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Is There A Link Between Exposure To Sunlight And A Reduction In Myopia?

Friday, September 15th, 2017

We are often told that the sunlight is bad for our eyes. This is due to the fact that the Ozone layer is becoming thinner thereby exposing us to the harmful U.V rays of the sun. However, research studies suggest that some sunlight is actually good for your eyes and that the sun actually has some positive effects on your eye health. Research also shows a very low rate of Myopia in the country of Australia as people participate more in outdoor activities in the land down under. By comparison, countries that completely lack outdoor activities such as China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, have rates of Myopia that even surpass the United States at 90%! Therefore, is sunlight really a factor in determining a reduction in the rate of nearsightedness and why? Also, if sunlight is necessary to reduce this problem how much sunlight is safe enough to accomplish this goal? Here is some information concerning this matter:

Myopia is a vision condition whereby an individual is able to see near objects clearly but distant objects appear blurry. There is a debate among traditional eye care experts as to the causes of myopia also known as nearsightedness. The traditional eye care industry claims that this condition is hereditary even though scientific research refutes this fact. More research supports the fact that it is generally caused by the buildup of stress and tension in the eyes resulting from too much close up work over many years. However, another cause of nearsightedness that seems to have supporting scientific evidence is the fact that a lack of outdoor activities is causing an increase in nearsightedness.

This research shows that countries that significantly lack outdoor activities such as China and Japan have a 90% rate of Myopia. Whereas countries with the highest outdoor activities such as Australia had the lowest rates of Myopia in the world. Several scientific studies conducted in Asia suggested that when an extra hour of outdoor activities was added to the school curriculum there was a 14% decrease in the rate of Myopia.

A person with nearsightedness is suffering from what optometrists refer to as a refractive error vision problem. This is defined as an eye condition caused by the fact that the shape of the eyeball is such that it does not bend light properly so that the image that falls on the retina becomes blurry. In order for us to see clearly light reflected off of objects should fall directly on the retina. In the case of nearsightedness, the eyeball is too long and light reflected off of objects does not fall directly on the retina but instead falls in front of it.

There is some scientific research that suggests that sunlight does have a beneficial effect on our eyes. For instance, sunlight supplies our eyes with the beneficial vitamin, Vitamin D. Our eyes require sunlight for maintaining good health. Exposure to sunlight activates the hormone in the body called Melatonin. This is a sleep hormone that controls our sleep cycles. Also, the Hypothalamus in the brain needs bright light to maintain the health of many systems in our body. For example, this is necessary for the maintenance of healthy blood pressure levels, a normal body temperature and the maintenance of better vision health. Safe exposure to sunlight also increases cellular activity in the retina that increases the production of antioxidants. These antioxidants are necessary in ridding the visual system of harmful cells called free radicals that cause the development of eye diseases.

Too much sunlight can negatively affect our eyes and increase the risks for eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Therefore, it is important to strike a proper balance between what is a safe level of healthy exposure to sunlight as opposed to what is not. If you are spending numerous hours in the sun outdoors then it is necessary to protect your eyes by wearing the proper sunglasses. This protects your eyes from the harmful U.V rays of the sun. However, it is also necessary to spend a little time in the sun without your sunglasses so that your eyes can benefit from the beneficial rays of the sun. Health experts suggests that it is safe to spend only 20 minutes in the sun without your sunglasses, preferable early in the morning when the sun’s rays are not very intense.

While too much exposure to the harmful rays of the sun is damaging to eyesight, spending a little bit of time in the sun is beneficial to our eye health. Sunlight provides the eyes with beneficial Vitamin D and regulates healthy changes in the visual system that support better vision health and reduces the risks for Myopia.

The Failure Of Leadership

Friday, September 15th, 2017

The dystopian condition of much of the world today the plight of humanity continues to languish in desperation praying for better times ahead. And it can’t be more evident than right here in the United States. While the media continues to focus on the immediate troubles of Trump and his Russian ties lies a juggernaut of calamity ready to pounce on an unsuspecting public. The untold carnage that the Republicans and the Trump Administration are getting away with will decimate the entire foundation of America. The main stream media is playing right into the hands of these infamous Republicans. The greed and selfishness of too many of our elected officials have categorically dismantled the basic rights of mankind.

