April 28th 2014, 11:43 | Bryan Hubbard
Failing eyesight has become so closely associated with old age that medicine has applied a number of adjectives synonymous with 'geriatric' to conditions like 'age-related macular degeneration' and 'senile cataracts', and it's just taken for granted that your eyes are going to wear out even faster than the rest of you.
As Dame Judi Dench once commented about her AMD, which has now made it difficult for her to read scripts: "I've got what my ma had, which you get when you get old."
We gently beg to differ. New and largely buried research from Tufts University reveals that all the supposed conditions that rob the sight of millions of people in the West-from AMD and cataracts to diabetic retinopathy-largely have a single cause: a diet high in processed sugar. And far from being an inevitable part of old age, these conditions are close relations of the other major causes of Western degenerative illness, from heart disease to Alzheimer's, and like them can be largely prevented-or even reversed-by making certain lifestyle changes.
Our cover story this month (page 24 of May's issue of WDDTY) details the aspects of your lifestyle that will prematurely rob you of your vision and those special natural supplements shown to reverse the major eye diseases.
And speaking of miracle supplements, you can get exposed to the best and brightest of them just outside your front door. The sun is still our best source of vitamin D, which isn't so much a vitamin as a major steroid hormone, regulating some 30 tissues in the body. What's more, new evidence shows that vitamin D is a powerful cancer fighter and that vitamin D supplements can even slash the risk of women from dying of breast cancer (page 18 of May's issue of WDDTY).
If you're wondering how your doctor keeps up with all the latest in modern medicine, look no further than the drugs salesman. The drugs industry spends some $27 billion (about 88 per cent of its total marketing spend) on 'educating' doctors, including face-to-face visits, gifts (a new PC, perhaps?), a bucketload of samples to hand out and even a trip to the Seychelles. Don't forget the wife and kids (page 22 of May's issue of WDDTY).
But the most powerful drug of all may be your thoughts. As Dr Joe Dispenza discovered, what we think and feel has a profound effect on either activating or silencing our genes and the healing molecules within our bodies. Even when you know you're taking a sugar pill, the expectation of healing can make it work (page 32).
As promised, this month we offer part two of our special on osteoporosis from fitness specialist Paul Chek, who reveals the best exercises for rebuilding your bones from head to toe (page 38 of May's issue).
If you've recently suffered from the pollution coming up from the Sahara, help is at hand in the form of the best natural treatments for hay fever-from pineapple-derived enzymes and plant pigments to Ayurvedic herbs and green tea (page 44). And if you're at risk of stroke and keen to avoid taking 'just-in-case' aspirin, check out the recommendations of our natural doctor's casebook, which offers a plethora of ways to tip the odds in your favour (page 46).
You've seen the ads from British Gas, now read the fine print from electrosmog expert Guy Hudson on the risks of smart meters-the latest source of invisible radiation (page 53). And if you've got angina, our medical detective Dr Harald Gaier offers a batch of proven alternatives (page 68 of May's issue of WDDTY).
Our raw-food chef Mark'eta Bola will fix you up with some delicious morning smoothies, plus some new information about why juicing is even better than eating your five-ahem, seven-a day (page 56). And publisher Bryan Hubbard uncovers another daily habit that's good for your health-namely, taking off your shoes (page 62).
Read the astonishing story of Jessica Willard, who survived a disastrous fall and a coma, and claims a little-known therapy called the Bowen technique had a good deal to do with it (page 58).
It's time to get ready for summer skin, and managing editor Joanna Evans has just the thing for it: a selection of our favourite face masks, all without the usual chemical nasties (page 72 of May's issue of WDDTY).
And we didn't limit ourselves to grown-ups. We've also sourced a batch of the kindest skincare buys for baby, some good for healing eczema, cradle cap and nappy rash-enough to keep all of you in the pink (page 74 of May's issue of WDDTY).