Poison Saints: Why too much love for some religious figures may kill you
Think before you kiss.
Practicing your faith is great, but you should hold off on getting touchy-feely with some religious figures. Because they may make you sick or even hasten your meeting with God...and not in a good way.
Maricar B. Brizuela of the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that as the faithful marked Palm Sunday on April 13, "the EcoWaste Coalition cautioned devotees against buying religious images near Quiapo Church in Manila because they found out that these were found to contain high levels of lead, a toxic chemical."
The report revealed that the EcoWaste Coalition recently bought from sidewalk vendors in the area six religious figures, mostly images of saints, made of fiberglass. The figures were priced from P200 to P400 each.
When they used an X-ray fluorescence analytical device on the images, it showed that all six contained lead in amounts way beyond the threshold limit set by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
The report noted: "Considered one of the 10 chemicals of major public health concern by the World Health Organization (WHO), lead is considered a very poisonous chemical which can lead to problems in the central nervous system, resulting in convulsions, coma, or even death."
For more on this story, Inquirer.net.