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Health Alerts, Scares, Bad Advice
and Medical Anecdotes
checked with several sources, including the American Heart Association,
and none of them recommends relying on this procedure. The version of the
erumor that has gotten the most circulation on the Internet originated
from an article in a newsletter published by a chapter of the Mended
Hearts organization, whose members are heart attack survivors. Mended
Hearts has retracted the article. "
"The ARC does not
endorse the "How to Survive A Heart Attack When Alone" coughing
technique which is being publicized on the Internet. Even though
self initiated CPR is possible, its use is limited to clinical situations
in which the patient has a cardiac monitor, the arrest is recognized
before loss of consciousness, and the patient can cough forcefully. To
date, there is insufficient scientific research concerning the efficacy of
Cough CPR. Therefore, the ARC cannot advocate teaching the technique until
it has been thoroughly tested in national studies and found to be
effective. Remember that the key signal of a heart attack victim is chest
pain that does not go away. If the pain is severe, or does not go away in
10 minutes, stay calm, reassure the victim and call your local emergency
"Those in the know have come down
strongly on the side of cough CPR being a dangerous procedure for the
uninitiated to attempt. If you were a doctor and knew exactly what you
were doing, it might help save your life. If, however, you are not a
physician and you misjudge the kind of cardiac event you're experiencing,
cough CPR could kill. This "helpful" e-mail could help you right
into a grave."
In the event of a heart
attack, all health care professionals recommend calling 911 then taking
aspirin - IN THAT ORDER!
VARIOUS CANCER SCARES
Padgets Disease - A New Kind
Paget's Disease of the
Nipple is not a new form of breast cancer, but it is an extremely rare
one. It occurs in less than 1% of breast cancer cases. IT IS NOT
NEW, just rare.
detailing the supposed fate of an unnamed woman was a later edition to
this message, which began circulating in 1999 . Even
later editions added various names and supposed relationships to some
Warning women to
get breast cancer checks is great. I fail to see how warning them
about any specific type of cancer is useful. As
always, any strange or unexplained rash, redness, irritation or bump
should be looked at, and early. Survival rate for most breast cancer is
Click here for a good article explaining Paget's.
An email claiming that
antiperspirants cause cancer is a hoax that began circulating in 1999.
It has been debunked by all cancer institutes and society's.
If you do as this email asks - look up the information and call cancer
centers - you will find this information to be patently false.
CANCER TEST CA-125
In this message, a woman claims that she
had Primary Peritoneal Cancer which was not caught by regular test or even
a CT scan. Only Test CA-125 properly diagnosed the situation.
However, medical experts say that this test is only good for
"evaluating treatment progress," not screening for the disease.
The American Cancer Society says the following:
"Although the study
finds the CA-125 blood test useful for evaluating treatment
progress, the study results do not suggest the test can be used to screen
for ovarian cancer. A recent email making the rounds urged women to ask
their doctors for this test. For the CA-125 test to be a
useful screening tool, it would have to detect most ovarian cancers in
their early stages and not give positive results in women who do not have
the cancer. The CA-125 test does not meet these standards.
"The poor accuracy
of CA-125, even in combination with ultrasound, is the primary reason why
the American Cancer Society does not recommend screening [with CA-125] for
women at average risk."
Message Claims That Aspartame (Nutrasweet)
Causes Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus And a Myriad Of Other Diseases
This is very old
(circulating since 1998) and very convoluted. Before delving into the
history, let me say that it is a well known medical fact that some people
cannot tolerate aspartame. As a person who has had fibromyalgia for 20
years, I stay away from it. I use some Splenda, but mostly use Stevia.
As more products come out with Stevia, I will give Splenda the boot.
Stevia is not artificial at all. It is a plant leaf that is sweeter than
sugar, calorie free and does not raise blood sugar levels. It took the
FDA umpteen years to approve it as more than a supplement so it can now be
purchased in grocery stores and there are promises of products coming out
The message has
been on the internet for many years with only a few minor changes. In the
original, the unnamed sister of the unnamed writer was actually put in the
hospital and given a pill for poisoning. Although that was clearly
ridiculous, it remained for some years. Some later versions eliminate
this from the story. Someone must have finally recognized the trouble.
