Are you Experiencing Cactus Like Feeling with Woollens?

Wool is derived from sheep and contains lanolin, a kind of natural oil, which is responsible for causing allergies to several people.  The most common wool allergy symptoms in the people include irritation, itching, rashes, and hives on the skin. It affects the eyes and leads to puffiness, itching as well as redness. It also causes nasal problems like running nose, sneezing, nausea, congestion and other problems related to respiratory tract. However, the people who are allergic to lanolin of wool also show the similar allergic reactions when exposed to the other products which contain lanolin such as wool wax, cosmetics and other personal products. However, only wool alone cannot be the actual cause of allergic reactions such as lumps and red bumps all over the skin, but due to the direct contact of wool with the skin generally causes itching and irritation because of the nature of the woollen garments.

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In the process of manufacturing of woollen garments like sweaters, scarves, socks, jackets and gloves synthetic chemicals and colours are required. Both the chemicals and colours can be the reason for different allergic reactions to the people who are not familiar about the allergic reactions caused by synthetic chemicals and dyes used in the making process of woollens but do complain about wool allergies. These only trigger or accelerate the allergic reactions.

A person who is allergic to wool has the same kind of allergic response just like in the persons having an allergy due to pollens, dust and pets such as rashes on the body including face, arms, hands, feet, etc. This may appear immediately or may occur in a couple of days just after coming in the direct contact of wool.

Till date, there is no particular treatment for the allergic reactions of wool; however, some antihistamines and allergy shots can also be given to the patients at the onset of allergic symptoms. Further, persons should stop using those products which consist of wool if possible.  So, to avoid such kind of allergy one should put cotton clothing in between the skin and the woollen garments and really it is enough to solve the itching problem.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing all the harmful and carcinogenic chemicals and dyes used in woollen garments. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Shocking Truth of Refined Oils

Refined oil is the processed form of natural oil, which can be obtained after treating the natural oils with different chemicals to meet the consumer’s expectations like free from specific colour, odour and flavour, has long shelf life as well as good for frying purposes, but is not good for the digestive as well as respiratory health of the human body. It is also responsible for causing various diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney problems, and many more.

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Let’s have a look at the harmful effects of refined oils.

  1. Chemical exposure: Nickel is used for processing of natural oil, but it has carcinogenic and negative effects on the respiratory system, liver, skin of the human body.
  2. Sodium hydroxide: A harmful chemical added during the refining process and affects the digestive system of the body.
  3. Preservatives: During the refining process, preservatives are added, but preservatives are also not good for human health.
  4. Bleaching agents:  Bleaching, dewaxing, deodorizing, degumming and deacidification are the harmful steps included in the process of refining process. These steps reduce the chlorophyll content, taste and other nutrients of the oil which ultimately increase the oxidation and rancidity in the edible oil. However, bleaching increases the shelf-life of the edible oil in deep fat frying applications.
  5. High Temperature: Refining involves the exposure of natural oil to the high temperature that removes all the natural and beneficial substances from the oil.

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Chemicals used in the refining of oils cause several ailments like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and renal problems, different allergies, premature ageing, ulcers, emphysema, infertility, hypoglycemia and arthritis. Therefore, doctors and nutritionists advised to go for natural, unrefined and cold pressed vegetable oil because refined oil is unfit for consumption. Cold pressed oils are also known as unrefined oils, such oils are mechanically extracted by a machine by applying pressure not the high temperature or in other words such types of oils are extracted in a much healthier way. In this process, the seeds are not subjected to high temperature and harsh chemicals which are carcinogenic in nature that’s why cold pressed oils are full of high flavor and nutritional composition and thus making them a healthier choice for buyers. In cold pressed oil, less than 40-degree temperature should be maintained by which the oils does not lose vitamin and essential fatty acids and maintains its natural characteristics. Once the extracted oil settles, it is filtered and packed into the bottles.
Cold pressed or unrefined oils are much healthier option than the refined oils because unrefined oils like mustard oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil, etc. are generally used in weight loss, it also aids in several above mentioned health issues.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing all the harmful and carcinogenic chemicals in edible oils. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Aluminium Utensils Results in the Degeneration of Brain

