Doctor’s health concerns about themselves and patients

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I am an advocate of many things, including making a difference with a person’s health.  I have met many types of people including good, bad, ugly, sociopathic, psychopathic, and so on.

My research foundation named the Vandry Hope Foundation was founded by my wife and I for a reason.

I have been an athlete my entire life, and I have seen injuries, pain, and chronic diseases.  My wife and I work with the handicapped.  I specialize with the legally blind, and find research to avoid blindness or control it.  For example, there was a case regarding Macular Degeneration, and eye disease.

Opthalmologist Dr. Ronald Pugh on discussed Macular degeneration and how 27 of his patients reversed legal blindness and went back to 20/20 with supplements and minerals.  Here is a youtube clip of Dr. Pugh discussing blindness and nutrition.1

TBI or Traumatic brain injury can be debilitating in so many ways, and along with treatments.

PTSD is a variety of alpha bet soup conditions.  PTSD is not a disease like cancer.  It is an emotional trauma or physical trauma that affects the way you perceive, think and react.  It could be losing a job, a divorce, or something on a higher level such as losing a limb in a war, or witnessing an emotional damaging event.

These days, we have civilians and veterans seek medical care.  We all know the glowing reviews on VA and the waiting line they help our vets with.

I get contacted weekly from people across USA that either read about our research, or a friend referred them, or a facebook email.  I do not prescribe medicine, nor do I give medical opinions.  However, there are references to toxicity of pharmaceuticals, correct nutrition, detoxification and much more that many do not know.  One of the first points when I get contacted by a person with pain, or depression, lupus or whatever their condition is, they usually have a doctor that gave up on them.

Sometimes just support can be healing.

Medical doctor’s microscoped

Here is a frightening list of exactly who takes care of us in medicine.  Here we go:

1. Dr. Joan Anzia, a psychiatry professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine on doctor suicide:

“Doctors are more likely than the general population to commit suicide, with an estimated 350 to 400 physicians killing themselves in the U.S. each year.”

2. Burnout rate among doctors growing over 3 years, study shows.  Analyzing the results of 2011 and 2014 surveys of more than 6,000 doctors across the United States, researchers found that the number who met the criteria for burnout rose from 45 percent to 54 percent over that time.  Research has shown that doctor burnout can lead to poor patient care, higher doctor turnover and a decrease in the overall quality of the health care system.2

3. Doctors look for ways to prevent suicide.  A 2015 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 29 percent of resident physicians have depressive symptoms.3

4. Why are doctors plagued by depression and suicide?  A crisis comes into focus.  More than 62,000 people — many of them medical professionals and their families — signed a petition  calling on medical associations to track physician suicides, provide confidential counseling, and require doctor training programs to address a “culture of abuse” too often characterized by bullying, harassment, and humiliation.  A study published in Academic Medicine finds that 35 percent of medical residents — young doctors recently out of medical school — experience clinically significant depression.4

5. Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States.  BMJ shows that “medical errors” in hospitals and other health-care facilities are incredibly common and may now be the third-leading cause of death in the United States — claiming 251,000 lives every year, more than respiratory disease, accidents, stroke and Alzheimer’s.  Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who led the research, said in an interview that the category includes everything from bad doctors to more systemic issues such as communication breakdowns when patients are handed off from one department to another.

“It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” Makary said.5

6. In 1999, an Institute of Medicine report calling preventable medical errors an “epidemic” shocked the medical establishment and led to significant debate about what could be done.

Let me get this right on our confidence with the healthcare:

– 350 to 400 physicians killing themselves in the U.S. each year

– A three year research showed 45 to 54 percent of Medical Doctors have burnout

– 29 percent of resident physicians have depressive symptoms

– Medical errors now third leading cause of death in United States

– A 2005 essay published in JAMA found that male doctors killed themselves at a rate 70 percent higher than other professionals; among female doctors, that rate ranged from 250 to 400 percent higher.

– Doctors are prone to drug and alcohol abuse. It’s estimated that rates of addiction among the general population run from 8% to 10%; among physicians, the rates start at 10% and rise to 15%.6

– As many as one-sixth of primary care doctors leave medicine mid-career.6

So roughly, it shows on a study about 50% of Medical Doctors have burnout, 29% have depressive symptoms, an 15% have drug or alcohol abuse.  Doesn’t that total 94% have conditions that make you leery of relying on their prescriptions?  And lets add 400 MD suicides each year, and the last one–MEDICAL ERRORS ARE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH IN USA!

There are good, overworked, stressed doctors.  I know some great Chiropractors, MDs, Surgeons, Neurologists that deserve a million dollars each.  And there are sociopathic terrible ones.  Bedside manner is a primary concern for the health profession.

