Monday, July 03, 2006

European Study: Attending Church Harmful to One's Health

According to a study by Maastricht University that has been published in the European Respiratory journal, those few remaining European church goers are putting their health at risk attending service. Via the BBC:

Church air was found to be considerably higher in carcinogenic polycyclic hydrocarbons than air beside roads traveled by 45,000 vehicles daily. It also had levels of tiny solid pollutants (PM10s) up to 20 times the European limits……..

The study goes on to state that attending service during Christmas could be especially dangerous to ones health:

The researchers say that December, with churches lighting up candles for Christmas, could be an especially dangerous month for the lungs…….

Those most at risk are the clergy and “devout” worshippers:

The researchers say priests and people working for long periods in churches are at greater risk than ordinary worshippers. However, worshippers devout enough to spend several hours each day in church could also be affected………………

Looks like church candlelight will be the next to go in the drive for a secular Europe……………..The report seems like an attempt to be over-alarming to me…………..