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Fairway Village Christmas event, and the art of philanthropy

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Fairway Village blessed little children

13Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.  14But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.  15And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

– Jesus Blesses the Children ( Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17 )

December 14, 2014 was a day of hope, philanthropy, and a small way to give back to those not out of sympathy, but an opportunity to serve your community.  My wife Chandra and I have always held the philosophy of being there for those who need you. We have funded so many out of pocket projects that we believe in.  Fairway village is an East Side Austin apartment complex.  The Fairway area has families and children that deserve a chance just like the rest of the world.  Last year my wife and I were asked to sponsor the Montopolis area children with Christmas gifts.  We usually provide more than gifts.  Children have every day needs such as food, clothing, toothpaste, toothbrushes, gloves, blankets, scarfs, hats and others.


Chandra and I look at needs first.  Toys are a gift for children to play with, to have fun with, and to have their own set of play sets.  All children need those, but going back to the other needs first.  My wife packed almost 100 bags of personal items, and mixed candy, chocolates, and little toys.  Officer Rodriguez patrols the area, and along with well intended community, there are times when needs are there and goals are to meet them.  Chandra and I discussed with Officer Rodriguez plans not just for an event, but a meaningful event for children with a purpose.  We were able to find sponsors, and many of my generous community that helped to support this event.  Time warner news covered a story.  KVUE news interviewed Chandra and I, and asked me why we  do this.  I explained to him, that serving your community is the greatest reward itself.


Officers Rodriguez and Drabek, Chandra and William Vandry and Israel Avila

KXAN interviewed me and asked me how long have I been doing this?  There is a word philanthropy, which means “love of humanity” in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing and enhancing.  People at times feel or interpret philanthropy as multi millionaires giving a donation.  No, that can be part of it, but does not give philanthropy its true definition.  I write articles on nutrition, health, and my wife and I developed the product St. Jude’s Miracle oilTM for athletes who have sprains, strains, pain or whatever.  Those all have the basis of philanthropy that essentially motivates and engineers our goals.  My father was in the military as a child.  I told KXAN reporter that growing up as a child in the military, it was very common to have 20 soldiers over for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  I thought from a child that was a normal process of duty and responsibility in life.  I told him very few understand true giving is a self induced obligation to pick up a person.  Chandra and I work with many projects, from those who need food, to the legally blind, to Military Veterans.  We believe in this art of philanthropy.  Merry Christmas and have a Happy New year!

Professor William Vandry

Absorb and think


William and Chandra Vandry


Chandra’s midnight burning oil to get 100 bags for Christmas



  KXAN news interviewing William Vandry


William and Officer Drabek


William and Chandra addressing children for Chandra’s reading The Night before Christmas


Chandra and William Vandry, UAH property mgrs. Robert Onion, Carissa Rex, Deborah Welchel and Priscilla Garcia



Santa’s elves Drabek and Ian Haynes





William and Chandra Vandry interviewed by KVUE



The Vandrys and APD Fairway Village Dec. 14 Christmas event thank you sponsors!!

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Vandry BJJ East Austin Christmas event

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christmaseventGreetings from William and Chandra Vandry of Vandry Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!
On December 14, 2014 we will sponsor a Christmas party in East Austin.  Our goal is to provide much needed items such as coats, blankets and gloves as well as a fun Christmas bag with candy and toys for approximately 100 children and a group of senior citizens.  We will provide food and personally deliver these items to children in need.





We have worked with this community in the Montopolis neighborhood since 2012.  In 2013 we helped to host a  Christmas party.  The children received toys, a care package of essential items (soap, toothbrush, toothpaste etc.) and had snacks and drinks.
In the past we have provided support with 100% of our own personal funds, but the size of our project has grown, and we need support from our community to make this happen.
We appreciate the support from the Christmas angels of the Austin Police Department, and especially Officer Fausto Rodriguez, who has been essential in coordinating this years event with us.
We hope that with your much needed support, this year will be even more successful than last year in bringing a little Christmas joy to a poverty stricken area of Austin.
Our goal of $4,000 is set so that about $40 can be spent per child, and every dollar will go directly to this project.  You can also donate gently used clothing and toys, which can be dropped off at Vandry Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at 8650 Spicewood Springs Rd. Ste 123, Austin, TX 78759.
Every donation counts, no matter the amount, help us make a difference for those in need this holiday season!  Thank you for your generosity and have a Merry Christmas!  To donate, please go to www.gofundme.com/vandry

William Vandry Association quarterly seminar 2014, portions to the Vandry’s Christmas project for the impoverished

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Texas School of the Blind Camp Challenge Vandry BJJ third year self defense clinic

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Sunday June 15, 2014

Vandry BJJ sponsored Camp challenge self defense clinic.  Special thanks to Counselor Kristine Seljene, and Coaches Scott, Josh E, Jay, Mickhail, Mike, Ronnie, Josh T, Fausto, Jen, Dustin, Israel, Justin and Mark for all their help! Support the blind with support, not pity!


Chandra and William  Vandry present $500 check to the Texas School of the Blind.  An additional $420 was raised, totaling $920 to support Camp challenge events for the blind.


William Vandry giving speech to the blind about overcoming and not accepting limitations


William Vandry with Texas School of the Blind students


Prof. Vandry playing with flying armlock



William Vandry teaching blind students to kick out and get back to the feet


Blind student learning kickout and back to feet


Warmup for seminar


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Camp challenge Coaches and students



Professor William Vandry and Camp Challenge coordinator Kristine Seljenes


Coach Fausto with student


Coach Scott with student


Coach Michail with student


Professor Vandry with student


Coach Chandra with student

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Coach Jay with student

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Coach Jen with student

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Coach Josh E with student

mark and student

Coach Mark with student

ronnie and student

Coach Ronnie with student

Israel and student

Coach Israel with student

Dustin and student

Coach Dustin with student

Justin and student

Coach Justin with student

Josh T and students

Coach Josh T with students



Coach Jen and Prof. Vandry demonstrating  BJJ attacks








Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI) host William Vandry at Camp Challenge

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From TSBVI website: http://www.tsbvi.edu/

