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.
[…]
The researchers suggest an explanation based on differences in sleeping habits in Japan and Western countries. […] 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.
[…]
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.

So, the new meme is, Futons good, box springs & TVs bad?




  1. Rider says:

    Seems our buddy soundwash likes to spam all sorts of pages with his non-sense.

    http://popsci.com/user-comments/67173

    Really sad how disconnected from reality some people are.

  2. MikeN says:

    Sounds like spurious correlation.

  3. whamalamadingdong says:

    #32
    Leave the Cool Aid ALONE! Wait ’till you grow up.

  4. Micromike says:

    What about water beds on wooden platforms? Been there for 40 years, only got cancer in my right lung.

    My advice is to keep breathing and ignore most of what you see, hear or read about health.

  5. ECA says:

    #21 Rider..

    http://ehso.com/ehshome/cellphonecancer.php
    PICK ONE.

    Also, many the cellphones from 5-10 years ago WEREN’T COMPUTERS..
    you are now carrying the EMF force of a computer STUCK to your ear, and MOST with a metal backing, to force MORE signal/frequencies DIRECTLY at your head.

  6. Rider says:

    @38

    I choose the actual peer reviewed studies that list no correlation. Thanks for providing more evidence of my stance.

  7. Rider says:

    Looking through it they all basically all say there is no correlation or, there is no evidence of correlation so I’m not sure why you linked to that page.

  8. Gildersleeve says:

    Oh Ba-ruth-er. Well we can disprove this by building Faraday cages in the frame of every bedroom. Of course my cell phone won’t go off and I’ll probably eventually get in trouble at work for that. I’ll just have to claim that radiation in the bedroom is against my religion. Hey, if the Spaghetti Monster will attest to this I’ll consider conversion. Any takers here?

  9. soundwash says:

    #34.. my buddy Ridersaid:

    Seems our buddy soundwash likes to spam all sorts of pages with his non-sense.

    http://popsci.com/user-comments/67173

    Really sad how disconnected from reality some people are.

    yooO, Rider, my buddy,-looky here, some insight for ya:
    All truth passes through three stages:

    First, it is ridiculed
    Second, it is violently opposed
    Third, it is accepted as self-evident!

    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

    Cripes! your still stuck in stage one!

    Rider, buddy-ol-pal-O-mine, looks like you have a looong way to go. (so sad to hear)

    I will gladly help bring you up to speed when you finally snap out of your disconnect.. 😀

    -s

  10. ECA says:

    #39..
    And your Stat is from 1997?
    BEFORE the new phones
    Before Computer phones

    This I like:
    April 2006 – the Swedish National Institute for Working Life issued a report this week, published in the International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, disputing two earlier studies that claimed cell phone use has no correlation to increased brain tumor risk. The researchers examined the cell phone usage of 905 adults who developed malignant brain tumors. They found that people with more than 2,000 hours of total talk time had 3.7 times the risk of developing brain cancer when compared with nonusers. 2,000 hours is about an hour of talk time every Monday through Friday for 10 years. The study, also found a 2 times increase for tumors specifically on the side of the head where the cell phone was generally used.

    Have fun.

  11. Theemy says:

    I sleep in the fetal position on a large concrete slab. So no cancer for me! Haha suckers!

  12. Maricopa says:

    8 Uncle Dave “So, in your case, your left side and back are more susceptible, based on this theory.”

    So you’re suggesting greensaab might develop breast cancer of the back?

    As for me, I sleep on a foam mattress and a wooden frame. Think I’ll take a nap and fall asleep to the TV…

  13. pjcamp says:

    No.

    Photons at that frequency do not have sufficient energy to cause carcinogenic changes in organic molecules.

    The intensity of the radiation is irrelevant. It is the energy of individual photons that is important since they are only absorbed one photon at a time.

  14. soundwash says:

    #46 -your missing the point its not about the energy of photon, it’s frequency at which they are vibrating. add to that, you have hundreds if not thousands of different frequencies all across the EM spectrum, both man-made and natural all around you.

    They are creating complex harmonics and resonate frequencies that are never recreated in a controlled lab environment, all contributing to the disruption of your body’s own energy harmonics.

    Do the research..and do not use university or government funded research sources.

    found interesting site in the UK that has wealth of mostly European issues at hand. I picked this page from it specifically because of the DECT 6.0 cordless phone issue.

    I had been given one of these with two handsets at last summer. i already had some minor sleeping issues since march ’09, and about 2 weeks after i had the phone, it was next to impossible to fall sleep until 6-7am from exhaustion. Luck would have it we had a power outage this past june for about 30hrs. It was the first time i had fell asleep soundly at around 1am a year.

    Because the phone had some major range compared to my last cordless, on hunch, i figured lemme switch to a corded phone and see what happens. sure enough on the second night, i fell asleep early and slept pretty good through out the night.

    By the end of the week i was getting a lot more sleep at normal (for me) hours than i had had in almost a year, -able to actually go to sleep within an hour of when i wanted to. still wasn’t as good as when all the power was off, but it was a big improvement -and i’ll take what i can get.

    food for thought..

    -s

  15. Animby says:

    #49 soundwash, that’s what science calls an anecdote. You had a problem, conceived of a possible solution. When you tested it, it worked. Now, was that a proof or a placebo? I won’t argue, I’ll just say as evidence, it’s not compelling.

  16. steelcobra says:

    This article is ridiculous. It completely ignores every element of antenna theory but wavelength. And even then it barely has any basis. No two manufacturers use the same size springs, for one, which can make the total optimal wavelength vary significantly. Add to that the shape of a bed’s springs, which are a very inefficient design made of a poor radiator material (steel)and you get to the bottom of the article: BULLSHIT!

    Not to mention that, without a radio connected to it, an antenna is just a piece of metal; it can’t “amplify and retransmit” on EM resonance alone. It needs a receiver to capture the sympathetic resonance fluctuation, an amp to boost it, and a transmitter to generate the master resonance; or, in simple English, the bed would have to be set up as a retransmit station.

    All assuming, of course, that the scare tactics about electromagnetic waves are right, since the entire VHF band (30-300MHz) has the wavelength range of 10-1 meters. That’s right, even at it’s smallest, VHF signals are as wide as a twin-size bed. Causing cancerous mutation at the cellular level with that is impossible; the scales are to widely separated.

  17. Rick Cain says:

    I guess that means IKEA saves lives.

  18. Peter says:

    Actually cancer rates in Japan are higher than US. Kind of blows that theory out of the water.


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