Friday, January 19, 2018

Strabismus (Squint) and their Natural Solution

Strabismus (Squint) is the inability of both the eyes to focus on the same object at the same time.this is due to the weakness of muscles of one or both eyes. It generally develops in childhood and increases with time. In patients of lazy eye (Amblyopia), squint is common because of less vision in one eye. The weak eye cannot focus on the same distant object on which the healthy eye does. Hence the muscles become weak with time and either converge or diverge. In some cases, it can be with normal vision in both eyes and also because of neurological origin.

Causes of Squint

  • Premature delivery of the baby.
  • Nerve or muscle disorder in adults.
  • Injury in the brain.
  • Hereditary causes

Symptoms of Squint

  • Misalignment of both eyes.
  • A headache or strained vision.
  • Double vision may also be present.

Do’s and Don’ts in Squint

  • Do regular eye exercises.
  • Do regular yoga and pranayama.
  • Putting 2 drops of cow ghee in eyes at bedtime is a nourishing medicine.

Home remedies in Squint.

One teaspoon Triphala powder mixed with 1tsp of ghee and 2 tsp of honey to be taken twice daily with milk is a very good tonic for the strength of eye muscles and nerves.

Ayurvedic treatment of squint

Ayurvedic treatment of squint aims to improve the strength of eye muscles. A 360approach which includes eye exercise, improving eating habits from fast food to nourishing and balance diet, ayurvedic eye treatments like nethradhara, tharpana, eye massages etc and ayurvedic oral medicines are very powerful in correcting squint.

Squint eyes is a vision disorder in which the eyes look in different directions. It can be hereditary, but in children it’s linked with short-sightedness, long-sightedness, and astigmatism Adults can develop it from stroke, Down syndrome, and eye or brain injuries. To help your eyes focus, do pencil push-ups and use barrel cards. A Brock string can also be used to improve eye coordination. Other ways to treat squint is to wear glasses, patches, or eye muscle surgery.

Eye Exercises For Strabismus

  •     Pencil push-ups
  •     Brock string workout
  •     Barrel cards.

  • Squint eyes, or strabismus, is a vision disorder. Both eyes don’t work as a team, failing to look in the same direction. One eye can look straight ahead, but the other looks up, down, in, or out. It can happen at any age, but it’s most common in kids.1
    People can be born with squint eyes from an unknown cause. The condition is sometimes hereditary, so it could even run in the families. Other times, squint eye develops in children from short-sightedness, long-sightedness, and astigmatism. The eyes try to overcome these vision issues, but end up losing muscle control.2 Stroke, Down syndrome, and injuries to the eye and brain can cause squint in adults. It may also develop from childhood eye problems that were never treated.3

    1. Pencil Push-Ups

Pencil push-ups are easy workouts that treat convergence insufficiency. This condition means that the eyes can’t converge – or move toward each other – to focus on the same thing. Aside from squint eyes, it can also cause headaches, blurry vision, and eye strain.
To do a pencil push-up, all you need is a pencil. Hold it at arm’s length in between your eyes. Move the pencil toward your nose, but try to keep looking at it. Focus on seeing the pencil as a single image. Once you see double, move the pencil away.
Studies have shown that 2 sets of 20 push-ups daily have awesome benefits. If this seems too much, do 1 set of 10 pencil push-ups each day.

2. Brock String Workout

A tool called a Brock string can boost eye coordination. It costs about 10 dollars, but you can make one. A Brock string is usually a 10-foot cord with 3 or 5 wooden beads of different colors.
To use a Brock string, tie one end to a stationary object like a chair. Move the beads into equal intervals and hold the string up to your nose, pulling it taut. Focus on the bead that’s closest to your face. You should start seeing two strings that cross at the bead, creating an X. Aim to see an X at all the beads, except the farthest one. Here, the strings will look like a V.
This form of vision therapy can be done daily. Exercises to fix squint eyes for children can also include the Brock string since it’s like a game. The aspect of color recognition will add a fun twist.

3. Barrel Cards

Using a Barrel card is another easy way to improve convergence. Making one is simple. Draw three circles across an index card, each one a little bigger than the last. Repeat on the other side, in the same order – but in green.
To do this exercise, hold it up to your nose in a horizontal position. The smallest circles should be closest to you. Focus on both of the larger circles until you see a single red-green circle. Hold for five seconds. Repeat with the middle circle, and again with the smallest one.
Do this workout once a day. While Barrel cards are good exercises to fix squint eyes for adults, children can also benefit. You can even make several cards with different shapes and colors.

Safety Measures

Check with your doctor before doing these exercises. He might have you do them in his office first. This way, he can give you feedback and make sure you know how to do them right.
Do these exercises in a quiet room, free of distractions (this include pets, kids, and other people in your home). It will let you focus on the workouts – literally!

You Can Also Wear Glasses Or An Eye Patch

Wearing a patch over the better eye can force the weaker one to work harder. Eventually, its muscle and vision will get stronger. Be sure to wear the patch for as long as you’re told. Likewise, both children and adults can benefit from glasses. Again, use them as directed.

You May Go For Eye Muscle Surgery

Eye muscles can be strengthened by shortening them. The outcome is great, and you can typically go home that same day. It’s mostly done in children but adults can get it as well.5
Early detection is key for proper treatment. Both kids and adults should regularly visit the eye doctor, even if they don’t wear glasses. It’s the best way to help both eyes stay in good shape.
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Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Scientists Discover Soy Actually Accelerates Breast Cancer, Rather Than Preventing It

Previous reports by several scientists in both reputable publications and cancer foundations have stressed the importance of soy to reduce breast cancer. Meanwhile, there has been plenty of research to contradict these claims and completely oppose them. Researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York studying invasive breast cancer are warning women that adding soy to your diet will speed up the rate at which breast cancer cells spread.

