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By Jacob Sharbel 


We know you’re probably thinking, ‘What’s the point of living if we’re just going to worry all the time about the small dangers present in our everyday lives?’ But it is important to err on the side of caution. At Dish we want to keep you informed of some of the possible risks out there (because they can add up), not so you can be paranoid, but so you can make informed decisions while the jury is still out. Who knows? By disconnecting your wireless network or switching to an aluminum-free deodorant, you won’t have to worry the next time the government comes out and says, “Do you remember 10 years ago when we said ingredient X wouldn’t kill you? Yeah, well, we were wrong. Sorry!” 


The Happiest Place on Earth 

A few months ago, the New Economics Foundation in Britain found that Costa Rica is the happiest nation in the world. It ranked #1 out of a total of 143 countries. In contrast, the U.S. ranked a pitiful #114. According to the foundation, “Costa Ricans report the highest life satisfaction in the world and have the second-highest average life expectancy of the new world (second to Canada).” In determining the happiness index, the study also considered nations’ ecological footprints and levels of consumerism. Check out the world’s happiest places at


Health Risks Associated with Antiperspirants 

Aluminum might—emphasis on might—be a major contributor to Alzheimer’s, and in the form of Aluminum Zirconium, is an ingredient in all commercial antiperspirants. Instead, try using a natural alternative such as Tom’s Natural Deodorant and smell just as nice as if you were using a deodorant with an antiperspirant. Check out this WebMD article that discusses the possible connection between aluminum and Alzheimer’s  ( Also, check out Tom’s Natural Deodorants at


On another antiperspirant-related note, shaving your underarms and then using deodorants does not, according to the American Cancer Society, cause breast cancer. The theory was that razor cuts allowed carcinogens from the deodorants to enter the bloodstream, thereby creating a more direct route to the breasts. The American Cancer Society says on their website that no such link has been found. Check it out! 


Fighting Epilepsy and Depression: the Vagus Nerve Stimulator 

Epilepsy is a disorder that needs to be monitored closely, and it often hits women much harder than it does men. A woman needs to be particularly careful if she decides to become pregnant; for fear of hurting the fetus, she may choose to stop taking her epilepsy medication. The Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) is a great alternative for epileptics who can no longer take medication or whose meds have not been effective in treating the disorder. According to the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Women’s Mental Health  (, “VNS relies upon the use of a surgically implanted device which delivers periodic stimulation to the vagus nerve. How VNS therapy works is not completely understood; however, several studies have suggested that this technique may be effective for some patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy and depression.” VNS has been a reliable alternative to treating epilepsy since 1997, and the FDA approved VNS for the treatment of depression in 2005. Go to WebMD to find out more about VNS as a treatment option for epilepsy ( 


Clarity Breast System 

When we think of ultrasounds, we usually think of the technology that snaps the first shot of our less-than-picture-perfect, peanut-looking kids still in utero. But ultrasounds can do a lot more than just take pictures. They can diagnose diseases—and now they can treat them, too. Breast cancer can be a difficult disease to fight, especially since the cavity that is created following a lumpectomy is not necessarily static. A lumpectomy, followed by radiation, can be a very effective course of treatment, but if the location of the lumpectomy cavity is not properly documented and part of the remaining cancer is missed in the radiation treatment, then it can grow back. An ultrasound will give your doctor a 3D view of the lumpectomy cavity before the radiation treatment begins. This view also allows a precise dose of radiation to be administered. That means healthy tissue will be minimally harmed. Furthermore, studies have shown that ultrasounds have provided more consistent and complete views than traditional CT scans. 


Wireless Technologies’ “Electrosmog” Harms Kids and Adults 

Do you have a wireless network for your home computer or do your kids have cell phones? If so, you might think about shielding them—and yourself—at least for a little while longer. According to the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy, microwave radiation can have a negative impact on a child’s development, and can sometimes even be debilitating. We have come to call the increasing levels of radiation in our everyday lives “electrosmog,” and that ought to give you an idea of just how harmful experts believe these microwaves can be. 


Wireless technologies aren’t just affecting kids. According to the website Electromagnetic Health (, adults exposed to radiation might experience: “irritability, insomnia, fatigue, chronic pain, difficulty concentrating, poor short-term memory, depression, anxiety, cardiovascular irregularities, nausea, skin disorders, [and] eye and ear disorders.” 


So what are we as a country doing to cut down on electrosmog? Well, not much—not the United States anyway. “Several countries, but not the United States, recommend limited cell phone access for children, including Germany, Russia, India, Belgium, and Finland. France recently banned cell phones in primary schools (” Right now your best bet is to write your legislator and—I know this might not be realistic—take your kid’s cell phone away and replace your wireless internet with a hard-wired connection. / Issue 103 - September 2018
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