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The Perils of Wood Burning Stoves

Postby Wilberforce » Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:57 pm

The Perils of Wood Burning Stoves
By Adele Bantle

It would appear that not one method of heating the home is without its dangers. Up until now we believed that burning wood was the least dangerous method of heating our home and I admit, what else was there all those years ago, no oil or gas or electricity for that matter.

A study by Danish Scientist Professor Steffen Loft, revealed how Wood and Coal Burning Stoves and Open Fireplaces have their perils too. I just wonder how many people perished through unknown causes and ignorant of the fact that it could have been their own Wood Burner.

Professor Loft emphasises the dangers of inhaling smoke which can lead to fatal heart disease and cancer.

The danger comes through inhaling the small particles in the smoke which can penetrate deep into the lungs. They are the same tiny specs that are found in exhaust fumes and coal-fired electricity plants. Not only can it cause heart disease, but it can also be extremely dangerous for people with asthma and bronchitis.

Studies were done where human cells were exposed to smoke and it revealed considerable DNA damage, equal to the effects of particles given off by traffic.

This however all relates to open wood and coal fires, not where the house is being heated with closed burners.

A comparison was done to prove the fact and it revealed that in an area in Denmark where people were heating their houses almost exclusively with wood burners as opposed to another village with few of these, the result was that, when tested on human cells, it caused damage to DNA and showed inflammation as well as increased levels of cancer-causing carcinogens.

Not only were the above disturbing facts found but Professor Loft also found that in rural areas, wood smoke particles where contaminating crops which in turn can cause damage to the liver cells through consumption even after cooking.

Asthma seems to be the main complaint by people in these rural areas. However, now that the problem has been identified, improvements are being made to cut the level of emissions but it has to be stressed that the way people use them, is the real issue.

Dangerous particle emissions can be greatly reduced by using only dry wood, cut into small pieces and ensuring a good air supply to the combustion.

Source: The Daily Mail, 07.02.2011

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• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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