Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I dread the year of 2012.

This is when it has been said that Compact Fluorescent Lights will be made mandatory in the United States.

I don't like this one bit.

1. They're useful if you want extreme sensory overload, and that's really all. They're too bright.

2. They emit dangerous levels of mercury vapor, more than what you would get from Thimerosal, amalgam fillings and fish combined.

3. If you accidentally break one, you are required to call HazMat and evacuate your home until they arrive and give an "All clear".

4. They don't last nearly as long as advertised.

Damn this government.


Anonymous said...

By 2012, LED's will crowd compact bulbs off the market, since when did you get uptight about mercury? If it makes you feel better, they are working on a mercury free version.

Beau McClelland said...

I've been uptight about mercury for awhile, but it's just I think some of the complaints are exaggerated.

It's hard to avoid mercury. Thanks to pollution, it's in the air you breathe, the water you drink, the ground you walk on, and if you eat fish, it's there too.

I've quit eating shark ever since I read the warnings. Substituted it for less dangerous-leveled fish such as rainbow trout.

If mercury was as dangerous as some people claim, more people would be dead due to acute heavy metal poisoning.

concerned one said...

beau said:
"If mercury was as dangerous as some people claim, more people would be dead due to acute heavy metal poisoning."

How do we know they're not? It's not like we autopsy everyone for mercury.

Young, strong, seemingly healthy athletes that die during games(or in practice) from non dilated idiopathic cardiomyopathy have been found to have 22,000 X's more mercury in the heart muscle tissue than is found in other groups that die of the same condition.
Where's all that mercury coming from?
Most of these kids come from the inner city & have a mouth full of amalgams, so I'd say you have every right to be "uptight" about mercury.

Tuna is off the menu at our house, & I had to give up my favorite sushi, so I feel your pain.
No we can't avoid it entirely, though you'd be wise to avoid exposure anywhere you can, including the flu vaccine & especially in tooth restorations. Placing an amalgam requires the dentist to under cut the tooth, you lose a tremendous amount of healthy tooth, which weakens it, leaving you with a tooth that's very likely to give you even more trouble in the future.
I've read where you said that amalgam is safe, the World Health Org. disagrees with you, as do a growing number of dentists, as less than 40% of dentists surveyed still place amalgam.
Female dental asst.s that work with amalgam have 3x more spontaneous abortions than any other profession.
Reducing all exposures is the best way for all of us to ensure our health.

Wishing you all the best in 2008,
concerned one

Beau McClelland said...

Wow, I absolutely had no idea.

As for dental fillings, there are alternatives. Even those have risks involved.

But I need these molars out and replaced with something. I don't care what is used. These molars are half of what they used to be.

As for flu vaccines, there are some that don't have thimerosal.

But thanks for the info. I learn something new each day.

concerned one said...

Composite tooth restoration requires more skill to place, though nothing is without risk, amalgam should be avoided, if at all possible. When you get coverage, look for a dentist that understands your concerns regarding amalgam & will work with your insurance.

Did you read the California study? It's funny how they omit the fact that thimerasol was never recalled & stayed on the shelves for God knows how long, along with the high number of illegal immigrants from Mexico, flooding over the boarder, who were vaccinated with TCV before they got here, some estimates place the number of illegals now in the DDS at 31%, and the number of ASD of Hispanic descent has exploded in California.
I really do wish you all the best, continue to study the mercury issue further, science will catch up with thimerasol.

I look forward to seeing web sites designed by beau!
God bless,
concerned one