Posts Tagged ‘poison’

Interesting perspective on food: food triggers an immune response

July 21, 2013

This is from the book, Antifragile. It is an interesting perspective on food: food triggers an immune response.

Antibiotics and vaccinations are all about introducing tiny amounts of poisons into the body. The body reacts and creates an immunity to the poison. Thus, limited, low-dose poison triggers healthy benefits.

Some researchers believe that the benefits of vegetables may not be due to the vitamins and minerals, but rather to the following: plants protect themselves from harm and fend off predators with poisonous substances that, if ingested by humans in the right quantities, may stimulate our organism.

Lesson Learned: Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to get an immune response from many different poisons.

The dangers of florescent light bulbs

July 22, 2009

Florescent light bulbs are filled with poisonous mercury gas.

If you break a florescent light bulb, removing the released poisons will require you to go through a painstaking operation. “A broken fluorescent tube will release its mercury content. Safe cleanup of broken fluorescent bulbs differs from cleanup of conventional broken glass or incandescent bulbs.” [Wikipedia]

If you have children at home, there is a good chance that they will at some point accidentally break a florescent light bulb. Are you willing to risk their health (and yours) to save a few bucks?

Florescent light bulbs require substantially more resources to make than ordinary incandescent light bulbs (that’s why they cost more).

Florescent light bulbs should not be used in a fully enclosed area as they build up heat and can cause a fire.

Starting 2012 you will no longer be able to purchase incandescent light bulbs in the U.S. The legislators decided to require everyone to switch to the so-called “green technology” florescent light bulbs.

I recommend stocking up on incandescent light bulbs now.

While there are short-term savings to everyone using florescent light bulbs, the long-term costs of disposing of the toxic waste may exceed the savings (and make the planet less “green”).