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The Functional Medicine Radio Show Podcast

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The Functional Radio Show, Dr. Travis Zigler, Podcast

Dry Eye Causes and Treatments: The Functional Medicine Radio Show

In this episode of The Functional Medicine Radio Show, Dr. Carri’s special guest Dr. Travis Zigler explains natural treatments for dry eyes.


Dry Eye Causes and Treatment @EyeLoveTheSun on @DrCarriD #Podcast! Check it out:

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Resources Mentioned:

Book – Rethinking Dry Eye Treatment

Dr. Zigler’s website - Eye Love Cares Foundation

Dr. Zigler’s podcast – The Dry Eye Show

Facebook group – Dry Eye Syndrome Support Community

Green Smoothie Recipes

Book – Reclaim Your Energy and Feel Normal Again - Dr. Carri Drzyzga

Main Questions Asked:

  • What is dry eye disease?

  • What are the most common causes of dry eye?

  • What diet changes can help our eye health?

  • How quickly can people expect to see changes in their eye health after transforming to a plant based diet?

  • Does blue light hurt our eyes?

  • Do we get blue light from television screens?

  • Can people wear blue light blockers on top of prescription glasses?

  • Do prescription glasses made with blue light blocker coating impact melatonin production throughout the day?

  • What do you think of the f.lux program that people can use on their tablets, computers and phones?

  • Is there an underlying hormonal cause for dry eyes?

  • Can essential fatty acids be used to moisturize dry eyes?

Key Points made by Dr. Zigler:

  • Dry eye is considered a syndrome clinically, however, it is a symptom of an underlying inflammation of the body.
  • Focus on reducing the underlying causes of inflammation in the three parts of the eye – cornea, conjunctiva, and eyelids.
  • Pharmaceutical treatments for dry eye only reduce inflammation of the eye without getting to the root cause of the underlying disease.
  • It is important to switch to organic, non-GMO fruits and vegetables and focus on green leafy vegetables.
  • All meals are based around spinach and kale because they have a very high amount of lutein that helps with eye health by reducing inflammation.
  • It is recommended to focus on vegetables as the main dish and meat as condiments.
  • Add fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes to make a wholesome meal.
  • Avoiding milk is important, as it is inflammatory.
  • Other ingredients to avoid are sugar, canned foods, anything in a box and processed foods, which are highly inflammatory.
  • A basic recipe for a smoothie for two – one banana, three handfuls of spinach, a little bit of almond milk and water. You could add avocado, chia seeds, flax seeds and then some frozen fruits, like berries.
  • It takes about a week to see changes in eye health after transforming to a plant based diet, because switching from the modern diet will have a period of withdrawal symptoms, similar to quitting smoking or alcohol.
  • With the “Green Smoothie Challenge” after the initial withdrawal symptoms of detoxing in a week or two, one will start to see results and feel incredible in six months.
  • Day 1-7 is the “unbearable stage” with the challenge, where you will have more gas, poop more and feel awful, and you might hate the smoothies.
  • Day 7-14 of the challenge is called the “uncomfortable stage”, where you will not feel great but you will start to feel better.
  • Day 14-21 is the “unstoppable phase”, where you actually start to crave your green smoothie and feel worse if you stop because your body will start to miss the nutrients.
  • One could get addicted to artificial sweeteners as well as stevia in protein powders and end up with headaches and other problems.
  • It is important to hydrate well first thing in the morning with 16-32 ounces of water. This is called the “Hyper-hydration stage”, which boosts your metabolism by about 30% and puts the body in a feel-good state.
  • Drinking about 16 ounces of water before every meal helps jumpstart your digestive system by lubrication.
  • Using computers and smart devices we expose ourselves to blue light even at night, which keeps us awake longer and reduces deep sleep at night.
  • Shutting off electronics and wearing blue light blocking glasses two hours before bedtime will increase melatonin production to help you go to sleep faster and deeper into restorative REM sleep.
  • Blue light is emitted with any device that has a flat panel, including televisions.
  • People can install blue light filters on smart devices starting at 7 or 8pm so that your brain and body starts making enough melatonin as part of your sleep-wake cycle.
  • Prescription glasses can be made with 20-30% blue-light blockers and are sold on amazon and all the way to 100% blockers, which have orange lenses.
  • 100% blocking lenses change the color blue to grey.
  • Blue light blocker coating does not impact melatonin because it is still allowing 80% blue light to pass through to the eyes.
  • The long-term effect of blue light is macular degeneration.
  • It’s important to keep our eyelids clean to avoid blepharitis, or morning eye discharge due to inflammation of the eyelid from overgrowth of a normal bacteria.
  • You can use a hypochlorous acid solution to avoid overgrowth of bacteria in eyelids.
  • Hormonal imbalance plays a big role in dry eyes.
  • Essential fatty acids can be used in smoothies through the four staple foods – avocados, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds – to moisturize dry eyes.
  • Fish oils must be used only from pure, wild, GMP-certified, fulfilment and sustainable sources.
  • It is important to supplement with minerals and vitamins because most vegetables are now growing in depleted soils.
  • Grounding is the act of walking barefoot outdoors in the sand in order to neutralize and balance the body.
  • Using our devices and screens too close to our eyes can lead to short-sightedness.

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Positive Productivity Podcast With Dr.Jenna Zigler

Positive Productivity Podcast With Dr.Jenna Zigler 0

Positive Productivity Podcast With Dr.Jenna Zigler

Episode: PP 310: Jenna Zigler, SeeOO of EyeLove

Jenna and her husband, Travis, are optometrists who realized they wanted to do more with their expertise. Click here to listen as Jenna shares their journey, mission, and vision for the future!


9:15 Jenna talks about the mission of EyeLove
11:00 The value of curing preventable blindness
21:15 Jenna’s vision for the next five years
22:52 Income vs. Income – words of advice

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Dr. Kondrot's Healing the Eye Podcast

Dr. Kondrot's Healing the Eye Podcast 0

Dr. Kondrot's Podcast, Healing the Eye and Wellness Center, Dr. Travis Zigler

Healing the Eye and Wellness Center

I had a great time being a guest on Dr. Kondrot's Podcast discussing everything from eye wellness to ending preventable blindness. 

Click here to listen! 

Get Healthy - and Get Back to Your Life: Podcast with Dr. Michael Ruscio

Get Healthy - and Get Back to Your Life: Podcast with Dr. Michael Ruscio 0

Dr. Ruscio Radio, Dr. Travis Zigler, Eye Love

How Dysbiosis and Nutrient Deficiencies Impair Eye Health and Cause Everything from Dry Eye to Vision Problems with Dr. Travis Zigler

I had a great podcast interview with Dr. Michael Ruscio @drruscio. Check it out here!

Fast Facts Discussed on the Podcast:

Dry Eye

  • A multifactorial disease that can be caused by:
    • Dysfunction of oil glands (meibomian glands)
      • When oil glands cease to excrete oil onto the eye, it causes the eye to feel dry and irritated, which creates inflammation
    • Treatments/therapies to keep eyelids healthy
      • Keeping the eye clean is very important
      • Soap w/ tea tree oil can be used to kill demodex mites that live on the eyelashes
      • Chloric acid spray can be used to control overgrowth of bacteria
        • Overgrowth of mites or bacteria can cause inflammation
      • Eating healthy fats like omega 3-6 for healthy oil glands
      • Warm compress also helps get the oil glands working well
        • Warm (dry) rice in a sock, place it on the eye – helps to make the oil more liquid, massage the area to get the oils moving

Vision Problems

  • We are becoming more nearsighted as a society

  • Playing outside might help decrease nearsightedness

  • Vision therapy/therapist – training the muscles inside the eye to focus better

    • Mainly used for children who have the inability to focus or cross their eyes

    • There are quite a few diseases that cause this, the most common is Convergence Insufficiency

      • Other common diseases – Convergence Excess (over-crossed eyes), Accommodative Insufficiency

    • Not many doctors look for binocular issues

      • These conditions can sometimes present like ADD or ADHD because the child literally has issues with binocular focus

    • In-office therapy has the best results

      • There is a computer program you can do at home as well

Macular Degeneration

  • The Macula is your central vision
  • What causes macular degeneration?
    • Number one cause is age
      • Some signs in the 60s, often in the 70s and 80s
    • Number 2 – genetics
    • Number 3 – smoking (smokers have a 4x greater risk of developing MD) and diet
    • Vitamin deficiencies can be common; phytochemicals (leafy greens), vitamin A, C, and E
      • Free radicals cause damage to the macular tissue
  • Treatments
    • Green smoothies are great
    • Take a macular degeneration formula – Eye Love Ocular Health Formula
    • Sufficient vitamin A, C, E are the most important in this condition


  • Not much is known about what causes Glaucoma
  • Treated by lowering the pressure in the eye
  • Diet and overall health are important, typically appears in unhealthy patients


  • Not abnormal to have some cataract formation
  • Around the age of 40, the lenses become so thick you have trouble focusing (bending it)
    • 50s – vision starts to become blurry with distance and reading
    • 60s to 70s – vision starts to become cloudy
  • Any preventative measures?
    • Antioxidants can help prevent it from getting worse
    • Overall health – eat less processed food and sugar, eat more leafy greens


  • 80% of people have astigmatism of some kind, it is considered very normal depending on the severity of it

  • What causes it?

    • The front curvature of your eye isn’t shaped perfectly round

    • When light comes into the eye it gets focused on two points instead of one

    • Therapies like contact lenses and glasses help focus the two points into one

  • Preventative measures
    • Orthokeratology or CRT
      • Special night-time contact lenses can then help all the next day
      • Has been shown to reduce the progression of nearsightedness by 50%
      • A lot of doctors are not aware of this

General Eye Care Advice

  • Get your yearly eye exams

Where to find more about Dr. Travis Zigler’s free live events, products, website, and book



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