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Short Sight in Kids (Myopia) – New Research

Back Bencher

I am a back-bencher ever since I started sitting on benches i.e. started schooling. Not much of a study enthusiast, I preferred to sit as far as possible from the teacher, keeping safe distance from the danger was always a good strategy! Blackboard was not much clear but over time it started blurring more & more. I could not figure out the writings on the wall. Dad decided to take me to an optician.

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Upon inspection optician declared that I have sever Myopia in both eyes so I have to wear glasses. So I did and suddenly world around me turned so clear & colourful. But there was a downside too; I had to carry it around all the time like one would a mobile phone nowadays. And I could not enjoy the monsoon rains anymore.

Myopia (Short Sight)

Myopia, also known as short-sightedness, is a very common eye condition in which a person cannot see distant objects clearly. This condition is quite common affecting up to 30% population and is becoming more common with the passage of time.

Myopia Explained
                                        Myopia Explained

Born with Nose Rider

And for me, though a great convenience for the vision, it was a shock that I have to wear glasses throughout my life. Was there a cure? There were many advices readily available such eating carrots, walking bare-foot on grass, standing upside down and trying to identify who is standing on the roof three houses away! Though all these efforts brought few supplementary benefits but glasses remained on my ears & nose as a universal truth (I know we use glasses for eyes but these are worn on the ears & nose, agree?). So much so I began to believe I was born with them.

Why Myopia?

Why Myopia is so common, especially in children is an interesting topic for scientists. It usually starts at early age around puberty. Its causes are not clear but it runs in some families as well as associated with people focusing more on near objects such as books and computers; but this is not proven; especially for me as both my father, grandfather had near-perfect vision!

Go out, See Far

A study conducted in University of Cambridge on 10,000 kids identified that for each additional hour spent outside per week, the risk of myopia reduced by 2%. Exposure to natural light and time spent looking at distant objects could be key factors in reducing short-sightedness.

Let's Play
                                      Let’s Play

On the contrary we confine our children indoors most of the time so they are deprived of natural sunlight as well do not get the chance to focus on far-distant objects.

Exposure to sunlight brings another much-sought benefit – production of Vitamin D which is required for healthy immune system, brain & healthier bones. Sunshine is the major source of vitamin D; this is the reason people, like me, living in cold countries lack this vital substance.

Children eyes get confused indoor as light is not as varied (colour wise) and strong as outside natural one.

Wear if You Need to

“A common misconception is that glasses are making things worse – but the answer to that question is No,” says Flitcroft from Children’s University Hospital, Dublin. It is better to wear glasses if you need one so the eyes could see things clearly! Going without glasses will give bad vision; strain on eyes and probably a headache.

Get Out & Play

So in conclusion kids (& parents); let’s get out and enjoy –

“Left to their natural, outdoors environment, humans don’t become myopic,” says Flitcroft. “Encouraging children to spend time outdoors can only be good.”

Sources:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150116-why-are-we-short-sighted

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Short-sightedness/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Short-sightedness/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Our Garden (Summer 2010)

Welcome to Our Garden!

Months of efforts & tons of cash paid off.  All of us, that is my whole family including little Sarah, worked hard and reward is blossoming now. Don’t believe me? Just have look:

I start with this one, you know what it is and there are a lot of these. Sadly there is no smell in it. Most rose plants grown in UK are smell-free, nevertheless Rose is a Rose….

 rose

 

Sun Flower just grows & grows. It has same qualities as our politicians. Like, it always faces the rising sun, Kids love it when they see it turning to sun though! If not checked (controlled), it grows and grows eventually taking over other plants. So I had trim it a bit:

 sun flower

 

 I don’t know the name of this one but a flower is a flower…..

 flower 1

 

This is another interesting plant. We grew it in a big wooden pot. It flourished with unlimited number of flowers, though they face downward.

flower 2

 

This is my favourite plant, it is called Bleeding Heart. Photo explains it all, its flowers appear as a heart is broken and it is dripping! A true wonder by the greatest artist called God..

bleeding heart

 

Now we come to my Fruit & Vegetables patch. There are a lot of these packed in a small patch namely potatoes, tomatoes, lattice, carrots, coriander & mint. We have already started using mint, corriander and lettice, & waiting for others to ripe.

Garden

 

We are also enjoying fresh home grown juicy strawberries.

Straberry 1 

And there are many new ones growing everyday thanks to nice hot weather.

 strawberry 2

 

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We are having BBQ picnic using our own wood.  Come join before we munch up all the sausages!!!

bbq

Simple Formula for Staying Healthy & Keeping Diseases Away

Diseases are caused by germs (bacteria, Virus & fungi). They get into a healthy body through following infected sources:

–         Fluid (blood, sliva or sweat)

–          Insects (flies, mosquitoes, etc)

–          Foods (CONTAMINATED WATER IS THE BIGGEST DISEAE CARRIER, – Boiling or Bleaching is the answer, I will cover this in a later article)

–          Surfaces (water taps, door handles, lift buttons, public places like restaurants, buses, banks, etc)

How do these infections get into your body? Mostly though your mouth eyes and nose.

And what carries these infections to these entry points? YOUR OWN FINGURES.  Yes, this is true!! Our own HANDS CARRY INFECTION TO OUR BODY.

Your Hands are Your Enemy if you don't Wash Your Hands are Your Enemy if you don’t Wash 

We unknowingly touch many contaminated surfaces and then touch our mouth, nose or eyes, hence transferring germ to our body.