There is no science that recognizes as condition known as aspartame
poisoning, so no pill could be given to counteract this non-existent
condition. If it is not recognized as existing, who was it who developed
this wonder pill? What is in it that can single-handedly and quickly
counteract all these drastic symptoms? Why isn't the public aware of this
wonder pill? It amazes me that most people reading it never gave one
thought about not believing a story that had no named people (always a red
light) and never questioned whether any such thing as aspartame poisoning
existed. It is usually sent as if it is verified, scientific evidence.
Now, that brings up two questions: (1) Where did this story and other
info come from? (2) Is aspartame truly dangerous?
story that begins the message has no way to be confirmed because there are
no clues as to who these people are and it did not exist in the original
form of the message. Since the story is unverifiable (no clues to verify
it from), we begin to take the message apart at the point where it says,
"I have spent several days lecturing. . ."
This information does not come from any keynote address by the EPA. It is
information written by a woman by the name of Betty Martini - a rabid
anti-aspartame advocate. She claims to have been a speaker
"World Environmental Conference" at Elizabeth City
State University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina in November of 1995,
not a speaker at an EPA conference. Her diatribe against aspartame was
originally distributed on the internet as being by someone named Nancy
Markle (who does not exist). The original contained much more of Martini's
allegations than later versions. The original talks of epidemics,
plagues, blindness, etc.
As of yet, no government or
independent study has been able to come up with a genuine link between
aspartame use and other issues (although there is some anecdotal evidence
that it may exacerbate symptoms of certain diseases - more on that
later). Martini claims that this is due to a conspiracy funded by
Monsanto. All who do not agree with her are part of this conspiracy, no
matter how independent they claim to be. This mindset is typical of
those who believe in and preach about vast conspiracies. Martini
distributed this under the name Nancy Markle. Martini wrote to me a few
years ago, continuing her diatribe against Monsanto and the U.S.
government. I kid you not, the lady is obsessed. She started doing this
about Splenda not too long ago.
message has been modified somewhat since some of Martini's claims were
plainly silly. She used to claim that there is an "epidemic" of MS. I
don't know what her definition of epidemic is, but by any known
definition, this is not true. Lupus and MS have been around and
recognized for many years prior to the invention of aspartame. I've known
several people with these conditions. They are genetic. Something occurs
which triggers the gene involved. It would be possible, though not
scientifically shown, that aspartame could exacerbate symptoms of these
diseases, but not cause them. The original also talks of "a plague of
neurological diseases caused by this poison." A plague? A lady,
talking to one of the speakers at the conference, says that she has six
friends who were diet Coke addicts who all came down with MS. Now
Worldwide, MS affects only about 1% of the population.
Northern Europe, the northern United States, southern Australia, and New
Zealand have the highest prevalence, with more than 30 cases per 100,000
people. I read dozens of
medical articles on this issue, and not one linked it to use of aspartame.
Further, this does not explain the health of many diabetics who use the
product. Beyond the few who have an actual intolerance to the product,
most of these people do not overuse it. Overuse of anything can cause
major health issues. This includes the soda. There are numerous
ingredients in sodas, diet or otherwise, which could cause trouble if
overused. When I was growing up, sodas were a treat, not everyday drinks.
I have known people who drink nothing but and they usually have health
issues. My chiropractor tells her patients not to drink sodas at all. I
gave them up a few years ago. I now only have one on a rare occasion.
Most of the problems are from the carbs and non-food ingredients used in
most of these sodas.
does aspartame really convert itself into
None of the science/medical articles I read can come up with this
conclusion. There are articles that support the idea, but they also
contradict themselves several times. ALL the articles that support
the idea are fans of Martini and Russell L. Blaylock, M.D. Blaylock
is the originator of everything Martini has written. In fact, the
ONLY stuff you'll find on the internet making these claims about aspartame
are people either affiliated with Blaylock/Martini or fans repeating their
According to the Food and Drug Administration, aspartame may cause health
concerns if consumed in excess. The FDA recommends that no more than 50 mg
per kilogram of body weight be consumed each day. The average person would
have to drink more than 19 cans of diet soda before reaching the maximum
intake for the day. Thousands of individuals have reported adverse
reactions to aspartame to the FDA, and research is ongoing. The generally
recognized symptoms of aspartame intolerance are headaches, dizziness,
confusion and impaired memory function. It may also cause seizures and
tremors, extreme sleepiness, limb numbness, facial pain and restless
legs. There are other symptoms that have been put forth, but again, no
genuine research has produced a link between the two, and that includes
any independent studies. Many have certainly tried and found no
connection, much to their own dismay.