Current Events

  • William and Chandra Vandry, of Vandry Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has graciously made a $900 donation to TSBVI’s Summer School Program, Camp Challenge. Originally an amount of $500 was raised before the seminar, and an additional $400 was added from Vandry’s community. This is his third year to participate in the programming, offering a free Self Defense clinic to the campers.  He is a fantastic role model for the students, as he has successfully overcome many obstacles of his own and remains an avid learner of life.  Legally blind himself, William Vandry says that he has never let that stop him from achieving his dreams and coaches the students of Camp Challenge to do the same.  A professor with a 4th degree Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, he has competed in multiple Pan American tournaments, winning Gold and Silver medals and runs his very own, very successful Vandry Jiu-Jitsu Academy in the Austin area since 1999. Kristine receiving check from William and Chandra Vandry Group shot of TSBI students and Vandry coaches

Legally blind and Visually impaired overcoming challenges with Vandry racehorse nutritional research

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June 2014


by Professor William Vandry

“I’ve never felt sorry for myself, so why should anyone else?”

-William Vandry in newspaper interview 2003

The information presented on this site is not intended for diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please consult your own physician for medical advice or services. The information provided on this website is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be considered a replacement for the expert advice of a qualified health practitioner

Jiu jitsu is an answer to many challenges.  Challenges such as low self esteem, arrogance, bad health, seeking to belong to a community, goal developing.  These are some challenges a good Jiu-jitsu school can help overcome.  The legally blind have another challenge-overcoming lack of vision.



Challenges occur in many ways.  Being overweight, getting in shape, learning self defense, etc. are all part of common challenges in this world.  Past articles such as overcoming joint issues, or obesity statistics from medical journals show they can be overcome.  Handicaps are a challenge, and overcoming them is only a test in life that you must accept.  I was quoted in a 2012 article on this:

“Fourth and last, I have taught many clinics with the blind, and at Criss Cole over the years, and if there is one goal I intend to accomplish with blind students, the message is to not allow you to be immersed in self-pity, or hopelessness. This type of motivation is not just for blind people. We have so many people in the USA that have ups and downs that need this lesson instilled as well.”

I have worked with blind people since 1998.  I had become visually impaired in 1997.  For those who wonder about different forms of blindness, many think blind people see just black.  Actually many blind people have light or some sense of sight, it has to do with clarity and inability to make out objects in their view.

I have seen handicaps worse than blindness.  One of them is ignorance.  For example:

1. When President Bush was in office, after mocking a reporter for wearing sunglasses, his ignorance was exposed when he was notified the reporter was legally blind.  The reporter has a condition where he is sensitive to light.

 2. Fast food employees mocked a blind woman who needed help reading menu.  Alice Camarillo, who is legally blind, says she was ridiculed when she asked for help reading the menu at fast-food restaurants like Burger King, McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Wendy’s.  She sued. A federal judge in Albany threw it out, saying the law doesn’t require restaurant workers to be polite. A Manhattan federal appeals court overruled the lower court, and Camarillo can sue the restaurants under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  During a visit to Burger King, employees “laughed and stared” and pointed her in the direction of the men’s room when she asked for a bathroom, she claims.  At Taco Bell, a cashier told her to wait until the rest of the customers had ordered.

3. Saturday Night Live TV show mocked blind Governor David Paterson with classless lure for ratings in 2008.  As if the public outcry wasn’t enough, NBC’s ‘comedy’ show “Saturday Night Live” again lampooned New York State’s legally blind Governor David Paterson and showed him aimlessly rolling around the ‘Weekend Update’ set, and mocking his inability to see. Making a public figure the target of satire based on the performance of their public duties is one thing, but making a joke out of his disability is just pathetic and shameful. And perhaps because the public outrage, SNL decided to milk it – after all, even negative publicity is still publicity.

4.  In 2009, the Duke of Edinburgh, who has a well-earned reputation for putting his foot in his mouth, made yet another gaffe when he mocked the sight of a blind boy. The family of Stephen Menary, a teenage army cadet who was blinded in an IRA bombing, had been invited to meet the Queen and her husband at a tree planting event in Hyde Park.  After the Queen asked the then 15-year-old how much sight he had left, the Duke of Edinburgh responded: “Not a lot, judging by the tie he’s wearing”.

Joking to make light of blindness are things I do all the time.  When I first began to cook after my sight issue, I would flip omelettes and accidentally land them on my foot.  Many times when I have knocked glasses over or sometimes misidentify someone, you have to keep going with a smile.  But never mock or try to use it as a satire.  It got back to me a past student of mine somehow thought it was funny to make blind jokes.  I cleared him up really fast.  I despise cowards.  I cannot tolerate them.  I  cannot tolerate bullies, stalkers, or those that predate upon the weak.  Those are all shameful disgraces in society.  However, there are even worse handicaps.

I have spent many times with students who endured depression, marriage breakups, deaths in their family, divorces, job losses, and I never turned my back to them.  In this world there will many times the ones you are there for will turn their back on you.

t will happen.  And it does happen alot to blind people.  I remember in 1998 I met a woman in Temple who formed a club for blind people.  I also found out how so many people are ostracized, patronized, and even treated like children from their own friends and family.

These acts are truly a shame and disgrace.  Whenever a narcistic or person with low self esteem has to do that to a blind person has no use in society.

I remember when I first taught blind students Jiu-jitsu.  There was a young woman 19 years old, who was totally out of control, disrespectful, and disrupting the entire class of Jiu-jitsu.  See, this was not her fault.  This was a young woman who had been blind since birth.  I had one of my assistants pin her and apply weight so she would feel pressure.  I told her I did not want her disrupting my class.  She asked if she could get up and continue the class.  Guess what happened?  She became the best student of the course.  That probably was the first time in her life she ever was treated without pity, or sorrow due to her handicap.  I bet she became something successful in life.

I feel blind people have a greater challenge in many ways.  Reading, writing, driving, identifying people, getting regular job, all of these are strikes against the blind.   But it is not a failure, or an excuse.  It is a motivation to overcome.


