Protect Yourself from Cancer and Your Car Air Conditioner


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royalty free stock photo. Copyright : Ryan Jorgensen

My wife forwarded the following email to me. Because I thought that the information in it would be important and valuable to my readers’ health, I decided to post it on my blog.

DISCLAIMER: I did not write the following. Nor did I bother to edit it. I hope you find it helpful though.

Subject: Car Air Conditioning (Please read and share) This one is for all to read and then share…might help save a life.

Now this is very interesting! My car’s manual says to roll down the windows to let out all the hot air before turning on the A/C.  WHY ?

No wonder more folks are dying from cancer than ever before. We wonder where this stuff comes from, but here is an example that explains a lot of the cancer-causing incidents. Many people are in their cars the first thing in the morning, and the last thing at night, 7 days a week.

As I read this, it makes me feel guilty and ill. Please pass this on to as many people as possible. Guess, it’s not too late to make some changes. Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car.

Open the windows after you enter your car and then after a couple of minutes turn ON the AC . Here’s why: According to research, the car’s dashboard, seats, a/c ducts, in fact ALL of the plastic objects in your vehicle, emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin. A BIG CARCINOGEN.

Take the time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car when you open it, and BEFORE you start it up. In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure can cause Leukemia and increases the risk of some cancers. It can also cause miscarriages in pregnant women. The “acceptable” Benzene level indoors is: 50mg per sq.ft. A car parked indoors, with windows closed, will contain 400-800 mg of Benzene – 8 times the acceptable level.

If parked outdoors in the sun, at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level. People who get into the car, keeping the windows closed, will eventually inhale excessive amounts of the BENZENE toxin. Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidneys and liver. What’s worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff. So friends, please open the windows and doors of your car – give it some time for the interior to air out -(dispel the deadly stuff) – before you enter the vehicle.

Hope you found this helpful. Please share it if you have loved ones.

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4 responses

  1. I became suspicious of two things as I read the contents of the email. First, the reason for the manufacturer recommendation to pen windows before turning on the AC is that inside temp of a closed car might be 30-40 degrees higher than the outside air. Second, volume is measured in cubic feet or cubic meters so “50mg per sq.ft.” is meaningless. These led me to do a search on “benzene in cars”. If you have the time please read http://m.cancer.org/cancer/news/expertvoices/post/2011/07/19/is-your-car-killing-you-with-benzene.aspx.

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    1. I appreciate your reply Bob. Thanks for digging out the details. Having set the record straight, I’d still like to caution my readers to air the car out when it has sat in the hot sun–given the FACT that noxious (and perhaps deadly gases) can and do build up in the car even though Benzene may not be the most dangerous. Your referenced article is the source of my continued concern for people who may not take the time to refresh the air in their cars. I’d like to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. My main concern is the health of those I wrote for.

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  2. Snopes.com gives this one a “False.” Please check out their article: http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/benzene.asp
    Best,
    Amelia

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    1. Thank you. On my author site I thanked another person who wrote to inform me about Benzene. There I said that though Benzene may not be the culprit, toxic fumes are still a problem in cars that sit in the sun. Because I care about my readers, I want them to consider airing out their car before driving if the car has been sitting under the hot sun. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Thanks again for joining the conversation.

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