Macular Degeneration Treatment

Macular Degeneration Treatment

Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans – more than cataracts and glaucoma combined!  Macular Degeneration refers to a degeneration of the centra part of the retina, called the macula. The macula is responsible for focusing the light received by the eye into a central area and sends that image up the optic nerve to the brain, which interprets the image. Importantly it controls our ability to read, drive a car, recognize faces or colors, and see objects in fine detail.

There are 2 forms of macular degeneration

  1. Dry Macular Degeneration -  toxic byproducts accumulate in the Bruch's membrane, forming yellow spots, called drusen. The pigment layer can also erode, making it hard for the the body to clear this material from the eye. Light sensitive cells of the macula slowly break down. This is the most common type, accounting for 90 percent of diagnosed cases.
  2. Wet Macular Degeneration  - blood vessels invade the retina and begin bleeding, causing sudden vision loss. About 10 percent of cases, but results in 90 percent of legal blindness. It is considered advanced macular degeneration

Macular Degeneration Facts

  • Age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss in adults over 60
  • Macular degeneration could be preventable through an antioxidant-rich diet
  • 11 million people in the U.S. have some form of age-related macular degeneration. This is expected to double to nearly 22 million by 2050.
  • The worldwide number of people living with macular degeneration is expected to reach 196 million by 2020
  • The risk of getting age-related macular degeneration increases from 2% for those ages 50-59, to nearly 30% for those over the age of 75. 

Symptoms of Macular Degeneration

  • gradual or sudden change in the quality of your vision
  • straight lines appearing distorted
  • reduced central vision in one or both eyes
  • the need for brighter light when reading or doing close work
  • difficulty adapting to low light levels
  • dark, blurry areas or whiteout that appears in the center of your vision
  • Increased blurriness of printed words
  • Decreased intensity or brightness of colors
  • Difficulty recognizing faces
  • change in your perception of color 

Common Causes for Macular Degeneration

Current research indicates macular degernation may be related to a combination of factors, such as:

  • environmental toxins
  • poor diet
  • poor digestion
  • nutritional deficiencies 
  • lack of omega-3 fatty acid,DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
  • free radical damage
  • low levels of antioxidants
  • obesity
  • cardiovascular disease

Things You Can Do for Macular Degeneration

There are a number of things you can do for yourself to start working on improving your memory.  We recommend checking with your doctor before implementing any of these ideas.

  • Get routine eye exams
  • Manage any other health condition you have, ideally using no drugs or prescriptions (see a natural health doctor to help with this)
  • Avoid smoking
  • Exercise regularly
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Maintain normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Avoid foods that rapidly raise blood sugar (low quality carbs)
  • Avoid sources of blue light (screens, computers, tv's) Wear blue light blocking glasses if you're at high risk.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich in green, leafy vegetables
  • Eat cold water fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, and sardines.
  • Eat a wide variety of organic fruits and vegetables
  • Protect eyes from overexposure to sunlight with sunglasses and hats
  • Supplement with a high quality multivitamin,  beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, Zinc, DHA & Lutein 
  • Drink green tea - it contains polyphenols, which are an excellent class of antioxidants

Natural Macular Degeneration Treatment 

If you still have vision issue despite having been under treatment by conventional doctors or if you are having vision loss issues or think you might be at risk for macular degeneration, you owe it to yourself to see a doctor experienced in treating macular degeneration.

Or, if you have a confirmed diagnosis of macular degeneration already and are not happy with what conventional doctors can offer, you should consider talking with us. We're natural health and functional medicine experts. We use the latest in cutting edge, non-invasive treatments and all-natural approaches. These approaches can be highly effective in treating not only macular degeneration but a wide variety of health conditions.

We have patients travel from all over the world to our offices in Clearwater, FL where we offer the widest range of natural health treatments available in the U.S.

Call 727-466-6789 today and speak with one of our knowledgable patient coordinators who can answer questions and help figure out your next step. Or feel free to submit an online inquiry.

