Sharon Kleyne Battles “Flu Eyes”

Sharon Kleyne Encourages Proactive Self-care During Flu Season. Water Life Science® Advocate Sharon Kleyne Teaches Flu Relief.

Sharon Kleyne, America’s leading water educator, researcher and advocate and the host of the nationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on Voice of America, urges everyone to be proactive as we enter the heart of the annual flu season.

Everyone is familiar with “flu eyes,” the itching, burning, watering, redness and eye fatigue that often accompanies colds and influenza, especially in winter. According to Kleyne, eyes are a major port of entry for cold and flu viruses and bacteria, and maintaining healthy eyes can help avoid escalating illness. Kleyne believes that treating eye symptoms during colds or flu is as important as treating fever or nausea.

Sharon Kleyne, founder of Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science®, has earned an international reputation as the global expert on dehydration of the eyes and skin due to excessive evaporation of the body’s water vapor. “From the moment we leave our mother’s water-womb and are born,” Kleyne said, “we begin a process of evaporation that continues until death. In order to sustain excellent health,” she went on, “one must supplement eyes and skin on a daily basis to replenish the evaporating water vapor. Of course, the purer the water is, the better it will be for the person supplementing skin and eyes with it.” Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®, the research center’s global signature product, provides a pure fresh water mist; applied with a personal, portable, hand held humidifying device,; to instantly soothe flu eye complaints.

According to Sharon Kleyne, the water inside our body, eyes and skin is the first line of defense against disease invasion. That’s why doctors tell sick people to “drink plenty of water.” When a person becomes ill, their body, eyes and skin lose water and becomes dehydrated. Dehydration symptoms frequently begin at common disease entry points such as eyes and mouth. It is important to note, says Kleyne, that common eye complaints during flu, such as itching, burning, redness and watery eyes, are identical to the most common complaints in the disease called “dry eye disease.” That’s because flu eye is, essentially, dry eye.

Watery eyes, Sharon Kleyne explained, are a frequent dry eye symptom. They occur, in a dry eye patient, as a result of “reflex tearing” as the eyes’ attempt to compensate for the loss of water content in the basal tear film.

When the flu strikes, Sharon Kleyne notes, it is especially important to keep the eyes’ protective tear film well hydrated and functioning properly. The irony is that winter may be the most challenging time of year to maintain a healthy tear film because more time is spent indoors during winter, where the air is dryer and contains more bacteria.

Sharon Kleyne’s suggestions for avoiding ‘flu eye” discomfort:

1. Avoid rubbing the eyes or putting fingers in mouth
2. Wash hands frequently
3. Drink 8 to 10 full glasses of pure water each day, in addition to all other fluid intake.
4. Open windows occasionally to let in fresh, humid air, free of re-circulated bacteria-laden skin particles.
5. In home or office, arrange for 40% to 50% relative humidity* at 65 to 70 degrees.
6. Treat yourself to frequent long, soothing baths and/or showers.
7. Make a ritual of daily facial cleansing. Using a washcloth and very mild, liquid soap, spend several minutes repeatedly applying hot water compresses to the eyes and face.

Sharon Kleyne also recommends, for convenient and all-natural relief of flu eye symptoms, a soothing, all-natural, pH balanced fresh water mist such as Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®. The application will conveniently supplement the tear film’s diminished water content, alleviate tear film dehydration and relieve dry eye and flu eye complaints.

“I try to educate people around the world every day about the dangers of flu and the growing global water crisis,” said Sharon Kleyne “and the health dangers associated with dehydration due to excess evaporation of the earth’s water vapor. In doing so,” Kleyne said, “we learn what we need to know to create a new, healthy Water Life Science® lifestyle.” Kleyne encouraged readers, listeners and other interested parties to visit http://www.biologicaqua.com for more information about this new water technology and water lifestyle.

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Sun Protective Clothing

UV Sun Protective Clothing Can Save Your Life

Sharon Kleyne interview with Adam Perl (Higganum, CT), President of “Alex and Me,” UV sun protective clothing company. Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water*, June 23, 2008.

Summer has arrived, and with it an increased emphasis on sun and sunburn protection. The first line of defense against the damaging effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation from summer sun is the clothing you wear. Education, and intelligent choices about sun protective clothing, no matter what the season, could save your life.

In an age of global climate change and increasingly dry air, the dangers of skin and eye exposure to solar radiation (sunshine) are increasing and the need to protect yourself – every time you go in the sun – is also increasing. Solar radiation, especially Ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation, can cause dry skin and dry eyes, damage the skin’s collagen to cause premature skin aging, and damage skin DNA to cause skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.

Sharon Kleyne, Host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water syndicated radio talk show, urges everyone to apply sunscreen every time you go in the sun, summer or winter (the lotion in sunscreen also helps skin retain water, further increasing resistance to UV radiation), and to purchase and wear sun protective clothing.

Sharon’s interview (paraphrased and abbreviated):

Sharon Kleyne: Today’s guest is Adam Perl, President of “Alex and Me,” a company specializing in the sale of sun protective clothing brands designed to protect skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Good morning, Adam. Tell us about “Alex and Me.”

Adam Perl: “Alex and Me” has been in business for eleven years. Alex is the child of the original owner and the original product line was for children.

