Effective Ways To Support Children’s Eye Health And Safety

In some cases, students may simply have vision impairment but they are often misdiagnosed as having a learning disability or behavioral problems. Parents can avoid this by scheduling an eye exam for their children.

Protect your children’s eye sight with these tips, and insist they do not take their eyes for granted.

Eat Healthy

The wellness of eyes starts with the food we eat. Regularly eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E can help lead to good eye health. Best foods include: green, leafy vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, and spinach; oil-rich fish like tuna; protein sources like soya, milk, yogurt, chicken and turkey; any citrus fruits or juices;

Quit Smoking

Smoking plays a vital role in spoiling your loved one’s eye health. People who smoke are more likely to get cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration.

Wear Sunglasses

Choosing the right sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays helps in protecting their eyes from direct ultraviolet (UV) rays. When eyes are exposed to too much of UV radiation, they are prone to get cataracts and macular degeneration.

Even though there are contact lenses with UV protection, it’s still advisable to wear sunglasses for more protection.

Look Away from the Computer Screen

Looking at a computer screen continuously for many hours can cause eyestrain, blurry vision, dry eyes, headaches, neck, back, and shoulder pain. Protect their eyes by taking the following steps:

  • Opt for computer safe glasses or contact lenses.
  • The top of the monitor should be slightly lower than their eye level.
  • Try using an anti-glare computer screen.
  • Insist on them blinking more and prevent dry eyes.
  • Tell them to rest their eyes by looking away every 30 minutes.

It will be tough for them to follow these tips, since they may forget about their eye health when they are in front of the PC. In order to remind them about these tips when they are engaged in something else, it’s best to have reminders in their mobile phones or make them wear a bracelet with messages like “Eyes need rest” or “Step away from PC“.

Sometimes they forget to set mobile phone reminders, but since bracelets touch the wrist, they would not miss it. Since wristbands are a wonderful fashion accessory and a perfect every day wear, your kids will love wearing them all the time.

Check with Your Eye Doctor Regularly

Not only children, everyone should get their eyes examined regularly to protect their sight. Eye exams also help diagnose glaucoma, an eye disease that has no symptoms. A complete eye exam might include:

  • Briefing about your personal and family medical history
  • Diagnosing for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism
  • Assessments to analyze your sight
  • Tests to check if you have glaucoma
  • Examining your eyes before and after dilation

Eye problems affect one in four children. Parents should make sure their children’s eye problems don’t go unnoticed this year. After all, the eye is the jewel of the body and the mirror of the soul.

Not For Widows Only – Meet Jewel Sample – Author of Flying Hugs and Kisses

Regarding the subject of grief and loss and intrigued by how author Jewel Sample handled the issue of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in her new book, Flying Hugs and Kisses, I contacted Sample and requested an interview.

Here’s what Jewel Sample had to say:

Q: Hello Jewel. Congratulations on your recent success and publication of Flying Hugs and Kisses. Can you share where the idea for your story came target=”_new” from?

The idea of writing a story about grief and loss and the issues surrounding Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) came out of a need of my grandchildren. When our infant grandson, Brennen succumbed to SIDS it was difficult for my grandchildren to understand his death because SIDS is a medical mystery. SIDS remains a medical mystery today. It is neither predictable nor preventable. Doctors are not sure what causes a baby’s body to shut down. As a result of not having a reason for Brennen’s death, it was very difficult to explain. Our family found there are many mixed messages about SIDS. It was a time of ambivalence. In order to move forward in our grief process, my grandchildren needed accurate information. They also needed help in creating meaningful memories about Brennen’s life.

Q: How long did it take you to write “Flying Hugs and Kisses?”

“Flying Hugs and Kisses” took about 18 months to bring it from the rough draft notes to the published manuscript. How long before it was published. From the time I submitted my manuscript until it was ready for readers was about seven or eight months. Five of those months involved working with my illustrator, Lori Pandy Kiplinger.

