Dr. John F. Ruhland
John F. Ruhland, ND — Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
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Macular Degeneration Therapies
by John Ruhland, ND

Dr. Ruhland and the HBOT chamber
photo: Demian
Recently, a patient reported a diagnosis of macular degeneration by an ophthalmologist. It had progressed from a diagnosis of macular drusen the previous year. The same practitioner told her that there was no available treatment.

While there are no effective pharmaceutical drugs for her condition, there is hope, in that there are several natural therapeutic options. While the problem would have been more easily treated earlier, when the drusen condition was found, I believe it is never too late to try to help oneself.

The first thing I would recommend is an evaluation by an ophthalmologist, or other eye specialist, as there are different types of macular degeneration. A proper diagnosis is required before the best treatment plan can be developed.

Some of the important natural therapies include the use of, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. These can slow down, or stop, the disease progression. There is also a possibility of reversing some of the damage.

Specific suggestions:

Anti-oxidants, which are very important, especially Vitamin C
Fresh carrot juice
Fruits high in flavanoids
Zinc supplements
One successful therapy requires very high doses of Vitamin C, in the range that Linus Pauling recommended that everyone take. Pauling himself took very high doses, and lived a long, healthy life, despite considerable exposure to harmful chemicals.

There have been numerous studies demonstrating the effectiveness of Vitamin C, and the other nutrients mentioned above, for macular degeneration.

In addition to nutrients, there are other effective therapies, such as hyperbaric oxygen chamber, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Three studies — from the U.S., Yugoslavia, and Japan — show promising results in people using HBOT for macular degeneration.

HBOT involves placing the patient in an oxygen-rich, pressurized environment. Multiple treatments are required.

No single treatment works for everyone, and there is a remote chance that the wrong treatment could aggravate the condition. Please consult with a Naturopath or other holistic healthcare specialist.

December 10, 2004


“Hyperbaric oxygen chamber, hyperbaric oxygen therapy”
      by Dr. John F. Ruhland

“Hyperbaric oxygen chamber, hyperbaric oxygen therapy for Radiation”
      by Dr. John F. Ruhland

“Indications for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy”
from the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society

“Research References on hyperbaric oxygen chamber, hyperbaric oxygen therapy”
      from the Rapid Recovery Hyperbarics, hyperbaric oxygen chamber, hyperbaric oxygen therapy Center

“BLKS-303 MK system for hyperbaric oxygenation therapy”
      from Khrunichev Medical

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