What Happened After I Visited an Amish Iridologist

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Inside: Are you looking for answers to your medical mystery? Read below to find out what happened when I visited an Amish iridologist in search of a diagnosis.


Please do not take anything on this page as medical advice. Always consult with your healthcare professional. 

A while back, I was talking to a friend about searching for a diagnosis as to why my arms are slowly becoming paralyzed, when she told me about an Amish iridologist in Hestand, Kentucky. Apparently, the Amish doctor correctly diagnosed a family friend with kidney disease just by looking into his eyes.

Come, again?

What is Iridology?

Iridology is a form of alternative medicine that studies a person’s eye, specifically the iris, and attributes variations of markings and color with organ function. 

For example, according to some iridologists, someone with a blue iris may be prone to lymphatic-related diseases, while brown-eyed individuals may be more likely to experience anemia. 

Iridology chart
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According to The Living Centre, an “eco-spiritual educational sanctuary”, “…the iris reveals physiological conditions, psychological health risks, challenges and/or strengths of various organs and personality traits. Through Iridology, we can get an understanding of your past, present, and potential future health conditions by assessing the various body systems. Your inherited tendencies compounded by toxic accumulations in various parts of your body are also revealed.”

These are awfully bold claims without a lot of substantiated research, but what have I got to lose?

The Amish Doctor in Kentucky 

A few weeks later, I was chatting with a friendly nurse at my local holistic center when I asked if she’d heard of the Amish doctor in Kentucky. Excited, she says, “Yes! I’ve tried it!”

Apparently, not only was her uncle a regular at this particular iridologist, but she had also been correctly diagnosed with Lyme Disease by him.

He doesn’t buy it and tells me that God is the only person who can judge me, and he is the only one who I should seek approval from.” 

She went on to tell me a story about a friend of hers who had cancer and was seeking any answers on how to stop it.

According to the friend’s story, she allegedly had a tumultuous relationship with her mother and when the iridologist looked into her eyes, he said, You need to fix your relationship with your mother.” 

I needn’t hear anything else.

Sold.

Visiting the Amish Iridologist

Two weeks later, my boyfriend at the time and I were on the road to Kentucky at 5 AM in search of a diagnosis. 

I read that the place fills up quickly, so I wanted to be the first in line. We got there at 7:15 AM, but didn’t see anyone. Assuming we were just early, we decided to sleep in the car until a man pulled up beside us and asked if we were there to see Dr. Reuben. Turns out, we were at the wrong building.

We headed a little further down the road until we saw a white building on the left. At 7:35 AM we walked in and realized our costly mistake; our 20-minute cat nap meant that we were now behind a group of five sisters and a mom. In total, it took about two hours before we were seen.

The Iridology Evaluation

Eventually, we head to the back room, and I’m the first to go. The Iridologist looks into my eyes and asks if I have digestion issues.

No, not that I can think of

He then asks how many times a day I defecate.

Ha! No, thanks, buddy – answering how regular my shits are in front of my boyfriend of two weeks is not sexy.

I lie and say once…always once.

He continues with a slew of questions that don’t seem relevant to me until he asks, “Do you stress a lot?”

Not usually, but I’ve recently been under a lot of stress.”

He then asks, “Do you worry about what people think of you?”

Now, this is a tricky question–doesn’t everyone care to some degree? I silently think to myself how I have a blog on the internet where anyone can read my most personal thoughts and struggles and conclude that I probably care less than the average person. So, I say…

“Yes, but not sure if it’s more than any other person.

He doesn’t buy it and tells me thatGod is the only person who can judge me, and he is the only one who I should seek approval from.” 

Cool. I just drove two hours to hear the same advice I could have read from a prison inmate’s tattoo.

The 2nd Evaluation

My boyfriend went next. He’s notoriously cheap, so in an effort to save money, the night before he gorged himself on a salami platter that was left over from a party he threw a week earlier. The first question the iridologist asked was, Do you eat a lot of red meat?

Ding, ding, ding! Why yes, last night, my boyfriend consumed a small pig before going to a free dinner thrown by his work and eating even more pig.

In the end, his evaluation went pretty similar to mine with us both answering “no” to a bunch of questions, and then receiving a list of symptoms with herbal remedies available for purchase at the counter. I bought some herbal tinctures, and then we left. 

