Received this thru an email from a friend. No harm to spread words around when its concerning our children's well being in particular. Do google about it if you want more information.
Russel J. Reiter, Ph.D., Professor
Bowman Gray School of Medicine
1964 (210) 567-3859
KIDS who sleep with the light on could risk leukemia, parents were warned.
Scientists have found the body needs darkness to produce a chemical that fights cancer.
Even switching the light on for the toilet, staying up late, traveling across time zones, or the light from street lamps can stop enough melatonin being made, they say.
The body needs the chemical to prevent damage to DNA and its absence stops fatty acids reaching tumours and preventing them growing. Texas University Prof Russell Reiter, who led the research, said: 'Once you go to bed you should not even switch the light on for a minute.
'Your brain immediately recognises the light as day and melatonin levels drop.'
Rates of childhood leukemia have doubled in the past 40 years.
About 500 youngsters under 15 are diagnosed with the disease each year and around 100 die. A conference on childhood leukemia in London yesterday heard that people were being subjected to more light at night than ever.
This suppressed the production of melatonin which normally happens between 9pm and 8am.
Past research has shown those most affected, like shift workers, had higher levels of breast cancer.
Blind people, who are not vulnerable to fluctuations of melatonin, have lower rates of cancer, it was found.
Parents are advised to use dim red or yellow bulbs if their youngsters are scared of the dark।