Iridology, Nutrition and Cognition Research

Current research in Iridology, Nutrition and Cognition of interest to the elderly and their family members, as well as to the Long Term Care industry as a whole.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Letter to Bishop John M. D’Arcy
Sent By Certified Mail,
Return Receipt Received

April 17, 2006

Bishop John M. D’Arcy
Diocese of South Bend-Fort Wayne
P.O. Box 390
Fort Wayne, IN 46801

Bishop D’Darcy,

On behalf of the Catholic elementary school children of this diocese who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; and, in response to the baseless, malicious, and possibly libelous complaint which she has filed against me with the Indiana Attorney General (a copy of which is enclosed), I would like to register a complaint against (name deleted), one of your employees in the Diocesan Education Office in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Enclosed is a copy of the reply which I recently sent to the Indiana Attorney General to address the ‘concerns’ raised by (name deleted); most of which appear to be a consequence of her abject inability, despite her claim to have a Masters Degree in nursing, to grasp even the simplest and most basic elements of the research which I have posted to my website at:

As a graduate of Holy Cross Elementary School in 1963, whose Sisters of the Holy Cross contributed significantly to my ethical formation, my goal is to bring my research, for free, to the attention of the parents of children who have been diagnosed with ADHD, many of whom have desperate concerns about the serious side-effects of many of the drugs which are typically prescribed to control these children’s behaviors instead of addressing any of the possible root causes of this condition. And, inasmuch as the mainstream media is extremely reluctant to publicize any research which threatens the profits of the pharmaceutical companies—and, for that reason, tends to censor, distort and/or ridicule evidence in support of the practice of alternative, complementary, or integrative medicine—the most efficient way for me to bring this research to the attention of the Catholic parents in this diocese is by giving slide presentations to the Parent-Teacher Associations. Thus, (name deleted)'s refusal, based upon her rank ignorance of, specifically, the scientific validity of my research, to allow me even so much as the opportunity to give slide presentations of my research, for free, to the PTAs in this diocese, constitutes an egregious and disgraceful disservice to both these children who have been placed under her ‘care’ and their parents.

Of particular concern, however, is not merely (name deleted)'s apparent lack of any concern whatsoever for the truth—as demonstrated by the fact that many of the statements she has made are false if not bald-faced lies; but, also, her utterly bizarre and disgraceful accusation that I am ‘trying to capitalize on the recent publicity about the recognized medication and some negative side-effects’; which, while a tacit admission that these drugs have serious side-effects, is, to her ‘understanding’ however, insufficient to justify that the parents of these children either be provided with any contrary information, or be given the opportunity to decide for themselves whether there is any scientific validity to my research. Nor did (name deleted) even go to the trouble—as she readily admits—of even so much as talking with Janice Smith, M.D. prior to the filing of her scurrilous complaint against both of us with the Indiana Attorney General. (Had she done so, she may very well have discovered that the Director of the residency program at Memorial Hospital in South Bend—that is, someone who is ‘above her pay grade’ in terms of medical knowledge—has a somewhat different view of Iridology than she does.)

And I suggest that her decision to prevent the Catholic parents of this diocese from even so much as being informed of my research, without expending any serious effort to determine, first, the validity of my research; and, moreover, her decision to file such a malicious complaint against me with the Indiana Attorney General, raise serious questions as to whether she has either sufficient medical knowledge or the ethical integrity to perform the job she currently holds in the Diocesan Education Office.

Finally, in a further attempt to be given the opportunity to give slide presentations of my research to the Parent-Teacher Associations of the Catholic elementary schools in the South Bend area, I would be willing to give you a slide presentation of my research at your earliest convenience the next time you are in South Bend.

With the hope that this issue will be resolved to the ultimate benefit of the Catholic elementary school children and their parents in this diocese…


Michael Cecil
Certified Iridologist and Nutritional Counselor


1) A copy of the complaint filed by (name deleted) with the Indiana Attorney General

2) A copy of my reply

3) My business card
Response to a Complaint Filed With
the Indiana Attorney General

Unfortunately, the practice of alternative, complementary, or integrative medicine in the United States is susceptible to certain 'inconveniences', if not dangers, because of the serious threat that it poses to the multi-billion dollar profits of the pharmaceutical companies and the practitioners of orthodox, Western medicine.

On the one hand, the mainstream media, the recipient of billions of dollars in advertising revenues from the pharmaceutical-medical establishment, is committed to the preservation of the status quo; and, for that reason, typically ignores, suppresses, distorts and ridicules any information and/or evidence in support of nutritional approaches to health maintenance as well as the use of alternative or complementary healing modalities.

And, on the other hand, anyone who considers their livelihood--or even, apparently, merely their medical 'beliefs'--as being threatened by the practitioners of such alternative and complementary healing modalities is encouraged by the scurrilous accusations of, for example, the "quackwatch" website to take legal action against natural health practitioners for the purpose of preserving their profits, livelihoods, and/or beliefs.

