February 24, 2018, 10:29 pm
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About noxious candles; man’s cunning

RECEIVED from cyberspace, where else: When God created the dog, God said: “Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a lifespan of twenty years.” 

The dog replied: “That’s a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I’ll give you back the other ten?” So God took back the ten years.

When God created the monkey, he said: “Entertain, play with kids, do tricks and make them love you, and make them laugh. For this, I’ll give you a twenty-year life span.” The monkey said: “Monkey tricks for twenty years? That’s a pretty long time to be silly. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?” And God, again, said, why not?

When God created the cow he said: “You must be in the fields and pasture all day long, work under the sun, and provide food to support all those dependents around you. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.” The cow said, “That’s kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years? How about twenty and I’ll give back the other forty?” And God agreed it was very good.

When God created man, he said: “Eat, sleep, play, enjoy your life. For this, I’ll give you twenty years.” 

But the cunning male, wise to entitlement, said: “Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty plus the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back? That makes eighty years, okay?” God agreed. 

And that is why for men’s first twenty years, they eat, sleep, play, and mindlessly, endlessly enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, he slaves in the field and pasture, in the jungle-out-there to support in style those living with him, including infants who just keep arrived uninvited.

For the next ten years, he is a silly monkey, making faces, doing tricks to entertain youngsters called grandchildren. And for the final ten years and with not much energy and nothing more to do, they have a dog life. Sit on the front porch and bark at everyone who happens to stray by.

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Romantic. scented candles--but, you may want to think twice before surrounding yourself with those. Health experts agree that the cheaper candles may contain unhealthy chemicals and lung irritants. But don’t yet throw all your scented candles out. Using them sparingly--lighting a candle once or twice a week in a well-ventilated room--need not have you worrying about your health.

The safe candles: Opt for pure beeswax candles as opposed to paraffin wax. Beeswax candles provide the same ambiance and warmth as paraffin without the health risks. They also emit a natural, sweet smell without the fragrance. If you’d rather opt for paraffin, keep them lit in a well-ventilated room. 

If you’re firing up multiple scented candles on a daily basis, especially in an air-conditioned space with little ventilation, here are three health reasons that will convince you not to:

1. Too many commercial candles emit some level of toxic chemicals: Many scented candles are made from paraffin, derived from crude oil, coal or shale. Adding to this, paraffin can also contain chemicals like benzene and toluene, both of which make the American Cancer Society’s list of probable or known carcinogens. But that’s not all. The fragrance added to scented candles contains phthalates - a category of endocrine-disrupting chemicals that may cause or promote cancer and fertility issues. Burning several candles also exposes you to levels of formaldehyde and acetaldehyde that exceed the agency’s safety limits when it comes to cancer risk.

2. They could trigger severe asthma and allergy symptoms: A study conducted at the American Chemical Society found that chemical pollutants in paraffin wax candles may cause problems with allergies or asthma. But, just when you thought that you’re safe with unscented or soy-based candles, a study from South Carolina State University found that such candles can also produce pollutants that could worsen indoor air quality and cause breathing problems.

3. Using older candles could lead to lead poisoning: Your candles may have wicks containing lead, which when burned for more than two hours, could cause lead poisoning in adults. The smoke produced from lead wicks can also coat furniture or carpets, not unlike tobacco smoke, could also harm kid’s health. Thankfully, new public health regulations have banned the use of lead in candle wicks. To be on the safe side, scour your cabinets and check whether your candles were made prior to October 2003 when leaded wicks were banned. 

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