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Grand County Health and Fitness: Eyes are a window to your health

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News

The state of our health shows up in several areas of the body.

For example, the skin can show signs of stress, as can muscles.

But did you know a chart of the state of a person’s health can be gleaned from the “window to the soul,” or the eyes? According to Naturopathy Doctor Tracey Windmill, Grand County’s only practicing Iridologist, every part of the iris responds to a part of the body, and iris readings can indicate where there may be problems in the body.

Besides keeping a constant recording of a body’s health, irises of the eyes can also give clues to personality traits, iridologists say.

It’s a diagnostic tool with roots in traditional Chinese medicine, according to Windmill.

A 19th-century Hungarian physician is said to have developed iridology in the west, and Bernard Jenson, who was a leading American practitioner, further explored the iridology chart and introduced it to a culture that has yet to adopt it as a standard Naturopathy practice.

Windmill is from Australia, where like Europe and New Zealand, Iridology is considered a much more common practice than in the states, she said.

By taking a photograph of a person’s eye, then matching it to chart that corresponds, Windmill attempts to find the causes of common maladies or ill-functions of body organs.

“I’m trying to get at the cause of people’s diseases, not the symptoms,” Windmill said. The natural health practitioner who has been practicing for ten years uses iridology as just one tool to diagnose a person’s overall state of being.

Windmill’s goal is to “to get people back on track to optimal health,” she said, and does this through nutrition analyses and a series of health-history and-well-being related questions to explore one’s health, as well as iridology.

In the past, she’s helped patients with irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, skin conditions and asthma. “I’m not going to say, oh, you have cancer,” she said. “That’s not what it shows.” But it might indicate that something is amiss with the spleen, or that a person’s nervous system is taxed with stress.

“I don’t project myself as a doctor,” Windmill said. “I believe in Western medicine. We need it. Sometimes you have strep throat and antibiotics are the thing you need; there’s no denying that.”

The world of conventional medicine, however, is not as accepting of iridology. The practice takes its share of hits by medical practitioners who believe the study of eye charts is quackery.

Yet Windmill’s fundamental goal is to engage her patients into taking command of their own health.

She prescribes herbal medicines if needed, and works with patients on a continual basis to ensure that their health improves, perhaps by a change of diet or through other changes.

“It empowers the person; they get to understand their health better,” she said. “We work together to get back to good health.”

Eye charts mapping both the left and right irises are symmetrical to the way our bodies are set up. Workings of the brain, for example, are indicated at 12 o’clock on the iris and corresponding chart; the feet show up at 6 o’clock. The state of the liver can be detected only in the right eye just as the liver is located on the right side of the body.

One client of Windmill’s suffered from Crohn’s disease as a child. From it, 6 feet of his small and large intestine were removed. To this day, the missing intestine and resulting lack of nutrient processing is apparent in the client’s left eye by a large brown spot right where “intestine” is on the iridology chart.

Sometimes, a person’s health setbacks, such as a child with attention deficit disorder, can point to a need as simple and as important as the body’s craving for more sleep and a better diet. Other times, a person’s health condition is much more complex, such as a time Windmill could not find the cause, or remedy, of a client’s symptoms. Doctors later learned the person had Lyme disease.

Windmill attended the Southern School of Natural Therapies, a four-year university in Australia, where she learned the practice of iridology, as well as herbal medicine and various methods of massage.

She first moved to the Fraser Valley in 1992 and ran a practice for three years in the late 1990s before she and her husband moved away. They have since returned to Fraser, and Windmill recently started her practice back up in a location shared by Mountain Moon Yoga in the Winter Park Station, Winter Park.

Naturopathy involves an investment of both time and the willingness to participate on the part of the patient, as well as the practitioner.

“Some people still want the magic pill, and I definitely don’t supply that,” Windmill said.

Tracey Windmill, N.D. can be reached at (970) 726-9708.

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