When I wrote recently about the ketogenic diet that I had started, I wasn’t certain then that there had been any changes to my vision, but this is now no longer the case. Here I discuss this promising development and my personal progress to date.
Update: I have since stopped following the ketogenic diet, you can read about why here
Visual Snow Versus Normality
For many like myself who have been stuck with visual snow for a while, it can be difficult to remember what normal vision should be like. It is very easy to mistake your reality for normal experience. I am fortunate in this regard to have already experienced some improvement and to have some new cause for hope, that I can now share.
In my experience of more severe visual snow everything sort of looks flat and harshly dull. The static dominates and detracts from a normal enjoyable visual experience. Everything becomes busy, yet without the perception of simple detail. This I think also translates into the mental state.
With positive changes however colours appear more vivid, reflections and shadows more crisp, surfaces and textures more soft (even ugly cars begin to look pretty), environments seem to just have more a sense of vitality that you are able to notice. Less energy is needed thinking about what everything looks like and it’s just there. These are the sorts of changes which I have been noticing to a greater degree today. It is important to underline here the simple point that you can have perfect acuity with visual snow, but acuity is not a measure to say that your vision is perfect. An eye examination won’t be a measure of how good your vision with visual snow actually is.
To help think about this I think the common analogy of visual snow with an old analogue TV is a poor one. It fails not least because it only represents a single visible symptom. A better analogy in my view would be that of a computer with both hardware and software. The cause of an individual’s visual snow (whatever it is) brings with it a combination of graphical artifacts and crappy textures to the monitor when you try and “play life”, it probably involves both hardware and software.
Current Visual Snow Man Routine
Here is a summary of everything which I am doing now
- Daily supplements: Luteolin (50g) + Rutin (50g) + Quercetin (Variable but dose generally greater than 500mg, twice daily). Luteolin and Rutin are powerful flavonoids like Quercetin, they work well together because Rutin and Quercetin allow Luteolin to be more readily absorbed
- Ketogenic diet (High fat, moderate protein, carbs < 25g/day) – completely clean and natural foods, no a1 beta-casein or gluten, plus high Choline foods (eggs daily, lamb liver weekly)
- Very infrequent drinking (maybe one occasion every few months), no smoking, or coffee
- More regular aerobic exercise: I was running basically every day until my knees swelled up, now I am having to rest (note – do not overtrain, but do exercise)
That is more or less it, as you can see I have many places in which I can improve – sleep, meditation, exercise, exploration of further supplements. These are topics that I will inevitably come to explore and write about in more detail with due course. While I am currently hopeful that the ketogenic diet will keep on bringing improvement to my symptoms, I don’t expect it to “cure me” at this stage. I fully expect to have to do more, as I outlined previously.
One point I forgot to mention when writing about the ketogenic diet is that it may increase Nitric Oxide, which may also aside from adenosine explain the improvement in my circulation. Nitric Oxide of course has an important role in the visual system.