Macushield

Macushield

Postby sylvia » Mon Dec 21, 2009 11:42 am

Dear Helpline,

I have read in the Daily Mail on 11th December about something called Macushield. A retired Optician, Harry Marsland claims that his Dry Macular Degeneration has been has been cured, and that he can drive again.

It seems to be a miracle cure.

What do you know about this, and where can I get hold of Macushield?

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Re: Macushield

Postby helpline » Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:36 pm

Dear Sylvia,

Macushield is not a miracle and it is not a cure. If there was a cure for Dry AMD you can imagine it would be big news - on the TV, radio, all the newspapers and the consultants in hospital would be telling their patients about the cure.

Please note that Mr Marsland had not been stopped driving by the DVLA, he had not been found to fail on the tests required. Mr marsland stopped himself driving and now allows himself to drive again. Unfortunately he does not make this clear and people incorrectly assume the DVLA measured an improvement in his vision.

Macushield is not a drug, it is just a vitamin supplement, it is a commercial product. There are many on the market - it is big business. Some supplements are based on the results of large scale clinical studies involving thousands of patients over several years. Macushield is not based on any such trials.

There is good research going on with regard to Stem Cell based therapies. These will hopefully deal with the problem of scar tissue at the back of the eye and also neuro cells which have ceased to function. Millions is being invested around the world to find a cure.

Until there is a cure, we advise:
    not to smoke
    a diet high in veg (especially darg green veg such as spinach) and low in fat
    possible take a supplement which has evidence behind it - based on research
    take regular exercise - something which makes you out of breath (always seek advise on exercise appropriate for you)
    protect your eyes from bright sunlight (wear a hat and glasses with UV protection)

Over the years a number of miracle cures have come and gone for AMD. Do talk to you consultant in the hospital and, as they say, "don't believe everything you read in the papers".

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Re: Macushield

Postby Alan Mac » Fri Jan 01, 2010 9:50 pm

This topic has proved a popular one with MDS Helpline callers. Has this particular product been of benefit to you? Was it recommended to you by someone in a position of trust, an optician for example?

What is your view on eye health supplements in general?

Do you have a comment or question on the related nutrition article by Dr Hannah Bartlett in the current Side View magazine? (SV winter 09, Pg. 32)
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Re: Macushield

Postby Paul » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:15 pm

Thank you for the advice about Macushield. What supplements would you recommend? Are there any which have good clinical trial evidence to support their efficacy and if so which? I would be surprised if any have randomised controlled double blind trials showing their efficacy - not because they are not effective but simply the cost of doing such studies which usually only large pharmaceutical companies can afford the cost (usually millions). Thanks, Paul
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Re: Macushield

Postby helpline » Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:50 pm

Hi Paul,

In the '90s the U.S. government funded a very large, well strucrtured study called the Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS). This involved several thousand patients with MD over many years. Its results are well regarded around the world and have been published in reputable journals.

A new study is currently in progress, AREDS2, this includes Lutein. Its website is an excellent source of information:

http://www.areds2.org

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Re: Macushield

Postby Paul » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:35 pm

Thanks Pete. Regards, Paul
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Re: Macushield

Postby alistair » Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:31 pm

sylvia wrote:Dear Helpline,

I have read in the Daily Mail on 11th December about something called Macushield. A retired Optician, Harry Marsland claims that his Dry Macular Degeneration has been has been cured, and that he can drive again.

It seems to be a miracle cure.

What do you know about this, and where can I get hold of Macushield?

Sylvia
(Stroud)
Hello Sylvia
I have just been diagnosed with AMD. I am 64 years old, my 89 year old mother was diagnosed with this condition 10 years ago. She kept saying I will have to get new glasses. After her eye test the optician told her that new specs would not help. she was registered blind within 18 months, although she does have some peripheral vision.
At the moment I am still driving, able to enjoy my garden and television. Regarding your query and answers about macushield, first of all my optician informed me of this supplement (they don't sell it) What he said was, if I were diagnosed with the condition in the early stages like yourself I would definitely take it. Well ok the product has not gone through the tests as yet, but as far as I can see it seems to contain the ingredients which the experts are interested in. Can I afford not to use it? in two or three years time we may be hearing more claims similar to Harry Marsland. At the moment macushield is unavailable, apparently they are changing it to an oil based capsule which should be available early February, my order has been placed. Good luck Sylvia, hope you are also in the early stages. Regards Alistair
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Re: Macushield

Postby helpline » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:09 am

Dear Alistair,

On the Helpline here are MDS we've had hundreds of calls from people who have MD (like myself) who have heard about the Daily Mail Macushield article and how it uses the word "miracle". We're not aware of any well regarded professors or consultant retinal specialists who are telling their patients to take this particualr supplement or who suggest that taking it will improve eyesight.

You mention in two or three years we may be hearing more claims like Harry Marslands. I gues so, or maybe not, or maybe another new commercial product may be grabbing the headlines and we'll go spend our money on that.

Over the years things come and go, I can recall lots of excitement about Flaxseed Oil, Billberry extract, Rheopheresis, Airnergy, acupuncture... So many "wonderful new solutions, buy now, promising research coming soon".

There are however things a person can do, backedup up by research, which their doctors recommend:
o don't smoke
o a diet high in fresh veg & fruit
o consider taking a supplement - here's a great article in the latest edition of our magaine (page 32): http://www.maculardisease.org/publicati ... e=2&id=454
o protect your eyes by wearing a hat and sunglasses (with UV protection)
o regular exercise

Alistair, wishing you and anyone with MD the very best of good fortune.

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Re: Macushield

Postby alistair » Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:07 pm

Thanks for the information Pete.Article 32 in your magazine was very interesting
Still think it goes some way in backing up the optimistic view that supplements may
possibly be of some help. i do of course at this early stage of my diagnoses realise I am clutching at straws.
I will let you know one year from now if my eye test shows any improvement, or otherwise.
Your website is extremely good and informative, still working my way around it.
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Re: Macushield

Postby self centred » Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:10 am

Hi

I used to take a supplement for eyes. The particular one I took I then found hard to get

Watching television one night eaalier this year I saw an item about MacuShieold having being tested by a University or laboratory in Limerick (Ireland) - as I recall the place is a 'biggie' in eye research places.

As I remember it, the story was that MacuShield had been shown to be of beneift. because of what it contains - 3 things I believe. Anyway, I now take it regularly and it has been prescribed for me by the eye specialist I visit..

I am being cautious in what I say because I have no medical expertise whatsoever but thought I would post this in case anyone wanted to follow it up. The programme did not say it was a miracle cure but that it had beneifts As I am going to take an eye supplement anyway, I figured I would take the one that seems to be of some benefit
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