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Reducing Near-Point Stress on the Eyes #30

Headaches, burning and watery eyes, squinting and eyes that tire easily are common symptoms of near-point stress caused by such continuous close-up visual activities as reading and writing. The problem lies in the fact that human beings were not designed for near vision as a continuous activity. We have “hunter-soldier” eyes for survival. Only in the last 50 years or so have so many people been forced to deal with sustained, near visual tasks. Many visual difficulties can be reduced by following a few of the following simple guidelines:

Look up and away from your close-up task regularly. Make it a habit to change your focus from near to distant objects as frequently as possible.

When watching television, try to sit eight to ten feet away from the set. The ideal distance for close up visual tasks is 14 to 16 inches from the eyes

Good lighting is important. A good rule of thumb is to make your working or reading light three times brighter than the lighting in the rest of the room..

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Thanks to: Dan Greenhill - Middlebury - USA. - rec.:Mar 23, 2002 - pub.:Mar 23, 2002 - sent.:Mar 23, 2015
Power of pomegranate juice #4327

You’ve likely heard about the health benefits of antioxidant rich red wines and green teas. It now appears that pomegranate juice may belong on that list, too. That’s because pomegranate juice is rich in polyphenols, a large class of antioxidant compounds linked to a variety of disease fighting benefits. Pomegranate juice may, in fact, have three times more antioxidant activity than red wine or green tea.

While more research is needed, preliminary findings suggest that regular, daily consumption of concentrated pomegranate juice can lead to:

Healthier arteries. One study found that pomegranate juice helped reduce clogging of the neck’s carotid artery by up to 35 percent. This, in turn, could lead to decreased risk of stroke.

Reduce total cholesterol and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels in people with high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.

A modestly reduced blood pressure. In one study, systolic blood pressure decreased by about 5 percent.

Improved blood flow to the heart in people who have coronary heart disease. This, in turn, can reduce the risk of heart attack.

By Brent Bauer, M.D., Director
Complementary and Integrative
Medicine Program, Mayo Clinic

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Thanks to: Anonymous - USA. - rec.:Apr 6, 2006 - pub.:Apr 6, 2006 - sent.:Jul 24, 2015
Memory booster #1748

Scientists have discovered that bushing your teeth with your opposite hand or driving to work a different way or even chewing gum is a form of mental exercise that increases blood flowing through your brain which helps to create and strengthen both brain lobes and the link between lobes.

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Thanks to: Anonymous - USA. - rec.:Jul 18, 2003 - pub.:Jul 18, 2003 - sent.:Aug 1, 2015
Women Need to Know that Urinary Incontinence is not Inevitable #954

At a recent nurse practitioner's conference, a nurse showed a study that it takes women an average of 9 years to report incontinence symptoms to their doctors. Incontinence is not an inevitable part of aging, and can be prevented naturally without drugs or surgery. It's important to destigmatize this condition and educate women about their alternatives.

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Thanks to: Kelly Scheufler - Encinitas - USA. - rec.:Dec 31, 2002 - pub.:Feb 24, 2003 - sent.:Jul 31, 2015
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