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Health Risks from Fluorescent Lightbulbs
Uncle Sam’s Not-So-Bright Solution
Soon the switch from inefficient incandescent bulbs to power-saving ones like CFLs will be complete, and America will be conserving countless kilowatts of power. So what if a little radiation and mercury are part of the bargain?
By Bryan Smith, Photographs by Claire Benoist, Posted Date: May 2, 2013
“IT’S NOT ROCKET SCIENCE,” MIRIAM RAFAILOVICH, PH.D., is saying, perhaps sensing my distress after she’d peppered me with rapid-fire tech talk at her lab at Long Island’s Stony Brook University. “Here, look. You can see it.”
She holds up one of those spirally CFLs—compact fluorescent lights, the bulbs that have been crowding out incandescents on store shelves. “There,” says the materials engineering researcher. “And there. And, oh my, look at that. Wow.”
Sure enough, it doesn’t take Stephen Hawking to spot a series of hairline cracks in the coiled glass tubing, along with one hole the size of a small beauty mark. “We found the same thing in every bulb we bought,” Rafailovich says.
Last year, Rafailovich’s research team at Stony Brook conducted a series of experiments showing that these innocent-looking fissures allowed ultraviolet rays to leak out. And leak not just a little of UV radiation but enough to cause skin damage akin to what a day at the beach sans sunscreen might yield. The UV toll on unshielded eyes could be even worse: You may as well be gazing straight at a solar eclipse, she says.
It’s the reason she keeps CFL bulbs far away from her at home, only using them in ceiling fixtures. And more important, it’s why she’s deeply concerned about a little-discussed but profoundly impactful switch already occurring for U.S. consumers. (You can replace your lightbulbs at home, but your office is a different story.)
As Rafailovich speaks, I become keenly aware of the fluorescent light shining on me from the tubes overhead. Such illumination has always seemed a little harsh to me but certainly not harmful—hardly noticeable, in fact. As I soak in what she’s telling me, I flick a glance at the white glow and wonder.
THE UNITED STATES HAD NOT EVEN TURNED 35 WHEN AN English chemist named Humphry Davy made a discovery as profound as the caveman’s first flame: He “created” light by connecting two wires to a battery and placing a charcoal strip between the wires. The light glowed white-hot as the juice from the battery flowed through it.
A practical use for Davy’s invention would not appear for another 70 years, when Thomas Edison, building on decades of hit-and-miss science, created the modern lightbulb by placing a carbon filament in an oxygen-free glass lamp. Edison’s first bulb stayed lit for almost 14 hours-a marvel at the time. Improvements to the discovery, including the replacement of carbon filaments with tungsten, continued through the decades until the bulb lit lamps all over the world. The one nagging problem, however, was that the technology wasted—and still wastes—vast amounts of energy.
And so, on a parallel track with the development of the incandescent bulb, other scientists tinkered with fluorescents. Instead of utilizing a glowing filament, the fluorescent light employs an integrated device called a ballast to produce an electric current that passes through a vapor mix of mercury and argon, exciting the molecules and producing ultraviolet rays. These rays strike the phosphor coating on the bulb, which then gives off visible light. The fluorescent tube as we know it today, the one shining down on cubicles around the world, took far longer to perfect than Edison’s famous invention did. But by the 1970s, these lights had not only come of age but also were mostly replacing the less efficient incandescents in stores, offices, workshops, and plants around the country.
The next step was to create a compact version of this tubular light source. It needed to be about the size of a standard incandescent and to fit into the same screw-based socket. Bending the tubes into the now familiar coil shape solved the problem, and the CFL was born.
In recent years, nations around the world, dazzled by the potential energy savings, have begun phasing out inefficient incandescent bulbs. Canada, Australia, and members of the European Union all either have stopped making the old bulbs or plan to stop soon. The United States started its own process in 2007, when Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act. After 2011, 100-watt incandescent bulbs were no longer being manufactured. On January 1 of this year, 75-watt bulbs followed suit. In 2014, any remaining inefficient incandescents, 60-watt and 40-watt, will fade to black for good.
New Insight on Slimming Down the Healthy Way (405)
(NewsUSA) – According to the ever popular Dr. Oz show on Fox 5, two of the newest ways to shed pounds and maintain a healthy weight are entirely all natural — green coffee bean extract and raspberry ketone.
Dr. Mehmet Oz is the vice-chair and professor of surgery at Columbia University and director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. When Dr. Oz tells viewers about a healthy weight-loss remedy, it flies off the shelves.
After reviewing and researching both green coffee and raspberry ketone, Dr. Oz began calling them both weight-loss miracles for their ability to speed up metabolism and burn fat. When used together, the supplements are even more effective.
