Saturday, May 24, 2008

Migraine and the Energy Independence & Security Act of 2007

Last year Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. This federal law requires incandescent lighting to be phased out in favor of energy efficient bulbs starting in 2012. The law doesn't say that compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are required but because fluorescent, the tube-like bulbs that are mostly found in public places such as offices, schools, and stores, and CFLs, the ones designed for home use, are the most available and less expensive, it's likely that these types of bulbs will be the most used.

Many Migraineurs find that CFLs trigger Migraine attacks. CFLs also affects others who suffer with health conditions such as Epilepsy, Lupus and Autism. As use of CFLs increase, those of us with health conditions will find it very difficult to have a public life; to go to the store or bank, attend school and go to work in offices and factories alike.

Opposing CFLs does not mean that Migraineurs and other people with health concerns are opposed to "Going Green". Of course we are in favor of saving our environment and our planet as much as anyone who's health is not affected by this lighting but we believe that alternatives such as light emitting diodes (LEDs), halogens and improved energy efficient incandescents , would remedy this issue without hurting or endangering our health.

A group of us who write, blog and advocate for
Migraine Disease have created a petition asking for an amendment to the Energy Independence & Security Act that emphasizes energy standards and encourages the development of other energy saving technology instead of focusing on the elimination of existing technology. If you feel the same way we do please head over to ipetitions and sign the Protect migraineurs from compact fluorescent bulbs ipetition HERE.


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