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For Sally Kravich, the eyes have it—literally. The holistic nutritionist who divides her time between the East and West Coasts has long incorporated iridology, the scientific practice of using the iris as a road map to your body’s organs and systems, into her sessions. Intrigued? Us, too. We caught up with Kravich to talk about the process, and gleaned a whole lot more information about supplements, a good acid/alkaline balance, and why, just like Keith Richards, cheese is no-no for her.
So, what exactly is iridology?
While parts of iridology have been used for thousands of years, including in Chinese acupuncture, it was discovered simultaneously around the mid-1800′s in Hungary and Sweden. The man who first noticed the eyes in Hungary was Ignatz Von Peczely. It was the time of falconry and he was 12; he set his owl off and it broke its leg, and he noticed there was a line that showed up in its eye; as the leg mended, these white lines started appearing in its eye as if they were knitting together. Later he became a doctor and noticed that when his patients took certain drugs, spots would show up in their eyes, so he started tracking them. That was the beginning of iridology as we know it today. In Sweden, Nils Lundqvist, who became the father of homeopathic medicine, started noticing the same thing, and they both recorded identical markings for the same indicators.
Crazy. When did you personally become interested in the field?
I was fortunate enough to study with a man named Bernard Jensen, who was the one who really created the modern charts and really brought it up to date. He was the master of it, and would look at 40,000 eyes just to track a heart condition. Iridology is kind of a merging of the ancient, with a combination of observation of the present, because the eyes really are the windows to the soul.
As a nutritionist, how do you incorporate iridology into your practice?
I do it in a different pattern than I used to because I don’t like anything that seems absolutely extraordinary. Twenty-five years ago I would do it at the beginning of a session and people would go, ‘How did you know that?’ And it just became too, kind of, magical. So now I use it towards the end of a session when I’m looking really to gauge where someone has missing nutrients, what organs may need some additional support, and where there are vitamin deficiencies going on.