Doctors, did you forget  DO NO HARM?

The well-known phrase “first, do no harm” comes from The History of Epidemics, which is part of the Hippocratic corpus:

“…But in those cases in which there was no danger, and where a concoction was made in proper time, it should be considered whether the translations of humours were good or critical signs.  Concoctions always portend a crisis, and safety from the disease; but crudities, or inconcoctions are soon converted into bad translations, or a defect or want of crisis, or pain, or a duration of the disease, or death, or a relapse. What will happen from these should be considered from other circumstances, as to know what is past, to discern what is present, and to predict the future.  And these two things in disease are particularly to be attended to, to do good, and not to do harm.  The whole art of medicine may be circumscribed in three distinctions, medicine, the sick-man, and the physician who is the minister of the art; and the conflict lies between the sick-person, the physician, and the disease.”

For all veterans or civilians, there are answers.  For those who do not believe the opioid crisis can be beaten, please look at a documentary my wife and I did with veterans pain using a product we created for pain relief years ago.

There is nutrition that corrects illnesses in many cases.  Many doctors do not want to listen to results.  I cannot state how many times veterans or civilians told me about their joint pain or especially hip pain, and then they explained to me how they had hip surgery yet they feel worse.

I remember a chiropractor years ago that had two hip surgeries, and he lectured to me that it was genetic.  I corrected him that it was not a genetic issue unless he had a condition he was born with.  I then sent him these facts:

1. 2012 in The Lancet, researchers used data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales – the world’s largest joint replacement registry – to track more than 400,000 patients who underwent primary hip replacement from 2003 to 2011.  Of these, 31,171 received metal-on-metal implants – hips with a ball and cup made of a cobalt and chromium alloy.  After five years, 6.2 percent of metal-on-metal hips had failed.

2. February 29, 2012, Metals from hip replacements present toxic risk for millions, investigation warns British Medical Journal and BBC Newsnight investigation. (British Medical Journal and BBC Newsnight investigation)

So why am I mentioning hip surgery in this article?  Because it has to do with a common factor regarding nutrition.  Do you know what causes 94% of all hip surgeries?

Osteoarthritis is the primary indication for 94% of total hip arthroplasties.7

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degeneration of cartilage or a protein of collagen in your joints.  Simple improvement in collagen II in diet worked well in a Harvard study on Rheumatoid arthritis.8

By the way, the chiropractor had no answer fir the above data, his only response was his mother just had hip surgery so it must be genetic.  My response was if family generations all smoke, than they too could claim lung cancer runs in the family.  I added to him if his theory were true, why did she have it after his, and not 30 years ago?

There are good doctors, and I am currently starting a list to refer to on our website.  We have some on there currently.  If you suffer from chronic pain or other issues, and if you are looking for solutions, I must state that you are the source of overcoming.  Feel free to email me on facebook.  If you are a medical doctor, and have chronic pain or other conditions, please contact me via email and you have my support.

There are many people that have consulted with me on nutrition.  Yet the answers have to be within your power, not relying on a pharmacy or an MD that ignores your tests or doesn’t discuss them with you.  If you have a good doctor, keep him or her for life!  I have an average if 5-20 veterans each week I consult.  I had one who had Osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, duabetes, high blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety, depression, PTSD among others.

He had no answers and VA or medicine did not either.  I told Him I would walk with him, and show him the road but he has to be the one to walk the walk.  He has, and is a different man than just a month ago.  And for every Case like this, I receive 100 others who do nothing, have no motivation or simply feel I am going to do everything for them.  I cannot help those, only those who get up.  If you can’t get up, I will pick you up, but you have to fight with the spiritual and mental weapons to overcome and empower yourself.

My wife when she lectures on her seminars she always makes a point to the audience.  She states heart disease and cancer and other diseases are terrible, but there is one worse than all diseases combined.  It is called laziness.  And this is not directed to everyone with a chronic condition, but to those who have answers and do absolutely nothing.  This disease is incurable.  Sadly, I remember many cases like this.  For example, last year a veteran that stated he could not sleep, had pain so bad and at times had to sit in a wheelchair asked me for help.  I fedexed him ($60) our Miracle oil product (did not charge him) and got it to him overnight.  When we spoke on the phone for three hours he asked me for help.  Guess what?  I never heard from him again, but I saw him on facebook complaining about VA benefits.  See how sad this can be?

Our motto at Vandry hope is ‘Empowering through knowledge’, and we believe in that.  Many times my wife and I receive thanks and hugs for reaching and simply being there, but as Jesus stated to the blind man in the Bible Mark 10:46-52:

51 “What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.  The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”

52 “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

For all you good MD’s out there, we need you badly.  Our veterans are dying each day, and our civilians need you too.  But we need you healthy, and not overstressed and overworked.

