The Damaging Impact of Noise on Your Health

damaging impact of noise on your health

  • Noise is defined as any unwanted or disturbing sound, whereas noise pollution is the conjugation of excessive or harmful levels of sound in the environment, which can interfere with human or animal life

  • Despite its prevalence, many people remain unaware of the serious health risks associated with exposure to noise pollution

  • Noise-induced hearing loss is a common consequence of prolonged exposure to loud noises. Studies have also linked noise pollution to cardiovascular risks, endocrine dysfunction, cognitive issues and other health problems

  • WHO recommends a daily safe volume level of 80 decibels (dB) for up to 40 hours per week, yet many people are exposed to sounds exceeding this level. Practical tips are included to help you combat noise pollution and safeguard your overall health

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Noise is typically defined as any unwanted or disturbing sound.1 It may come from natural sources like thunderstorms or animals, or from artificial sources like construction work, transportation, household appliances and musical instruments.

Noise pollution, on the other hand, is the conjugation of excessive or harmful levels of sound in the environment, which can interfere with human or animal life.2 According to the World Health Organization (WHO),3 noise pollution has emerged as a “leading environmental nuisance,” affecting millions of people worldwide.

It’s particularly pervasive in urban areas where noise sources are high and opportunities for peace and quiet are limited. Yet, despite its prevalence, many people remain unaware of the serious health risks associated with exposure to noise pollution.

One of the most common problems caused by noise pollution is noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Data from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reveal that at least 10 million American adults are affected by this condition.4 A paper by the WHO further explains how NIHL occurs:5

“Exposure to loud sounds for any length of time causes fatigue of the ear’s sensory cells. The result is temporary hearing loss or tinnitus (a ringing sensation in the ear) … When the exposure is particularly loud, regular or prolonged, it can cause permanent damage of the sensory cells and other structures, resulting in irreversible hearing loss …

Continued exposure leads to progression of hearing loss, ultimately affecting speech comprehension and having a negative impact on the individual’s quality of life.”

The intensity of sound is measured in decibels (dB), while A-weighted decibel or dBA6 refers to not just the intensity, but how it’s perceived by our ears. Sounds at or below 70 dBA are considered relatively safe even with prolonged exposure, while those above 85 dBA can cause hearing loss over time.7 Unsafe listening practices, such as using personal listening devices like earbuds at high volumes or attending loud entertainment venues, also increase your risks for NIHL.8

A study9 published in BMJ Global Health found that over 1 billion young people could be at risk of potential hearing loss from listening to music at volumes reaching as high as 105 dB through their earphones, underscoring the necessity for policies promoting safe listening practices.

“Hearing is a precious faculty, and hearing damage due to excessive noise cannot be reversed. For people who are affected, hearing loss impacts on their overall quality of life, while health care costs for society increase. Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable, and more must be done to ensure that this loss is avoided,” the WHO asserts.10

Beyond hearing loss, research has demonstrated the link between noise and cardiovascular disease. One compelling study11 presented at the American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session in 2022 revealed that noise pollution could be responsible for 1 in 20 heart attacks.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 16,000 New Jersey patients hospitalized for heart attacks in 2018. Using their home addresses, the researchers estimated the patients’ daily noise exposure and categorized them into high-noise areas (65 dB or more) and low-noise areas (50 dB or less).

Their results showed that heart attack rates were 3.3% in high-noise areas, compared to 1.9% in quieter regions. This indicates that approximately 5% of all heart attacks in noisy urban environments could be attributed to high noise levels.

Similarly, a study12 published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that exposure to both nighttime and daytime transportation noise increased the risk of cardiovascular disease by 4% for every 4 dB increase in noise among a cohort of women in the U.S.