American Diabetes Association claims that this is all false, but Martini
claims that they are funded by Monsanto, so their information cannot be
trusted. They are part of the conspiracy. She also claims any info from
the FDA is tainted by Monsanto. The problem is that a good number of
independent studies have been done without any success in proving the
harms of aspartame (beyond intolerance). However, Martini's claims are
always that anyone disproving her pet theories must be a part of the
massive cover-up. Even the evidence that it may exacerbate symptoms of
diseases is still only anecdotal.
I read ALL the anti-aspartame info I could find on the net
recently. Out of all the sites, only one had conducted a genuine,
verifiable scientific experiment with the product, and this test did not
deal with the effects of the product on the human body. It dealt
with how temperature changes effected the taste of soft drinks containing
aspartame. I then went on to read several papers by real
researchers using proper research techniques. None have found any
evidence for these claims, and at least one had opposite results in the
claims about what it does to children. The best advice is if you are
having problems, especially with memory, vision, dizziness, etc., stop
using products containing aspartame and SEE A DOCTOR! Don't rely on
anecdotes for a diagnosis!
If you do have MS, Lupus,
Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, the best advice is to stay away from
artificial sweeteners, particularly aspartame. It does seem to
exacerbate problems associated with these diseases and conditions.
One last thing of note. I could write a
similar article about any food item out there. Refined sugar has known
health hazards. People should use common sense when eating and drinking.
Anything in excess is going to be bad for you. People who drink diet
sodas to excess are going to have some repercussions. People who ingest
refined sugar to excess will have health issues. People who eat fruit to
excess are going to have some health issues, etc., etc., etc. I
could even write an article about the hazards of overuse of water - yes,
remember the story of the lady who died in 2007 of water intoxication
after a water drinking contest?
So, is aspartame harmless? No. We know it is definitely
harmful to a small segment of the population and there may be some side
effects, especially in people who use the product to excess.
More and more independent research is being done on this product which
will provide us with more answers. It is for sure that the
outrageous claims made in this message and by Betty Martini are not
HIV Infected Needles In Public
Places and Dirty Play Area Ball Pits
One message claims that HIV infected needles are being put on gas pumps.
It is purportedly written by Jacksonville, FL police Captain Abraham
Sands. It claims that 17 people in the Jacksonville area have been
victims. Right. 17 known incidents and no news reports - yeah,
sure. The other problem is that Jacksonville says that there is no
Captain Abraham Sands. He's just the figment of someone's sick
imagination. The message began circulating in 2000.
Other messages claim
that infected needles are being put in all sorts of slots: mail slots, pay
phone slots, etc. There was also a message about needles in movie
theater seats. None of these are true either.
Another message claims
that infected needles were put in a McDonalds playground ball pit and that
a child died from this. While such an incident could happen, it didn't.
The message says that it happened in Midland, TX, and gives the child's
name. The message combines the name of the newspapers in Midland and
in Houston. Research by both papers reveal that no such incident
happened and no child of that name has died. New versions of
the message begin with a parent (unnamed) finding a filthy ball pit at
Discovery Zone. The unnamed parent in the unnamed city tells
management and they say that the ball pits are not cleaned out regularly
and are fairly unconcerned. Trouble is, Discovery Zone bit the dust
in 1999, so the message would have to be really old. It also cannot
All of these messages
are bogus. You'd have heard about it on the news if they really
The only known cases of
hypodermic needles in any kind of slots available to the public have
occurred in Virginia. These were copycatted from the hoax messages
sent around the internet. The messages had been out for a long time
and someone decided to try it. As far as anyone knows, they weren't
infected with anything and were wrapped in cotton. What's
interesting is that one week before the first reported incident, there was
an article in The Roanoke Times debunking the hoax!
