Global's 16 X 9: The Bigger Picture is going to do a series of shows on EMF pollution. This week's episode will focus on dirty electricity and will air across Canada after the local news casts.
Good work by Global's health reporter Allison Vuchnich. She told me response to the CFL segment they did was "incredible."
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Here's what's coming:
Sunday, January 18, 6:30pm
Some 16:9 viewers tell us that 'eco-friendly' light bulbs are making them sick. Manufacturers insist the bulbs meet industry standards and are safe.
But some experts say there's more to it than just the light bulbs. They say the electronic gadgets we use are making people sick because of dirty electricity or poor power quality.
What is it and can it make you sick? 16:9 investigates.
Past episodes: Dirty Energy, Sunday January 04th, 2009
Dr. Magda Havas is an expert in her field. She tests all sorts of bulbs by measuring the power quality and radio frequencies that different bulbs give off. She measures for dirty electricity.
While the new fluorescent light bulbs may be environmentally friendly, the concern is about how much dirty electricity they're emitting.
Havas says that a lot of people are responding negatively to these light bulbs. "They get headaches, they get other body aches and pains. Some of them have difficulty sleeping if they're tired, some of them have mood disorders."
But all of this is controversial - scientists do not agree if people can suffer from what's called electromagnetic hype sensitivity. Another way of saying that people are getting sick from the electronic devices they use - and the stuff the devices give off... Watch Now »
Sunday January 18th, 2009
After our last story ran on compact fluorescent light bulbs - we heard from hundreds of you! You all wanted more information and wanted to know what our government officials were doing. So in our next story, Allison Vuchnich speaks with the Health Minister and Health Canada about the light bulbs.
Find out what they told her.
Can someone be allergic to electricity? And what's dirty power? Some believe all the electrical gadgets in our lives are making people sick. Now there are experts who can come into your home and test for power quality. What's in your house? And can someone really be allergic?