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Jalapeño Hands

Did you know that the Red Hot Chili Peppers sang Give It Away to spread awareness about phantom pain caused by a chili pepper compound? You shouldn’t have because it’s not true. The chemical compound known as Capsaicin, which is in the fruit of plants within the same family (i.e red chili peppers, jalapeños, and habaneros), is colorless, odorless, and binds to pain receptors and causing phantom heat and burning.

The Fight Against Polluted Air

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Many of us may not realize it, but the air is filled with pollutants and chemicals linked to cancer and asthma. In 2012, a World Health Organization study revealed that over 7 million people worldwide were prematurely killed as a result of air pollution. In this dangerous ecological environment, you do not have to smoke cigarettes to face the health risks associated with inhaling toxins. Air pollution will only worsen as the climate changes – days that were once temperate will become much hotter, producing thick, stagnant air that traps pollution. Unfortunately, completely avoiding it is almost impossible – even if you live in secluded towns miles away from the city, wind can still send the contaminants your way. So, what can you do to at least give your lungs a break from the unsafe particles that infiltrate every breath you take? Read more for ways you can reduce your exposure to air pollution.