William Vandry

President, Vandry Hope Foundation

Chronic pain – TBI – legal blindness – PTSD research






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7. Katz JN, Losina E, Barrett J, Phillips CB, Mahomed NN, Lew RA, Guadagnoli E, Harris WH, Poss R, Baron JA. Association between hospital and surgeon procedure volume and outcomes of total hip replacement in the United States medicare population. J Bone Joint Surg Am 2001; 83-A:1622-9.


8. “Effects of Oral Administration of Type II Collagen on Rheumatoid Arthritis” Study Performed by David E. Trentham, Roselynn A. Dynesius-Trentham, E. John Orav, Daniel Combitchi, Carlos Lorenzo, Kathryn Lea Sewell, David A. Hafler, and Howard L. Weiner

Veterans Suicide Prevention Channel presents A Conversation With William Vandry “Alternatives to Opioids Series”

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Glenn Towery of Veterans Suicide Prevention Channel interviews William Vandry, Co-inventor of St. Judes Miracle Oil® essential oil product.  Glenn discussed nutrition, chronic pain, PTSD, and the work William and Chandra Vandry do with their non profit, the Vandry Hope Foundation, and work they do to inform the public more on Chronic pain, Legal blindness, PTSD, and poverty.

Vandry Health and Martial arts Expo, Leglocks, Got Pain?, Carlos Machado

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Chandra and William Vandry, Carlos Machado and Marcos Santos out to dinner after Leglock seminar!

Third quarter Vandry BJJ Association clinic, and Health and Martial arts Expo was a hit with community, Martial arts and nutritional information, education and development.

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Leglocks clinic

Friday, September 18 was the opening with Professor William Vandry teaching his unique style of Leglocks.  Fundamental ankle-locks to counter ankle-locks, to counter to the counter ankle-locks to half guard leg attacks and developmental angles were taught.


Bottom Row: Marcos Santos, William Vandry, Carlos Machado, Ed Aiken, Jeff Anderson, Michael Drabek, Ian Haynes, (2nd row) Jonathan Tate, Jesus Armas, Jen Smalley, Chandra Vandry, Maryann Craig, Chi Poon, Justin Toler, (Standing) Israel Davila, Lakeway student, Brownsville student, ibid, Patrick McCain, Johnny Zavela, Jay Gordon,  Cody Johnson, Mikhail Craig, Mark Kanda, Jim Nagle, Jeffrey Weeks, student, Patrick Storer, student, Markus Lagmannson, Jeremy Leigh


Professor Marcos Santos, Master Carlos Machado, Professor William Vandry, Brown belt Jeffrey Weeks

Got Pain? nutrition and health clinic


Chandra Weber RN, Carlos Machado, Marcos Santos and Got Pain? audience giving thumbs up after her speech on nutrition, joints, inflammation and pain topics

Chandra Vandry (RN in neurology and allergy) taught the Got Pain? clinic on nutrition, health, information on NSAIDS, inflammation, pain, and referenced medical journals such as PubMed and NCBI.  Chandra discussed correcting nutrition, and the Vandry’s product St. Jude’s Miracle oilTM proper application.  Many questions were fielded from arthritis, insomnia, anxiety, and a very focused audience with many questions gives evidence of a community that is interested in improving health.


Chandra discussing dietary changes


BJJ Guard passing clinic


8th degree Red and Black belt Master Carlos Machado taught guard passing techniques, his ‘bear pass’, armdrag counters, defeating the Spider guard with retraction and passing techniques, and finished out with elbow locks from guard and top positions.


The VBJJA had close to 100 participants over the three clinics in two days.  Academies from DFW to South Texas were in attendance.  VBJJA Reps in attendance were 1st degree black belt Jesus Armas (Brownsville-valley Texas), 1st degree black belt Ed Aiken and Brown belt Elliot O’Hara (Lakeway).  Association Black belts were 5th degree Professor Marcos Santos (RCJ – DFW)




Black belts: Jeff Anderson, Jesus Armas (1st degree), Marcos Santos (5th degree), Carlos Machado (8th degree), William Vandry (5th degree), Ed Aiken (1st degree), Michael Drabek, Ian Haynes, Jonathan Tate

The Health and Martial arts Expo was the largest seminar at Vandry BJJ.  Future Got Pain? clinics with BJJ are in discussion, and proposals for a Dallas-Ft Worth Got Pain?/Leglocks/BJJ expo on a larger scale are being scheduled before the end of the year.  For more information on Carlos Machado, please go to  For more information on the St. Judes Miracle oilTM, go to


Blinded Veterans Association South Texas sends thank you letter to the Vandrys

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The Blinded Veterans Association president Guadalupe “Wally” Guerra and Vice President Jose Cotto of the South Texas Regional group of Blind veterans sent a thank you letter to William and Chandra Vandry for speaking and sponsoring the Blind Veterans Association of Texas.





