How I Resolved Night Blindness NaturallyNatural Remedies
My husband and I recently decided to bite the bullet and convert all of our old family videotapes to digital format. These tapes were sitting uselessly in the office cabinet collecting dust as we no longer had any machine that could play them. This was no small (or cheap) task since over 80 hours of footage required converting!
Getting this huge project done has been so worth it, however, as the kids are really enjoying watching footage of themselves as babies, old birthday parties, family events and other fun goings-on through the years. Best of all, it’s all available in seconds with a click of the remote on the big TV screen!
One thing that really shocked the kids while they were watching some of the oldest footage from over 15 years ago is that my husband and I both used to wear glasses. My husband used to wear them all day, everyday for nearsightedness. In my case, I wore glasses in the evening because of problems with night blindness.
In fact, none of the kids has any memory of either of us ever wearing glasses (except for reading glasses, which both of us have started to occasionally wear). My oldest is now 16, so that is a long time to have thrown away the specs for good!
“Why don’t you and Daddy wear glasses anymore?” they asked.
This is a very interesting question, one that I haven’t considered in a very long time. My husband and I both developed a need for glasses shortly after graduating college until around 2002 when our second child was born. After that, we just didn’t seem to need them anymore and gradually stopped wearing them until eventually stopping altogether. Strangely enough, this happened for both us right around the same time!
The interesting thing is that my husband needed glasses for mild myopia and I needed them for night blindness issues – completely different and seemingly unrelated reasons.
So what changed during that time in 2002 that has allowed not one, but both of us the freedom to no longer need glasses?
The only thing that changed was our diet.
In late 2001, we discovered traditional eating via the activism of the Weston A. Price Foundation and its fearless leader and President, Sally Fallon Morell.
Immediately grasping the total logic and sense of traditional diet after reading Nutrition and Physical Degeneration as well as the classic cookbook Nourishing Traditions, we abandoned our lowfat diet and began eating healthy, whole fats like butter, cream, egg yolks, fish eggs, and cod liver oil like our ancestors did.
This change had the immediate effect of resolving my hypoglycemia problems through stabilization of blood sugar and elimination of sugar cravings.
The improvement to our eyesight was more gradual, however. It took place over a span of a few months with both Richard and I noticing that we really just didn’t need those glasses anymore.
How could traditional diet have made a difference?
In my estimation, it was the Vitamin A that made the difference for me and the Vitamin D that made the difference for my husband. Both of these critical, fat soluble vitamins in their natural forms are plentifully available in traditional foods revered by healthy, ancestral cultures.
Vitamin A Resolves Night Blindness
In the book Eat Fat, Lose Fat, authors Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon Morell write in Chapter 4 about Stephen, a young electrician from Buffalo, New York who was struggling with night vision problems.
When Stephen learned that night blindness can be caused by Vitamin A deficiency, he decided to skip the synthetic A supplement pills and consume a whole food like cod liver oil instead. Within 3 months, his night blindness had vanished.
Stephen’s experience almost exactly mirrors my own. Within just a few months of starting on traditional diet which included cod liver oil, a natural source of Vitamin A, my night blindness disappeared and has never returned in the ensuing 13 years. This is the brand I used.
What’s particularly compelling about my story of night blindness resolution from natural Vitamin A is that when my night blindness was at its worst, I was taking a daily supplement that contained synthetic Vitamin A and beta carotene. Obviously, these Vitamin A sources were doing nothing to help my night blindness issues!
Only when I added in the natural form of Vitamin A from traditional foods like cod liver oil, pastured butter, cream, and egg yolks, did the night blindness disappear. This is a very important distinction as conventional medicine recognizes the benefits of Vitamin A in resolving night blindness, but beta carotene and synthetic Vitamin A are considered as good as true Vitamin A, which clearly they are not. Click here for more information on this dangerous nutritional myth.
Vitamin D Resolves Mild Myopia?
In my husband’s case, his mild myopia resolved at about the same time as my night blindness. In his case, though, it is likely that the addition of natural Vitamin D to his diet from cod liver oil and pastured whole fats did the trick. Cod liver oil contains not only natural Vitamin A, but also natural Vitamin D! Note that like me, he was obtaining Vitamin D in his diet from a synthetic vitamin pill when he was experiencing vision problems before making the switch to cod liver oil. The synthetic Vitamin D was doing nothing to help resolve the problem.
The Vitamin D Council reports in a study from May 2014 that Vitamin D levels appear to be related to the severity of nearsightedness.
2,038 people aged 13 to 18 years old participated in this large study. The researchers examined the participants’ vitamin D levels, evaluated each person for myopia and also noted the severity of the condition.
The researchers found that vitamin D levels were significantly related to severity of myopia, meaning that lower vitamin D levels were related to more severe myopia among the study participants.
Did addition of traditional foods to my diet and my husband’s diet resolve our vision issues?
While our story is only anecdotal and in no way scientific, the evidence sure does point in that direction!
If you suffer from night blindness or mild nearsightedness that is causing you grief or the need for prescription lenses, it’s certainly worth a shot to incorporate traditional fats like cod liver oil into your diet for a few months to see if it helps.
I can tell you that after more than a decade of not needing glasses for my night vision issues, I am certainly glad I made this dietary change!
*If you are seeking a quality cod liver oil supplement that is guaranteed to contain only natural Vitamin A and D in unadulterated form click here. This is the brand I’ve used for many years. Be aware that many cod liver oil brands on the market now contain synthetic Vitamin A and D, which is very unfortunate.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
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