Debunking the myths about Iridology
“We cannot attempt to cure one part of the body without treating the others.  We cannot attempt
to cure the body if we forgot the Soul.”
-----------------------Plato

There have been several erroneous ideas about iridology.  Unfortunately some of these beliefs
have come from the medical field, as well as some uninformed natural health practitioners
themselves.  One can never be sure how these illusions came about; however, it is one goal of
this book to correct some of these known fictions.  

Iridology has frequently been seen by some unlearned individuals as a sort of astrology or
fortune telling technique.  Hopefully, you have already seen this as an absurdity after reading
chapters of this book attesting to the scientific basis for iridology, and its remarkable benefits for
health.

Some of the professional terms or idioms used in iridology have been changed, to reflect more
correct usage.  In chapter_____you were introduced to radials, or radial furrows.  In the past
they were often referred to as ‘parasite lines’.  This description was not precisely incorrect, but it
most assuredly caused the wrong impression.  The radials are indicative of a weak area in the
intestinal lining which can be vulnerable to bacteria, viruses, toxins, or parasites.  These radials
most frequently are visible in the upper quadrant of the iris, or head area.  Unfortunately, many
people became obsessed with the fear that there were parasites in their brains, which is an
entirely false assumption.  This regrettable misuse of the term ‘parasite lines’ caused undue
alarm and only served to denigrate the science of iridology.

Another false claim which undesirably brought about raised eyebrows and dismissal of
iridology by the mainstream medical community was the idea that a brown eye could completely
change color to become blue.
Congruous with the teachings of competent iridologists, iris colors remain constant.  As you
may have read in other chapters in this book, pigmentation can become lighter or darker to a
degree as levels of toxicity decrease; but if your eyes are brown, they will remain so.  The bizarre
claim that a person could ‘cleanse’ himself to exhaustion until his iris changed color, is another
unreasonable assertion.  Cleansing and de-toxification are wonderful healing modalities, with
absolutely no intent or ability to completely change eye color.

There are a number of things, as in any science, that an iridology exam will not be able to reveal
for certain. An Iridologist in America will not diagnose any disease by name, but rather the
premise is to work with ‘body systems’ and look for weak areas that are vulnerable to disease,
as well as levels of congestion and toxicity.

Should someone have their appendix removed, for instance, this will not be visible in the iris.  
During anesthetic, the nervous system is quelled to the point of inability to send strong signals
to the iris.

An additional theory still being used by some practitioners is that ‘healing signs’ in the shape of
small cross hatched lines filling in a lacuna will appear in the iris and determine that healing
has taken place.  This simply does not happen.  As heretofore mentioned, certain markings in
the iris can lighten somewhat as the body begins to repair; thus sending energy to an impaired
area which can result in improvement.  This is due to the actual fiber structure in the iris lifting
so that less of the underlying dark pigmentation is revealed.  In fact, sclera signs are a more
reliable method of determining changes in the body in a timely manner.

One cannot look in the iris and know a person’s blood pressure, specific blood serum
cholesterol levels, see the absolute presence of a tumor and know the size of it.  Nor can one
look in the eyes and tell the gender of a person.

Another common mistake is for patients to confuse iridology with the actual study of eye
diseases.  Oftentimes, clients will ask me, “Do you see glaucoma in my eyes?”  Or “Can you tell
if I need glasses?” The study of eyes and eye diseases is a practice related to ophthalmology
or optometry.

While presenting a lecture at a college of nursing, I was told this story by one of the students.  
She said that her friend had seen an Iridologist who informed her that her green eyes meant
that her entire body was toxic. The friend was understandably appalled and decided that
Iridology was quackery.  It is unfortunate that some iridologists, especially with outdated
schooling in the field, have limited knowledge and incorrect information.  I assured the girl that
the green color of her friend’s eyes merely indicated the color of the eyes she was born with.  It
could indeed suggest a genetic weakness in the kidney area, or any area common to mixed
(biliary) colored eyes; but to say that the girl’s whole body was toxic is a misfortune in choice of
practitioners.

Iridology is a precise science, and all sciences have some limitations.  However, the
astounding ability of this science to determine the overall health of the whole person, and their
genetic influences, is so valuable as to not be denied.
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