Dr. Fredric Schroeder, commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration during the Clinton administration, delivered a powerful address to the participants attending during the first plenary session of the gathering on December 5, 2007.  Schroeder made comments I found enlightening regarding the prejudice, and expectations of failure:

 “…Given proper training and opportunity, blind people can compete on terms of equality with their sighted peers….”

 “…Dr. Jernigan understood that the isolation of the blind–the lack of opportunity–was the outgrowth of societal misconceptions about blindness or, said another way, prejudice based on myth and misunderstanding….”

 “…I respect the illiterate, but I do not celebrate the lack of opportunity that inevitably results. I respect the unemployed, but I do not celebrate the 80 percent unemployment rate among the blind…”

“…I respect differences, but I do not celebrate the consequences of low expectations. I respect the victims of oppression and prejudice, but I do not respect prejudice and oppression. Doing better is not enough, not enough if it means helping blind people move from despair to lesser despair, from hopelessness to lesser hopelessness, from poverty to lesser poverty, when something more is within reach…”

“…I believe the greatest challenge that confronts us is not external. It is not the challenge of finding the money to support our programs, even though it may feel like that from day to day. It is the challenge of resisting false pride, the idea that there is nothing more for us to learn. It is the challenge of resisting complacency, resisting falling into comfortable patterns, putting off the hard things. It is the challenge of facing our own beliefs about blindness, facing our own fears and uncertainty. It is the challenge of resisting the paralysis of doubt…”

Dr. Schroeder pounces on what the worst disease of all is, excuses, complacency, failing to stimulate the uninspired.  I have never tolerated complacency.  I always believed you can conquer anything.  Goals are ideal, and even if some don’t make it, others do.  The first goal is to identify your challenge, then proceed to solve it.  In my career, I have seen grown adults with no visual handicaps end up being more disabled with their own inabilities to overcome challenges.

Nutrition, technology vs. blindness

I have researched medicine since my teens.  I love to research and explore new Jiu-jitsu angles on the mat, and try new theories.  My mentor Carlos Machado never scolded me, reprimanded me or told me to just stick with the technique.  He always liked me exploring, where at times many may not.  I study and research medicine not because it is a reason to act knowledgeable.  No, its more than that.  We should always look for more answers.  We know so little, and we all need to learn more and more.  Different forms of blindness I am familiar with.  80% of all visual impairment can be avoided, and I mentioned this along with details in last year’s article (June 2013 see below).  Here are some conditions many blind persons endure, and here is a little research I did:

 Rod cone dystrophy (from wikipedia)

 A cone dystrophy is an inherited ocular disorder characterized by the loss ofcone cells, the photoreceptors responsible for both central and color vision. Due to an inherited disorder, there are no cures for Rod cone dystrophy.  However, research is hopeful as reversal has been done to dogs in surgery:

 Cone-Rod Dystrophy Gene Therapy Rescues Vision in Canines

French research team led by   Fabienne Rolling, Ph.D., of INSERM, has used gene therapy to restore   vision in a canine model of cone-rod dystrophy caused by mutations in   the gene RPGRIP1. Reported in the journal Molecular Therapy, the advancement   marks the first time RPGRIP1 gene therapy has been used successfully in a large-animal   model of cone-rod dystrophy. Demonstration of safety and efficacy in a large   animal is an important step in moving the therapy into human studies. Dr.   Rolling says that her team is now adapting the RPGRIP1 for evaluation in   humans.


Myopia also known as nearsightedness, is a very common ocular problem.  Prevention is partially possible by avoiding reading closely for prolonged periods during childhood.  Ray Sahelian M.D. has a supplement he developed that may improve sight conditions.

Myopia treatment – nutrition for eye health

The lens, retina, macula, and other parts of the eye involved in eyesight can be protected with the proper intake of antioxidants. Almost all the antioxidants likely have a positive influence on eye health. Of particular importance are vitamins C, E, selenium, and the carotenoids found in fruits and vegetables. Two particular carotenoids, called lutein and zeaxanthin, play an important role in protecting eye tissue in the macula from damage by free radicals, and perhaps partially help prevent myopia or reduce myopia severity progression. in many herbs, including milk thistle and bilberry. Interestingly, bilberry contains anthocyanosides that could be beneficial in myopia. Fish oil supplements are helpful since the retina needs the important fatty acid DHA for optimal visual acuity.   Eyesight Rx is the product you can search on his website.

CVI, TBI, and Neurological Vision Loss

Cortical visual impairment (CVI), and cerebral visual impairment (CVI), are terms often used to describe visual impairment that occurs because of injury or damage to the brain, as are neurological vision loss, brain-damage-related visual impairment, and vision loss due to traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Although CVI is a trauma or a type of damage which is not a normal disease, there are no cures stated.  I had CVI, and I have found research in areas such as Infrared and supplements (see below) that may help some improve.

The major causes of CVI are as follows: asphyxia, hypoxia (a lack of sufficient oxygen in the body’s blood cells), or ischemia (not enough blood supply to the brain), all of which may occur during the birth process; developmental brain defects; head injury; hydrocephalus (when the cerebrospinal fluid does not circulate properly around the brain, and collects in the head, putting pressure on the brain); a stroke involving theoccipital lobe; and infections of the central nervous system, such as meningitis and encephalitis.

Congenital cataracts

Cataract prevention and treatment with natural supplements, herbs and vitamins.  Here are points from Dr. Sahelian’s website:


I have researched Dr. Sahelian’s website for years on many diseases, and his knowledge of nutrition.  Sahelian is an M.D., and references medical journals.

A cataract is a cloudy or opaque area in the lens of the eye. Sahelian points to preventative measures or slowing the process of cataracts:

Quitting smoking reduces the risk. JAMA Ophthalmology, news release, Jan. 2, 2014

– Various antioxidants may be helpful in prevention or reducing the risk of cataract formation. Some may even help improve vision in certain cases.

– Lutein is potentially helpful in slowing the process of cataract formation. Lutein is a carotenoid found in green and leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach, and it is also available as a supplement.

