Friday November 24, 2017

Beware Users! You May be Prone to In-House High Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Radiation Risk

From Television to all kinds of Wifi-enabled gadgets, these devices emit electromagnetic fields (EMF), putting your health at danger

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New Delhi, August 14, 2017: A number of studies have associated electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation exposure with serious health concerns, including the risk of cancer, miscarriage and a higher risk of leukemia among children. However, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure to the low-level electromagnetic field.”

Manas Ganguly, Executive Partner and Founder, Brightsandz Technologies told ANI, “As much as Internet and telecommunication have become the part of our modern lives, cell towers have become a feature of city skylines. The profusion of cellular technology and cell towers has caused a concern on the health impact of radiation of humans”.

Recently, Lok Sabha was informed that a total of 284 mobile towers in India were discovered to emit radiation levels above the authorized limit.

The Telecom minister Manoj Sinha stated in a written reply to the LS, “During the audit carried out by TERM Cells, total 284 base transceiver stations (BTSs) installed on various mobile towers by various telecom service providers (TSPs) have been found exceeding the prescribed electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation limits as on 20 June 2017.”

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According to Manas cell phone towers are the most evident sources of radiation. Furthermore, there are other sources of radiation in our homes, offices and other living spaces that we are unaware of.

He continued, “With the advent of 24*7 hyper connectivity, IoT, Smart homes, Home automation, our exposure to such radiation is only going to compound manifold. Depending on our lifestyles and habits, we have multiplied our EMF Radiation exposures from 100X (hundred-fold) to 10,00,000X (million-fold).”

He noted, “While the evidence linking EMF radiation to these health hazards is scratchy and not well formed, a precautionary approach will be prudent. The risk from EMF is compounded by the fact that it is invisible and insensible.”

Here is a list of 8 EMF radiation sources  reported by ANI that can be found inside homes as indicated by Manas:

1. Cellphone 

According to Manas, it is equivalent to a mini-microwave that you are carrying around.

It is stated that radiation from mobile phone increases exponentially in low coverage areas or shadow zones. Cell phones radiate at close quarters to the brain indulging users in the highest risk.

Hack: The use of earpiece will help negate the side effect of using cell phone up to 98%

2. WiFi: 

A WiFi after-all is synonymous to a mini cell tower. It is noted that WiFis are rarely switched off. And hence the risk profile is hugely involved. We have a low in- consistent and perpetual radiation exposure.

Hack: It is advised to switch the WiFi off when not in use. In addition to it, one can also switch to the wired internet wherever possible.

3. Stabilizer/Inverter: 

Stabilizer is the highest source of in-premise EMF. Also, the older these appliances are, the greater the EMF. These devices create high EMF even at a distance of 3 to 5 feet.

Hack: Remove the stabilizer from your bedroom and relocate to any covered area outside the home.

4. Old electric circuitry:

Electrical circuitry inside houses can create a consistent EMF.

Hack: To avoid the shortfalls of an electric circuit, old wiring needs to be changed with a new one.

5. Electric Shaver, Hair Dryer:

These devices have an extremely localized EMF and are more prone to produce damage due to closeness during-use. The tip/nozzle of these devices can create up to 70/100mG EMF.

Hack: Avoid using the devices most of the time. While using the hair dryer, maintain at least 1 feet distance between the head and the nozzle.

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6. Power distribution equipment:

Most of our cities and colonies/RWAs have old power distribution facilities. Such set up has a high EMF which could be significantly high as well and are perpetual in nature.

Hack: Maintain a minimum distance of 50-100 feet from such sources.

7. Laptops:

Laptops carry both radiations as well as EMF profile. The bottom of a laptop has a very high EMF exposure at point of contact which can be harmful to adult fertility

Hack: Use a laptop radiation shield to reduce exposure to devise radiation from laptops.

8. Microwave Ovens:

Microwave ovens despite being “sealed” for radiation, still leak heavy radiation. Moreover, they leak more radiation as they get older. It was attributed that an operational microwave is a potential risk to the person working in the kitchen.

Hack: It is advised not to use a microwave for long periods and. Always use a Microwave radiation shield.


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WHO launches a new global effort to end TB by 2030

The announcement was made in the Global Ministerial Conference in Moscow.

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Dr. Simon Angelo (L) examines Iman Steven suffering from tuberculosis, held by her mother (R) at the hospital of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), June 15, 2016, at the Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, South Sudan. VOA

Delegates from 114 countries have agreed to take urgent action to end tuberculosis (TB) by 2030, the WHO said.

The announcement on Friday came as the delegates gathered in Moscow for the first WHO global ministerial conference on ending tuberculosis, Xinhua news agency reported.

The delegates promised to achieve strengthen health systems and improve access to the people regarding TB prevention and care so that no one is left behind.

They also agreed to mobilize sufficient and sustainable financing through increased domestic and international investments to close gaps in implementation and research.

Resources are expected to advance research and development of new tools to diagnose, treat and prevent TB, and to build accountability through a framework to track and review progress on ending TB.