The researchers also noted that these effects are not mitigated by sleep, meaning that even if you manage to sleep through loud sounds, your body will still react to them, triggering a cascade of stress responses that contribute to cardiovascular risk. These findings are echoed in another study published in the journal Circulation Research:13

“Traffic noise at night causes fragmentation and shortening of sleep, elevation of stress hormone levels, and increased oxidative stress in the vasculature and the brain. These factors can promote vascular (endothelial) dysfunction, inflammation, and arterial hypertension, thus elevating cardiovascular risk.”

As highlighted in the study14 from Circulation Research, your cognitive response to noise pollution can influence your endocrine balance by triggering the overproduction of stress hormones. “The noise-induced activation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and the sympathetic nervous system triggers the release of stress hormones such as cortisol and catecholamines,” the researchers explained.

In my previous interview with Georgi Dinkov, who is an expert on the work of the late Ray Peat, Ph.D.,15 an author and pioneer in nutrition, bioenergetic medicine, environmental factors and regenerative processes, we delved into the harmful effects of having elevated cortisol levels for a prolonged period of time, as its catabolic nature can cause further inflammation.

Correspondingly, researchers of the featured study16 noted that by triggering neuroendocrine pathways, noise “induces inflammation, leading to increased levels of IL (interleukin)-6, IL-1β, and proinflammatory monocytes, along with oxidative stress.”

Experts believe noise pollution influences cognitive function, although this area is less researched than its effects on cardiovascular health. In a review17 published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, researchers analyzed studies on the long-term effects of air pollution and ambient noise in adults aged 18 and above.

Their findings show that exposure to both air pollution and noise are “associated with one or several indicators of neurocognitive function, mood disorders and neurodegenerative disease in several studies.” Research18 also shows that children who are exposed to environmental noise are particularly more prone to negative effects on cognitive performance.

Once hearing problems occur, it can increase the risk of social isolation, depression and dementia.19 Unfortunately, less than 30% of people over the age of 70 who have a hearing loss will wear hearing aids,20 despite compelling evidence21 from the University of Exeter and King’s College London showing that wearing a hearing aid can help lower the risk of developing dementia.

Nighttime noise disrupts sleep, leading to a cascade of health problems linked to sleep deprivation.22 Studies also indicate that noise pollution can negatively affect reproductive health and pregnancy. Research23 on pregnant women revealed that exposure to noise and air pollution can result in lower birth weight. Additionally, a study24 on male rodents showed significant reductions in testosterone levels with chronic noise exposure of around 100 dB.

Moreover, a meta-analysis25 published in the journal GeoHealth found that exposure to noise pollution is associated with an increased risk of:

  • Acoustic neuroma

  • Asthma and bronchitis, especially in children

  • Gastrointestinal dysfunction, such as decreased motility and increased acid secretion

As per WHO guidelines, the daily safe volume level is 80 dB for up to 40 hours per week.26 Signs that noise is too loud include the need to raise your voice to be heard, difficulty understanding someone nearby, and experiencing pain or ringing in your ears.27

Taking proactive measures to combat noise pollution is crucial for safeguarding your hearing and overall well-being. Even minor reductions in volume can provide substantial protection. Here are some practical strategies I recommend you implement:

  • Practice safe listening habits by lowering the volume of your personal audio devices.

  • Download a decibel meter app on your smartphone to receive warnings if the volume reaches hazardous levels.

  • Wear earplugs in noisy environments, and always wear ear protection if you work around loud noises.

  • Use carefully fitted noise-canceling earphones/headphones, which allow you to listen comfortably to sounds at a lower volume. Choose wired options, as wireless earbuds can expose you to electromagnetic fields (EMF).

  • Limit the amount of time you spend engaging in noisy activities.

  • Take regular listening breaks from using personal audio devices to give your ears a rest.

  • Restrict daily usage of personal audio devices to under one hour to minimize prolonged exposure.

  • Consider moving if you live in a noisy area. If that’s not feasible, consider noise-proofing your home by adding acoustical tile to your ceiling and walls. Installing double-paneled windows, insulation, heavy curtains and rugs can also help reduce noise volume.

