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Press release - February 2, 2012

New Education about Sugar, Vision and Dry Eye from Sharon Kleyne

Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Talks about Recent News Item on the Effects of Sugar on Health and Vision, and the Global Diabetes and Obesity Epidemics

Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water may be heard on World Talk Radio, Voice America, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes

"In my research, I have discovered that aside from causing health problems such as obesity and diabetes, sugar is also addictive, dehydrating and a significant factor in dry eye and other vision problems. I strongly advocate increased research and public education."

Sharon Kleyne, Feb 2, 2012

Sharon Kleyne, host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water has been researching the harmful effects of over-consumption of sugar for decades. Since 2007, on her radio show, she has discussed the adverse effects of sugar with numerous diet, health and vision researchers. The consensus is that sugar consumption is a major contributor to the current worldwide diabetes and obesity epidemics and can be a factor in dry eye disease, macular degeneration and other eye problems.

Sugar intake, Sharon Kleyne notes, is a known factor in adult onset diabetes, metabolic rate disorders, hormonal imbalance, high blood pressure, poor liver functioning and increased use of prescription medications. According to Mrs. Kleyne's research, every one of these disorders can cause eye diseases such as macular degeneration or dry eye, or dehydration (systemic water loss) that can lead to dry eye.

According to Mrs. Kleyne, refined sugar, fats and salt can also set up unhealthy food cravings that may be difficult to overcome. These foods are all dehydrating when consumed in excess. .

Several past guests of the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show have talked with Sharon Kleyne about health and vision problems caused by excessive sugar intake.

Philip Paden, MD, an Ophthalmologist in Medford, Oregon, appeared on the show as an advocate of the vegan diet. He specializes in cataract surgery and eye damage from diabetes (macular degeneration). It is well known, according to Dr. Paden, that diet, especially the over-consumption of sugary foods, is the primary cause of adult onset diabetes.

Dr. Paden recommends 10% of calories from fat in a 2,000 calorie daily diet, and 5% to 10% of calories from protein. We eat far too much protein, he states, which stresses the kidney and liver. We need fat, protein and carbohydrates for energy but all in moderation. But the main food to avoid is sugar, especially foods containing added or processed sugar (including juices that contain fructose). According to Dr. Paden, stevia (in moderation) is a good replacement for refined sugar. Sugar, however, is sugar, no matter where it comes from.

Allen Taylor, Ph D., of the Tufts University Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research,

also appeared on the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water. Dr. Taylor stated that healthy food and nutrition, including water, can be helpful in natural sight preservation.

Dr. Taylor's diet recommendations for eye health are the same as for overall health: Keep weight down, get plenty of exercise, drink sufficient water, avoid refined sugar or heavily sugared products, and eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day for anti-oxidants and fiber. He recommends cutting down on most other foods. Vegetables are best eaten raw. Juice is fine in moderation if there is no added sugar or additives. Sugar is associated with macular degeneration, poor liver functioning and obesity.

Dr. Taylor notes that many meat proteins are modified in the body to sugars that accumulate and interfere with absorption of beneficial proteins.

Sharon Kleyne concludes that sugar is dehydrating and can be harmful to eye health and overall health. She observes that as research continues, more and more problems seem to be arising from excessive sugar consumption. Mrs. Kleyne strongly advocates additional research and increased public education to raise awareness.

Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water is sponsored by Bio-Logic Aqua Research, whose Nature's Tears® EyeMist®, a breakthrough hand-held personal all-natural water humidifying device to alleviate dry eye symptoms. Nature's Tears® EyeMist® is available at,, and selected drugstores nationwide.

Listen to the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Mondays, 10 a.m., PST/PDT. The syndicated radio talk show is heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes. Go to for written summaries and on-demand replays. Also visit,, "Nature's Tears EyeMist" on Facebook and "Bio-Logic Aqua" on Twitter.

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