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Are WiFi waves harmful?

Has it been proven that being exposed to WiFi waves is harmful?
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Does regularly drinking from a plastic container cause cancer?

I drink water from my plastic cup regularly and a friend commented that it could cause cancer. He also added that I should not heat food in plastic containers or wrappings in the microwave as that ...
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Is aluminum in pans, soda cans and antiperspirants correlated to Alzheimer's?

I have not only heard the soda can theory since I was a kid, but more recently when researching the topic I have found many websites that claim pans made of aluminum and antiperspirants are correlated ...
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Is this new study on cell phone / cancer connection legitimate?

Insanely related: Do mobile phones have anything to do with cancer? I was just sent THIS article, which claims that a new study does show a link between brain cancer and cell phones: This new study ...
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Does a dairy-free diet reduce autistic behaviour?

PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) suggest the existence of a link between milk consumption and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (see here on the PETA website). More research is needed, ...
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Does 5G pose health risks?

Among others, the website RadiationHealthRisks claims: Second, according to experts, because of the shorter length of millimeter waves (MMV) required by 5G to support the bandwidth, these shorter ...
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Does grass alone produce enough oxygen for life?

Over a work happy hour tonight, two employees were talking about their different lifestyles -- one likes riding four wheelers, which the other considers to be recreational pollution. Somehow the fact ...
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Is water fluoridation harmful?

There’s a controversy going around whether the benefits of water fluoridation outweigh the potential harms. What is the evidence for the harm this may cause and what evidence supports the health ...
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Can running a fan while sleeping in a closed room cause death?

It is a widely held belief in South Korea that you can suffocate if you leave a fan running in a closed room while you sleep. Is there any truth or science behind this? (See Wikipedia on Fan Deaths)
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Has 99% of the western continental Europe banned water fluoridation?

I keep seeing this claim about the unpopularity of water fluoridation parroted. Despite dental pressure, 99% of western continental Europe has rejected, banned, or stopped fluoridation due to ...
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Does Roundup harm mammals?

In the anti-GMO debate, it is frequently suggested that the use of Glyphosate (trade name: Roundup) on Roundup-ready GMO crops causes environmental harm. Example claim: Natural News Monsanto's ...
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Is wheat the cause of numerous, serious health problems?

This morning, I stumbled across a realfarmacy article which poses the question [Note: the linked page breaks in Chrome but worked in Firefox]: Why is there such a strong emphasis on the development ...
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Is using a standing desk for several hours healthier than sitting at a desk all day?

Is working at a standing desk more healthy than working at a regular sitting desk? Source: Crackberry Blog Over the past couple of years there has been a lot of buzz about the health benefits of ...
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Does staring at the sun cause significant, permanent harm?

Of course, I think I can safely assume if an eye is left pointing directly towards sun for a long period of time it does get major damage. However, staring at the sun also hurts very quickly. That ...
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Do electric cars create more fine dust pollution than comparable petrol cars?

According to this Flanders Today (a local Belgian newspaper) article a new small car on petrol in the city creates less fine dust than an electric car of average size. The researcher, Bruno Van ...
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Is prone masturbation detrimental to your sex life?

The term "Prone masturbation" refers to men lying face down and thrusting their penis into or against the bed, pillow, or something else. Healthy Strokes is claiming that: Prone ...
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Does 528 Hz "facilitate DNA repair"?

There is a somewhat common belief that playing a tone at 528Hz can help to facilitate DNA repair. Examples: The frequency of 528 Hz supposedly has healing effects on DNA. The frequency seems to ...
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Does grounding (earthing) reduce inflammation? [duplicate]

This seems to be an article in a peer-reviewed journal: The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory ...
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Do cacti absorb harmful radiation emitted by computers?

It is a common belief that cacti absorb radiation; consequently, a lot of people put potted cacti by their computer as a safety means. Do cacti actually absorb radiation? Even if so, will a small ...
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Are cheap sunglasses bad for your eyes?

Conventional wisdom and tips in magazines often state that you shouldn't buy cheap sunglasses because they don't protect well against UV rays. There are two claims in one here, I am skeptical about: ...
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Does using a fluoride-based toothpaste or fluoride-supplemented tap water lead to higher fluoride concentration in the pineal gland?

Dr. Edward Group writes in Everything You Wanted to Know about the Pineal Gland: Calcification is the biggest problem for the pineal gland. Fluoride accumulates in the pineal gland more than any ...
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Is the EPA's regulation of particulate matter justified with evidence?

The US Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has restrictions on "Particulate Matter". A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed piece article claims it is based on a scientifically unsupported ...
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Is water calcification bad for your health?

I have a friend, who adamantly believes that water calcification causes a number of problems, including poor health. He also said it made the water taste disgusting. He had recently installed a ...
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Does Roundup (glyphosate) cause kidney disease in farmers?

A viral photo on Facebook widely, shared by GMO Free USA, claims that Roundup has been linked to kidney disease. Breaking news: Sri Lanka becomes first country to ban sale of Monsanto's Roundup in ...
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Do glyphosate-based herbicides cause autism?

I just read this article on a 'health news' site: http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/mit-researcher-glyphosate-herbicide-will-cause-half-of-all-children-to-have-autism-by-2025/#sthash.C8EWLSzN.gbpl In ...
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Is lead exposure responsible for the rise and fall of violent crime in the US?