Recently, for example, a complaint was filed with the Indiana Attorney General with regards to my research, to which the following letter is a reply. (It is now more than eight months later, and I have still not received a reply from the Indiana Attorney General):

April 12, 2006

State of Indiana
Attorney General
Division of Consumer Protection
Indiana Government Center South, Fifth Floor
302 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2770

Re: File No. 06-CP-53106: In the Matter of Michael Joseph Cecil 30000317


This is in response to the baseless, malicious, and possibly libelous complaint filed against me by (name of perpetrator removed), an employee of the South Bend-Fort Wayne Diocesan Education Office of the Roman Catholic Church.

I am a Certified Iridologist and Nutritional Counselor, having received my Certification from Dr. Bernard Jensen in 1997, and have been practicing Iridology and Nutritional Counseling on a part time basis for approximately the past 11 years as part of a research project whose purpose is to establish correlations between signs in the iris and medical diagnoses.

I also have a B.S. degree in psychology (Purdue University, 1971), graduated with a 4.0 average from an Associate of Science Degree program in Respiratory Therapy (Vincennes University, 1985), and passed the Registry exam as a Respiratory Therapist in 1986. But I have not worked in the field of respiratory therapy since 1998. In addition, I was recently employed for 3 ½ years as a Long Term Care Ombudsman—an advocate for the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities—in Elkhart and Kosciusko Counties.

A few days prior to my meeting with (perpetrator), I received a letter from Holy Cross Catholic elementary school in South Bend, where I graduated in 1963, requesting monetary donations as well as donations ‘in kind’ to improve the educational opportunities of the students at Holy Cross. I then contacted the principal of Holy Cross with the request that I be allowed to give a slide presentation to a meeting of the Parent-Teacher Association of Holy Cross in order to explain some of the research I had done in Iridology; in particular, research demonstrating that dietary changes can sometimes be of significant benefit in addressing some of the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. My motivation in contacting the principal of Holy Cross was that, by providing this service to students diagnosed with ADHD, I could help the students, at a school where I had graduated, by providing parents with information which might be helpful in reducing at least some of the symptoms of ADHD which can be traced to either the ingestion of excito-toxins, overall body toxicity, and/or specific nutritional deficiencies.

As a contribution to the educational opportunities of the students at Holy Cross, I also explained that I would be willing to do, for free, quick iris screenings (This is possible only with blue irises. Parents of children with brown eyes would have to pay for the film and developing if they wanted even a preliminary assessment. See below.) in order to determine whether they had any of the three iris signs that preliminary research indicates may be associated with this particular medical diagnosis.

I was then given the telephone number of the Diocesan (South Bend-Fort Wayne) Education Office in Mishawaka, Indiana and was told that any decision on whether this would be permitted would have to be made at the diocesan level. This was the reason that I arrived “unannounced” at the Diocesan Education Office and requested that I be given the opportunity to give a slide presentation of my research to (perpetrator’s) supervisor, who, as I understand it, is a priest, but was not then available. (I have no direct knowledge as to whether (perpetrator’s) supervisor was ever informed of my “unannounced” visit; but I have serious doubts in this regard.)

I made no further attempts to contact the Diocesan Education Office; and, several days later, I received a telephone call from, as I now understand it, (perpetrator) (she did not identify herself by name, as I recall), who stated that, for a variety of fairly opaque reasons, I would not be allowed to screen the students at any of the Catholic schools in the diocese. Nor would I be allowed to give a presentation of my research to her supervisor. Nor would I be allowed to give presentations of my research to any of the Parent-Teacher Associations of the Catholic elementary schools in the diocese.

Inasmuch as the research I am doing is typically ignored, distorted, or ridiculed in the mainstream media—nor, to my knowledge, is anyone else involved in such important research; I, at that point, considered her to be seriously interfering with my attempts to bring my research to the attention of those who are most in need of hearing about it and being given the opportunity to ask me questions. (In addition, I have had numerous conversations with Dr. Bernard Vodnoy, a retired Optometrist in South Bend, who, several years ago, determined that at least some instances of what are referred to as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder could be traced to vision/perceptual problems which create neurological stress; but he has also had some difficulty in getting the educational system to consider this research.)

In response to the statements made in the complaint by (perpetrator), some of which were expropriated from the “quackwatch” website of Stephen Barrett, M.D.:

I) “… ‘Iridology’ is an alternative therapy...
False. Iridology is not a therapy but a physiological assessment tool which is incapable of producing a medical diagnosis, but must be used in conjunction with other tests ordered by a doctor (see below). (But what I find so difficult to believe is that someone with, purportedly, a Masters Degree in Nursing, would be unable to differentiate between an assessment tool and a therapy.)

