Holistic Veterinary Medicine – What is It? What Can I Expect?

Guinea PigWhat is Holistic Veterinary Medicine?   Many American families have at least one pet in their household. The most common types of domesticated animals are dogs, cats, fishes, birds, rabbits, and mice. Animals are cared for and tended to on an everyday basis by their human companions and treated like a member of the family. Pets can give people companionship, love and compassion. Pet owners go to great lengths to make sure their pets are happy and healthy. Holistic veterinary medicine is becoming more well-known to the general public. The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (2015) states:

“the wholeness inherent in the scope of holistic veterinary medicine nurtures all aspects of an animal’s well-being, resulting in lasting physical, mental, and emotional health.”

Yellow LabWhat Do Holistic Veterinarians Treat? Veterinary medicine uses both conventional and non-conventional methods to treat sick animals. More people are taking their pets to be seen by veterinarians that specialize in the holistic care of animals. Treating animals is similar to treating humans. When an animal is showing symptoms of an illness or disease, the veterinarian will examine the animal. The practitioner will look into the complete medical history of the animal as well as environmental factors that can contribute to an illness/disease. Animals can suffer from various types of diseases. The Veterinary Institute of Integrative Medicine (2015) provides the following list of diseases commonly treated by holistic veterinarians:

  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Lymphoma
  • Renal-Kidney Disease
  • Ear Infection
  • Dental Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Diarrhea

Horses in FieldArthritis is a very common disease for animals such as dogs, cats, and horses because these animals walk on all fours for many hours a day. The constant strain on their paws and hooves causes inflammation in the joints. Arthritis is a very painful degenerative disease. Horses that participate in equestrian competitions are more likely to suffer from arthritis because of the constant jumping and running back and forth. Not surprisingly, the leg joints are where most horses, who are active, have arthritis.  Larger sized dogs and horses are more vulnerable to getting arthritis because of their bulky stature.  According to The Canine Hydrotherapy Association, aquatic or hydrotherapy has been found to be very effective for treatment of arthritis in canines.

CatWhat  Are the Holistic Veterinary Therapies and Treatments?  Animals can be treated with almost any type of holistic medicine or treatment available to humans:

Flower Essence Therapy  – Flower essence therapy is a popular treatment for those who are holistic veterinarians. Flower essences are believed to contain the healing energies of plants. The flower essence system, is attributed to Dr. Edward Bach, (September 24, 1886 – November 27, 1936) ,who developed the system in the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flower Remedies

Dr. Bach created the Bach Flower Rescue Remedies, with each of the 38 remedies directed at a particular characteristic or emotional state. Remedies for animals can be added to the food or drinking water but should never be dropped into the animal’s mouth because the glass dropper tube could be harmful if bitten off and swallowed. These five primary essences listed below are specifically intended for the treatment of animals who exhibit behavior indicative of an emotional imbalance. BachFlower.com (2015) summarizes the plants and the correlating healing powers. As always, it’s recommended that you consult with a certified and trusted health practitioner before administering any treatment to your pet.  Here are a few flower essences:

StarofBethlehem

Star of Bethlehem – Orithogalum Umbellatum

  • Star of Bethlehem – Orithogalum umbellatum
    Helps animals that have experienced abuse, trauma and shock, whether experienced recently or in the past. Helps the animal let go of the trauma and enjoy life.
  • Rock Rose – Helianthemum
    For situations in which the animal experiences panic or terror such as an accident, going to the vet, thunderstorm or fireworks.
  • Cherry Plum – Prunus cerasifera
    Helps animals who seem to have lost control of their actions such as constant barking, scratching or licking.

    Impatiens

    Impatiens – Impatiens gladulifera

  • Impatiens – Impatiens gladulifera
    Helps those animals who are impatient and can’t wait for their meal or going for a walk.
  • Clematis – Clematis vitalba
    For animals who seems to be sleeping too much and not really paying attention to what’s going on around them.

