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Study: Eco-friendly bulbs could cause skin cancer (hey, nobody said saving the planet would be easy)

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By Doug Powers  •  January 5, 2013 11:41 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

When the environmental left’s methods of “saving the planet” collide with the safety nannies’ agenda of eliminating every possible risk from our daily lives, the former usually takes precedence. When it comes to protecting the earth, suddenly a little risk is completely acceptable — provided it’s for the right reason:

Every time you turn on the lights, you may be putting yourself at risk, according to a disturbing new study.

Energy efficient bulbs are eco-friendly and can save you big bucks, but experts say that some could also have a dark side.

“When there is something in your house, you don’t perceive any danger, you wouldn’t get that close to an x-ray in a doctor’s office,” explained Miriam Rafailovich, Professor of Materials Science at Stony Brook University in New York.

Money saving, compact fluorescent light bulbs emit high levels of ultra violet radiation, according to a new study. Research at Long Island’s Stony Brook found that the bulbs emit rays so strong that they can actually burn skin and skin cells.

“The results were that you could actually initiate cell death,” said Marcia Simon, a Professor of Dermatology.

Exposure to the bulbs could lead to premature aging and skin cancer, according to doctors.
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The compact fluorescent industry claims that the bulbs are safe, but admitted that they emit ultraviolet rays. The industry released a statement that said “the levels of UV radiation emitted are acceptably low,” and that they are safe under normal use.

Stony Brook researchers advised that customers exercise caution and stay two feet away from the bulbs at all times, while storing them in an overhead fixture or lamp.

Yes, stay at least two feet away from them, and don’t make any sudden movements. Are we talking about light bulbs, or Happy Fun Ball?

If you happen to break a CFL, the cleanup process is 21 simple steps — 22 if you count the prayer.

Fortunately I still have a stock of old-school incandescent bulbs large enough to light up Las Vegas for a decade. As for power sources, I’m going to do what’s best for the planet and start relying more on oil. If it’s good enough for Al Gore it’s good enough for me.

(h/t @BenHowe)

**Written by Doug Powers

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