Can You Help Your Eyes With More Oxygen?

BETTER EYE HEALTH PODCAST - EPISODE 28

Yes, more oxygen helps your eyes. There are so many ways to do this. We have seen people with macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Stargardt disease benefit from a regular practice of mindful breathing, breathing slower and more fully than you usually do. People also report benefits with more aggressive therapies such as hyperbaric oxygen or high tension oxygen therapy with 8 L per minute via a mask or nasal cannula. Finally, there is a treatment called Exercise With Oxygen Therapy (EWOT), if you have access to the equipment.

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! 

CAN YOU HELP YOUR EYES WITH MORE OXYGEN?

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When is the Best Time To Take Taurine?

BETTER EYE HEALTH PODCAST - EPISODE 26

Taurine is in the basic protocol of eye supplements in the Better Eye Health Program™ because it is a raw material the body needs to repair and regenerate eye cells. Much of the regeneration and repair the body does occurs when we sleep, so we recommend you take taurine before bedtime, so it is in your blood and your body needs it. Also, taurine has been shown to support healthy sleep.

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! 

When is the Best Time To Take Taurine?

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Can You Do Eye Exercises Twice a Day?

BETTER EYE HEALTH PODCAST - EPISODE 17

We recommend you do the eye health exercises in the Better Eye Health Program™ once a day, five days a week to start. If you want to do these exercises twice a day please do. No harm. Some people find these exercises relaxing, and will repeat them if stressed, or before bed to help sleep. If you have a lot of extra time in your day to devote to eye health, we recommend adding other healthy activities like walking, yoga, Pilates, Qi gong etc. Anything you do to benefit your overall health will benefit the health of your eyes.

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! 

Can You Do Eye Exercises Twice a Day?

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Can Caffeine Decrease Blood Flow to the Eyes?

BETTER EYE HEALTH PODCAST - EPISODE 11

Caffeine is a complex drug. It can both decrease and increase blood flow to the eyes and brain. For most, the stimulation caused by caffeine leads to an increase in sympathetic activity in our nervous system, which tends to decrease blood flow to the eyes and brain.

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! 

BEH PODCAST EPISODE 11 - CAN CAFFEINE DECREASE BLOOD FLOW TO THE EYES?

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Can Taurine Cause Insomnia

BETTER EYE HEALTH PODCAST - EPISODE 9

Taurine is an amino acid critical for rebuilding cells in the retina. It is often used to support healthy sleep. If you feel that taurine is affecting your sleep, please consult with your practitioner, as it is more likely that there is another explanation to be found.

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! 

BEH PODCAST EPISODE 9 - CAN TAURINE CAUSE INSOMNIA?

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Do Computer Screens Cause Eye Strain?

BETTER EYE HEALTH PODCAST - EPISODE 10

Modern LED flatscreen TVs and computer screens and the new LED lighting that is now widely used all cause a particular type of strain in the eyes. Bright screens and lighting cause some strain, but LED lighting can actually be harmful to the eyes. Harmful radiation comes from the blue LEDs found in all computer screens and LED-light bulbs. Unlike older incandescent bulbs and mini fluorescent bulbs and older cathode ray tube computer monitors, the blue LEDs emit high frequency and high-energy blue spectrum light has been shown to damage the chemical 11-cis-retinal in the eye and the enzymes that manufacture 11-cis-retinal. 11-cis-retinal is the chemical that allows us to see. The solution is to wear orange or nicotine colored tinted glasses that block the blue rays, or adjust the output of the computer monitor to decrease the blue radiation.

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! 

Do Computer Screens Cause Eye Strain?

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Do You Need Bilberry?

BETTER EYE HEALTH PODCAST - EPISODE 12

The ideas many people have about the need for bilberry for eye health are, to put it mildly, pretty confused. Bilberries are simply a wild variety of blueberries. The frozen wild blueberries or organic blueberries in our local Trader Joe’s food store have a nutritional profile very similar to bilberries. A healthy food, but nothing about the nutritional value of bilberries or blueberries is unique. Some of the confusion comes from claims the English made during World War II that they had developed a “secret weapon” to allow their pilots to see at night, and to bomb the German army in the dead of night. After the war, it was revealed that the “secret weapon” was bilberry jam, and that the whole story was an elaborate propaganda scheme to put fear into German soldiers and citizens. 90% of the people who do the full Better Eye Health Program™ see significant and lasting improvement in their vision, and they are not taking bilberry, so we know it is not essential for eye health or eye healing.

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! 

Do You Need Bilberry?

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Do We Need More DHA?

BETTER EYE HEALTH PODCAST - EPISODE 13

Everyone needs DHA, and most of us need more than we are getting. DHA is one of the essential fatty acids, meaning human beings need to eat it, since they cannot make it. DHA is an omega-3 essential fatty acid with a carbon chain containing 20 carbon atoms. (The “docosa” in docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is the Greek word for 20.) We get DHA directly from eating algae, or from eating things that exist in the food chain that begins with algae, like krill and fish. Most of the omega-3 essential fatty acids in our diet come from plant sources, and these have a carbon skeleton with 16 or 18 carbon atoms, i.e. linolenic acid. Human beings can convert smaller chain omega-3 fatty acids to the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids like DHA, but for every milligram of DHA we make in this internal conversion process, we need to eat 1000 mg of a shorter chain essential fatty acid. One quarter of the weight of our retina and brain is DHA! If you are trying to regenerate damaged tissues in your eyes, eat more DHA regularly.

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! 

Do We Need More DHA?

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Using the Better Eye Health Protocol: Taurine – BEH Podcast

BETTER EYE HEALTH PODCAST - EPISODE 8

Taurine is an amino acid the body uses to build proteins and enzymes. The highest concentrations of taurine in human beings are found in the eye and the heart. Animal proteins are the best foods to eat to find taurine. Taurine is classified as a “conditionally essential” amino acid, meaning the human body can make some from other amino acids. But if you need to heal and regenerate cells in your eye (or heart) you need to take in extra taurine in your food and supplements. If you are vegetarian, please take extra taurine. Hemp seed has good amounts of taurine. We discuss our recommendations for taurine supplements derived from plant sources.

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! 

Using the Better Eye Health Protocol: Taurine – BEH Podcast

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