If you haven’t already heard of this trend, it may seem counterintuitive. Since when has coffee been good for you? But green coffee beans are naturally fortified with chlorogenic acid, an active weight loss compound that’s lost when coffee beans are roasted.
Green coffee bean extract inhibits fat absorption and stimulates fat metabolism — Dr. Oz found similar results when he conducted the largest weight-loss trial to date on his show last September. Participants of the 2012 study found that taking green coffee bean extract doubled their weight loss.
However, Dr. Oz cautions against certain brands of green coffee that may be phony or ineffective. Specifically, the professor of surgery at Columbia University only recommends extracts that list either Svetol or GCA (green coffee antioxidant) as an ingredient, contain at least 45 percent chlorogenic acid and do not include any fillers, binders or artificial ingredients.
Dr. Greens 100 Percent Pure Green Coffee Bean Extract with Svetol is one brand that meets the requirements (www.drgpurehealth.com).
Dr. Oz was less concerned with unnecessary additives in raspberry ketone supplements, but he does suggest combining them with a balanced diet, exercise and green coffee. Raspberries are sometimes called the “fat-burning berry” for their ability to help the fat in your cells break up more quickly and efficiently. That fat-burning quality comes from an aromatic compound known as raspberry ketone.
Both Dr. Oz and personal trainer and weight-loss expert Lisa Lynn refer to raspberry ketone as fat-burner in a bottle. For maximum effectiveness, consider ketone extracts that are paired with other natural weight-loss ingredients, such as mango, green tea extract, grapefruit and acai berries.
Raspberry Ketone Plus uses many of those natural weight loss weapons to trim waistlines.
What to Do When You’re Sick, But Not Sick Enough (467)
(NewsUSA) – Doctors agree that cold and flu symptoms are nothing to sneeze at and that the sooner they’re treated, the better chance there is for a quick recovery and minimum disruption of lifestyle. Yet, people hesitate to take medication at the crucial early stage for lots of reasons.
First, it can be difficult to tell where early symptoms will lead. Some people try orange juice or a nap, adding different treatments, step by step, as time passes, if symptoms grow worse.
“I see it all the time,” says Chris Gilbert, M.D., author of “Dr. Chris’s A, B, C’s of Health.” “Patients take great proactive steps like washing their hands frequently and taking a multivitamin. They don’t know what to do, though, when they start to get sick. They wait until their condition gets so bad that they can’t sleep at night or function during the day, so they have nothing to lose by taking something that will put them in a fog.”
Drivers, equipment operators, pilots and night workers can’t take antihistamines or decongestants that can cause drowsiness.
Others just don’t like to take medication or don’t like to admit they’re vulnerable.
The problem is that when cold and flu sufferers get to the point of taking a medication that will suppress symptoms until the body heals on its own, the action of suppressing symptoms is counterproductive to what the body is doing to help itself.
However, there are over-the-counter medicines that help nip symptoms in the bud. Homeopathic medicines work with the body to help it rebalance and heal itself instead of simply masking symptoms. Clinical studies show that top seller Oscillococcinum helps reduce both the severity and duration of flu-like symptoms. In fact, when patients took it within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, nearly 63 percent showed “clear improvement” or “complete resolution” within 48 hours, according to a study published in a British scientific journal. These results confirm results from previous studies.
“Patients have told me that they feel much better the next morning, even when they thought they would be bedridden the evening before. It’s the step to take after proactively trying to prevent illness with vitamins but before it gets to the point where you think you need to mask symptoms with heavy-duty medication,” says Dr. Gilbert. “For years I’ve been telling my patients to keep Oscillo on hand.”
This family treatment for 2- to 102-year-olds has a 65-year safety record, no side effects such as drowsiness, and no interactions with other medications or supplements. When you’re feeling run down and have a headache, body aches, chills and fever, you will be glad that these sweet-tasting pellets dissolve quickly under your tongue without water.
For a coupon or to find the nearest store that carries the product, visit www.oscillo.com/newsusa/.
Find Your Way off the Beaten Path (320)
(NewsUSA) – Hiking can provide hours of entertainment, healthy exercise and a chance to enjoy natural vistas — but trail blazing isn’t without hazards. Wildlife, unsafe drinking water, accidents and unexpected obstacles can all create emergencies.
But with some common sense and preparation, hikers and their families can safely enjoy the great outdoors. Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next hike:
– Plan ahead. Choose a trail appropriate for your fitness level, and make sure that someone knows when you are leaving and when you plan to return. Don’t hike alone. Check the weather before heading out.
– Dress appropriately. Wear boots with ankle support. If you’re hiking in an area with different elevations, wear layers so that you can remove and add clothing as temperatures change. Don’t wear cotton — it takes too long to dry and can give you a chill. Pack waterproof, wind-resistant gear even if it’s sunny.
