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30 July 2008 :: 12:07:36 pm 21802

Joss Stick Can Give You Lung Cancer Study Finds

Buddhist worshipers and monks beware, the atmosphere in temples may be lethal. A recent 2-yaer study by Chulabhorn Research Institute discovered that joss sticks are carcinogenic, they might give you lung cancer!
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Long considered as consciousness-enhancing and good for inducing meditative states of mind, it seems that joss is not as beneficial as was previously thought. The study, conducted over the past two years at three famous temples in Ayutthaya, Chachoengsao and Samut Prakan, found that, shrines especially, where the smoke from joss sticks has thoroughly permeated the air, can be highly dangerous in the long-term.

”Crowded shrines in Yaowarat are of the most concern since the temples and shrines are filled with smoke all day, every day. Traffic pollution has worsened the air quality in Yaowarat,” Dr. Manoon Leechawengwong, a research team member, said.

Air quality measured at the smoke-filled temples found dangerously high levels of these carcinogenic substances. Researchers also found monohydroxybutenyl-mercapturic acid, another ultra-dangerous substance, in urine tests on 40 temple staff. The study also discovered found a lower ability to repair damaged DNA in the bodies of those tested.

As a preventative measure, the researchers advised bowing out the joss sticks after worshipers have finished praying.

Not only do joss sticks possibly lead to cancer, but they also contribute to global warming. Apparently, one tonne of joss sticks burned supposedly emits 325 kilogrammes of carbon dioxide and 7.2 kg of methane; gases which contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Health

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