Why is this new program important?
New research has shown that several diseases, including eye diseases, are due to broken biochemical processes inside the cell. This includes macular degeneration, dry eye, and diabetic eye disease. The Macular Program is a new treatment paradigm that supports the cell and can decrease the progression, and sometimes improve the outcomes, of these eye diseases.
Who does the Macular Program?
Dr. George Rozakis and Dr. Brian Bakke have streamlined a Cellular Medicine treatment called HOMING. In this treatment protocol, your body’s cells are supported by optimizing Hormones, Oxidation, Methylation, Inflammation, Nutrition, and Genetics/Epigenetics. Every day, your cells face insults, even from normal biological processes, and this cellular support gives them the chance to heal and thrive. For macular degeneration, each one of these elements should be treated in a whole-health manner. Dr. Wattenhofer will continue to monitor your eyes in the clinic during the program.
What does the program look like?
Drs. Rozakis and Bakke use your history and blood tests to prescribe a treatment protocol specific to you. They monitor your progress with repeated blood tests and make adjustments when needed over the course of 1 year. The program cost is $5,000 out of pocket. Additional costs include blood lab work and your medical eye care with Dr. Wattenhofer (which your insurance will likely cover). Your supplements through fullscript.com will be out-of-pocket costs.
Early pilot research done by Dr. Rozakis and Dr. Bakke of cellular medicine for macular degeneration shows promise. For dry macular degeneration, 48% of participants reported an improvement in vision and 96% reported a stabilization, whereas 9% of the control group reported improvement in vision (Rozakis et. al., 2021). For wet macular degeneration, 60% of participants reported less frequent injections or improved vision, whereas no persons in the control group reported improvement (Rozakis et. al., 2021).
A “cell” is the building block of any living organism. The human cells (we have trillions) are made up of a cell membrane (outer wall), a nucleus (that houses our DNA), and many organelles that do all sorts of jobs inside the cell. For example, one very interesting organelle is the mitochondria, which produce all the energy the cell needs to live and perform its necessary action. Grouped cells form tissue, and tissues form organs. For example, epithelial cells make up epithelial tissue, and your retina has a layer (one of ten!) called “retinal pigment epithelium”.
Oxidation and inflammation are important in cellular tasks, but they need to be balanced with antioxidants and inflammation-resolving components. When oxidation or inflammation progresses unchecked, the cell suffers, and disease may develop in that particular tissue. One of the first signs of disease is abnormal, ongoing fatigue.
Epigenetics is the ability of our environment (food, stress, sunshine, air pollution, sleep, etc) to turn our genes on and off. Sometimes people are led to believe that their diseases are genetic, but most of the time, genes are just part of the risk, and certain risk factors can be modified (there are a few truly genetic diseases, but most modern-day Western chronic diseases are at least partially related to lifestyle). Genetics is like the hardware of your computer, and Epigenetics is like the software, and you can partially decide which software programs you’re going to install and run.
One example of epigenetics is methylation, which is involved in eye, brain, and liver health; detoxification; estrogen, fat, and histamine metabolism; and new DNA production (needed when cells divide, for example with new corneal cell growth, intestinal lining repair, or new hair growth).
There are almost two meters of DNA tightly wound inside the nucleus of each one of your trillions of cells (Corso-Díaz et. al., 2018). And there are billions of biochemical reactions happening in your cells every second. If you think an airplane is intricately complicated, the biochemistry gears of your cells will bewilder you.
It has not been proven, but it may be that Cellular Medicine also decreases the risks of cataracts, floaters, dry eye, and glaucoma. Anti-Aging Medicine helps patients look and feel better, have less fatigue, fewer symptoms of menopause, and better sleep. It may reduce migraine, diabetic complications, heart disease, and dementia. A large majority of diseases begin with oxidative stress inside the cell, which is followed by an inflammatory reaction. Providing the cell what it needs to recuperate from oxidation and inflammation supports a person’s biology to improve many different conditions.