Maximum people are using aluminium kitchen ware for cooking and processing of food in the form of frying pans, sauce pans, pressure cookers, teapots, spoons, etc. because of easy availability at affordable prices and good conductor of heat. However, on the regular consumption of food prepared in aluminium cookware causes aluminium poisoning, but people are unaware of the harmful effects of the cheap aluminium cookware sets. These types of utensils are slow poison in the human body, these utensils change the colour and the taste of the food prepared in it by making it contaminated.  Aluminium is highly reactive to the foods which are strongly acidic and alkali in nature, such as tomatoes, spinach etc., but, aluminium leaches faster in acidic foods than that of basic foods. Food prepared in the aluminium utensils can easily absorb aluminium from the utensils as aluminium gets easily dissolved into the food and water during cooking, which readily enters into the bloodstream and deposited in the different organs and part of the human body like muscles, kidneys, liver and bones. The excretory system in our body is not able to extract the accumulated metal in the muscles, kidneys, liver and skeletal system and in the present scenario there is no effective treatment for aluminium poisoning. Therefore, it is unwise to prepare food, tea and coffee in the aluminium kitchen ware. Other possible sources of aluminium poisoning are packaged foods (soups, baked beans, tuna, prawns, sardines, chips, snacks, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables) drinks and beverages such as soft and alcoholic drinks packed in aluminium cans. Further, baby foods and infant formula also contain traces of aluminium significantly.

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Aluminium utensils generally show pitting when aluminium has leached away this proves that aluminium does dissolve in the food and water. The symptoms of aluminium poisoning are hyperacidity, indigestion, flatulence, skin pigmentation, allergy, eczema, dandruff,  loss of memory, depression, anxiety, asthma, appendicitis, renal failure, and problem in eye, diarrhoea, ulcers in the mouth and stomach, abdominal cramps and pain. Its continuous exposure lead to osteoporosis and Alzheimer disease in which patient is not able to collect recent events, but clearly recollects the events that happened in the past. The poisoning of this metal can only be reduced by drinking freshly prepared juice of orange, pineapple and sweet lime, etc. and by replacing the aluminium cookware with the stainless steel or cast iron utensils.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing precious metals and alloys by using XRF, AAS and ICP spectrometers. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Don’t Get Attracted Towards the Hazardous Mosquito Repellents

Mosquitoes are the uninvited guests that transmit various diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya, yellow fever, etc. These mosquitoes borne diseases transmitted, can be reduced by using several mosquito killers and these are easily available in the market at affordable prices in the form of coils, mats, liquid vaporizers, sprays, repellents, and so, on. All these repellents decrease the chances of being bitten and thus, reduce the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases. Here, is the fact that if these products repel or kill the mosquitoes, then is also responsible for the negative effects on human health. Therefore, in order to prevent the human health these harmful chemical products should not be publicized. All the mosquito repellent products contain N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide (DEET) a hazardous chemical, which causes allergic reactions to peoples and is also responsible for causing various types of allergies along with several illnesses like asthma, headaches, congestion, sore throat, nausea, dizziness, runny nose, encephalitis and respiratory disorders and its prolonged exposure is also responsible for causing lung cancer. That is why these products should be used with great care. From the literature survey, it can be revealed that in growing children it causes skin rashes, eye irritation, nervous system disorders and anaphylactic shock. Poor and illiterate people in the society are unaware of the hazardous effects of mosquito repellents on the human body. Therefore, it is mandatory to educate the people regarding the usage along with the negative effects by organizing workshops, conferences, seminars, publications, advertisements.

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Keep the important points in mind while using mosquito repellents-

  1. Manufacturer’s instructions should always be followed.
  2. Don’t use coils, sprays inside the rooms or near the family members, but always use outside the doors and windows to keep the mosquitoes away.
  3. Avoid sleeping in a room with burning coil, plugging repellent, sprays etc.
  4. Keep all these products away from the reach of the children.
  5. Burning coils should be placed away from the furniture, curtains, flammable articles, books, papers etc.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing all the harmful and carcinogenic chemicals in various kinds of mosquito repellent products. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Wi-Fi Routers – The silent killer at home

