Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’s) are contaminating homes and the environment with mercury. They contain much higher amounts of mercury than other typical factors in the poisoning of people, often with many milligrams of mercury, whereas other factors in mercury poisoning are usually measured in micrograms. Thousands of times more than other typical mercury contaminants.
The damage done to people and the environment by mercury is well documented in papers found at sites like PubMed. According to a paper titled: “Current approaches of the management of mercury poisoning: need of the hour”:
“Mercury poisoning cases have been reported in many parts of the world, resulting in many deaths every year.”
“Humans exposure to mercury usually take place via eating mercury contaminated food, dental care procedures (using amalgams in endodontics) using mercury based, thermometers, and sphygmomanometer), occupational exposure (e.g. mining) and others (using fluorescent light bulbs and batteries)”
So how much mercury is in a CFL light bulb, compared to amalgam dental fillings or contaminated food?
“Mercury amalgams leak significant amounts of mercury vapor, an approximate 15 micrograms daily per filling.
Many people have multiple fillings, leaking up to 120 micrograms of mercury into the body every day. The vapor is swallowed with saliva and inhaled into the lungs. Agitating them with chewing or acidic foods can release more.
Mercury in seafood is a serious concern, and 1 microgram of mercury is enough to be concerned with that. 1 microgram of mercury per gram of fish exceeds the FDA standard.”
From that perspective, even micrograms of mercury are enough to cause long-lasting damage, and the light bulbs contain about 4 milligrams of mercury on average, thousands of times more mercury than is released regularly by mercury amalgam dental fillings, and possibly tens of thousands of times more mercury than eating contaminated seafood.
Micrograms of exposure to mercury make a difference over time, building up and eventually leading to serious symptoms, and mercury is one of the most difficult things to get out of your body, and one of nature’s most vicious neurotoxins.
Despite all of this, dismissive headlines can be found online such as “The Mercury Myth: How Much Mercury Do CFLs Actually Contain?” from Earth Techling.
The article features info from the very last people you’d want to trust: General Electric, a military industrial complex tied corporation that makes the lightbulbs and owns the History Channel.
Reading from the article:
“We consulted the EPA and contacted a lighting specialist from General Electric, which sponsors this magazine [Txchnologist], in order to take on the issue of mercury in CFLs.
Are we talking about high levels of mercury?
No. And the amount of mercury in CFLs has dropped steadily since they first made inroads into the market 15-20 years ago. As recently as 2007, CFLs contained about 5 milligrams, enough to cover a ballpoint pen tip.”
This is untrue. Milligrams of mercury are an enormous amount compared to the micrograms that build up and give people symptoms. Mercury vapor can be inhaled when the bulbs break, and the vapor can steadily build up in an enclosed area, possibly doing more damage than mercury dental fillings.
Thermometers used to contain much more mercury than they do now, however, it doesn’t men that a smaller amount of it any less harmful. This is fallaciously cited as a reason for why CFL’s are safe: “they don’t contain as much mercury as thermometers used to.”
The excuse was given by Sándor Lukács, a General Electric manager:
“To put it in perspective, when I was a little child, I had a thermometer that had 1,000 times more mercury than the current CFLs.”
General Electric has been involved with CFL bulbs since 1938, when George Inman partnered with GE to sell the first fluorescent lamp, and in 2016, General Electric said their CFL’s would be phased out in favor of LED lights.
It benefits people to know where everything comes from: every object and product in our home has an effect.
This article (Mercury in Compact Fluorescent Lights is Contaminating Homes and Environment) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is printed here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Pedro Aquila and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution.
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The act of busting someone watching porn has always had a pretty clear hierarchy: Fathers and mothers busts sons, girlfriends and wives bust boyfriends and husbands — but do husbands and boyfriends ever bust girlfriends and wives? That might have once been a statistical rarity, purely because we’ve long thought women don’t watch porn. But if that was ever the case, it isn’t any longer. One 2015 survey by Marie Claire of 3,000 womenfound that one in three said they watch porn at least once a week. And of those some 30 percent watching, 66 percent said they do it alone because it’s about exploring their sexuality “unencumbered by a partner.”
New data from Pornhub finds that 80 percent of lady traffic to the site comes from women watching porn on their smartphones. Which raises some questions: Are women just better secret porn-watchers? Are men blissfully ignorant? Are women watching porn while they poop? Or do men just think women watching porn is super hot, so there’s nothing to bust, only cause for celebration? Let’s ask the internet.
For important context, it’s worth noting that if you search for how often women bust their partners jerking it, you will find over a million results. To be clear, these are outliers — women who find their partners watching porn and are excited and/or indifferent don’t need to take to the internet to say so in as great of numbers. But there’s an entire industry of advice for women who are upset by porn in dealing with or embracing their male partners’ porn use. Such advice ranges from accepting that he just meets his needs better this way (and is maybe addicted) to working through the idea that your otherwise perfection relationship is suddenly not so perfect, and how to deal with the trauma. There’s even an eight-step wikiHow on how to accept your boyfriend’s porn use. There is, however no such entry on how to accept your girlfriend’s (though there is one on how to get her to want to have sex with you). This is to say nothing of the dozens and dozens of books out there on how porn is destroying us — and by “us” they typically mean “men.”
By contrast, look for posts about men upset by their female partners’ porn use, and there are only a handful. One woman posted on Yahoo Answers that her husband was upset to find her watching porn because he thinks it’s “degrading to women.” Another poster on the site said her boyfriend said it’s “disrespectful” of her to watch porn. “My girlfriend looks at porn and it bothers me,” is another such post. It reads:
I have caught my girlfriend looking at porn a while ago, and I had a talk with her about it. I told her it bothers me. She said she would stop looking for me, but now I am curious once and a while and I look at her browsing history. When I went out of town for a week last month, I seen that she had being going at it again. While I can understand she is lonely and stuff, why does she do it otherwise? There is some history that she was watching videos recently and it bothers me.
One user chimes in with reassurance: “Not a big deal,” she writes. “Half the stuff that turns her on could be something you can put to go use in bed. A lot of women watch porn. She’s not running off cheating on you, she’s just horny like any red blooded human being.”…