Posts Tagged ‘cancer’

What Can Pose a Greater Cancer Risk than Smoking?

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Source: Psychology Today:
 
What Can Pose a Greater Cancer Risk than Smoking?
A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (online) raised questions about sleeping pills. The careful work that was done on this study demonstrates a strong link between sleeping pills and mortality (medical lingo for death), particularly from cancer.
 
…Clearly other strategies need to be looked at the provide relief for sleep. The authors say cognitive behavioral therapy is the way to go — it’s what’s called sleep hygiene. One key is getting up at the same time every day until eventually your body forces you to go to sleep earlier. Other strategies include making changes to your sleeping environment, light therapy (getting full-spectrum light early in the morning) and using relaxation strategies before sleep or upon awaking in the middle of the night.
 
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Comments: This article looks in depth at the downside of taking sleeping pills. Given they see a strong negative to taking them, we think it is right of the authors to then focus on what alternatives there are. We recommend reading this for their emphasis on the value of sleep hygiene.
 
 


Full-Spectrum Light (issue 42)

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives. We feature some of the best here.

 

HEALTH
Late blast of summer brings feelgood factor
The full spectrum light improves the immune system and generally makes people feel happier. Even if you don’t suffer from seasonal effective disorder most people go into a kind of psychological hibernation when the days begin to shorten. When the sun shines people have fewer inhibitions, spend more time outside and become more informal.

 

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Light exposure and carcinoma development

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

In the early 1960s, experiments were conducted to see what impact light had on the development of cancer. A 2-year pilot study was undertaken by S.L. Gabby MD to determine the effects of different lighting regimes on C3H mice.

 

C3H mice are chosen for these studies as they are prone to tumor development. 98% of males and females will typically develop breast carcinoma.

 

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Full-spectrum light (issue 31)

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives. We feature some of the best here.

 

HEATH
Acquiring Vitamin D through your…eyes?
According to two researchers, German Ophthalmologist Fritz Hollwich, MD as well as John Ott, Hon. D. Sci, the array of bodily organs and systems that depend on full spectrum light is astounding. “When the eyes are exposed to natural light the pituitary gland, thyroid, adrenal glands, ovaries, testes, pancreas, liver, and kidneys all function better.”
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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 22)

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives.  We feature some of the best here.

 

HEALTH
Top 10 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
Use light therapy which should elevate your mood. This is the standard treatment for SAD. Purchase special full spectrum light therapy bulbs and fixtures engineered to simulate natural light. These lights are very similar to sunlight. …

 

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Circadian disruption and breast cancer.

Friday, February 18th, 2011

It’s a wordy title and only part of the full-title of the research paper:  “Artificial lighting in the industrialized world: circadian disruption and breast cancer.”

 

This paper (published in 2006) was one of the early articles that started to explore the relationship between industrialisation – specifically our ability to have light after sundown – and our health.

 

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 13)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives.  We feature some of the best here.

WORK BETTER
Lampara UVSetting Up Your Office For “Health”

By simply replacing your antiquated fluorescent tubes with full-spectrum tubes, you can instantly enhance your environment and your well-being! Full spectrum lighting emits a natural, balanced spectrum of light that is the closest you …

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Full-Spectrum Light (issue 12)

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Around the world different people are talking about how they use full-spectrum lighting in their day-to-day lives.  We feature some of the best here.

HEALTH

What To Do When You’re Feeling Blue
If the weather or the short days are bringing you down, try to block the outside views and fill your space with as much light as possible. You might even get full spectrum light bulbs for your living and work space where you spend the …

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The Sun. What it really does to you.

Monday, December 6th, 2010

In New Zealand, 300 people die each year from melanoma (skin cancer).  It’s a country with a vested interest in fully understanding the UV/Vitamin D relationship.  This recent (Nov 13, 2010) article from a national magazine goes into the current debate.

Too Hot to Handle
The Listener

To go out in the sun to get the vitamin D essential for good health or to stay in the shade to avoid skin cancer? Ruth Laugesen tries to make sense of an increasingly controversial dilemma.

An oddity of human disease first piqued epidemiologist Robert Scragg’s interest back in the early 1980s. No one’s sure why, but winter is the killing season for cardiovascular disease. In most countries, 30-40% more people die from heart disease and strokes in winter than in summer. (more…)


What is the relationship between sunlight and breast cancer?

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

At Viva-Lite we are passionate about the role of light in peoples lives, to the extent that we created a range of light-bulbs that allow full-spectrum lighting indoors.

This recent discussion we came across looks at the role of sunlight and cancer and illustrates the importance of light in our lives.

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