The Hazard Over Our Heads: Energy-Saving Bulbs are Poisonous to the Brain, Nervous System.

Many of us in the effort to save energy and money, replaced our old standard light bulbs with environmentally-friendly new generation energy saving light bulbs.  However, the new generation of energy efficient light bulbs are so toxic that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency created an emergency protocol you need to follow in the event of a bulb breakage, due to the poison gas that is released. If  broken indoors, these light bulbs release 20 times the maximum acceptable mercury concentration into the air, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Fraunhofer Wilhelm Klauditz Institute for German’s Federal Environment Agency.


Energy Efficient Light Bulbs Can Cause:


-Cluster headaches




-Inability to concentrate


1. Energy saving bulbs contain mercury. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that is especially dangerous to children and pregnant women. It is especially toxic to the brain, the nervous system, the liver and the kidneys. It can also damage the cardiovascular, immune and reproductive systems. It can lead lead to tremors, anxiety, insomnia, memory loss, headaches, cancer and Alzheimer’s .

2. Energy saving bulbs can cause cancer.

A new study performed by by Peter Braun at Berlin Germany’s Alab Laboratory found these light bulbs contain poisonous carcinogens that could cause cancer:

Phenol, a mildly acidic toxic white crystalline solid, obtained from coal tar and used in chemical manufacture.

Naphthalene, a volatile white crystalline compound, produced by the distillation of coal tar, used in mothballs and as a raw material for chemical manufacture.

Styrene, an unsaturated liquid hydrocarbon, obtained as a petroleum byproduct.


3. Energy saving light bulbs emit a lot of UV rays.
Energy saving lamps emit UV-B and traces of UV-C radiation. It is generally recognized that UV-radiation is harmful for the skin (can lead to skin cancer) and the eyes.  The radiation from these bulbs directly attacks the immune system, and furthermore damages the skin tissues enough to prevent the proper formation of vitamin D-3.

In conclusion, these bulbs are so toxic that we are not supposed to put them in the regular garbage. They are household hazardous waste. If you break one in a house, you are supposed to open all of your windows and doors, and evacuate the house for at least 15 minutes to minimize your exposure to the poisonous gas. Unfortunately, soon consumers won’t have the option to buy incandescent lights because they won’t be available. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) mandates the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs, and favors energy-efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs.

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Your Car Door Windows Do Not Shield Your Skin, Eyes From UV Rays

Prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet A (UV-A) rays has long been associated with increased risk for cataracts and skin cancer.

For many Americans who drive each day, their car’s front windshield protects them from the harmful rays. Findings of a new study, however, revealed that car door windows do not offer the same protection from the sun.

In a new research published in JAMA Ophthalmology on May 12, Brian Boxer Wachler, from the Boxer Wachler Vision Institute, analyzed the UV protection provided by glass in 29 cars that were produced between 1990 and 2014.

The researcher measured the levels of ambient UV-A radiation behind the cars’ front windshield and the side window and found that the windshield windows tend to provide good protection blocking 96 percent of UV-A rays on average. The protection, however, was lower at 71 percent and inconsistent for the cars’ side windows.

The research likewise revealed that only 14 percent of the cars have side windows that provide high level of UV-A protection, which could be to blamed in part for the increased prevalence of skin cancer on the left side of people’s faces and left-eye cataracts.

Based on his findings, Wachler said that automakers may want to consider boosting the amount of UV-A protection in the side windows of vehicles.

“Auto glass with UV-A protection would be expected to reduce the risks of disorders related to sun damage,” Wachler wrote in his study.

Jayne Weiss, from the Louisiana State University Eye Center of Excellence, explained that windshields provide more protection than car door windows because they are made of laminated glass designed to prevent shattering. The car door windows, on the other hand, are only tempered glass.

“Don’t assume because you are in an automobile and the window is closed that you’re protected from UV light,” Weiss said.

Although UV-B rays can be blocked by glass, UV-A is a longer wavelength of light that can go deeper into the skin and this can cause premature aging and even skin cancer.

Experts recommend using sunglasses that block both UV-B and UV-A lights as well as using long sleeve clothing and broad spectrum sunscreen particularly during long drives on sunny days. Drivers with older cars or those whose cars don’t have built-in protection can also buy special window tint products that provide shield against UV rays.

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