Before I tell you about the third and final step to restoring your lost vision and optimizing your eye’s health, I’d like to step back and recap for a bit. Your eye disease is a combination of nutrient deficiencies that have accrued over a lifetime and the accumulation of toxic substances. The final blow, though, is suboptimal perfusion. In laymen’s terms, your blood isn’t flowing properly.
Your blood flow must bring the nutrients at the microscopic level to all the cells of the retina. If you don’t have good blood flow to the retina, you can take a truckload of supplements and eat the most fantastic meals you could ever construct, but it won’t work. Likewise, once toxins have accumulated in the retina, they can only be removed through the blood stream. You’ve got to have a blood supply. It both brings nutrients and removes toxins.
And so, we set out to optimize perfusion to the eye and allow those nutrients into the retina and those toxins out away from the retina. This third step is so often missed. Even my very educated colleagues often completely miss this component. But it’s this third step that allows us to have such a rapid turnaround in our treatments.
The Importance of the Microvasculature
One reason this step is so often missed is that most doctors focus on large arteries and veins, performing procedures such as stents to change blood flow on a macro level. But, did you know that if you “unwound” your entire arterial system, it would stretch for over 140,000 miles! That’s because your blood vessels branch and branch and branch all the way down to millions of tiny microscopic blood vessels. Together, these are known as the microvasculature, and they’re how I’m able to see such as significant improvement in my patients in such a short amount of time.
With a more sedentary lifestyle and advancing age, your microvasculature is eroding with each passing day. It is accurate to say that we achieve our maximum number of capillaries in our later teenage years or early adulthood. In general, your number of arteries and veins remain stable throughout your lifetime. When you finally depart this good earth, you end up leaving with the same number of these large vessels that you entered with as a child.
It is the microvasculature that does not withstand our movement through time. Theoretically, when you wake up tomorrow, your network of microscopic capillaries will be less than you took to bed with you the night before. What this means is that your ability to deliver nutrients to your cells and to take waste products away from them progressively worsens over time. This phenomenon is the explanation for all diseases of advancing age. If we just focus on the eye alone, it becomes abundantly clear why such diseases as glaucoma and macular degeneration, with rare exception, are not found in the twenty- and thirty-year-old populations. In those unfortunate exceptions, much younger individuals that do suffer from a retinal disease due to genetic predispositions which leads to accelerated disease processes in the eye.
With the exception of this small group of individuals, the eye diseases that have been mentioned are found only in individuals of advancing age, and the final escort that brings them to full expression is the loss of the microvasculature in the retina and other regions of the eye.
If this disease process is to be reversed, it will only be possible as a result of restoring the microvasculature to optimal function once again. Take all of the supplements that you want. Pursue detoxification as aggressively as humanly possible. You will not be successful if your transit system for delivering those nutrients and removing toxic waste is not available to carry out the task.
Methods for Optimizing Perfusion
There are four main forms of treatment that will optimize your perfusion. I recommend that most patients combine several of these into a complete treatment plan.
External Counter Pulsation (ECP)
External counter pulsation, or ECP, was created in the 1980s and is an FDA-approved treatment that may be covered by your insurance. There are clinicians all around the country who perform ECP, though you may need to travel a bit to reach one.
ECP is the only way to optimize perfusion that actually develops new sets of blood vessels. That’s why I recommend it to all my patients to incorporate into their treatment program.
Here’s how it works: you’ll lay down in a comfortable position on a specially designed bed. Large cuffs with inflatable bladders in them, much like bigger and more powerful blood pressure cuffs, will be placed around your calves, thighs, and pelvis. Underneath the bed is a compressor that, when activated, will immediately squeeze the cuffs tight. The second component of an ECP bed is the control panel, which acts like an electrocardiogram (or EKG) device. Three leads are placed on your chest, which allows the device to monitor your heart rhythm.
What this means is that the device can sync up the contraction of the cuffs with the contraction of your heart. When your heart contracts, known as systole, the cuffs deflate. When your heart relaxes, known as diastole, the cuffs constrict. This process will go on for an hour. While it sounds like something you should be dreading, let me tell you that most patients sleep through their ECP treatments. Many, including myself, find it pleasurable, rather than onerous.
So what’s actually happening inside your body during an ECP treatment? When I said that the cuffs constricted in rhythm with your heart, I left out one important distinction. They constrict in sequence about 50 milliseconds apart: first your calves, then your thighs, and then your pelvis. What this does it pushes a large volume of blood, far more than your body is used to, to everywhere above your waist. To compensate for this amount of blood, your body will secrete a hormone called VEGF. This hormone is meant to compensate for the amount of blood rushing to your upper half, and it does so by creating new blood vessels in your microvasculature, including in the eye.
