Dispelling Iridology Myths
“We cannot treat one part of the body in isolation from the others. We cannot hope to heal the body if we have forgotten about the Soul.”


There have been a number of incorrect beliefs about iridology. Regrettably, some of these beliefs originated in the medical community, as well as among some uninformed natural health practitioners. While one can never be certain how these illusions came to be, it is critical to correct some of these well-known fallacies.

Iridology has frequently been viewed as a form of astrology or fortune telling by some uneducated individuals. To dismiss that notion out of hand is to deprive the public of a priceless preventive medicine tool. For centuries, iridology has been practiced and recorded. More importantly, with the advancement of digital magnification and imaging technology, researchers worldwide are able to accelerate the validation of iridology and its findings. Medical doctors in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Russia, and a number of other European countries revere Iridology and incorporate it into their traditional and alternative medicine practices. Scientists are currently delving into the myriad layers of information contained in the iris, pupil, pupillary border, and sclera.

Dr. Celso Batello of Greece is conducting additional research on the incidence of iris contraction furrows and their relationship to the autonomic nervous system. Dr. Serge Jurasunas of Portugal is an oncologist who uses iris analysis to determine treatment protocols for patients with breast cancer. Dr. Daniele Lo Rito of Venice, Italy, is a physician who teaches and practices iridology. These are just a few of the eminent professionals who recognize the critical nature of Iridology.

Certain professional terms and idioms associated with iridology have been revised to reflect more accurate usage. Radial furrows, which appear in the iris as’spokes,’ were frequently referred to as ‘parasite lines.’ While this description was not entirely accurate, it most certainly created the wrong impression. Radials indicate a vulnerable area of the intestinal lining that is susceptible to bacteria, viruses, toxins, or parasites. These radials are most frequently visible in the iris’s upper quadrant, or head region. Unfortunately, many people developed an obsession with the fear that their brains were infested with parasites, which is a completely false assumption. This unfortunate misuse of the term ‘parasite lines’ created unnecessary alarm and served only to diminish the science of iridology.

Another false claim that unintentionally raised eyebrows and resulted in the mainstream medical community dismissing iridology was the notion that a brown eye could completely change color to become blue.
Iris colors remain constant in accordance with the teachings of competent iridologists. Pigmentation in the iris, visible as spots or areas of color, can lighten or darken slightly as toxicity levels decrease; however, if your eyes are brown, they will remain brown. Another implausible assertion is that a person could ‘cleanse’ himself to exhaustion until his iris changed color. Cleansing and detoxification are wonderful healing modalities that have no intention or ability to completely alter the color of an individual’s eyes.

As with any science, there are a number of things that an iridology examination cannot definitively reveal. In America, an iridologist will not diagnose any disease by name; rather, the premise is to work with ‘body systems’ and look for vulnerable areas to disease, as well as congestion and toxicity levels.

For example, if someone has their appendix removed, this will not be visible in the iris. The nervous system is numbed to the point where it is incapable of sending strong signals to the iris during anesthetic.

Additionally, some practitioners continue to believe that ‘healing signs’ in the form of small cross-hatched lines filling in a lacuna shape will appear in the iris to indicate that healing has occurred. This is simply not the case. As previously stated, certain iris markings can lighten slightly as the body begins to repair itself, thus sending energy to an impaired area and resulting in improvement. This is due to the iris’s actual fiber structure lifting, revealing less of the posterior border layer’s underlying black pigmentation. Indeed, sclera signs are a more reliable way of detecting changes in the body quickly.

One cannot look into the iris and determine a person’s blood pressure, specific blood serum cholesterol levels, or the presence and size of a tumor. Nor can one tell a person’s gender by looking into their eyes.

Another frequent misunderstanding is that patients confuse iridology with the study of eye diseases. Clients frequently ask, “Do you see glaucoma in my eyes?” Alternatively, “Can you tell me if I need glasses?” The study of the eyes and eye diseases is a branch of ophthalmology or optometry practice.

While delivering a lecture at a nursing college, one of the students told me this story. She stated that a friend had seen an iridologist who informed her that her green eyes indicated that the rest of her body was toxic. Understandably, the friend was appalled and concluded that Iridology was quackery. Regrettably, some iridologists, particularly those with out-of-date training in the field, have limited knowledge and incorrect information.

Iridology is a precise science, as are all sciences. However, the astounding ability of this science to determine an individual’s overall health and genetic influences is too valuable to ignore.

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