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I just recently learned about this annual symposium held in Florida in February 14-15. There is time from our posting date in mid January for you to register if you act fast. Here is a link to the 2020 information. This event is surprisingly affordable and is the idea of my guest, Dr. Shalesh Kaushal, a board certified ophthalmologist and retina specialist.

You can join world-renowned doctors, scientists, and researchers for a symposium about the new frontier of medicine – reversing chronic diseases. Topics to be discussed include heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease, stem cell therapies, gut health, clinical genomics and the reversal of neurodegenerative conditions. One of the key speakers this year will be Dr. Jonathan Wright.

It is apparent there is significant high-quality research that has elucidated and provided biochemical, molecular biological, genomic and clinical evidence into the pathogenesis of these diseases. However this event was actually a very small part of a much broader discussion of retinal health.

Retinal health is Dr. Kaushal’s area of expertise and in our interview he explains why nutrients are so important in managing retinal health. Dr. Kaushal has an MD (from John Hopkins), PhD (from MIT) and has four clinics in Florida called Comprehensive Retina Consultants. Dr. Kaushal is a committed clinician and surgeon who is firmly rooted in the science and the research. One of the interesting segments of his interview is him describing how he came to understand the importance of nutrition in health and healing. It has now become his mission to share his knowledge and expertise with his patients and beyond.

Retina Health

“The retina is a thin, diaphanous structure that is no thicker than tissue paper attached to the inner wall of the back of the eye. It is the photographic film of the eye and is a laminated, integrated circuit that subserves all aspects of visual perception including high resolution central acuity, motion detection, edge identification, contrast sensitivity, color identification, and peripheral vision. It has at least nine identifiable structural layers with at least 15 different cell types that carry out important metabolic functions. The maintenance of the structural and functional integrity of this highly organized tissue demands significant biological energy.

There are two major light-absorbing photoreceptor cells in humans. The rod cells mediate peripheral and dim light vision and contain the visual pigment protein rhodopsin. These photo-receptors are found in large numbers in the peripheral retina, but their highest density is in a circumferential distribution around the macula — the central region of the retina. The cone cells are important for color vision and high acuity central vision and are found predominantly in the macula. In the human body, the retina is the most metabolically active tissue per unit weight and the eye has the largest blood supply per unit weight.

Because of this unique biochemistry and vascularity, the retina is a unique barometer of overall health and nutrition. Thus, nearly every human disease has a retinal manifestation.” source: Comprehensive Retina Consultants.

Follow the science

Google Scholar is an excellent resource for exploring the science that exists on many topics. Use it whenever you want to see if something has been well-studied. Below are the search terms I used in this case and the results. You can mix and match search terms and fine tune the results. There are no ads and I find it more useful than PubMed as a more user friendly experience.

Perhaps what is most useful to me is that when I search a nutrient and I see there are thousands and tens of thousands of studies, it gives me the basis as a consumer to have confidence in the reported benefits. Quality nutrients benefit human health. We know that because of the scientific inquiry. Especially when that research is extensive and growing.

Basic search term is retina


Rheostasis is a novel, Physician founded and Physician endorsed  nutritional supplement company founded by Dr. Kaushal. By coupling scientifically validated foundational nutritional supplements that can be used as either stand-alone products or for our customers who are being treated by the methods of functional, nutritional and nutrigenomic medicine. Rheostasis products are designed to be used in conjunction with functional diagnostics and nutrigenomic testing, thereby making the improvement of a patient’s ‘health portfolio’ simple and clinically impactful.

Dr. Shalesh Kaushal

Dr. Shalesh Kaushal, MD, PhD is a Florida based board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in the area of vitreoretinal disease and serving patients in the Ocala, FL area. Considered one of the foremost authorities on retinal disease, Dr. Kaushal offers advanced diagnostics and a unique approach to uncover the core of why certain retina conditions exist, as well as the most optimal way to treat them. In 2009, Dr. Kaushal was recruited to the University of Massachusetts as the chairman to build a new eye center, which at the time was the first, new academic Department of Ophthalmology in the United States in over 25 years.

After years of extensive training, research, and working with patients from across the nation, Dr. Kaushal transitioned back to Florida in 2013. He is the founder of several biotech companies and is a valued consultant for many of the leading ophthalmic pharmaceutical companies in the U.S. Due to these efforts, he has been the first in the world to use new drugs in retinal care. He has received numerous awards and accolades, including the nomination for the prestigious Castle Connolly “Top Doctor” Award.