Q: Please explain what the National SIDS/Infant Death Resource Center is and how did it happen that “Flying Hugs and Kisses” was selected as a resource for grieving parents?

…It is my understanding the resource center was birthed out of our legislators’ identification of SIDS as a cause worthy of attention through the passing of several pieces of legislation, including the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Act of 1974. This legislative act placed the responsibility of SIDS research upon the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and designated the establishment of counseling programs through the Office of Maternal and Child Health-now the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Later the Public Law 96-142 enacted in 1979, “established a national clearinghouse for the dissemination of information on SIDS to health care professionals, community service personnel, SIDS parents and the general public.” (http://www.sidscenter.org).

Today, the NSIDRC is “dedicated to educating parents, families, caregivers and professionals on the latest information on SIDS research, reducing the risk of SIDS and providing support resources for grief and bereavement.” I knew NSIDRC was an entity that valued up to date and accurate information, so I sent them a query letter about reviewing my book in hopes it would become part of their resource list. It is my understanding that part of the book review process is meeting the agency’s scope of SIDS and infant death concerns. For example, is the topic related to SIDS or infant death issues, does the book disseminate correct information, and is it beneficial to the public. If the book meets these criteria, then it will most likely be added as a resource.

Q: What is your secret for success?

The one thing I found that helped “Flying Hugs and Kisses” become a success is the fact that it meets an individual need to help children understand grief and loss in a sensitive and compassionate way. The level of success the book reaches is up to God. I have just let go and excitingly watch for God do His work with the book. It truly has been an amazing experience.

Q: What inspires you?

Wow, this is a hard question. I would say children are my main inspiration when writing children’s stories.

Q: What motivates you?

For “Flying Hugs and Kisses” my motivation was to please a grandchild who wanted their own story to read at their house. They wanted a story to help them feel comforted while experiencing their own grief and loss of their baby Brennen.

Another thing that motivates me to write is my need for accurate information, strong family values in story characters, and learning about new things. I want my stories to have some characters that show characteristics of integrity, kindness, and respect for others, but most of all a sense of resilience. I must also say, my husband, my friend and strong supporter of my writing efforts is the real wind beneath my wings. Without his encouragement, I doubt if I would have taken my writing efforts to the level they are today.

Q: Do you have a family?

Yes, my husband Chuck and I will celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversary in December, 2007.

Q: Pets?

We have one pet. Precious is a sheltie and cocker mix, who has been in the family for about 15 years now.

Q: Children?

Chuck and I share three sons, two daughter-in-loves (don’t care for the “in-law” word), and thirteen grandchildren. The grandchildren range in age from seventeen years through 22 months.

Q: Are they supportive of your writing?

At first, I did not tell anyone besides Chuck, about my story until I had finished the final draft. Then I shared it with my older grandchildren because they were interested in learning about how to write a story and became my best critics. Publishing a story was a dream to me. When the rest of the family and friends heard I was going to be published, they cheered me on!

Q: What is your typical writing day?

Each morning I pour my self a cup of motivation, called very weak coffee. Then read a passage from the Bible. Sometimes I write a paragraph about what I gleaned from that passage or about what I discovered about living a Christian life. Then off to my computer to first look at emails, unless I have set a deadline for myself, then to writing or editing what I am working on. I try to put in at least six hours a day to writing. I do not always get to do that because my priorities are first family related activities then writing. I just won’t say no to Gramma play dates and family fun with Chuck.

Q: Do you believe in Writer’s block?

Yes, I believe in writer’s block, but I tend to call it more resistance to move forward with the story. If so, how do you get through it? To me writing “Flying Hugs and Kisses” was difficult because of the nature of my topic was about the finality of loss and death. It was tough writing about personal grief and loss. I got through each brain block by taking breaks and telling myself I was not in a hurry to get to the last page. I had to be patient with my own process as a new writer. When I found myself resisting to continue the story process, I would take time to figure out why it had become difficult. Sometimes it was just the overwhelming sense of the grief I felt for my adult children, my grandchildren and myself. Other times it was due to inexperience as a writer and struggling to put the sentence structure in simple understandable form. I also did not intend to submit my story for publication; it was just a story for my grandchildren to enjoy. Therefore, I did not feel the pressure of a deadline or trying to make it perfect.