  • Use sound-blocking headphones to eliminate occasional sound disturbances like those from traffic or lawnmowers. Wear ear protection when using your lawnmower or leaf blower.

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How Long Should You Wash Your Hands?

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  • Handwashing is an important strategy to reduce the spread of infections, colds and the flu; the key is to perform the task correctly and for the right amount of time

  • Research has shown 84% to 95% of people do not wash their hands long enough to remove germs after using the bathroom; 7% of women and 15% of men didn’t wash their hands at all

  • While washing prevents the spread of infection, excessive washing may increase your risk of infection as it removes protective oils from your skin faster that can be replaced, resulting in red, raw and chapped hands

  • Antibacterial soap is neither necessary nor healthy; research shows regular soap is as effective, and does not promote antibiotic resistance as does antibacterial soap

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Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint. It was originally published October 14, 2017.

Handwashing is one of the top strategies you can use to prevent the spread of colds, flu, salmonella and other germs that cause illness. The key to this technique is to do it correctly and for the proper amount of time. Several studies have evaluated compliance with handwashing in the general public and health care facilities. You may be surprised by the results.

In a study from Michigan State University,1 researchers watched more than 3,700 people after using the bathroom and reported that 95% did not wash their hands long enough to kill germs.2

The average amount of time people spent washing was only six seconds. Even more disturbing was that 7% of women and 15% of men didn’t wash their hands at all. A study of 2,000 people from Britain found similar results after using the bathroom, as 84% were not washing their hands long enough to reduce the spread of infection.3

Poor hand hygiene is also an issue in health care. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health care providers wash their hands less than half the time that they should.4 The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates only an average of 40% of providers wash their hands when appropriate.

Passing germs from patient to provider to patient,5 and poor patient handwashing, may be reasons an estimated 1 in every 4 patients who leave the hospital will have a superbug on their hands.6

Proper handwashing that removes microbes and viruses from your hands is one of the single most important ways of reducing the spread of infection.7 You can infect yourself when you touch your mouth, eyes and nose with fingers contaminated with bacteria, and you may spread those germs to others when you touch them or an inanimate object that they then touch.

A study released by the British Royal Pharmaceutical Society found that washing your hands for just 20 seconds8 will remove germs and reduce the need for antibiotics.9

Infections triggering a cold, flu or diarrhea may spread when an infected person touches an inanimate object, like a handrail, shopping cart, table tops or toys, thereby transferring the germ. You pick up those germs when you touch the objects.

Unwashed hands can transfer germs into your food at restaurants or during food preparation at home. Some bacteria may multiply in food under certain conditions, increasing the likelihood the person eating will get sick.10 Handwashing education has demonstrated a:11

  • 23% to 40% reduction in the number of people who get diarrhea

  • 58% reduction in people who get diarrhea who have a weakened immune system

  • 16% to 21% reduction in people who get respiratory illnesses

The military was able to achieve a higher reduction in numbers of people who suffered from respiratory illness after an experiment with Navy recruits.12 The most common cause of lost duty time in the military is a respiratory illness. In the past, the military had used ultraviolet lights, vaccines and disinfectant vapors to reduce the number of lost hours.

During the study period, recruits were ordered to wash their hands five times a day, and the drill instructors received education monthly on the importance of handwashing.13 After two years, the handwashing recruits had 45% fewer cases of respiratory illnesses than recruits the year before the program began.

There are at least 200 different viruses that can cause a cold and several different strains of influenza virus that can cause the flu.14 Although it may seem as if the flu is a very bad cold, the two develop after infection from two different types of viruses and trigger two different types of illness. In fact, even when your physician believes you have the influenza virus, you may have rhinovirus that presents like the flu.

