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breast cancer and blue light

Research shows that melatonin plays an important part in fighting breast cancer.

If you’re fighting Breast Cancer, you need to know that there is a link between a good outcome and melatonin.  According to the American Cancer Society, research suggests that melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone produced by the pineal glad, may play a key role in helping the body fight cancer.

In fact, many oncologists are now routinely prescribing melatonin supplements as an adjunct to chemotherapy.  But research also suggests that melatonin that is made by the body naturally may be more effective.

Melatonin is produced in response to darkness.  When we sleep, our body naturally produces this important hormone that regulates our rhythms of sleep and wakefulness.  Before Thomas Edison came along and invented the light bulb, humans slept at night, in the dark, and rose with the sun to begin their day.  Melatonin production was a natural response to this schedule.  But the advent of artificial lighting has changed our culture and our bodies.  We no longer follow our natural circadian rhythm.  We can stay up all night with plenty of distractions, sleeping little and using stimulants like caffeine to keep us awake during the day.

And the problem didn’t stop there.  With the recent introduction of CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) into almost every home, we have added an insidious melatonin depleting entity to our lives.  CFLs suppress melatonin production.  So if you’re fighting breast cancer, you need to be aware of the danger of using CFLs in your home.

CFLs and other electronic devices like tablets and TVs produce Blue Light, a type of UV light that is harmful to our natural circadian rhythm.  A Harvard Study concluded that, “Light at night is bad for your health, and exposure to blue light emitted by electronics and energy-efficient lightbulbs may be especially so.”

So how do you eliminate harmful Blue Light and help your body produce melatonin and fight cancer more effectively?

First, try turning off any CFLs at least 2 hours before bedtime.  Limit time on your iPad or Kindle, and sit as far away as possible from your TV. (Blue Light from TVs drops off after a few feet.)

Second, you should definitely rejplace CFLs with other types of lights that eliminate blue light, such as orange-colored bulbs, which do not produce Blue Light, or The Good Night Light by LSG.

Third, sleep without any lights on at all at night.  Ditch the night light, close doors to shut off ambient light from other rooms and use black out curtains. Throw a blanket over any electronic devices in your room such as DVD players or computers to eliminate any “green glow”.

Breast cancer is tough enough to fight without having to worry about your CFLs working against you.  If extra melatonin can make the difference between a good outcome or not, it seems like a no brainer to turn them off and get a good night’s rest, knowing that your body is working hard to fight off your disease.

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Sebrina Smith

Sebrina Zerkus Smith is a Southern Gal that has been scratching the writer’s itch for nearly 30 years. Her career began in Washington, D.C., in 1987, fresh out of collage and full of ideals. While plying her trade by day on congressional reps and senators, at night she burned the candle writing features for local newspapers and national magazines. She quickly realized that her southern upbringing gave her a unique and humorous voice that resonated with her readers. Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles where she pursued her dream of becoming a novelist and screenwriter. She paid her bills by working as a freelance writer for major marketing projects from studios such as CBS, NBC and Disney. Realizing that the future of writing lay with the internet, she was bitten by the blogging bug back in the 90’s, back before it was even called “blogging.” Then it was still just writing and trying to make a living. Through those early blogging years, Sebrina found passion and purpose. Over the past 10 years she has written articles for clients such as LightCues.com, MatterMore.com, Greenopolis, MacAddict, Yahoo, CNN and more. Today, Sebrina writes about a variety of topics including the Southern Experience, sustainability, clean water, food, gardening, sleep and her obsession with pugs. She is a regular paid contributor to WildOats.com as well as other entities. She now lives in Houston with her husband Jeff and their pug Newton. She hopes one day to complete her opus, Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed.