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Proper Eyeglass Care Preserves Your Vision #5473

How often have you watched someone pull off their eyeglasses and buff them with a shirt tail? I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen it, and every time I do, it makes me cringe. Shirts, paper towels and tissues aren’t meant for cleaning eyewear. While the fabric may feel smooth as silk to you, it can be as abrasive as sandpaper to the glass in your spectacles. Eyeglasses are an investment, not only in terms of cash but in your vision. Caring for your eyeglasses properly will save you money, of course, since you won’t have to replace them as often, but it can also help preserve your vision, prevent eyestrain and do away with headaches from squinting through smudged or scratched lenses. Here are some tips for taking care of your eyeglasses and your eyes.

1. Use the right cloth.
Shirts, even soft t-shirts, can scratch the glass of your lenses. If they’ve got a protective finish like a photo-gray tint, it’s even more likely to scratch. The scratches may be invisible to your eyes, but they do affect the crystal clarity that your eyeglass lenses should have. Instead of paper towels, toilet tissue or your shirt tail, use a quality cloth made just for cleaning eyeglasses (Lens Cleaner Cloth). That way you’ll avoid microscopic scratches that can blur your glasses and your vision.
2. Use a cleaner that’s meant for eyeglasses.
Plain water won’t do the job because it doesn’t dissolve and clean away skin oil or fingerprint smudges. A cleaner that’s made for glass could contain chemicals that may damage tinted or coated lenses, or be damaging to your eyes. A good coated lens cleaner or eyeglass lens cleaner (Spray and Sparkle Lens Cleaner) is hypoallergenic, and made to be kind to optical lens coatings.
3. Clean your glasses frequently to prevent eyestrain.
You should clean your glasses several times a day to prevent smearing and smudging. Tuck a portable eyeglass cloth and cleaner kit into your purse, or keep a small spray can of eyeglass cleaning solution in your desk at work. Your eyes will thank you.
4. Keep your glasses clean.
What do you do with your glasses when they’re not on your nose? Pushing them up to rest on your head may be easy, but it’s not a good idea. The lenses will pick up dust and oil from your hair – especially if you use mousse, gel or hair spray. Invest a few dollars in an eyeglass chain so that you can wear them safely around your neck where they won’t pick up all that extra skin oil.
5. Do your glasses fog up when you’re cooking or exercising? One great way to avoid that is to use an anti-fog cloth (Anti-Fog Cloth) on the lenses. The cloth leaves an invisible coating on the lenses that prevent water from condensing and fogging up your eyesight.

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Thanks to: Vincent P Platania - Highland - USA. - rec.:Oct 31, 2007 - pub.:Nov 26, 2007 - sent.:Mar 4, 2008
The Magical Spice #5475

• Its history dates back to 2800 BC when the Chinese used it to remedy colds, flu, and digestive disorders.
• Moses used it as an ingredient for his anointing oils.
• Roman Emperor Nero demanded that a year's supply of it be burned after he slaughtered his wife.
• In the first century A.D., Pliny the Elder wrote that 350 grams of it was equivalent to more than five kilograms of silver.

What substance could be so valued, so powerful, and so healing? A spice you likely have in the back of your kitchen cupboard . . . cinnamon. And it turns out that modern researcher doctors are just learning about the spice’s many medicinal qualities.

Cinnamon is a small tree that grows in Sri Lanka, India, and Vietnam. A mere teaspoon of the spice has a whopping 28 mg of calcium, one mg of iron, one mg of fiber, and a smattering of vitamins C, K, and manganese. But that’s just the tip of the spice rack.

According to a study conducted by Dr. Richard A. Anderson of the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland, a simple dash of cinnamon may improve the health of those suffering from type II diabetes.

Anderson and his colleagues at the USDA Agricultural Research Center had 60 diabetics consume capsules that contained zero, one, three, or six grams of cinnamon each day for 40 days. The capsules with no cinnamon contained wheat flour.

Anderson’s study found that all subjects given the cinnamon-laced capsules experienced up to 30 percent drops in their levels of glucose, fats and cholesterol.
Those who took the placebo showed no changes in their blood levels. Apparently cinnamon, like insulin, helps the body’s insulin signaling, glucose transport, and inflammatory response.

Cinnamon also has cholesterol-fighting properties: In Pakistan, a 40-day study of sixty people with Type II diabetes, found that just one-quarter of a teaspoon of the spice taken twice daily lowered not only lowered the subjects’ blood sugar, but also their LDL or “bad cholesterol” as well as their overall cholesterol levels. This is good news for those wanting to prevent hypertension and heart disease.

Would you like to be more alert, more on the ball, and quick-witted? – A small splash of cinnamon could be the key to a smarter you. A research study presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Services found that the simple act of smelling cinnamon or chewing cinnamon-flavored gum improved subjects’ brainpower in areas ranging from memory to recognition to attention and focus.

Healers have long known of cinnamon’s antiseptic properties too. A Japanese study found that the spice not only soothes an upset stomach, but may even prevent ulcers. German researchers confirmed that cinnamon blocks bacteria that causes urinary tract and yeast infections.

On an important note, not all cinnamons are created equal. You will not reap the full benefits from cinnamon you bought five years ago. Ground cinnamon keeps most of its healing powers for up to six months.

Remember, aside from its healing properties, cinnamon is a very versatile spice, used in curry powder as well as a variety of sweet dishes.

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Thanks to: Vincent P Platania - Highland - USA. - rec.:Nov 1, 2007 - pub.:Nov 26, 2007
Relief from bee stings #5514

Remove the stinger first by scraping it away with a dull blade, then grab an Alka-Seltzer tablet, moisten it slightly, let it fizz and apply it to the sting. The fizzing process allows both substances to travel beneath the skin providing immediate relief. Alka-Seltzer contains baking soda, which reduces inflammation and aspiring, which relieves pain.

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Thanks to: Anonymous - USA. - rec.:Dec 3, 2007 - pub.:Dec 3, 2007 - sent.:Apr 14, 2008
Dry Mouth & Dehydration #5372

I have had dry mouth for years, used over the counter remedies, have seen Doctors seeking relief but they all told me that there was no known cure. I guess I am stubborn and began my own research when I really thought that I was going to die. I couldn’t sleep for months I was told by my new doctor that I was totally dehydrated even though I drank a lot of water. So I prepared this homemade remedy that has helped me sleep and feel much better. Here it is. One cup orange juice or Sunny Delight, one quart of water, one teaspoon baking powder, one teaspoon salt, and 3 tablespoons sugar (I use Splenda) Sip small amounts before bedtime and you will not have to get up at night drinking water. This really sounds crazy but it has worked for me and I have confidence it will for you.

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Thanks to: Joey - Dexter - USA. - rec.:Aug 6, 2007 - pub.:Aug 29, 2007 - sent.:Sep 4, 2007
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