– Alpha lipoic acid is a powerful antioxidant and helpful for those with diabetes.  Effects of DL-alpha-lipoic acid on the experimentally induced 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.

– CoQ10 has been studied in the lab but as of 2011 no human studies are available.  Coenzyme Q10 prevents human lens epithelial cells from light-induced apoptotic cell death by reducing oxidative stress and stabilizing BAX / Bcl-2 ratio.

– Selenium has been linked with a reduced risk of cataract. Selenium activates the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase, protecting cell membranes from oxidative damage. A dosage of 100 mcg a day seems to be sufficient.

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

Cataract Diet – Foods as cause of cataract formation or those that are protective

– High intake of fruit and vegetables has a protective effect on cataract.

– High intake of sugar and high glycemic carbohydrates increases the risk for cataracts.

– People who eat lots of high glycemic index foods increase their risk of developing a cataract. Glycemic index, or GI, refers to how rapidly a food causes blood sugar to rise.

– Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids detected in the human lens and these nutrients play a role in preserving lens clarity. Archives of Ophthalmology, January 2008.

– Higher intakes of vitamin C or the combined intake of antioxidants had long-term protective associations against development of nuclear cataract. Am J Clin Nutr 2008;87 1899-1905.

Smoking is the most common “modifiable” risk factor reported in population studies. Sun exposure and poor diets have also been associated with increased risk. Those who eat diets high in fruits and vegetables have a lower risk. Archives of Ophthalmology, 2010.

Consuming garlic could be helpful. J Ocul Pharmacol Ther. 2009. Prevention of selenite-induced cataractogenesis in Wistar albino rats by aqueous extract of garlic.

Causes, medications, prescription drugs

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

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

– Treatment with topical corticosteroids increases the risk.

– Statin drugs used to lower cholesterol levels increase the risk.


Exotropia is a form of strabismus where the eyes are deviated outward.  See Strabismus.

Optic nerve hypoplasia

The syndrome of optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH) is the under-development or absence of the optic nerve combined with possible brain and endocrine abnormalities.  Stem cell research is promising, but no cures.

Optic Neuropathy or Optic nerve Atrophy

Many causes can result in Optic neuropathy, yet B1 or Thiamine is found again as referred elsewhere in this article. Toxins and deficiencies are in detail here:



Strabismuss is a form of Amblyopia.  Amblyopia has three main causes (from wikipedia):

Strabismic: by strabisumus (misaligned eyes)

Refractive: by anisometropia (high degrees of nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, in one or both eyes)

Deprivational: by deprivation of vision early in life by vision-obstructing disorders such as congential cataract.

Studies to Reverse strabismuss/amblyopia with atropine treatment

This NCBI medical research on atropine, patching, and combination therapy are methods used to attempt reversal this condition.  More study and research should be funded.


CONCLUSIONS: In this community based ophthalmology practice, atropine, patching, and combination therapy appear to be equally effective modalities to treat ambyopia. Highly hyperopic patients under 4 years of age with dense, strabismic amblyopia and on daily atropine appeared to be most at risk for development of reverse amblyopia.


Nystagmus is characterized by an involuntary movement of the eyes, often noted as a shaky or wiggly movement.

The University of Maryland   Medical Center reports that a small study conducted on people with glaucoma showed that after eight weeks of taking 120 mg of ginkgo each day, the glaucoma patients showed some improvement in vision.

– Effects of oral Ginkgo biloba supplementation improvement on cataract formation and oxidative stress occurring in lenses of rats exposed to total cranium radiotherapy.  Japan J Ophthalmology. 2004.

Nystagmus, Thiamin and Magnesium Deficiencies

This website has incredible research and Pubmed journal references to the correlation with Nystagmus and magnesium deficiency:


The studies below are samples of abstracts that link nystagmus to magnesium and/or thiamin deficiencies:

– In a study in the Netherlands in 1993, nystagmus was linked to hypomagnesemia (a deficiency of magnesium in the blood).

– In a paper published in 1981, the manifestations of magnesium deficiency noted include tremors, myoclonic jerks, convulsions, Chvostek sign, Trousseau sign, spontaneous carpopedal spasm, ataxia, nystagmus and dysphagia; psychiatric disturbances, cardiac arrhythmias.

– Researchers in Switzerland in a paper for the journal “Neurology” observed that one of their patients had “a periodic downbeat nystagmus with a cycle of 3 minutes 30 seconds, beating downward for a period of 90 seconds every 2 minutes”. They concluded that the nystagmus in this patient “may have resulted from severe hypomagnesemia, possibly associated with thiamin deficiency.”

– In a 1981 paper entitled, “Downbeat nystagmus with magnesium depletion“, the authors linked nystagmus in two patients to a magnesium deficiency. They also noted that, “Downbeat nystagmus also may occur from a partial deficiency of the metabolic cofactors, magnesium and thiamin.”

– Researchers from Israel found that “In the years 1994-1997, 9 patients with acute signs of ophthalmoplegia or nystagmus and ataxia which resolved within 48 hours after intravenous thiamin.”

For more examples of papers linking nystagmus to thiamin and/or magnesium deficiencies, go to PubMed and enter either “magnesium nystagmus” or “thiamin nystagmus” (without the quotes) in the search box.

Listed below is am excerpt from an abstract from the Pubmed database on magnesium deficiency that specifically notes nystagmus as one of the symptoms:

Magnesium deficiency. Etiology and clinical spectrum:

“The manifestations can be divided into the following categories: totally non-specific symptoms and signs ascribable to the primary disease:”

Neuromuscular hyperactivity including myoclonic jerks, convulsions, tremor, Chvostek sign, ataxia, Trousseau sign (rarely), spontaneous carpopedal spasm (rarely), nystagmus and dysphagia

The following conditions are commonly linked to nystagmus:

One of the symptoms of fibromyalgia is nystagmus. Fibromyalgia has been linked in some studies to magnesium deficiency. According to a very interesting web site by Mark London, “migraine headaches, mitral valve prolapse, and Raynaud’s phenomenon, all problems commonly found in people with fibromyalgia, are also problems that have been associated with a magnesium deficiency.” Magnesium deficiency is a common link between all of these symptoms.

