Consequences of the ‘Cinnamon Challenge’
It appears that doing that Cinnamon Challenge may actually have some dangerous effects on your respiratory system…
A recent journal article published by pediatricians in the USA seems to point towards information that shows that the challenge has led to a growing number of calls to poison control centres and visits to the emergency room. Some teens have even suffered from collapsed lungs and ended up on ventilators.
In 2011 in the USA, there were 51 calls to the poison control centre related to the Cinnamon challenge. Then at the start of 2012, that number jumped to 178, and 30 of those calls required immediate medical attention for burning airways, nosebleeds, vomiting and difficulty breathing.
Cinnamon is actually caustic to the airways, meaning it actually burns the pathways for air. This can cause inflammation and scarring of the lungs. You see, cinnamon actually contains a substance called cellulose which can lodge itself in the lungs, which never breaks down. The cellulose then causes chronic (continuous) inflammation and scarring – a symptom called pulmonary fibrosis. “Getting scarring in the lung is equivalent to getting emphysema” says one author of the study, Dr. Steven Lipshultz.
For more of the article, click the following link: Consequences of the ‘Cinnamon Challenge’ – NYTimes.com.