… that has no scientific basis.”
This statement would be contradicted by, among others:

1) A client I saw in (date removed) who had not seen a doctor in some 20 years because he ‘did not like doctors’. I observed a ‘degenerative’ sign in the abdominal area of his left iris beneath the area corresponding to the heart, and strongly recommended that he see a doctor and get a physical. Initially, he balked at my suggestion, but I impressed upon him that this was not a trivial matter.

The day after his physical, he was admitted to the hospital for surgery on an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is asymptomatic and typically diagnosed only after death. (By the way, the physician and the surgeon both collected a fee that they otherwise would not have collected from this client unless he had seen me. My charge for this Iridology assessment was $35, and included recommending dietary sources of vitamins and minerals which were costing this client something in the area of $100/month.)

2) A client I saw in (date removed) to whom I gave a free Iridology screening. I observed a ‘degenerative’ sign in each iris in the area corresponding to the prostate. I strongly recommended that, although he had no symptoms of a prostate problem, he should see his doctor and be tested for any possible prostate problems. The doctor ordered a urinalysis, which was determined to be normal; but then ‘milked’ the client’s prostate, resulting in a ‘slide with numerous pus cells’ and a diagnosis of chronic prostatitis; which may very well be an asymptomatic precursor (this is one element of my research) of prostate cancer. (As to whether this doctor believes in the scientific validity of Iridology, it was on the basis of this assessment that I was invited to give a slide presentation of my Iridology research to the residency programs at Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center in South Bend in 1996.)

3) A client who I saw in (date removed)—if, that is, she were still alive to confirm my statements. (Surely, however, her family members and close friends would be able to verify what I am saying.) She had been diagnosed with ‘breast cancer’ by her doctor and had asked me to take pictures of her iris, make nutritional suggestions and refer her to any ‘natural health practitioners’ who might be able to help her. I explained to her that the picture I had taken of her right iris demonstrated that she had a ‘chronic to degenerative’ lesion in her right rib and chest wall area but not in her breast area; whereupon she explained that she had been complaining to her doctor for more than a year and a half about a pain in her right lower rib area, but had been told by her doctor that there was ‘nothing there’: there were no broken bones, there was no muscle strain or blunt force injury. Thus, the doctor concluded that nothing was wrong. It was only after one and a half years of constant complaining of the pain that the doctor finally ordered an MRI, after which it was ‘miraculously’ concluded that his patient had ‘breast cancer’. The client expired a few months after I had taken her pictures.

Pictures of the iris signs for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, chronic prostatitis and, (probably), rib and chest wall cancer, as well as other conditions, can be found on my web site at:

II) “His stated reason is to search for children with ADHD.”

False. My first reason was to determine whether children who had been diagnosed as having ADHD had one of the three signs I have associated with this medical diagnosis; and, secondly, I wanted to determine how many children had the ‘sub-acute inflammation’ sign for an under-acid stomach.

III) “‘Iridology’ is supposed to ‘diagnose imbalances’…
It was stated above that Iridology is a ‘therapy’; now Iridology is referred to as, instead, ‘diagnostic’. Both statements are false.

Not only did I not make this statement; it is also a statement with which I do not agree. Nor are many of the other ludicrous and/or scurrilous statements made on the “quackwatch” website in any way an accurate description or reflection of, specifically, the research that I am doing correlating iris signs with medical diagnoses. In fact, one of the purposes of my research is to eliminate such unscientific terminology from the practice of Iridology.

…of many diseases, but he has singled out ADHD.”
False. I have not singled out ADHD. What I have ‘singled out’ in my research is the ‘sub-acute inflammation’ sign for an under-acid stomach, which is one of the signs I have seen associated with ADHD; but is also of particular relevance with regards to the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. My research also indicates that this iris sign is associated with ulcers (in graphic confirmation of the Nobel Prize for Physiology awarded in 2005 for research demonstrating that ulcers are caused not by over-acidity but by helicobacter pylori, which grows in an under-acid stomach), idiopathic hypertension, Type II diabetes, and Vitamin B12 deficiency dementia.

IV) “He then told me that if he found any children with a specific iris sign (sic) he would then refer them to Dr. Smith.”
False. What I said was that any parents of children with ADHD who were interested in nutritional or alternative therapies and trying to get their children off of drugs I would refer to Dr. Smith. That is, some parents may very well be satisfied with the orthodox, pharmaceutical approach to ADHD. My concern is with regards to those parents who are, on the contrary, seeking alternative approaches but have no idea on how to get such information or such care for their children.

V) “The cost is in the ‘therapy’.”
False. My goal is to get this research, at no cost, into the hands of those who most need it in an effort to help these children as well as their parents. On my website I have my own research as well as links to other research—orthodox as well as alternative therapies—since ADHD is a multi-factorial condition, only one element of which is nutrition. (If (perpetrator) had spent just a few minutes examining the information on my website, maybe she would have understood this; but probably not.)