Vertigo has been linked to nystagmus As noted above, vertigo is also a symptom of a magnesium deficiency.

Nystagmus is a common symptom of multiple sclerosis. A 1995 paper by researchers in Poland found that multiple sclerosis patients had a “statistically significant decrease” of erythrocyte magnesium levels.

Menieres disease is characterized by nystagmus, panic attacks, hearing loss, sensitivity to noise, vertigo, headaches and sweating. All of these conditions are also signs of a magnesium deficiency.

Central Scotoma

A scotoma is a blind spot (non-functional portion of the retinal field) in the visual field.  Scintillating scotomas often are a symptom of migraine headaches.  cotomas are considered a symptom of disease, not a disease in themselves and are not considered treatable. They may be a sign of a problem with the retina or damage to the optic nerve, such as that caused by glaucoma.

Color Dyschromatopsia

When a person is affected by achromatopsia, he is unable to differentiate between various colors.  Right out of pubmed, it states due to research Colour vision in vitamin A deficiency. (Br Med J. Jan 8, 1977; 1(6053): 81.) There is no cure, although color lenses and new gene therapy are hopeful.

Ocular Albanism

A partial absence of pigmentin the skin, hair and eyes due to absence or defect oftyrosinase, a copper-containing enzyme involved in the production of melanin. General: There is no cure for albinism.

Back to referencing my 2013 article on nutrition and research on blndness:

1. Three to four portions of spinach weekly can reverse at least early AMD.

2. Free radicals promote and speed macular degeneration as well as aging, heart disease, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease, among others.

3. High concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin, both of them carotenoids, are found in [and so, presumably, required by] the retina of the eye, explaining why consuming them in diet protects against macular degeneration.

 4.  Those who eat more sensibly and supplement antioxidants such as vitamins C and E develop cataracts much more slowly.

5.  Monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame (Nutra-Sweet®) 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.

 6.  50,000 units of vitamin D and one gram of calcium helped against eye conditions including myopia, keratoconus, cataract, optic nerve atrophy and retinitis pigmentosa.

Macular Degeneration and gall bladder removal connection

Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and clinic administrator Katherine Carrol wrote an article on reversing macular degeneration based on research connecting the disease with gall bladder removal:

We discovered this secret by observing hundreds of macular-degeneration patients and had noted in their history that many had had their gallbladder removed or else they were obese or otherwise compromised and had trouble digesting fats, as evidenced by their dry skin, dry eyes, weight gain, gas and bloating, or floating or shiny stools after fatty meals had been consumed. The connection was obvious! No gallbladder, fat maldigestion, or liver or GI issues equaled problems. Half a million people a year are opting for cholecystectomy (gallbladder surgery), not realizing that they can simply cleanse the liver and gallbladder with a “flush,”[7] which is basically an “oil change” that removes old, stasis bile and relieves symptoms in most cases.”

[7] http://curezone.com/schulze/herbal_5day_liver_cleanse.html

 Caroll notes the connection with Lutein and Zeaxanthin Need HDL Particles:

 “…Lutein and zeaxanthin, critical components to replenish the macula, are carried in the bloodstream to the macula on HDL particles. That’s amazing.  Carotenoids responsible for central vision hitch a ride on a cholesterol particle and hone in on their destination: the macula. And you thought cholesterol was the enemy … wrong! Cholesterol in a healthy ratio and thin bile are key players in this healthy-eye strategy.  Bile is made of bile salts, cholesterol esters, and lecithin. Keep cholesterol at a healthy, total level and at an optimal HDL-to-low density lipoprotein (LDL) ratio because if cholesterol is too low, we will not have enough of the raw materials we need to make bile. Be sure you have what it takes to make cholesterol. Even magnesium plays a part.  Blood-serum concentration of lutein and zeaxanthin by proper breakdown of nutrients into micellized globules is important, but equally important is the ability to transport them to their targeted destination. Unless HDL cholesterol is adequate – at least 61 milligrams per deciliter – time and money are potentially wasted on supplements…”

 Aha, so Caroll verifies my research from last year.

Retinitis Pigmentosa

TRetinitis Pigmentosa (pigmentosis) is a progressive degenerative disorder of the retina that can cause a profound loss of vision. This disease affects 1 out of 3700 people.

The progression of this condition can be reduced by the daily intake of 15000 IU (equivalent to 4.5 mg) of vitamin A palmitate.13

Recent studies have demonstrated that proper vitamin A supplementation can postpone blindness due to retinitis pigmentosa by up to 10 years.

Other studies have shown supplementing with nutrients such omega-3 fatty acid, DHA, lutein, vitamins E, C and alpha lipoic acid can help preserve vision.  Future treatments may involve gene therapy, artificial retinal implants, retinal transplants, stem cells, nutritional supplements, and/or drug therapies. A 2012 animal study replaced photoreceptor cells where no host cells remained with transplanted rod precursor cells that reformed an anatomically distinct photoreceptor layer.14

 13. Vitamin A (2004), DHA, Omega-3 Fatty Acid and Retinitis PigmentosaVitamins A / E (1993) & Retinitis Pigmentosa

14. Reversal of end-stage retinal degeneration and restoration of visual function by photoreceptor transplantation, Singh, et al, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jan 3, Epub.

Infrared treatment reverses blindness

Prospects for recovery of lost vision have brightened with the release of new scientific findings showing that the use of gentle near infra-red light can reverse damage caused by exposure to  bright light, up to a month after treatment.

s Dr Krisztina Valter and doctoral researcher Rizalyn Albarracin have successfully demonstrated recovery of vision cells in the retina following near infra-red treatment applied after damage was sustained.  Including for patients suffering from dry macular degeneration (dry AMD), now the most common cause of blindness in developed countries.  Infrared can help to minimize damage caused by bright light and enhance recovery.

“Macular degeneration is responsible for around a half of the cases of blindness in Australia. The dry form, for which there is still no cure, accounts for 80-90 per cent of cases,” says Dr Valter, of The Vision Centre and AustralianNationalUniversity.

