Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Going to church is bad for your health?

Here's a Science News article I know PZ will find interesting:
Holy Smoke: Burning incense, candles pollute air in churches
Long story short, it turns out that concentrations of small particulate matter in the air jumped about 7-fold in churches when both candles and incense were burned during a service. Unfortunately, the article doesn't provide any reference data (e.g., how harmful is that change likely to be?), but it sounds like that particulate matter is probably not terribly good for you.

This also makes me wonder if my fondness for making (and then burning) candles is really such a good thing ...

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