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The study by Orb Media was subject for articles in German news website Spiegel Online (commercial) and WDR (public service broadcasting). Both articles, quoting staff from the German Federal Environmental Agency, agree on criticism of the study: The study does a "plastic / no plastic" rating, without actually going into how many particles were ...


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Summary: The survey this article was based on was biased, poorly designed and poorly implemented. The conclusions cannot be trusted. This study was examined by Orac who has been "checking in with and covering periodically ever since its inception in 2012, when antivaxers were fundraising for it." The study has had a history of being retracted: I’...


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I would say this is Not True Just going by the sentence you’ve highlighted: Health experts believe this increased exposure to 5G will have a devastating impact on our health. It’s already doubtful. Who are these so-called “health experts”? Why do they believe this? If we look at the National Cancer Institute's page specifically for cellular RF and its ...


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Yes, it does, approximately 3 times that amount by weight, but that's not the whole story. You should consider other factors too in determining whether this means it is more harmful: Firstly, when people smoke cannabis leaves or buds, they smoke them in a rolled cigarette which is usually larger than a tobacco cigarette. This would suggest that not only ...


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The symptoms you describe are commonly referred to as electromagnetic hypersensitivity. I believe the studies you would be interested in are the following: The majority of provocation trials to date have found that self-described sufferers of electromagnetic hypersensitivity are unable to distinguish between exposure to real and fake ...


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His data are approximately correct. He gives all the sources and assumptions at the bottom of the article as well as a spread sheet with all the data. Compare his data to Preliminary state data shows drop in rate of elevated lead levels in Flint In the third quarter of 2010, 8.3 percent of Flint children 6 and younger showed elevated blood lead levels. The ...


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Do FDA regulations make US sunscreens less effective than international products? Unlike the EU, FDA regulations do not dictate standards or minimum requirements for UVA protection in sunscreen. Also unlike the EU, labeling relevant to UVA protection is not required (though allowed). The answer on the sister-site (Outdoor.SE) as well as the other three ...


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ONE HOUR ANYWHERE NEAR IT AND YOU'RE DEAD This claim is probably too broad and the information is outdated, but the general idea is correct. A quick search revealed a few relevant details: From Atlas Obscura: According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the lake is so polluted that its waters will kill a human within an hour. From Basement ...


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Here is a good article that seems much more unbiased. It looks like there is no real scientific link. Is there evidence supporting a link between autism and GMOs However, whether you are searching for a link between autism and GMOs or autism and glyphosate, your findings can be summarized in one brief sentence: “there is no data that I could find”. ...


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Regarding the claim that scratching is a "No Risk" activity, here is a study showing no HIV transmission from scratches and bites from a person with contaminated fingers and mouth: To examine the relative risk of transmission of the human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) through bites and scratches, we studied 198 health care workers, 30 of whom were ...


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The whole idea that prone masturbation is harmful started in 1998 when Dr. Lawrence I. Sank proposed a theory of sexual dysfunction called Traumatic Masturbatory Syndrome (TMS) (1) . In his journal article, Dr. Sank speculated that the habit of masturbating prone (while lying face down — tending to rub penis against your hand, the surface of the floor, bed,...


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Breakdown of the claims There are a couple of claims contained together in this question. Vitamin D is formed on the skin (as well as in). Relatively large amounts remain on the skin or are secreted immediately from sun-sexposure onto the skin. In both cases the vitamins need an up to 48h waiting period to be (re-)absorbed by the body/skin. That washing ...


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Do desktop computers catch fire often? http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Research/Fact%20sheets/office_fact_sheet.pdf In 2007-2011, there were an estimated 730 reported U.S. home structure fires involving office equipment per year... [of these] Computers [accounted for] 48% In 2007-2011, there were an estimated 630 reported U.S. non-confined non-home ...


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It is justified with (recent) evidence. Selectively quoting from WP:Pariculates#Health_problems, emphasis of publication dates mine: Inhalation of PM2.5 – PM10 is associated with elevated risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as low birth weight. Sapkota, Amir; Chelikowsky, Adam P.; Nachman, Keeve E.; Cohen, Aaron J.; Ritz, Beate (2012-12-01). "...


