A medical office I went to has replaced all of their fluorescent tubes with LED tubes! This is like heaven to me – not getting nauseated, foggy, numbness, and pain. I know I’m extreme, but most people are affected to some degree by fluorescents. SO… it cost them approx $2000 to replace 22 tubes.* They instantly are saving $120 a month on electric bill. AND they will never have to replace them. In less than 2 years, they are paid for by the saving, and from then on, that $120 saving per month continues to be a bonus. Oh, how I wish everyone everywhere would do this. I might become less of a recluse!
*Doing a little research, it looks like the med office paid a lot for tubes: the tubes actually run less than $50 a tube online and at costco. Huzzah! Go change your lights!

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Are fluorescents making you sick? Maybe….

  1. Note: Fluorescent lights come in tube form AND IN CURLY BULBS! They are also hidden in bulbs that look more like a normal bulb but there’s that damn curl inside.  I’m pointing this out up front because many people don’t know this. Please do not dismiss what I’m about to say by thinking, “It’s okay, I have curly bulbs.” They are actually the worst option.
  2. Symptoms of being affected by fluorescents. (It is unlikely you have all of these sysmptoms but pay attention if you have any. Your life could be much better, you know):
    1. Pressure in front of head and/ or headache pain.
    2. Eyes tired, and/or sore
    3. Lack of focus. Feel like you can’t think or perform normal functions. (from calculations, counting, to making small and large decisions) Blaming self for not doing things well that you should be able to do well.
    4. Lethargy.  Defined: a lack of energy and enthusiasm
    5. Nausea  (this one is not fun)
    6. Numbness or tingly in face or tongue or fingers.
    7. Tired.
    8. Feel like you are chronically unwell
    9. Anxiety response: panic, unease, shortness of breath, sweaty palms.
    10. Fluorescents can exacerbate symptoms of other illnesses: depression, lupus, hyperactivity, etc.
  3. Things that can help:
    1. If you are uncertain or, if you or a member of your family are generally unwell, try being out of fluorescents for 2 weeks. (You’ll find a post on this site where this was recommended in a more official report than just me saying so.)  Any improvement?
    2.  Pretty sure you are affected? Get out of fluorescent lights. Obviously. I know, it’s not easy. But if you are affected in a way that lessens the quality of your life and your abilities, find a way. I hope if it’s a work issue, the possibility to change lighting exists. I suspect that nowadays a person could get disability for this, though, because a huge corporate building is not likely to change all its lighting just for you. Nor is every building you might show up in to do your work. I didn’t push the disabiliity option when I gave up on corporate work for this reason, it was so unusual. Looking back, I should have.
    3. Get rid of curly bulbs in your home, anyway. If they break in your home, you’ve just exposed yourself to extremely toxic mercury. Take the bulbs to your hardware store or anywhere that says they will dispose of them safely. They will either 1. lie to you and say they will deal with it and they will throw them in the dump.  2.  refuse to take them because there is NOWHERE in Canada to dispose of fluorescent lights safely.  Nice, huh?  Leave them with them anyway. Maybe they have a stronger position to push Canada into dealing with this hazardous waste.
    4. Excessive vitamin D will let me manage fluorescents for an hour. But, hey, maybe it could help you more. Or not. Worth a try.
    5. Anything that helps my immune system – healthy eating, exercise – seems to make my symptoms more tolerable. But still, in my case, if I manage an hour, that’s impressive. Maybe this option could help you even more than an hours worth.

 

I’m writing this post because, once again, I’ve come across someone I’ve known for years and years who, in a random conversation today, learned of my fluorescent sensitivity. Turns out she has suspected fluorescents bothered her, but the concept has been dismissed by anyone she mentioned it to. Apparently I don’t talk enough about my issue (which seriously impacts my life, so really, I probably should speak up more).  But if I had talked about it years and years ago to this woman, back when she was a teen, she would have recognized herself and that could have changed her life. Now she knows. Now she’s thinking back and saying, “OMG.” And fortunately, now, she can find ways to keep herself out of fluorescent lights.

 

The Cocktail of Poisons

November 7, 2015

Cfl’s/ fluorescents release a cocktail of poison that can lead to neurological, hormonal and cell damage – not just if they break, also while they are in use. This is an excellent half hour documentary that includes research on the poisons emitted from CFLs.

Now that there is more research out there to back up what I know, perhaps I will get on a bigger band wagon to inform and make changes. I do what I can, but perhaps I can do more. LIKE get fluorescents out of our schools!!! My family fortunately don’t have fluorescents in their homes… otherwise I couldn’t visit, but still the grandchildren go to school…

A Facebook post inspired me to get back to this blog and share this link.
I’m extremely sensitive to fluorescents, to the point of being diagnosed as allergic by a neurologist. Though a person can’t be allergic to that sort of thing, my body reacts as though it is. This has been a lifelong issue and is very limiting. So I am DELIGHTED to see articles like this coming out. Do you know that Canada quietly cancelled its ban on incandescents when they recognized that there are health issues and also that there is nowhere in Canada that safely disposes of fluorescents? They did it quietly because they wouldn’t want Canadians to notice that we, the taxpayers, had paid for all the promotion of CFL bulbs, and then Health Canada and the government realized ‘whoops’!

