Sharon Kleyne Wants To End Blindness In China

Chinese (NGDOs) Nongovernmental Development Organizations Battle Blindness. Water Educator Sharon Kleyne Says Chinese Blindness Can Be Prevented.

According to Sharon Kleyne’s research in evaporation and dry eye disease, blindness is out of control on planet earth and nowhere is it more devastating than China with its immense population.

Recent UN studies reveal that China accounts for 18 percent of the world’s blind population. No other country comes close. Major causes of blindness in China include cataracts, cornea diseases, trachoma glaucoma and several other causes (such as an ongoing vitamin A deficiency) of blindness in children. At this time, cataracts are the main cause of blindness in China. Mainly a disease associated with aging, cataracts are responsible for fifty percent of China’s blind cases—close to three million people. Blindness in China is not only a health and social problem; it is an economic problem, too. Government statistics suggest that blindness costs China between fifteen and twenty billion dollars a year in lost productivity. Yet, Kleyne believes that forty to fifty percent of annual blindness cases in China are preventable.

In 1984, the Chinese Ministry of Health crafted a series of five-year plans to provide cataract surgery throughout the country. Under these plans 600,000 cataract surgeries were performed between 1991 and 1994. Still, because of China’s rising population over age 60 (in 2020, it is estimated that 240,000 million Chinese will be 60 or older), the government projects that 5 million people will be blind in 2020 due to cataracts. “This trend has prompted an inspired global response,” said Kleyne, “spearheaded by the World Health Organization.” A WHO Alliance for the Global Elimination of Trachoma (GET 2020) was established in 1997, which constitutes an integral part of Vision 2020. This alliance includes non-governmental organizations playing an ever greater role in prevention of preventable blindness in China. Presently, 12 NGDOs actively collaborate with WHO and the Ministry of Health and support eye care delivery in 19 of the 31 provinces in China. Among them (in alphabetical order):

• Amity Foundation (China)
• Asia Foundation for the Prevention of Blindness (Hong Kong, China)
• Christoffel-Blindenmission (Christian Blind Mission International (CBM), Germany)
• Foresight (Australia)
• Foundation for Eye Care Himalaya (The Netherlands)
• The Fred Hollows Foundation (Australia)
• Helen Keller International (USA)
• The Lions Club International (USA)
• ORBIS International (USA)
• Singapore National Eye Centre (Singapore)
• Seva Foundation (USA)
• Tibet Vision Project (USA)

These NGDOs have agreed to work together within Vision 2020 towards the common goal of eliminating preventable blindness in China by 2020.

Sharon Kleyne, host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, is also doing more than her fair share to prevent blindness in China. Kleyne is proud of the fact that Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, the signature product of her research center at Bio-Logic Aqua Research® Water Life Science®, was recently released in China. “We think that Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® will contribute to eliminating preventable blindness,” said Kleyne, “which has been such a scourge on Chinese health since the Peoples’ Republic of China came into existence in 1949.”


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Sharon Kleyne & Gerald H. Pollack Want New Water Research Now

Putting off New Water Research Is a Dangerous Game Says Sharon Kleyne. Gerald H. Pollack & Sharon Kleyne Increase Calls for New Water Research & Technology.

Water researchers and scientists are driven people. They are driven by their passion for their subjects. Yet, they are patient people, too, seldom allowing emotion to push them too far in one direction or another. Dr. Gerald H. Pollack, Ph.D., Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington and water advocate Sharon Kleyne are world leaders in eater research and education. Both have exercised great patience and restraint when discussing contemporary water research, but thanks to a global water crisis of epic proportions, even their patience may be running out. Both have wanted to see a global commitment to new water research and new water technology for some time and now they are saying that they want to see it now. “Too much of the water falling to earth as rain is running off to the oceans,” said Kleyne. “Our aquifers are not being adequately replenished. We just can’t afford that.”

Dr. Pollack is universally admired for his own advanced research breakthrough discovery of a fourth phase of water. “We’ve known for a long time about the three phases of water—solid, liquid, vapor,” said Pollack. “The fourth phase is more like ice crystals, a kind of gel that doesn’t evaporate.” Still, nature needs our help because we are using too much water and wasting too much water, too.

“Water is essential,” Kleyne said. “In all its phases, it’s the best shield against the inception and spread of illness.” Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, repeated her favorite mantra that every living being is made of water. Water creates a shield against inflammation and disease. “You’re like a walking sponge,” Kleyne said. “Water vapor keeps you alive.” Kleyne urged everyone to slow down their body’s water evaporation by drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water each day and learning to breathe properly. “Slow down the evaporation process,” she said. “Live longer. Be healthier.”

Dr. Pollack, Editor-in-Chief of WATER, agreed. Author of The Fourth Phase of Water, Pollack said that “many people don’t understand this key point: water has energy, even the water in their bodies; and as one ages, one’s water vapor evaporates much more quickly.”

These facts coupled with the universal increase in disease encouraged Pollack and Kleyne to step up their calls for more water research and advanced technology. Dr. Pollack pointed out that water research practically came to a screeching halt in the 1950s. Because of two scientific debacles, one in Russia and one in Australia, scientists around the world were encouraged to take up other research pursuits and no longer bank on water research. Dr. Pollack also referred to the rise of molecular biology as another factor keying a decline in water research. Researchers in molecular biology moved away from more holistic practices and became fascinated with small, molecular parts. “The result?” asked Pollack rhetorically. “Water was forgotten, and that, with the passage of time, appears to be a massive, life-threatening mistake.”


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