Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
February 24, 2005

Vitamins For Macular Degeneration/Eye Health -- Offers Big Savings

..."Besides offering protection against age-related macular degeneration, antioxidants have been found to reduce the risk of cataracts, cancer, diabetes and heart disease."...

Imagine how many drugs could make that claim. Of course they will not cover vitamins in health care plans as this should set a very unprofitable precedent and will upset their pharma cronies to no end. Is it any wonder that it did not take a second for the government to tax all and restrict some of our Vitamins and Minerals even when they are safer than foods.

A similar vitamin cocktail as mentioned below but including Lutein as a primary ingredient is not only preventing macular degeneration but literally curing it in India. But none of that matters as according to the Medical Mafiosi no one has any nutrient deficiencies. We get all we need from foods and if we take them then we will just make expensive urine and may even harm ourselves hence the CODEX initiative. Implying that we do have deficiency of toxic drugs that are actually killing so many us - and they call this science based medicine. What a joke!

As an example Aspirin*, besides causing so many deaths, is also implicated eye problems. Yet the stronger version of such drugs are not only expensive but covered under many insurance schemes... and many (including some doctors) with macular degeneration will continue taking it totally oblivious of the side effects of this and other drugs. Then they wonder why people turn to far more efficacious and cost effective nutritional solutions. Any fool knows that "you are what you eat" except the self serving Medical Mafiosi...

See also:

Avoiding Visual Degeneration

An Open Challenge To The Ridiculous Dietary Allowance (RDA)

Chris Gupta

*..."New England Journal of Medicine (318:1126, 1988) points out, the slowing of blood clotting results in much greater blood loss due to macular degeneration, which could be disastrous.

In macular degeneration, certain arteries of the retina (light-sensing layer at the back of the eye) become abnormal and leak blood which disrupts the delicate visual tissues. Since aspirin can accentuate such bleeding and make matters worse, those who have any macular degeneration should consult their eye doctors before deciding to take it."

Extracted from: Aspirin and the aging eye

Vitamins To Treat Blindness Offers Big Savings

JOHN MINER, Free Press Health Reporter 2005-02-22 02:49:40

Thousands of Ontario residents who are going blind could be treated with a vitamin mixture that would save the province more than $400 million, a study by University of Western Ontario medical researchers concludes. But the Ontario government will have to change its position that vitamins shouldn't be paid for under Ontario's Drug Benefit Plan.

"It would be good if the government could reconsider," John Trevithick, a biochemistry professor and a lead researcher in Western's study, said yesterday.

The team of researchers at Western's Schulich School of Medicine looked at studies that have found antioxidant vitamins will reduce the risk of progression of age-related macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness in Canada.

The standard treatment in Ontario for the disease -- which hits more than 20 per cent of people over 75 years of age -- is known as Visudyne.

The treatment costs $17,000 for each patient and costs Ontario $1.7 billion.

The antioxidant vitamin mixture, which contains vitamin E, vitamin C, beta-carotene, zinc and copper, costs $182 a person.

The Western researchers have calculated Ontario's net savings at $431 million. Nationally, the savings would total $5.6 billion.

Trevithick said some people would still have to receive Visudyne to stop the growth of blood vessels in the eye.

But the vitamin treatment will prevent the disease from progressing in 38 per cent of people.

Copies of the study are being forwarded to area MPPs in hopes the government will consider adding antioxidant vitamins to the drug benefit plan. The vitamins would have to be prescribed to patients, Trevithick said.

Besides offering protection against age-related macular degeneration, antioxidants have been found to reduce the risk of cataracts, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

The Western study was recently published in the journal Ophthalmic Epidemiology.

Besides Trevithick, the research team included David Massel and James Robertson of Western's school of medicine; Sandy Tomany of the Center for the Advancement of Urban Children, Medical College of Wisconsin; and Ronald Wall of the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

Copyright Ā© The London Free Press


posted by Chris Gupta on Thursday February 24 2005
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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Readers' Comments

My doctor wants me to take macular health vitamins. I have macular degeration and I am a smoker so it has to be something for smokers, what do you suggest. Thanks

Posted by: brent on May 19, 2005 02:42 AM


Sounds like a blood viscosity issue are you taking any drugs? Even the over the counter drugs like aspirin could cause and/or aggravate your situtation.