“Today marks a critical landmark in the fight to end TB,” said World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“It signals a long overdue global commitment to stop the death and suffering caused by this ancient killer.”

Though global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37 per cent, progress in many countries has stalled, global targets are off-track and persistent gaps remain in TB care and prevention, according to the WHO.

As a result, TB still kills more people than any other infectious disease. Due to its antimicrobial resistance, TB is also the leading killer of people with HIV.

Representatives at the meeting, which was attended by over 1,000 participants, also promised to minimize the risk and spread of drug resistance and do more to engage people and communities affected by or at risk of TB. (IANS)

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Goodbye Holy Smoke, Vatican City bans Sale of Cigarettes

The Vatican, a tiny walled city-state surrounded by Rome, is one of the few states to ban smoking.

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The faithful gather in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. VOA

Vatican City, November 10, 2017 : Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday.

“The motive is very simple: the Holy See cannot be cooperating with a practice that is clearly harming the health of people,” spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement.

He cited World World Health Organization (WHO) statistics that smoking causes more than seven million deaths worldwide every year.

Cigarettes have been sold at a discounted price to Vatican employees and pensioners.

Vatican employees are allowed to buy five cartons of cigarettes a month. Many Italians ask their non-smoking friends who work in the Vatican to buy cigarettes for them because they cost much less than in Italy, where they are subject to heavy taxes.

Burke acknowledged that the sale of cigarettes has been a source of revenue for the Holy See, adding, “However, no profit can be legitimate if it is costing people their lives.”

The spokesman said the sale of large cigars would continue at least for the time being because the smoke is not inhaled.

The Vatican, a tiny walled city-state surrounded by Rome, is one of the few states to ban smoking. Bhutan, where smoking is deemed bad for one’s karma, banned the sale of tobacco in 2005. (VOA)

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Neurologists say rising air pollution can cause stroke among adults

The WHO states that 4.3 million people a year in India die from the exposure to household air pollution, which is among the highest in the world.

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Research bodies estimate that the number of fragments of dead cells in the bloodstream increase with higher levels of pollution. Pixabay

New Delhi, October 29, 2017 : As pollution levels deteriorate in the National Capital Region, health experts have warned that continuous exposure to polluted air has the potential to cause a stroke among adults.

Alhough it was earlier believed that pollution only increased the risk of heart problems, it also possesses the capability to damage inner linings of veins and arteries.

“In the current scenario, the situation is getting worse. Many young patients in the 30-40 age group suffer from stroke. We get around 2-3 patients almost every month. The number of young stroke patients has almost doubled as compared to last few years. Studies suggest major risk factors include soaring air pollution,” said Praveen Gupta, Director Neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram.

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Research bodies estimate that the number of fragments of dead cells in the bloodstream increased with higher levels of pollution. Polluted environment promote stroke incidences more pervasively and at an earlier stage than previously thought.

Nearly 15 million people annually suffer a stroke worldwide, of which around six million die and five million are left with permanent disabilities such as loss of sight and speech, paralysis and confusion.

On the occasion of World Stroke Day, October 29, the experts emphasised that indoor air pollution caused by combustion of solid fuels is equally contributing to the stroke burden in the society.

On an average, the internal air pollution in Indian rural homes exceeds the World Health Organisation (WHO) norms by 20 times.

“Women inhaling the household fumes are at a 40 per cent higher risk of getting a stroke. The reason being the carbon monoxide and particulate matter from burning solid fuels tend to reduce the levels of HDL (high density lipoprotein). This in turn prevents the removal of LDL (low density lipoprotein) from the body leading to hardening of the arteries,” said Jaideep Bansal, head neurologist at Saroj Super Speciality Hospital.

He added that the rise in the levels of LDL, or harmful fat, thereby raises the risk of a clot, blocking blood supply to the brain and causing stroke.

More than 90 per cent of the global stroke burden is linked to modifiable risk factors, of which internal air pollution tops the list. Other preventable factors include hypertension, a diet low in fresh fruits and whole grain, outdoor air pollution, high BMI and smoking.

The WHO states that 4.3 million people a year in India die from the exposure to household air pollution, which is among the highest in the world.

According to surveys, over 30 crore people in India use the traditional stoves or open fires to cook or heat their homes with solid fuels (coal, wood, charcoal, crop waste).

Poor ventilation and such inefficient practices, especially in rural India, mean the smoke and ambient air in households exceeds the acceptable levels of fine particles by at least 100-fold.

According to neurologists, recognisable symptoms, known often as a ‘mini stroke’ will occur prior to getting a stroke attack which is often known as a mini-stroke.

“Though it lasts only for a minute but certainly indicates the onset of a major stroke attack within 48-72 hours. Delay in treatment can lead to loss of 2 million neurons each minute. This happens due to the fact that the blood flow to certain part of the brain is blocked by the clot formed due to inhalation of compound like carbon monoxide and particulate matter,” said Atul Prasad, Director and Senior Neurology Consultant at BLK Super Specialty Hospital. (IANS)