OCT 2013

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130 EW IN OTHER NEWS October 2013 Ophthalmologist continued from page 129 This chart notes elevation changes over the duration of Dr. Kondrot's bike trip. He traveled along the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Towpath. Dr. Kondrot's trip took him through Meyersdale, Pa. Dr. Kondrot's bike ride took place on a number of different terrains over the several hundred miles. Dr. Kondrot pauses as he is about to bike over the Mason-Dixon Line and enter the state of Maryland. that he could finish. In the end, the trip was completed quicker than the originally estimated 10-day timeframe. Alternative treatments Dr. Kondrot said that there are a variety of alternative treatments for which he was trying to raise awareness. These hit especially close to home for Dr. Kondrot because he sees a lot of patients who have been told by other doctors that nothing else can be done for them. He also had a personal experience where an alternative treatment helped him with adult onset asthma. "Probably the number one [alternative treatment] is good nutrition," Dr. Kondrot said. This goes beyond taking vitamins and requires people to really look at their diet. "The second key area is heavy metal toxicity," he said. A majority of people he sees have heavy metals in their body, and these have to be removed to help patients regain eyesight. "We use other methods, microcurrent stimulations, syntonic light therapy, and we use oxidative treatments," Dr. Kondrot said. Getting into homeopathy Dr. Kondrot said that it was his personal experience with alternative treatments that led him into this type of medicine, and specifically a branch called homeopathy. "I practiced traditional ophthalmology, surgical and medical care, for more than 20 years, and then I developed a severe health issue," he said. With the adult onset asthma, Dr. Kondrot was helped by the third alternative treatment that he tried, and he discovered much more by researching homeopathy. "Homeopathy is a specific way of looking at disease," Dr. Kondrot said. Under this practice, it is believed that the body has a wisdom, and when you develop a disease or symptom, it is necessary to help the body achieve homeostasis or balance. Homeopathy involves taking medicine that might actually cause the sickness that a person has. "People feel it's far fetched, but Dr. Kondrot and his wife pose as they conclude their journey in Washington, D.C., after a week of bike riding. Source (all): Edward Kondrot, MD even in traditional medicine, we've used a homeopathic approach," Dr. Kondrot said. "Homeopathy has helped me with my own physical limitations, and it's continuing to help the thousands of patients that I treat based on homeopathic principles," he said. "I think I can make the claim that I'm the only homeopathic ophthalmologist in the world." Dr. Kondrot said he believes that some of these homeopathic treatments are catching on because many of them have been successful, so more doctors are becoming interested in the techniques. "I was recently elected the president of the Arizona Homeopathic Medicine Association," Dr. Kondrot said. "Because of this commitment, I feel even more of an obligation to help bring awareness to alternative treatments." EW Contact information Kondrot: drkondrot@healingtheeye.com

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