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Low-Energy Bulbs ‘Cause Migraine’

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Energy-saving light bulbs could trigger migraines, say campaigners.
The Migraine Action Association says members have told them how fluorescent bulbs have led to attacks… & see

The government is set to prevent the sale of conventional light bulbs within the next four years in a bid to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

Concerns have already been raised by epilepsy charities about an increased risk of seizures from energy-saving bulbs.

The lighting industry says that the latest bulbs do not flicker

Some bulbs use similar technology to fluorescent strip lights, and some users have complained that there can be a “flickering” effect.

They use approximately a quarter of the energy of conventional bulbs, and in September, Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said that a voluntary agreement with retailers would remove all conventional bulbs from the shops by December 2011.

However, Karen Manning, from the Migraine Action Association, said this could be damaging to some sufferers.

She said that up to six million people in the UK suffer from some sort of migraine attack.

“These bulbs do trigger migraines for some of our members – it’s either the flickering, or the low intensity of the light, causing eye strain.

“We would ask the government to avoid banning them completely, and still leave some opportunity for conventional bulbs to be purchased.”

Old technology :

However, the Lighting Association, which represents bulb manufacturers, said that the latest energy-saving bulbs did not produce a flicker.

A spokesman said: “A small number of cases have been reported by people who suffer from reactions to certain types of linear fluorescent lamps.

“These were almost certainly triggered by old technology.”

Last year the charity Epilepsy Action reported that a small number of people with the illness could have seizures triggered by low-energy bulbs.

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Sources: BBC NEWS:2nd. Jan’08


Shoulder Socket Rotation (Yoga Exercise)


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This yoga Exercise has two variations. You can practice this as below:


Variation I:

Remain in comfortable siting position or comfortable cross legged pose.

Keep spinal chord and the neck straight.

Keep your eyes open.

Breathe slow and rhythmic.

Stretch forward your arms to shoulder level.

Keep the palms straight and open towards the ceiling with straight fingers.

Bend both the elbows and stretch the palms face ward.

Try to touch the shoulder with your palms.

At this hour the palm should be shoulder ward.

Keeping the fingers on your shoulder rotate the hand in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction.

Do this exercise ten times.

Now straighten your hand at the elbow.

Repeat this ten times.

Bring back the hands in original position.

Variation II:

Remain in comfortable siting pose with your neck and spine straight.

Out stretch your both hands sideways at shoulder level keeping the palm-ceiling ward.

Bend your elbows and touch the shoulder with your fingers.

Keeping the fingers on the shoulder rotate both the hands in circular and anti-circular motion.

Then place your hands back in the original position.

Repeat this ten times.

Inhale and stretch your arms then exhale and bend your elbows.

Focus on the arms and elbows.

Now get back in the primary position.

Breathing Pattern:

Inhale during the upward movement.

Exhale during the downward movement.


On the breathing.

Mental counting.

The rotation of hip joints.


Flexibility to the joint.

Removes the muscle strain.