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Burning Incense Is Psychoactive

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ScienceDaily — Religious leaders have contended for millennia that burning incense is good for the soul. Now, biologists have learned that it is good for our brains too.
Burning Incense Is Psychoactive: New Class Of Antidepressants Might Be Right Under Our Noses

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Author: Bill

Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

2 thoughts on “Burning Incense Is Psychoactive

  1. I would also call your attention to the following, whilst reminding you that researchers have to find something to study and publish. Publish or perish, y’know.

    “It’s a population-based study, which means that you can make an association but not necessarily a conclusion,” said Dr. Erin Fleener, a clinical assistant professor in internal medicine at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and an oncologist at the Bryan-College Station Cancer Clinic. “It probably promotes more work in the area of routine household items and things we need to be looking at more prospectively to make a clear cause-and-effect relationship.”

  2. It’s a drag that a recent study says that incense may be physically harmful:

    http://living.health.com/2008/08/25/long-term-exposure-to-incense-raises-cancer-risk/

    Could be. I couldn’t find the statistics for squamous cell upper respiratory tract carcinoma. However, the incidence of lung cancer per 100,000 in Florida, where I live, is about 72, which works out to about a .072% risk (about 3/4 of 1%). Since, according to the article, squamous cell upper respiratory tract carcinoma is much less common, I don’t expect to change my use of incense.

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