Our research shows clear evidence of recovery of vision cells rom light damage, a good model for what happens in dry AMD.”

“Given the very high costs of blindness to any economy, it is encouraging to know that there is a simple, affordable technology in prospect which could help to reduce it.”

Ms Albarracin said that treating the retina with just a few minutes exposure to soft near-infra-red light a day for less than a week had produced a remarkable recovery in damaged photoreceptors (vision cells) which ordinarily would have died.

Their paper  “Photobiomodulation protects the retina from light-induced photoreceptor degeration,” by Rizalyn Albarracin, Janis Eells and Krisztina Valter appears in the latest issue of the journal Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science.

I teach at the Texas School of the Blind each year at P.E. Department head Kristine Seljenes Project Camp Challenge.  Kristine really has one of those sincere, noble passions for helping blind students.  Each year I teach, I have a group of blind students who are now trying to get their lives together and future goals.  This is a great challenge, and when I teach there, Jiu-jitsu is just to open the door.  I want them to take   on the world knowing they are just as equal to anyone else, and they can achieve goals.  These kids have a   larger challenge against their blind conditions.  They have to overcome prejudices, but to   me, the challenge of nutrition is greater.    What if they could reverse or    improve conditions with nutrition on previous scientific   research?  This too is a great   discipline.  The motivation to improve   their health is primary, their focus on education, goals, business and most   of all, one I had to overcome a long time ago, develop your independence, and   break the statistics.   Take care of your eyes.  They are the only ones you have.

Professor   William Vandry

Absorb   and think


William and Chandra Vandry, and Montopolis Christmas

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Each year around Christmas, we find interesting social activities.  We see parties, fundraisers, etc.  Charity is an interesting term.  I read a great definition on charity, where it states: “your contribution is a charity, a gift that empowers and gives thanks to the healing, not the healer. It is not possible to pay enough for the gift of health you receive. What is possible is to make certain your intention is correct and pure and your offer is genuine.”


My wife and I privately do charitable works.  A charity can be anything altruistic or caring of a need.  The philosophy should not be to wait for a thank you, or an email or letter.  It should simply be to get the job done, and move on.  Usually if we do something charitable, we simply do the foot soldier work.  I wrote an article two years ago about the types that stop in for a 30 minute photo op and leave.


“Sometimes, people give not because they’re concerned about somebody else’s needs, but because they want to feel good about themselves,” says Maj. Doug Hammond, pastor at the Salvation Army church on Dovercourt Rd.


“That attitude subverts what should be the main message – that everyone “is in this together, and we’re just sharing,” he says. “To give a guy a bowl of soup and make him feel like a beggar undermines everything that we do because the ultimate poverty is a loss of dignity.”



I was writing this article before I had to teach my lunch class.  While warming up, the Christmas spirit was discussed by one of my students, and his family discussion on how people are tempted to spend on holidays, and where the spirit is for the less fortunate.


Another student discussed how people get a gift for a charity to wait for someone to thank them.  This is the type that needs some type of public thank you.

I could not disagree more with those.

My parents were always charitable when I grew up.  They gave and moved on to the next.  I learned that too.  In Jiu-jitsu, when you have a student who has been good to your school, but a financial setback occurs, you help them if you can.  In society, being altruistic or charitable is not about helping ‘poor people’, or ‘poor kids’.  It’s about giving when you understand it is needed.  The great reward, and gratitude is that person gave you an opportunity to lift them that day.

East Austin has a low income housing area.  My wife Chandra and I have worked with that area, and our goal is to give children hope in overcoming.  The Austin Police Dept. District 3 officers are there in the event as well.

Thank you, Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

Professor William Vandry


Can the legally blind train in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and overcome blindness? William Vandry says absolutely!!

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BJJ in my eyes June 2013

Visual impairment is a subject few in the martial arts discuss.  When people develop visual handicaps, it is truly a very challenging setback in life.  What many do not know is how people develop blindness.  I am going to dig into this article on a subject I would like more in our community to be better educated on.  Let’s begin with a few statistics.

The World health organization statistics on legally blind and visually impaired show:

  • 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide: 39 million are      blind and 246 have low vision.
  • About 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing      countries.
  • Globally, uncorrected refractive errors are the main cause of      visual impairment; cataracts remain the leading cause of blindness in      middle- and low-income countries.
  • The number of people visually impaired from infectious diseases has      greatly reduced in the last 20 years.
  • 80% of all visual impairment can be avoided or cured



Other causes

  • Corneal opacities: eye      diseases that scar the cornea
  • Diabetic retinopathy:      associated with diabetes
  • Blinding trachoma:      bacterial condition causing painful scarring in the cornea
  • Eye conditions in children      such as cataract, retinopathy of prematurity, and vitamin      A deficiency
  • Onchocerciasis (river      blindness): a parasitic disease caused by filarial worms and transmitted      through the bites of infected blackflies

Refractive Errors

A refractive error is a common eye disorder that can sometimes be so severe that it causes visual impairment. It occurs when the eye cannot clearly focus on images resulting in blurred vision.

The three most common refractive errors are:

  • Myopia (nearsightedness):      difficulty seeing distant objects clearly
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness):      difficulty seeing close objects clearly
  • Astigmatism: distorted      vision due to an irregularly curved cornea (the clear covering of the eye)

A fourth condition, presbyopia, leads to difficulty reading or seeing at arm’s length. Presbyopia is due to age-related changes inside the eye and is universal among people over the age of 40. This condition is linked to aging.

Refractive errors cannot be prevented but they can be diagnosed by an eye exam and treated with corrective glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery.
VISION 2020: The Right to Sight Blindness and Vision Impairment Global Facts, http://www.vision2020.org/main.cfm?type=FACTS
When the statistics show 80% of visual loss can be prevented, this gives a cause and wakeup to our society.

