Eyes and Ears
Part 3 of our Body Signs article series covers some interesting eye and iris signs.
Iridology, the study of eyes, is an ancient form of body diagnosis which has the potential to reveal inherited predispositions, organ and systemic strengths and weaknesses, levels of toxicity, congestion and information on many more aspects of health.
Read on to find out what even the colour of your eyes can tell you about your health, and which therapies will best suit your constitution!
Over a third of referrals to the Royal Blind Society of Australia stem from this eye condition, the most common cause of blindness in those over the age of 50. Getting plenty of antioxidants - potent protectors of the body's cells - appears to be a key factor in preventing this disorder.
What is it?
In macular degeneration, the macula - the light-sensitive area in the centre of the retina that controls the central visual field and the ability to see colours - breaks down and impairs your eyesight. Though your peripheral vision - the ability to see the outside edges of the scene you are looking at - remains intact, the centre of your field of vision is blurry, grey or filled with a large blank spot. As a result, the condition may make it difficult or impossible to read, drive, watch television or even recognise someone's face.
When your ear is exposed to excess moisture, water can remain trapped in your ear canal. The skin inside becomes soggy, diluting the acidity that normally prevents infection.
What is it?
Water normally flows into and out of your ears without causing any problems. You can nearly always shower, bathe, swim, and walk in the rain without a problem — which is remarkable, considering how large and deep an opening your ear provides. You're protected by your ear's shape, which tips fluid out, and by its lining, which has acidic properties that protect against bacteria and fungi.
It may be all in your head, but it's nonetheless very real - a persistent buzzing, humming, whistling or plain old ringing in the ears that afflicts many older people. And though there's no outright cure, treatment is at hand in the form of vitamins, minerals and herbs.
What is it?
The medical name for persistent ringing in the ears is tinnitus - which is a Latin word meaning 'ringing'. Probably 20% of Australians experience some form of tinnitus at some time in their lives, and many seek medical help for it. In certain people (usually those over the age of 60), the ringing may become so intrusive that it interferes with sleep or leads to depression and anxiety. About 80% of sufferers have some degree of hearing loss.