WHAT IS IRIDOLOGY?
By Dr. Gael Riverz, ND, BCIrid, CNHP
Iridology is the science and practice of analyzing the iris, the most complex external structure of
the human anatomy. The practice of Iridology is expanding rapidly as it is becoming known as
a valuable tool for preventive healthcare. The iris is connected to every organ and tissue of the
body by way of the brain and nervous system. It is in direct contact with the bio-energetic,
biochemical, structural, hormonal, and metabolic processes of the body via the nerves, blood
vessels, muscle fibers, and lymph. Holistically, it is used to accurately assess the physical,
mental, emotional, and spiritual patterns and weaknesses for a complete health analysis. It is
completely painless, non-invasive, and economically viable while providing valuable information
for restorative and preventive health care.
Most Iridologists also incorporate the study of Sclerology into their assessments. Sclerology is
the study of the whites of the eyes, interpreting the red lines, colorations, and markings in the
sclera as they relate to the person’s health. This was based on the twelve meridians and the
yin and yang aspect of each meridian. The Chinese saw the lines in the sclera as a reflection
of the lymphatic fluid which bathes every cell in relation to the principles of acupuncture. This
principle concludes that imbalances in the meridian energy register in the sclera. Native
American Indians also analyzed the eyes to get a better understanding of the stresses affecting
a person’s health.
Nature has provided us with an invaluable insight into the vital status of the health of any
individual through the sciences of iridology and sclerology. Through analyzing the eyes it
enables us to ascertain the person’s genetic predisposition to health and disease, the general
constitution, as well as organ and gland influence on other bodily systems. Personality
tendencies, thought and emotional patterns, and deeper soul-level issues can also be
recognized, making the eyes truly the windows to not only the body, but the mind and soul.
Iridology has progressed tremendously since the mid 1800’s. Numerous doctors and
scientists have researched iridology on humans over the past 125 years and it has become a
respected practice, used by many medical doctors and naturopaths worldwide. Dr. Bernard
Jensen, renowned Iridologist and Nutritionist, pioneered the science of iridology here in the U.
S. Dr. David J Pesek, PhD has continued and expanded upon Jensen’s work to develop one of
the most comprehensive iris charts used today, integrating the thought and emotional patterns
with the physical health, and improving the understanding of the ‘brain flare’ areas.
With today’s technology and the use of microscopes and fine digital imaging, many medical
doctors, naturopaths, and psychologists from England, Germany, Italy, France, United States,
Australia, Canada, and Russia have been advancing the field of iris analysis over the past 20
years with a seemingly unlimited potential. The brain areas, which are analyzed in the upper
quadrant of the iris , have further defined emotional and spiritual health. Time-Risk
assessment, has been documented, proven and shared with advanced iridologists around the
Research projects are currently being done by the American College of Iridology which will be
completed and released later this year. This will rapidly bolster iridology in the United States as
an integral part of the preventive health care system by understanding genetic influences and
learning how to properly care for the body to avoid potential disease.
John Andrews, a top Iridologist and researcher from the United Kingdom publishes the
Advanced Iridology Research Journal quarterly, including many works from Dr. Danielle LoRito,
MD from Italy, Dr. Mikhail Dailakis, MD from Greece, Dr. Vincent Di Spazio from Italy, Dr. David
Borow, an oncologist and medical Iridologist from Austria, Prof. Javier Griso Salome from
Spain, Prof. Serge Jurasunas from Portugal, and many others. This Journal includes topics
such as ‘Profiling Aging through Iridology’, ‘Multiple Sclerosis and Iridology’, ‘Hypoglycemia’,
‘Dysbiosis – Intestinal Immunology’, ‘Biophysics and Quantitive and Qualitative Biochemistry’,
and ‘Iridology – Potential in Medicine’.
The iris will alert us to the early signs of approaching ‘dis-ease’; although any well educated
Iridologist will be sure to warn that the iris cannot diagnose disease, but can recognize
potentials for disease as well as toxic accumulations and tissue weakness within the body. As
the evaluations are made, and the stress conditions understood, proper corrective measures
can be applied. The body can then more easily adjust and alleviate the abnormal stress
resulting in a greater degree of health, as well as enabling one to potentially avert any
Each eye gives us different information. The left eye correlates with the left side of the body and
the right side of the brain, which is the feminine, creative, conceptual, intuitive side, relating to
our emotional selves. The right eye correlates to the right side of the body and the left side of
the brain, which is the analytical, practical, linear, masculine side and relates to our work and
Thus the eye is the very aware ‘informant’ regarding the CAUSE of body stressors. Iridologists
trained in interpreting the indications portrayed in the eye have the advantage of occupying
‘command central’ rather than a peripheral monitor such as blood, hair, tongue, or urine
analysis, which do not have full access to all of the body’s information (although each of these
diagnostic systems provide specific valuable information). Practically speaking, the right hand
may not know what the left hand is doing, but the brain centers know what both hands are doing
simultaneously and the eye is privy to that information.
Knowing the various stressors on the body can be essential in preventive health care. These
stressors may be simple, moderate, or severe and can represent conditions such as nutritional
deficiencies, poor circulation, congestion, fatigue, pH acid/alkaline imbalance, infections
(bacterial, viral, parasitic), nerve stress, toxic accumulations and abnormal cellular activity.
Patterns may register an abnormal stress development long before any serious effects are
experienced. With the stress conditions understood, proper corrective measures can be
applied by nurturing the causative factors with natural therapies (nutrition, herbology, enzyme
therapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, counseling, etc.) leading to a greater
degree of health.
Your Iridologist is an important part of a health care team. I encourage my clients to discuss the
health care analysis and program I provide with their doctors or other health care providers.
Some doctors understand the value in such an analysis and will refer clients to an Iridologist for
a whole body assessment, often reducing the discomfort, costs, and time involved for the
The eyes can also show us the cleansing and healing signs as the body adjusts to a more
optimum state of health. All we need are the keys to understanding the symbols….and here it
is, looking right into our eyes!
References from : Holistic Iridology, by Dr. David J Pesek, The International Institute of Iridology,
and Insights in the Eyes, an Introduction to Sclerology, by Dr. Jack Tips, ND, PhD, The
International Sclerology Institute, and The Advanced Iridology Research Journal by John
Dr. Gael Riverz is a Naturopathic Doctor, board certified in Holistic Iridology. She is a graduate
of The International Institute of Iridology, a certified Sclerologist, and a Certified Natural Health
Practitioner. She is on the Board of The American College of Iridology. Her practice was located
in Cedarburg with Dr. Victoria Mondloch and Dr. Janice Alexander at the Women’s Health
Center, and her private office is in Delafield, WI.
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