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Hurler regains sight after 'miracle' diet supplement (macular degeneration)
Belfast Telegraph ^ | 2/11/08

Posted on 02/13/2008 10:59:53 AM PST by LibWhacker

Former Cork club hurler Jimmy Aherne wept when he was told he would be blind within three years.

The father-of-four -- who is a second cousin to hurling legend Christy Ring -- was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The condition is cruel, as it has traditionally been untreatable. For decades, thousands of pensioners who lost their sight were simply told they had "old people's blindness" and that nothing could be done for them.

But today, almost 12 months after that shocking diagnosis, the deterioration in Jimmy's eyesight has been halted and his good eye has improved to the point where he has no difficulty driving, watching his beloved GAA sports, or gardening.

"I hurled all my life. I loved being outdoors -- so how could you cope with losing the beauty of the world? How do you cope with knowing what you are going to lose with your sight. All I could do after hearing I was going blind was to go out to my car and cry," he added.

Jimmy's remarkable improvement is due to a revolutionary new treatment which, for the first time, provides a dietary supplement containing the three key ingredients that make up macular pigment at the back of the human eye.

The deterioration in this pigment -- made up of lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) -- has long been suspected to be a key factor in the onset of AMD.

What is unique about the new MacuShield supplement is that it contains MZ, which people suffering from AMD may lack in their pigment.

Incredibly, Jimmy only enquired about the supplement after a neighbour told him about its benefits after watching a TV programme.

Marketed by Johnson Brothers and West Midland Optical, the new supplement was just undergoing studies at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), where Dr John Nolan is one of Europe's leading experts on AMD.

Jimmy immediately contacted the Tipperary academic directly and pleaded for help -- and the WIT official agreed that he could try a course of the revolutionary new supplement.

Within two months, the first signs were detected that the deterioration in Jimmy's eyesight had slowed, almost to a stop. Within six months, his eye pigment had shown remarkable signs of improvement and, in tests last week, nine months after beginning the treatment, his eye continues to show signs of strong improvement.

The Cloyne man's response has stunned both opticians and researchers alike -- and Dr Nolan is now determined that the message about the importance of diet has to be hammered home.

"This has been a terrible disease for people -- and there is now hope that we can do something about it," he said.

AMD effectively attacks the central portion of a person's vision -- leaving them largely reliant on peripheral images. A person with advanced AMD cannot read, drive a car, watch TV or even fully see the faces of loved ones.

Jimmy's own optician, Helen Flanagan, was also astounded by his response to the treatment.

In the developed world, 50pc of all adult blindness is caused by AMD -- more than three times that caused by glaucoma (18per cent). Diabetes, in contrast, accounts for only 17 per cent of blindness.

In Ireland, 80,000 people have AMD-related blindness, costing the State an estimated €133m each year.

For Jimmy, the transformation has been as remarkable as it has been unexpected.

"It's been fantastic -- I feel great and I don't know where I'd be today if I hadn't contacted WIT," he said.

For MacuShield's developers, remarkable case studies such as that of Jimmy, have been matched by the emergence of a new machine which, for the first time, has made screening for AMD commercially viable for opticians.

"Every time you change your glasses, an optician will screen you for glaucoma. But AMD is responsible for a far greater level of blindness. We're hoping that early detection and the recognition that dietary supplements can help will go a long way to offering people hope," Johnson Brothers' Pat Buckley declared.

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) are currently preparing another major research project on AMD and are looking for volunteers. Anyone interested in taking part or with general queries about AMD can contact Leighanne Maddock at (051) 845505 or www.wit.ie/mprg. Anyone with queries about AMD dietary supplements should contact Johnson brothers at (01) 4081400.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/gaa/article3421573.ece


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: amd; hurler; macular; maculardegeneration; macushield; regains; sight; vision
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1 posted on 02/13/2008 11:00:17 AM PST by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Praise God for this Miracle.

When he is hurling, I know a little bit about the sports over there:

It must be Cricket or the Gaelic Games, as that acronym I read in there could be, I think it said GAA or something. Great story! Peeng


2 posted on 02/13/2008 11:03:33 AM PST by RGPII
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To: LibWhacker

Interesting, to say the least!