What Human Medicines Should Not be Given to Animals
Kitten and VeterinarianHolistic and natural remedies are safe if prescribed by a certified holistic health veterinarian or practitioner.  There are certain medicines used by humans that should not be given to animals especially dogs, because they will become more ill. Some drugs that shouldn’t be given to animals include, but are not limited to Ibuprofen, Tylenol, and Adderall. These drugs could cause stomach ulcers, kidney failure, vomiting, tremors, seizures, liver damage, and elevated heartbeat. Medicating pets is not recommended without the prescription of a trusted health professional. Sick animals should be taken to the veterinarian.

References
American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. (2015). Holistic Veterinary Therapies.  Retrieved March 17, 2015, from http://www.ahvma.org

The Bach Flower Research Programme. (2015). Star of Bethlehem. Therapy. Retrieved March 21, 2015, from http://www.edwardbach.org

The Original Bach Flower Remedies. (2015). Rescue Remedy and Bach Flower Remedies for Pets. Retrieved March 17, 2015, from http://www.bachflower.com

Veterinary Institute of Integrative Medicine. (2015). Top Animal Health Concerns For Veterinary Professionals. Retrieved March 21, 2015, from http://viim.org

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This articleHang Pham, MBHA Health Educator is written by Hang Pham. Hang Pham is a Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance Health and Wellness Educator. Hang Pham was born in Hoc Mon, Vietnam. She came to America in 1994, becoming a U.S. citizen in 2011. Hang graduated from Seaside High School with diploma and received her AA in General Studies from Monterey Peninsula College in 2011. She received her BA in Collaborative Health and Human Services from California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) in 2012. In addition to working as a volunteer staff with the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance, she currently works as a Clerical Aid in the Human Resources Department of Salinas City Hall. The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit health and wellness education organization. For more information about the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com.   All images are copyright free, from www.pixabay.com unless otherwise noted.

Disclaimer:  The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a charitable, independent registered nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and does not endorse any particular products or practices. We exist as an educational organization dedicated to providing free access to health education resources, products and services. Claims and statements herein are for informational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The statements about organizations, practitioners, methods of treatment, and products listed on this website are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is intended for educational purposes only. The MBHA strongly recommends that you seek out your trusted medical doctor or practitioner for diagnosis and treatment of any existing health condition.

The Benefits of a Healthy Romantic Relationship

Couple Heart Balloon LoveWhat is Emotional Health?
Holistic health has many components. The components are physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. Emotional health is a very important aspect of holistic health. Emotional health pertains to people’s emotions and feelings about the world around them and the events that take place in their lives. Emotional health is defined by Dr. Doris Jeanette as “the degree in which you feel emotionally secure and relaxed in everyday life.  An emotionally healthy person has a relaxed body, an open mind, and an open heart” ” (2015)

Happy Couple Baby

An emotionally healthy person has a
relaxed body, an open mind, and an open heart
.

Emotional health can be the result of positive life experience or events. Some positive life experiences or events include, but are not limited, in the following:

  • Getting good grades in school
  • Having good friends
  • Being in a healthy romantic relationship
  • Reaching a personal goal
  • Graduating from college
  • Getting a promotion at work
  • Having a baby
  • Being happily married for a long time

Couple Wedding Bench

One important aspect of emotional health is the
ability to maintain healthy relationships.

How Important is it to Have Healthy Relationships?
One important aspect of emotional health is the ability to maintain healthy relationships. To attain good emotional health, you could seek a healthy relationship with someone who makes you feel comfortable, secure, and safe. Certainly people do not need to be in a relationship to be emotionally healthy, but strong healthy relationships can lead to stronger emotional health and provide many benefits.


Couple Back HugI feel that if you truly care for someone, those little problems
don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

For example, I feel that I am in a stable and healthy romantic relationship. I have been with my fiancé for over six years now. He has many characteristics that bring joy to my life and thus making me feel emotionally secure. Before I met him, I wasn’t a very confident or outgoing person. He has helped me come out of my shell and be more assertive. Our relationship is not perfect. We both have quirks that annoy one another, however I feel that if you truly care for someone, those little problems don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

 

Couple Feet Bed

What are the Benefits of a Healthy Relationship?
Being in a healthy romantic relationship can bring about many health benefits. In an article written by Harvard Health Publications (2010), it describes the health benefits of being in a strong relationship.

