Are we being slowly poisoned with Radioactive consumer products?
Sounds like a bad science fiction movie right? Sadly it’s not; In fact, it seems to be exactly what’s happening and may explain the rise in diseases like cancer, autism and a myriad of other problems that have skyrocketed in recent years.
Not many people realize how many radioactive items can be found in the average American home. From radioactive smoke detectors to furniture and consumer goods that are manufactured using radioactive waste, your home is likely filled with radioactive compounds.
While there’s are no official numbers on how big the problem is, thousands of consumer goods have been found to contain low levels of radioactivity.
How Bad is the Problem?
Well that question is actually part of the problem; nobody really knows how bad it is or how much radioactive material is actually finding its way into our homes.
The U.S. government doesn’t actually have any regulations that define how much radioactive material can be used in manufacturing a product. In fact, we don’t even actively screen imports coming into the United States.
But it’s not just imports that pose a problem to consumers.
Despite the health risks, our government has turned a blind eye to the thriving practice of using recycled radioactive material to build common household items and consumer goods. Radioactive materials are finding their way into common household products, because American metal recyclers and scrap yards are not required to test or report the presence of radioactive waste. In fact, many of them often mix this radioactive waste with clean products, since the cost of disposing of the radioactive materials is so high. It’s almost enough to make you want to buy a Geiger Counter and scan every thing in your home
Thousands of consumer goods contain recycled radioactive metals – Home furnishing, decorative items, metal tables, women’s handbags and kitchenware manufactured with contaminated recycled metals have all been found, some after having being on the market and homes in for over a decade.
One of the most infamous cases happened back in 2008, when a Chinese-made EKCO brand cheese grater had enough radiation in it to set off alarms at a Michigan scrap yard. The cheese grater emitted the equivalent of a chest X-ray every 36 hours and contained the radioactive isotope Cobalt 60, an element that has to be made using a nuclear reactor.
Radioactive Smoke Detectors – 80% of the standard smoke detectors contain an Alpha and Beta ray producing radioactive isotope, americium-241, which has a half-life of 432 years. The element americium, which is made in nuclear reactors, and is a decay product of plutonium-241, was discovered in 1945 during the Manhattan Project.
Tritium, a radioactive isotope of hydrogen and an important component in nuclear weapons, is used to make self powering lighting devices that are sold throughout the country. Everything from glowing key chains and wristwatches to gun sights and compasses may contain this radioactive element.