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Old 07-30-10, 07:17 AM
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Your BED is KILLING you!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-dou..._b_629572.html

Curiously, the cancer rate is 10 percent higher in the left breast than in the right. This left-side bias holds true for both men and women and it also applies to the skin cancer melanoma. Researchers Orjan Hallberg of Hallberg Independent Research in Sweden and Ollie Johansson of The Karolinska Institute in Sweden, writing in the June issue of the journal Pathophysiology, suggest a surprising explanation that not only points to a common cause for both cancers, it may change your sleeping habits.

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For unknown reasons the rates of breast cancer and melanoma have both increased steadily in the last 30 years. Exposure to the sun elevates the risk of melanoma, but the sun's intensity has not changed in the last three decades. Stranger still, melanoma most commonly affects the hip, thighs and trunk, which are areas of the body protected from the sun. What is responsible for the left-side dominance and increasing incidence of these cancers?



An intriguing clue comes from the Far East. In Japan there is no correlation between the rates of melanoma and breast cancer as there is in the West, and there is no left-side prevalence for either disease. Moreover, the rate of breast cancer in Japan is significantly lower than in the West; only 3 percent of what is seen in Sweden, for example. The rate of prostate cancer in Japan is only 10 percent of that in the U.K. and U.S.

The researchers suggest an explanation based on differences in sleeping habits in Japan and Western countries. Previous research has shown that both men and women prefer to sleep on their right sides. The reasons for this general preference are unclear, but sleeping on the right side may reduce the weight stress on the heart, and the heartbeat is not as loud as when sleeping on the left. Still, there is no reason to suspect that people in Japan sleep in positions that are any different from those in the West. The beds in Japan, however, are different. The futons used for sleeping in Japan are mattresses placed directly on the bedroom floor, in contrast to the elevated box springs and mattress of beds used in the West. A link between bedroom furniture and cancer seems absurd, but this, the researchers say, could the answer.

The first line of evidence they cite comes from a 2007 study in Sweden conducted between 1989 and 1993 that revealed a strong link between the incidence of melanoma and the number of FM and TV transmission towers covering the area where the individuals lived. Despite epidemiological correlations like this one suggesting the possibility that electromagnetic radiation from FM and TV broadcasts stations could suppress the immune system and promote cancer, the strength of these electromagnetic fields is so feeble it has been difficult to imagine any biological basis for the correlation.

Consider, however, that even a TV set cannot respond to broadcast transmissions unless the weak electromagnetic waves are captured and amplified by an appropriately designed antenna. Antennas are simply metal objects of appropriate length sized to match the wavelength of a specific frequency of electromagnetic radiation. Just as saxophones are made in different sizes to resonate with and amplify particular wavelengths of sound, electromagnetic waves are selectively amplified by metal objects that are the same, half or one quarter of the wavelength of an electromagnetic wave of a specific frequency. Electromagnetic waves resonate on a half-wavelength antenna to create a standing wave with a peak at the middle of the antenna and a node at each end, just as when a string stretched between two points is plucked at the center. In the U.S. bed frames and box springs are made of metal, and the length of a bed is half the wavelength of FM and TV transmissions that have been broadcasting since the late 1940s. In Japan most beds are not made of metal, and the TV broadcast system does not use the 87- to 108-megahertz frequency used in Western countries.

Thus, as we sleep on our coil-spring mattresses, we are in effect sleeping on an antenna that amplifies the intensity of the broadcast FM/TV radiation. Asleep on these antennas, our bodies are exposed to the amplified electromagnetic radiation for a third of our life spans. As we slumber on a metal coil-spring mattress, a wave of electromagnetic radiation envelops our bodies so that the maximum strength of the field develops 75 centimeters above the mattress in the middle of our bodies. When sleeping on the right side, the body's left side will thereby be exposed to field strength about twice as strong as what the right side absorbs.

If this study is correct, the solution is simple: Replace the metal in our beds with a nonmetallic mattress or orient your bed, like an antenna, away from the direction of the local FM/TV transmission tower. Call it high-tech feng shui if you like, but if this new study has not identified the cause of left-side cancer, it will, for some, be the cause of insomnia.


