Archive for August, 2013

Doctor, Doctor – Where Did My Cataracts Go?

“Castor Oil?” She said, “I don’t think I can recommend that to any of my patients!” Then she stormed out of the room!


 Today I want to tell you where my cataracts went! And, here’s the story …

 I would be 80 years old the end of August, 2011, and the Department of Motor Vehicles was hounding me to renew my driver’s license due to expire at the end of the month. I knew that DMV would require an eye examination certifying good vision for the renewal.  

 So I made an appointment and went to the eye clinic to get an eye examination the first week of August.

 After the test was completed, the doctor reported that the results showed I had 20/30 vision in my left eye and 20/40 vision in the right. That’s sufficient for DMV, she said.

 Then she stated ominously: “BUT … I see evidence of cataracts forming. Can we have you come back for more definitive testing in a month?” she asked. “We can discuss cataract surgery at that time,” she added blithely.

 I asked her if there were natural alternatives to remove cataracts. “NO,” she said bluntly: “The only cure for cataracts is surgery.”(This is the standard medical industry position on the issue of cataracts, which if untreated can lead to total loss of vision.)

 Well, needless to say, just the thought of having “eye surgery” sent a cold shiver up ole Grandpa Wally’s degenerating spine.

 I agreed to come back in a month for “more definitive testing,” picked up my medical certificate to take to DMV, and came on home.

 That night, I couldn’t sleep. I was obsessed with the evil thought of a  doctor taking a scalpel to my eyes, cutting out the lens, and then implanting a plastic lens.

 Y’know, cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the world! The medical profession is making a mint of money – billions – every year performing cataract surgery. Removal of a clouded lens and implanting an artificial plastic lens replacement.

 Many of my friends and family members have submitted to cataract surgery over the years, some with good results, some not so good, some horror stories.

 Several friends and other acquaintances have reported horribly serious vision problems following poorly done cataract surgery.

 On the other hand, my older brother (now deceased), after he had cataract surgery, told me that he was fine and able to throw away his reading glasses. He said he was able to see “like a teenager” now.  So I guess it works for some folks. For many, apparently.

 Although the medical profession tells us that surgery is the ONLY remedy for cataracts, and that the procedure is “a safe and effective way to restore vision – with serious complications being unusual,” I was not ready to accept their pronouncement out of hand and without looking around for some independent information.¹

 So I went online that night, did extensive, careful research and found studies and reports claiming that cataract surgery is NOT the only cure for cataracts.

 Cataracts can be reversed; cataracts can be dissolved; and vision can be restored without surgery!²

One treatment I discovered claimed medical studies have established that castor oil can dissolve cataracts! And there are other natural remedies, nutritional remedies, and supplements that can dissolve cataracts.

The castor oil treatment I tried prescribed two drops of castor oil in each eye at bedtime for two to three months to dissolve cataracts.³

 At first I thought: Castor Oil? In the eyes? Then I recalled that castor oil has been administered orally to infants through the ages, for generations. I decided to try it.

 I purchased pharmaceutical grade castor oil at the local health food store, and eye droppers at a local pharmacy. Next evening, I began the procedure of two drops of castor oil in each eye at bedtime every night. There was no pain, just temporary mild blurred vision from this procedure. Awakening the following morning, I noted  increased clarity of vision. I was thrilled, and continued the castor oil drops at bedtime each night thereafter.

 Three and a half weeks later I returned to the eye clinic for the “more definitive” tests the doctor had requested to check the cataracts.

 When the results were determined, the eye doctor was incredulous!

 She said, “the results of this test show you to have 20/20 vision in both eyes! And I see NO EVIDENCE of cataracts!”  “What have you been doing differently?” she asked me.

 I told her about the castor oil protocol I was using and her jaw dropped. Then hastily she called in the clinic’s chief ophthalmologist who carefully re-examined my eyes.

 The “more definitive” test results were the same: 20/20 vision in both eyes and no evidence of cataracts!

 She said, “Castor oil, huh? Well, I don’t think I could recommend that to any of my patients!” … then she stormed out of the room.

 The evidence was plain as day there before their eyes to see. But they were not willing to accept the clear evidence of their own test results!

 I continue drops of castor oil in both eyes at bedtime each night with no ill effects. In fact, quite the opposite. My vision is stronger every day. I no longer need glasses for driving or reading (assuming a font of reasonable size and appropriate lighting).

 And by the way …. the kicker to the story: DMV renewed 81-year-old Grandpa Wally’s driver’s license for eight years, to the year 2020!