Professor William Vandry congratulating blind students for accomplishing Level 1 self defense clinic

Being legally blind and visually impaired is in my opinion one of the most challenging of all setbacks.  A blind person has problems reading computers, books, emails or even watching movies, transportation and needs to adapt in a different way to overcome these among many other challenges.  Many people who are legally blind are at times treated as second class citizens, and at times are perceived as liabilities in life.  I personally take those types and just get a laugh and tell people to not even give it another minute.  Those types ironically are more handicapped than anyone truly can be.

I have spoke to many blind citizens since 1998 on the goals to overcome those barriers.

I learned to overcome blindness in a way that many people should learn to overcome challenges and setbacks in life.  How?  By dealing with your circumstances and overcoming them, not by dwelling on your woes in life.

I first met a group of blind people in 1998 which was a social group.  Although I myself was one of their members, many had unfortunate positions in life and were to say the least, in a low self esteem.  Some women who were middle aged were treated like five year old children by their own family.

I never forgot that.  And I never let anyone treat me like that.  I let blind students always remember that as well.  In 1999 when I moved to Austin, I met a friend who asked if I could teach a Jiu-jitsu clinic at The Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center (CCRC). CC is a comprehensive vocational rehabilitation training facility working in partnership with blind consumers to help them achieve their employment and independent living goals.  I met Jody Royder, who is one of the counselors at Criss Cole.  I would usually go on Sundays once a month and meet a group of blind students. Some were in their 50s some in their teens.  I noticed one thing when I spoke to them.  All of them were enduring a very tough time in life with independence.  I worked a program with Criss Cole to sponsor blind students to train at my Jiu-jitsu academy.  I taught each of them to walk and learn my school, the changing room, bathrooms, etc..  My goal was to teach them that without any help.  To practice independence.  They began to learn Jiu-jitsu, and over the years of blind students here and there, they all came out of their shells.  They just needed to be reminded that they have the abilities to overcome.  And this power is within, not from someone else.  I remember one blind student in 2002 who was 18.  She trained with me for about 6 months.  When she moved back to her hometown, she invited me to a party at Criss Cole to see her off.  I remember the counselor telling me she was the most introverted student and never opened up until she started Jiu-jitsu.


I was very happy to hear that, and I know whatever time I spent mentoring her, she is off to a better start.

Last year the Texas School of the Blind had a summer camp they named CampChallenge.  You can read the article from last year.  The top pic is Kristine doing a flying armbar on me. ( http://www.williamvandry.com/2012/06/29/professor-william-vandry-teaches-blind-and-visually-impaired-students-at-texas-school-of-the-blind-self-defense-confidence-and-overcoming/ )

It is a camp designed for activities, participation and stimulation to blind students that attend there.  It is headed by P.E. CounselorKristine Seljenes.  Kristine is a real champ when it comes to working with blind students.  She desired to have a type of physical activity, namely a martial art for her blind students.  When she found out about me, and my visual handicap, she asked if I could teach a class at her camp to reach out to blind students to overcome in life.  I told her about Criss Cole and my past experience and that I would be happy to.  When I work with blind students, my goal is to communicate with them, open up and let them know I know what they are going through, and to learn its ok to reach out and talk to others.  From there, I show a few moves in Jiu-jitsu.  In fourteen years, each clinic I teach with blind students ends the same way–they don’t want to stop wrestling!  Awesome.  Some points I lecture when teaching blind students:

  • Each clinic I teach is probably going to be the only time I will meet those students, as I do it annually, and they usually have moved back to their town the next year.  When      teaching, I remind them how they have goals, and to keep focusing on them, and never let anyone deter you, or put you down because of your condition.
  • Goal setting is another suggestion.
  • The third is to study nutrition.
  • Above the WHO stats state 80% of all visual impairment can be      avoided or cured.

I will get back to nutrition and some fantastic research I did on blindness.  But lets get to the main point on my article.  Lets talk about these very precious blind students who are fantastic students in BJJ.


Camp Challenge Self Defense Workshop

I usually ask a group of my students to assist with the camp.  The reason has nothing to do with needing help, I have taught clinics by myself many times.  My goal is to show my students as martial artists the value of being a martial artist.  To counsel, nurture, coach and care for blind students gives them reflection on their responsibilities as martial artists.  Its great to have tough students, good fighters, students, competitors, senior students, etc., sit down and volunteer a few hours with me to these blind students.  It means a lot to them.  I give each blind student their own coach, and each of my assistants has to work with each blind student without attempting to coddle them or ‘baby’ them.  They learn each coach’s name, and if they can’t see them, I have them learn to find the coach by vocal guidance, instead of grabbing an arm.  By the end, my students learned something too.  They learned about being a better Jiu-jitsu student, and how to humble yourself for those that are less fortunate, and to let them know you can be with them to overcome setbacks.

I met some very inspiring young men and women.  We trained with them, and each of my students was assigned to coach one or two blind students.  I was so proud of everyone there, and I am glad we made an impact on them.



Avoiding Visual Degeneration

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This is a goal of mine of medical and nutritional information.  This tidbit I added to this article hoping maybe more people out there can find one piece of information in this article that may help them with their vision, or visual problems.


1. Spinach vs. Age related Macular degeneration

An article in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) November 2, 1994, sings the praises of spinach. People who ate Popeye’s favorite daily suffered only one-tenth as much age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as those who seldom ate spinach. And for patients with the condition, eating spinach prevented worsening.1Research has now confirmed that three to four portions of spinach weekly can reverse at least early AMD. “Dr. Richer, chief of the optometry section at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs inNorth Chicago, recently tested 14 patients who were showing the first signs of AMD. After just 12 weeks of eating three to four portions of spinach a week, those in the study showed 60% to 80% improvement in their AMD tests. Among the eight who had either a hole or a distortion in their vision, for seven the problem either improved or disappeared completely.”2The macula is a light-sensitive part of the central retinal area near the optic nerve; it provides sharp central visual acuity. AMD is the leading cause of blindness among American, Canadian and English elderly, and it afflicts nearly 40 percent of the more than 10 million Americans with diabetes.[i] AMD is a cousin of coronary heart disease, and shares with it a common ancestor: atherosclerosis.  Free radicals promote and speed macular degeneration as well as aging, heart disease, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s disease, among others.The benefits result largely from spinach’s thousands of carotenoids, which are phytonutrients (plant nutrients) related to and including carotenes. “High concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin, both of them carotenoids, are found in [and so, presumably, required by] the retina of the eye, explaining why consuming them in diet protects against macular degeneration.” 5, 6 New research finds that eggs may be an especially good source of lutein and zeaxanthin because substances in the yolk make it easier for the body to absorb these compounds.7 It is already known that eating eggs does not elevate risk of heart attack; in fact, published research found that those who ate more eggs had fewer heart attacks.8 So such findings strengthen our recommendation to eat whole, natural foods including all the eggs we want.


