bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Canada turns its nose up at ear candling

Health Canada wants to snuff out ear candling: that curious practice of putting a narrow cone soaked in beeswax into an ear and lighting it. Adherents claim that the heat causes suction and removes the wax. Health Canada says there is no proven benefit but clear risks of setting your hair on fire and blocking your ear with hot wax. As my mother says: “never put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow”.


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