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Environmental Alarmists Now Claim Fireplaces Bad for Us

Postby Wilberforce » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:39 pm

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Environmental Alarmists Now Claim Fireplaces Bad for Us
A study published in Chemical Research in Toxicology claims that smoke from fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, and (presumably) campfires is hazardous to your health.

The study, published in the American Chemical Society (ACS) journal, Chemical Research in Toxicology, found that the invisible particles inhaled into the lungs from wood smoke may have several adverse health effects.

Steffen Loft, Ph.D., and colleagues cite the abundant scientific evidence linking inhalation of fine particles of air pollution--so-called "particulate matter"--from motor vehicle exhaust, coal-fired electric power plants, and certain other sources with heart disease, asthma, bronchitis, and other health problems. However, relatively little information of that kind exists about the effects of wood smoke particulate matter (WSPM), even though millions of people around the world use wood for home heating and cooking and routinely inhale WSPM.

The scientists analyzed and compared particulate matter in air from the center of a village in Denmark where most residents used wood stoves, to a neighboring rural area with few wood stoves, as well as to pure WSPM collected from a wood stove. Airborne particles in the village and pure WSPM tended to be of the most potentially hazardous size, small enough to be inhaled into the deepest parts of the lungs. WSPM contained higher levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which include "probable" human carcinogens. When tested on cultures of human cells, WSPM also caused more damage to the genetic material, DNA; more inflammation; and had greater activity in turning on genes in ways linked to disease.

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Not everyone that uses tobacco is going to get cancer, either. After Hurricane Rita, my daughter started getting short of breath. It took a year for someone to diagnose her. She had an extremely rare lung disease, similar to an auto-immune disorder. Bronchiolitus Obliterans. In June, 2007, she underwent a double lung transplant. One of the things the doctors told us, was that she could not be around wood smoke, as that it was one of the moist offensive things there is, to the lungs, and would cause damage to them. These people make a living treating one thing - lung related problems. The Texas Medical Center is one of the best in the world, and people from all over the world come there to learn. Now I realize that people who have sat around campfires all their lives, like me, will scoff at this, but it is what it is. I think the doctors know what they are talking about.

• 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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