The only way to tell the difference is by taking a culture, which many physicians and patients opt not to do as it doesn’t change the treatment. It does, however, impact the number of deaths the CDC attributes to the flu. Each year, the CDC reports an estimate of 36,000 deaths from the flu.15

However, according to the National Vital Statistics Report in 2016, the number of people who actually died from the flu was just over 4,500,16 while the publicly reported number for death attributed to the combination of influenza and pneumonia was just over 55,000, a vastly larger number consisting mostly of people who had died from pneumonia.

Most pneumonia deaths are actually unrelated to the flu. According to the American Lung Association, there are 30 different causes of pneumonia and the flu is only one of them.17 It’s also worth noting that only 10% to 30% of flu-like respiratory illnesses at any point in a given flu season are actually caused by influenza type A or B,18 which is what the flu shot is supposed to prevent.

As mentioned, there are more than 200 types of viruses that cause respiratory flu-like symptoms,19 in addition to illness caused by bacteria,20 but they are not included in the influenza vaccine. So, since most of the flu-like illness in any given flu season is not caused by type A or B influenza, the scientific evidence is simply not there for the government to order every child and adult in America to get the flu shot.

Since the flu and rhinovirus are both caused by viruses, antibiotics are also useless against them.21 Only in cases where individuals who have compromised or weakened immune systems, such as children, the elderly or those with specific chronic illnesses, are antibiotics useful when a secondary bacterial infection may develop. The best and most effective way of preventing colds and the flu is to use effective handwashing techniques.

Handwashing is important before or after different activities. This short video will demonstrate how to wash your hands, and the list below may help you to determine if it might be time to head to the sink for some soap and water.

  • When your hands are visibly soiled

  • After coming in from outside

  • Often during cold and flu season

  • Before sitting down to eat

  • After coughing or sneezing

  • Visiting or caring for sick people

  • After playing with children or handling children’s toys

  • After handling garbage, using the phone or shaking hands

  • After touching your pet, animal waste, pet food or treats

  • After going to the bathroom or changing a diaper

  • Before and after handling food, being especially careful with raw eggs, meat, seafood and poultry

  • After coming home from the grocery store, school, the mall or church where you may have touched objects

Washing your hands helps to reduce the rising problem with antibiotic resistance as it can prevent respiratory infections and infections causing diarrhea, when antibiotics may be unnecessarily prescribed.22

Preventing the overuse of antibiotics is an important factor in reducing the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. Correctly washing your hands will help to reduce the bacteria living on your hands that may be transferred from person to person. To be truly effective for disease control, consider the following guidelines:

  1. Use warm, running water and a mild soap. You do NOT need antibacterial soap, and this has been scientifically verified. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has stated,23 “There is currently no evidence that [antibacterial soaps] are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water.”

  2. Start with wet hands, add soap and work up a good lather, all the way up to your wrists, scrubbing for at least 15 or 20 seconds (most people only wash for about six seconds). A good way to time this is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

  3. Make sure you cover all surfaces, including the backs of your hands, wrists, between your fingers and around and below your fingernails.

  4. Rinse thoroughly under running water.

  5. Thoroughly dry your hands, ideally using a paper towel. In public places, also use a paper towel to open the door as a protection from germs that the handles may harbor.

Handwashing to prevent spreading germs is a good thing, but overwashing your hands can actually increase your risk of getting sick. When you wash your hands frequently, it removes protective oils on your skin and increases your risk of skin cracks and breaks that let in bacteria. Irritant contact dermatitis is a condition that leads to red, raw and cracked skin that is 4.5 times more likely in health care workers who wash their hands appropriately.24

Washing your hands frequently removes more oils than your skin can produce. Once this happens, it can be challenging to heal.25 Dry, winter air combined with excessive washing at home may lead to the same problem.