The internet has become an important part of our today’s generation because we are totally relying as well as dependent on the internet services to do various work. As internet is loaded with vast knowledge or in other words, it is the best source of education, therefore, people and students are using the internet for searching literature, entertainment and to play games. Further, people access internet for studying online and submitting an online application form even while at home without any delay and with more comfort. However, it provides all the necessary information that we need without any delay. At the time of busy lifestyle, we can easily purchase food, grocery, fruits and vegetables, shoes, clothing, ornaments, books, medicines and much more. Further, we can also hire an electrician and plumber online through different websites. Wi-Fi Internet makes our life so easy that we can easily communicate with the people who live in far places by making video calling, chatting, sending messages and E-mails instantly to the loved ones through social media sites. Therefore, most of the people, especially younger generation cannot expect a life without this technology and that’s why, experts in this field are involving at their best levels to improve this technology. But, we are not aware of the fact that wireless internet routers or the Wi-Fi modems send the signals to access internet services by using electromagnetic radiations which can negatively affect the overall health of the children or in other words, its exposure is the dangerous soup of radiations, if this wireless internet router set up in the home. The child’s brain absorbs more radiations than adults and affects the overall health as the kids have thinner skulls and skin as compared to that of adults. Today’s lifestyle is so dependent on the services of internet that the Wi-Fi routers don’t get turned off even at night and the connected routers are responsible for damaging the health due to the bad effects of radiations. It transmits the radio signals of frequency matched with the microwave ovens use to cook the food. Wi-Fi radiations responsible for sleeplessness, infertility, cellular damage to fetus, DNA fragmentation, depression, hypertension, heart palpitations, headache, poor health, memory loss and brain damage to the human body. Further, exposure to 4 G radiations, accelerate cardiac stress, changes in DNA and so leads to cancer and development of various tumors because these high-frequency radio waves disturb the natural metabolism of the human body. Now we should be attentive about the negative side effects of the technologies at home and the offices.

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How to reduce the exposure of Wi-Fi radiations-

  1. Wi-Fi radiation exposure reduced greatly by increasing the distance. Walls cannot stop the entry of these harmful radiations so, don’t place the Wi-Fi router in the bedroom or behind the bedroom’s wall.
  2. Exposure during night time causes the serious negative effects on the health so; the better way to get rid of these harmful effects is to turn the switch off at night.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing all the contaminations in air, water, and food products. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Microwaved Food is NOT Good –Don’t expose yourself

Microwaves are the high-frequency radio waves mainly used for broadcasting TV, radar for air, sea navigational aids, signals for telecommunications, processing of medicines and cooking food. Like light waves, microwaves are reflected and readily absorbed by the materials that contain moisture, such as foods and liquids, water molecules are bipolar in nature i.e. having positive as well as negative end. In Microwave oven, microwaves are produced in a magnetron, which is a tube that creating an electromagnetic field with 2450 MHz frequency and causes dielectric heating. In the presence of an electric field water molecules rotate rapidly like millions of times per second, creates molecular friction which is responsible for heating up the food. According to manufacturer’s guidelines, microwave ovens are convenient to use and considered safe for heating and cooking foods, but some precautions to be taken while using in order to reduce exposure of high-frequency radio waves. Microwave oven is a cabinet that contained microwave when this cabinet is switched on and the door is closed. As recommended by the international standards this cabinet should be in good condition and leak proof to the microwaves. Microwave users should follow the instructions given, like the door shuts properly, proper functioning of safety device. Its function is to check the leakage of microwaves from being produced when the door is open. If there is any damage to the outer case of the oven, it should not be used further until it has been repaired by a professional service engineer.

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Low blood pressure, slow pulse rate, stress, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart disease, headache, dizziness, eye pain, cataract, hair loss, sleeplessness, weakened immune system, and infertility are the main symptoms of Microwave sickness.

  1. Reheating the food in the microwave can destroy the essential nutrients and converts the plate of food into the “dead food” because of dielectric heating of microwaves.  The rotation of water molecules present in food creates molecular friction and start heating the food due to high frequencies in the microwave.
  2. Microwaving also changes the nutritional composition of the food, even at low-temperature heating. Different foods like raw beef, pork and milk lost 30-40% vitamin B-12 during microwave heating.
  3. Carcinogenic substances such as BPA, benzene, toluene and xylene are produced, when the heated foods are wrapped in the plastic materials that are being absorbed by the human body while consuming food.
  4. On consuming microwaved milk and recipes, blood changes its composition like, reduction in red blood cells (RBC), increase in white blood cells and total cholesterol level, which affects the functioning of the heart, experiencing chest pain due to irregular heart beat.
  5. Microwave cooking reduces the bio-availability of vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, and other essential nutrients. It also degraded the quality of meat, vegetables as well as frozen fruits and responsible for the production of carcinogenic chemicals thereby reduces the nutritional content.
  6. Packaging material of microwavable foods like pizzas, chips and popcorn has also released several carcinogenic toxic chemicals into the food. These toxic chemicals included polyethylene terpthalate (PET), dioxin, BPA etc.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for detection carcinogenic toxic chemicals in air, water, and food products. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Keep the mobile phones longer and save the environment

