Zionsville Soy Candle Company Blog
Monday, October 15, 2007
You might wonder what all the big fuss is about Soy Candles theses days.
Here is yet another example of why you should really consider your options before buying another paraffin candle.
According to some Dutch researchers going to churches that burn paraffin candles may not be healthy for your lungs.
They that the paraffin candles and incense regularly burned during some religious services emit high levels of particulate matter, these are tiny airborne particles and they are considered to be one of the most harmful forms of air pollution. This is according to a new study by scientists at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
These researchers measured the air quality of a small chapel and a large basilica in Maastricht. Here is what they found, the air in both places contained particulate matter at levels up to 20 times higher (yes 20 times higher) than what is considered safe to breathe under the European air pollution standards. These levels are similar to those that can be found in the air beside roads that are driven by 45,000 cars a day. This was according to findings published in the December issue of the European Respiratory Journal.
The researchers said that the pollutants should not affect the well-being of most churchgoers since they are only there for a short time, but that priests and especially devout church goers who spend long periods of time inside poorly ventilated chapels could be endangering their health.
"It cannot be excluded that regular exposure to candle- or incense-derived particulate matter results in increased risk of lung cancer or other pulmonary diseases," wrote Theo de Kok, leader of the Maastricht team.
It is because of findings like these that more people are switching over to handmade soy candles.
Soy is know to burn clean and not give off that black smoke that not only is bad for your health but is also bad for the rest of your house as well.
by: Zionsville Candle Company
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