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Radiation Sources in Your Daily Life
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We live in a world that is “bombarding” us with radiation day-in, day-out. All electronics, be it a personal care item or a kitchen gadget, has some amount of radiation it emits.

The question that has been raised: Is it safe to be exposed to radiation we are in our daily life.

You need to know that Earth has its own radiation – call it Natural, Given to us – that we live in. All other radiation we create, artificially or on purpose, adds to the Natural sources.

Obviously, we cannot ban and cancel out all the “conveniences” we get from all those devices.

What we could do, though, is use them mindfully, per instructions, and Shop for those items that have a GREEN label when it comes to Radiation emissions.

Scroll down for the daily Radiation Sources you need to be aware of.

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  1. CoffeeTime says:

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    Could you name at least 3 TOP Daily Sources of Radiation you’re living in?

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    TELEVISION
    Radiation Dose: 1 mrem per year

    The average American watches about 4.5 hours of TV per day, acquiring 1 mrem of X-ray radiation per year from the machine’s electric conductivity.

    TV sets—and computer monitors—that contain a cathode ray tube are capable of creating low-level X-rays, but the FDA requires all TV sets sold in the U.S. to be tested to make sure they do not exceed a safe level of X-ray emission. Flat-screen TVs and computers don’t use cathode ray tubes, so they don’t produce X-rays.

    woman watching tv

    • Karen Hinkle says:

      wow I didn’t think of that but yes it could be true intresting

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      I’m one of those very stubborn people who won’t buy new technology as long as my old products still work well for me. I am really glad I gave in and got a flat screen for hubby when he kept prodding me lol. He won me over by saying it would be more eco friendly, and that he would make sure our old one was recycled properly.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I think I am getting new TV’s soon because I have the big huge bulky ones still.

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    Drinking water
    Radiation Dose: 5 mrem per year

    It’s no surprise that sources of drinking water in the U.S. contain low levels of radiation. It comes from rivers and lakes (if you live in an urban area) or wells (if you live in a rural area) where it can pick up radiation from natural sources like rocks and soil.

    Bodies of water that are near nuclear power plants are vulnerable to contamination with radioactive waste water, and are subject to extensive monitoring by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure these man-made sources of radiation do not surpass 4 mrem per year.

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    • Karen Hinkle says:

      I am sure it is in everything abound us

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      City water may be tested, and those near nuclear plants, but I wonder how often home owners have their own wells tested? I never have. I wouldn’t have a clue how much radiation may be in my well water.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      This is such good informational information. More people should be informed so we can try to control what we have done.

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    Natural gas
    Radiation Dose: 9 mrem per year

    Natural gas used for cooking, heating, and other purposes may up your exposure to radiation. But, again, the amounts tend to be so small that they won’t harm your health.

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    Radon
    Radiation Dose: 200 mrem per year

    Radon is a radioactive gas that you can’t see or smell, but it may be in your home. It often creeps in through the floor or walls from natural decay of uranium in the ground, and gets trapped within the building; it can also be present in construction materials.

    In addition to breathing radon, you may be swallowing it in water or as dust particles. Next to smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.

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    Soil
    Radiation Dose: 35 mrem per year

    Radioactive particles (radionuclides) in soil are either remaining from the Earth’s original crust, introduced by cosmic radiation, or absorbed from man-made releases (such as nuclear power plant disasters like the one in Japan and fallout from nuclear weapons testing).

    Some of these radionuclides end up getting released from the soil as gas that we inhale, while others get taken up in water and plants. Although high levels of radionuclides in the soil can contaminate water and food, a number of agencies, including the EPA, regularly test supplies for radioactivity.

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    • Karen Hinkle says:

      wow I didn’t even think about this one but it makes me think now when I work in my flower beds

    • Raye Wiedner says:

      Since I have little faith in government agencies like the EPA and FDA, this one is a bit scary.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I literally never thought about it. Only places in the ground I thought where bu the nuclear plants. This is great info to know for sure.

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    Consumer products
    Radiation Dose: 11 mrem per year

    Cell phones, fluorescent lamps, watches, clocks, televisions, computers, and even ceramics and glass all emit some form of radiation, but at low enough rates that they have no known effect on your health.

    Cell phones, in particular, give off radio frequency (RF) waves that aren’t as strong as X-rays, and while they might warm your cheek, the RF waves are at a low enough level that they do not damage tissue.

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    • Karen Hinkle says:

      I guess that is a good thing how many ppl would give up there cell phone lol

      • Raye Wiedner says:

        Isn’t that the truth, Karen!! I know I’d have to knock my girls unconscious to get their phones away LOL.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I didn’t even thing about fluorescent lamps, watches, clocks, televisions, computers, ceramics, and glass. Wow look how much we pollute the earth and then we wonder why it is changing so much.

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    Medical imaging
    Radiation Dose: 10 to 1,000 mrem per screening

    Many imaging techniques to diagnose medical conditions use radiation, but the dose varies widely. Chest X-rays and dental X-rays deliver about 10 mrem, while mammograms (another form of X-ray) deliver about 138 per image. CT scans can have as many as 1,000 mrem per scan.

    “Outside of ordinary background radiation, the most common cause of exposure in the U.S. is from medical sources,” Frey says. “But as long as there is a good reason for that procedure, the benefits will exceed the risks.”

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    Plane travel
    Radiation Dose: 2–3 mrem for a transcontinental flight

    Cosmic radiation comes from outer space and accounts for about 5% of background radiation exposure in the U.S. The atmosphere protects us from this radiation, so it makes sense that our exposure amplifies when we fly on a commercial airplane.

    For most people, plane travel is not a significant source of radiation, but pilots, flight attendants, and other frequent fliers can absorb up to 200 mrem per year, according to the EPA.

    The new full-body X-ray scanners in airports are another source of radiation, but the exposure is negligible—about 0.01 mrem per 3-second screening.

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    • Raye Wiedner says:

      Interesting. I don’t fly often , but I hadn’t thought about how much was absorbed by pilots and flight attendants.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      This is good information to know and something you would not think about either.

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    Cigarette smoking
    Radiation Dose: 1,300 mrem per year

    The 20% of Americans (about 43 million) who smoke are increasing more than just their risk of lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke.

    They inhale small amounts of radioactive material—from both natural sources and the fertilizer used on the tobacco plants—each time they take a puff. And tar from tobacco smoke traps some of these materials, in particular lead 210 and polonium 210, in their lung passages

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    • Raye Wiedner says:

      So many things in smoke that can harm, not surprised this is just another.

    • Rebecca Swenor says:

      I have been cutting back and using the electric cigarettes. I know with the more info that comes out the more I smoke less.

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