High Levels of Vitamin C May Protect Against Progression of Cataracts
A new study carried out by British researchers has shown that high levels of vitamin C may be protective against the progression of cataracts. Published in the Ophthalmology journal by scientists at King’s College, London, the study followed the development of cataracts in the eyes of 324 pairs of female twins over a period of 10 years. It found that participants with higher intakes of vitamin C were associated with a 33 percent reduction in the risk of cataract progression and had 'clearer' lenses than those who consumed lower levels.
Commenting on the study, lead author Professor Chris Hammond said that its findings “could have significant impact, particularly for the ageing population globally, by suggesting that simple dietary changes such as increased intake of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthier diet could help protect them from cataracts.”
Vitamin C eye research you haven’t been told about
As important as this study is, the reality is that evidence of a relation between vitamin C and cataracts has existed since at least 1938. In a paper published in the JAMA Ophthalmology journal that year, Estelle E. Hawley, Ph.D. and Ovid Pearson, M.D. described how they had found a decreased vitamin C content in the lens of the eye, and also in the urine, in patients with cataract.
Similarly, an experimental clinical study published in 1939 concluded that “ascorbic acid [vitamin C] deficiency can be held at least partly responsible for impairment of vision associated with senescence of the human eye and that the administration of ascorbic acid by mouth in adequate doses can counteract this process.” Published in the JAMA Archives of Internal Medicine, the author, S. Miles Bouton Jr., M.D., also suggested that, where the use of vitamin C alone failed to bring a measurable improvement in impairment of vision, “combining more than one of the vitamins known to be specifically associated with the metabolic functioning of the eye may prove successful.” The parallel between this statement and what we now know as the micronutrient synergy approach is obvious.
Putting the above historical facts into perspective, it is important to realize that these two studies were published almost immediately after Albert Szent-Gyorgyi had won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937 for his discovery of vitamin C. But with over three-quarters of a century having since passed, and our doctors still not being taught in medical schools about the benefits of vitamin C and other micronutrients for healthy eyes, we have to understand that the failure to implement this research into our healthcare systems has not happened by accident.
Lifesaving information about vitamin therapies is being deliberately withheld
Drug companies see sharing the truth about why animals don't get heart attacks as being contrary to their financial interests.
During the past century, in order to protect its patented drug business against the threat from non-patentable natural therapies, the pharmaceutical industry has deliberately withheld lifesaving information about vitamin C and other micronutrients from the people of the world. This strategy continues to this very day, with drug companies seeing the sharing of explanations as to why animals don’t get heart attacks, but people do, and how victory over cancer is possible without chemotherapy, as contrary to their financial interests.
As a result, safe and effective vitamin-based health approaches that could have improved the lives of patients worldwide have been intentionally discredited by pro-pharma stakeholders in the media. Damaging global health still further, political stakeholders of the pharma industry have enacted laws to restrict the distribution of truthful scientific information about such therapies.
Clearly, therefore, until such time as our medical schools and healthcare systems are reformed to take account of the latest research in vitamin C, nutrition and Cellular Medicine, the responsibility for spreading natural health education lies with us, the people. In this situation, the creation of a new healthcare system based on natural preventive approaches will ultimately depend upon each and every one of us and the extent to which we are prepared to take responsibility for sharing the scientific facts with others.
1 April, 2016
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