[1] Seddon JM, Ajani UA et al. Dietary carotenoids, vitamins A, C, and E, and advanced age-related macular degeneration. Eye Disease Case-Control Study Group. JAMA 1994; 272:1413- 1420.

2 Williams DG. Everyday habits to improve your life… and your life span. Alternatives for the Health Conscious Individual 1999;7;22:169-176.

5 Martin S. Is this the most powerful antioxidant yet found? Int J Alt & Comp Med     1996;14(5):11-12.

6 Seddon JM, Ajani UA et al. Op. cit.

7 Blumberg J et al. Amer Jour Clin Nutr 1999;Aug.

8Hattersley JG. Eggs are great food! Townsend Ltr Doctors and Patients 1996;Jan:46-49.

8Hattersley JG. The sunny side of eggs. What Doctors Don’t Tell You. 1999;10;2:12.


2. Melatonin vs. Glaucoma eye pressure

Also, a published clinical test showed melatonin lowers eyeball pressure in glaucoma patients. The insomnia age group — for whom its use is safe and appropriate at 1 to 5 milligrams before bedtime — is the same as the glaucoma age group.38

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.55


38Wright JV. Interview on Bland JS. Funct Med Update 1997;Apr

55 Beebe DC. Nuclear cataracts and nutrition: Hope for intervention early and late in life. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 1998(Aug);39;9:1531-1534


3. Macular degeneration and diet

 In rats, excitotoxins rapidly damage the macula, offering a new slant on burgeoning AMD. They wreak many other ill effects on people consuming processed foods. Monosodium glutamate (MSG),[1] aspartame (Nutra-Sweet®) 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. Addictive57.  Aspartame breaks down into carcinogenic, eye-destroying formaldehyde and deadly methyl alcohol.58,59,60


57 Roberts HJ. Aspartame (NutraSweet®) addiction. Townsend Ltr Doc/-Patients 2000;Jan:52-57.

58Schwartz G. In Bad Taste: The MSG Syndrome. Albuquerque,NM: Health Press, 1988.

59Blaylock Russell L, MD. Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills. Albuquerque,NM: Health Press, 1995.

60Lee, Lita, PhD. Radiation Protection Manual, 3rd edition 1990.PO Box 516,Lowell,OR97452 (541) 937-1123.


4. Dr. Jonathan V. Wright’s treatment. Dr. Wright said to take selenium, taurine, vitamin E and zinc. And put DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide, a solvent obtainable at health food stores and paint stores) on any part of the skin. The DMSO, which itself offers powerful healing features,69 is a necessary part of the procedure: it strongly increases absorption of these nutrients.70,71 Some patients of his recovered from macular degeneration using this therapy and have stayed clear of it for as long as four years. The method works better in some cases than others.


69 Williams, David G, DC. Miracle Healer: DMSO. Sixth Ed, 1997.Ingram,TX: Mountain Home Publ, 1997.

70 Wright JV. Lecture inPasadenaFebruary 21, 1993.

71Wright JV.March 4, 1993, phone conference with Dennis and with Terry, physician’s assistant at Dr. Wright’s Tahoma Clinic dispensary.


5. 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.

6. A related problem affects people with asthma. Inhaled steroids, intended to block or reduce inflammation, were long claimed not to circulate throughout the body. Yet for many older patients they promote glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness in the population. The risk appeared to be elevated by 44 percent compared to matched patients not using inhaled steroids. Lea Davies of 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 65.77 Inhaled steroids reduce bone density in the spines of women with asthma. The greater the cumulative dose of inhaled steroids, the greater the reduction in bone mineral density of the spine in women.78

“The drugs commonly used in the treatment of allergic conditions, including asthma, have many potentially harmful and dangerous side effects. These antihistamines, steroid hormones, or xanthine derivatives have side effects that may be merely annoying to a child but in many instances are dangerous. For example, steroid treatment of asthmatic children has been demonstrated to retard lung maturation and physical growth79 and to cause a higher incidence of cataracts in children receiving long-term steroid therapy.80


77 Sternberg S. Breathing freely threatens seeing clearly. Sci News 1997 (Mar 8);151:143; see also JAMA  March 5, 1997.

78Inhaled steroids cause spinal osteoporosis. What Doctors Don’t Tell You 1998;8;12:11. And JAMA 1998;279:255.

79Taylor DR, Sears MR, Herbison GP, et al. Regular inhaled beta agonists in asthma: Effects on exacerbations and lung function. Thorax 1993;48:134-138.

80Mendelsohn, Rpbert S, MD. How to Raise a Healthy Child… In Spite of Your Doctor. NY: Ballantine Books, 1984.



You may know a family member, or friend that has a visual impairment.  I would like to see in a future of health, that we can reduce blindness through nutrition, and prevention.  For blind people, I assure them that you can overcome blindness by simply doing what we do in Jiu-jitsu..develop counters and adapt to new strategies.  I will never forget those kids hugging me and my assistants.  They have a tough goal to overcome, but I know personally they can.  I said in my speech, I hope to form my own tournaments of BJJ, and I added that the one goal I intend is to develop a BJJ Blind division for tournaments.

 In closing, I cannot give enough thanks to my wife Chandra, Joe, Noah, Mike, Robert, Jen, CJ, Slade, Ryan and Josh for their selfless volunteering, and to Kristine and the School of the Blind for inviting me to teach.  Support a blind person in your area!


Absorb and think,

Prof. William Vandry

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