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Toasted Skin Syndrome (TSS)

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

This isn't a new thing -- It's just been given a name: Toasted Skin Syndrome [TSS]
[The following info in quotes is from one of the UK health newsletters that I receive in my e-mail, so I'm unable to post a link to the source] --

"If your laptop rests on your legs too long, your skin can get toasted by heat from the optical drive and exhaust fan. But despite the heat, some laptop users don't realize they're in danger. This appears to occur mostly among young people who become hyper-focused whilst playing computer games."
"The trick to avoiding TSS is obvious: Just put something between your lap and your laptop. "
"What's less obvious is a much more subtle kind of toasting you may be getting from electric magnetic fields. "
" Ann Louise Gittleman has plenty to say about laptop use in her new book 'Zapped.' She warns against using a laptop in your lap at any time. And this is very important for women who are pregnant. Ann Louise explains that a foetus is particularly vulnerable to electro-pollution because the womb is essentially a sack of water a well known conductor of electricity. "
Ann Louise: "While your laptop is connected to its AC power adaptor, it can cause high AC magnetic and AC electric field exposure. And your computer can emit harmful electric magnetic fields (EMFs) even when it's not connected to a power adaptor, especially when you're logged on through a wireless internet connection."

Additional Information from the newsletter entry:
"'Zapped' [] contains hundreds of invaluable tips on how to significantly reduce your electro-pollution exposure."
"For more information you can go to the "Zapped" website (
On her website Ann also reveals why your cordless phone you use at home is significantly more dangerous than your mobile phone."

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    I keep my laptop on a fan cooled stand which does 2 things, 1) keeps it off my skin and 2) cools down the machine and me. It is made by Logitech and cost approx 25.00, it plugs into a spare USB port on the side.

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FUTUREHOPE49 2/2/2011 10:53AM

    Thank you for the tip on putting something between your legs and computer. I get hot legs and had not thought of that! Interesting site! thank you for sharing!

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60SIXTY 2/1/2011 8:00AM


emoticon I had heard of the toasted skin syndrome - perhaps not the new name, though.
We have a really old phone that can be used during a power outage. I would really hate being tethered to it.

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FITFABME2 2/1/2011 1:20AM

    So true! And too funny!

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