The researchers conducted a study that involved married couples. The format of the results from the study have been altered to make them easier to view. The researchers concluded that married couples or people in long lasting committed relationships take better care of themselves, possibly to continue their relationship with their significant other, thus increasing their quality of life. The health benefits of being in a healthy relationship are as follows:

  • Lower risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Lower risk of developing dementia
  • Relieve harmful levels of stress
  • Increase immune functions
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce chances of developing depression
  • Less anxiety

 

 

Disagree CouplePositive Relationship Characteristics (Green Flags)
It’s crucial to be a relationship with someone whom you are compatible with, otherwise the results can be dangerous. I will categorized positive relationship characteristics as green flags and negative ones as red flags. In an article written by Campbell University (2015), it lists the green flag characteristics of a healthy relationship in the following:

  • Honestly & Accountability
  • Open Communication
  • Negotiation & Fairness
  • Economic Partnership
  • Shared Responsibility
  • Shared Power
  • Trust & Support
  • Non-Threatening Behavior
  • Intimacy
  • Physical Affection
  • Personal Integrity

Marriage Discord Health

Positive relationships foster good health and negative relationships can bring about poor health. Image: NY Times, “Is Marriage Good for Your Health?” Published: April 14, 2010

 

Negative Relationship Characteristics (Red Flags)
In an article by Psychology Today (2014), the red flags of a bad partner are presented as ten key points to look out for in a relationship. The red flags are provided, but not limited, to the following:

  • Lack of communication
  • Irresponsible, immature, and unpredictable
  • Lack of trust
  • Significant family and friends don’t like your partner
  • Controlling behavior
  • Feeling insecure in a relationship
  • A dark or secretive past
  • Non-resolution of past relationships
  • The relationship is built on the need to feel needed
  • Abusive behavior

 

Couple Ocean Fence

The health benefits of having good emotional health as a result of being in a healthy relationship are substantial.

Summary
Being in a relationship with someone who makes you feel loved, respected and secure can’t be understated.  Every person, no matter who you are, wants to have a genuine connection with another human being on a deep emotional level and everyone should have the chance to meet a wonderful person to spend his/her life with. As stated earlier in the article, the health benefits of having good emotional health as a result of being in a healthy relationship are substantial.

 

Resources:
Campbell University. (2015). Characteristics of a Healthy, Functional Romantic Relationship. Retrieved February 18, 2015, from http://www.campbell.edu/pdf/counseling-services/characteristics-of-healthy-romantic-relationships.pdf

 

Harvard Health Publications. (2010). Good connections can improve health and longevity. The health benefit of strong relationships. Retrieved February 17, 2015, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-health-benefits-of-strong-relationships

 

Holistic Psychology. (2015). Emotional Health Definition. What is Emotional Health? An Emotional Health Definition. Retrieved February 17, 2015, from http://www.drjeanette.com/emotionalhealth.html

 

Psychology Today. (2014). These are the things you should never ignore. 10 Relationship Red Flags. Retrieved February 18, 2015, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-flux/201407/10-relationship-red-flags

 

 

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This articleHang Pham, MBHA Health Educator is written by Hang Pham. Hang Pham is a Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance Health and Wellness Educator. Hang Pham was born in Hoc Mon, Vietnam. She came to America in 1994, becoming a U.S. citizen in 2011. Hang graduated from Seaside High School with diploma and received her AA in General Studies from Monterey Peninsula College in 2011. She received her BA in Collaborative Health and Human Services from California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) in 2012. In addition to working as a volunteer staff with the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance, she currently works as a Clerical Aid in the Human Resources Department of Salinas City Hall. The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit health and wellness education organization. For more information about the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com.   All images are copyright free, from www.pixabay.com unless otherwise noted.

Disclaimer:  The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a charitable, independent registered nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and does not endorse any particular products or practices. We exist as an educational organization dedicated to providing free access to health education resources, products and services. Claims and statements herein are for informational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The statements about organizations, practitioners, methods of treatment, and products listed on this website are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is intended for educational purposes only. The MBHA strongly recommends that you seek out your trusted medical doctor or practitioner for diagnosis and treatment of any existing health condition.

