A European patient has come to Canada, specifically to our clinic to get help with their vision. The patient has a rare eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa. Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic eye condition that leads to blindness; the cones and rods of the eye gradually lose their capacity to function.
The patient was experiencing the following symptoms: night blindness and general tunnel vision. The patient has exhausted all of Germany’s top doctors to figure out how to heal their eye condition. The patient agreed to do the treatment, a strict protocol over a 6 week period. In the process the patient learned many things along the way.
In their initial intake we discovered the patient had a lifetime of poor eating habits; their diet was horrible. The patient was a smoker, engaged in drinking alcohol and coffee frequently. The patient never took vitamins and ate a lot of animal products like red meat.
With six weeks to work with a new protocol, we had our work cut out for us. We had work to do to begin the process of shifting the vitamin deficiency, do a chemical detox and teach the patient a new dietary lifestyle. The patient immediately stopped smoking, drinking coffee and alcohol.
We started off with regular high dose vitamin intravenous therapy three times per week. The cocktail consisted of large amounts of vitamin C, smaller dosages of vitamin B complex, zinc, selenium, extra B12, and B6. This part of the treatment helps fix a very vitamin deficient body.
We created a diet that removed all animal products from their life. The patient learned to eat vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free. In 6 weeks their body composition changed and they felt an overall feeling of wellness. The patient was now eating two meals that consisted heavily of raw vegetable and one meal that had plant based protein and cooked vegetables.
We introduced oral vitamins to the protocol – vitamin C in large amounts 8000mg per day and in addition, the patient also took the following nutrients for vision: Alpha-lipoic acid (200 mg), Bilberry (100 mg), Lutein (100 mg), Multi anthocyanidins (100 mg), d-Alpha-tocopherol acetate (17 IU), Astaxanthin (20 mg), Zeaxanthin (20 mg), Zinc citrate (50 mg), Niacin (5.1 mg), Selenium (18 mcg). We included an eye drop formulation made from N-acetyl-carnosine (NAC) 1.0%. Studies suggest that Carnosine revs up the proteasome – the cell’s “recycling center” for malformed proteins, in other words, Carnosine might actually help the body to eliminate glycated and other dysfunctional proteins.
In the six weeks of treatment, the patient reported back with three positive results. One involved disappearance of protein floaters in the eye, improvement in colour and an overall sense of well-being. This new change will require some more time to heal the eye. I will keep you posted.
Dr Elias Markou, ND
***This blog is not intended for self-diagnosis or treatment, please consult Dr. Markou or your own doctor before beginning any type of treatment or increasing your vitamin intake.