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It is difficult to prove that it is impossible to train dogs to detect hypoglycemia. All that can be done to disprove this claim is to show systematic efforts to train dogs have failed, and that no-one has been able to demonstrate that it is possible. In 2013, such an attempt was tried: Can Trained Dogs Detect a Hypoglycemic Scent in Patients With Type 1 ...


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This is a religiously motivated idea. And it is very probably a quite terrible idea from a health perspective. It is definitively a terrible idea from a taste perspective. After reviewing the available literature for claims and results we have to conclude that there is no evidence to support these claims. Two experts who should really know the literature on ...


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I am submitting a new answer because I believe there is a gap in understanding in how these regulations work. I will try to be brief, yet thorough. EPA regulates Particulate Matter, or PM, under the authority of the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) of 1990. Specifically, there is a National Ambient Air Quality Standard, or NAAQS, which limits the PM in the ...


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It would be important to note first the cultural difference between bathing in Malaysia and Indonesia, and the western world. In both countries, the most common form of bathing is through mandi, which utilizes a ladle water system (http://www.webcitation.org/5x2caStUE). The primary area to note in reference to the use of mandi rather than the typical ...


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They certainly do not create more particulate emissions, but they might not create that much less than a gasoline powered car, depending on the model of car considered. First, what was previously thought? According to point IV.a.55 of this report the council of Europe's standing committee on Science and Technology, electric vehicles produce no fine ...


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Issue: Whether organic vegetables are comparably more carcinogenic to vegetables treated with pesticides? Evidence: Research shows that numerous chemicals present in natural products tested positive in the Ames test which is a biological test used to detect chemicals that are mutagenic. These chemicals also tested positive in tests for cancer using ...


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There is little evidence to support the effectiveness of nutritional supplements or the GFCF diet for improving ASD symptoms. A dairy-free, gluten-free diet for autistic kids is called GFCF (Gluten-Free, Casein-Free). Parents do often report improvements in behavior after diet change. Currently, there are several reviews that suggest that these improvements ...


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Summary The question as asked in the title depends on what you consider "strong evidence". I will therefore have a look at which side makes the better-sourced point. (Which is not just about "protecting people with damaged airways", but several other health effects as well.) One side -- the Umweltbundesamt -- gave references to studies the decision was ...


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The claim that plastic shade balls used in the LA reservoir leach chemicals into drinking water can be denied based on the following points. The shade balls are coated in carbon black, a food-safe pigment with an albedo near zero. Any sunlight that is absorbed by the ball is not reflected or refracted since its basically dark. Dark colors absorb light and ...


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This claim is difficult to evaluate in part because there are too many different variables at play. Fundamentally the reporter is quoting a statement by Richard Muller, Scientific Director of Berkeley Earth who said the following in a press release in conjunction with a publication on air pollution in China: When I was last in Beijing, pollution was at ...


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No. Of course there exist locations in the world where microplastic will be found in the water -- given the standards in some parts of the world, this cannot be doubted -- but overall the claims are most certainly (in the case of Germany provably) wrong, and intentionally misleading. The article you linked to is not a study but a sensational article which ...


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According to this Cornell University toxicology report, no. Chronic Toxicity Subchronic and chronic tests with glyphosate have been conducted with rats, dogs, mice, and rabbits in studies lasting from 21 days to two years. With few exceptions there were no treatment-related gross (easily observable) or cellular changes (5). In a chronic feeding study with ...


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TLDR; We don't really know. WebMD has a good summary of the current state of science on this topic: One of the most publicized and controversial theories concerns aluminum, which became a suspect in Alzheimer's disease when researchers found traces of this metal in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease. Many studies since then have either not ...


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Snopes already covered this one. It's a composite image of a man and a lotus seed pod. The static image accompanying the posts was the one displayed above, which allegedly pictures some form of bizarre injury or infection that befall a user of that brand of shampoo. The image itself is a hoax, a fabrication that imitates a notorious fake photograph of a ...


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Is the existing Northern Border Pipeline (which is natural gas as opposed to DAPL's crude oil) a comparable environmental hazard, or is DAPL provably more risky? Natural gas and crude oil spills really aren't comparable, especially in terms of environmental hazard. A natural gas spill mainly evaporates into methane gas and dissipates. Wikipedia describes ...


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