 

Natural Prevention and Treatment for Healthy Eyes

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Image Credit: Biographix Media http://www.biographixmedia.com/

How do we Keep our Eyes Healthy?
Painful, watery, itchy or tired eyes can be the result of many different factors. The type of treatment needed depends on the cause of the eye problem.  These factors may include the following:

  • Allergies or Environmental Triggers
  • Eyestrain or Stress
  • Fatigue or Poor Sleeping Patterns
  • Conjunctivitis or Infection in the Eye
  • Insufficient Oxygen to the Cornea and Outer Eye Tissue

Watery Red Eyes

Allergies and Eyes
Most people associate allergies with sneezing, coughing or wheezing, and nasal discharge or “runny nose,” but the eyes are often affected by allergies. According to the
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, eye allergy symptoms can include: Itching, redness, burning and a clear, watery discharge.
Outdoor allergens, such as pollen from grass, flowers, trees and weeds can easily trigger eye allergy symptoms as well as indoor allergens, such as dust mites, pet dander, mildew and mold. Environmental  irritants such as diesel exhaust and petroleum fumes, perfumes, and cigarette smoke also can cause the eyes to fatigue, burn and water.

 

Teenager on Computer Eye StrainEye Strain and Overuse
Recent studies show that more than 9 out of 10 adults (93.3 percent) spend more than two hours each day using a computer or other digital device, with more than 6 in 10 adults (60.8 percent) spending five or more hours every day on digital devices. This is often referred to as “digital eye strain.”

Digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome is the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen. This would include desktop and laptop computers, tablets, e-readers and cell phones. The average person who does not sit in from of a digital screen will blink the eye about 18 times per minute. This natural blinking, lubricates the eyeball and prevents dry, itching or burning eyes. However, research shows that those who spend 2 or more hours staring at a digital screen, blink the eyes less often. This can result in dry, itchy or burning eyes.

 

Young Boy Reading Eye StrainOther causes of eye strain include excessive use of the eyes in any ongoing continuous activity that requires intense and unaltered focus in vision — such as extended amounts of driving, writing, or reading.  Each of these activities can cause eye fatigue. Those who work long hours using their eyes, such as accountants, researchers, illustrators or artists, editors, writers are at high risk. Those who drive vehicles without frequent visual changes, such as a truck driver who drives long distance on many miles of road with no change in scenery are also susceptible to eye strain. Continuous use of the eyes without blinking or change in focus, causes the eyes to get less exercise and to strain the eyes.

 

Sleeping Disorders and Fatigue
When a person does not get enough sleep the eyes are dramatically affected.  After a few sleepless nights, the skin around the eyes can turn an unhealthy brown, yellow or sallow color and often become puffy.

Sleeping ChildChronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. The body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol which breaks down skin collagen. Collagen can help to maintain the elasticity and softness of the skin.  Without adequate rest or sleep, the eyes cannot revive. Sleep, rest, or meditation is necessary to rejuvenate the eyes and maintain proper eye health. Those who do not get enough sleep may experience blurred vision, eye pain, dry eyes, watering or burning eyes, and in extreme cases, trouble focusing, clouded vision, double vision, and twitching of the eyelid or eyeball (myokymia).  Myokymia can be very distracting and limit productivity.  If a person has trouble sleeping, they should try gentle meditation exercises or napping throughout the day.

 

Conjunctivitis or Eye Infection
How does one know the difference between simple eye strain, allergies or an eye infection? Symptoms of an eye infection are more severe. Watery, burning, red and tired eyes caused by an allergic reaction, lack or sleep or eye strain, will generally improve or will be slightly relieved when the person rests or removes the known allergen(s) triggering the response.

Image Credit:  Journal of the American Medical Association  www.jamanetwork.com

Image Credit: Journal of the American Medical Association http://www.jamanetwork.com

Allergies can develop into conjunctivitis or eye infection if not properly treated. Untreated eye infection can be very serious and lead to vision impairment.  According to the American Optometric Association, the symptoms of conjunctivitis include:

  • A gritty feeling in one or both eyes
  • Itching or burning sensation in one or both eyes
  • Excessive tearing
  • Discharge coming from one or both eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Pink discoloration to the whites of one or both eyes
  • Increased sensitivity to light

The American Optometric Association defines conjunctivitis as:

“Conjunctivitis is an inflammation or infection of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent layer of tissue that lines the inner surface of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye… While conjunctivitis is usually a minor eye infection, sometimes it can develop into a more serious problem.”

