johnnycee Wrote: Are you kidding me, if my car had those lights installed back in the sixties, I might still be living in the Hollywood Hills and chanting some mantra or another, and we probably might have made Dr. Tim a god.
that guy in Arizona Wrote: united:
I don't know what we'd all do without Google ....
I tried a couple of variations, but couldn't find any reference to government surveys from the 1970's. However, typing in "effects of flourescent lighting" led to the link below:
The Wikipedia article listed below provided a lot of details about the topioc:
The closest that I could come to anything from the 1970's was the link below, which refers to a 1974 study by Dr. Richard Wurtman of M.I.T.. who identified negative health effects associated with flourescent lighting, which included migraines, disrupted sexual development, and obesity. Later studies also found increased possibility of breast cancer, as well as increased levels of stress:
Although the new CFL bulbs are better than old style flourescent lights, both articles point out the fact that they are not without risk. The paragraph below, taken from the link directly above, illustrates a little known fact:
One of the negatives is that CFLs contain mercury and must be disposed of properly in order to prevent contamination of our environment, our landfills and our water supply. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued specific guidelines for fluorescent lights. Did you know that if you break a fluorescent light bulb you must open the window and leave the room for 15 minutes to allow the mercury to disperse before you attempt to clean it up? Did you know that you cannot vacuum up mercury, or sweep it up or wash contaminated clothing in a washing machine? And that you should use rubber gloves, not your bare hands to avoid mercury contamination? Fluorescent bulbs must be recycled in most states; you cannot just throw them in the trash without environmental pollution. Mercury contamination is a serious problem which will proliferate from improper use of fluorescent lighting.