HOWEVER, just because no
needles have been found in play area ball pits doesn't mean that they are
safe and sanitary. A man who used to manage a large chain restaurant
that used these pits told me that children regularly "relieve"
themselves in these pits. I have also read about the types of things
are being found at the bottom of these pits: food, dirty diapers and
human feces. This former manager told me that it is pretty
well impossible to keep the pits reasonably clean and that many of the
chains are phasing the pits out as a result.
Rat Droppings Kill Man In Hawaii
from Hantavirus or Leptospirosis
Urban Legends at About.
com sent an email inquiry to the Hawaii Department of Health and received
the following response from Dr. Philip Bruno, Chief of the DOH
Communicable Disease Division:
"The State of Hawaii Department of Health investigated this question
last year, and has shared its findings with the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. The email is not true. There have been no known
hantavirus cases in Hawaii. The email may be a hoax, or a
misinterpretation of some other event."
The CDC has information on their site about hantavirus, but none about
problems with soda cans. Hantavirus is fairly
rare and is carried by certain species of mice and can be spread to humans
by exposure to virus-contaminated rodent droppings, urine, or saliva.
There are only certain types of mice and rats that carry this
disease. An outbreak occurred in 1993 in the Four Corners area of
Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. It was contained to that
The message asserts that rodent urine can get on tops of cans, pasta
boxes, cereal boxes, etc. in warehouse storage. This is highly
unlikely. Items like these are received at stores on large pallets and are
shrink wrapped in bulk for storage. They are also moved very
quickly. Having worked in a convenience store, I can assure you of
this. A quick check of your local grocery store's receiving area would
confirm this. Most items are not actually exposed until right before
being placed on shelves.
Another version of this
message talks about getting Leptospirosis from drinking from soda cans
exposed to rat droppings. Leptospirosis is spread by
contact with warm, contaminated water. The virus cannot live once it is
cooled nor outside the water. It cannot be spread on a can. The message
clearly states that the can had been refrigerated. Again, you can ONLY
get leptospirosis from contaminated water. From what I read, you can get
it bathing a dog.
Message claims that numerous people have died from receiving spider bites
first version of this message began in 1999. In the original, the
women were in Chicago. In later versions, it's Florida. In the
original they were bitten at Big Chappies at Blare Airport. Later
versions had an Olive Garden at an unspecified location. In the
original, the spider was a South American Blush spider. In later
versions, it was a Two-Striped Telamonia (which is not poisonous).
In the original it was a Los Angeles
lawyer who had taken a flight from New York City that changed planes in
Chicago. In later versions it became a Jacksonville lawyer who had flown from Indonesia,
changing planes in Singapore. In the original, the flight
investigators discovered the flight had originated in South America.
In later versions it originated in India.
Both versions I have seen
claim to have come from the Journal of the United Medical Association, but
there is no such journal. The investigators were from the Civil
Aeronautics Board, but that shut down in 1984.
Both versions begin with "if
you haven't heard about it on the news. . . ". Of course you haven't
since it never happened.
The spiders named are not a
problem. There is a problem with brown recluse spiders. One of
our church members was bitten in her sleep (never saw the culprit!) in
2010. Nasty! It eats the flesh from the inside out.
Another friend was bitten at work and was nearly off his head when he was
finally taken to the hospital, where doctors were able, with much
difficulty, to save his leg.
Drug Recall - PHENYLPROPANOLAMINE (PPA)
This particular message began circulating
in 2000. It was NOT true that drugs containing phenylpropanolamine
were being recalled. Here is what really happened. At that
time, most products containing this ingredient were voluntarily
pulled from pharmacy shelves . Most of these products was reformulated to exclude
phenylpropanolamine. It was all over the news back then. It was
not "recalled" by the FDA and is not now being recalled. Part of
the reason for the pull and reformulation is that the ingredient was known
to enhance the chance of a hemorrhaging stroke in a small portion of the
population - people between the ages of 18 - 49. I heard from a
young woman who did have exactly this problem. She used a form of
Afrin Nasal Spray (never use nasal sprays - except saline - anyway;
they're very bad for you) and did have a hemorrhaging stroke,
In 2005, the FDA officially recommended that companies remove this
ingredient. However, you can still purchase a few things with it by
asking the pharmacist. I've not had any good results from using the
reformulated decongestants. I rarely need one, but when I do, I ask
for the original formula.
