of work to stare at something that’s that close and it is a stress. 

The best treatment found for repetitive stress injuries of any sort, whether its visual, carpal tunnel, or other similar issues is what I was just talking about, meaning to take a little bit of a break every 20 or 25 minutes.  I say little because there have been studies that have shown if you do nothing more than just standing up, walking two or three feet away from your chair and then going back to work that has huge benefits.  I would do those simple things first, and if you still feel like you’re having stress from the screen, then we can go back to the question again, and we’ll see if there’s more you can do.

Participant:  Thank you.

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