Travatan bottle and packageLet’s assume your ophthamologist writes out a prescription for glaucoma where one of the objectives is to reduce ocular pressure. You use the product and immediately experience extreme discomfort and redness in your eyes. You return to the doctor’s office and the nurse who attends to you says that’s a normal response. You return home to conduct some research and learn that you were instructed to place a chemical compound on your eyes that contains lye, antifreeze, and hydrochloric acid, as well as other ingredients. You immediately stop the treatment, incredulous that such toxic chemicals were prescribed for your health condition.

The above paragraph is not a fanciful work of fiction, but rather describes what one of my newsletter subscribers experienced very recently. While my subscriber (let’s call her Millie) is very much alive today, what’s disturbing is the number of fatalities that can be attributed to standard medical procedures and prescriptions.

For instance, on May 18, 2016, Dr. Mercola posted a chilling report on his blog entitled, “Medical Errors: STILL the Third Leading Cause of Death.” An excerpt from that post is provided below:

According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal, medical errors now kill an estimated 250,000 Americans each year… That means medical errors are STILL the third leading cause of death, right after heart disease and cancer… As shown by (Dr. Barbara) Starfield’s research, side effects from drugs, taken as prescribed, account for the vast majority of iatrogenic deaths.

What Millie was prescribed was a conventional eye drop solution called TRAVATAN Z® (travoprost ophthalmic solution). The RxList website listed various ingredients for Travatan, including the following: propylene glycol, sodium hydroxide and/or hydrochloric acid, and zinc chloride.

Let’s review the toxic warnings about each of these compounds:

PROPYLENE GLYCOL. As stated on the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry website, propylene glycol is used by the chemical, food, and pharmaceutical industries as an antifreeze when leakage might lead to contact with food. It’s a compound which the FDA has classified as “generally recognized as safe” when used in food.

In Cathy Sherman’s April 30, 2008 report posted on Natural News, she remarked that the pharmaceutical grade of propylene glycol is the controversial form because it is commonly found in products that are either consumed or applied onto the skin. She added that while cancer might not be a concern, propylene glycol has been found to provoke allergic reactions in patients with eczema and other skin allergies, even in formulations below 50%.

SODIUM HYDROXIDE. In a report entitled “The Most Common Hazardous Household Chemicals” that was posted on the Global Healing Center website on July 28, 2016, Dr. Edward Group made the following comment about sodium hydroxide:

Drain and oven cleaners contain sodium hydroxide (lye). Lye is corrosive and a strong irritant to both skin and eyes. Just touching the stuff can produce serious damage and swallowing it will result in a “lights out” emergency. In high concentrations, lye can burn skin and cause permanent blindness on contact.

HYDROCHLORIC ACID. In the same article written by Dr. Group, he made the following observation about hydrochloric acid:

Toilet bowl cleaners often contain hydrochloric acid, which is corrosive and will seriously damage any tissue it touches… Protective equipment is an absolute requirement when handling any product that contains hydrochloric acid (or better yet, don’t handle it).

The EPA issued a health warning about hydrochloric acid in 1992 which the agency updated and revised in January, 2000.

Hydrochloric acid is corrosive to the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure may cause eye, nose, and respiratory tract irritation and inflammation and pulmonary edema in humans.

ZINC CHLORIDE. In a report apparently published in the late 1990s, the National Poisons Information Service Centre in the United Kingdom published the following report about the known health effects of zinc chloride:

Dermal exposure. In an early report chronic topical zinc chloride exposure in the pillow manufacturing industry was claimed to result in anorexia, weight loss, fatigue and leg pains, microcytic anaemia and thrombocytopenia (du Bray, 1937). The causative role of zinc chloride could not be confirmed but the patient’s symptoms and abnormal investigation findings resolved when exposure ceased.

Ocular exposure. Irrigate with copious amounts of lukewarm water for at least ten minutes. A topical anaesthetic may be required for pain relief and to overcome blepharospasm. Ensure removal of any particles lodged in the conjunctival recesses. The instillation of fluorescein allows detection of corneal damage. Specialist ophthalmological advice should be sought if any significant abnormality is detected on examination and in those whose symptoms do not resolve rapidly.


As noted in Dr. Sircus’ 2012 report entitled, “Cancer, Sulfur, Garlic & Glutathione,” sulfur enables oxygen to be transported across cell membranes and decreases the pressure inside cells. Millie was diagnosed with having excessive pressure in her eyes and needs to be able to see clearly in order to resume driving. Her ophthamologist has recommended cataract surgery and insertion of stents after the surgical procedure. One of the triggers for cataracts is the presence of mercury, which sulfur is able to bind with and eliminate when it is present in the protein of the lens – the most dense protein in the entire body. Millie is currently taking organic sulfur daily – both internally and in the form of sulfur eye drops applied 7 or 8 times a day – to reduce this pressure. Hopefully, she will be able see a marked improvement in her eyesight and avoid the surgical procedure.


Drug Description – Travatan

Propylene Glycol: The Good, the Bad and the Alternatives
by: Cathy Sherman | Natural News
April 30, 2008

The Most Common Hazardous Household Chemicals
Dr. Edward Group
Global Healing Center
July 28, 2016

Hydrochloric Acid (Hydrogen Chloride)
EPA Hazard Summary-Created in April 1992; Revised in January 2000

Zinc Chloride
SM Bradberry BSc MB MRCP
National Poisons Information Service Centre
Birmingham, United Kingdom

Cancer, Sulfur, Garlic & Glutathione
Dr. Sircus
June 25, 2012

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  • 2016-08-15 at 3:37 pm

    Dissolve Cataracts with Alternative treatments, Prevent Their Return to Avoid Surgery
    Posted by JB Bardot

    Experts don’t know what causes cataracts, only that the protein in the lens of the eye begins to clump causing small areas of cloudiness. Some studies suggest that cataracts may develop after the eyes are repeatedly exposed to ultraviolet light and radiation, such as that emitted by computers. Certain risk factors are diabetes, taking steroids, tranquilizers or diuretics, using HRT, smoking and heavy metal toxicity.


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