Hi, TR (and Cedar). Yes, indeedy, habs can certainly do some damage if you're not prepared. We keep batches of fresh ones frozen for sauces, but also use chile de arbol for plenty of heat. If you're used to it, reports certainly say positive things about the benefits of capsaicin for a whole lot of ills.
Habaneros can provide some serious heat that the majority of people can't tolerate - it can literally cause a burn for some (that goes far beyond the ordinary) and even the fumes from steaming or heating can cause intense irritation if inhaled. Do proceed with caution.
Husband age 66
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06 - Austin, TX w/Dr. Randy F.A.G.I.N.
T2a (at biopsy)
At pathology - cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/06, 4/07 - undetectable!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
PSA test "Un-zero-detectable" on 10/16/07.
If it stays that way for 7 years, recurrence rate drops to 9%.
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now.