Dry Eye – The Heavy Metal & Radiation Connection + Solutions
Dry Eye & The Heavy Metal + Radiation Connection…
Did you know that heavy metals like Vanadium and Uranium (radiation) can be connected to dry eye conditions? According to Dr. Jay Davidson and Dr. Todd Watts of Cellcore Biosciences, radiation and other heavy metals are often overlooked for toxic burden on the body. We get exposed to heavy metals, radiation and toxins from the air we breathe, drinking water, flying, food, medical procedures and industrial chemicals. Unfortunately, it is quite common to be exposed at low doses to heavy metals and radiation. (4) When it comes to dry eye, uranium (a radioactive metal), has specifically been linked to this condition and high levels of uranium are commonly found in municipal water, as well as soil. It’s interesting to note, “glyphosate and fracking increase our exposures to radioactive elements,” like uranium. (5)
Radiation therapy can irritate the mucous membranes lining the mouth, throat and upper part of the esophagus. It can also affect other structures in the treatment area. Side effects of radiation to the head and neck may include: dry eye. (6)
Uranium toxicity has been linked to conjunctivitis, irritation inflammation, edema, ulceration of conjunctival sacs in animal studies. (14)
Another heavy metal connected to eye conditions and specifically dry eye, is vanadium. To be specific, vanadium is known to irritate the eyes and even lead to eye conditions such as conjunctivitis. (7, 8) The main way we are exposed to higher levels of vanadium oxides is, “breathing air from vanadium processing industrial enterprises.” Vanadium can enter the body via the lungs or, more commonly, the stomach. (9)
Solutions for Dry Eye: The Heavy Metal & Radiation Connection
Testing for Radioactive Heavy Metals
HTMA (hair tissue mineral analysis) testing assesses your mineral levels and toxic heavy metal levels that are being eliminated into the hair. Moreover, this test reveals not only current exposures of toxicity for mercury, iron, copper, manganese, uranium, lead, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, nickel, tin, bismuth, but much more.
Natural Solutions & Prevention for Dry Eye
- Invest in a whole house filter and/or water filter that filters elements like uranium + vanadium
- Zeolite Spray to naturally + safely pull these elements out of the body
- Antioxidant rich foods like Maqui Berry, Goji Berry, Vitamin C to combat free radical damage (10)
- Omega 3’s in the diet for lipid & moisture support (11)
- Oasis Plus Drops for additional moisture & lubrication
- Vitamin E Supplementation 2-3x per day (14)
- Ice packs & warm eye compresses on eyes to stimulate tear production
- Hyaluronic acid supplementation for moisture & lubrication (12) (13)
- Humidifier for Moisture & Lubrication
- Eyelid & Eyelash Cleansing Spray
- Potassium & Mineral Rich Foods like Coconut Water (15)
In conclusion, rule out radioactive metals like uranium, as well as heavy metals like vanadium. Both of which have been linked to eye conditions, such as dry eye and conjunctivitis.
(1) Grossman, Marc OD, LAc: https://divcom-events.webex.com/recordingservice/sites/divcom-events/recording/93e3630b347543f29056549d346134d5
(13) Kaya, S., Schmidl, D., Schmetterer, L., Witkowska, K. J., Unterhuber, A., Aranha dos Santos, V., Baar, C., Garhöfer, G. and Werkmeister, R. M. “Effect of hyaluronic acid on tear film thickness as assessed with ultra-high resolution optical coherence tomography.” Acta Ophthalmol. 2015.
(14) Uranium & Conjunctivitis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uranium#Effects_and_precautions
Note: Always refer to your medical doctor for medical advice for any ailment. If you are unsure about your doctor’s advice and opinion, then you can seek a second opinion from a doctor, who practices holistic, complementary or alternative medicine, such as a naturopath or functional medicine practitioner. All information, content, and material of this blog is for informational purposes only and are not intended to serve as a substitute for the diagnosis, and/or medical treatment by a qualified physician.
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