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From left, Elliott Hill, Evelyn Hill, naturalist Becky McConnell and Sophia Kottke try out some pond dipping at Westwood Hills. When is the last time you saw kids trying to catch something out of curiosity and for the fun of it ?
Around the same time my wife and I watched that documentary, the next day [Dec 29th] there was an article which came out titled, "Visiting a Park could save your Life, scientists say". Actually, people shouldn't need a scientist to tell them to do something that should come to a person naturally. Unfortunately other sectors of science have created modern artificial forms of an environment telling us it is for our own good. Interesting, science fighting against other science. Scientists today do tell folks many things that have possible benefits, but most people ignore them anyway.
"City dwellers should visit parks more often and take advantage of this free and easy way to boost their physical and mental health, environmental scientists have urged."
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Update: March 18, 2015 - Nature: The Myopia BoomAn epidemic of myopia is flooding many of Asia's health care institutions. The cause could depend on what side of the front door you tend to prefer spending most of your time. By their very nature, all children need to exercise their eyes by seeing a variety of objects, close up and far distant, outside in bright sunlight. That’s the take-home lesson from the latest news feature in Nature, “The myopia boom.”
"This threat has prompted a rise in research to try to understand the causes of the disorder — and scientists are beginning to find answers. They are challenging old ideas that myopia is the domain of the bookish child and are instead coalescing around a new notion: that spending too long indoors is placing children at risk. “We’re really trying to give this message now that children need to spend more time outside,” says Kathryn Rose, head of orthoptics at the University of Technology, Sydney.
The statistics on large populations make it clear:, there is something about outdoor living which substantially reduces the risk of near-sightedness. There was a graph in this article in Nature that shows myopia skyrocketing (20% to 80%) in Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Singapore between 1940 and 2010, corresponding to less outdoor activity. The problem is so obvious enough that that leaders in Singapore designed a poster for children, decorated with happy youngsters playing outside. Wow, what a surprise. Well, no, not really.
Many of you reading here will remember the cartoon character of the 1950's. Mr. Magoo who was a wealthy, stubborn old man who gets into a series of comical situations as a result of his own version of extreme Myopia or nearsightedness, compounded by his stubborn refusal to admit he even has a problem. Of course Mr Magoo was an elderly retiree and probably beyond help, but this is not the case with young people. So apparently from this study, this problem is treatable and reversible by simply getting some regular healthy outdoor activity which as pointed out above by David Bond in his "Project Wild Thing documentary. So how does outdoor vision help ? Evidently bright light as experienced on a sunny day in the park, playing sports on a field, or taking a hike out in Nature appears to help considerably. This picture below is of Biologist Richard Halsey of the California Chaparral Institute teaching young children about the local native Chaparral Plant Community often misunderstood by millions of adult Californians who have lived in and around this environment all their natural lives. Nature Deficit Disorder is a very common ailment among most Californian Adults, but it's treatable at any age. Same with Myopia, believe it or not it is reversible. But you need to get off your back side and get outdoors
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Chaparral Institute: Why Children and Nature ?
Important Child Nature Educational Links to Bookmark
Nature: "The Myopia Boom" - Short-sightedness is reaching epidemic proportions. Some scientists think they have found a reason why
One thing scientific studies like these cannot find in their research work is which purpose is the better purpose. Human beings actually need a sense of real purpose. In this modern world, if your purpose is to blow up enemies with remote-controlled car bombs, to become involved with angry riots & protests in the streets, or to cheat your way to riches, it doesn’t matter if you get a prostate or breast exam and avoid the hospital sooner. It’s the exact same vanity to feel happy pursuing a worthless career, like many of the advertised modern materialistic lifestyles being promoted today. While many in the Asian world are known for their academic prowess as students, clearly there is more to life for young people than pursuing a high paying career for the benefit of providing many countless material goods for your immediate and extended family. A good purpose will always involve the truth and love with family and friends enjoying Nature as it was originally intended to be.