Friday, September 23, 2011

Diabetes, MS and CFLs

Thank you for your time regarding our invitation for the American Diabetes Association to participate in our CFL Impact Working Group, and governmental advocacy efforts on behalf of persons with light sensitive disabilities that include adverse effect reports from research and patients with diabetes.   In particular, our focus is a pushback of the Energy Act of 2007 secs. 321-322 et al defacto incandescent lighting ban that begins phase-in on January 1. 

Congressional efforts have been made through the BULB Act (Better Use of Light Bulbs Act) in HR 2417 and  S395, and in a recent discussion with Andrew Imparato, Esq., Senior Counsel and Disability Policy Advisor for Senator Tom Harkin, he said that medical NGOs could email his office at and request that the HELP (Health, Labor, Pensions & Health Committees) look into this on adverse health impact and disability accommodations/civil rights issues. 

Scientific papers are located at, but as we are receiving information daily, it has not been totally updated as of today.  There are a couple of cites of which may be of interest to you regarding diabetes and vision that you requested.
I would also have your medical advisors contact Professor Havas directly with any specific questions on the mechanism of scientific effect on persons with diabetes, esp. blood sugar and vision.  If you wish to particpate in the CFL Impact Working Group teleconference, or have any lighting/engineering questions, you may contact Jerry Straub at or by phone at 517-263-0760.  
Havas, M. 2006.  Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity: Biological effects of dirty electricity with emphasis on diabetes and multiple sclerosis.  Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, 25: 259-268, 2006.

See also:
Magda's CV and 2008 SCENIHR requested opinion on "Light Sensitivity" 

We have just had notification that the European Union's SCENIHR's draft new artificial light
preliminary Opinion is out for comment by 30 September.   The Opinion and associated information with how to send your comments is available on the SCENIHR website at the following link:

This goes into properties of the lighting and how preexisting medical conditions are affected.  It goes into some length about the effects on vision.  LEDs have the least adverse effects, and are more green x 3 at this point, but need a year or two of research to bring affordability and some light color issues into reality.

Thanks so much for any assistance you can give in our cross-disability effort.  Your legislative and policy experience in helping enact the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments was greatly appreciated.  I understand that your unofficial opinion based on that work was that the "reasonable modifications of policies and procedures" would be the issue, and balancing that out the reasonable prong would be key.

Kind regards,

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