The same issue may occur over your body if you shower more than once daily, especially in the winter months. Another reason you don’t want to wash frequently is that not all bacteria living on your skin is bad bacteria. When you clear your hands completely, you open the door to pathogenic bacteria to take up residence on your hands.26

Scientists are attempting to work out what “clean” means, if it doesn’t mean bacteria-free. A group of University of Oregon scientists argues27 that it’s time the medical community rethinks the definition of clean, outside of the necessity for sterile conditions in an operating room. In the past, researchers used jelly-based agar plates to grow bacterial colonies they swabbed from your skin. Today, researchers have found that not all bacteria grow on these plates.

Using DNA sequencing, scientists discovered a vast diversity of bacteria growing on different areas of your body. In fact, the bacteria growing on your elbows is different from that growing on the oily part of your nose or the skin under your arms.

If you find yourself becoming anxious about the normal colonies of bacteria living on your skin, it could lead to excessive handwashing that is a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).28 This is in high contrast to people who leave the bathroom without washing their hands.

Fear of germs and dirt, with the compulsion to wash your hands over and over, doesn’t occur overnight and is one of the more common manifestations of OCD. In this case, your behavior is a result of more than a desire for cleanliness. The real purpose of your actions is to reduce your feelings of fear and anxiety. While washing your hands excessively with regular soap may increase your risk for significant skin rashes and cracking, using antibacterial soap is actually worse.

In this short video, you’ll discover that even research from the FDA shows using antibacterial soap increases the potential for the development of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that regular soap is as effective, if not more so, than antibacterial soaps in preventing the spread of infectious disease.

Most antibacterial soaps contain triclosan that kills all germs except for those that are already antibiotic-resistant. This increases the potential for growth of superbugs as they now have less bacterial competition in the same area.

Triclosan was originally introduced as a pesticide in the 1960s, and it is still used in some applications today.29 Dangers from triclosan have been studied and are becoming more widely known. It is an endocrine disruptor, has been associated with early onset of puberty and can accumulate in fat tissue. The chemical has been found in human blood, breast milk and urine samples.

Once released into wastewater into the environment, the chemical reacts to light and converts into a form of dioxin, another known carcinogen. Triclosan promotes the development and growth of drug-resistant bacteria and is linked to allergies, thyroid dysfunction, weight gain, liver damage30 and an increased inflammatory response.31

Although many recommend hand sanitizer for widespread use, triclosan has been linked with hormone dysregulation in pregnant women and may affect the development of the unborn child.32

It is important to remember that antibacterial soaps are aimed at bacteria, and colds and the flu are caused by viruses. Antibacterial soap is no more effective against viruses than regular soap. The action of using a surfactant agent and friction causes the viruses and bacteria to slip off your hand and not to kill the germs.

Thus, regular soap is as effective against spreading infection without the added danger of exposure to triclosan or other chemicals added to antibacterial products. It is also best to avoid alcohol-based sanitizers. These products will significantly reduce bacterial diversity on your skin. Decreasing diversity may increase your potential for carrying a potential pathogen when you eliminate the naturally occurring protective species.33

You may believe a common misconception that if a virus or bacteria enters your body, you will get sick. However, a simple exposure does not determine whether or not you suffer from an illness. Instead, it is the state of your immune system that dictates your body’s response and therefore your likelihood of illness. In one study, 17 people were purposely infected with the flu virus, but only half got sick.34 When researchers tested the participant’s blood, each had an immune response.

In the patients who became symptomatic, the response indicated both antiviral and an inflammatory response that may have been related to virus-induced oxidative stress.

But the patients who did not exhibit clinical symptoms had more tightly regulated cell-mediated responses and an elevated expression of genes that function in an antioxidant response. In other words, half of the group were able to fight off the virus effectively. This means that while handwashing is effective in reducing the spread of germs, you also want to nurture an active immune system.

There are many factors that influence your immune system over which you have control. Sleep, gut microbiome, sun exposure, grounding and reducing LA consumption are all ways of having a significant impact on the development and support of a strong immune system.

