According to research, Benzene — a cancer-causing toxin– is emitted from the plastic in the dashboard of your car when you turn your air conditioning on. So, be sure to roll all windows down and when you can, open the doors for a minute or two to give the interior time to air out before driving off and turning on the air. If you get into a hot car and immediately turn on the AC, you will inevitably inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of Benzene.
Acceptable levels of Benzene indoors is 50mg per sq. ft. If a car is parked in the sun in temps above 60 degrees F, the levels of this carcinogen rise to 2000 – 4000mg per sq. ft. (40 times the acceptable level).
In addition to increasing the risk of cancer, Benzene can poison your bones, cause anemia and decrease white blood cells. The toxin can also result in miscarriages. Prolonged exposure may even cause leukemia.
So, bottom line: please do not turn on the A/C as soon as you enter your car. Stay safe and live longer!
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For more specific advice regarding detoxing, you may want to consider a health consultation session (see my Services page).