Do you know what are the most contaminated surfaces? These are door handles, tables, phones, water taps & buttons etc in public places as everyone uses/touches these.

Studies by World Bank, British Medical Journal and many other medical bodies that by just simply WASHING HANDS BEFORE EATING & TOUCHING FACE REDUCED MANY DISEASES LIKE DIHORIA, PNEMONIA, BIRD FLU, COLDS, COUGHS etc upto50% or more.

Few basic principals can save you & your family from majority of the diseases (in order of Importance):

1.     Wash Your Hands often, especially when you come from outside or use toilet, & before preparing or touching food.

2.     Do not touch your & your child’s mouth, nose or eyes. If it is necessary, make sure your hands are washed.

3.     While washing, make sure you especially clean the finger tips & area around nails. This is what you use the most to do things and this is where germs have place to hide.

4.     You must wash hands before & after eating.

5.     Avoid breathing in someone’s breath.

6.     Wash food & utensils thoroughly.

7.     Avoid using communal utensils (e.g. glass, spoons etc) unless these are thoroughly cleaned.

8.     Make sure children don’t put their fingers in their mouth.

9.  Cover the cuts & wounds. Don’t touch them because germs can get into your blood through these.

10. Avoid touching blood including raw meat. If you do, wash your hands thoroughly straight away. It will save you from diseases like aids, TB, Hepatitis etc.

handwashing

Summary: Wash your hands & avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes. It will save you from majority of the common diseases.

No Wonder Islam recommends:

– Washing hands before and after eating

– Washing hands, face and rinsing mouth before & after sleeping

using left hand to cleaning oneself and right hand for eating.

Happy Birthday Happy Meal

A rotting apple may present an awful sight but decaying of things is a blessing from God. Imagine a world full of old fruits, plants and dead bodies lying around. My brother went to Himalayas for camping where temperature remains several degrees below zero all year around. He told that it was common there to find years old dead bodies and human waste buried in snow. Nothing decays there because temperature is too low.

Things decomposition is a vital part of our ecosystem. This is especially true for food to breakdown into vital ingredients & energy to be consumed by human body for survival & growth. However this phenomenon is completely unwelcomed by the food industry. They wish their product to look fresh as long as possible. Hence they suppress the natural ageing of the food by introducing chemicals known as preservatives to their products.

These added ingredients may give artificial fresh look to the food products prolonging their shelf life but is not good for the body. Not only these chemicals have side effects but also prohibit the body from properly digesting the food and extracting nutrients from it.

Happy Meal Fresh
Happy Meal Fresh

Look at the pictures; this is our loved happy meal (Beef Burger & French Fries) from McDonalds. One on the left is a fresh off the shop, and the one below is the same burger left on the kitchen shelf for one whole year. It looks as if it is only a couple of days old. This experiment is conducted by Mrs Joan Bruno in Colorado. She claimed that flies and insects completely ignored it as if it wasn’t there.

Imagine how good it is as a food for children if even insects do not consider it a food.

Happy Meal 1 Year old
Happy Meal 1 Year old

Olive Oil

Buying & Choosing Olive Oil

Olive Oil has lots of good in it. It is the best edible oil you can get. Everybody knows but understanding its varieties & label is difficult. Some of its varieties are actually a mix of different grade olive oils, hence understanding its basic varieties is important. Below is a basic guide which can help one to choose:

Varieties of Olive Oil:

Extra-virgin Olive oil comes from the first pressing of the olives, contains no more than 0.8% acidity, and is judged to have superior taste. Extra-virgin olive oil is the purest and the most expensive. Mostly it is used for salad dressing or may be light frying.

Virgin olive oil has acidity less than 2%, and judged to have a good taste. There should be no refined oil in virgin olive oil.

Pure olive oil Oils labeled as ‘Pure olive oil’ or ‘Olive oil’ are usually a blend of refined olive oil and one of the above two categories of Virgin olive oil.

Olive oil is a blend of virgin oil and refined oil, containing no more than 1.5% acidity. It commonly lacks a strong flavor.

Olive-Pomace oil is a blend of refined pomace olive oil (explained below) and possibly some virgin oil. It is fit for consumption, but it may not be called olive oil.

The oil is extracted by means of pressure (traditional method) or centrifugation (modern method). After extraction, the remaining solid substance is called Pomace, still contains a small quantity of oil. This is extracted through heat & chemical processes, and termed as olive pomace oil.

Lampante oil is olive oil not used for consumption; lampante comes from olive oil’s ancient use as fuel in oil-burning lamps. Lampante oil is mostly used in the industrial market.

Label Wording

Olive oil vendors choose the wording on their labels very carefully.

  • Imported from Italy” produces an impression that the olives were grown in Italy, although in fact it only means that the oil was bottled there.
  • 100% Pure Olive Oil” is often the lowest quality available in a retail store: better grades would have “virgin” on the label.
  • Made from refined olive oils” suggests that the essence was captured, but in fact means that the taste and acidity were chemically produced.
  • Light olive oil” actually means refined olive oil, not a lower fat content. All olive oil has 120 calories per tablespoon (33 kJ/ml).
  • “From hand-picked olives” may indicate that the oil is of better quality, since producers harvesting olives by mechanical methods are inclined to leave olives to over-ripen in order to increase yield.
  • First cold press” means that the oil in bottles with this label is the first oil that came from the first press of the olives. The word “cold” is important because if heat is used, the olive oil’s chemistry is changed.

Enjoy!