BVASTRG President “Wally’ Guerra and William Vandry


BVASTRG Vice President Jose Cotto and Chandra Vandry

Martial arts Expo, Leglock seminar, Got Pain? seminar, BJJ seminar!

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Got pain? health expo Austin September 19

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Vandry Blind research, Camp challenge, and nutrition for sight

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Chandra and I with our precious blind children


A thank you card written by the blind children from the camp on braille paper

My wife and I work with the legally blind.  I have been learning new things about the blind since 1997.  In 1998 I met a group in Temple.  I saw how unfortunately many who are legally blind have more disadvantages than visual.  I met a friend in 1999 who attended Criss Cole, which is a vocational education program for legally blind to get into the workplace.  She is legally blind, and asked me if I could teach a little Jiu-jitsu to her fellow students.  I told her I would be happy too.  I learned that many who are legally blind have other issues such as being confined to accept limitations, and to settle for them.  I taught on Sundays and did so for a few years.  I remember my first challenge dealing with a blind student.  It had nothing to do with sight.  There was a 20 year old girl who did not listen, interrupted my class and was trying to twist another blind student’s arm.  I stopped, and gave her a definition of respect, courtesy, and how I did not appreciate that behavior.  I notified her that I was here on request, and was not going to tolerate disrupting my class.  She was born blind.  This may have been the first time in her life she was ever not pitied, or felt sorry for.  Something happened.  She became the best student that day.  She remembered the moves, terminology, and began helping her partner.  I was so proud of her, but I had to pontificate on why she was like that to start with.  In 1998 I met a legally blind women who formed a group  for blind people.  However, each blind person I met, I realized each of them were cursed with pity and each of them were dependent on family or friends for basic needs.  I wrote an article in 2012 when I taught the first camp at the school of the blind in an article with this quote:

“..I really would love to see (no pun intended) all blind people and visually impaired get a type of education, a type of work or career, and to progress forward. They also need to know they are not alone, and not abandoned….and to sit, talk and let these blind and visually impaired students know that they are people, and we do not involve pity or sympathy. This is what martial arts is about…”1

When people develop blindness, they have one of three main causes:

1) An inborn genetic trait

2) A condition generated over time due to either malnutrition

3) A TBI (traumatic Brain Injury)

Most blind persons deal with their conditions according to how they are taught to recover.  Vocational education, cane training, learning braille, developing transportation and other changes of life.  One issue I have never heard once in meetings with any groups, executives, staff or organizations relating to the legally blind is nutrition.  The WHO in my 2013 article is quoted as saying 80% of all visual impairment can be avoided or cured.  In that past article, I mentioned some of my goals teaching the blind at my clinics:

1. I remind them how they have goals, focus on them, and never let anyone deter, or put you down because of your condition.

2. Maintain goals with daily reminders.

3. The third is to study nutrition.

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My back up Law Enforcement officers from APD and Travis County speaking to Camp challenge on practical self defense


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Grandmasters Carlos and Helio Gracie pose


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Below are photos of thank you letters from blind children at the camp.


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Points about nutrition regarding blindness I researched in medical journals are some of the following:

Spinach vs. Age related Macular degeneration

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) November 2, 1994, sings the praises of spinach.

C and E vs. Cataracts

Those who eat more sensibly and supplement antioxidants such as vitamins C and E develop cataracts much more slowly, if at all, even from lengthy sun exposure. In the Nurses’ Health Study, women who supplemented vitamin C for 10 years or longer had 77% lower prevalence of early opacities and 83% lower prevalence of moderate opacities, compared with those who consumed little of the vitamin.

Macular degeneration and diet

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame and nearly all processed foods contain dangerous quantities of glutamate, aspartate, cysteine and related compounds. These excitotoxic drugs, added to foods, discharge nerve cells in the mouth to augment the sensation of flavor.  Aspartame breaks down into carcinogenic, eye-destroying formaldehyde and deadly methyl alcohol.

Dr. Wright on selenium, taurine, vitamin E and zinc

  Some patients of his recovered from macular degeneration using this therapy and have stayed clear of it for as long as four years.

Vitamin D and calcium

Arthur A. Knapp, MD, used 50,000 units of vitamin D and one gram of calcium on intermittent days. These helped against eye conditions including myopia, keratoconus, cataract, optic nerve atrophy and retinitis pigmentosa.

Lea Davies on inhaled steroids and glaucoma

Davies from Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC, adds that inhaled steroids may cause about one-third of the 3,000 glaucoma cases developing each year among Americans over 65.2

In my article last year, I discussed more on nutrients and medical resources:

Quitting smoking reduces the risk

From JAMA Ophthalmology, news release, Jan. 2, 2014.

