Blindness Cured - Part I

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  1. Zetsu

    Zetsu Guest

    Stories From The Clinic

    No.48: Anna Bernard, the Blind Girl - Part I

    By Emily C. Lierman

    DURING the month of August, 1922, while our clinic work was still
    going on at the Harlem Hospital, there came one day to our office a
    blind girl, aged 25, who was led there by her younger sister.

    Dr. Bates and I were extremely busy and at the time, had to turn away
    many patients, because we already had more than we could manage. As
    she heard me approaching her she asked for Mrs. Lierman. I said I was
    that person, and asked what I could for her. She mentioned the name of
    a doctor's wife who had been treated successfully for cataract by Dr.
    Bates. A dozen or more patients were in the waiting room at the time,
    and were listening to all she had to say, for she talked loud enough
    to be heard. She said: "I came with great hope that you might help me
    to see." She then handed me a note, written by the doctor's wife
    already mentioned. It read something like this.

    "You have helped so many patients in your clinic, won't you please
    help this girl if you can? I met her in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, as
    she sat beside me on a bench resting."

    I am sorry to say that I frowned as I finished reading that note. I
    did not see how I could possibly take another case, when I already had
    more than I could handle. She could not be treated at the clinic
    because the Authorities would not allow us to take cases out of the
    hospital district. I was just about to say that she would have to come
    some other time when I was not so busy, but I caught the anxious look
    in her face. A look of hope, a look of faith. I could read in that
    face the answer she expected of me. No thought of being sent away that
    day without treatment had entered her mind. I solved the problem
    quickly and said: "I will take you this minute to our other office and
    see what I can do for you." At that moment, a gentleman sitting in the
    room gasped and sighed with relief. He smiled and said: "That was fine
    of you, knowing how rushed you are at present".

    I disturbed Dr. Bates long enough to have him examine her eyes, and to
    tell me whether there was any hope of her seeing at all. Dr. Bates
    said she had Microplithalmas in both eyes. She had no red reflex from
    the pupils. A white membrane was visible in both pupils and the pupils
    were both very small. She could distinguish light from darkness but
    that was all. I asked her to tell me when her sight began to fail, or
    how long she had been blind. What a shock it was to me to hear her
    say: "I was born blind, so was my mother." What chance had I, if any,
    to ever help that poor girl to see even just a little of this, God's
    beautiful world? Was is possible that perhaps our Heavenly Father
    himself had sent her to me, and that through Him I would be guided in
    helping her to see? Anyhow these were my thoughts at the time, so I
    started right in with the treatment, just as though she had sight, and
    then to help her improve her sight. She had so much trouble with her
    poor eyes that I did not know just where to begin first. Her eyes
    moved rapidly from side to side, a condition called Nystagmus. She
    also had a contraction of the throat muscles which caused a great deal
    of fatigue generally. Here was a big job ahead of me. I told her I
    would do my very best to help her if she would do exactly as I said.

    Her sister whose age was twelve, had normal vision, and was called
    upon to assist me in the treatment. She proved later on to be a very
    good assistant. I asked the patient if her sense of touch was all
    right and she answered yes. Then I gave her an ordinary pin and told
    her to feel the size of it, then to feel the point and the head of it.
    She was told then to palm and remember the touch of the pin.

    She could remember the touch of the pin very well she said, even
    though it was no longer in her hand. I was very much encouraged when,
    after a few minutes of palming she removed her hands from her eyes and
    I noticed that the rapid movement of her eyes had stopped.

    But when I asked her a personal question the movement or Nystagmus
    returned. I then told her to forget the question I had asked her, and
    to cover her eyes again with her hands to rest them. While she was
    doing this I told her what had been accomplished for an old blind man,
    who was at the present time under treatment. I related how he once had
    good sight and now after several years of blindness and great
    suffering from eye operations, he was beginning to see. I watched my
    patient very closely and I could see that she was interested in what I
    was saying, and a smile came, which was good to see. Again I told her
    to remove her hands from her eyes and I noticed the second time that
    her eyes were perfectly still. Her sister sat close by holding her
    breath in amazement and in an excited voice said to me: "This is
    wonderful. Anna has never been able to control that terrible movement
    of her eyes for some years. I feel sure she is going to receive
    benefit from your treatment and care. I want very much to help you if
    you will tell me how."

    It has always been my greatest desire to carry on Dr. Bates' ideas and
    methods and to follow very closely his directions in all cases. I
    remembered something he said to me at one time. "If you have a pain,
    find out what causes it and cure the cause." So I felt with this case,
    that perhaps if I can cure the Nystagmus and the nervous contraction
    of her throat, I might be better able to do more for her vision. Her
    sense of touch was good and her memory of the prick of the pin had
    helped while she rested her eyes: Now I would try the swing and see if
    that would help her throat. I told her to put up her forefinger and to
    hold it about six inches from eyes. Then to turn her head slowly from
    side to side toward the right shoulder and then toward the left. I
    explained to her, that even though she could not see her finger, she
    could imagine she saw it. She answered me just as I wanted her to. She
    said: "Oh, I can imagine the size of my finger, and when I turn my
    head to the right my finger seems to move to the left and vice versa."

    I encouraged her to keep on moving her head from side to side and to
    blink her eyes to prevent staring, which had been a habit since birth.
    I noticed after a few minutes or so that she settled herself in a more
    relaxed position as she sat in her chair. Then I called her sister's
    attention to the fact that the contraction of her throat muscles
    quieted down until they stopped.

