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Carbon Monoxide Is Our Friend

August 7, 2012

So maybe low exposure to carbon monoxide isn’t such a bad thing.   Jenny Thompson at Health Services Institute found research about urban stress that may surprise you.

“Here’s something you probably haven’t asked yourself lately;

Am I getting enough carbon monoxide?

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, tasteless, colorless, toxic gas.  It’s known as a silent killer.  It’s often not noticed when it builds up in enclosed spaces.

But in open spaces, it’s a different story.

To evaluate the effects of urban stress, researchers measured potential causes…

* CO exposure
* Excessive noise
* Temperature extremes
* Exposure to crowds

Results showed that noise pollution was the most abrasive factor in creating urban stress.

What researchers didn’t expect was that CO exposure appeared to have a slight narcotic effect.  And the effect was enough to lower stress levels caused by noise and large crowds.

Of course, it’s impossible to regulate your exposure to outdoor CO.  And needless to say, you wouldn’t want to take steps to increase CO exposure.

But the researchers also found that urban stress drops as noise pollution decreases.”

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And one more thing.  Since there’s not much you can do about outside CO levels, I guess the narcotic-like calming effect it may have in a stressful, urban environment could be a good thing.  But think about this, could CO gas be used covertly by government to keep its citizens in line?  Crazy?  Farfetched?  Probably, but I’m guessing somebody is thinking about it right now.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to head downtown to get my daily dose of CO.  Gee, I feel better already.

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