Like most people, my intraocular pressure (IOP) is lowest at night. This is also when natural levels of melatonin are near their high in the circadian cycle. My IOP is highest in the morning when melatonin is low. There seems to be a correlation between my IOP and melatonin. Recognizing that relationship lead me to have a discussion with my physician.
My physician agreed to carefully monitor my IOP while I try melatonin. I'll tell you how the results of the first day turned out. But first, let me tell you what I know about melatonin and glaucoma.
A reader's comment on my prior post about ghee and cholesterol prompted this article.
First I want to thank Kai for leaving that comment. Kai recommends, "a new book out from Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon, entiled EAT FAT, LOSE FAT, Plume, ISBN: 0-452-28566-6."
I have not read Eat Fat Lose Fat (EFLF). I would like to obtain a list of the book's references and read the studies directly. I think that would be very worthwhile. If anyone can provide me with those references, please contact me.
In a prior article, I suggested that kale should become one of our favorite foods because of its extremely high nutrient density. Kale is especially rich in nutrients that are good for vision, cancer prevention and more.
I also presented my first attempt at a recipe that would make kale taste good enough to eat on a regular basis. I don't think that recipe quite achieved my goal, so I came up with a second version, thanks in part to Route 79. (I altered my recipe with ideas I got from their recipe.)
My criteria remain the same as those I stated in the prior article. The dish must taste good and be easy to cook, while also being super healthy.
As I said in the first recipe, I am still undecided on which type of sugar to use. You can read my note there about why I included a little sugar in this recipe even though I don't normally eat any added sugar of any type. If you are curious about the garlic or ginger, read my notes there as well.
This is an educational film. It is worth seeing. It won't make you happy, but it will make you informed. No one can afford to be uninformed on this topic. As you will understand when you watch the film, it doesn't matter where you live or how far away you are from civilization, you need to be informed about the issues discussed in The Future of Food. Please watch the DVD.
Let me try to put the importance of this film into perspective. I probably can't do it justice, but I'll try.
Yesterday I wrote about the news that Ocufors, a plant-based pharmaceutical product for glaucoma, had received regulatory approval from India's equivalent of the US FDA (the Drugs Controller General of India - DCGI).
Ocufors is a natural, plant-derived product that has been found to be 30% more effective at reducing intraocular pressure than existing glaucoma drugs, according to its manufacturer.
I have been following the story of the herb behind Ocufors for a few years. And I have been hoping to see a product like Ocufors come to market.
As a quick aside, I want to comment on the product name. It may be obvious, but Ocufors is a combination of "Ocu" for ocular and "fors" for forskolin, which is the active ingredient extracted from the herb.
As reported by Red Herring, there are two companies involved. The US patent is held by Sami Labs of Bangalore, India. According to Red Herring, Sabina , a US-based company, owns Sami Labs.
Today, very interesting news for glaucoma patients was released. The business technology magazine Red Herring broke the news today of a novel drug approval. The drug Ocufors is made from the ancient Ayurvedic herb Makandi. This is the first pharmaceutical product ever approved in India that is completely plant derived, according to Red Herring.
Ocufors has been found to be 30 percent more effective than existing and popular glaucoma drugs. The drug has undergone all the mandatory studies and clinical research at six different locations in India.
On August 23, 2006, I wrote an article about this herb (Coleus forskohlii) and I reviewed the research as well as the botanical information.