Science and technology has provided an amazing path for the human race to live longer, have improved quality of life and ultimately flourish. The downfall comes with the side effects of technology. For instance, the first people to use x-ray machines had no idea what long-term effects were in store for them.
Today, the same thing applies as there are still some dangers with the advancement of science and technology. There is likely going to be contradicting research and some inconclusive opinions on these subject matters. However, it is likely that these are risks your healthcare specialist won’t take and neither should you.
1. Using Toothpaste with Triclosan
Toothpaste that contains triclosan might be of concern for you and your family. This is an antibacterial agent that is found in toothpaste and other personal care products. Currently, triclosan is under review with the FDA. Science has indicated a trouble noticed during animal studies. It showed it could reduce levels of thyroid hormones, which plays a key role in regulating your metabolism. Additionally, studies have shown long-term use of products with triclosan can increase bacteria’s resistance to antibiotics. This makes toothpaste produced with triclosan even more dangerous as it is readily absorbed through your mouth.
Your healthcare specialist is probably not going to risk using these types of toothpastes until official rulings come in from the FDA. There are plenty of triclosan-free options available. All you have to do is scan over the ingredient list on the package. You can still remove bacteria by regular brushing and flossing twice daily.
2. Medical Radiation
The pioneers of radiation definitely learned the hard way about how dangerous the technology ended up being. Even today, after all the precautions we take, it is still dangerous. Everyone is exposed to radiation in our daily routine. It comes from sunlight, soil and other naturally occurring radioactive materials. Sometimes you might need medical radiation, however just one neck or abdominal CT scan has the potential to deliver five times the radiation you are otherwise normally exposed to. Radiation can break the bonds that tie your DNA together and ultimately lead to cancer for some people, due to genetic code errors.
There are ways you can avoid medical radiation. First, you want to keep your own detailed records of your health and medical history. There are diagnostic scans that can be lifesaving, however you want to avoid them where you can. Your healthcare specialist might not be aware of how many scans you have had. You should have an open and honest conversation when it comes to receiving medical radiation or diagnostic testing. This is especially important if you are seeing a new healthcare specialist.
3. Radiofrequency Energy
Your cell phone emits radio frequency (RF) energy. This is another type of radiation and it has been deemed “possibly carcinogenic” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This type of radiation is not as strong as an x-ray or CT scan, so therefore it cannot break down DNA bonds. However, since we hold them so close to our ears and face, the radiation still can be absorbed into our bodies. The research suggests it might slightly increase your chance for developing a brain tumor, however, other research indicates otherwise. The jury is still out on this one.
To stay safe from RF energy, it is best to avoid pressing your phone up against your ear and face as much as possible. Try using the speaker-phone options or a hands-free set to reduce exposure. Also note that the weaker your cell signal is, the more RF energy your cell phone emits to keep your call from dropping. Lastly, avoid sleeping with your phone right next to you. Your cell phone can still release RF energy as it continues to transmit data through your incoming emails and text messages.
4. Ulcer-causing OTC Medications
There is research to suggest that over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers may have the ability to increase your risk of peptic ulcers. Some of these painkillers inhibit an enzyme that protects the lining of your stomach. This leaves the lining of your stomach vulnerable to damage from stomach acid. Even so, there is also research from the American Cancer Society showing that by taking an aspirin a day for five years or more, it could lower your risk of death by cancer by 37 percent.
To combat all of this, your healthcare specialist would likely suggest limiting your use of OTC painkillers to once a week at most. You can always try natural remedies first, to ease the pain. When you have exhausted your options or cannot find relief, it is time to call your healthcare specialist to see what options you have.
There are many risks we take with our health and bodies daily that we might not even realize. Science and technology is amazing, but it can also wreak havoc on our bodies if we are not careful. If your healthcare specialist is not willing to take these risks, neither should you.