Memory loss is commonly thought of as an aging issue. So called "senior moments" are brushed off as a normal part of the aging process. But is this normal and is there anything that can be done to preserve your memory and congnitive function?
What is Memory Loss
Memory loss is commonly thought of as an aging issue. So called "senior moments" are brushed off as a normal part of the aging process. But is this normal and is there anything that can be done to preserve (and improve) your memory and congnitive function? 
60% of U.S. adults say they are either very or somewhat concerned about memory loss and that's understandable. Our memories are an integral part of our personal identity.
Most anyone has had a forgetful moment and this is not abnormal or anything to be concerned about. But if you are experiencing these types of moments more frequently, you could be facing mild cognitive impairment. Mild cognitive impairment is a slight decline in congnitive function, that increases your risk of development more serious ailments, such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Memory Loss Facts
Did you know?
Every 3 seconds someone gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia
Dementia starts in the brain 30 to 50 years before symptoms appea
Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death
The average burden on families dealing with late-stage dementia is $300,000
46+ million people are losing their minds (this will double every 20 years)
The “silent epidemic” of early-onset dementia is on the rise
Symptoms of Memory Loss
mental changes that interfere with your ability to function or live independently'
frequently forgetting words or names
failure to recognize faces or familiar objects
forgetting recent or notable events
repeating stories, sentences or phrases during conversation
asking the same question over and over
getting disoriented in places which should be familiar
denying a memory issue exists or getting angry when others mention it
inability to recall a time when a memory issue caused a problem
if you can recall a time when a memory issue caused a problem, that's actually a better sign
problems performing normal day to day activities, like shopping, paying bills or personal hygiene
exhibiting poor judgement
exhibiiing inappropriate social behaviors
personality changes
loss of interest in previous hobbies or interests
memory lapses that put yourself or other in danger, like leaving the stove on
Common Causes for Memory Loss
While no two people are alike, we've observed some common causes for declining memory and have worked with patients at resolving the underlying causes
One of the key underlying factors is inflammation and this can be caused by any of the following:
poor diet
food allergens
heavy metal toxicity
mold exposure
underlying, undetected chronic infections
undetected Lyme disease
80 - 85% of Our Patients Get Results with Prolozone!
Jennifer Baer A.R.N.P. at LifeWorks Wellness Center talks about Prolozone Therapy and the high success rate she sees! But the proof is in the pudding. Try it for yourself and see. Ask about our new patient discount!
How Does Prolozone Work?
Prolozone Therapy is an injection technique similar to Prolotherapy that uses ozone. The use of ozone causes the joint to heal much more quickly than in traditional Prolotherapy. This is because ozone is a highly reactive molecule and when injected into a joint capsule it is able to stimulate the fibroblastic joint repairing abilities.
Prolozone causes repair and tightening of the lax structures, partially torn connective tissue and ligaments. Prolozone halts the pain/inflammation cycle. This allows for better circulation, increased blood flow carrying nutrition, and hydration of the damaged tissues. This allows for a healing environment within the joint to develop and results in increased range of motion and decreased pain. Because Prolozone has the ability in many cases to actually corrects the pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to becoming permanently pain free. By repairing the connective tissue this is all that is needed to permanently reverse chronic pain. 
Creator of Prolozone Says It Can Help Anything That Hurts!
Dr Frank Shallenberger, the creator of Prolozone and president of the American Academy for Ozone Therapy explains what Prolozone Therapy is and what it can do for you. 
Prolozone Rebuilds Joints & Heals Damaged Areas
Prolozone is a connective tissue injection therapy of collagen producing substances and ozone gas which can reconstruct damaged or weakened connective tissue in and around joints. These substances are injected into the damaged connective tissue in and around a joint to rebuild the damaged areas. Prolozone therapy offers a non-surgical, ligament reconstruction option and is a permanent treatment for chronic pain. 
Prolozone is derived from the word ozone and the Latin word “proli” which means to regenerate or re-build. It literally means re-building tissues with ozone. And the word Prolozone is comprised of the word “Prolo” which is short for proliferation, because the treatment causes the proliferation (growth, formation) of new ligament tissue in areas where it has become weak. 
According to the American Academy of Ozonotherapy, Prolozone® is an oxygen-ozone injection technique developed and pioneered by Dr. Frank Shallenberger.   
Why Joints & Ligaments Degenerate
Ligaments are the structural “rubber bands” that hold bones to bones in joints – acting like the body’s shock absorbers. Ligaments can become weak or injured and may not heal back to their original strength or endurance. Ligaments will also not tighten on their own to their original length once injured. This is largely because the blood supply to ligaments is limited, and therefore healing is slow and not always complete. To further complicate this, ligaments also have many nerve endings, and therefore the person will feel pain at the areas where the ligaments are damaged or loose.
We can think of our joints as the hinge on a door. Unless the hinge is fixed to the door, the door just isn’t going to open or close right and it’s the same exact story with our joints. If we are athletic or if we are just getting older there is some gradual and natural degeneration of the moving parts of the body due to ongoing recurrent mechanical stress, and failure of tissues to repair. This can come from lack of nutrients, lack of circulation, aging and inflammation. When this happens the ligaments, tendons, and cartilage become dehydrated and weaker. This results in laxity and more abnormal mechanical stress and shearing forces on the joint. Abnormal shearing forces and torsion cause more joint dysfunction. This leads to a progressive separation of the ligaments from the superficial covering on the bone called the periosteum. This pulling on the periosteum creates a space, which the body fills in with new bone. These new parts of bone are called osteophytes. They are the premier signs of degenerative arthritis in & around the joint. Osteophytes and joint laxity result in a reduced range of motion, which causes strain on surrounding muscles which then become either over or under worked leading to more dysfunction & pain.
100 Yr Old Patient Gets Arthritic Hip Pain Relief with Prolozone!
Our beloved patient Florence, who turned 100 in 2014 was told by her orthopedic doctor that she had so much arthritis there was nothing he could and that she would have to live with the pain. She disagreed! She researched and found out about Prolozone therapy and then came to LifeWorks Wellness Center. A few Prolozone treatments later, she achieved major pain relief and she’s now back to her spritely self again!
Prolozone Success Stories!
Here are a few sample testimonials. Read more Prolozone Patient Testimonials here! 
backpain m“I have suffered from acute back pain on and off for 25 years and recently it really flared up to the point where I could not walk without a cane. Bending and moving were excruciatingly painful. Since I have a very physical job as a construction contractor, it also prevented me from working. Previously, when my back has been bad I have visited chiropractors but since I’m now a patient of LifeWorks, I called Tamora to ask her advice. She said I should see Dr. Minkoff and have some prolozone therapy. It was a new one on me but I have great faith in LifeWorks, so I thought I would give it a try. When I entered Dr. Minkoff’s room I could barely walk or stand straight. When I left 20 minutes later, I was standing upright and the pain was significantly less. Almost immediately I was able to do some light work, and now after only three sessions I am back at work as normal. I am really impressed by this therapy and would recommend it to anyone in pain. Evidentially, it doesn’t just help back issues – one of the LifeWorks’ staff told me she was having it for wrist pain. What I would say about this therapy is that while other treatments help to ‘manage’ the pain, prolozonetherapy seems to ‘heal’ the source of the pain. Great job, Dr. Minkoff and LifeWorks!”   Greg. L.
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Dear Dr. Minkoff, I just want to thank you for helping me get some relief. I feel like a different woman today! I don’t hurt at all & I actually got a good night’s sleep last night without any pain or pain medicine! That’s the first time in quite a while that I can say that. So, I just wanted to let you know how much better I feel & how thankful for your help & treatment. You’re an angel!  Thank you. D.M.
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Dr Minkoff, I have had much success with your ozone treatments, they are miraculous. I had tried cortisone shots and many other treatments but nothing worked as well as prolozone. The pain was much reduced and more successful than anything I have tried. I am thankful to you and your clinic for this wonderful success.  PLD
shoulder pain
Prolozone is the BEST thing ever! Wow! What a huge difference it made after only one treatment, I had an immediate result. My right shoulder was scheduled for surgery and I didn’t like that. So I tried an alternative method first. I’m so glad I did because surgery “good bye!” NOT necessary at all. I have no pain and already a huge increase in range of motion. I need less sleep and still feel completely energized. I had a feeling that this O3 – Ozone should help me and fought hard to be able to get this treatment and now it totally paid off!!! IT REALLY, REALLY WORKS! Fantastic, miraculous results.   Antje. V
Read more Prolozone Patient Testimonials here! 
Got Chronic Pain? Try Prolozone!
 If you are living with chronic pain, Prolozone Therapy could help you. We are the #1 Prolozone clinic in the Tampa Bay area. We treat a variety of patients, from high performance athletes, to weekend warriors, to everyday people who are suffering from new or old injuries which are limiting their activity levels or just causing annoying chronic pain.
If you're sick and tired of suffering from chronic joint pain and are looking for alternatives to invasive surgery, you owe it to yourself to try prolozone. 
Call us today at 727-466-6789 to find out more information or to book an appointment or feel free to inquire online.
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Related Conditions
Joint Pain

