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From: Emily (
Subject:         Dr Graham: Fasting for blind painful eye
Date: February 15, 2013 at 10:50 pm PST

Dear Dr Graham,

I would like your knowledgeable advice. I'd like to ask you if you think fasting
would be helpful for my particular situation. I had ruled it out for my case, but
would like your opinion. I have to explain a few things to present an accurate
picture, which follows. If there is a better place for me to do this, please let me
know (I have never posted here before!). I also made a few youtube videos about
this, if that would be more helpful I can send the links if needed. Thank you so
much for your help!

I am blind in my right eye due to end stage Uveitic Glaucoma, and have not had
vision in this eye for over a decade. (Some very brief background info follows at
the end). I am accustomed to the blindness in my right eye (my left eye is perfect-
20/15 vision), and would be fine with it, except for the fact that it is painful, it
always has been painful, due to the increased pressure as well as a certain level of
inflammation that is still present. I have been contemplating enucleation surgery
(removal of the eye) for many years now, though I have now been thinking more
seriously about this option because I no longer want to be in pain, and I no longer
want to be taking the 3 different pharmaceutical eye drops to manage these
disease processes (iritis and glaucoma). They eye does not see, and even with the
eye drops I am always with pain. It has been this way for years. Enucleation
surgery may seem drastic to some, but as someone who has been living with a
blind painful eye for most of their life, I am simply not attached to this eye
anymore. Also, as far as surgeries go, enucleation is a relatively easy surgery with
easy recovery, and the prosthetics are amazing as far as aesthetics and mobility
go (I am involved in the ophthalmology field and have done research).

I am committed to the 80/10/10 lifestyle, and have been for over 2 years. This is
my only major issue holding me back from deeper healing and rejuvenation. I only
recently went off my eye drops completely (a few weeks ago), because I just
cannot take them anymore (They are just as powerful as any other type of
pharmaceutical drug).

I had pretty much ruled fasting out because I feel like some very delicate
structures in this eye have been damaged for many years, and may not ever
regenerate. (Of course my vision will never come back, I am talking here about the
inflammation and increased pressure). The drainage meshwork has not worked
properly for many years. The inflammation actually decreased as I got older (and
healthier) but has not completely gone away.

My question for you then would be, do you think there would be hope in fasting
for regeneration of this severely damaged eye and doing away with the pain?

Fasting is something I would definitely want to undertake at some point no matter
what, since I've been on medications my whole life. But I am not currently in a
place to do so, though I hope to be in the relatively near future. I personally have
been feeling that surgery is a reasonable option, even though it is not ideal. The
entire situation is not ideal either, however, and having the surgery would allow
me to move on without pain, and without any medications, and allow me to begin
to heal more deeply, even without the eye. Like I said, I am really not attached to
the eyeball after all this time, and I feel like the surgery would bring relief, since I
have been living with chronic pain for so many years.

THANK YOU so much for reading this and I appreciate any feedback you may have
for me. Sorry to be so long-winded, I feel these things needed to be explained. I
don't need a long-winded answer though! Let me know if you need clarification
on anything. A very brief background follows:

I came down with 'Idiopathic' chronic Iritis as a 5 year old child, for which I was
put on massive amounts of steroid eye drops. These drops did a lot of damage
within the eye: they caused calcium deposits on my cornea, they caused a cataract
to form, and they mucked up the drainage system of the eye so that the pressure
builds up- which is Glaucoma. The high pressure slowly killed my optic nerve
until I went blind. (Before the eye lost all vision, I had 3 surgeries: removal of
calcium deposits on cornea, cataract removal with artificial lens implant, then a
ptosis repair surgery for a droopy eyelid-also caused by chronic steroid eye
drops.) I was put on more drops to manage the glaucoma, which include a beta-
blocker and a CAI inhibitor. Also for the iritis I was taking an anticholinergic drop
called Atropine, which dilates the pupil and paralyzes the ciliary muscle. I have
been taking some combination of these drops my entire life, and just recently
made a personal coice to discontinue them for good.

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