A final note: Epidemiological studies are by definition correlations. Just as an association between smoking cigarettes and coronary disease stimulated experimental studies, so too will the associations between electromagnetic radiation and cancer. The significance of this new study is in identifying a mechanism that increases the body's exposure to electromagnetic radiation for prolonged periods. For intriguing biological factors involved in left-side cancer see here.

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It's interesting that they mention Sweden as their example of the West. When I traveled around Scandinavia I don't think I ever slept on a coil-spring mattress, usually it was just a foam mattress on a wood frame.
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I sleep on my stomach flipping between my left and right sides throughout the night. I dunno if that's relevant since I'm not reading the article without bolding.
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Great...now we can't even sleep

Next thing that'll come to be known is that saliva causes cancer if taken in small doses over long periods of time.
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Originally Posted by NORML54601 View Post
I dunno if that's relevant since I'm not reading the article without bolding.
Bolding added for your convenience.
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Re: Your BED is KILLING you!

I read about this a month or so back when it came out.

Originally Posted by NORML54601 View Post
I sleep on my stomach flipping between my left and right sides throughout the night. I dunno if that's relevant since I'm not reading the article without bolding.
That makes it far worse, you're done for.
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I'm just going to sleep standing up from now on.
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Fuck! Why don't they put out a list of shit that DOESN'T cause Cancer? I swear it seems almost eveything does.
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i always had a suspicion that my bed had it in for me
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Good thing that I don't have one anymore.
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Re: Your BED is KILLING you!

Originally Posted by Giantrobo View Post
Fuck! Why don't they put out a list of shit that DOESN'T cause Cancer? I swear it seems almost eveything does.
Here's your list:
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RIP everyone from everything.
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I sleep on my stomach....does that mean I am going to get penis cancer?
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I sleep on my stomach....does that mean I am going to get penis cancer?
No, it means that you're going to get stomac --- ooooo --- you just wanted to say penis. I get it.

I'm glad to see so many peoply saying that they sleep on the stomach. When I bought a matress a few years ago, the lady was dumfounded with I told her that I sleep on my stomach. To her (and all of the advertisments around the store), you either sleep on your side, or your back.

Oh, and what kind of hardcore mother' sleeps on their back? I guess it's a good position if you have a shotgun in your hands and want to be able to wake up, aim and pull the trigger immediately. Or if you're sleeping ... in a coffin.
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo View Post
Fuck! Why don't they put out a list of shit that DOESN'T cause Cancer? I swear it seems almost eveything does.
The "doesn't cause cancer" list causes cancer.
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This thread just gave me cancer.
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And you all laughed when Michael Jackson slept in a hyperbaric chamber. Not so funny now.
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And you all laughed when Michael Jackson slept in a hyperbaric chamber. Not so funny now.
And how did that work out for Michael???

Michael Jackson = freakshow
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Does anyone here sleep Japanese style, on a tatami mat with a futon (shikibuton)? We've been doing that lately, but it's just not thick enough for us, so we have a not so non-toxic memory foam layer added in for comfort. I guess if I slept on my back, the 3" futon would work out, but like many of you, I'm a stomach sleeper.
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Bolding added for your convenience.
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If this study is correct, the solution is simple: Replace the metal in our beds with a nonmetallic mattress or orient your bed, like an antenna, away from the direction of the local FM/TV transmission tower. Call it high-tech feng shui if you like, but if this new study has not identified the cause of left-side cancer, it will, for some, be the cause of insomnia.
When I read this, I knew that the stupid was strong with this writer.
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How the heck do you orient your bed "away from transmitters"?

Did the person who wrote the article gather any information about what kinds of beds various cancer patients were in the habit of sleeping on?
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Fung Shooway is the way, or so the hippies say.
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Originally Posted by Giantrobo View Post
Fuck! Why don't they put out a list of shit that DOESN'T cause Cancer? I swear it seems almost eveything does.
Living on Earth causes cancer.
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Oh, and what kind of hardcore mother' sleeps on their back? I guess it's a good position if you have a shotgun in your hands and want to be able to wake up, aim and pull the trigger immediately. Or if you're sleeping ... in a coffin.
I sleep on my back. I didn't realize it made me hardcore. I thought all that porn I did in the 70's made me hardcore.

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