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“Trainer Dan Lyons Explains What’s Really Hurting Our Energy Levels, Weight Management”

Trainer Dan Lyons was moved to focus on training people to become stronger and healthier after members of his family developed a range of health problems. He founded The Patriot Trainer to prepare patriots to survive and even thrive despite what he sees as the chaos and instability to come, as well as to deal with present issues such as high crime rates.

He explains why so many people work out, lift weights, and watch what they eat, only to continue to suffer from being too heavy and having low energy levels.

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E55S2: “Machetes, Vigilantes, and Treason” w/ Brian O’Shea and JJ Carrell

Machete and knife attacks have exploded in the United States and the emergence of vigilante groups seems to have exploded as well. Regardless of how you view these social phenomena, it is important to be aware that our world has gone crazy and stay informed about what we, as citizens of the United States, are up against. Many citizens are standing up to the violence and fighting back by forming vigilante groups and even offering training in machete and blade fighting. In this episode, JJ Carrell and Brian O’Shea discuss the rise in machete and blade-related attacks and the unprecedented surge in vigilante actions by citizens. They discuss how you can protect yourself and they share valuable links to training on security, situational awareness, and even machete combat. Also, JJ Carrell provides an update on the current progress of his riveting documentary “What is Treason?”

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“ERO Washington, D.C. takes custody of Venezuelan noncitizen arrested for carrying machete and knife at US Capitol” https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ero-washington-dc-takes-custody-venezuelan-noncitizen-arrested-carrying-machete-and

 

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“Armed groups in Arizona and Texas are collaborating with and courting police and immigration agents—with alarming results” https://azmirror.com/2024/05/23/border-vigilantes-are-blurring-the-lines-of-law-enforcement/

 

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“A Landmark Victory for Physicians and Patients – and the First Amendment – in AAPS v. ABIM”

Appellate Decision Sides with Physicians Rights to Free Speech

Several medical credentialing boards instituted a COVID-19 Misinformation Policies in September of 2021 and have used them to censor and retaliate against academic and practicing physicians who performed research, clinical care, and presented their findings on the early treatment of acute COVID-19 and vaccine safety. The boards’ position is that they and the government agencies they agree with, hold agency over the truth. By establishing that power dynamic, member who disagree with them are spreading misinformation and can be convicted in closed panel meetings without the member being allowed to present their views based upon the data and evidence at hand.

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons sued three medical specialty boards for their threatened actions against the board certifications of physicians because of speaking out on medical controversies. Physicians earned and need these board certifications in order to hold professorships, practice medicine in most hospitals, and remain in most insurance networks.

Defendants are the American Board of Internal Medicine (“ABIM”), the American Board of Family Medicine (“ABFM”), and the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (“ABOG”). In addition, Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden’s Homeland Security Secretary, is a defendant due to alleged government interference with freedom of speech.

The Fifth Circuit also invalidated Galveston Local Rule 6, by which that federal district court has infringed on plaintiffs’ right to amend their lawsuits. The Fifth Circuit agreed with AAPS that this district court rule is contrary to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and thus must be voided.

“AAPS can now pursue its claim against censorship by the Biden Administration,” AAPS Executive Director Jane Orient, M.D., stated.

Fifth Circuit Judge James Ho agreed with the panel majority on the key issues and wrote separately to decry attempts by some today to impose censorship on others. “In America, we don’t fear disagreement—we embrace it. We persuade—we don’t punish. We engage in conversation—not cancellation,” Judge Ho wrote.

“We know how to disagree with one another without destroying one another. Or at least that’s how it’s supposed to work,” Judge Ho added as he sided fully with this lawsuit against censorship.

The precedent-setting ruling in favor of the First Amendment was issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. This influential Court established the right to object in court to censorship of physicians’ speech on topics ranging from government Covid policies to abortion. AAPS General Counsel Andrew Schlafly should be congratulated for this stalwart effort in defense of our civil liberties.

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Originally published on the author’s Substack

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“On Lying”

Possible short term advantage often subsequently eclipsed by long term disaster.

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