Joint pain is the sensation of discomfort or soreness in a joint or joints of the body. Joints are the spaces or areas where two or more bones meet, such as the hip, knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle. Joint pain can occur with or without movement and can be severe enough to limit movement. People...


Arthritis is a term used to refer to inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints. The two most well known forms of arthritis are Osteoarthritis (OA) and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). However, there are many forms of arthritis that are less commonly known.


Related Therapies
Ozone Therapy

oxidative therapy ozoneOxygen therapies can have a tremendous healing effect on the body.*
Using hydrogen peroxide IV, or Ultra violet blood irradiation, or ozone, we can saturate the blood with oxygen that can kill bacteria, fungi, and viral infections. Also in cases of cardiovascular disease, the blood flow seems to improve and so patients may experience relief of their symptoms.

Ozone Therapies

Ozone is found in its natural state in higher levels of the atmosphere and is blue in color, hence the sky is blue. In medical use, ozone is made by passing pure oxygen through an electric coil which gives it three atoms, instead of two, making it O3. It is the addition of the third oxygen atom that makes ozone “supercharged” oxygen...


Prolotherapy was first discovered in the middle 1950’s by an orthopedic surgeon named George Hackett. Dr. Hackett noticed that many people who had chronic pain, especially pain around the joints including the low back, neck, hips and knee, had pain stemming from the ligaments and tendons that held those tissues together. In many cases the...

Dr. David Minkoff, M.D.
Founder and Medical Director
In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established Lifeworks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.

       *Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.


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