Final Thoughts On Visiting an Amish Iridologist

The only thing the Amish iridologist said that felt exclusive to me was that he could see toxin buildup. I asked him to elaborate, but he didn’t really have much more than that…

All in all, nothing was outstanding that I would drive two hours to do again. The iridologist basically gave us general health advice that every person should be following. I don’t mean to minimize the work that Dr. Reuben and his team do, because, obviously, he wouldn’t be so popular if it didn’t work for some people.

However, my experience is my experience. Just because it didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t work for other people. I think it’s still worth giving a shot, even if all you get from it is a cool story. 

If you would like to visit, here is the address:

Vernon Community 

1205 Radure Road 

Hestand, KY 421510

Criticism 

As you can see from the comments below, I received a lot of hate after posting about my experience at the Amish Iridologist.

I’m adding an addendum to this after receiving multiple comments on me lying about how many times a day that I defecate (never thought I would say that sentence).

I am simply writing about my experience. Never do I tell people that they should not go and try it out for themselves. I don’t say any of this to discredit Dr. Reuben and his practice.

Thank you for your comments below and for sharing your experiences with others.

Some of the best doctors in the world can’t figure out what is happening to me, so I don’t think it’s unreasonable that Dr. Reuben couldn’t diagnose me with brachial amyotrophic diplegia from simply looking into my eyes.

Do I think he would have diagnosed it if I would have given him a different number for the amount of times a day that I shit? No. But no doctor has a 100% accuracy rate, either.

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8 thoughts on “What Happened After I Visited an Amish Iridologist”

  1. I saw Ruben about 30 years ago. I answered all his questions honestly. He told me I had something wrong with my blood. He also told me I had had my gallbladder removed, which I did, I’d had a hysterectomy, he saw this too. He said it hadn’t been necessary. Back to my blood. After visiting him 3 months later I was in severe pain, could barely walk and so much weakness. I went to have blood work done. The test came back that I have Rhumatoid and Lupus. After years of treatment from a medical doctor I’m in remission. Since then I’ve had a pin stroke and now insomia. I’m so irritated with everything. I know I’m setting myself up for a heart attack. I’m planning on going to see him again. I want to know the cause I stead of taking so many over the counter sleeping pills. I’ve tried everything to get some sleep, nothing works. While I was there a medical doctor from Tennessee was there trying to learn the way Ruben does this. My husband at the time also saw Ruben and was told he was full of gallstones. He did the cleanse and the next morning when his bowels moved the toliet was full of green stones. I’m ready to see him again if I have to camp out all night!

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  2. Your encounter with Reuben and the judgement on the advice he offered you is a bit difficult to accept since you admit to lying to him during the exam.
    Do you wonder what he may have told you different about yourself had you answered correctly about your bathroom schedule? You stood in your own way for advice, so he gave you the only thing he could – what you wanted to hear and what YOU came for. He could do nothing else for you without your honesty.
    He did offer you advice about not allowing yourself to worry about the judgement of others. He knew you were lying to him based on his follow-up question. Lies mean lack of trust, so you probably wouldn’t have followed his advice anyway. He was saving you from wasting his time and the time of others who drove long hours for his expertise.
    I hope you’re able to take his advice on living without fear of judgement. The insecurity is felt in your article, but your writing has such a fun and playful feel underneath the message! There are great things hiding in you, potentially healing things that Reuben saw. I hope you’re able to embrace yourself and find what you werent ready for when you met Reuben.

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    • Rachel Smith, I agree. The flippant attitude of the author of this article is not at all useful for those of us who are genuinely looking for help.

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  3. I’m about to use the liver/gallbladder cleanse suggested by Ruben. Last treatment was 12 years ago. Was having gas and diegestive issue then from too much alcohol. Ruben said I was dying and that we needed to slow it down . The Cleanse which my ex also used cleaned about a pound of gallstones. Really emerald green gross stuff. But I felt amazing and I’m still alive . It works but one needs to answer his questions?if u want a copy of his formula….?

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    • Yes, I would think giving honest answers would be of great value in this situation. A lady I met at the dog park today told me about this doctor and I am looking forward to making the drive and visiting him.

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