Effects of DL-alpha-lipoic acid diabetic cataract in rats

( Zhonghua Yan Ke Za Zhi. 2004.)  Alpha lipoic acid ingested orally can effectively reduce STZ-induced blood glucose and inhibit diabetic cataract formation in rats.

Selenium has been linked with a reduced risk of cataract

Selenium activates the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase, protecting cell membranes from oxidative damage.

Bilberry has been studied in rodents as a way to prevent cataracts

Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids detected in the human lens

These nutrients play a role in preserving lens clarity. (Archives of Ophthalmology, January 2008.)

Higher intakes of vitamin C

Intake of antioxidants had long-term protective associations against development of nuclear cataract. (Am J Clin Nutr 2008;87 1899-1905.)

Medications, prescription drugs and eye disease

1. Beta blocker heart medication use is associated with a higher incidence of cataracts. (British J Ophthalmology 2009.)

2. SSRI drugs, such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil, increase the risk for this eye disease.

3. Treatment with topical corticosteroids increases the risk.3

My wife and I spoke at the Blind Veterans Association in San Antonio, Texas.  There are so many soldiers who have disabilities, pain, and blind diseases.  I spoke on diseases and more on research nutrition correlates with vision in medical journals:

Cod liver oil: a potential protective supplement for human glaucoma

From Int J Ophthalmol. 2011; 4(6): 648–651.  Published online Dec 18, 2011.   doi: 10.3980/j.issn.2222-3959.2011.06.15

Oral Zinc in Macular Degeneration

(Newsome D A, Swartz M, et al: Oral Zinc in Macular Degeneration. Arch Ophthal, 1988; 106: 192-198.)

Nutritional supplementation, electrical stimulation and age related macular degeneration

(J Orthomol Med, 1993;2. 8: 168-1715. Allen, MJ: Treating age related macular degeneration, Letter. Optom Vis Sci, 1994; 71: 293.)

Opthalmologist Dr. Ronald Pugh on Macular degeneration

Dr. Pugh discussing Macular degeneration and how 27 of his patients were reversed with supplements and minerals.

Dr. Ronald Grisanti Research on carnosine and cataracts

(Quinn PJ, et al, Carnosine: its properties, functions and potential therapeutic applications, Molec Aspects Med, 13; 5:379-444, 1992)4)

Speaking to veterans, my wife and I also brought our invented product called St Jude’s Miracle Oil®.  Our product is a proprietary blend of 9 essential oils registered under the US Trademark and Patent office, and is protected by trademark and patent laws.  The special blend is a trade secret not public, and is also protected by law.

The product has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-histaminic actions.  Each particular oil can be referenced from medical journals such as the NCBI, PubMed, JAMA and the Essential oils Desk reference book 5th edition.  We sampled it to many soldiers in pain and we look forward to our research with PTSD and legally blind veterans.

Going back to the point of this article, the above references on nutrition are just a scratch.  Above you can read a common relationship with Glaucoma, Retinitis Pigmentosa to diabetes or other nutrition related causes.  Why do we not review nutrition in conjunction with our other therapies.  Doctors usually tell people to get exercise, eat your fruits and vegetables, but the data on nutrition they are lacking.  If the World health organization states 80% of blindness can be prevented, shouldn’t we pay more attention?

I was at my bank making a deposit.  The teller was talking about her glasses.  I told her I didn’t know she wears glasses.  She told me she wears contacts, but her sight is bad.  She stated her mother is legally blind with Macular degeneration.  I was immediately thinking of Opthalmologist Dr. Pugh who studied nutrition to improve his patients vision.  I asked her if there was nutrition that could help her restore some vision, what would she do?  She responded by telling me she wouldn’t do anything, that she sees fine with her contacts.

Each year I speak at the Texas School of the Blind and I teach a two hour course on Jiu-jitsu, philosophy and speak on health.  My wife and I were at the TSBVI career fair to speak to blind students about joining the workforce when they graduated.  A young girl spoke to me, and told me she desired to have an independent life.  I told her if she ever wanted advice to contact me.  There are some students who have blindness from birth or DNA defects.  But others who are starting to develop Glaucoma, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Macular Degeneration or other forms of blindness later in life related to diabetes, malnutrition and other environmental factors we should have funding for research.

I love to teach blind persons a class in Jiu-jitsu.  It teaches them how they don’t need their eyes and are on a level playing field.  This application should also be applied in life, work, health, goals and philosophy.  Ironically, both blind persons and normal vision individuals do not have access to data out there by medical researchers for vision.  Our society deserves it, and is entitled to it.