Q: Do you have a favorite place to write? Do you write with notebook and pen? Or do you type directly to a computer?

More often than not, I find myself writing in my computer room, clacking away at the key board. Before computers, I wrote wherever I happened to be, like in the car on a trip or sitting in my backyard under a shade tree. I still do that from time to time if I have thoughts about something or an experience that I do not want to forget about, I jot it down in my little notebook. But I hate trying to decipher my handwriting and transcribing, so my computer has become my best buddy these days.

Q: Do you have a home office?

Our family computer room is my office, which I share with my husband, Chuck who answers more to Grandpa these days. My writing surroundings are shelves of books, small mounds of paper that need to be filed and comfort items such as my children’s framed art work from their childhood days, antique dolls, antique toy cars, and a couple of clocks (one works and the other clock is an antique that never gets wound).

Q: Do you have a favorite writing tip or some writerly advice you wish to share with other writers?

As I was contemplating this question and the huge mission that God had placed before me, I remembered my favorite Bible scripture in Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” To see my hope for successful book sales come to fruition I had to learn a big lesson.

One of the big lessons I have learned as a new author, is once your book is published no matter who publishes it, there are some things publishers cannot do by themselves. An author must learn to promote their book with their name, talking about their personal experiences, and their signature, in order for their book to have a decent chance in the business world. Promoting one’s book does not have to be expensive; however, there is no such thing as free marketing or book promoting.

Thank you, Jewel Sample, for your time. And best wishes on future writing

Vitamin E Oil on the Penis: How It Protects the Family Jewels

Vitamin E oil is renowned for its many amazing health properties as both an ingestible and topical curative. However, most people don’t know it’s also great for promoting penis health and support. Here are a few reasons why vitamin E oil makes penises great again.

In modern society, there’s no shortage of things people will due in the name of health and beauty. Expensive skin care and Equinox gym memberships keep bodies fit and skin glowing. Eschewing carbs for washboard abs is as common as breathing as people try to be their best selves. However, some men forget their penis when they think about overall health… that is, until something goes wrong. One of nature’s best ingredients can help keep the penis strong and full of life and keep minor and major issues at bay. Let’s look at some of the health and benefits of vitamin E oil on the penis and how to incorporate it into an everyday routine.

Whole Health Benefits of Vitamin E?

Vitamin E seems to do it all! It’s an antioxidant, mercilessly fighting the free-radicals that accelerate aging, cancer, and inflammation. It also is a heart-healthy vitamin which reduces cholesterol in the body, keeping blood vessels wide and open, perfect for pumping blood efficiently. It also reduces inflammation in the joints, boosts immunity, and makes skin soft and supple by retaining moisture and providing a shield from damaging UV rays. It also heals wounds, prevents itching, treats conditions like eczema and psoriasis, minimizes the appearance of scars, and reduces fine lines and wrinkles.

Penis Health Benefits of Vitamin E

In addition to full-body health, vitamin E oil has tremendous positive effects on the penis. It improves the penile skin, creating a surface that is not only healthy but inviting for partner or solo play. It also increases elasticity and has shown to be beneficial for men suffering from Peyronie’s disease, which is an extreme curve in the penis which can cause considerable pain as it’s been shown to help keep skin tissue healthy and straight and long. In addition, it boosts blood flow in the body, which is critical to healthy, strong erections.

Ingestible Sources of Vitamin E

There are tons of ways to get Vitamin E. For those who want to take a natural avenue to get their 15 mg per day in, enjoy foods like:

– Nuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, and hazelnuts

– Wheat germ oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil

– Fish like salmon, rainbow trout, and cod

– Other sea-fare like lobster, fish roe, and octopus

– Mangos, kiwi, avocado, blackberries, and mamey sapote

People who aren’t too keen on the foods above can also opt to use a high-quality supplement. Be sure not to overdo it, as there are negative effects to ingesting too much Vitamin E for those who use supplementation. For those that use food as their source of Vitamin E, it should be known it is very hard to consume too much through natural food sources.

