Sun Exposure and Cataracts – How to Protect Your Eyes

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 18 million people around the world who are blind due to cataracts. Five percent of those 18 million people can attribute their cataract-caused blindness directly to exposure to ultraviolet radiation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also notes the correlation between ultraviolet radiation and eye problems, including cataracts.

The WHO and the EPA further suggest protection from ultraviolet (UV) radiation to prevent eye damage. The WHO has developed a UV index to indicate when the risk of damaging rays are highest. The UV index refers to the level of UV radiation present under different conditions. For example, the UV index is higher when you are around a reflective surface such as water or snow than when you are surrounded by grass and soil.

What Exactly is Smog and How Does It Affect Our Health

The term “smog” is a combination of the words “smoke” and “fog,” and that is essentially what it is. Smog forms when particles of dust, smoke, industrial emissions, or other pollutants mingle with water droplets in the atmosphere. Because it is heavier than smoke or fog alone, it tends to collect in valleys and hollows.

Smog can, in fact, be harmful to your health.
1. Ozone

You may remember that the hole in the ozone layer was a topic of heated debate some years ago. That left many of us with the impression that the depletion of ozone is bad; thus the creation of ozone must be good. However, the ozone layer of the atmosphere is far above the earth, and is not breathed by humans. Its function is to filter out harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun, shielding the earth from excessive warming and other harmful irradiative effects. But ozone that forms at ground level is different.

Organic Living Tip: 5 Foods that Negatively Affect Sleep Time

Are you having a hard time sleeping?  Maybe you think about getting a snack when this occurs.  Well, you need to think carefully about what you end up eating.  There are some foods that can actually negatively affect your sleep time.  Here is a look at foods you need to avoid to get a better night of rest.

Food #1 – Chocolate

Maybe you love having a nice chocolate sundae or even a tasty cup of hot chocolate at night.  You need to beware of chocolate in any form.  As you age, you may get more sensitive to caffeine and even the small amount in ice cream with chocolate chips is enough to end up keeping you from getting a good night of rest.  Tyrosine, an amino acid that is stimulating is also included in chocolate, which can cause you problems too.

Non Organic Poisonous Cookware

It has been said hundreds of times that what does not kill you makes you stronger.  Well, that statement may be true for love, laughter and life but it definitely is not true for the chemicals, toxins and other dangerous substances that we come in contact with on a daily basis, no matter how inadvertently it may be.  And to think that many of these harmful materials are commonly used around the house!

Information on PFC

One of these common materials is perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which belongs to the perfluorochemicals (PFC) group of chemicals.  Again, despite the tongue-twisting names, these are actually found in many common items.

Best Ways to Avoid Mercury

While most people have heard of Mercury and Mercury poisoning they may not be completely familiar with how severe it can be or how to avoid being poisoned.  Developing a clear understanding on the subject of Mercury is most definitely helpful because it can aid in reducing the unfortunate impact the poison can have on the human body.