 Check back. In the coming weeks Grandpa Wally will have more on vision issues in a later blog.


 ¹ American Optometric Association,

² National Institutes of Health,

³ EarthClinic,

  Norman Shealy,

Welcome to Grandpa Wally’s natural health remedies web blog where we talk about natural ways to treat your ailments!

Grandpa Wally

Welcome to my natural health blog site.

I imagine you might be asking: who is this guy Grandpa Wally, anyway?

I’m going to start off by telling you who Grandpa Wally is, and why he’s publishing this blog.

Many years ago, when I was about three years old and suffering from a miserable cold, I remember Grandma Sarah Allan telling my mother to give me a dose of honey, lemon juice, and whiskey for my cold and to relieve my sore, hoarse throat.

That was the first “grandma’s natural health remedy” I ever heard of. That was eight decades ago and, ever since,  I’ve had an enduring and avid interest in treating health issues naturally. I’ve experimented and used many natural treatments on myself.  I have researched old, natural remedies and have read every natural health book or blog I could lay my hands on since that time.

I’m also reminded of my last conversation with my personal physician; a distinguished Medical School professor who practiced internal medicine. He was my doctor for more than twenty years.

Well, about 12 years ago, when I had complained to him about experiencing numbness of my feet and the tips of my fingers, it was he who suggested I should have an MRI to help with the diagnosis. But, he advised, MRI’s are expensive procedures, so – since I was a Korean War veteran – I might want to seek treatment at the local VA Medical Center where expensive tests could be performed at much lower cost. [I had recently left my employment and consequently lost my health insurance coverage.]

Several years later, when he announced his retirement from the practice of medicine, I called his office to make an appointment just to say “farewell” to a man who had been giving me medical advice and treating me for one ailment or another for over 20 years.

We had a nice conversation that day and said our “goodbyes.” Then as we stood to shake hands before I headed out the door, he said a very surprising thing.

He looked me in the eyes and said:

“Well, Wally, I just wish you had had more pain!”

“Why would you say a thing like that?” I asked him, incredulously.

His reply was: “Well, we doctors know how to treat pain!”

 I suppose he was expressing some remorse at having been unable to diagnose the cause of my peripheral neuropathy.

 [Eventually the VA Medical Center diagnosed my numbness as small fiber idiopathic peripheral neuropathy – idiopathic meaning “we can't determine the cause of this numbness and therefore don’t know how to treat it!” This was the result after about five years of very expensive testing.]

Well, you know, I thought about his farewell remark for a second and then said, “yeah, doc, you know how to treat pain with pain pills. But you don’t always know how to ‘cure’ the underlying cause of the pain, just giving the patient some temporary superficial relief.” He just smiled and waved goodbye.

 [We remain good friends and see each other occasionally on the campus of the university where he continues to teach medical students part time in his retirement.]

 Well, as time goes by, although I have tremendous respect for the medical profession, I find that I rely on their supposed wisdom less and less, and “self doctor” more and more, and with good results overall.

 So, now that brings me to the reason for this blog. Over a long spread of time – more than 60 years – I have done loads of research and study to find the answers to my health issues as they have arisen, especially when I was dissatisfied with a doctor’s diagnosis or lack thereof, or didn’t wish to submit myself to the risks of traditional medical procedures.

 And now, like my Grandma Sarah Allan, I want to share the knowledge of that research and some of the results of my self doctoring. It is my hope and desire that the natural remedies I impart through this blog – most of which I have actually used myself to cure my own personal ailments of one kind or another – will help you and your loved ones and others who find this blog to do some self doctoring yourself when your medical professional is not able to diagnose or treat you appropriately – or when you are not satisfied with and don’t want to settle for just a dose of those pain pills they so readily hand out or prescribe. If you’re like me, you know those pain pills, while they may give some immediate and temporary relief from pain, are usually accompanied by some serious side effects that can lead to additional health problems going forward.

 So come back and keep up with the natural health remedies I’ll talk about, some of which I’ve experimented with on myself and have worked wonders for me.  As we go along, you can leave comments in our comments section with your email address and I’ll try to get back in touch with you as soon as possible.


DISCLAIMER: I’ll begin by telling you that I am not a medical professional, a doctor, or a medical expert of any kind. Nor am I representing myself in any way as an authority on health or medical issues. Here I am only relating to you, the reader, details of my personal experience with natural health remedies I have researched and experimented with on my own.

 If you have a medical problem Grandpa Wally would be the first to advise you that you should first see your doctor or a medical professional. Discuss the issue with someone who is licensed to practice medicine by the local government authorities.