Professor William Vandry






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St Jude’s Miracle Oil® on Black eye or periorbital hematoma

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Inflammation study on black eye reduction article from SJMO website shows an impressive anecdotal comparison of SJMO vs RICE method.  Results:

RICE method 7-10 days

SJMO 21 hours and 38 minutes


21 hours and 38 minutes later


Our Military Veterans, legal blindness, PTSD and nutrition

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2 Corinthians 5:7 – For we walk by faith, not by sight


 December 20, 2014

My wife and I were invited to speak at the December 20 Blinded Veterans Association South Texas regional group in San Antonio at the DFW.  The President of the  BAV STRG Walley Guerra and I spoke previously about blind diseases.  The veterans in this Association are all legally blind, and have other health issues.  I speak and teach Jiu-jitsu at the Texas School of the Blind each year.  I have sponsored many blind students from Criss Cole Vocation school for the blind students since 1999.  I learned so much more regarding veterans, their personal challenges and different forms of blindness and how it has affected them.

In attendance were the BVA national President Mark Cornell, BVA-STRG President Walley Guerra, BVA-STRG Vice President Jose A Cotto, BVA-STRG Secretary Elbert brown, Audie Murphy VA Hospital Visual Impairment service team coordinator Ronita Jones, and active duty soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston.


Wally Guerra asked us to address Military Veterans with different conditions of legal blindness, and  research on nutrition.

I did research on different forms of blindness.  I started with RP.

Retinitis Pigmentosa

I found a Study from Harvard that shows Vitamin A Slows Retinitis Pigmentosa1.  The issue has been many of the cheap, synthetic Vitamin A supplements.   Beta-carotene is considered an antioxidant and is also a precursor to vitamin A. This compound helps maintain healthy skin and also plays a vital role in eye health according to the World Health Organization.  Indicators include night blindness, hair loss, skin irritation and dry or inflamed eyes.  Vitamin A actually is best derived from animal sources.  Those are better digested.  Cod liver oil is the best source for Vitamin A, not a synthetic.

Cod liver oil: a potential protective supplement for human glaucoma

In my research, I found in the NCBI under the Journal of Opthalmology how Cod liver oil protects against Glaucoma:

“…One nutritional supplement with potential therapeutic value is cod liver oil, a dietary supplement that contains Vitamin A and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).  Vitamin A is important for preserving normal vision and it is a well-known antioxidant that prevents the oxidative damage that contributes to the etiology and progression of glaucoma.  Vitamin A is also a crucial factor for maintaining the integrity of conjunctival and corneal ocular surfaces, and preventing the impairment of ocular epithelium caused by topical antiglaucomatous drugs. Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for glaucoma patients as they decrease IOP, increase ocular blood flow, and improve optic neuroprotective function. In this article, we propose that Cod liver oil as a combination of Vitamin A and omega-3 fatty acids, should be beneficial for the treatment of glaucoma. However, further studies are needed to explore the relationship between cod liver oil and glaucoma…”


Int J Ophthalmol. 2011; 4(6): 648–651.  Published online Dec 18, 2011.   doi: 10.3980/j.issn.2222-3959.2011.06.15


Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, one of a group of plant pigments known to have antioxidant and other effects. This is a substance in plants that’s quickly converted into vitamin A inside the body. Beta-carotene is often thought of as a form of vitamin A itself. Having normal levels of vitamin A is key for good vision, strong immunity, and general health.

Retinitis Pigmentosa Study with low current stimulation and nutrition.  I referenced Retinal Research studies that may be promising for RP.  A study regarding weak electrical currents applied to the eyes along with nutrition had shown visual and psychological improvements to RP Patients.


1.Voaden M J: Retinal Research, Pergamon Press, 1991; 10: 294.

2. Hayes KC, et al: Science, 1975; 188: 949.3. Bradford RW, Allen HW: Taurine in Health and Disease. Volume 2, No. 6, USA, Raum and Zeit, 1991; 17-23.

3. Newsome D A, Swartz M, et al: Oral Zinc in Macular Degeneration. Arch Ophthal, 1988; 106: 192-198.

4. Michael, LD, Allen MJ: Nutritional supplementation, electrical stimulation and age related macular degeneration. J Orthomol Med, 1993;2. 8: 168-1715. Allen, MJ: Treating age related macular degeneration, Letter. Optom Vis Sci, 1994; 71: 293.

5. Kurtz JL: The principles and practice of ocular physical therapy for optometrists, Am J Optom Publ. 1930.

6. Wallace L: The treatment of macular degeneration and other retinal diseases using bioelectromagnetic therapy, J Optom Photother, 1997; 3.2. Rockland Corporation, 12320 E. Skelly Drive, Tulsa, OK 74128.