VI) “The other problem…is the issue of parental consent. He says it is not needed.”This is a bald-faced lie. What was being discussed was the issue of the privacy of medical information. What I said was that I would not have to know the names of any of the children who I screened. For those parents who had agreed to have me look at their children’s irises, with or without a diagnosis of ADHD, the principal could then inform the parents; who I could meet with and explain my research.

VII) “The next issue is that if the parent comes to the school wanting services for their “ADHD” child…”

The implication of the quotation marks around ADHD is that I am attempting to perform a medical diagnosis on the basis of signs in the iris; which, I suspect, is the ‘basis’ of (perpetrator’s ) witless and ridiculous complaint. This is a bald-faced lie inasmuch as it is, categorically, not scientifically possible to make any medical diagnosis on the basis of the iris. Rather, I am attempting to determine the iris signs of children typically diagnosed with ADHD. (See below.)

In any case, this is not my problem, nor the school’s problem. Parents are ultimately responsible for the treatment decisions they make in regards to their children, which is why they need as much information as they can get; that is, not only information provided to them by the pharmaceutical companies through the tightly-controlled mainstream media.

VIII) “On March 8, 2006 I called Mr. Cecil to let him know that we would not be having him come to the schools. He became angry sounding.”This is another bald-faced lie. On the contrary, I quickly acknowledged that, for the opaque reasons she had stated, it might not be possible for me to screen the elementary students of the Catholic schools. After all, the focus of my efforts was on bringing my research to the attention of the parents, who could then make individual decisions on whether I could look at their children’s irises. It was only after she stated that I would not be allowed even to give slide presentations of my research to any of the Parent-Teacher Associations in the diocese that I became annoyed. It was only after I realized that (perpetrator) views herself—apparently because of her purported ‘educational background’—as being more or less responsible for, in a word, ‘protecting’ these parents from even being informed of my research that I became angry and hung up the phone.

IX) “I told him that I had a Masters Degree in Nursing. He then told me that he had never known a Masters degree person so stupid.”

I gleefully admit that this statement is true (Even a stopped clock is right twice each day). How (perpetrator) ever managed to get a Master’s Degree in Nursing (apparently, she does not know the difference between ‘therapy’ and ‘diagnosis’, for example), or anything having to do with any medical profession, is far beyond my poor powers of cognition.

If you read carefully the information on my website, you should be able to understand that (perpetrator) appears not to have understood even so much as one of the things that I attempted to explain to her.

Also, it may be of some interest to you that Dr. Thomas Sutula, Director of the residency program at Memorial Hospital in South Bend—who, I would suspect, has ‘some’ experience in the medical field beyond that of a nurse with a Masters Degree—has a somewhat different view of the scientific validity of Iridology than does (perpetrator). [As explained above, I was given the opportunity to give a slide presentation of my research to the residents at Memorial Hospital in South Bend in 1996 (maybe (perpetrator) would have known this had she merely gone to the trouble of talking to Janice Smith, M.D., who was present at another of my presentations at Memorial Hospital less than two years ago) after I had assessed a ‘degenerative’ lesion in the prostate area—the picture can be found on my website —of one of Dr. Sutula’s patients, which he subsequently diagnosed as an asymptomatic chronic prostatitis.]

The scientific validity of Iridology aside for the moment, what is most upsetting about this complaint is not merely the baseless accusations and obvious malice of (perpetrator); but that she is also, wittingly or unwittingly, contributing to the problem of ADHD by preventing the parents of this diocese from making their own decisions with regards to my research. Also, apparently under the rubric of “allow no good deed to go unpunished”—as well as in a vicious contradiction of the Teaching found in the Gospels—she appears to be attempting to ‘criminalize’ not only my research, but my sincere efforts to improve the quality of life of families of children with ADHD in the South Bend-Fort Wayne diocese.

Furthermore, in the context of what two so-called “iridologists” are doing in the South Bend-Mishawaka area, I must question whether the Attorney General’s office should even so much as waste its time pursuing such a spurious and ridiculous complaint as filed against me by (perpetrator). For example, a woman recently informed me that she had gone to another local “iridologist” who looked at her iris and told her she had a “third degree heart block”—a medical diagnosis which requires, first, an EKG; and, secondly, a cardiologist; while I was also recently informed by a young black man, whose irises were so dark that, at a distance of 5 feet, his pupils could not be differentiated from his irises, that he had received an ‘iris reading’ from another local “iridologist” who, however, did not use a camera. (But, to my experience, very dark brown irises can be effectively assessed only by successive over-exposures using a 35 mm camera; or by taking pictures of the iris with a digital camera with the software capability of ‘over-exposing’ those images on a computer.) Thus, one of these so-called “iridologists” is clearly practicing medicine without a license; while the other is merely lying, but, thus, ruining the credibility of the science of Iridology. But, instead, (perpetrator) chooses to file a complaint with the Indiana Attorney General against someone who is painstakingly doing research attempting both to establish the scientific validity of Iridology and to help children with ADHD in the Catholic school system in the South Bend-Fort Wayne diocese. Just incredible!!