The Chinese did not eat unfermented soybeans as they did other legumes such as lentils because the soybean contains large quantities of natural toxins or “antinutrients”. First among them are potent enzyme inhibitors that block the action of trypsin and other enzymes needed for protein digestion.

These inhibitors are large, tightly folded proteins that are not completely deactivated during ordinary cooking. They can produce serious gastric distress, reduced protein digestion and chronic deficiencies in amino acid uptake. In test animals, diets high in trypsin inhibitors cause enlargement and pathological conditions of the pancreas, including cancer.

Accelerates The Progression of Breast Cancer

Researchers at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center compared tumor tissues from before and after a 30-day regimen of consuming a soy supplement while a control group took a placebo. They found changes in the expressions of certain genes, that are known to promote cell growth, in those women taking the soy supplement.

The findings led them to conclude the soy protein could potentially accelerate the progression of the disease. The study states: ‘These data raise concern that soy may exert a stimulating effect on breast cancer in a subset of women.’

Thousands of women are now consuming soy in the belief that it protects them against breast cancer. Yet, in 1996, researchers found that women consuming soy protein isolate had an increased incidence of epithelial hyperplasia, a condition that presages malignancies. A year later, dietary genistein was found to stimulate breast cells to enter the cell cycle – a discovery that led the study authors to conclude that women should not consume soy products to prevent breast cancer.

“It’s a myth that soy prevents breast cancer,” says Kaayla T. Daniel, Ph.D., author of The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America’s Favorite Health Food. “Numerous studies show that soy can cause, contribute to or even accelerate the growth of cancer.”

All those taking part in this study had recently had breast biopsies and were diagnosed with stage one or two breast cancer. They were all scheduled to have a mastectomy or lumpectomy two to three weeks later.The researchers said it is not yet clear if the effects can be reversed.

Vegans and Vegetarians At Risk

Of the women with high genistein levels, a few of them experienced changes in a specified set of genes that are known to affect breast cancer cell growth, death, or some aspect of breast cancer pathology, Dr. Jacqueline Bromberg, co-author of the study said.

The changes were seen in women who consumed around 51.6 grams of soy – the equivalent of about four cups of soy milk a day.

The researchers concluded those who eat soy regularly could ‘reasonably consume that amount’ through the course of a day, particularly vegetarians and those who do not eat dairy products.

They warned those living in Asian countries could be especially at risk, due to the high levels of tofu and soy in traditional diets.

Dr Bromberg, said: ‘We’re not talking about 20 times more soy.
‘We’re talking about something that a person could eat.’

A 1998 survey found that the average daily amount of soy protein consumed in Japan was about eight grams for men and seven for women – less than two teaspoons. Americans are consuming amounts far exceeding this quantity.

Genetically Modified

Any ingredient listed as soybean or soy on any product ingredient list has a 93% chance of being GMO if it is not listed as organic. But even organic soy cannot be trusted. Soy is a very problematic crop. Non-organic sources of soy in many agricultural practices are being passed off as organic.

In 2011, the USDA uncovered a plot to import fraudulent organic certificates produced by an uncertified supplier in China. The Chinese firm used the counterfeit certificate to represent non-organic crops, including soybeans, millet, and buckwheat, as certified organic. These types of things are happening every year and only a fraction are being discovered. Even domestically sourced organic soybean crops are now being investigated for having GMO origins. Organic soy also does not change the toxicity of unfermented sources so abundant in the food supply.

Most Soy is Unfermented

Phytates in unfermented soy products actually obstruct absorption of protein and four key minerals: calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc better than fermented sources. In their natural form, soybeans contain phytochemicals with toxic effects on the human body. The three major anti-nutrients are phytates, enzyme inhibitors, and goitrogens. These anti-nutrients are the way nature protects the soybean plant so that it can live long enough to effectively reproduce. They function as the immune system of the plant, offering protection from the radiation of the sun, and from invasion by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. They make the soybean plant unappetizing to foraging animals.

All plants have some anti-nutrient properties, but the soybean plant is especially rich in these chemicals. If they are not removed by extensive preparation such as fermentation or soaking, soybeans are one of the worst foods a person can eat. The net protein utilization of unfermented soy is 61 which quite low. The most common soy (99%) sold at major grocery retailers in soy kinds of milk and processed foods is unfermented soy. It is deadly.

Unfermented soy has been linked to digestive distress, immune system breakdown, PMS, endometriosis, reproductive problems for men and women, allergies, ADD and ADHD, higher risk of heart disease and cancer, malnutrition, and loss of libido.

Fermented sources of soy such as natto, miso, tempeh and some fermented tofus are likely the only types of soy that should be consumed by humans and that’s only if you can get around the crapshoot that they’re non-GMO and organic (which there is no guarantee despite labeling).

When food is eaten, digestive enzymes such as amylase lipase and protease are secreted into the digestive tract to help break it down and free nutrients for assimilation into the body. The high content of enzyme inhibitors such as trypsin in unfermented soybeans interferes with this process and makes carbohydrates and proteins from soybeans impossible to completely digest.

Natasha Longo has a master’s degree in nutrition and is a certified fitness and nutritional counselor. She has consulted on public health policy and procurement in Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, England, and Germany.