S: How did you become interested in sun protective clothing?

A: We market clothing in Australia, where UV protection is critical because of ozone layer thinning. Children there are not allowed outdoors at recess without at least wearing a hat made of Ultraviolet Protective Fabric (UPF). Our first UPF product was a brand of children’s clothing for Australia. We now carry three dozen UPF brands, for adults and children. We sell a lot of outdoor recreation clothing, especially for the beach.

S: Teach us about UPF ratings for fabric.

A: There are two approaches to UV protection. Fabric can be chemically treated or the manufacturer can tighten the weave (thread count) and increase the thickness and density so less sunlight penetrates. With treated cotton, the embedded chemical lasts 20 to 30 washings. Synthetic fabrics are not usually treated.

S: Treated with what? Are the chemicals allergenic or dehydrating?

A: That’s a good question. As it happens, the protection in 90% of our products is based on weave. Originally, UPF clothing was very heavy and dark. Now it’s much lighter and brighter. Dark colors absorb more light and can get hot. Lighter colors reflect light and are cooler.

S: How do UPF fabrics differ from normal fabrics?

A: They aren’t noticeably different. And a tighter weave does not add value to the product. What does add value is the UPF label. Companies such as Columbia Outfitters and Patagonia are now starting to make UPF sportswear.

S: How much sun protection can fabrics offer?

A: A dry white t-shirt offers the same protection as sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 10, which is moderate. A pair of blue denim jeans has an SPF of 1,700. Obviously, though, the jeans are hotter.

S: What is your most commonly purchased item?

A: Swim shirts, also called “rash guards.” They’re very light and look like surfer shirts. We also sell an enormous number of beach hats, with loose flaps over the neck and ears. We also have clothing for traveling, fishing, hiking, biking, gardening and other outdoor sports.

S: And your website?

A: http://www.alexandme.com.

S: Any final words?

A: Be proactive in the sun. Skin cancer from sun exposure may not show up for decades.

S: Thank you, Adam.

*Don’t miss the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water Mondays at 10 a.m. PST/PDT. The syndicated show may be heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Radio and Apple iTunes. Go to www.SharonKleyneHour.com for summaries and replays of past shows.

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Dr. Robert Latkany, author of The Dry Eye Remedy

Guest: Robert Latkany, MD (New York, NY), Ophthalmologist and author, The Dry Eye Remedy (Hatherleigh Press 2007)

I was pleased to have dry eye pioneer Dr. Robert Latkany as a guest on the Sharon Kleyne Hour – Power of Water. Dr. Latkany is reportedly the only ophthalmologist specializing in dry eye disease and tear film hydration. He is author of the best selling book, The Dry Eye Remedy.

I became aware of Dr. Latkany after reading an article about his book and his New York City medical practice in the Wall Street Journal (“A Closer Look at Dry Eye” by Rhonda Rundle, May 1, 2007). Nature’s Tears EyeMist, an all-natural hand-held moisturizing mist for dry eye hydration, was mentioned. So naturally, I called him and we became allies in this important cause.

Dr. Latkany and I agree on the worldwide need for dry eye treatment alternatives, prevention and education. There is also an urgent need to address the plight of the thousands who go blind every day from dry eye disease, dry air and inadequate water and sanitation.

According to Dr. Latkany, dry eye disease and tear film dehydration are the #1 reason for US eye doctor (ophthalmologist) visits. The condition can become extremely serious, especially as we grow older. Since most people with dry eye disease don’t experience severe symptoms, it often goes undiagnosed. Primary symptoms of chronic dry eye include briefly blurred vision, fatigue, increased allergic sensitivity, burning eyes, red eye and frequent headaches.

Untreated chronic dry eye disease, according to Dr. Latkany, could result in loss of eyesight. Dry eye disease and tear film dehydration can cause cracking and scarring of the cornea, leading to infection and other eye diseases. Allergies can contribute to dry eye symptoms but so can the antihistamines commonly found in eye drops.

I asked Dr. Latkany about dry eye and computers, just as I asked Dr. Marguerite McDonald and Dr. Philip Paden. He said that people who spend all day at the computer often blink far less frequently. As a result, more tear film water (moisture) evaporates and the “blink muscles” weaken.

I discussed my own research with Dr. Latkany, previously shared on the Sharon Kleyne Hour. Many dry air factors cause dry eye, red eye, burning eyes and tear film dehydration. Dry air indoors is a major cause of dry eye, especially dry air from forced-air heating and cooling, and man made household chemicals can cause dry eye. I suggest all-natural alternatives such as a mist humidifier or air purifier, or simply setting out bowls of water or opening a window (unless the air outside is extremely dry or polluted).

I observed that people take daily care of their teeth, hair and skin and wondered why they take eye hydration for granted. Dr. Latkany believes the name “dry eye” just doesn’t sound like a disease. As for treatment alternatives, Dr. Latkany advises all-natural alternatives over dye drops, such as drinking lots of water, exercising regularly, taking care of your health and hydration and above all, educating yourself about dry eye and eye care treatment alternatives. We also discussed the importance of Nature’s Tears EyeMist and eye misting and moisturizing in general for dry eye, red eye and burning eyes, as reported in the Wall Street Journal article.