Microwaving OR Freezing
This message began circulating in 2002. Beginning
in 2005, a new section was added claiming that a Johns Hopkins study
indicated that this was true and warned against freezing plastics as well.
A later version cited Sheryl Crow's breast cancer, trying to make a
connection between it and the plastic bottles. Crow did warn people about
drinking bottled water in 2006, but did not blame this for her own
cancer. Crow also wants everyone in the world to use only 2 pieces of
toilet paper to save the environment. So we're going to listen to her
instead of science? Another version claimed that plastic water bottles in
a hot car would have the same issue.
The message began as
an exaggerated story taken from a short interview with Dr. Fujimoto that
aired on January 23, 2002. Dr. Fujimoto is a Ph.D. serving as the
Director of the Center For Health Promotion at Castle Medical Center in
Kailua. Newer versions of the message also include
information about not freezing plastics. None of the studies on
dioxin leeching from heated plastics has included freezing issues and even
Dr. Fujimoto did not address that. It was added to the message much
The issue of dioxin leeching only involves lightweight
plastics being heated and coming into contact with hot food with high fat
content. The FDA says that these levels
are considered safe (we get some from a number of sources including food).
The upshot is that plastic wrap should not come into contact with food
during cooking, single use trays with frozen foods should be used only
once, and lightweight plastics such as margarine tubs should not be used
There are some who believe that freezing plastic changes
the structure, but there is no proof of such.
In fact, the message has never offered a single bit of proof for the
allegations - no links or official papers, nothing but the supposed words
of this Dr., yet it is taken as scientific evidence because it was
received on an email. Go figure.
Some of the rest of the info has been
recently added and some of it is flat out contradictory. Some versions of
this message note that you are told not to use paper, then are told to use
paper towels. Many food companies moved away from using foam containers
because of the dioxin problem in the manufacturing process. The concerns
were the pollutants in the manufacturing process and in the breakdown of
the product in landfills. Parchment paper is used in cooking even by the
most professional of chefs and is perfectly safe, as is wax paper.
There is one particular kind of bottle (not used in
water you purchase in bottles) that has a problem and it is being fixed.
Most of the time this particular plastic has been used for baby bottles
and reusable water bottles. It is a very thick plastic and the problem
has been shown to be in the manufacturing process. It has definite
carcinogens. This is known as BPA, so choose bottles that are BPA free.
One last thing to mention: some people
believe that any microwaving is bad. I've read both sides of the
issue. The anti-microwave crowd believes that the way that the food
molecules are excited actually changes the molecules, thus changing the
nutritive content. Generally, I only use it for something that needs
reheating for no more than a couple of minutes.
Is the Swiffer Wet Jet Formula Harmful to Pets?
This message came out around the beginning of May 2004 and
has caused a panic among pet lovers although it offers not one single
iota of proof for its claims. The stories contain no verifiable
information - names, dates, places. This is very typical of hoaxes. I paid
special attention to looking into it since I have two spoiled house cats.
So, what is in the Swiffer Wet Jet formula?
Glycol n-Propyl Ether
1% Other minor
Propylene Glycol is sometimes used in anti-freeze, but it is not the
ingredient that we have heard about that is not only sweet-tasting to
animals, but deadly. That is ethylene glycol. Propylene glycol is
also used in low calorie syrups & sodas. Still, propylene glycol n-butyle is
different. It is not listed as toxic. Ethylene glycol n-butyl is
listed as problematic to a developing fetus. There is no evidence that
either is harmful to "non-pregnant adults of any large mammal species."
The ASPCA Animal
Poison Control Center has said that both propylene glycol n-propyl ether and
propylene glycol n-butyl ether are safe ingredients at levels used in
recommends not letting children or pets on the floor while it is still wet,
but that there is no residue when dry. That's what the isopropyl alcohol is
supposed to do - help it dry faster.
Is using "Dust-Off" a new way for teens to get high?
The story is true, but Dust-Off is no more a
problem than any other aerosol can when a teen wants to get high.
ANY AEROSOL WILL WORK.
This is also not a new thing. Kids have been
using aerosols to get high for years. About 15 years ago, a teenage boy I
knew was driving around with two friends in a van. They stopped at a store,
and unknown to my friend and the driver, the other boy purchased some kind
of aerosol product in order to get high. He used it before getting back in
the van. