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by Patricia Dorval

You have such healthy eyes!

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but could they also offer a view of our liver?! So say practitioners of an alternative medicine called iridology.

Iridology (study of the iris) is practiced to evaluate the overall health of a person by observing certain aspects of the iris such as the colour and texture of the tissue, its pigmentation, surface quality and all the features that give each iris its unique characteristics.

Remember, no matter how populous we may be on this planet, no two of us have the same eyes. The same is true of finger prints. That is why some security companies are beginning to use this type of data to confirm identity. Have you seen Minority Report with Tom Cruise?

This all means that, by extension, our irises absorb what we eat and experience on a daily basis and are altered by the experience. We can have very dark eyes for a few years, for example, before they become much lighter.
What is the history of iridology? It began with Hungarian doctor Ignatz von Peczely. Dr. Peczely was treating an owl with a broken leg (and HUGE eyes!) when he noticed some abnormal pigmentation in the animal’s eye. As the owl began to recover, the spot in its eye began to fade away. A few years later, the doctor was able to establish numerous links between specific areas of the eye and organs in the body.  Something like the use of feet in reflexology, I would say.

Ultimately though, as with all alternative medicines, many folks remain skeptical about the efficacy of iridology. Observations made are perhaps not always the final word on a patient’s health, given that iridology does not allow for the diagnosis of a particular illness; while the practice can reveal that the liver or other organs are in distress, it does not reveal the reason why.

I ask: why focus in on a crystal ball, when the future is in our eyes!?


Artist Lana Hensel poses in front of a painting by Frank Caracciolo. Lana enhances the colour of her iris with an aquamarine frame by Kirk Originals:

Kirk Originals

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