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Is TV Killing You?

written by Head Health Nutter January 15, 2010

There’s a rumour going around: electrical gadgets emit harmful radiation which affect our health. Since we’ve been doing The 2010 TV Detox here on Live Lighter, Emmanuel (movie & TV lover), asked that we finally settle this dispute in a post. Here it is!

Like chemicals, electromagnetic radiation occurs naturally as well as from man-made products. We receive radiation from the sun, earth, our own bodies and of course, all our electrical devices.  It’s all around us!

What is radiation exactly? Click here to find out.

From the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA):

Man cannot escape exposure to some radiation. We are surrounded by natural radioactivity in the earth and by cosmic rays from outer space. This is called background radiation and cannot be controlled. We are also exposed to manmade radiation, which can and must be controlled.

There are different types of radiation along the radiation spectrum, some more harmful than others. According to RADTown U.S.A. the radiation that comes from x-ray machines are “a form of ionizing radiation, which is capable of removing electrons from atoms and damaging living cells and the DNA of those cells.”

Man-made non-ionizing radiation includes: lasers, televisions, computer monitors and wireless technology. However, televisions and computer monitors that use a cathode ray tube (CRT) can potentially emit low-level x-ray radiation.

So easy enough, to reduce your exposure to harmful radiation from your TV or computer, buy flat screens!

But wait, that’s not all…

Dr. Natasha Turner in The Hormone Diet says in her chapter, “Superb Sleep for Hormonal Balance”:

  • Be aware of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in your bedroom. These can disrupt the pineal gland and the production of melatonin and serotonin. They may have additional negative effects, including increased risk of cancer. EMFs are emitted from digital alarm clocks and other electrical devices. If you must use these items, try to keep them as far away from the bed as possible – at least three feet.

Although the FDA and RADTown U.S.A. both declare that scientists have yet to identify specific health effects resulting from exposure to extremely low doses of low-level radiation over prolonged periods of time, they also say in practically the same breath:

“Scientists work from the premise that no amount of radiation is safe.” They advise “that x-radiation from TV sets, as well as other commonly used electronic products, be kept as low as reasonably achievable.”

On TheTruthSeeker.co.uk, Rixon Stewart cites a study reported in the Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity which revealed rays from a TV flicker erratically, causing uneven and irregular stimulation of the retina. The rats in this study were exposed to colour TV for six hours a day. They became hyperactive and extremely aggressive for about a week, then became lethargic and finally, stopped breeding altogether.

Apparently, the rat’s endocrine systems burnt out from all the stress! By the way, in this experiment the TV screens were covered in thick black paper so that only the invisible radiation, rather than the visible rays, came through.

Equally interesting, Stewart cites that in 1970,

“Dr. Robert Elder, director of the BRH [U.S. Bureau of Radiological Health], testified before Congress that even very minute doses of radiation, which fall below the legal limit cause damage and that the damage is cumulative.”

There are quite a few people out there convinced that EMFs, even at low doses, are harmful over time. Emwatch.com has posted a laundry list of negative health effects caused by EMFs, and they say it’s only a sample from a growing mountain of research.

Dr. Neil Cherry from New Zealand has been studying electromagnetic radiation for over 10 years. You can read about Dr. Cherry and some of his findings in his 3-part article, “Strong international concern about the dangers of electromagnetic radiation.”

What’s the verdict?

There seems to be acceptable limits for both chemicals and radiation, natural or man-made. And, these limits are most likely personal since we are, after all, unique beings with different compositions in our body chemistry.

For example, some people can drink coffee all day long without it affecting them while others will have less than a cup in the afternoon and experience insomnia that night.

Accumulation of radiation, again like chemicals, may also have a role in the negative health effects. If our bodies can’t keep up with detoxificati0n, our personally acceptable limits reduce over time.

Can we detox radiation? That will have to be another post. Until then, what do you think, dear Readers, is TV killing you? Let us know in the comments below!

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Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman January 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Wow, this info was so helpful and appreciated Steph!

And buying a flat-screen may be my goal this year. I’ve had a Sony Trinitron for decades and been working great. And yet if a flat screen reduces radiation then that’s a bonus to treat myself to a new gift.

Also glad you wrote about harmful affects of TV in bedroom. I will never have one in there because I’d rather not have my pineal gland and SOUL fried while I sleep!


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Head Health Nutter January 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm

You are most welcome, Emmanuel. Thank you for suggesting it! I learned a lot while researching for this post.

And guess what? I moved my alarm clock to the other side of the bedroom! Will let you know if I start feeling better… the results should be doubled because of my TV Detox! 😉


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