Silent Killer As Silent Calmer

This post first appeared as “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Calmer?” on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

It looks like carbon monoxide may have been getting a worse rap than it deserves. The silent killer turns out also to be the silent calmer — and anything that soothes the nerves of frazzled city dwellers is ostensibly a good thing.

Prof. Itzhak Schnell of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Geography and the Human Environment has found that low levels of CO gas can have a narcotic effect on those who inhale it, helping them better deal with the pressures of city living. In particular, he found that the CO helped them cope better with high noise levels in urban settings.

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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