In our today’s lifestyle we cannot live even a single second without cell phones and become an important part of our life as these are the fastest means of communication and further, it helps people to connect with each other at any time and from anywhere. In other words, we can say this technology of communication is the boon, but, due to luxurious lifestyle people frequently used to replace their old mobile phones with the new one as an average in about 18 months. People have its addiction because there are so many features available in a single handy device and as the time passes these mobile gadgets continuously gaining attraction of people as well as many facilities. It is the communication, where a signal is transmitted via electromagnetic wave through radio frequency signals. While using cell-phone, electromagnetic radiations are produced in the form of heat, which consists of ionizing radiations and cause harmful effects. These radiations negatively affect the neurons near the ear and skull region and people using these electronic gadgets are prone to several issues like migraines, deafness, memory loss, headaches, burning skin, high blood pressure, hot ear, restlessness. Growing children absorb much more radiations from the mobile phone than adults and leads to smaller heads, higher tissue conductivity. Further, arsenic, lithium, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc are the poisonous components in mobile phones seep into the ground water when disposed in the landfills and disturbs food chain and cause several health issues. Dumping of mobile phones is not only hazardous, but manufacturing of new cell phones is also very dangerous and both are responsible for the changes in climatic conditions. People used to carry them in their pockets and mobile phone release radio frequency radiations that are greater risks of brain tumors. Lead, mercury, cadmium and hydrochloric acid are the hazardous toxic wastes emitted by the electronic devices into the environment when buried and burned improperly. People throw their old phones in the garbage which go to the land fill and ultimately toxic lead from coatings and nickel and cadmium from batteries reaches to the ground, water and air. These toxic heavy metals cause pollution and taken up through inhalation, drinking contaminated water and eating contaminated food which causes a weak immune system, renal failure, heart failure, lowered IQ, infertility and neurological disorders in human beings. People used to carry them in their pockets. However, Li-Ion batteries lacking heavy metals, but due to high chemical reactivity, can cause environmental pollution. Further, it is also responsible for underground fires and extinguishing of underground fires is not an easy task. So, it is our duty to encourage each and every person by organizing workshops, seminars, campaigns, etc. to take the responsibility for sending their old phones to the recycling organizations and help in protecting the environment in which we live.

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By following these steps, we can save the environment-

  1. Restrict the habit of frequently changing cell phones, this can save your money and time.
  2. If you want to upgrade your mobile phone then, give the old one to the needy person.
  3. If the life of the phone which you are using is finished, send it to electronic recycling organizations because it is very necessary to reuse, recycling and proper disposal of mobile phones to save the human health as well as the surrounding atmosphere.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for heavy metal detection in air, water, and food products. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Radon –A radioactive indoor pollutant causes Lung cancer

Radon is a noble and radioactive gas produced naturally by decaying of radium present in the ores of uranium and rocks. As it is an inert gas, it does not produce any hazardous effects, but on radioactive disintegration alpha, beta and gamma particles are produced. Gamma particles are dangerous and can travel through the human body. It is an odourless, tasteless, highly toxic, invisible gas which is fairly soluble in water and organic solvents, seeps into the ground and from the ground it spread into the surrounding atmosphere. The Radon gas when released through the ground, diffuses into the atmosphere in the diluted form therefore, causes no harm. But in homes, it is found in more concentrated form and can be highly toxic to the health of the family members as, most of the houses and apartments have been constructed over the top of the radon producing rocks. On breaking down on radon gas it is converted into radioactive substances and releases energy which on absorbed by tissues, can destroy the DNA and thus elevated the risk of cellular damage and lung cancer. There is not a safe level for radon gas so, it’s long term effects on indoor air and increases the chances of cancer. By switching to healthy diet one can reduce the risks of several health related problems caused by the exposure of radon gas. Examples of such foods are- Broccoli, cabbage, green leafy vegetables, beet-root, kale, Brussels sprouts, green tea, dry fruits, seafoods, fruits, vitamin C and supplements of zinc and selenium. Now the question is how this toxic gas enters into the houses and changed the quality of indoor air? The air pressure in the soil is higher than that of indoor air pressure and this difference in concentration of air pressure is the easiest way for radon gas to enter into the house if there is any crack in the floor, walls, window casements, construction joints, gaps around the pipes, floor drains. The difference in air pressure varies from a house to house, the level can be analyzed by go through radon test because testing is the only best way to analyze the radon level in the indoor air, as there are no such signs to give an indication about the exposure. There are two methods for analyzing the percentage of a radon are- a radon test kit method, and by hiring a certified professional from a testing lab for conducting a radon test for at least 3 months. Radon gas testing was conducted in different industrial polluted cities of Haryana like Faridabad, Rewari, Gurugram (Gurgaon), Yamuna Nagar, Ambala, Panipat and Jagadhari. It was done because of the climatic conditions; it is very hot during summers and markedly cold in the winter season. The radon concentration is lower during rainy season and greater in winter than in summer because the ventilation and the exchange of air become very poor in winters. Limestone, slate stone, dolomite, building stone, china clay and marble are found in Haryana and at some places graphite and quartzite are also found. Further, Mountain and Shivalik hills are present in the north and southwest Haryana respectively, which can be a great source of radon gas.

