Granite...it is in all the home and garden magazines, in those perfect "don't you wish you lived here" model homes.
Granite makes our kitchens so beautiful and shiny. But could it actually be a threat to our health?
About a week ago, the Colbert Report reported a finding that granite contains uranium, which in highly concentrated form could create a trap for radon gas. It is radon that is considered the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking. Radon-induced lung cancer is thought to be the 6th leading cause of cancer death overall.
What are the implications of this news on our kitchen countertops?
Granite is an igneous rock and it is formed by molten rock or magma. Its creation causes the rock to be extremely durable. This is why it has been used so much throughout history, such as in the Red Pyramid in Egypt. Granite is a normal, geological source of radiation in the natural environment. Our beloved granite contains around 10 to 20 parts per million of uranium. Without going down technical lane and breakdown the symbols, this granite would only be truly hazardous if you were planning on encasing yourself in granite.
So, the final verdict is: call that kitchen designer and tell him GIVE ME GRANITE!
Or, just for safe measure, you can follow Mr. Colbert's advice and invest in an "OXO Good Grips Geiger counter."
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