In a further attempt, then, to be given the opportunity to give slide presentations of my Iridology research to the Parent-Teacher Associations of the Catholic elementary schools in the South Bend-Fort Wayne diocese, a copy of this letter will also be sent to Bishop John M. D’Arcy in Fort Wayne, and a copy of this letter (with the name of the perpetrator of this complaint removed) will also be posted on my web site.

And, finally, an inescapable implication of the research which was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology in 2005 is that the vast majority of those in the United States who are currently taking over-the-counter and/or prescription antacids (a market which has been variously estimated at between 5 and 6 billion dollars per year) may very well be taking drugs which, rather than improving their over-all health, are resulting, instead, in a sharp deterioration in their health (and resulting in, for example, nursing home admissions); requiring the prescription of additional and expensive drugs (for such conditions as osteoporosis, hypertension and/or Type II diabetes) in a desperate but futile attempt to compensate for their inability to assimilate, respectively, calcium, magnesium and chromium because of the neutralization of, or their lack of stomach acid. And, because my research indicates that whether these people have an over-acid or an under-acid stomach can be assessed on the basis of corresponding signs in their iris, this would appear to raise the quite serious question as to whether the failure or determined refusal of nursing homes and assisted living facilities to assess their residents on the basis of signs in their iris (to determine the specific medical appropriateness of prescriptions for such expensive antacids such as proton pump inhibitors, and for such expensive osteoporosis drugs as the bisphosphonates, for example) constitutes, by default, Medicare and/or Medicaid fraud of truly massive proportions; which, I suggest, should be a matter of some importance to you—especially in the context of both a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, whose cost has sky-rocketed from a ‘mere’ $359 billion to more than $700 billion, and the severe strains which are also currently being placed on the state Medicaid plans of most of the states in this country.

For additional information on the scientific basis of Iridology (and how Iridology screenings may very well be used to achieve significant reductions in drug costs to both the Medicare and the Medicaid health insurance programs), I suggest that, in addition to the information on my website, you also read:

The Science and Practice of Iridology, Volume 1, Bernard Jensen. D.C.,N.D. and

Iridology—the Science and Practice in the Healing Arts, Volume II, Bernard Jensen, D.C., N.D.


Michael Cecil
Certified Iridologist and Nutritional Counselor

Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Pathophysiology of the Under-acid Stomach

Are Pharmaceutical Antacids Soothing Your Stomach
but Destroying Your Health?

Michael Cecil
Certified Iridologist & Nutritional Counselor

Most people who experience ‘heartburn’ automatically and reasonably conclude that they have an over-acid stomach.

After all, that is what we are told Tums, Rolaids, Zantac, Prilosec and Pepcid AC are good for: an over-acid stomach.

And, if these over-the-counter antacids no longer work after awhile, you can always have your doctor write an order for one of the prescription antacids (Nexium, Prevacid, Protonix, or Aciphex, for example) as advertised on TV, which will solve the problem once and for all.


Well, not exactly.

An important discovery of the science of Iridology is that very few people, especially those over the age of 65, actually have an over-acid stomach. On the contrary, once heart disease and hypothyroidism have been conclusively ruled out by your doctor; and once dietary factors, obesity, and the over-use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, etc. have also been eliminated, the single most common cause of ‘heartburn’ is a deficiency rather than an excess of stomach acid—a sign for which, in most cases, can readily be seen in the iris of the eye. (A deficiency of hydrochloric acid encourages the growth of helicobacter pylori; which, in turn, can erode the lining of the stomach, thus producing an area hypersensitive to stomach acid: i.e., ‘heartburn’.)

Rather than antacids, then, a more appropriate treatment for ‘heartburn’ is—perhaps surprisingly—plant-derived hydrochloric acid supplements; in accordance with, importantly, the basic rules of food-combining; and the precise dosage of which is best determined in consultation with a doctor with experience in the hydrochloric acid supplementation protocol.

Furthermore, taking antacids on a long term basis can result not only in ‘rebound hyperacidity’; but, also, serious health problems resulting from the interference with the critically important biological functions performed by hydrochloric acid.

Specifically, normal levels of stomach acid are necessary for: 1) the digestion of animal protein and the assimilation of the B Vitamins; 2) the destruction of ingested bacterial, viral and other pathogens; and, 3) the efficient assimilation of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, chromium and zinc. Thus, the complete neutralization of stomach acid—or the complete cessation of stomach acid production altogether—can result in, or at least exacerbate, respectively: 1) arteriosclerosis; 2) gastric or duodenal ulcers; and 3) osteoporosis, hypertension, anemia, Type II diabetes and diminished immmunity.

