This article is an overview of hazardous materials and corresponding regulations given to them by the government. Many now-known hazardous materials were once off the public radar as being harmful. Un-known toxins are more threatening than the known because people do not understand the risk’s they are taking with them, even though there are risks.
Lead, tobacco, DDT, C02, and radiation are all toxic chemicals that were once widely unregulated, today, cell phones are entering into a grey-area of toxicity.
Smokers take health risks by smoking; they could develop lung cancer and a number of other smoking-related diseases. About 400,000 people die in America on an annual basis and about 1,095 every day from smoking-related illnesses.
Doctor’s used to endorse smoking. You would not see an advertisement today with any respected doctor telling people why his cigarettes are better than the competitors, this is because it is now widely accepted that smoking anything can cause cancerous ailments including lung, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder and other cancers, as well as a variety of other illnesses. Other smoking-related complications include, emphysema, and erectile dysfunction.
Houses in the 40’s and 50’s were painted, almost exclusively, with lead paint. Lead paint was used in almost everything from ceramics (plates, glasses, bowls) to jewelry, and even toys. It is now known that lead can cause learning disabilities in children and lead poisoning in anyone with prolonged exposure to it.
C02 is pumped out of our tailpipes on a daily basis when we drive, fly, and fart. California had no idea what was happening in 1943 when a thick haze of smog descended upon them, literally engulfing them in toxic fumes that burned eyes, throats and skin. Today Al Gore and other scientific research groups are attributing C02 buildup to global warming.
What do all three of these toxins have in common? They were all widely used by the public before they were discovered to be toxic, and are now watched over and regulated.
DDT is another toxic chemical that was literally sprayed on children and food alike. The man holding the hose did not know what he was doing, and the children running through the mist did not know what they were doing until years later when many got ill or died from it.
Today there are many types of toxins we know are bad for us. There are also a lot of toxins that we may know, yet not yet know how bad they are for us. Smoke, pesticides, and fumes are both generally tied to pollution and being not good for your health or the environment.
For those around the nuclear power plant Fukushima, in Japan, they are under constant threat of radiation poisoning even though they cannot see what is contaminated. Those who cannot even see the plant itself are still at risk from it, which is because radiation is an unseen toxin, and unlike sulfur that smells like rotten eggs, people cannot smell radiation. The fish in the waters off the coast of Japan are being infected with radiation even though you can’t see or taste it in the water, I would not go into the water off of the coast of Japan if I were there.
This article was written in light of recent research on cell phones done by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.). The investigation W.H.O. did into cell phone radiation came to find that the emissions may be “Possibly Carcinogenic”, I did not add the quotes around that phrase it was as such on the news report I watched (below). A carcinogen is any substance or radiation agent that is directly involved in causing cancer.
I am sure there will be many other research groups that will follow W.H.O.’s lead, testing cellular devices for themselves. I could only speculate as to what those findings may be, but I implore you to take the time and listen to the research so that you may conclude for yourself what the pro’s and con’s of those long talks on the cell phone are.
It is widely known smoking is not good for your health, yet people still smoke. Will cell phones turn into the new cigarettes? Is cell phone radiation the new lead of the time? Are we all bathing in this radiation like children in DDT?
Is it time to take a closer look at our cell phones, a time to look away from them? Or both?