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Lost in the Jungle

© Forest Ang

.......Who would expect someone to get lost in the forest of Penang?.........

Penang Island is an island where one can walk from one end of the coast to the other in a day. Who would expect someone to get lost in the forest of Penang? With almost 3/4 of the island of 285 square km being occupied, it was strange that hikers occasionally got lost in the forests of Penang. We might talk about specter or the like but today I am going to discuss about color blindness.

I noticed that those hikers that had lost their way (or lost their lives) in the jungle belonged to the groups that were color blind.

I had seen how an outward bound trained person got lost in the forest between Teluk Duyung and Teluk Ketapang which was only a 15 minutes trek.

Many trails in tropical jungle can be overgrown in days. On the forest floor, leaflets can covered the trails and camouflaged them overnight.

If you have seen the colorblindness test drawings, you will notice there are similarity in the color of the leaflets and the trails. These look alike brownish color of the leaves and trails make them so difficult for a color deficiency person to see. No, these color blind persons can't be cured by lasik surgery. Lasik surgery is a new procedure to correct vision problems. People who wore spectacles can use lasik surgery to correct the problems. They can discard their spectacles after the lasik surgery. Unlike vision problem, a color blinded person has to live with this for life.

An estimate of one in a hundred person will inherit color deficiency from their parents.

Make sure you are not color blind if you want to go hiking alone. Even though you are not alone, you should tell your hiking friend(s) that you need someone to accompany you in the jungle. Don't let them break off from you. Tell them that you are colorblind and that you can easily lose your way if trails are not well marked.

Our eyes are very important organ that enable us to see. We should take eye-nourishing food to help maintain our vision. A good recommended herb is the Goji berries. Also called the Chinese Wolfberries, they can be taken raw or cooked with vegetable or soup.

So, my friend, go and have a colorblindness test before you embark on a trekking adventure. Safety comes first.

Take Care!
  

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