Visions of Joy News!
- Happy Birthday to Dr. Bates on Friday!
- Esther’s Updates
- Special news for vision teachers
- Bad diet can lead to blindness
to those who receive Visions of Joy News for the first time! I
hope you enjoy this somewhat irregular newsletter about natural
eyesight improvement and that you will find it helpful on your
personal path to clarity.
156TH BIRTHDAY TO DR. BATES - 23 DECEMBER 2016
I like to send a newsletter on Dr. Bates' birthday, but as I will
be traveling to Europe for Christmas you are receiving this a
few days early. Now that my new book is closer to getting done
I appreciate Dr. Bates' wisdom more and more as I keep digging
back into his extensive written legacy. I expect a grand revival
of the Bates method in my lifetime, so, watch this space!
I have traveled a lot this past year, which cut down on sending
newsletters, but I expect next year you will hear from me a bit
more often! You'll see the 2017
schedule is now up on my website.
The Optimist magazine with whom I made the online video course
on 'How to improve your eyesight naturally'
tells me it is their best-selling program, and they will be promoting
it again in January 2017. It has been getting great reviews as
many people find the advice provided to be very useful and applicable
for their own vision. You can still get a 10%
discount through my website until the Optimist tells me that
code is no longer valid, so get it now...
For those of you who wonder what happened to Tom Quackenbush's
website, Tom has retired and is taking time for himself after
over 30 years of teaching the Bates method. I am grateful I trained
with him and wish him all the best for the future.
NEWS FOR VISION TEACHERS
The Teacher Training in Italy in July 2016 was a huge success
and I'm receiving requests for more continuing education
courses. I would love to teach this 5-day class in the
USA in the coming year and an update regarding that will go out
to current teachers on my list. If you would like to have a class
in Europe again too, please email me.
Along with my dear colleague Rosemary Gaddum-Gordon, a new VETI
(Vision Educators Training Institute) teacher certification
training is being planned for 2018. This is a complete
course for anyone interested in becoming a vision educator. If
you want the best possible start in a rewarding new career, this
course is for you! More information will be posted
here in the new year.
People so often tell me of
their wonderful vision progress that it is normal for me to hear
about eyesight improving, but for many people it is not. So I
will share a few recent stories from my students.
to Mariëlle in the Netherlands who took part in
the video course I created this year. After watching 3 of the
4 sessions and practicing relaxed ways of seeing she wrote: "I
already have some results from relaxing and trying not to stare
etc. (start: 5 / 40 and two weeks later: 5 / 20 +3). Regards,
Mariëlle started the course with -2.00
diopters of myopia combined with -0.75 of astigmatism. The numbers
she provides show that she more than doubled her vision acuity
in just two weeks, a great result!
* Congratulations to Anne Olson in Oregon, USA,
who took the email course this summer. She says:
"I have noticed a significant improvement
in my distance vision in general. Improvement in my vision as
measured by a vision chart has been slow but it is there! This
is a great class with a lot of good content! A great compilation
of Bates Methods activities and techniques combined with individualized
attention from an experienced, warm, and thoughtful vision improvement
in her late 60s, her eyes have been highly myopic (-8D) for most
of her life and she had double vision. She also was dealing with
cataract in one eye. Natural Vision lessons solved the double
vision issue she had and during the 3 months she took for this
email course her vision acuity significantly improved from right
eye 5/100, left eye 5/200, to seeing 5/40 with each eye.
That’s why I love my work! These are just a few recent examples
and, as you may know from previous newsletters, they are not the
only success stories. Congratulations go to all my students, even
if only for having an open mind and a willingness to try something
different. Not everyone sees fast improvements, yet many benefits
become evident over time, and every step is so worth-while. Keep
enjoying your path to clarity!
DIET CAN LEAD TO BLINDNESS
A 14 year old boy in Perth, Australia, was going blind and a variety
of local eye doctors and hospitals could not help him until his
mother took him to a specialist in Sydney. The professor they
met there had worked in Kenya and was familiar with symptoms of
Vitamin A deficiency. As it turned out, the boy's problem was
his fussy eating habits since age 5 - nothing except chicken,
potatoes, dry bread and Coke - which had left him so malnourished
he was going blind.
can read the full story here.
Most diets are not that bad, yet many people have a hard time
giving up one of the biggest nutritional roadblocks to good vision
- an addiction to sugar and artificial sweeteners. In a recent
class with a student in Wisconsin I explained that her sugar addiction
did not need to be hard to overcome. She had tried to quit sugar
in the past, had felt deprived, and failed to stick to her good
intentions. There is an easy solution! I view the sugar issue
Your body does need sugar, and a sugar craving is a built-in warning
signal when you run low on this essential fuel. Yet what your
body is truly asking for is sugar that comes with all the trimmings
- a wholesome helping of vitamins and minerals - which are supposed
to come along with the sugar! Fresh fruit is what your body truly
craves; fruit is the original answer to a sugar craving. When
you answer that craving with empty calories from refined sugars,
you are starving your cells from what they were hoping to get,
so you stay hungry for sweets, and you head for disaster instead
of health. Once you switch to using fresh fruit whenever the sugar
craving pops up, you are feeding your cells what they truly need
- sugar and an impressive line-up of additional nutrients. When
you choose fruit to satisfy the sugar craving you will soon find
it easy to stay away from the artificial sweeteners, and you may
find the cravings for sugar-laced junk foods become less and less
as your body becomes truly nourished by the minerals and vitamins
provided by fresh fruit.
With this point of view on the sugar issue my student has found
new inspiration to overcome her sugar addiction. She finds switching
to fruit makes total sense and she does not feel deprived this
time around. I expect she will succeed and she will be able to
maintain her steady progress to clear vision because she is now
getting the nourishment her cells have been asking for.
If you are diabetic and have learned to 'fear' fruit, please first
read Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book "The
End of Diabetes". My dear friend Bonnie recently switched
to Dr. Fuhrman's "Eat to Live" diet and within a few
weeks her doctor took her off insulin and within two months he
declared she was completely cured from diabetes!
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I wish everyone happy and healthy holidays!
Enjoy your path to clarity.
Esther Joy van der Werf
Natural Eyesight Improvement