Posted by: Chris Gupta on May 19, 2005 09:55 PM



Can you suggest some oral effective medicine available in India for Visual/Macular Degenaration

Posted by: AJIT RANE on November 8, 2006 04:00 AM


My doctor wants me to take macular health vitamins. I have macular degeration and I am a smoker so it has to be something for smokers, what do you suggest. Thanks

Posted by: claudeen bell on October 28, 2007 10:04 AM


just wondering if you know anything about Fortifeye complete, fortifeye macular defense and fortifeye dry eye therapy? is their website? My eye doc recommended that I take the fortifeye complete and my mother take it along with one pill from the fortifeye macular defense? she does have macular degeneration. thanks.

Posted by: paul steadmen on January 4, 2008 06:56 PM


________________________________________ I currently live in Naples where I was born and raised and I am now 60 years old and was diagnosed with macular degeneration which is a horrible eye disease with no cure. It has devastated my entire life and has robbed me of what I consider the most valuable thing I have (my sight). I could no longer see my childrens face, watch television, read books and drive a car. A few months ago I was was listening to a country station and I heard about a new breakthrough eye vitamin that was developed at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital at the University of Alabama. I have to admit I was skeptical at first but needless to say I was very desperate and was willing to try anything I could. I called the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital and asked them about what I had heard on the radio and they told me the name of the vitamin was Macular Health. I was told that they just completed a study on this vitamin and it showed a 16 improvement in retina function in just 12 weeks and that it was the first time this had ever been done. So needless to say at this point I was so pumped up I loged on to the companies web site with the help of my daughter which by the way we had to google Macualr Health to find. We then purchased a 3 month supply which ended up costing me $13.33 per month which I felt was very affordable and the best thing was I only had to take 1 pill per day. I received the vitamin in a few days after my daughter placed the order and now 4 months later I can now read the small print in my books and see my families faces so much better. I still cannot drive my car but if my vision continues to improve as it already has I have no doubt god willing I will be driving again soon. I thank god for giving someone the knowledge to come up with such a great product and I am so grateful to get back what vision I have so far. I have numerous friends at a local senior center that I visit weekly with this horrific eye disease and they to are now taking the Macular Health eye vitamin and are also very grateful for me telling them about it. As you can now see I am able to get back on my computer and type so since God was good to me I want to tell others about my troubled life in hopes I can help them if they are living in darkness as I did for so long.

Posted by: janice mitchell on February 3, 2008 10:54 AM


I want to comment on the person asking about fortifeye vitamins. I have been taking fortifeye macular defense for three months and my vision has improved particularly my near vision and night vision. I have only one eye now because the other eye was lost to retina disease and glaucoma. I was diagnosed with macular degeneration in that one eye about four years ago. I must do everything possible to keep my vision. The thing i like about macular defense is it has whole foods spinach , kale , blueberries and billberries along with resveratrol from red wine, green tea , lutein to mention a few. I have researched every supplement for macular degeneration and have not found any but fortifeye macular defense that has all of these, my eye doc says this one is brand new and he has been getting great feedback. it is a little more expensive but $30 a month is nothing to help me continue to be independent. My doc did tellme to take a fish oil capsule 1000mgs with the one macular defense to help it absorb into the cells and retina.

Posted by: Lorraine Lepis on February 4, 2008 05:56 PM


I have been taking Fortifeye Complete and Fortifeye macular defense for my wet macular degeneration for about one year now. My vision has gotten worse every year since 2000 unitl i started taking the fortifeye vitamins. I have had multiple shots of avastin in one eye and none in the other eye however both eyes have improved. Maybe its the vitamins or a combination of vitamins and shots? All I know I will keep taking them, My ophthamolgists really believes that this is the best product on the market for macualr degeneration. Hopefully i will remina stable. If i can remmeber i will come back to this site in six months with an update.

Posted by: logan on April 3, 2008 07:02 PM


Gostaria saber qual é o nome da vitamina para "degeraĆ§Ć£o macular da retina" ? Aguardo / obrigado/ Jair

Posted by: Jair Montenegro on July 28, 2008 10:39 AM


Fortifeye has a great new triglyceride based omega three fish oil that is more concentrated than anything i can find in this form, not an ethel ester fish oil. almost 900 epa and 600 dha in two gel caps and they are chewable, great for all of our patients that have problems swallowing. So check out Fortifeye Super Omega at their site this is the oil i recommend to all now. If you have macular degeneration make sure you take your lutine and zeaxanthin but u may want to add astaxanthin as well. look for some great science on astaxanthin and eye health soon.

Posted by: Kevin on May 7, 2010 10:17 PM


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