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7 everyday sources of radiation and how they harm

It is comforting for most of us to think that exposure to harmful radiation is only an issue for people living near nuclear plants. However, the truth of the matter is that hazardous radiations are present all around us. Find out how.

Mind Body By Vasudha Bhat / Jul 07, 2015

Radiation is all around you

Radiation is usually linked with atomic bombs and nuclear plants. This is why most of us never fear coming in contact with harmful radiations. Shockingly, radiations are not just restricted to areas around nuclear plants, they also emanate from common household objects as well. Here is a list of few everyday sources of radiation which you need to avoid.

Wireless technology

We often come across people suggesting minimum use of mobile phones to keep fatal diseases, such as cancer, at bay. As a matter of fact, the radio frequency found in all wireless networks can harm you through heat by giving birth to lethal diseases.


There’s nothing new about the fact that tobacco causes cancer, but have you ever wondered how? There are radioactive materials present in the atmosphere that can adhere to sticky tobacco leaves and remain there throughout the manufacturing process. It is this indirect consumption of radioactive materials that leads to deadly diseases such as mouth cancer and lung cancer.


Microwaves form an essential part of every household, but the harmful radiation exposure it brings along is something to be aware of. Microwaves use radio frequency waves to cause vibration in the molecules of food and generate heat. Although the energy is not radioactive and does not alter food, a microwave poses threat when the door does not close completely.

Power lines

In 1998, the National Health Institute of Health conducted a study based on instances from childhood leukemia. It was found that children living near power lines could be more exposed to the disease. There were no conclusive results though.


When radioactive gas is generated by decaying uranium in rock and soil, radon forms. With time, uranium decays and the radon produced can seep into buildings, accumulate and eventually become a health hazard.


Electric conductivity of television can emit 1mrem of x-ray radiation if you spend watching 4.5 hours of TV per day on an average. Thankfully, your television sets, and even computer monitors for that matter, contain cathode ray tubes that are capable of creating low-level of x-rays.

Drinking water

People living in urban areas are more likely to get exposed to radiation from drinking water. This is for a simple reason that rivers and lakes that supply drinking water pick radiation from natural resources like rocks and soil easily in urban areas.

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