Cataract Risk is affected by Diet

According to the World Health Organization, cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the world. While not a common cause of blindness in the US, the prevalence of cataract is still significant and so are its economic and human costs. According to the National Society to Prevent Blindness, there are currently 24.4 million cases of cataract in the United States up from 20.5 million on the year 2000. Every year there are about 1 million surgeries for cataracts. It is estimated that the direct annual medical costs for outpatient, inpatient and prescription drug services related to the treatment of cataracts, total $6.8 billion.

In a recent British study,[i] there was a strong relation between cataract risk and diet group, with a progressive decrease in risk of cataract comparing high meat eaters to low meat eaters, fish eaters (participants who ate fish but not meat), vegetarians, and vegans respectively. Continue reading

Interview with Dr. Lynn Fioretti, Family Medicine

For the physician, all relevant research comes into actual practice in the clinic.  For the patient, the clinic is where they receive their treatment and interact with their doctor on an ongoing basis. Very often, clinical technique makes the key difference for patient compliance and successful treatment. So the Vegetarian Prescription considers the clinical experience of physicians practicing vegetarian nutritional medicine to be a vital source of knowledge and experience. To make this knowledge more widely available, we are posting a series of interviews with various current practitioners. 

Lynn Fioretti, a DO, practices Family Medicine in the south Puget Sound area.  She makes extensive use of vegetarian nutritional medicine.

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