– Make sure you won’t get lost. GPS devices have become a safety mainstay for hikers -; having one on-hand greatly reduces the chances of getting lost. The Magellan Triton 2000, which was designed specifically for outdoor enthusiasts, offers a wide range of useful features, including a touch screen, National Geographic’s award-winning TOPO! maps, a compass, a barometer, a 2-megapixel camera, an embedded speaker and microphone, and a flashlight. The device is rugged and waterproof.
– Pack food and water correctly. Plan on carrying two quarts of water per person per day. Never assume that water is safe. If you plan to refill your water bottles on the trail, bring water-purification tablets. Pack foods that do not require refrigeration, like trail mix, crackers, peanut butter, and canned goods. If you’re planning on staying out overnight, go to a camping supply store for foods designed for backpacking. You might also want to buy mesh food bags, which will help keep small animals out of your supplies.
For more information, visit www.magellangps.com.
Will Dairy Boost Your Weight-Loss Resolution? (399)
Consuming dairy products as part of your daily diet can help keep weight down, according to several studies. Findings in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that higher-protein, high-dairy diets shaved off belly fat and increased lean muscle.
“One hundred percent of the weight lost in the higher-protein, high-dairy group was fat. And the participants gained muscle mass, which is a major change in body composition,” says Andrea Josse, lead author of the study and a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University.
In addition, a Harvard study, which suggests that the food quality is more important than its calorie count, found that eating specific high-quality foods was linked with less weight gain over time. Its data showed that the more daily servings people ate of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and yogurt, the less weight they gained. In fact, the research found that each extra daily serving of yogurt prevented 0.82 of a pound of weight gain.
The Nutrition and Metabolism journal reported a study in which participants who consumed three or more servings of dairy a day after weight loss were able to eat more calories without gaining weight than those who didn’t consume dairy.
Milk is nutritionally unique in that it is a great source of nine essential nutrients: calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin. It provides three of the five “nutrients of concern” that children do not get enough of: calcium, magnesium and potassium.
By combining a high intake of nutrient-rich dairy with regular physical activity, it won’t even feel like you’re trying to lose weight.
“However, as with any diet, you must be realistic. Results take time, so first commit to getting through January to establish a real routine,” says Alyssa Greenstein, a registered dietitian with the Dairy Council of Florida.
According to a National Health and Nutrition survey, 86 percent of women and 76 percent of men fail to meet the recommended dairy intake of three servings each day. That means the majority of Americans don’t have satisfactory levels of essential nutrients like potassium, zinc, calcium and folate. These levels plummet when dieters attempt to trim calories by purging dairy.
Learn more about the benefits of dairy at www.floridamilk.com.
Patients Have New Role In Health Research (407)
(NewsUSA) – Sue Sheridan’s life as a patient advocate has been shaped by two devastating encounters with the health care system. Her experiences brought her to the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, where she works to ensure that patients’ voices are heard throughout the research process.
PCORI was created to provide patients and those who care for them with high-quality information to make better-informed health care decisions. Better information about what works in health care will improve outcomes, reduce errors and help everyone live a healthier life.
“PCORI is an opportunity to focus on the health care questions that matter most to patients,” Sheridan said. “Patients, their caregivers and clinicians don’t have reliable information for many of the decisions they face. Whether it is a choice between medications, screening tests or surgery versus other therapies, we’re too often left guessing about what the best option is.”
Eighteen years ago, Sheridan’s son Cal suffered significant brain damage from undiagnosed, untreated newborn jaundice. His condition could have been discovered and treated by a test that costs less than a dollar to perform. Four years later, a test found cancer in Sue’s husband’s spine, but it was filed away in his records without him or his doctors being notified. He succumbed to spinal cancer three years later.
Sheridan has seen the worst our health care system has to offer. And this widow and mother of two has dedicated her life to make it better.
“That’s why I joined PCORI,” Sheridan said. “To advocate for the patient’s perspective in research, so we can get the answers that reflect our individual needs and preferences. Health care should be patient-centered, and the first step is transforming research.”
The patient’s role in research is central to PCORI’s mission. Patients work with other health care community members to identify and prioritize research questions, review research proposals, participate on research teams and communicate research results.
“We are confident,” Sheridan said, “that research guided by patients and other health care decision makers is more likely to produce results they can understand and effectively use to support decision making.”
There are many opportunities for individuals to be involved in PCORI’s work, and you do not need extensive knowledge about health care or research.
“PCORI wants suggestions for research questions from everyone,” Sheridan added. “For our research reviewer program, we offer training so anyone can participate.”
Information on how to participate in PCORI’s work is available through the organization’s website, www.pcori.org.