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Energy Saving Light Bulbs ‘could trigger breast cancer’

Submitted by on February 15, 2011 – 3:48 pm14 Comments

The push to switch over to Compact Florescent Light (CFL) bulbs is facing a mighty backlash from consumers, health experts and environmentalists. As part of the governments “Green Revolution” campaign, Congress has passed legislation that requires the ‘energy-saving’ CFL’s to replace incandescent light bulbs completely by 2014.

For many this is a sentence to debilitation as the bulbs have been found to create numerous health problems. Over the last few years as CFL’s use has increased so has the number of reports linking them to a variety of physical trauma, such as migraines, dizziness, nausea, confusion, fatigue, skin irritations and eye strain. These physical disruptions are the result of being surrounded by dirty electricity from the radio frequency radiation the bulbs generate. CFL’s put out a wildly fluctuating electricity field that can travel around homes and offices via wiring, “polluting” other electrical signals and fields in place, spreading and accumulating.

There is another health issue too, the following brings forward research showing exposure to the bulbs when sleeping can diminish a persons ability to defend against cancer due to the simple difference of the CFL’s bluer light in contrast to the incandescent filament glow which casts a yellower light. Exposure to the bluer light of the CFL’s, which closely mimics daylight, at night causes a disruption in the secretion levels of the hormone melatonin which is thought to protect against breast and prostate cancers.

~Health Freedoms

Energy saving light bulbs ‘could trigger breast cancer’

Haifa University in Israel, said that the bluer light that compact flourescent lamps (CFLs) emitted closely mimiced daylight, disrupting the body’s production of the hormone melatonin more than older-style filament bulbs, which cast a yellower light.

Melatonin, thought to protect against some breast and prostate cancers, is produced and secreted by the brain’s pineal gland around the clock. Highest secretion levels are at night but light depresses production, even if one’s eyes are shut.

A possible link between night time light exposure and breast cancer risk has been known for over a decade, since a study was published showing female shift workers were more likely to develop the disease.

Prof Haim explained that a recent study by himself and fellow colleagues had found a much stronger association than previous research between night-time bedroom light levels and breast cancer rates. Their study, published in the journal Chronobiology International, found breast cancer rates were up to 22 per cent higher in women who slept with a light on, compared to those who slept in total darkness. They thought one of the reasons for this stronger link could be that people had switched to using energy saving lightbulbs.

They wrote: “In the past decade, light bulbs emitting bluer light waves (~460 nm) have been widely introduced to save energy consumption and reduce CO2 emission.”

They quoted another study which showed that exposure to bluer, shorter wavelength light for two hours in the late evening suppressed melatonin production more than the same exposure to yellower light (~550nm), which is more typical of filament bulbs. The bluer light also made people more alert and increased their body temperature and heart rate.

Prof Haim thought this was because the bluer light from eco-lightbulbs mimiced the stronger light of midday closer than filament bulbs did.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, he said he had subsequently removed eco-friendly lightbulbs from his house, as he thought they caused “light pollution”.

He said: “Around the world the advice is to change the lights to ‘green’ bulbs – but they are not really green. They pollute much more light.” Because people thought they were so cheap to run, they were turning on more lights at home, he explained. He emphasised that the study did not prove that using eco-friendly light bulbs late at night or overnight resulted in higher breast cancer rates than using filament bulbs, and that it remained an unproven theory.

British cancer charities echoed that point.

Jessica Harris, senior health information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: “As this study didn’t investigate low energy ‘eco’ light bulbs and there isn’t any other evidence that they have an effect on breast cancer risk we can’t draw any conclusions about the risk of breast cancer from low energy light bulbs. ”Although it’s far from settled, the evidence that light at night – from any source – could affect breast cancer risk is strengthening and the World Health Organisation classify shift working as a ‘probable’ cause of cancer.”

Dr Sarah Rawlings, head of policy at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said the link was “purely speculative”. ”We know there are a number of lifestyle, genetic and environmental risk factors associated with breast cancer, which require more research,” she said.

By: Stephen Adams http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/8288982/Energy-saving-light-bulbs-could-trigger-breast-cancer.html

As if the danger to our health by using the CFL’s isn’t enough, the bulbs also contain mercury.