I just found an article titled "America's Real Criminal Element: Lead" via Hacker News that made an assertion about the cause of violent crimes that I found rather surprising. The article states that ...
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Can WiFi waves cause headaches?

I saw there was a question about the harmfulness of WiFi waves, but i'd like to focus on the claims that they can cause headaches specifically; not the cancer-claims. Numerous people come up with ...
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Can jet lag give you permanent memory and learning problems?

A recent article on Cracked.com, 5 Things You Won't Believe Are Making You Dumber, claims "jet lag gives you permanent memory and learning problems" and cited several studies. But when you look at the ...
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Is sun protection clothing a real alternative to sunscreen?

I was reluctantly dragged along to do clothes shopping in Singapore today and all over the place they advertised clothing that has supposedly been coated with some form of UV protection. As far as I'm ...
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Does drinking cattle urine have health benefits?

Recently, a provincial government in India has decided to promote cattle urine as a health drink: Cow urine to be promoted as health drink in Uttar Pradesh BJP government in UP prepares proposal ...
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Is studying while sick bad for your brain?

The New Straits Times reported: Working unduly hard or studying while sick may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damaging it. P-Healthcare blog reports one of the "Top ...
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Does organic food have more vitamins than nonorganic food?

Aside from the issue of pesticides there's the claim that organic food has more nutrients, vitamins and minerals than nonorganic food: Organic food is known to contain 50% more nutrients, ...
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Does a cell phone emit 1000 times more radiation when its battery is low?

Found this gem on G+: The rest seems all extremely circumstantial except the very last item. The 'radiation' they're talking about, I'm assuming, is electromagnetic radiation - which would be weaker ...
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Is Vatican Radio causing childhood leukaemia?

It an ugly, long standing story in Italy: Vatican radio has huge antennas, not subject to Italian law, and the people living in the surroundings lament severe ailments such as leukaemia. The Santa ...
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Is flying the worst choice of travelling, considering the greenhouse effect and carbon-dioxide emission? [closed]

The communities I live in in Germany keep telling everybody that flying should be avoided by all circumstances, because it has a far bigger ecological footprint than any other mode of transportation. ...
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Is the illegal nuclear waste at The Westlake Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health?

This Question refers to the 1 of 3 the nuclear landfill sites in residential/commercial areas in the St. Louis, MO area. These landfills are a result of the leftovers from the Manhattan Project ...
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Is the illegal nuclear waste at the Coldwater Creek Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health?

NOTE: This is not a copy of: Is the illegal nuclear waste at The Westlake Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health? which is a different nearby nuclear landfill that has a different issue of a ...
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Does Marijuana deposit four times the tar in the lungs as tobacco?

This picture is from Emily Miller's Facebook page shows one lung divided into two parts one labeled Tobacco and one labeled Marijuana. The Marijuana side is substantially less-healthy looking and the ...
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Are organic vegetables higher in carcinogens?

My common senses would have told me that organic vegetables are healthier and less harmful compared to vegetables treated with pesticides. A recent post on Quora made me think otherwise. Organic ...
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Does consuming fluoridated water reduce IQ?

Related: Is fluoride in water an industry waste product? Is water fluoridation harmful? Dr. Mercola is at it again with a new article: 25 Studies Prove This Reduces Your IQ. The Fluoride Action ...
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Is there a health risk from nanoparticles in sunscreens?

There have been various stories in the news in the past couple of weeks in Australia about peoples perception of nanoparticles in sunscreen. To quote from the linked story above: This week, the ...
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Is there hard science behind the benefits of home water softeners? [closed]

Does anyone know of any empirical studies or well-tested scientific theories on the benefits (or lack thereof) of using a home water softener? I have a water softener in my house that we installed ...
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Do cigarettes emit three times as much particulates as an idling diesel engine?

We can see that cities like Melbourne are pushing far the smoking bans Often smoking is compared to car pollution, and is said to be insignificant But, according to this experiment A turbo diesel ...
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Do Sugar-Free Gummy Bears cause gastrointestinal distress?

I stumbled across the Amazon page for Haribo Sugar-Free Gummi Bears The Reviews and Questions posted there were extremely entertaining, however I have my doubts as to if they are true or just some ...
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Does too much deuterium clog up our mitochondria?

I recently came across a strange idea that appears to be popular in the biohacking and alternative health community. The essence of it is that many of the ills of modern life are cased by a buildup to ...
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Mobile towers pose serious hazards? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do mobile phones have anything to do with brain cancer? Today we had a seminar about wireless technologies and were told that mobile towers pose serious health hazards. I ...
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Are activities in which both people bleed on each other considered "No Risk" for the transmission of HIV?

My friend, who was a HIV care provider, claims explicitly that "no one has ever transmitted HIV through wound to wound contact" and that therefore there is no significant risk to hockey players ...
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Is it possible to get a sunburn if you're behind a (glass) window?

Someone recently told me that windows act as a kind of "magnifying glass". That doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Here's an example of someone with that belief (in the comments): Can a baby get ...
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Is it possible to train dogs to detect hypoglycemia?

Many people have claimed that dogs can be trained to detect hypoglycemia. For example: For example, we have discovered that dogs have the ability to smell chemical changes in our bodies when ...
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Do fireworks kills birds, dogs and other animals?

Diwali is a Hindu festival of lights, celebrated with fireworks. My closest friend on Facebook shared this picture on my wall: Happy Diwali Thousands of birds, dogs & other animals die out of ...