Every 7 minutes someone in the United States becomes blind or significantly vision impaired.
Vision loss tends to strike later in life, specifically after age 60.
Nearly one-quarter of those over age 80 are blind or vision impaired and they are the fastest growing segment of our population.
Americans with blindness, low vision, or age-related eye disease is expected to grow by nearly one-third – to 50 million+ – by 2020.
Vision loss poses a very serious challenge to those who would otherwise remain part of a productive work force beyond age 65.
Currently, lost productivity because of vision loss accounts for over $9 Billion dollars in annual lost productivity.
Low vision or blindness affects approximately 1 in 28 Americans over the age of 40 – 3.3 million Americans.
An estimated 1 million Americans over the age of 40 are legally blind.
An association with vision loss and vehicular crashes has been shown in older adult drivers.
Vision loss is a leading cause of falls in baby-boomers; one study found that visual field loss was associated with a 6-fold risk of frequent falls.
Even mild visual impairment doubles the risk of mortality over a 5-year period.
“Blindness and vision impairment are on the rise in the United States. A recent report by Prevent Blindness America indicates that, since the year 2000, incidence of blindness and vision impairment has increased by 23 percent among Americans age 40 and older. However, most blindness in this country is preventable with proper eye care.” – The American Press
See…ing the Risk Factors…
In addition to age, major risk factors include a family history of eye disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure and/or cholesterol, to mention a few.
Major findings from a survey conducted by Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, include the following replies from participants that clearly demonstrate most people do not SEE their risk factors:
Spending time in Ecuador I’ve come to appreciate SO much that we in the U.S. take for granted. One specific thing is my withdrawal from white sweet potatoes because they are not commonly grown or used here, YET, but rather they grow several varieties of sweet potatoes that in the U.S. we often refer to as yams.
Necessity is the mother of invention and I have a new favorite I discovered that taste to me just like fried hash browns cubed and they’re delicious, healthy, and so satisfying especially when we’re avoiding the genre of nightshade foods that we know ignite inflammation.
The following is a real treat and you can find green plantains in the U.S. as they are being discovered by Americans who have traveled to South America and other cultures where they are a diet staple...
Many of you that follow my blogs and work know I was a victim of chronic insomnia after my much written about accident many years ago. I struggled, as do most of my clients, with not being able to get to sleep or stay asleep, despite using every natural aid I could get my hands on (and there were dozens). One thing that I didn’t try until recently is adding specific plants to the bedroom, and I had studied their health-enhancing effect...so why not, after all I use and recommend pure essential oils extensively but being the health detective that I am I needed to see some more recent science before trying it. After convincing in-depth research, I decided to see if live plants would help me so I could recommend the same to those I counsel. WOW, it did help get me to sleep faster! I’ve slept well for several years but still use various types of natural remedies (rotated monthly so the body doesn’t get complacent and they lose their effectiveness) to get to sleep – with my long hours and a Type A personality it’s hard to calm the brain. After all, what did I have to lose? They did what the research said they would – helped me calm my brain and get to sleep. Why not try one of the following (or all of them) in addition to other natural sleep aids, after all they're working for a tough case, yours truly. Don’t expect a “miracle” plant, place them in your bedroom and allow at least two weeks before you pass judgement on their benefit...
I am honored that Total Health Magazine (who I've written for over 15 years) is now publishing my new monthly recipe article column, "Health thru Education" - Recipes from Dr. Gloria's Kitchen. In addition, each month I'll provide you with a bit of my adventures in my new homeland that has welcomed me with open arms as well and my Health Sciences & Research Center now located high in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador at 8,000 ft. in the city of eternal spring. I'll share some historical perspectives and personal experiences so you can virtually enjoy the journey with me.
This column not only provides Nightshade-FREE delicious and easy recipes, it also gives you the health benefits of each key ingredient. I encourage you to print or archive each article and begin creating your own "Health thru Education" Library.
Here's the January 2017 first recipe article: Majado Verde -- Dr. Gloria's "New" Nightshade-FREE Potato"
REMINDER: After four years of offering TeleClasses for Rejuvenation DETOX, I'm most humbled by the response and comments from those who have learned how to transform their lives and health by participating. My next series is just in time to begin the New Year with a New You. Since the TeleClass is limited in participants because of screen-sharing so you can see my PowerPoints and Educational Materials while listening to the class on the phone, you must register as soon as possible to reserve your space.
Before you get involved in all the holiday commitments and gifting, gift yourself the education and guidance to lose those extra pounds, find the cause and natural remedies for your symptoms and disorders and the secrets to aging without feeling or looking old, NATURALLY.
I wish you all healthy, happy and memorable holidays AND a new year that “gifts” each of you the knowledge to change your life by taking control of your health...because...without health, everything else is irrelevant.
I gifted myself the most important and profound gift this past summer and I pray each and every one of you find your true gift, as I did.
As I enter my 70th year, I was determined to make a major lifestyle change to not only a healthier environment but into a community where the true meaning of community is practiced, and has been for centuries.
Com-mu-ni-ty – a feeling of fellowship with others as a result of sharing common attitudes, consciousness, interest, and goals.
This past summer I relocated my Health Sciences / Publishing & Research Center – a division of my Institute for Wholistic Rejuvenation in Idaho – to a village (about 9,000 inhabitants) high in the Andes mountains (at almost 8,000 ft.) of Ecuador – NOT a third-world country, but rather a country that has evolved and developed to be self-sustainable, all-the-while maintaining centuries old traditions for health and quality of life it treasures. What I expected to find, and what I found, were vastly different. Not only the expats living here, but also the local indigenous people, welcomed me as if a family who waited a long time for me to finally “come home.” I chose this location because people here practice a way of life that has sustained them for centuries, without the contamination of the modern chemical, or of the competitive consciousness of keeping up with their neighbors’. They still impart the “gift” of caring for their fellow beings and embrace individuals for who they are, not what they believe they should be or with expectations other than mutual respect and humility.
My new found community in Cotacachi has filled a gaping hole in my personal and professional life few will ever experience because major changes like I’ve made is too scary for most. A friend of mine here shared a quote by Alan Alda that says it better than I can: You have to leave the city, and often the country, of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition – what you’ll discover will be wonderful – Yourself!
My Institute for Wholistic Rejuvenation continues in Idaho under the careful, caring eye of my longtime friend and colleague, Sharon. My global practice is the same as it has been counseling clients in over 14 countries. My online Post Graduate courses and TeleSeminars are busier than ever with more and more people asking how they can take charge of their own health. Healthy living in a toxic world is challenging, which is why I continue my commitment of “Health thru Education™” via various methods of learning and sharing the latest research and newly rediscovered centuries old healing modalities through my local work with Indigenous healers. With more and more focus on drugs for symptom-care, it was time for me to “think out of the box” and learn and teach from those who have so successfully practiced how to benefit from what nature provides.
In 2017, look for more TeleSeminars, Videos, Post-graduate courses and our 1st Int’l Wholistic Rejuvenation Retreat Summit held here in October 2017, open to everyone, not only graduate students. The event will be an all-inclusive land package (lodging, meals, airport transportation, lectures by health professionals of many specialties, demonstrations by local Shamans and healers, and much more). For those of you that choose to make it a truly adventurous journey, we will have optional sightseeing and shopping packages available. The event in this location will surely transform you, as it has me, as we share our latest re-discoveries from the valley of the sun between two volcanos in a fertile land where spring temperatures are eternal – yes, average temperature is 72 degrees all year even though sun at this altitude is intense and you must use a hefty all-natural sun block, without exception.
The following are photos of my new "village" to tempt each of you to join us in October 2017...AND...consider extending your trip before or after to include the amazing historical capital city of Quito:
The two photos shown are of the pristine fertile valleys between two dormant volcanos in Cotacachi, Ecuador:
The following photos are of Cotacachi, these are actual photos -- no, they are not scene's from a movie studio, they're the city streets of an enchanting village that stole my heart.
We will publish the flier and details for the Summit by February 1st...register early as space is limited because of lodging and transportation that has to be arranged....stay tuned.
The Summit will be 4 days with educational side trips included as well as plenty of free time to explore the village of Cotacachi (known as the Leather Capital of South America) and it's neighbor (15 min. away) Otavalo with the largest outdoor market in all of South America - an experience not to miss. A huge variety of scenes to explore like the huge waterfalls, the volcanic lake with it's island, indigenous villages all with their centuries old traditions and specialty products and a diverse menu like no other!
I respectfully and humbly thank you all for your continued support through so many years and the more than 200,000 readers worldwide as I continue my commitment of Health thru Education to help you take control of your health and age without feeling or looking old...Dr. Gloria...
P.S. For those of you asking, YES, my first language is Spanish and I'm proud to finally be able to use it!
As many of you know, I recently begun spending some of my time in Ecuador teaching and providing cooking classes to show people how to cook with foods that are NOT inflammation-inducing. In addition, this experience offers me the opportunity to expand my Health Sciences & Research division to continue to educate through my online classes. Many of you have asked about vegetables and regional dishes that you may not be familiar with and asked if I’d share some of my new discoveries. One of the root vegetables most American’s are not very familiar with is Maca. This article deals with that vegetable and its awe-inspiring health benefits.
AND, for those of you asking if my time in Ecuador changes the way I counsel my clients or classes, it DOES NOT. Since retiring from my two brick-n-mortar clinics, all my consulting is virtual via telephone or Skype…and…I place the call to you in over 19 countries – one of the advantages of our cyber global connectivity. If you’d like help in identifying causes, effects and natural solutions to your “invisible illnesses” that include inflammation and digestive disorders, go to my website and complete the forms to become a client, currently I have clients in 11 countries and often in as many as 19.
My patients with hypothyroidism keep asking about stories they’ve heard in the news or seen on-line about the effects of certain foods on their thyroid health. This article hopes to separate fact from fiction with a sprinkling of common sense rather than all or nothing. To enlarge graphic below click on photo.
Yes, foods containing goitrogens, compounds that make it more difficult for the thyroid gland to create its hormones are not advised with thyroid dysfunction. However, reports that tell you to completely avoid foods that can be healthy are prophesizing the all or nothing approach, which in my experience is not well placed.
What is not often mentioned in the cautionary mention about avoiding foods containing goitrogens is that you can prepare those same foods by simply lightly steaming your vegetables before eating them and still have your “cake” and eat it too. Steaming significantly, or completely, reduces the amount of goitrogens. Soy is the most common concern, but broccoli, peanuts, strawberries, kale, and other vegetables are also on most avoid lists. Don’t buy into the messages that if you have any kind of thyroid issues you must avoid these foods altogether. Know the facts before you decide to remove healthy, nutritious foods when it’s not necessary.
I know what you’re thinking, I couldn’t believe it either when I read the research but I must admit it IS compelling and so I tried it. I don’t recommend, within reason, what I don’t first do myself and it was easy and no taste when I placed into my green smoothie protein shake along with my natural sweetener, Stevia.
I love avocados, I was raised in So. California on a large property that had over a dozen mature trees. As kids we’d walk home from school and pick one off the tree, peel and eat like you’d eat a banana. Today, I still consume an avocado a day for its superior protein, healthy oils and health benefits toonumerous to list for this article. That said, most of us do not know that the actual large seed (pit) provides an impressive array of highly health-enhancing properties...Click to continue reading...