Sponsor – Comprehensive Retina Consultants

Comprehensive Retina Consultants, directed and led by graduate of Yale University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and board-certified retina surgeon Dr. Shalesh Kaushal, a is a leading vision practice dedicated to the health of the retina. Serving the communities of The Villages, Leesburg, Tavares, Ocala Inverness, and Citrus County, our retina practice treats patients from across the United States as well as locally. Dr. Kaushal is passionate about retinal disease and returning the quality of life back to his patients he believes they sincerely deserve. Through compassionate, dedicated, skilled care, Dr. Kaushal and his team use the most advanced vitreoretinal technology blended with a unique approach to treatment for optimal success.


342 – Leptin Sensitivity May Be the Key to Healthy Weight and Energy

In this interview with Kat James, we will discuss the role of the hormone Leptin in maintaining a healthy weight, metabolism and energy. What Kat has learned through her own experience is now being confirmed by the latest science. We will discuss her journey with eating disorders and the challenge of finding her solution.

When she did discover the secret the truth about fats, it came at a time when everyone was phobic about and avoiding fats in the diet. We now know how wrong that thinking is. But at the time that Kat was discovering that fats are our friends, everyone considered her thinking wrong and even dangerous. Kat is a pioneer in the understanding of the role that the hormone Leptin plays in human health. She has transformed her life and now spends her time and energy teaching others.

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341 – Nutrition for Supporting Immune Function

In this interview Neil E. Levin discusses the foundations of healthy immunity. He describes some of the ways the immune system functions. We often portray the immune system simplistically as being one thing. The reality is the immune system is incredibly complex and sophisticated. It is the sublime interaction of many factors that creates healthy immunity.

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340 – CBD for gut health and intestinal balance – Part 2

In this interview Miles Sarill discusses the latest science regarding CBD and gut health. It should come as no surprise that CBD can exert an influence throughout the body. Wherever there are CBD receptors, we should expect to see effect and influence.

We are coming to appreciate the profound influence of the gut microbiome to health throughout the body. We have discussed this many times over the years.

Miles guides us through a discussion of the interconnectedness of the various aspects of human gut health as it pertains to the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and CBD. There is a powerful synergy that exists and Miles articulates that synergy.

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339 – Propolis Has Powerful Benefits for Immune Health

In this interview Mark Kaylor discusses the science of brown propolis. If propolis is new to you, then this will be an excellent introduction to the topic. If you are familiar with propolis you will learn something new. Many people don’t realize that there are a least three types of propolis and each is designated by a color. Brown propolis is the most common, followed by green propolis and then red propolis. In this series with Mark we will discuss each of these types in depth as we go forward.

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338 – It’s Not the “Bad Food” that Kills Us

It has long been a common held belief that eating the Standard American Diet (SAD) contributes to much disability and death. The consumption of sugar, salt, trans fats, red meat and processed meat have all been implicated in health challenges. Most of us have assumed that these foods are not healthy. The shocker is that these foods are at the bottom of the list of classes of foods that do us in. With the exception of sodium consumption, which is the number 1 factor, the other “bad” foods contribute far less to death and disability that we previously assumed.

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337 – Agaricus Blazei Mushroom for Powerful Immune Support

If there is one common thread regarding nutritional mushrooms, it is that mushroom provide powerful immune system support. It seems that most mushrooms share this characteristic. We have discussed many of these mushrooms in previous interviews.
There are thousands of studies on the benefits of mushrooms. These different mushrooms are the results of significant scientific inquiry. This fact alone tells us a great deal. The most important takeaway is that there is exciting benefit in these mushrooms to justify hundreds or thousands of studies. This gives us more confidence.

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336 – The Truth About Beauty

We all want to look good. We spend a lot of time and money to improve the health and appearance of our skin. Kat James has re-released her best selling book “The Truth About Beauty” and this book serves as a powerful guide to transforming your looks and your life.

One of the things that makes this book so powerful is that Kat’s own personal journey is a testament that you can transform your life, health and that your skin health will directly benefit as you make the changes in your life. You can see the difference it makes in her life. Healthy, beautiful skin is a good indicator of what is going on inside.

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335 – The Risks of Glyphosate and How to Reduce Exposure

In this interview Dr. Stokes discusses her concerns about the risks of glyphosate and she discusses why this is important to MegaFood as a company. As you may know MegaFood uses hundreds of thousands of pound of fresh food in their products. You may also know that they source organic produce and partner with organic growers in order to provide the cleanest and most nutritious products. We have discussed this in great detail in previous interviews.

What you may not know is what MegaFood has done recently to address this concern over glyphosate in the food chain. MegaFood has made a very serious commitment to this issue.

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334 – A Safe and Effective Path to Weight Management

In this interview I will discuss sustainable weight loss with Dr. Michael Lyon. Dr. Lyon is an obesity expert. His focus in research and clinical practice is on the treatment of obesity, human appetite regulation, diabetes prevention and the nutritional management of chronic disease. He has designed and conducted numerous clinical trials. As you will learn in this interview, he understands the challenges of obesity and weight loss in a very personal way.

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