Never before in the history of the United States has a President and his surrounding counterparts, aka the Republican party, deceived and beguile the public into thinking that they are doing the public’s good. History does repeat for we have seen many times in the past especially when President Nixon was the target of the media with his cover up of Watergate the American public was blindsided by the oil crisis that soon overtook this nation. An energy crisis that ensued was a direct result of the failure of both the media and our elected officials to do the public’s good. Today, the situation is far worse than that first energy crisis some 40 years ago. With not so tactful posturing by these Republicans and the Trump Cabinet have already instituted policy directives aimed at the very core of Americana.

Ever since Trump took office the public has been conveniently distracted from what is really happening. While the media continues to focus on the terrible things Team Trump did during the campaign and transition the public continues to be in the dark about all the maneuvers this Administration is pulling off.

This administration is repealing consumer and environmental protections faster than a speeding bullet. The Education Department under Trump’s Education Secretary is making it easier for for-profit colleges to defraud students. The long range goal is to eliminate all public school systems replaced by charter and for profit private schools. The Environmental Protection Agency has been striped of most of its funding and has delayed an air pollution rule that the agency had already determined would likely prevent the poisoning of children.

These are just some of the devious and dastardly policy positions that the Trump Administration has already pulled off or is in the process of. We have to realize that along with these blatant directives that Trump has authorized this Presidency is ripe with former lobbyists and others who have conflicts of interest. It is quite apparent that Trump and his whole family are reaping huge monetary dividends from his role as President.

While the media is fussing over Trump Jr’s role in the Russiagate controversy and Trump Sr’s role in other Russia ties financially and otherwise the fact of the matter is that the Republicans are attempting to remake a large part of the American economy. In secret meetings behind closed doors they have assembled a health care bill that is more aptly described as a death care This bill if it is passed will strip over 23 million Americas from having access to any health care whatsoever. In this attempt of revamp and overturn the Affordable Care Act the Republicans have been busy making changes that the majority of Americas do not accept. And that is only with some of the information leaked out from these closed meetings.

The Republicans have purposely kept the Congressional Budget Office in the dark. The secrecy, the collusion, and the deceptive posturing of this legislation has one purpose only. This so called health care reform is really all about money. It has nothing to do with the quality and accessibility for millions to have health care. The entire point of the Republican attack on the Affordable Health Care Act is to pave the way for tax cuts. The Republicans have ever since Obama passed the AHC act in 2010 have been hell bent on its repeal. Now they are having afield day by slashing Medicaid and other vital programs. All for the direct purpose to offset the costs of repealing taxes on rich people imposed by the Affordable Care Act.

With little fanfare by the media this Republican Congress has only continued to institute major tax cuts for major corporations and the 1%. All the while the media continues to focus of the troubles of Trump and Russia, with some coverage of North Korea a far more insidious scheme is afoot. This Administration in collusion with the Republican’s are putting in place efforts to systematically undermine core democratic values and institutions. There has been some mention of the Election Integrity Commission foray into state voter data. Which by the way was purposely and deliberately botched to distract the public from the real reason the Republicans goal of dismantling the National Voter Registration Act.

The failure of leadership is very apparent with Trump and his cronies running the country. For over six months this Presidency has deceived and lied to the American public, failed miserably at keeping Americas leadership role in world affairs, and has failed in the leadership that the office of the President is supposed to uphold. Not to mention there still remains vacancies in crucial diplomatic and national security positions. Like Ambassador to South Korea and Assistant Secretary of State.

Instead of getting into serious discussions about global warming, our National debt or any other most serious crisis the Trump tweeter feed is designed to distract the American Public from what is actually happening to our way of life, our future and our sovereignty.The failure of leadership from this President and this Congress is quite evident with each tweet and every behind closed door meeting by congress. The American public must take action before all our liberties and freedoms are washed away by the greed and indifference of this Administration and a Republican led congress.