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Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« on: February 19, 2010, 04:47:04 PM »
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As the L.A. Times health blog reports, the Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning advising consumers not to use "ear candles"—fabric that is soaked in either paraffin or beeswax, set on fire and deliberately placed in the ear.

These candles, which allow wax to drip into the ear canal (if you don't set your hair on fire first), supposedly help with a range of ailments including ear infections, sinus infections and sore throats. For those ear candle devotees, warm olive oil poured into the ear is a good home remedy for getting out some excess wax build-up, and doesn't involve flame near your lobes.

 Sheesh, and doctors thought they had to worry about their patients shoving Q-tips in too far.

Read more: http://wellness.blogs.time.com/2010/02/19/dont-put-burning-candles-in-your-ears-fda-says/#ixzz0g1bGr10r

This sounds like something the DUmmies might try.

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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010, 04:52:14 PM »
If you light your head on fire, you deserve whatever bad happens. And after you do that, light your genitals on fire so you can't procreate.
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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2010, 05:22:02 PM »
The salon and spa where I do my hair does this.  I always thought it was weird...guess they will be taking it off their list.

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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2010, 05:28:27 PM »
The salon and spa where I do my hair does this.  I always thought it was weird...guess they will be taking it off their list.

Did you ever have it done?  I think it might be safer if someone was doing it to a person, but to try it yourself, seems dangerous.  But then, how would you get hardened wax out of the ear canal?

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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2010, 05:30:15 PM »
In other news, the government announced today new warning labels to be put on all firearms: "Do not place barrel in mouth and pull trigger"

Just how damn dumb have Americans become?  :mental:
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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2010, 05:58:15 PM »
That never seemed like a smart idea. What is wrong with some Q-tips bought at the dollor store?



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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2010, 06:17:44 PM »
That never seemed like a smart idea. What is wrong with some Q-tips bought at the dollor store?

Have you ever tried to light a Q-Tip?  It ain't easy.














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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2010, 06:42:04 PM »
The salon and spa where I do my hair does this.  I always thought it was weird...guess they will be taking it off their list.


"Candling" was big at the spas around here about 10 years or so ago. I never had it done, but women I know that did.....loved it.

Not sure why....but said it felt incredible.

Hot wax in my ear did just not sound like fun...bad enough to do it to my eyebrows... :whatever:
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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2010, 07:04:53 PM »
In other news, the government announced today new warning labels to be put on all firearms: "Do not place barrel in mouth and pull trigger"

Just how damn dumb have Americans become?  :mental:

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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2010, 08:09:12 PM »

"Candling" was big at the spas around here about 10 years or so ago. I never had it done, but women I know that did.....loved it.

Not sure why....but said it felt incredible.

Hot wax in my ear did just not sound like fun...bad enough to do it to my eyebrows... :whatever:

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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2010, 10:12:59 PM »
Threading is the way to go, just sayin'

Ditto on this!

My uncle and cousins use ear candles, and they swear by them.  They are definitely not DUmmies, and they've never burned themselves.

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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2010, 12:27:33 AM »
Ditto on this!

My uncle and cousins use ear candles, and they swear by them.  They are definitely not DUmmies, and they've never burned themselves.

Someone did an actual scientific study on ear candles and found that the "ear wax" residue that people see in the remnants of the cones appears even when the candles are burned away from someone's ear.

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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2010, 04:57:23 AM »
Threading is the way to go, just sayin'

What's "threading"?  Do I want to know?

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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2010, 07:41:55 AM »
It is controversial certainly.

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· Time for some more home science experiments. Robin Sidgwick sends in the catalogue for Ragdale Hall health hydro, which includes the fabulously theatrical “ear candling”: the idea is that a hollow tube of wax invented by Hopi indians is inserted into your ear and lit, in order to suck out any impurities. After the treatment, the candle is triumphantly opened, and shown to be full of orange goo. It’s excellent for “excess wax in the ears, sinusitis, or general blocked sinuses… A must for anyone who hates the syringe!” After an argument at a party about how sceptical I always am, I’ve got a Hopi ear candle right here. Time for a Johnny Ball moment. Get an ear candle. Wave it over an ashtray or some carpet fluff as I am now doing: nothing so far… A paper published in the medical journal Laryngoscope used rather expensive tympanometry and found that ear candles exert no suction. The researchers also found no reduction in the amount of wax after a programme of ear candling. Although, if you’re getting bored of all these negative findings, they did ask 122 colleagues, and collected 21 cases of serious injury from burning wax falling on to the ear drum. If you find, while having your ear candled, that you experience a sudden loss of hearing, and agony followed by bleeding: that’ll be the deafening sound of your own painful credulity. ...
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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #15 on: February 20, 2010, 08:53:07 AM »


Just how damn dumb have Americans become?  :mental:



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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2010, 10:58:52 AM »


There's your answer.

Now that was totally uncalled for.

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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #17 on: February 20, 2010, 11:05:39 AM »
You're not supposed to put the lit end in your ear. :whatever:
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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #18 on: February 20, 2010, 12:21:21 PM »
What's "threading"?  Do I want to know?

It is where they use a twisted thread to remove hair.  Very effective, and the place I go makes my eyebrows look much better than any of the women who ever waxed them.

Here is video on it.

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIeHYNt-rl4[/youtube]

It isn't pain free like the girl claims, but I don't think it is any worse than any other method. 

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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #19 on: February 20, 2010, 01:22:08 PM »
It is where they use a twisted thread to remove hair.  Very effective, and the place I go makes my eyebrows look much better than any of the women who ever waxed them.

Here is video on it.

[youtube=425,350]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIeHYNt-rl4[/youtube]

It isn't pain free like the girl claims, but I don't think it is any worse than any other method. 

Women are sadistic/masochistic creatures , aren't they?  The things they do themselves and dream up to do to themselves.

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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #20 on: February 25, 2010, 10:59:10 PM »
When I lived in NY, I went to a woman who did this...and my eyebrows did look better...and while it wasn't painless, it was less pain then waxing.  I also found a woman in Miami who used threading...they were both russian.  I haven't found anyone up here yet....

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Re: Don't put burning candles in your ears, FDA says
« Reply #21 on: February 26, 2010, 08:31:26 AM »
When I lived in NY, I went to a woman who did this...and my eyebrows did look better...and while it wasn't painless, it was less pain then waxing.  I also found a woman in Miami who used threading...they were both russian.  I haven't found anyone up here yet....

I get mine waxed...I don't know that I would have the patience to sit there with the threading. I fidget when someone is messing with me.  :whatever:
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