In short, the fundamental problem of ‘self-medicating’ with antacids is that, in most cases, people don’t even have the condition they are taking the medication for in the first place. Rather, the 'burning sensation' in the stomach is a symptom of another undiagnosed medical condition; or the condition would be better resolved by taking a natural supplement which is precisely the opposite of a pharmaceutical antacid.

Monday, February 20, 2006

The Classic 'Sub-acute Inflammation' Sign for an Under-acid Stomach

This is a picture of the classic 'sub-acute inflammation'--Bernard Jensen, 1952--iris sign indicative of an under-acid stomach: the light gray 'halo' which, in this picture, extends from 1-2 millimeters from the pupil.

Client had a very short attention span but was a genius at engineering, with several inventions over a variety of engineering disciplines. (Claimed that, if he had been 50 years younger, he would have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; which suggests that a calcium/magnesium deficiency may be an important aspect of such a diagnosis.)

Although having no knowledge or previous experience with medicine or physiology, client developed his own hydrochloric acid supplementation 'protocol', titrating the number of capsules based upon whether his sclera was either 'clear' or 'murky' in the morning. When his sclera was 'clear', he would take 3 2.5 grain capsules one or more times per day; when his sclera was 'murky' he would take as many as 8 2.5 grain capsules, once, twice or more times per day depending upon the effect upon his sclera. Had established a correlation between the condition of his sclera and his over-all feeling of well-being. ('Murkiness' to the sclera was likely a build-up of histamine; although this is merely conjecture.)

Within approximately a year of adopting this 'protocol', client reported that he had lost 22 pounds and was no longer taking prescription medications for either cholesterol, blood pressure or prostate problems.

This picture--specifically, the acute sign in the Peyer's Patches (2:30 o'clock, within the under-acid 'halo')--is, by the way, a graphic validation of an article entitled: "Local Hormone Networks and Intestinal T Cell Homeosotasis" published in SCIENCE, Vol. 275, 28 March,1997. (But an e-mail to the author in this regard failed to elicit a response.)

Acute Inflammation (Over-acid stomach) in a Blue Iris

The area of brightness immediately adjacent to the pupil either indicates a true over-acid stomach or is the result of dietary factors (jalapeno peppers, for example) and/or hypothyroidism. The yellow density--xanthelasmus--medial to the iris is suggestive of hyperlipidemia. (The client was an obese Hispanic woman.)

A Heidelberg test can be ordered by a doctor to test for stomach acidity. Also recommended: a lipid panel and tests for thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), T4 and T3; and Reverse T3 to rule out Wilson's Thyroid Syndrome.

Sign for Over-acid Stomach (brown iris)

The light brown 'halo' around the pupil indicates an over-acid stomach in this third over-exposure of a dark brown iris. According to Dr. Bernard Jensen (personal communication, 1997) very, very few people have a true over-acid stomach; and those with stomach ulcers typically have an under-acid stomach.

In this particular instance, the over-acid stomach sign was most probably a result of the client drinking in excess of three liters of dilute phosphoric acid (soda pop) per day while he was painting houses in the summer.

The 3-4 concentric circles indicate stress to the nervous system, possibly as a result of the leaching of calcium and magnesium in an effort to buffer the massive quantities of phosphoric acid ingested. (In such instances, it would be recommended that the client have his or her doctor test for an electrolyte imbalance.)

Although there has not been any follow-up since the taking of this picture, it is assumed that the over-acid stomach sign resolved once the client began drinking water rather than soda pop.

Outline for Research Presentation

Iridology Research Presentation

February 17, 2006

Slide 1

The ‘sub-acute inflammation’ sign for an under-acid stomach.

I. Medical implications:

A. The inability to completely digest and assimilate animal proteins, resulting in diminished similation of the B vitamins (responsible for brain and nerve activity), and an increase in the homocysteine level (vs. the ‘cholesterol hypothesis’ as the cause of heart disease)

B. The inability to assimilate minerals:

1. Calcium—muscle wasting, osteoporosis

2. Magnesium—Vitamin B cofactor; hypertension

3. Iron—anemia

4. Chromium—insulin co-factor

5. Zinc—immunity, prostate, thyroid, taste, retina (macular degeneration)

6. Selenium—antioxidant, necessary for formation of glutathione peroxidase (a major liver detoxifier)

C. The inability to protect against ingested viral, bacterial and other pathogens.

1. The acute sign in the Peyer’s Patches area at 2:30 o’clock within the under-acid stomach ring is a graphic confirmation of the research contained in the article “Local Hormone Networks and Intestinal T Cell Homeostasis” published in the March 28, 1997 issue of “Science” magazine.

II. Cognitive implications

1. Magnesium/Vitamin B 12 deficiency depression and/or dementia

2. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

3. Alzheimer’s Disease/dementia

a) Namenda (an analogue of amantadine, an anti-viral blocking agent)

b) aluminum toxicity

Slide 2 A true/diet-induced over-acid stomach sign in a brown iris

Slide 3

Over-acid stomach ring in a brown eye.

