The recent advancements in the world have considerably changed the way of living in comparison with life from the past centuries. The improvements in medical science have specifically made life easier with more than ever health facilities and longer life spans.
However, it is hard to ignore that with these developments, there has been an increase in the number of challenges as well.
In fact, health conditions which were previously considered dangerous but are now minor issues have been replaced by new and far more life-threatening diseases and risks.
When discussing health, people discuss a variety of things ranging from the food in the daily consumption to the chemicals present in the everyday house products that can impact the health of a person.
One of the things regarding healthcare that cannot be ignored these days is the effect of types of energies. Different energies can actually be responsible for many effects on the immunity, wellness, breathing as well as the risk of developing serious health conditions such as cancer.
Every country is always looking for advanced ways for the production of energy to keep life going smoothly. Some of the ways adopted are quite harmful to health no matter how developed or efficient they may be.
Fracking is one of the considerably dangerous sources of energy which can affect any person’s health by exposure through the land, air, and water. It can even cause disturbances in the development of a child in a mother’s womb.
What is fracking?
Fracking is one of the sources of energy which is more commonly referred to as unconventional hydraulic fracturing. The whole process of extraction, emission, and procession of fracking is so harmful that is becoming increasingly worrisome for the public health advocates.
The procedure of fracking requires a number of different chemicals. According to the researchers at Yale School of Public health, more than a thousand chemicals typically used in fracking can cause developmental and reproductive health problems.
The study, published in Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental and Epidemiology, highlighted that as many as 157 of the substances used in fracking normally including benzene, lead, formaldehyde, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and chlorine are considered the most toxic compounds.
Know more about these chemicals and their link to cancer here.
Secondly, most of the mentioned substances and chemicals are well-known to have a link with not only reproductive issues which can impact the future generation but many of the serious health conditions such as the development of cancerous tumors.
Researchers at Yale Public School of Health also forwarded the view that over 781 other chemicals included in the process of fracking need further investigation to ensure that they are safe for the human health.
This is particularly concerning since fracking has been carried out in the United States for quite a time now and also serves as an example of how there is not a proper check which keeps dangerous chemicals from being in the market freely.
The flow of synthetic scents in the market, on the other hand, is the primary example of toxic substances in the market.
In addition to the previously mentioned study, there have been several other studies conducted to see the effects of fracking on the health including one published in the journal Endocrinology which showed how chemicals used in fracking can cause a hormonal chaos.
The study looked at 23 chemicals that are commonly used in fracking and their effect on the endocrine health, some of which are known to be endocrine-disrupting substances.
What did the researchers find?
The findings of the study were not surprising at all. It was seen that those chemicals blocked the production of different hormones in the body.
This means that different functions such as metabolism, reproduction, and even breathing can be disturbed in case a person is exposed to the substances used in fracking.
According to the statement given by Endocrine Society, there are over 1300 studies that explain the connection between disturbances in the hormone production and serious health conditions such as neurological disorders, obesity, hormone-related cancers, and diabetes.
Another study conducted by the researchers at Johns Hopkins and published in the JAMA Internal Medicine observed why people living near a fracking gas and concluded that people residing near a fracking gas have 4 times higher risk of an asthma attack.
In addition, the development of unconventional natural gas wells can have an impact on the environment along with the health. A research published in Environmental Health Perspectives showed that there is an increase in radon levels as a result of fracking.
What is radon?
Randon is a carcinogen known by the majority of the people and also the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The rise in radon due to fracking means an increase in the annual deaths caused by the gas which are estimated to be 21000.
Although unconventional hydraulic fracturing was considered a safer and somewhat cleaner option than coal as a source of energy, there is also another side of the picture.
Fracking can cause trouble to the health of the current population, to the environment and the upcoming generations.