Alternative and Complementary Approaches to Treating Common Ocular Disorders Part 2—Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Wayne Centrone N.D., A.T.C. In Part 1 of this article (see ALTERNATIVE & COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES 8:17–22, 2002), natural therapeutic approaches for treating cataracts and glaucoma were reviewed. We concluded that it is best, first and foremost, to protect complex ocular structures against damage, using natural methods and that provision of treatment is necessary when protection fails. Part 2 covers diabetic…

Rheumatoid Arthritis Etiology and Naturopathic Treatments*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Ben Bramwell Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a complex, multifactorial disease that affects approximately 1 percent of the United States population. Across all age groups, RA predominates in females over males in a ratio of 2–3:1, although, in reproductive years, the ratio may be as high as 5:1. 1 Within joints, the autoimmune mediated course of RA is…

Natural Therapies to Preserve and Enhance Cognition and Memory*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and  Ben Bramwell For many patients, one of the most disturbing prospects of aging is the possibility of a decreasing ability to recall desired memories and comprehend new information and stimuli. This is understandably a very real concern considering that as much as 7 percent of the population more than 65 years old has overt Alzheimer’s disease and…

Natural Approaches to the Prevention and Management of Diabetes Mellitus*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Ben Bramwell According to facts and figures provided by the American Diabetes Association, there are an estimated 15.7 million people in the United States with diabetes. Approximately 5.4 million of these people have not yet been diagnosed.1 The hyperglycemia resulting from types I and II diabetes mellitus can lead to multiple challenges for the person with diabetes. Patients…

Helping Patients to Age Well Applying the Free-Radical Hypothesis*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Ben Bramwell According to th e U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030, 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over 65, compared to just 4 percent 100 years ago.1 This means that we, as practitioners, shall be called upon increasingly to help our patients optimize their health as they get older. This can be achieved with careful and appropriate…

Natural Therapies for Treating Multiple Sclerosis*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Shannon Braden, N.D. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic degenerative condition that affects more women than men, with a ratio of 60 percent women to 40 percent men afflicted. This autoimmune disease attacks the nervous system. Specifically, the myelin sheaths, consisting of cells that surround nerves in the brain and spinal cord, are damaged. When the myelin sheaths are attacked they scar,…