Can Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Make You Sick?

MigraineConcerns over health risks from Electromagnetic Field (EMF) sources is not new.  Scientists have been studying EMFs since 1985.

We are surrounded by sources of EMF daily.  They include power lines, computers, fax machines, video monitors and cell phones.

For years, some people have reported health problems they attribute to exposure to EMF.  Their condition is referred to as “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” or EHS.

According to a World Health Organization  (WHO) study EHS symptoms commonly include dermatological symptoms (redness, tingling) ad well as neurasthanic and vegetative (fatigue, concentration difficulties, dizziness, heart palpitations and digestive disturbances).

While the WHO states EHS is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms that vary from individual to individual, many believe it is related to Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)

Recently, the Globe investigated CFLs and “Dirty Electricity” stating that there is a link between CFLs and migraines.

 Watch Globe TV Video 

Here’s an excerpt from an Austrailian government report that refutes health claims tied to CFLs.

“While light sources with a detectable flicker can trigger migraines in susceptible individuals, CFLs ‘flicker’ at a rate well above that detectable by the human brain and so should not affect migraine sufferers,”

From what I’ve read, these reports remind me of the granite Radon scare recently in the news and on this blog.  Is this really the LED industry trying to get consumers over the high price objection with fear?  I’ll keep watching this and let you know if there are any updates.

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