When they break or of disposed of improperly, exposure to this toxin is guaranteed.

“all CFL bulbs contain – at least – four to five milligrams of mercury, about 200 times the amount of mercury in a flu vaccine shot. There is enough mercury in each CFL bulb to contaminate 6,000 gallons of clean water. To break one of these CFL bulbs is to risk ruining the health of one’s entire family, or office staff, with enough released atmospheric mercury to best require the expensive, professional services of a Haz/Mat Removal Team.”              http://healthfreedoms.org/2010/03/17/stock-up-on-incandescent-light-bulbs-in-fact-buy-a-lifetime-supply-of-them

The EPA provides a four step program on how to safely dispose of a broken CFL. The first step is to open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes; next, clean up the glass with duct tape; third step is to seal broken glass into a glass jar; then you have to take the container to a special dump that can handle the toxic waste. But this is hardly enough to keep you and your family from being exposed. The truth is though waiting 15 minutes and coming back armed with duct-tape does not offer you protection from the mercury.

Really, only the first step in the EPA’s plan is safe- walk away. Amalgams that contain mercury are kept in boxes lined with lead and are collected by special hazardous-materials cleaning teams to carry out removal, the doctor wears a mask during the removal process and special precautions are taken so the patient does not inhale the fumes during placing or removal. Mercury is mercury- exposure is dangerous.

So what should really happen when a bulb is broken?

Here is the safety protocol outlined by a hazardous materials removal company:

To protect your family and employees against dangerous mercury exposure, Mercury Instruments USA provides clean up, decontamination and screening in the case of a broken mercury containing light bulb. All of our cleaning services are backed by screening the area with the Mercury Tracker 3000 mercury detector.                                                                    

CFL’s contain dangerous levels mercury

  1. If you break a compact fluorescent light – CFL
    1. Immediately turn off heating or air conditioning units
    2. Call us at 303-972-3740 or after normal business hours at 720-203-5224
    3. Open windows for ventilation
    4. Leave the contaminated area immediately, unless there is a chance that some of the broken light bulb got on your clothing, then stay put until we get there or you may risk contaminating other areas!
  1. Things Not to Do!
    1. Do Not Use Vacuum Cleaner
    2. Do not walk through broken glass

It’s hard to imagine that all of the CFL bulbs that have broken have been disposed of properly. I am also sure that there are a number of people that aren’t even aware of the dangers and took no precautions when cleaning or handling broken bulbs.

And our environment? This is where mercury laden CFL bulbs do their most serious damage to everyone of us. This is the same environment that our hordes of”Greenies” are so concerned about dying from global warming. But unknown to our greenie friends, already there are hundreds of millions of disposed CFL bulbs that have contaminated personal garbage cans, fleets of garbage trucks (spreading their toxicity near and far), and garbage disposal sites, that are doing irreparable damage to our ground water, except when such garbage is burnt; then, mercury is released into the very air we all breathe. You see there are precious few toxic dump sites in the world equipped to handle mercury, the most dangerous element in the world, after radio-active materials. http://healthfreedoms.org/2010/03/17/stock-up-on-incandescent-light-bulbs-in-fact-buy-a-lifetime-supply-of-them/

~Health Freedoms

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  • mish says:

    Thank God for real ethical scientists, who care about health not bribes of lobbyists. Our gov traitors
    wants to kill us.

  • Alice Elliot says:

    What about moonlight? Do we have to use black-out curtains to attain total darkness? Surely moonlight at night while we’re asleep can’t be suspected of increasing our odds for developing breast cancer! I am definitely considering getting rid of the loopy bulbs.

  • SilverQueen says:

    A couple of things on CFL’s. The mercury content of the bulbs needs to be disclosed in big red letters ON THE PACKAGING.

    Disparage “Greenies” as you call them, and you will lose support. “Greenies” know about the mercury in CFLs (“greenies” are often nerds), and we dispose of them properly.

    It’s the “freedom-from-the-requirement-to-label-because-the-government-gets-in-my-business-and-makes-me-do-the-right-thing-that-I-should-do-on-my-own” people who should be your target.