Apply Topical Vitamin E Oil on the Penis for Optimal Health

Ingestible Vitamin E is a great way to get the minimum daily allowance. However, also putting Vitamin E oil on the penis is an ideal way to deliver the rejuvenating and revitalizing properties directly. An all-natural penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) containing vitamin E can be rubbed on the penis to heal, protect, and invigorate the skin. Other important ingredients a penis creme should contain include: shea butter, for moisturizing; Acetyl L Carnitine, for nerve healing and protection; Alpha Lipoic Acid, for cell turnover; vitamin A, for anti-bacterial properties; vitamin D, for anti-oxidant properties, and vitamin C, for collagen production and elasticity.

Jewel Alchemy Lite

Jewel Alchemy Lite

Leaderboards: Yes
Multiplayer: No
Achievements on free version: Yes
Game Center compatible: Yes (high score based, no real time multiplayer)
Formats: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Makers: Youngil HI-TECH Inc
Size: 32.9 MB

Modes

Classic
Time Attack

Achievements

Blue Topaz – Blue Topaz has the power to increase strength (14 points)
Garnet – Garnet is said to give the wearer victory, chastity, truth and fidelity (13 points)
Amethyst – Amethyst is thought to impact clarity of mind, health, luck (12 points)
Aquamarine – The aquamarine is said to give courage, victory and confidence (11 points)
Diamond – Diamonds are also the symbol of love (14 points)
Emerald – Emerald is said to represent hope, success and rebirth (13 points)
Peridot – Peridot is believed to help with nightmares, bring prosperity (11 points)
Sapphire – Sapphire is said to preserve the wearer from envy (10 points)
Citrine – Citrine is said to protect the wearer against evil words and thoughs (12 points)
Certificate – You have gained this certificate for clearing all classic stages (50 points)
Certificate – You have gained this certificate for clearing all time attack stages (100 points)

Gameplay

Numbered minerals fall from the top of the screen and it is your job to take a corresponding element from the bottom of the screen to make sure that the alchemy created adds up to ten. You have numbered one to nine elements in boxes at the bottom of the screen, when a number is moving around on screen you need to select the correct box so that alchemy adds to ten. But be careful throwing the wrong element upwards to create a number different to ten creates rocks that float around and prevent you from creating simple alchemy. Throwing the elements off the sides of the screen before creating alchemy leads to greater scores, so be creative!

The point scoring can be very elaborate but the trick is to create alchemy in a quick time and with plenty of rebounds.

Tips

Act fast. It is after all a numbers game where quick addition to ten is the key
Don’t go straight for the mineral if you know there is plenty of time to score rebound points before the next mineral
Avoid creating rocks – this means adding correctly and not trying too extravagant throws
Attempt to break up blocks as quickly as possible on each level, this paves the way for a clear run throughout the remainder of the level

Positives and Negatives

Positives

Addictive, yet simple gameplay. Create alchemy by throwing elements from the bottom of the screen to collide with other minerals that descend from the top of the screen and bounce around. It’s that simple.
The lite version is free and better than some of the paid apps on the app store.
There is enough content to warrant further extended play.
Game Center compatibility means that you will keep playing to try and achieve a high score and get on the leaderboard.
Two different modes containing six levels each with each level being slightly different means you get a lot for free.
Each level is just about the right length for an app, lasting from a few seconds to a couple of minutes.
Nice classical music.

Negatives

Sometimes you know the sum but because the layout is very tight at the bottom you end up throwing the wrong element by accident – this can be frustrating.
Can get fiddly when you’re trying to brush away the rocks that have congregated.
Whilst it is easy to understand what the aim is, the point scoring system can be complex and leave you unsure as to why your scores vary from one attempt to the next.