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We often see our older population looking for their spectacles to read the newspaper, an article or even a Facebook post. We hear, “huh?” or “what’s that?” a thousand times. Have we truly thought about damage prevention to our eyesight and hearing? I think we chalk it up to growing older and as a normal part of life. What if I told you that is so far from the truth? Would you believe me? Vision problems result from inflammation and degeneration of the eye. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. The leading cause of blindness in ages 20-74 according to Michigan State University is cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration; which affects adults ages 40 and over. Ear infections, meningitis, earwax buildup, fluid, punctured eardrums, medicines and long-term exposure to loud noise can cause hearing loss. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the greatest amount of hearing loss is in the 60 to 69 age group. In addition, men are twice as likely as women to have hearing loss among adults aged 20-69.

The late and great Dr. Sebi teaches us that our eyesight is deeply connected to our colon and our pancreas. Unimagined right? The more clogged your colon and pancreas is, for a lack of a better term, the worse your vision is. A self-check of your diet is ever important. Our bodies are a magnificent alarm system that we often tune out. Listen attentively and fill the body up with alkaline foods to help reduce inflammation.

Alkaline Foods for Eyesight include cantaloupes, peaches, Burro bananas, blackberries, squash, tomatillos, kale seeded oranges, strawberries watercress, amaranth (grains), and bladderwrack (seaweed). Alkaline Foods for Hearing include avocado, seeded oranges, seeded melons, kale, arugula, quinoa, and tomatoes.

Foods to Avoid include wheat gluten (causes mucus production), dairy products (causes mucus production), meat (causes mucus production), seafood (disrupts gut health), and sugar (causes mucus production).

Visit your optometrist or ophthalmologist annually or biannually. Always keep a food journal when transitioning into a new diet. Use your food journal as a level of accountability. Consult with your physician if you have sudden hearing loss or gradual hearing impairments. Water helps move digested food particles along the colon to prepare the body for a bowel movement. Continue to drink plenty of spring water, at least a gallon per day. Eat more alkaline foods, because an alkaline diet wards off disease while an acidic diet contributes to the onset of disease, according to Dr. Sebi’s Nutritional Guide. I would be remised if I did not mention the magic of marijuana for cataract, glaucoma and pain management for hearing or vision impairments. Speak with your physician to get a medical marijuana recommendation or visit a medical marijuana dispensary in the legally participating states and/or territories. Remember health is your only wealth.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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