Look Into My Eyes
The holistic practice of iridology looks deep into your iris to learn more about overall health
Iridology literally means the science of studying the iris. If you’ve ever seen a reflexology chart, those funky maps of your foot that show every part of your body represented in a different region, it’s quite similar to an iridology chart, which is an iridologist’s primary tool in assessing your eyes. Instead, different parts of the eye correspond to different parts of the body. Unlike reflexology or acupuncture, which requires treatment, iridology primarily is a research tool to assess the body’s state, including genetic predispositions and systemic problems.
“Eighty percent of what an iridologist sees in your eyes are your genetic tendencies – weaknesses and strengths,” says Marion Jones, a practicing iridologist of more than 34 years who currently works at Vibrant Body Center, Murietta, Calif. “We see underactive and overactive areas in the body.”
According to Jones, the eye shows every organ, every system that has nerve sensitivity. It won’t show a stainless steel splint in your leg, but it will show the effect of that in the nerves of the surrounding region, which get reported back in the eye.
While in mainstream medicine, most disease is diagnosed in its chronic or degenerative stages, Jones asserts that nerve reflexes in the eyes can reveal tissue degeneration in its much earlier stages before more overt symptoms send you to the doctor’s office to report what’s wrong.
Iridologists use a stereomicroscope (or a hand microscope and small flashlight) to observe up close the markings and patterns in your iris, the colored part of your eye. Iridologists believe nerve activity from every part of the body is self-reported, and over time, is recorded in the fibers of the iris.
Often, to establish credibility, the practitioner will read your eyes first before asking about any health problems or your reason for coming in, says Dave Carpenter, Path to Health, Idaho Falls, Idaho.
“I don’t want to have any biases or preconceived notions, so what I’ll do is look at the patient’s eyes … and then we start going over [what I see],” Carpenter says. “And their eyes usually get bigger and bigger, and they’ll say, I haven’t told you anything about myself yet, how did you know all this?”
It kind of sounds like getting your tarot cards read, only that’s not quite a fair analogy.
“The last thing I want them to do is think I’m some magic medicine man,” Carpenter says. “But it’s so different than what we’re used to in [mainstream] medicine, because usually you go to the doctor, and if you can’t tell him why you’re there, he can’t help you. So when you show [a patient] the genetic weaknesses that are showing up in the eye that they’re starting to have problems with, they go, ‘Wow! Amazing!’ ” he says. “So it’s a validation to me of the science of iridology, but I think it’s a validation to the patient as well.”
What the iridologist sees in your eyes will drive their discussion with you about your health. For example, if an area of the iris looks extremely white, says Jones, that can indicate over-activity or inflammation in the corresponding part of the body.
“If the [area of the iris corresponding to the] pancreas is showing a lot of white, we will ask about sugar swings and question the amount of sugar, bread and simple carbohydrates the person is eating. Basically, the iris shows us which questions to ask the client.”
Sessions can range from $50 for a 30-minute session to $150 and up for a session of an hour or more; price varies by location.
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