    (To be continued)
     
    Zetsu, Mar 14, 2008
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    Neil Brooks Guest

    Instead of all of this ....

    Work with Otis ... and three randomly selected ophthalmologists.

    Establish a cycloplegic baseline for Otis's vision.

    Spend a year. Use Bates. Use faith healing. Use voodoo. Use
    whatever you want. Let's see what you can do .... with independent
    and objective verification of vision, etc.

    It's n=1, but ... that's better than anything you've put forward so
    far.

    How 'bout it?

    You realize, don't you, that you're the exact same as the religious
    missionaries who show up at your door ... and ... will ... not ...
    go ... away?
     
    Neil Brooks, Mar 14, 2008
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  3. "Neil Brooks" .
    And what is your opinion about The Bershak Method.
    S*
     
    Szczepan Bialek, Mar 14, 2008
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  4. Zetsu

    Neil Brooks Guest

    Your excerpt might leave the opinion that I believe in/support the
    Bates Method. I don't. I've seen no evidence it helps anybody with
    anything.
    Get a big group of randomized people. Split them into two groups.
    Try his method on one group. Do nothing with the other group.

    Analyze the results to see if there are any statistically significant
    differences.

    People will write books, take over newsgroups, create web pages, and
    sell products ... but won't conduct testing.

    Tells me something.
     
    Neil Brooks, Mar 14, 2008
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  5. Zetsu

    Guest Guest



    Why should they? With all the "P.T. Barnum" people on the web,
    there's easy sucker money to be made. Testing takes time and effort,
    creating a web page is easy.
     
    Guest, Mar 14, 2008
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  6. Zetsu

    Neil Brooks Guest

    There is that.
     
    Neil Brooks, Mar 15, 2008
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  7. "Neil Brooks"
    , "Szczepan Bialek" <
    And what is your opinion on that: " The
    retinoscope showed that when I tried to see anything at the near-point
    without glasses my eyes were focussed for the distance, and when I
    tried to see anything at the distance they were focussed for the near-
    point. My problem, then, was to find some way of reversing this
    condition and inducing my eyes to focus for the point I wished to see
    at the moment that I wished to see it."

    I have the questions to the all ODs. Is this Dr Bates case a common case?
    Are similar cases at myopia?
    If they are when it would be sensible to find "some way of reversing this
    condition and inducing my eyes to focus for the point I wished to see
    at the moment that I wished to see it."

    To do this Dr Bates recommend the relaxation and Bershak the divergence.
    Maybe that they are the same. Now it is very important to agree if now are
    people who have reversed (incorrect) pointing/focussing operation.
    S*
     
    Szczepan Bialek, Mar 15, 2008
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    Zetsu Guest

    WTF IS BERSHAK?

    IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CURE OF IMPERFECT SIGHT!
     
    Zetsu, Mar 15, 2008
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  9. "Mike Tyner"
    But there was the other question: "Are similar cases at myopia?".
    Could you check it with normal patients?
    S*
     
    Szczepan Bia³ek, Mar 15, 2008
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  10. "Zetsu"
    It is here: http://www.i-see.org/bershak.html
    But he cities Dr Bates like you do.
    S*
     
    Szczepan Bialek, Mar 15, 2008
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  11. Zetsu

    Zetsu Guest

    WHO CARES! NOW GO DOWN THAT PAGE A LITTLE BIT. NOW LOOK AT HOW THIS
    IDIOT HAS NOT UNDERSTOOD BATES AT ALL! IT ADVOCATES 'HARK WORK' AND
    STUPID THINGS OF THE LIKE, SUCH AS STRING BEADS, ROTATIONAL EXERCISES,
    STRENGTHENING, RESHAPING, REACTIVATION (WTF?). ALL COMPLETELY AGAINST
    THE VERY BASIC TENET OF PERFECT SIGHT!

    THIS IS GOOD IN A WAY I SUPPOSE: (IN THAT IT TEACHES EXACTLY WHAT YOU
    SHOULD NOT DO!)

    NOW LOOK HOW THIS IDIOT ENCOURAGES THE READER THAT AN EFFORT WILL
    CORRECT HIS SIGHT! SO VERY, TRULY, MISGUIDED.

    "This methodology requires that you work for every bit of improvement.
    It takes effort to move from 6 feet to 8 feet on Snellen work. It
    takes just as much effort to increase the distance from 17 feet to 19
    feet. If your peripheral vision is fuzzy you need to adapt the
    exercises to work on that. There are no miracles and there are no
    shortcuts."

    THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE EPITOME OF WHAT ONE CALLS 'IDIOT'.
     
    Zetsu, Mar 15, 2008
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  12. So a cause of myopia is still a mystery. But it must exsist and must be way
    to repaire myopia (different than lasik). We must wait.
    S*
     
    Szczepan Bia³ek, Mar 16, 2008
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  13. I came across the Bershak Method in the end of January. Is it a old method
    or quite new?
    S*
     
    Szczepan Bialek, Mar 16, 2008
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  14. I was told that with years the human body "shrinks" and the eye also. I am
    an exeption or it is not true.
    S*
     
    Szczepan Bia³ek, Mar 16, 2008
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  15. Zetsu

    Salmon Egg Guest

    I guess I can start masturbating again.
     
    Salmon Egg, Mar 16, 2008
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