3 posted on 02/13/2008 11:04:29 AM PST by Budge
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To: Colosis; Black Line; Cucullain; SomeguyfromIreland; Youngblood; Fergal; Cian; col kurz; ...

Ireland ping! (Hurl alert ...)


4 posted on 02/13/2008 11:04:30 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Good guy wins, bad guy gets dead. Nothing to cry over here." ~ trimom)
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To: LibWhacker

From the American Diabetes Association website: “Diabetic retinopathy causes 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness each year making diabetes the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 20-74 years of age.”

Someone’s lying.


5 posted on 02/13/2008 11:04:45 AM PST by CholeraJoe (Maybe tonight he'll be gone.)
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To: LibWhacker

Is this the same stuff that Paul Harvey has spoken about on his program?


6 posted on 02/13/2008 11:05:23 AM PST by MissEdie (On the Sixth Day God created Spurrier)
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To: LibWhacker

Sounds like I should check out that supplement.

While I don’t have degeneration, my eyesight is slowly getting worse, as happens to the majority of people. I also do have double vision.

Maybe it’s something I should look into.


7 posted on 02/13/2008 11:05:42 AM PST by wastedyears (This is my BOOMSTICK)
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To: LibWhacker

very interesting, thanks for the info.


8 posted on 02/13/2008 11:06:33 AM PST by lolhelp
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To: LibWhacker

very interesting, thanks for the info.


9 posted on 02/13/2008 11:07:00 AM PST by lolhelp
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To: RGPII

GAA is the Gaelic Athletic Association. Hurling is like field hockey on steroids. Very rough-and-tumble. Look it up on Wikipedia.


10 posted on 02/13/2008 11:07:23 AM PST by Andyman (The truth shall make you freep.)
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To: LibWhacker

I’m curious if this will be available on this side of the pond...


11 posted on 02/13/2008 11:12:58 AM PST by rock_lobsta (I Love Global Warming!)
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To: LibWhacker

bump


12 posted on 02/13/2008 11:13:02 AM PST by unspun (Mike Huckabee: Government's job is "protect us, not have to provide for us." Duncan Hunter knows.)
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To: LibWhacker

bump


13 posted on 02/13/2008 11:13:14 AM PST by unspun (Mike Huckabee: Government's job is "protect us, not have to provide for us." Duncan Hunter knows.)
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To: LibWhacker

Ping along thanks


14 posted on 02/13/2008 11:14:20 AM PST by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: MissEdie

he pimps(don’t tell Hillary) “Occular Nutrition”.
he’s also pimped ethanol for years. look how great that worked out.


15 posted on 02/13/2008 11:15:08 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Conservatives are to McCain what Charlie Brown is to Lucy.)
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To: MissEdie

I don’t know, sorry.


16 posted on 02/13/2008 11:16:25 AM PST by LibWhacker ("I don't like prison. They have the wrong types of bars in there." Charles Bukowski)
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To: rock_lobsta

It should be. Maybe at a health supplement store.


17 posted on 02/13/2008 11:19:02 AM PST by apocalypto
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To: LibWhacker

We need to ban this supplement ASAP and file criminal charges against the manufacturer and promoters for ‘practicing medicine without a license’.

/sarc


18 posted on 02/13/2008 11:19:19 AM PST by GourmetDan
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To: RGPII

Are you sure? Is a hurler not the same as a barfer?

I take lutene every day and am going to check out the other stuff. The macular degeneration is oftern hereditary.


19 posted on 02/13/2008 11:19:25 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Chelsea is a liar)
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To: LibWhacker
Why are Lutein and Zeaxanthin Important in our Diet? Lutein (pronounced LOO-teen) and zeaxanthin (zee-a-ZANTH-in) are found in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collard, mustard and turnip greens. Egg yolks, corn and various fruit are also sources of lutein.

https://www.sciencebasedhealth.com/sbh/resCen/theInst/LuteinInfo.asp

So, people. To help your eyes- eat any of the following foods:

spinach
kale
collard
mustard and turnip greens
squash
apricots
pepper
mangoes
tomatoes
pumpkin

Foods Rich in Lutein and Zeaxanthin
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2005/sep2005_report_macular_01.htm

20 posted on 02/13/2008 11:22:32 AM PST by Nachum
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To: rock_lobsta
I’m curious if this will be available on this side of the pond...

