LIVE WELL: Eyes may contain telltale health clues

April 22, 2013
photo - Jennifer Mulson Monday, December 24, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE
Jennifer Mulson Monday, December 24, 2012. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette Photo by MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE 

Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes. It’s not simply a famous Bunker Hill battle cry anymore.

Sclerology is the practice of reading and interpreting the whites of a person’s eyes. You might have heard of iridology, which is reading the iris and pupil of the eye. The iris is the colored part, the pupil is the black center of the iris and the sclera is the white around the iris.

Heather Shepherd, a certified sclerologist, believes the eyes are an excellent way to check the health of your body. The practitioner from Germantown, Ohio, will travel to the Body, Mind, Spirit Celebration (formerly Celebration Metaphysical Fair) this weekend. She’ll do 20-minute sclerology readings.

According to Shepherd, sclerology is not actually reading the white matter, but reading the red lines in the whites of the eyes. The lines help show pathology — disease in progress or inflammation in organs.

“Sclerology is what’s happening in our body right now,” Shepherd said. “Iridology shows the tendency to develop weakness. Iridology shows what you’re headed toward. Sclerology hits it. I like it better — you can see what you need to get a hold of right now and get a handle on your health.”

Sclerologists look for specific markers in the eye whites. Red lines can indicate an impending stroke, a red wash can show cardiovascular disease and forked lines can suggest trauma to organs, Shepherd said.

She also looks for marks said to correlate to tumors or cysts in the colon, uterus or prostate. Also important are stress lines through the portion of the eye that represents the breast. These prompt Shepherd to strongly suggest mammograms to her female clients.

The entire eye corresponds to the different parts of the body, she said. The top portion can show vital force and the health of the pituitary gland, which contributes to sleeping patterns.

The right of the eye can indicate the heart and the left side is the lungs.

Care to check out your sclera? Shepherd suggested looking for kidney issues: Open your right eye wide, pull the lid down and look at about six o’clock from the pupil and over to the right. Look for a red line. That could indicate some trouble.

“Colorado has kidney issues,” she said. “I did 30-40 readings there, and not one person did not have inflammation in their kidneys. I go around the states to shows and never did one when everybody had the exact same markers.”

She speculates it could have something to do with the altitude, and that we’re all running around dehydrated.

“Drink more water and more cranberry juice.”

Mulson’s column appears biweekly in The Gazette. Email her at

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