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If a high percentage of radon is evaluated in indoor air then these precautions should be taken

  1. A regular maintenance of the house is required by sealing all the cracks and holes in the walls, floors, around pipes and drains to avoid the health issues.
  2. Proper ventilation is important because the exchange of internal air is beneficial in reducing the radon level.
  3. By installing a pump that is used to withdraw radon gas from the from below the concrete flooring before it can admitted into the house.

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Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for chemical and quality testing of indoor and outdoor air containing toxic pollutants. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Air Purifiers- Best possible way to fight Indoor air Pollution

Delhi the capital of our country is one of the most populated and polluted cities in the world and people die every year due to wide exposure to air pollution. Air pollutants are present in the atmosphere in the form of minute solid particles, liquid droplets and in the form of gases which are responsible for producing hazardous effects in human, animals and plants.  Examples of outdoor pollution are smog, emissions of dangerous gases from vehicles, power plants and industries. Indoor air pollution is 10 times more dangerous than outdoor air pollution, because the pollutants are present in more concentrated form than present in outdoor air and further, people spend more time in indoors than the outdoors. The indoor air toxins cause signs of premature aging on the skin, because skin naturally loses its moisture and elasticity and people look older at a very early stage. To minimize the hazards of indoor air pollution, installing air purifiers in the homes is the best possible way to save the lives of the family members. Air purifiers are the instruments that help in removing pollutants from the air and so, improve the quality of air. These appliances are very useful for the patients suffering from asthma, respiratory disorders and allergies. These can be easily installed, for residential and commercial (schools, hospitals, industries, etc.) purposes. Air purifier consists of a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters that help in purifying the surrounding air by removing 99.9% dust particles greater than 0.3 microns, pollen, pet dander smoke and all the pollutants present in the air. Thus, air purifiers make the environment dirt and odour free, which are the root cause of all the types of infections and allergies and produce harmful effects. Indoor air quality can also be improved by creating no smoking zone, keeping the floor neat and clean, only use natural methods for cleaning and avoid the use of synthetic air fresheners.

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Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facilities for testing the quality of indoor and outdoor air that contain various pollutants. It also provides training and assistance in this regard.

Unseen effects of pesticides on human health

Fruits and vegetables are a part of a healthy eating diet, but it may contain traces of pesticides. Pesticides are the toxic chemicals such as arsenic, dieldrin, DDE, dioxins, etc. are designed to kill pests but may cause harm to other animals and humans. Exposure to these poisonous chemicals is higher in the case of tomatoes, apples, and peaches, green leafy vegetables including cabbage, spinach, lettuce, pears, grapes, celery, etc. Farmers used to spray these chemical pesticides on the plantation in order to get rid of insects and unwanted plants in the main crop. As the crop grows, it absorbs toxic pesticides and the traces stick to the surfaces of fruits and vegetables that remain on the surface even after washing. Even the low residual concentrations of the synthetic chemicals present in the food may cause serious effects. In adults, it impairs nervous system, disrupt hormones, loss of coordination, asthma, allergic reaction, hypertension, depression, infertility, and also responsible for the development of cancer. It contributes neurological disorders in growing children, including memory loss and impairs learning as children consume more food than adults as compared to their size and weight. These factors make them prone to the harmful effects of these toxic chemicals. These pesticides also responsible for the contamination of surface and ground water as well.

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Suggestions to Consumers:-

  1. Only buy good quality of fruits and vegetables, i.e. free from any spot and blemishes.
  2. Always wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly with water just before consuming and cooking.
  3. Always buy fruits and vegetables from known dealers.
  4. Peeling reduces the concentration of pesticides in fruits and vegetables, so, it is advisable before eating and cooking.
  5. Do not purchase and eat cut fruits from any market.
  6. Throw fruits and vegetables infected with mould/fungus.
  7. Outer leaves of green leafy vegetables like cabbage and lettuce should be discarded to reduce the toxic effects of pesticide residues.
  8. Washing of fruits and vegetables with detergents may absorb the pesticide residues inside.
  9. The quality of fruits and vegetables can check in the testing laboratories.
  10. Always use clean dishes and articles such as chopping board, knives and wash your hands properly with the help of soap and clean water.

Spectro Analytical Labs have fully accredited facility for testing traces of pesticides in the given samples by HPLC and GC-MS instruments.