The Window of the Eye

Jensen also emphasized that natural foods can be used as detoxifiers. Iridology, traced back to biblical times, is his preferred method of diagnosis according to website:
“Through observation of the iris,” says iridologist Linda Lucci Brecevich, of Hamilton; “ we are able to see inflammation in the body. Inflammation is an indicator of where disease is.”
“The iris really reveals to us everything we need to know about our health, what we have inherited, where our areas of disease lie and what level of disease any inflammation is at.
“We can then take a natural approach to healing wherever that is needed.”
The iris represents the nerve endings of your spinal cord which is the electrical system of the body, says Brecevich. She instructs that rings become visible in the iris when the nervous system is stressed in a response to the inflammation of organs attached to it. Relaxing the nervous system can be done in various ways, but specifically herbs such as valerian, hops and chamomile are her preferences, she says.

Brecevich offers instructional videos on her website:

The Non-Believers

Dr. Stephen Barrett disclaims iridology’s effectiveness in an article published on this website:
“Iridology (sometimes referred to as iris diagnosis) is based on the bizarre belief that each area of the body is represented by a corresponding area in the iris of the eye (the coloured area around the pupil),” says Barrett. He lists several scientific tests in which American, Australian and Dutch iridologists’ findings were found to be inaccurate.
“Iridology makes no anatomic or physiologic sense. It is not merely worthless. Incorrect diagnoses can unnecessarily frighten people, cause them to waste money seeking medical care for nonexistent conditions, or steer them away from necessary medical care when a real problem is overlooked,” says Barrett.

The Benefits of An Open Mind

Our bodies are overexposed to toxins more than ever these days, no one can argue with that. Also well recorded are the detoxification properties of several natural foods and the benefits of holistic approaches. What are the answers, then, to the debate over iridology’s authenticity or effectiveness?
Dr. Robert O. Young of California believes “when the body is in healthy alkaline balance, germs are unable to get a foothold,” according to Errol Denton’s website: The website states “over-acidification of the body is the single underlying cause of all disease,” and “ a chronically over-acidic pH corrodes body tissue, slowly eating into the 60,000 miles of veins and arteries like acid eating into marble.”
Denton, a UK nutritional microscopist, “trained in the new biology by Young in California, is now the UK’s leading expert live blood analyst,” says the website.
Denton states: “As no single test can be considered diagnostic, iridology serves as a wonderful adjunct to nutritional microscopy live blood testing.”
Could the solution be to incorporate a balance from both the conventional and holistic fields when facing health dilemmas? It is a personal choice.