All this makes ECP sound like a dangerous procedure, but let me tell you that it is completely and totally safe. There are, however, several medical conditions that may prevent you from being treated via ECP. The most important is abdominal aortic aneurism. ECP treatment for individuals with an abdominal aortic aneurism can be fatal, but all ECP clinics will test you for this condition before administering the treatment. If you have other conditions, such as aortic regurgitation, you may or may not be allowed to do ECP treatments, depending on the severity of your condition.
There are two final things you should know about ECP treatments. First, you will need a referral from your cardiologist to have this procedure covered by insurance. Second, a standard treatment plan is 5 one hour sessions per week for 7 weeks, a total of 35 treatments. If you have to travel a long ways to reach your nearest clinic, though, you can often complete 2 treatments per visit.
Bio-Electromagnetic Energy Regulation (BEMER)
While the other 3 methods I’m going to discuss don’t create entirely new blood vessels in your microvasculature, they are still important in helping optimize the blood flow in both the newly acquired and previously established blood vessels.
The first of these 3 is BEMER, or bio-electromagnetic energy regulation. BEMER is a device that consists of a console and a cloth mat. Inside the mat are multiple coils that emit a pulsed electromagnetic field, or PEMF.
Electromagnetic fields are one of the discoveries from the realm of quantum physics. Everything, alive or dead, emits its own unique EMF, and that includes your body. Even further, every part of your body, every organ, has its own signature field. When you lay down on the BEMER mat, your body is permeated by an EMF that’s directly targeting your blood vessels. You won’t feel a thing when this is happening, but the EMF is working to increase what’s called vasomotion, or the speed and ease with which blood travels through your circulatory system.
The particularly wonderful thing about BEMER treatments is that they can be done from the comfort of your own home. For most patients, I suggest starting with those 35 ECP treatments, then using a home BEMER machine for 8 minutes a day every day. This “daily ride” on the BEMER will maintain your newly acquired microvasculature while simultaneously helping resurrect your old one.
Frequency-Specific Microcurrent (FSM)
The next treatment method is known as FSM, which stands for frequency-specific microcurrent. Returning again to the world of quantum physics, we learn that just like everything, including every organ in your body, has an EMF, everything also vibrates imperceptibly at its own unique frequency. For example, the macula, the tissue at the center of your retina, vibrates at 137 Hz in a healthy retina. A diseased macula, as in someone with macular degeneration, does not vibrate at 137 Hz. When we apply a small FSM device, we can program it to vibrate at a frequency of 137 Hz. Like two tuning forks held close together, the device and eye work to sync up at that healthy frequency.
That’s not all, though. Once we stop the FSM device, the macula won’t continue to vibrate at 137 Hz much longer. In other words, we treat the symptom but not the underlying cause. That’s why an FSM regimen has a pair of frequencies, one meant to address the health of the eye and another meant to address the underlying cause. For instance, inflammation is a common underlying cause of retinal diseases, and inflammation is halted immediately by a 40 Hz frequency.
Because it allows us to target both the underlying disease and the health of the tissue in an organ like the eye, FSM is a workhorse in my 3-step program and a major anchor of my suggestions for at-home treatment over a longer time period.
The final method for optimizing perfusion comes from an unlikely source: the podiatric community and its efforts to treat late-stage diabetes. Patients with late-stage diabetics have occluded microvasculature, and the result is that even the slightest wound can result in gangrene and even amputations. Podiatrists have found, though, that they can help prevent the worst from happening with a combination of nutraceuticals.
Metanx is the name of a prescription form of vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid that over an eight- to twelve-week program can establish the regrowth of blood vessels to replace the diseased tissue of the foot and toes of these individuals and prevent the cascade of gangrene from moving forward to amputation. These outcomes have been widely published in the medical literature and have prompted many medical doctors to treat their diabetic patients proactively far in advance of the first symptoms of such peripheral vascular disease.
The daily dose of Metanx is two tablets a day. It will take approximately three months to have major regrowth of the microvasculature. Once you have completed a three-month protocol of the two-tablet-per-day regimen, you should continue staying on Metanx for the long haul to maintain the microvasculature that you have created.
It should be noted that there is nothing available in current medical literature to confirm this microvasculature benefit in the foot as occurring in the eye with equal success. Most clinicians agree, though, that we should be able to expect similar results no matter what the disease, no matter what area of the body is involved.
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