For awhile I couldn’t even use the flatscreen monitors or tvs because they were fluorescent backlit. LED technology has since become my hero, as that technology replaced all fluorescent monitors. Although I am extreme, I think most people are affected to some degree by fluorescent lighting. I can get more than a little annoyed when I witness what people continue to put up with. Imagine my optometrist and staff spending extra time trying to figure out how on earth to help me, and all commenting, “Ya, at the end of the work day, I often have headaches.”  Get rid of the fluorescents then!! (This is just one of the billion times I’ve come across people tolerating being unwell due to fluorescents) 

Studies to prove fluorescents are a huge issue have been limited – it’s a big industry, you know. We wouldn’t want to take down a corporation, after all. (I say sarcastically) I could go on and on… but  here, have a look at this short and accurate article. Then buy LEDs. Or if it’s too expensive to replace all your lighting, buy good old incandescents!

http://www.ewao.com/a/energy-efficient-bulbs-cause-anxiety-migraines-and-even-cancer-reasons-to-go-back-to-incandescent-bulbs/

What you don’t know, unless you know me from other places than this blog, is that I had breast cancer. Diagnosed two years ago. I do not have breast cancer now.
You can imagine that a part of this process is research. But, if you are here because you have breast cancer, please also go learn about InspireHealth Integrative Cancer Care. You have enough on your plate without floundering through an internet full of misinformation. InspireHealth,  in Canada, are already the experts on current correct information.

This link takes you to scientific research from the National Center for Biotechnology Information linking lighting and breast cancer. Please note that I provide a link at the end of this article to a book that explores lighting and electricity beyond this.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3002207/

This article I share just to bring home the ‘switch back to incandescents’ theory (albeit I think and hope LED are truly are the cleanest and most effective lighting):
http://www.rodalenews.com/breast-cancer-causes?cm_mmc=Facebook-_-Rodale-_-Content-Health-_-LightAndBreastCancer

The best resource I’ve found recently is the book Zapped by Ann Louise Gittleman. This one made me aware  of the extent electromagnetic frequencies can affect us, and provides specifics on how to improve the situations. Even in my fluorescent free home, I did have some practices that I am now curious if they may have contributed to breast cancer. Specifically, I worked at home, constantly on my computer, which was beside the fridge, the hard drive, a CRT monitor, and the base of the portable phone. All happened to be on my left side, which is where the cancer I had was found. Apparently these particular items are all high on the scale of what to avoid being near very often. Not making any assumptions here, but I thought it was worth noting. I’m currently living in a little cabin, out of town, limited electrical appliances, being aware of computer, wifi use… should be good now! ~smile~

My bet is on LED

January 2, 2014

Thank frickin’ god.. LED lighting has finally made its way into technology and household lighting and even the Tall Ship I worked on this Fall. Without that switch on that fine ship, I would not have been able to learn to sail a Tall Ship. Without LED, I’d still be using an old CRT monitor, and I’d never be watching TV. Thank you LED. Fluorescents? My bet is you’re going down.. bigtime…

An excellent article regarding health and enviromental issues related to fluorescent lighting, including those rotten little cfls that make me so sick.

http://www.hans.org/magazine/699/The-Dark-Side-of-Compact

 

For those who don’t know, I get very sick in fluorescent lighting, with CFLs being the worst culprit.  This video touches on many of the issues related to CFL bulbs. It is made in Germany, where a full incandescent ban went into effect last Fall.

  • Hazards if broken: In German schools, they are teaching children to run outside if a CFL bulb breaks.
  • How to clean up a broken CFL bulb as safely as one can.
  • Includes testing that shows all the toxins emitted from the bulbs, despite the casings meant to protect us. The video doesn’t address people like me who get so sick just being exposed to them.
  • Explains the many environmental issues, and that in Germany, only 10% of bulbs are disposed of safely. In Canada, there is no facility to dispose of CFL’s/ Fluorescents safely which is why Shell Busey denounced his support of CFLs, after being the ‘posterboy’ when they first came out.
  • Not on video, but this is also why Canada stopped the ban on incandescent lighting… no disposal sites, environment and health risks…yet, they stopped the ban quietly. After all, would they want us to recognize that our taxpayers money became the ultimate marketing tool of huge lighting corporations? Yes, our government did their advertising. Here’s why:
  • Also mentioned in this video: at the time, politicians jumped on the bandwagon of ‘green’ … they wanted to be the heroes as citizens pushed for healthier options. Wow, did that fail, yet people still don’t know how bad these bulbs are for us.
  • And the bigger reason, also on video: Business trumped Health and Environment
  • Video suggests LED lighting is the best alternative, but because they are expensive, people aren’t rushing o ut to buy them. Like organic food, the more of us who buy these products, the more prices will come down.  Fortunately in Canada, we can still buy incandescent so replacing with LED lighting can be done over time, rather than one large investment.

As always, if people are concerned about their health, I suggest not using any fluorescents in your house for a week and see how you feel. This includes not using computers and TV’s that are fluorescent backlit. (Newest technology is LED backlit and much healthier.)

If even one of you watches this, I’ll be happy I shared it.

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Research worth looking at

January 11, 2013

I haven’t checked the authenticity of this, but am posting here because there is a lot of seemingly good content on EHS (Electrical Hypersensitivity), with references if one wants to read more.
http://www.eiwellspring.org/IntroductionToEHS.htm

Enough out there proving that CFLs aren’t good, and the Canadian Government responded by cancelling the ban on CFLs. Quietly. Because we wouldn’t want anyone to notice that the government almost fully paid for the marketing of CFLs for this industry (Genius marketers working in the CFL industry) and that it was an epic fail to have done so. Way to go, Canada. See earliest posts on blog about this.