The three major types of conjunctivitis are allergic, chemical, or infectious. Infectious conjunctivitis can be either viral or bacterial. A person can get staphylococcal or streptococcal bacteria from their own skin or respiratory system and this bacteria can spread to the eye through touch, from insects, or from other people. 

People can also develop bacterial conjunctivitis from poor hygiene habits, such as rubbing or touching the eyes with unclean hands or using old, contaminated eye makeup and facial lotions. Eye MakeupFor this reason, makeup application brushes should be cleaned regularly and old makeup should be discarded after about one year, depending on use. Application sponges should be washed after each use and thrown away after about one month. Most cleansers and lotions contain fatty acids and should be discarded after six months. Makeup contamination can occur at any time, because it is always in contact with the eyes, mouth and fingers, which are highly susceptible to germs. If something has changed color or has a strange smell, throw it away immediately.  

Giant papillary conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the tissue underneath the eyelid. Those who wear soft contact lenses, can contract this infection from the bacteria on the contact lenses. The likelihood of contracting this infection is heightened during the allergy season.

Sick Woman Blowing NoseContagious viral upper respiratory infections, such as influenza or the common cold, are generally the causes of viral conjunctivitis. This is usually  contracted through coughing or sneezing, and spreads from the mucus of the nose or mouth, onto the hands and into the eye.

 

Lack of Oxygen to the Eye
Lack of oxygen to the brain and the eye, such as what occurs in those with sleep apnea, heart failure, lung disease or other cardio-pulmonary,  or neurological conditions, can cause eye strain and result in loss of vision due to the effects on the retina, choroid or optic nerve.  Climbing Mountain Lack of OxygenAlso at risk are pilots or cross country hikers, who become oxygen deprived.  If someone is experiencing blurring vision, pain, or swelling or pressure behind the eyes, due to lack of oxygen, they should contact their doctors or trusted health practitioner.  If an insufficient amount of oxygen is entering the bloodstream, the body will react rapidly. This deficit in oxygen is called hypoxia. The eye is usually the first body part to be affected by hypoxia.  A person can recover when the body regains its normal oxygen supply. Hypoxia will progress to anoxia if left untreated. Anoxia is a complete lack of oxygen which results in permanent physical damage or death.

 

Contact Lens

Image Credit: Colormecontacts.com

Contact lenses, in addition to being a trigger for bacterial infections (as written above), can decrease the supply of oxygen to the cornea when it is too tight, too thick or if worn too long. However, a soft contact lens known as silicon hydrogel is less likely to cause this problem, as it provides six times more oxygen to the eye than the traditional soft lens, but these lenses are more expensive. Those who are not practicing careful hygiene with their contact lenses or who wear their lenses too long, could experience symptoms such as clouded vision and red and painful eyes. If this occurs, the person should discontinue using contact lenses and consult a medical practitioner.  They might be advised to use and ointments or drops to reduce swelling, tearing, and promote healing.

 

Preventative Measures
To prevent bacterial or viral eye infection and allergic or chemical eye strain or infection, simple preventative measure can be taken:

  • Washing HandsKeep windows closed during high pollen periods; use air conditioning in your home and car.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently and especially after petting any animal.
  • Wear glasses or sunglasses when outdoors to keep pollen out of your eyes.
  • Take frequent breaks if spending long hours using the eyes (writing, driving, reading, etc.)
  • Use “mite-proof” bedding covers to limit exposure to dust mites, and a dehumidifier to control mold.
  • Don’t touch your eyes with your hands.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Change your towel and washcloth daily, and don’t share them with others.
  • Discard eye cosmetics, particularly mascara.Man Sleeping
  • Get plenty of sleep, or try meditation or frequent naps to rest the eyes.
  • Don’t use anyone else’s eye cosmetics or personal eye-care items.
  • Follow your eye doctor’s instructions on proper contact lens care.
  • Use specially designed computer eyewear such as anti-reflective, or AR, lens, or blue light-blocking lenses

 

Natural Treatments for Tired Eyes
There are several natural treatments that might be effective for tired eyes. However, if you suspect that you have a serious infection and experience no relief after making lifestyle changes, see a doctor or trusted healthcare professional for an examination, accurate diagnosis, medical advice and treatment.

