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Macular Degeneration - Protect Your Vision

By John Mericle M.D.
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Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the age 65 and over group in both the United States and the United Kingdom. One in six Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 will be affected which increases to one in four between the ages of 64 and 74. Over the age of 75 one in three will be affected. Each year 1.2 million people of the estimated 12 million people with macular degeneration will have severe loss of central vision.

What is macular degeneration

The macular portion of the retina is where central vision occurs. This is the vision that allows us basically to see. This portion of the retina is mostly populated with cone cells, which are the cells that allow us to read, write and generally see things when there is sufficient light. The rod cells populate the rest of the retina and are what we see with in darkness. The cone portion of the retina has one of the highest metabolic rates of any group of cells in the body and like the brain, needs a constant supply of nutrients to maintain good vision. Anything that compromises blood flow to these cells can cause loss of function of these cells ie macular degeneration.

Symptoms

Because the brain is very good at filling in the visual picture, the early loss of function of the macular cone cells may go unnoticed. This means that in the early stages most people with macular degeneration don't know they have it. By the time it is usually diagnosed, it can be very advanced with considerable loss of visual acuity / central vision.

Testing

If you are concerned about macular degeneration a visit to your local ophthalmologist might be in order. Also, by visiting the site below you can test yourself with the Amsler grid. This is a test used to determine if there is any significant compromise in central vision.

Risk factors

Macular degeneration is age related as noted above and the older you are, the more at risk you are. Race also factors in here as it is more common in whites but does occur in all races. It is more common in those who are farsighted.

Now for some risk factors over which we all have some control.

Smoking

High blood pressure

Vascular disease

High intake of saturated fat and cholesterol

High blood cholesterol level

Exposure to sunlight

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Maintaining a Healthy Work Environment in Stressful and Uncertain Times
By Leeg

The current economic crisis is creating a tidal wave of stress and uncertainty that impacts the lives of people in numerous ways. Within organizations, budget cuts may mean reducing staff, reorganizing work or eliminating programs, products or services. In peoples personal lives, there are fewer dollars to pay for food, health care, tuition and other expenses of daily living. For people approaching retirement, there is fear and anxiety as they look at their dwindling retirement accounts. People react to stress and uncertainly in different ways. For most of us, high levels of stress and chronic stress can adversely impact personal health and wellbeing, and erode both quality of life and productivity in organizations. Stress can also provoke us to act in ways that we would normally not. To maintain healthy work environments as well as a balance between work and our personal lives, focus on the following strategies: Acknowledge the reality of the environment. As difficult as it might be, face up to the facts and learn as much as you can about changes that are impending. If you are a leader, communicate information in a proactive, transparent and timely manner. Become aware of how you deal with stress. People respond in different ways but it is common for people to be reactive, fearful, angry, discouraged and threatened. Monitor your reactions to stress and take the time to think through how you choose to respond to a situation. An interaction with a colleague, an email or meeting can trigger in us a reactive response that we may later regret. Breathe and take time to thoughtfully and consciously respond. Dont succumb to being a victim.

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Journey Through The Dimensions ~ Ascending Through to 5D
By Harmonicutopia
Before we begin discussing this week's topic, we'd like to start with a cautionary note to all those who listened two weeks ago to our "5D Activations -The Easy Way" show. We've had people share their illuminating stories with us in regards to the downloads they've received and the wonderful experiences they've had while gazing at the sun. We'd like to provide some guidelines from the sun gazing experts if you are feeling compelled to look or gaze at the sun. According to solarhealing.com, there are two prescribed times during the day when it is safe and extremely beneficial to look at the sun. These are the first hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset.
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