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Jacaranda Medical Centre Alstonville

13 Commercial Road, Alstonville,

NSW, Australia 2477

Contact Dr Anne Malatt

Phone 02 6687 2433
reception@doctorannemalatt.com.au

Dr Malatt consults in her rooms at, Jacaranda Medical Centre Alstonville on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. She operates in Lismore on Wednesdays.

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EYE HEALTH, WHOLE HEALTH

“As you ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head,

or the head without the body,

so neither ought you to attempt to cure the body without the soul…

For the part can never be well unless the whole is well.” (Plato, Charmides)

Truly caring for your eyes means caring for the whole of you. Our eyes do not exist in isolation, for they are living in our bodies!
 

Our eyes are literally the windows of our bodies, as well as our souls, and just as we see out of them, we can see into them. Conditions like high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, and diabetes can be seen in the blood vessels lining the eyes. Some diseases, particularly auto-immune diseases, can cause problems with the eyes, as can the medications used to treat them.

 

So, how can we look after our eyes?

“Let food be thy medicine.” (Hippocrates)

The food that is good for the eyes is also good for all of us:

  • lean meat

  • oily fish

  • dark green leafy vegetables

  • nuts

  • seeds

  • fruit (not too much, as it is full of sugar!)

  • fresh water

 

Supplements may be of benefit, as our soil is depleted of nutrients and our lives are stressful. Antioxidants may improve cell function and minimise the damage we commonly call ageing (oxidative damage, free radical formation, and degenerative disease).

 

Antioxidants include:

  • Vitamins – the water soluble vitamins A, C and E

  • Minerals and trace elements – especially selenium and zinc;

  • Glycoproteins – cherries and berries, chlorophyll, marine phytoplankton.

"First, do no harm." (Hippocrates)

The food that is not good for us, is not good for the eyes either:

  • processed foods

  • ‘refined’ carbohydrates – sugar, white flour, bread & pasta

  • engineered fats and oils, like ‘trans’ fatty acids in margarine

  • chemicals used to process and preserve foods for a longer shelf life.

These things aren’t great for us either:

  • smoking

  • drinking alcohol

  • taking drugs

  • not exercising

  • not enjoying life

  • not enjoying people

 

It’s not about giving yourself a hard time, but understanding that these things may be hurting you; and if you are hurting you, you are hurting everyone, as we are all connected....and part of the one whole.

 

Choose you
  • Treat yourself as tenderly as you would a young child

  • Listen to your body – it is wise and always tells the truth

  • Drink water when you are thirsty

  • Eat fresh whole food when you are hungry

  • Rest when you are tired

 

Choose rest

Sleep heals you. The hours between 9pm and 1 am restore most deeply – rest when you are tired instead of eating and drinking to keep yourself going.

 

Choose life

Life is meant to be joyful – balance work that you love with play and rest. Spend your time wisely with people you love, including you! And now is the time to express all the love that you feel.

Please Contact the Clinic if you would like to know more.