Just Google MacuShield supplement . Seems you can get it.

21 posted on 02/13/2008 11:24:35 AM PST by mupcat
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To: CholeraJoe
Someone’s lying.

They probably all play with the numbers in an effort to increase donations and other sources of funding.

22 posted on 02/13/2008 11:31:26 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: LibWhacker

referance ping


23 posted on 02/13/2008 11:44:18 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: LibWhacker

I was diagnosed last week with Macular Degeneration, I’m definitely going to look into this. I have the ‘dry version’ but was told it progresses into the more serious wet version.


24 posted on 02/13/2008 11:50:33 AM PST by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: RGPII

I was a championship hurler during my college years.


25 posted on 02/13/2008 11:52:30 AM PST by statered ("And you know what I mean.")
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To: RetSignman
"I was diagnosed last week with Macular Degeneration, I’m definitely going to look into this. I have the ‘dry version’ but was told it progresses into the more serious wet version."

Prayers and best wishes that something works for you and the millions. My wife has to undergo a retina exam into a few weeks.

26 posted on 02/13/2008 11:58:35 AM PST by ex-snook ("Above all things, truth beareth away the victory.")
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To: statered

These guys are serious hurlers. They use sticks.


27 posted on 02/13/2008 12:02:53 PM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: neverdem

ping


28 posted on 02/13/2008 12:34:34 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: RetSignman

“I was diagnosed last week with Macular Degeneration, I’m definitely going to look into this. I have the ‘dry version’ but was told it progresses into the more serious wet version.”

Not true. Non-exudative ARMD (dry) CAN progress to the exudative form, but this is far from the usual sequence of events.

You should be taking a nutional supplement based on the AREDS formula, which has been shown, in an unusually thorough, long-term set of studies, to SLOW the progression of non-exudative ARMD at various stages.

The dramatic improvements claimed in this story are suspect at best. At VERY best.


29 posted on 02/13/2008 12:58:13 PM PST by EyeGuy
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To: LibWhacker
Having just done a several hour web search and not being an expert, I have come to an observation. If you are looking for a vision supplement with lutein and zeaxanthin as important ingredients, look carefully. For instance, the ICaps® Lutein & Zeaxanthin formula has only 4 mg per serving combined. Many others have up to 20 mg per serving of lutein alone. You do get what you pay for in a since but prices vary widely.
30 posted on 02/13/2008 1:39:00 PM PST by Dust in the Wind (Fund A Red Meat Eatery Regularly)
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To: LibWhacker

Hurling is a sport there? I think I knew about this once, but I can only think of an American spectator form of the sport now. I hope this works for more people.


31 posted on 02/13/2008 1:46:49 PM PST by ThomasThomas
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To: wastedyears
I also do have double vision

Do you have it because of one eye is weak and tends to "wander" when you are tired?

An optometrist showed me an eye exercise that helps, if that is your problem.

32 posted on 02/13/2008 1:49:02 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: LibWhacker

mark


33 posted on 02/13/2008 1:51:03 PM PST by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name after Harper's election?)
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To: Andyman
Hurling is like field hockey on steroids.

More like assault with a deadly weapon while swilling Guinness and wearing short pants if you ask me. Love it!

34 posted on 02/13/2008 1:52:38 PM PST by AngryJawa ({IDPA, NRA} All Hail John Moses Browning)
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To: BykrBayb

Ping


35 posted on 02/13/2008 1:59:36 PM PST by LilAngel (FReeping on a cell phone is like making Christmas dinner in an Easy Bake Oven)
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To: ntnychik

Bump for hubby.


36 posted on 02/13/2008 3:04:43 PM PST by ntnychik
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To: kitchen
self ping
37 posted on 02/13/2008 4:26:25 PM PST by kitchen (Any day without a fair tax thread is a good day.)
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To: EyeGuy

Thanks for your input, your information is welcomed better news and I’m going to look into ARADS Formula.


38 posted on 02/13/2008 4:52:30 PM PST by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: EyeGuy

Thanks for your input, your information is welcomed better news and I’m going to look into ARADS Formula.


