Mainstream Media Finally Catches On About Cancer Causing Chemicals From Energy Saving CFL Light Bulbs

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Thu, 05/17/2012 - 5:56am.

 

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Fears have been reignited about the safety of energy saving light bulbs after a group of scientists warned that they contain cancer causing chemicals.

Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone's head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on.

Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, said: "For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment."

The bulbs are already widely used in the UK following EU direction to phase out traditional incandescent lighting by the end of this year.

The German scientists claimed that several carcinogenic chemicals and toxins were released when the environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were switched on, including phenol, naphthalene and styrene.

Andreas Kirchner, of the Federation of German Engineers, said: "Electrical smog develops around these lamps.  "I, therefore, use them only very economically. They should not be used in unventilated areas and definitely not in the proximity of the head."

British experts insisted that more research was needed and urged consumers not to panic. Dr Michelle Bloor, senior lecturer in Environmental Science at Portsmouth University, told the Daily Express: "Further independent studies would need to be undertaken to back up the presented German research."

The Department for the Environment insists the bulbs are safe, despite the fact that they contain small amounts of mercury which would leak out if the glass was broken. Advice on its website states: "Energy efficient light bulbs are not a danger to the public.

"Although they contain mercury, limited at 5mg per lamp, it cannot escape from a lamp that is intact. "In any case, the very small amount contained in an energy efficient bulb is unlikely to cause harm even if the lamp should be broken."

The latest report follows claims by Abraham Haim, a professor of biology at Haifa University in Israel, that the bulbs could result in higher breast cancer rates if used late at night.

He said that the bluer light that CFLs emitted closely mimicked daylight, disrupting the body's production of the hormone melatonin more than older-style filament bulbs, which cast a yellower light.

The Migraine Action Association has warned that they could trigger migraines and skin care specialists have claimed that their intense light could exacerbate a range of existing skin problems.

 

Victoria Ward - May 16, 2012 - TheTelegraph

 

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John Z. Willey (not verified) | Fri, 11/09/2012 - 11:55am

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Most warts go away on their own within months or years. Warts can grow anywhere on the body. They are most common among children and young adults. There are five varieties of warts. They look different and may form on different parts of the body.

1. Common warts - grow most often on the hands, but they may be anywhere on the body. They are rough, shaped like a dome, and gray-brown in color.

2. Plantar warts - grow on the soles of the feet. They look like hard, thick patches of skin with dark specks. Plantar warts may cause pain when you walk, and you may feel like you are stepping on a pebble.

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4. Filiform warts - usually grow around the mouth, nose, or beard area. They are the same color as your skin and have growths that look like threads sticking out of them.

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Spreading Mechanism

Warts are effortlessly spread by direct contact with a human papillomavirus. You can infect yourself again by touching the wart and then another part of your body. You can infect another man or woman by sharing towels, razors, or other personal items.

After contact with HPV, it can take many months of slow growth beneath the skin before you notice a wart. It is unlikely that you will get a wart every time you come in contact with HPV. Some people are more likely to get warts than others.

What are the symptoms?

Warts come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. A wart may be a bump with a rough surface, or it may be flat and smooth. Tiny blood vessels grow into the core of the wart to supply it with blood.

In both common and plantar warts, these blood vessels may seem like dark dots in the wart's center. Warts are usually painless. But a wart that grows in a spot where you put pressure, such as on a finger or on the bottom of the foot, can be painful.