Tea Treatment for Tired Eyes

  • Tea has been an age-old remedy to soothe tired eyes. Boil some tea in a little water and let it cool. Dip 2 clean pieces of gauze into the cool tea and place one on each eye for 15 minutes. Make sure you keep dipping the gauze into the liquid as soon as it dries, and reapply as needed.
  • For temporary relief of tired eyes, lie down, close your eyes, and place a cold washcloth (compress) over your eyes. Relax for about 15 or 20 minutes. Refresh the compress as needed.
  • When seeking relief for computer eye strain, researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Industrial Health have found that lowering the computer monitor’s position (and the angle of your head) increases tear production and soothes tired eyes.
  • Eye exercises and vision therapy can sometimes be very effective. Specially trained therapists or ophthalmologists might provide this.
  • For tired eyes, wash them with cold water, several times a day. Rinsing the eyes with water has been found to be highly effective in soothing tired eyes.
  • Herbal remedies such as eyebright and goldenseal have been known to be helpful (do not use goldenseal during pregnancy, or if you are allergic to ragweed).
  • An effective homeopathic remedy might be Ruta graveolens. It is most likely to be helpful in cases of eyestrain where the eyes burn and water after long periods of eye use.

Eye Exam

Prescription or Over the Counter Medications
Your health care practitioner or doctor might advise you to control some symptoms with nonprescription medications, sold over the counter or a prescription medication for infection. These might include

  • Artificial tears
  • Decongestant eyedrops (don’t use eyedrops for “red eye” longer than a week, or they can make things worse)
  • Oral antihistamines (note that they may dry your eyes and make your symptoms worse)
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory prescription medication
  • Antibiotic eye drops or eye cream prescription medication

However, the best way to prevent eye strain or eye infection and to ensure healthy eyes, is to live a healthy, responsible life.  Be sure to get plenty of sleep, avoid alcohol, drink plenty of water, protect your eyes from sun, smoke, and eyestrain, and get regular eye checkups from your trusted doctor or health practitioner.

 

Resources
Azari, AA; Barney, NP (October 23, 2013). “Conjunctivitis: a systematic review of diagnosis and treatment.”. JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association 310 (16): 1721–9. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.280318. PubMed

Brendan T. Barrett (2008). “A critical evaluation of the evidence supporting the practice of behavioural vision therapy”. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics 29(1): 4–25, Retrieved 2015-o1-10  PubMed

Conjunctivitis, American Optometric Association, aoa.org. Accessed 2015-01-10

Cassel, G.H.,  Billig, M.D.,  Randall, H.G., The Eye Book: A Complete Guide to Eye Disorders and Health (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book),  Paperback, April 3, 1998,  ISBN-13: 978-0801858475

Eye Allergy, American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, Accessed 2015-01-10

Goldberg, S., Trattler, W, Ophthalmology Made Ridiculously Simple, Paperback – April 15, 2012
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This article is written by Jean Voice Dart, M.S. Special Education from Illinois State University. Jean is a published author and has written hundreds of health articles as well as hosting a local television program, “Making Miracles Happen.” She is a Registered Music Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Master Level Energetic Teacher, and is the Executive Director, founder and Health and Wellness Educator of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance. The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit health and wellness education organization. For more information about the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com.  Images used in this article are free public domain from Pixabay.com or Publicdomainpictures.net  Other images are credited.

 

Disclaimer: The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a charitable, independent registered nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and does not endorse any particular products or practices. We exist as an educational organization dedicated to providing free access to health education resources, products and services. Claims and statements herein are for informational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The statements about organizations, practitioners, methods of treatment, and products listed on this website are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is intended for educational purposes only. The MBHA strongly recommends that you seek out your trusted medical doctor or practitioner for diagnosis and treatment of any existing health condition.