Medical Doctor with ARMD

The Austrian weekly magazine for doctors: Medical Tribune

By Rudolf Stern, MD

Acupuncture helped me.

I am 80 years old and have worked as a doctor for 40 years. I retired, when I was 70 years old.

The last 25 years, which is to say the last 15 years of my being a doctor, calcification of the eye (Macular Degeneration ARMD) has slowly developed in my eyes. I suffered from small disorders in the eyes, which did not hinder me from doing my job, except for more difficult procedures, as for example the removing of foreign objects from the cornea. Later, when I retired, my condition worsened, and the last 3 years I was no longer able to read.

Of course, I went to consult eye specialists already when the first signs appeared, and as it grew progressively worse, I have consulted other experts and capacities within the science of ophthalmology.

I was given a remedy to improve my circulation, vitamin a and e, injection-treatments etc., that should keep it from getting any worse. There is no medical treatment, that can improve calcification of the eye (Macular Degeneration ARMD).

These experts told me, that Macular Degeneration was degeneration, and that that, which was dead, could not be brought back to life.

By coincidence, in the beginning of 1998, I was told, that in Denmark, there was an acupuncturist, John Boel, who was specially engaged in the treatment of eye diseases, among other things Macular Degeneration, and that with his method, you could obtain an improvement in about 60% of all cases.

At this point it is important to tell, that I was a regular school medical (had an acceptance of authority as to what concerns medical treatments), I had never believed in acupuncture and other alternative treatments. The news, that there was an approximately 60% chance of improvement was a bombshell in our doctorfamily. I said, that I thought it was humbug, but my wife – it just goes to show how wise and superior women are to us men – said straight out: Let us just go to Denmark, and if it does not work, we can enjoy a nice holiday there.

I decided to try, if nothing else, then just to please my wife.

Acupuncture twice a day for five days in February 1998, after which acupuncturist John Boel said to me: You can just go home now. If you think, that there is an improvement within five weeks time, you should continue the treatment with a doctor in Austria, who has learned it from me. After three weeks, I could feel a subjective improvement. There was also an objective improvement. I could ascertain this from a visual testing board. So I continued the treatment with an Austrian acupuncturist doctor. In the month of May 1998, I went to Denmark again for two weeks of treatments by Boel. Since then, I get treatments once a month to keep it up. I can ascertain, that I have obtained a considerable improvement of my sight.

This is very good, as all experience says, that degenerations gradually worsens with age. Now, I can read with a magnifying glass, and that was not possible before the treatments by Boel.

Acupuncture and regular medicine has something in common. The chances of both a cure and an improvement are better the sooner, you get started on a treatment.

I find it very sad, that all the eye specialists, which I have encountered, did not know anything about this kind of treatment, or because of their arrogance did not want to know anything about it.

That way, I have been walking from Saul to Paul.

Ober Medicin Rat (consultant) Dr. Rudolf Stern