December 9, 2019

Can Diabetic Retinopathy Be Reversed?


though many reported feeling better on dr. kepner’s rice and fruit diet he refused to accept that as evidence of success he wanted objective measurements the most famous of which were so-called I grounds photographs taken with a special camera that allowed one to visualize the back of the eye and in doing so he proved that not only could diet arrest the the bleeding using and swelling you can see in the back of the eye of people with severe kidney hypertensive or heart disease but actually reverse it something never even thought possible here’s the before here is the after reversal to such a degree that even patients who could no longer distinguish any objects have been able to read fine print a reversal of blindness with diet the results were so dramatic that the head of the Department of Ophthalmology a Duke where kempner worked was questioned as to whether they were somehow faked he assured them that they were not in fact he wrote in one person’s chart this patients eye grounds are improved to an unbelievable degree not only had he never seen anything like it he doesn’t remember ever seeing a patient with such advanced disease even being alive fifteen month later the magnitude of the improvements Kempner got were surprising reversal ven stage heart and kidney failure simply beyond belief but his campaigner said as his closing sentence of a presentation for the American College of Physicians the important result is not that the change in the course of the disease has been achieved by the rice diet but that the course of the disease can be changed at all now that we have high blood pressure drugs we see less hypertensive retinopathy but still a lot of diabetic retinopathy the leading cause of blindness in American adults even with intensive diabetes treatment at least three insulin injections a day with the best modern technology has to offer like these plantable insulin pumps the best we can offer is usually just a slowing of the progression of the disease so we can in the 21st century slow down your blindness but a half a century ago Kemp and approved you could reverse it kempner started out using his plant-based ultra-low sodium fat cholesterol protein raise diet to reverse kidney and heart failure but assumed it would make diabetes worse he expected that 90% carbohydrate diet would increase insulin requirements however the opposite proved to be true he just took the next hundred patients with diabetes and walked through his door that went on the rice dye for at least three months and their fasting blood Sugar’s dropped despite a drop in the amount of insulin they were taking but this is what blew people away forty-four of the patients had diabetic retinopathy and in 30% of the cases their eyes improved from like this to this that’s not supposed to happen diabetic retinopathy is considered a sign of irreversible destruction what does this mean in real life unable to even read headlines to normal vision the remarkable success dr. Kempner had reversing some of the most dreaded complications of diabetes with this rice and fruit diet was not because of weight loss the improvements occurred even in those patients that did not lose significant weight so muscle and something specific about the diet maybe it was his total elimination of animal protein total elimination of animal fat total elimination of cholesterol or radical reduction in sodium fat and protein in general we don’t know but how do we treat diabetic retinopathy these days with steroids and other drugs injected straight into your eyeballs and if that doesn’t work there’s pan retinal laser photocoagulation in which laser burns are etched over nearly your entire retina surgeons literally burn out the back of your eye why would they do that the theory is that by killing off most of the retina the little pieces you leave behind may get more of the blood flow when I see this along with chem nurse work I can’t help but feel like history’s been reversed like yeah can you believe 50 years ago the best we had was these you know this barbaric burnout your socket surgery but thank goodness we’ve since learned that through dietary means alone we can reverse the blindness but instead of learning medicine seems to have forgotten you

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