I. Medical implications:

1. Possible electrolyte imbalance due to mineral leaching—osteoporosis, hypertension

II. Cognitive Implications:

1. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

2. Magnesium deficiency-->Vitamin B 12 deficiency-->depression

Chronic to Degenerative Lesion in Prostate

Client presented asymptomatically for a 'free iridology screening'; denied any problems or symptoms relating to the prostate.

Chronic to degenerative lesion observed (at ~7:00 o'clock, .25-.50R) indicating problems with the prostate. Chronic to degenerative lesion also observed at the splenic flexure of the colon (at ~1:00 o'clock, .25-.50 R) (Lesions are much sharper and deeper on original image.) Recommended that he see a doctor for further evaluation.

Dr. returned a diagnosis of a chronic prostatitis which, however, was refractory to multiple anti-biotics.

Client had taken several courses of a variety of anti-biotics over several years for annual or semi-annual URIs (upper respiratory infections) without, however, supplementing with acidophilus, bifidophilus or multi-dophilus cultures. This suggests that the resulting prostatitis was the consequence of the elimination of the beneficial bacteria from the colon.

Inasmuch as the client was experiencing no symptoms, this slide raises the question of whether those who are ultimately diagnosed with prostate cancer do/did not have a long-term undiagnosed chronic prostatitis which weakened the prostate gland, making cancer that much more likely. Thus, clients with these particular signs in their iris would be much more effectively served by the test for prostate specific antigen than those who do not have such signs; which, of course, would help in reducing health care costs.

In addition, Dr. Bernard Jensen referred to this pairing of chronic signs in the prostate and the splenic flexure of the colon as a 'prostate syndrome' because of the number of times he had observed such a pairing.

Dr. Jensen also suggests that assessment of prostate problems on the basis of the iris is much more accurate as well as, shall we say, 'less invasive' than the common test for prostate problems. (Benign prostatic hyperplasia or hypertrophy, however, typically presents as an acute--i.e., inflammation--sign rather than a chronic to degenerative sign.)

In this particular case, it was recommended that the client undergo a series of colonics and other natural modalities and dietary changes to correct the fundamental problem of colon toxicity. Additionally, foods with high levels of zinc (to improve immunity as well as support the prostate) would be recommended--soaked and drained (to deactivate the enzyme inhibitors) pumpkin seeds, for example.

Chlorine and Heavy Metal (?) Toxicity in a Blue (yes, blue) Iris

The darkened area around the periphery of the iris is referred to as the 'scurf rim'; which, in this iris, indicates severe under-activity of the skin and/or an accumulation of toxins. (This is also, typically, the sign seen in the irises of women on the cover of 'glamour' magazines as a result of the over-application of cosmetics which do not allow the skin to 'breathe'.)

Black density at ~8 o'clock and 1/4th the distance from the pupil to the periphery of the iris (8:00, .25R) is in the area of the gall bladder (which, similar to the thyroid, is, according to Dr. Bernard Jensen, an 'iodine' organ) and suggests severe under-activity of the gall bladder and the posssibility of a gall stone (which can be ruled out by an ultrasound ordered by a doctor). Also recommend tests for thyroid function.

Possible under-acid stomach ring (~6:30-8:30, .25R).

Yellow tinge to iris indicates over-acidity to the body (recommend alkalinizing diet); orange and reddish-brown coloration is suggestive of possible heavy metal toxicity. (Recommend intravenous and/or oral chelation; cilantro (?); horsetail and stinging nettle teas (?)

Client reported a severe reaction to being placed on a beta blocker for hypertension; was, for a number of years, a member of a synchronized swimming team, which required long hours of exposure each day to chlorinated swimming pool water. (Recommend ozonated swimming pool water, as is common in Europe.)

Size of pupil is suggestive of adrenal fatigue (vitamin C? astragalus?)

Chronic to Degenerative Sign for an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

At the time of open heart surgery (CABGX4), client was diagnosed with a 4.5 cm abdominal aortic aneurysm; the sign for which, in this iris, is a chronic to degenerative lesion which occurs at ~4:30 o'clock, .25-.45 R. Also of note is a chronic sign in the area of the spleen (~4:15 o'clock, .25-.35 R) and a chronic to degenerative lesion (~7:30 o'clock, .25-.45 R) which suggests a possible herniation to the lumbar-sacral disk. (Client was experiencing severe pain down his left leg.)

Also of interest is that the client had taken a statin drug for 24 years.Thus, the insurance company ended up paying a significant amount of money for both the statin prescription as well as the open-heart surgery.

Applying the "Web (Solid)" option of the Microsoft Image Composer to the original image (this image could not be uploaded) demonstrates that the lesions in the iris are both color and depth lesions: the lesions in the abdominal aorta and the lumbar spine are sharpened and deepened; whereas the chronic lesion in the spleen is 'washed out' as being mostly a color rather than a depth lesion.

