Today I would like to give you some insight into an action that you may be required to partake in, in the current situation and would like to give you information that you can use to make your own choices in regards said action.
In order to enter certain premises, you may be required to have your temperature taken, where the thermometer shaped gun will be aimed at the centre of your forehead, they will pull the trigger, wait for the beep and record the temperature. This unfortunately has become a standard practice without enough consideration given to the chronic negative effects of a targeted, concentrated infrared ray this placement could cause on the pineal gland.
There are potential health issues of aiming an infrared ray at your pineal gland and no investigations has been taken into these effects (please see below for the function of the pineal gland, as it is these functions that will be affected in the long term). It is more accurate to take the temperature on the wrist rather than the forehead which is cooler than the wrist and the results differ by more than one degree in some cases.
It is not a good idea to point an infrared thermometer at someone’s forehead, especially babies and young children. In addition it requires basic knowledge of how to properly read someone’s temperature of which shop assistants do not have. It is less harmful and more accurate to place the thermometer on the wrist or elbow fold.
The pineal gland is a small, pinecone-shaped gland of the endocrine system. A structure of the diencephalon of the brain, the pineal gland produces the hormone melatonin. Melatonin influences sexual development and sleep-wake cycles. The pineal gland is composed of cells called pinealocytes and cells of the nervous system called glial cells. The pineal gland connects the endocrine system with the nervous system in that it converts nerve signals from the sympathetic system of the peripheral nervous system into hormone signals.
The pineal gland is involved in several functions of the body including:
- Secretion of the hormone melatonin
- Regulation of endocrine functions
- Conversion of nervous system signals to endocrine signals
- Causes sleepiness
- Influences sexual development
- Influences immune system function
- Antioxidant activity
Ask yourself: Is it ever wise to aim an infrared laser light at the pineal gland?
Once or twice will probably not cause any harm, however if you are having your temperature taken this way many times a week over the coming months this most defiantly will have an effect.
Food for thought! I personally will be using my wrist.
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