39 posted on 02/13/2008 4:53:33 PM PST by RetSignman (DEMSM: "If you tell a big enough lie, frequently enough, it becomes the truth")
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To: LibWhacker

Has the Islamic world ever contributed a medical advance to mankind that comes anywhere close to this? Does the Muslim world contribute any medical advances to mankind?

And great and good luck to Jimmy Ahearn


40 posted on 02/13/2008 4:59:21 PM PST by dennisw (Never bet on Islam!)
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To: LibWhacker

Has the Islamic world ever contributed a medical advance to mankind that comes anywhere close to this? Does the Muslim world contribute any medical advances to mankind?

And great and good luck to Jimmy Ahearn


41 posted on 02/13/2008 5:01:56 PM PST by dennisw (Never bet on Islam!)
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To: RGPII

Cricket. I remember watching my father playing cricket with the English community in Istanbul in the 50s. There were more English than Americans and they all went out to a cricket club every month and played cricket two months then softball the third month. Dad got to be the relief hurler. It has the names of the whole crew on it. We kids ran around in the pine trees eating pine nuts at the appropriate time of year and digging spent bullets out of the embankment any time. The place had been an old army shooting range. I have the bat he was presented with when he got orders for home.


42 posted on 02/13/2008 6:21:50 PM PST by arthurus
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To: RGPII

Cricket. I remember watching my father playing cricket with the English community in Istanbul in the 50s. There were more English than Americans and they all went out to a cricket club every month and played cricket two months then softball the third month. Dad got to be the relief hurler. We kids ran around in the pine trees eating pine nuts at the appropriate time of year and digging spent bullets out of the embankment any time. The place had been an old army shooting range. I have the bat he was presented with when he got orders for home.It has the names of the whole crew on it.


43 posted on 02/13/2008 6:22:45 PM PST by arthurus
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To: All

Anyone find a source for this product in the US? My mother has this condition.


44 posted on 02/13/2008 6:41:08 PM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: arthurus

Fine story, Yeh, I once met a Turkish girl on a train, very nice. Thanks for sharing that with us.


45 posted on 02/13/2008 6:44:17 PM PST by RGPII
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To: RGPII

I met a Turkish woman on a long visa who was a desk clerk at a condo complex. She was 35 and desperate to find a husband in order to stay here. I spoke to her because she had her name and “Turkey” on her name tag.It turns out she was from my “old neighborhood, Nisantas in Istanbul and I found out that our house is still there but that all the open space in the neighborhood is filled up with apartment buildings and medical buildings now. When I lived there we kids would go out into the sheep pastures that were just beyond the where last apartment building was and the street ended abruptly. We would get fed lunch in a sheepfarmer’s house that to me looked like a pile of boards and tarpaper from the outside but was nice inside with a cookfire in a fireplace on one side and hard dirt floor with rugs. In those days my sister and I could go anywhere our little legs would carry us and when we got spotted by a soldier or a taxi driver who thought we looked lost he would call the consulate and we would get a ride home in a taxi or a jeep. I don’t think an American family can just let their kids go in Istanbul nowadays.


46 posted on 02/13/2008 7:14:55 PM PST by arthurus
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To: metmom

thanks, bfl


47 posted on 02/13/2008 7:21:33 PM PST by neverdem (I have to hope for a brokered GOP Convention. It can't get any worse.)
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To: arthurus

No one comes here for stalking, if you all want to talk to the police and pay for all crimes instead of making others the victims of injustices do it; or leave me alone.


48 posted on 02/13/2008 9:15:37 PM PST by RGPII
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To: arthurus

If any talking needs to be done, the police can handle it and no one comes here for any abuse. I checked your threads, you don’t abuse other people in this way; you stalked, it is repugnant, you did it for people who should not be seen as anything more than rapists in new mexico, you practise discrimination as well. Sir, please let’s go talk to the police at your earliest convenience.


49 posted on 02/13/2008 10:49:17 PM PST by RGPII
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To: RGPII

How on earth do you read abuse in a comment a childhood in Istanbul????


50 posted on 02/13/2008 11:22:55 PM PST by arthurus
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