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8. Richer, S: Multicenter ophthalmic and nutritional age-related macular degeneration study, parts 1 and 2. J Am Optomc Assoc,, 1996: Vol. 67: 12-49.

9. Cheraskin E: Antioxidants in health and disease. J Am Optomc Assoc, 1996; 67: 50-57

10. June 1993 Archives of Ophthalmology

Opthalmologist Dr. Ronald Pugh on Macular degeneration

I found an interesting story about Opthalmologist Dr. Ronald Pugh discussing Macular degeneration and how 27 of his patients were reversed with supplements and minerals.  Pugh originally argued with Dr. Joel Wallach, known as the lead expert on minerals.  Dr. Pugh later apologized for refuting nutrition and Macular Degeneration.  His formal apology and endorsement for nutrition and eye disease is called ‘Seeing is believing’ by CD.  A clip can be found on youtube



Dr. Ronald Grisanti Research on carnosine and cataracts

I discussed research on Dr. Grisanti’s theories on Carnosine and cataracts.

Dr. Grisanti shows promising research claiming:

...When carnosine is acetylated, as in N-acetyl-L-carnosine, it becomes a time-release dipeptide that can move easily both into water-soluble as well as lipid-containing parts of the eye and improves DNA repair, thus bringing vision back to better levels...

...After six months, 90% of the eyes treated with N-acetyl carnosine showed improvements in visual acuity anywhere from 7-100%. 
...Glare sensitivity improved 27-100% in 88% of people. And there was no worsening of vision, as there should have been with time.


1. Babizhayev M, at al, Efficacy of N-acetyl-carnosine in the treatment of cataracts, Drugs Res Devel, 3;2:87-103, 2002

2. Rogers Sherry, Total Wellness, Prestige Publishing

3. Babizhayev MA, Biomarkers and special features of oxidative stress in the anterior segment of the eye linked to lens cataract and the trabecular meshwork injury in primary open-angle glaucoma

4. challenges of dual combination therapy with N-acetylcarnosine lubricant eye drops and oral formulation of nonhydrolyzed carnosine, Fundam Clin Pharmacol. 2012 Feb;26(1):86-117.

5. Babizhayev MA, Deyev AI, Yermakova VN, Brikman IV, Bours J, Lipid peroxidation and cataracts: N-acetyl-carnosine as a therapeutic tool to manage age-related cataracts in human and in canine eyes, Drugs R D. 2004;5(3):125-39.

6. Babizhayev MA, Micans P, Guiotto A, Kasus-Jacobi A, N-acetylcarnosine lubricant eyedrops possess all-in-one universal antioxidant protective effects of L-carnosine in aqueous and lipid membrane environments, aldehyde scavenging, and transglycation activities inherent tocataracts: a clinical study of the new vision-saving drug N-acetylcarnosine eyedrop therapy in a database population of over 50,500 patients, Am J Ther. 2009 Nov-Dec;16(6):517-33

7. Quinn PJ, et al, Carnosine: its properties, functions and potential therapeutic applications, Molec Aspects Med, 13; 5:379-444, 1992

Research on patients who have been left partially blind by a stroke

A promising therapy is offering hope to patients who have been left partially blind by a stroke. (From the 2005 The Wall Street Journal)

The vision therapy is one of the first to exploit the brain’s rewiring capabilities, known as neuroplasticity, though the notion holds promise for treating a number of conditions such as stroke-induced paralysis or obsessive-compulsive disorder. For decades scientists had thought that the brain undergoes very little change after childhood. They knew the adult brain could form the new connections that underlie learning and memory, but believed that its basic structure was immutable and fixed, or “hard wired.”

VRT at the International Stroke Conference in New Orleans, researchers at the University of Magdeburg, Germany, say that in a small study, one-third of VRT patients had modest but noticeable improvement, and one-third had strong improvement. In a few cases, the entire blind spot disappeared. One-third of the patients in the study had no improvement in their vision. Participants were followed for three years after treatment and the results were found to be lasting, according to lead researcher, Bernhard Sabel.

Dr. Sabel helped form a closely held company, NovaVision, headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., to offer the therapy, which received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2003. Clinics began offering it commercially last year. Today, seven clinics, including the Neurological Institute of New York at ColumbiaUniversityMedicalCenter and EmoryEyeCenter in Atlanta, Ga., offer it. The six-month regimen averages around $6,000 and isn’t currently covered by insurance


The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that PTSD afflicts:

• Almost 31 percent of Vietnam veterans

• As many as 10 percent of Gulf War (Desert Storm) veterans

• 11 percent of veterans of the war in Afghanistan

• 20 percent of Iraqi war veterans

PTSD is not simply a ‘military’ or ‘war’ syndrome.  It is a condition with multiple symptoms from different sources.  A type of trauma, whether shock, injury, mental pain, can cause different reactions.  Those with PTSD are not insane people, or someone that just has a problem in their mind.  It is a condition that both civilian and military people can have.  Nutrition for the Brain I discussed from:

…regarding Neurotransmitters, the biochemical messengers of the brain and natural supplements such as GABA and amino acids Taurine, Theanine, Glycine, Glutamine, and 5-hydroxy Tryptophan; and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), which is essential for neurotransmitter metabolism.  In addition, the Omega-3 fatty acids, most readily obtained from a high-quality marine oil supplement, nourish brain cells and reduce inflammation that amplifies stress hormone levels, and are fundamental to any nutritional support program for PTSD….

Discussing more research on adrenals, sleep, proper hormone balance are definitely so needed in research and funding for PTSD.  I always bring a bottle of my St. Jude’s Miracle oilTM everywhere Chandra and I go.  We were supposed to speak for about 15 minutes.  We went a bit over, as many veterans began asking questions on research.  I thought it was great.  They are people who want to live healthier lives and we need to provide more research for those solutions.  Our oil was very positive when we sampled it to members.  Many have arthritis, and other conditions.

Chandra and I were very fortunate to serve our community and we presented a check for $500 to the Blinded Veterans Association.  They need public support, and we hope to work with them more in the future.  I sent a bottle of the oil to VP Jose Cottos.  He discussed his arthritis in his joints and inability to do many activities.  On Christmas day, I received an email from Jose:

“Merry X-mas to you ,Chandra and your loved ones.  I’m glad to report that for the first time in a long time I was able to walk one mile ,only stopping  once to rest for one minute.


That made my Christmas day even better.  Don’t forget our Veterans, and don’t wait for Veterans day to post on facebook. There are 364 other days in the year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Prof. William Vandry

Absorb and think


William and Chandra Vandry speak at Blinded Veterans Association Christmas luncheon South Texas Regional Group (STRG) at San Antonio VFW

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December 20, 2014, San Antonio DFW

The Blinded Veterans Association provides assistance through service programs, regional groups, and advocacy before the legislative and executive branches of government that makes life better for blinded veterans by encouragement and support.  The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) was founded March 28, 1945, and chartered by U.S. Congress August 27, 1958. It is exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of the USA blinded veterans and their families.


William and Chandra Vandry present $500 to the Blind Veterans Association STRG chapter, San Antonio

The Christmas lunch for the BVA featured the Color guard for opening and closing ceremonies.  In attendance were the BVA national President Mark Cornell, BVA-STRG President Walley Guerra, BVA-STRG Vice President Jose A Cotto, BVA-STRG Secretary Elbert brown, Audie Murph VA Hospital Visual Impairment service team coordinator Ronita Jones, and active duty soldiers from Ft. Sam Houston.

Special guests were the Wounded Warriors from Fort Sam Houston and William and Chandra Vandry, who are co inventors of St. Jude’s Miracle oilTM pain product, speakers of Got Pain clinics, researchers on the legally blind, PTSD, nutrition, pain and inflammation.  The Vandry’s are sponsors of their Summer project each year at the TexasSchool of the Blind. William is a 5th degree Professor in the Martial art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Master Carlos Machado and Chandra is an R.N. in neurology and allergy.


William and Chandra  Vandry with two Ft. Sam Houston Wounded Warriors and great soldiers for our country

BVA-STRG President Wally Guerra invited William and Chandra Vandry  to address Military Veterans with different conditions of legal blindness, and  research on nutrition.  The speech  discussed:

1)  Retinitis Pigmentosa

2) Study from Harvard shows Vitamin A Slows Retinitis Pigmentosa1

Reference: 1 June 1993 Archives of Ophthalmology

3) Opthalmologist Dr. Ronald Pugh on Macular degeneration

4) Dr. Ronald Grisanti Research on carnosine and cataracts

5) Research on patients who have been left partially blind by a stroke

6) PTSD,  and

7) Nutrition for the Brain


 Blind Veterans Association STRG chapter President Walley Guerra and William Vandry


Mr. and Mrs. Guerra of BVA STRG


BVA Veteran, VA Hospital Visual Impairment service team coordinator Ronita Jones and Chandra Vandry

BVA members discussed their own health, occular diseases, and more information on research.  William and Chandra Vandry presented the BVA with a check for $500 to support the San Antonio chapter, Veterans in general, and to support the military.  If you are a Veteran who is legally blind in South Texas, you can contact BVA STRG President Wally Guerra at:

South Texas Regional Group (STRG)                                                                                                                                                              Blinded Veterans Association (BVA)                                                                                                                                                                       San Antonio, Texas 78217

Or the National BVA contact:

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