Waxing skis increases fluorine poisoning
Researchers at Örebro University in south central Sweden says that people waxing their skis with substances including the chemical fluorine run a higher risk of getting the poisonous chemical in their blood.
Even waxing the under surface of the skis for faster speeds several times a week is enough to greatly increase the level of fluorine in the body.
Especially hard hit are those waxing skis for Swedish sport teams – who run the risk of having 240 times the normal level of fluorine in the blood.
The researchers are unable to say at this time what harmful effects the chemical can have on the human body.