  • Ron says:

    Thanx for the info. This bad. I broke a bulb about 6 years ago and when I broke it, I noticed a ‘weird’ constitution to it’s inner core. I also noticed a computer chip @ the base of the bulb. I had no idea that that eas SPECIFICALLY, filled with mercury but I have a good sixth sense about things and as GOD is my witness, I got spiritual feedback the moment I broke that bulb. The feedback was to get out of the room but I never called a hazmat team, but it did stay their for about 9 hours because I had to go to work.(coincidentaly) I may of attained mercury poisoin…?! NOT GOOD. Anyway; thank you for the article. I am 100% ALERT NOW.

  • Liz says:

    Flourescent lights have been making people who work in stores and offices sick and giving them cancer for many, many years. But it has never been talked about until now. If we are forced to use CFLs, you can expect the cancer rate to increase significantly in future.

  • James says:

    CFLs also emit radiofrequencies in the 1-3 Ghz range, similar to cell phones. Bad news all around. For interesting details on light, see this:

  • anonomie says:

    If one connects all the dots in plain view: 9/11, chemtrails, HAARP, GE food, vaccines, cell towers, endless wars, prescription drugs, WACO, OK City bombing, exporting of jobs, fluoride, Patriot Act, Georgia Guidestones, Phoenix Lights, rBGH, aspartame, JFK/RFK assassinations, TSA goons, and pesticides, there is only one conclusion. The “leaders” in the White House are not there to serve us.

  • Carole says:

    Don’t products that contain mercury need to be labeled in the US with info stating such?

    Re: “CFL’s bluer light in contrast to the incandescent filament glow which casts a yellower light” Lately, in my big-box store – I’ve noticed different colors of CFL’s. Are all of them blue light even though they are “cool white” or “daylight”?

  • Crystal says:

    These bulbs may save energy, but they make you feel sick.
    They are harsh and take all the “softness” out of good lighting.

    I have not or never could endorse these for healthy living. This is from experience of a retail space, where this bulb actually decreases the perceived value of any product.


  • Hello,
    Anyone out there who can answer this question for me, I had heard on the radio that not only can the squiggly little bulbs put out mercury and radiation, but also the flourescent long narrow lights that are in homes and offices that one has in their kitchens and elsewhere in the house, is this true? Do they have the same amount of radiation and mercury? These crazy little CFL’s that we will be forced to use, even tho they pose a risk to our health, is crazyiness, I think the govt. and everyone else out there who have big decision making powers, is out to get us. You can just tell that they don’t care one bit about our health, as long as they make a big fat profit, that is all they care about.
    I was just thinking, as I am sitting here and typing this message out, is there something natural we can take to protect ourselves from the hazards of these risky CFL bulbs? I had heard about garlic, is there something else we can take?
    Please advise if someone out there knows, would appreciate it. Thanks, Michelle rae.

  • David says:

    Go LED better light, longer lasting and don’t contain mercury or other heavy metal elements.

  • Lou says:

    “Is there something else we can take?”

    We can take to the streets. IMO nothing else will work. There is only one explanation for “authorities” ALWAYS acting in the WORST possible way. Our government is controlled by those wishing to depopulate this world.

    According to the EPA there is enough mercury in one CFL to contaminate 6,000 gallons of water. Each breaking of a CFL bulb will be a hazardous materials release event. This requires a HAS-MAT team be dispatched to your home and your home decontaminated. Many tens of thousands of light bulbs are broken each day.

    Folks this is genocide.

  • Fingal says:

    Two things.

    1. Let’s not fall over hyperventilating:


    2. CFL bulbs help reduce electricity consumption by a pretty substantial factor. Reducing the amount of electricity consumed reduces the amount of mercury-producing coal that needs to be burned to generate that electricity. Bulbs rarely break, coal plants almost always burn and spew.

    (Plant operators could remove it from the smokestack output, but it would cost 1/2 of 1% of their budget, so they refuse.)

  • Granted there is an upside to more people using CFL bulbs, but government enforcing this on people is just plain wrong. I have used those lights and I can’t see as well with them. I should be able to have the type of bulb that works better for my eyes.

    What has happened to the people’s power of choice? Just watch, the prices will be much higher than the average light bulb which I can buy in certain places for $1.15 for four bulbs. I bet we won’t be able to buy them for under $6.00 a pack.

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