Lazy eye in kids – could it be our fault?

Lazy eye in kids – could it be our fault?

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A New Challenge

Amblyopia, more commonly referred to as lazy eye, is a disorder in which the visual acuity in one or both eyes is reduced due to abnormal visual development during infancy and early childhood. In amblyopia, the brain favors the visual signal from the stronger eye and ignores the weaker eye, often causing it to wander inward or outward. If left untreated, permanent vision loss in the lazy eye can result. This loss of vision can range from mild to severe.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/514882-lazy-eye-in-babies/#ixzz1sxOBqbrW

I was in a course during the week end and the facilitator made reference to lazy eye, what he said resonated with me a lot and I want to share this with you. Whether true or not I do not know but it is logical.

While your newborn’s eyes are physically capable of seeing just fine at birth, his brain isn’t ready to process all that visual information, so things stay pretty fuzzy for a while. As his brain develops, so does his ability to see clearly, giving him the tools he needs to understand and manage his environment. Though your baby starts out life being able to see only as far as your face when you hold him, his range of clarity grows steadily, month by month.

Breastfeeding a baby the baby is moved from breast to breast and so the baby moves direction, facing one way for the right breast, facing the opposite for the other side. Now think of a baby being feed from a bottle, by mum and dad, she rest the baby mostly in the same arm, there is no reason to rotate the baby from arm to arm. Why is all this important.

What are the baby’s eyes doing when your feeding them?  One eye is fixed on the person feeding them the other can be found to be wondering around the room. The eye fixed on the feeder does not have a lot of work to do, there is not a great deal of stimulation feed into the brain from this eye, but the eye wondering the room is getting stronger and developing faster, stimulation from a greater view is creating stronger connection from this eye to the brain.

Amblyopia, more commonly referred to as lazy eye from my understanding could be reduced by moving baby from arm to arm, giving both eyes equal opportunity to develop a strong brain connection. Is this simple think worth doing if you could prevent lazy eye? I think so!

How the eyes develops

At first your baby can’t focus farther than 8 to 12 inches away — just far enough to make out the face of the person holding him. He can detect light, shapes, and movement beyond that, but it’s all pretty blurry right now. Appropriately enough, your face is the most fascinating thing to your baby at this age (followed by high-contrast patterns such as a checkerboard), so be sure to give him plenty of up-close time.

1 month
At birth your baby didn’t know how to use his eyes in tandem, so they may have wandered randomly or even crossed now and then. This month or next, he’ll be able to consistently focus both eyes and track a moving object. A rattle passed in front of his face will often transfix him as he explores this newfound ability. He may also enjoy playing eyes-to-eyes with you: With your face very close to his, move your head slowly from side to side, with your eyes and his eyes locked.

2 months
Your baby could see color from birth, but he had difficulty distinguishing similar tones, such as red and orange. That’s one reason he preferred black-and-white or high-contrast patterns. For the next few months, his brain’s at work learning to distinguish colors. As a result, he’ll probably begin to show a preference for bright primary colors and more detailed and complicated designs. Encourage this development by showing him pictures, photos, books, and toys. For the next couple of months, he’ll also be perfecting his object-tracking skills.

4 months
Your baby’s beginning to develop depth perception. Until now, it was tough for him to locate an object’s position, size, and shape, then get a message from his brain to his hand to reach out and grasp it. At 4 months, he has both the motor development to handle the task and the maturity in his brain circuitry to coordinate all the moves needed to accomplish it. You can help him practice by offering him easy-to-grasp toys like rattles (otherwise he’ll go for your easy-to-grasp hair, glasses, or earrings).

5 months
Your baby is getting better at spotting very small items and tracking moving objects. He may even be able to recognize something after seeing only part of it. This is evidence of his budding understanding of object permanence (knowing that things exist even when he can’t see them at the moment), which is why he loves to play peekaboo. He can probably distinguish between similar bold colors and will start working on more subtle differences in pastels.

8 months
Your baby’s vision — between 20/200 and 20/400 at birth — is almost adult in its clarity and depth perception at this point. Though his attention is more focused on objects that are close by, his vision is strong enough to recognize people and objects across the room. His eyes are probably close to their final color, though you may see subtle changes later.

1-8 eye development info source:
http://www.babycenter.com/0_developmental-milestones-sight_6508.bc?page=1

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Health Benefits of Flax Seed

Health Benefits of Flax Seed

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Health Benefits of Flax Seed

If you have not heard about Flax Seed, have a read of this and head down to your health food store to find out more.
Flax seed is available in full seeds or in a ground up form. The ground form makes for easy sprinkling on other foods. Another alternative, is just to dilute some ground flax seed  in water, I have been doing this, normally I will leave them soak over night and drink them down in the morning. Flax seeds take up water, they are able to absorb 10 times their volume in water, so drink water with them, you don’t want the benefits to backfire and end up constipated.

Flax Seed is Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Omega-3 fatty acids are a key force against inflammation in our bodies. Mounting evidence shows that inflammation plays a part in many chronic diseases including heart disease, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and even some cancers. This inflammation is enhanced by having too little Omega-3 intake (such as in fish, flax, and walnuts), especially in relation to Omega-6 fatty acid intake (in oils such as soy and corn oil). In the quest to equalize the ratio of these two kinds of oils, flax seed can be a real help.

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Flax Seed is High in Fiber: You’d be hard-pressed to find a food higher in fiber – both soluble and insoluble — than flax. This fiber is probably mainly responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effects of flax. Fiber in the diet also helps stabilize blood sugar, and, of course, promotes proper functioning of the intestines.
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Flax Seed is High in Phytochemicals: Flax seed is high in phytochemicals (Compounds in plants (apart from vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients) that have a beneficial effect the body. There are over 10,000 of them, and they have effects such as antioxidant, boosting the immune system, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and cellular repair.)  It is perhaps our best source of lignans, which convert in our intestines to substances that tend to balance female hormones. There is evidence that lignans may promote fertility, reduce peri-menopausal symptoms, and possibly help prevent breast cancer. In addition, lignans may help prevent Type 2 diabetes.
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Source of this info: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/whattoeat/a/flaxinfo.htm (By Laura Dolson, About.com Guide)
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Is sugar toxic?

Is sugar toxic?

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After going to a talk on cardiovascular disease by Dr Sherif Sultan, I was amazed to learn that we are all eating a toxin and enjoying it, and feeding it to our kids and loved ones.

Sugar is as toxic to health as alcohol. A spoonful of sugar might make the medicine go down easier, but it is also doing damage as it makes blood pressure and cholesterol go up, along with your risk for liver failure, obesity, cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Sugar

Sugar

I have been off refined sugar for only a week, and on Eater Sunday I had some chocolate, within a few minutes I could hear and feel my heart beating harder, my blood pressure had increased! I only had a piece of chocolate that was no larger then a credit card, this was my reaction to a little sugar after a week without. Scary to think about!

So sugar causes our cholesterol to go up, and then the doctor puts us on a statin to reduce the cholesterol, and then the statins start to kill us with the side effects, and we get sicker and sicker. So I ask you Is sugar toxic?

Have a look at this video

Sugar-every1blowz

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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