“Keep yourself healthy and you’ll keep your eyes healthy”. I’ve said this to countless patients over the years. Usually followed by a reminder to eat your fruits and veggies, especially leafy greens like spinach and kale. Pretty much, it was “do as I say, not as I do” because historically my dinner plates have consisted of yellow, white and brown food items. Ketchup was the only occasional colorful item on my plate. I am and always have been a meat-atarian.
I grew up healthy despite any fruits and veggies ever on my plate. And I mean NONE. I even picked the carrots out of chicken noodle soup! Rarely ever got sick either. Perhaps it was due to the fact that most of our meals were home cooked meals. Plus I was active playing sports year round and never ate too much at any one sitting.
And I’m still in good health today even though I’m eating a little more at every sitting. And that’s catching up to me! But everyday as I see unhealthy patients come in and out of my exam room, I often wonder where my responsibility begins and ends concerning their overall health. Most of my patients come in for an update to their glasses and/or contact lens prescription. Some come in with an eye infection or a piece of something in their eye. And we take care of it and they’re on their way until next year or the next eye infection.
But I’ve been thinking more and more about my obligation to go a little further and discuss what I’ve learned about nutrition. After all, if I’m going tell my patients to keep themselves healthy to keep their eyes healthy, why would I stop there with just the words?
A LOT TO LEARN
But we don’t learn about nutrition in school. No doctors do. Whether we went to medical school, dental school, chiropractic school or optometry school. So we have to seek out the knowledge on our own and wade through the claims of how different nutrients and vitamins are supposed to work and be of benefit. Unlike the pharmaceutical industry, we don’t have the big bucks behind the vitamin and supplement industry to tell us how their products work or if they work at all. But we sure do know about the drugs. The TV intermissions are filled with prescription drug commercials telling you to “ask your doctor if _____ is right for you. And while we watch actors with big smiles on their faces, the narrator spends 30 seconds talking about their ridiculous potential side effects.
And so it keeps me on the lookout for something better. And I think I’ve found it. It’s called
Juice Plus+ and it’s been around for 20 years. It’s touted as the next best thing to fruits and vegetables. It’s the only supplement I’ve found that’s had studies published in over a dozen peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals related to Pediatrics, Nutrition, Periodontics, Gynecologic Oncology, Sports Science and Cardiology. Current studies are also underway funded by the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute.
According to their website, “Juice Plus+ is not a substitute for eating fruits and vegetables” (darn!). “Juice Plus+ is not a medicine, treatment, or multivitamin. Juice Plus+ can help support a healthy diet by offering a much wider variety of naturally occurring vitamins – along with other antioxidants and phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables – than traditional vitamin supplements.”
So I’m going to cut this post short at this point before you lose interest. I’ve got a lot to learn about this. And yes, I’ve ordered my own for my family and just took the first helping today. My daughter got her gummy chewables at no cost as part of their Children’s Health Study which provides kids 4 to 18 with four years of Juice Plus+ for FREE with the purchase of an adult order.
There’s a lot more I want to write about. I’m excited about it. Helping my patients stay healthy WILL keep their eyes healthy. That should mean less dry eye, less cataract, less glaucoma, and less anything related to inflammation of the eyes.