... the researchers found the breast cancer rate in localities with average night lighting to be 37 percent higher than in communities with the lowest amount of light; and they noted that the rate was higher by an additional 27 percent in areas with the highest amount of light.Abraham Haim, a University of Haifa chronobiologist involved in the study, said the findings raise questions about the recent push to switch to energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs, which suppress melatonin production more than conventional incandescent bulbs. "This may be a disaster in another 20 years," Haim said, "and you won't be able to reverse what we did by mistake."
... Jim Burch, a University of South Carolina epidemiologist and biostatistician familiar with the study, called the approach and findings "fascinating." "The study has limitations," including not measuring levels of indoor lighting, "but it supports the overall idea," Burch said. "I think there is enough evidence to suggest we ought to be thinking about this more carefully."
Ladies and gentlemen, I learned about this phenomenon while earning my Health Information Management degree years ago. Our pituitary glands are regulated by light/dark.
Eskimos have slightly altered onsets of adolescence and differences in their monthly menstrual cycles than the rest of us, for obvious reasons.
The Moral of the Lesson in that news article is that "Apparently too much light stimulaton kicks the pituitary gland into hyperdrive and ..."
Protect babies, women, and everybody else endangered by fluorescent lighting fixtures!
And do study the relevant passages I wrote in
It's MY Crisis! And I’ll Cry if I Need To
to learn about other benefits of a low-tech lifestyle.
Nitey-nite from Israel, from where I yawned while posting this message...
MARCH 31 2009 UPDATE: More Fluorescent Lighting Health Hazards - Humans and Animals
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