The yellow density--xanthelasmus--lateral to the edge of the iris is suggestive of hyperlipidemia, which is probably the reason the client was prescribed a statin drug in the first place; despite the lack, however, of the classic iris sign for hardening of the arteries (as seen below)

Classic Iris Sign for Hardening of the Arteries

The white density along, mostly, the medial and superior edge of this iris is the classic iris sign for hardening of the arteries and is typically referred to as a sodium/cholesterol ring, although a lipid panel will not always indicate hyperlipidemia.

Also of interest is a chronic lesion (weakness) in the "peritoneum/abdominal wall" area of the iris (~5:30 o'clock, 0-.20R).

Client experienced a sharp pain while shovelling snow approximately three weeks after this picture was taken. He went to his doctor and was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia.

Chronic sign at ~4:06-4:18 o'clock, .15-.25R in the spleen area, almost completely surrounded by an acute sign. Clinical significance unknown.

Diagnosis: R/O Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Client presented to her doctor with symptoms involving her right breast and had undergone a series of tests to determine the cause. Her doctors were unable to agree on a definitive diagnosis but had a high 'index of suspicion' for inflammatory breast cancer.

Since the client was not a smoker, the strong blue tinge to the periphery of most of the iris suggests tissue hypoxia and a possible iron deficiency; but the probable cause for such a deficiency cannot be determined by the iris.

The sign of particular interest is what appears to be a chronic to degenerative lesion at 8:30 o'clock, ~.6R; which is not the 'classic' breast cancer sign observed by Dr. Jensen. A similar sign also occurs in the esophagus area at 3:06 o'clock, ~.6R, and in the lung area at 9:36 o'clock and .6R.

Months subsequent to this picture, it was provisionally determined that the client did not have inflammatory breast cancer; a conclusion which demonstrates both the power and the limitations of Iridology.

The existence of chronic to degenerative signs in both the breast area, the esophagus area and the lung area raises the question of whether the client's mother or father was a smoker who had suffered breast, lung and/or esophageal cancer prior to the client's conception. That is, some chronic to degenerative signs in the iris are a result of genetic inheritance and do not necessarily indicate significant problems with the client's physiology.

Thus, Iridology is a science in which 'false positives' tend to outnumber 'false negatives'.

In addition, organs removed under anesthesia retain the sign prior to their removal--an acute sign in the appendix or tonsils after an appendectomy or tonsillectomy, for example--because anesthesia disrupts the direct neurological connection between that organ and the iris.

According to Walter Lang, a German medical researcher, 'autonomic nerve fibers from every tissue in the body connect to the thalamus and hypothalamus; and, from there, through the opthalmic branch of the trigeminal ganglion to the motoneurons of the iris structure.'

("Iridology, the Science and Practice in the Healing Arts, Volumn II", Bernard Jensen, Copyright, 1982, pg. 84)

'Sub-acute Inflammation' (Under-acid stomach) in a Smoker

Although difficult to see in the uploaded image, this is what an under-acid stomach looks like in the iris of a smoker: the light blue-gray 'halo' around the pupil tinged with discoloration.

Client reported digestive problems, especially with proteins, as well as very bad breath.

Blue tinge across the upper edge of the iris indicates hypoxia (diminished oxygenation) to the brain. Hypoxia may result from either decreased circulation, decreased hemoglobin, or decreased 'carrying capacity' of the hemoglobin. Inasmuch as this client does not have the classic sign for hardening of the arteries, and the hemoglobin number is unkown, the hypoxia to the brain is probably the result of smoking--i.e., the level of carboxyhemoglobin--which can be determined by a test ordered by a doctor.

Diagnosis: Breast (sic!) Cancer (Fatal)

Client presented with a very recently diagnosed 'aggressive' breast cancer and breast removal; expired approximately 3-4 months after the taking of this picture.

This is the fourth over-exposure of a dark brown right iris revealing a chronic lesion in the rib area (8:06-8:30 o'clock, .5R) and, perhaps, an acute (inflammation) sign (white area immediately superior to red-brown chronic dot lesion) in the breast area. (Such acute signs also appear in the irises of 13 year old girls, where they signify not inflammation, but the rapid growth of breast tissue; and in the irises of nursing mothers, indicating increased tissue activity.) Possible acute sign and/or faint "lymphatic rosary" through the pleural space (8:54-9:00 o'clock, .6-.8R), suggesting lymphatic involvment and either a clinical or sub-clinical 'pleural friction rub'.) There is no 'classic' sign for breast cancer (Bernard Jensen, 1952); nor is there any clear evidence of significant breast involvement with a degenerative disease process.

Client had been taking birth control pills (with progestin and estradiol--phonetically, estra-DIE-all) for more than 17 years; had complained to her doctor for more than a year of significant pain in her right rib area, but had been unable to convince him to do additional testing other than an X-ray, which was read as 'normal'.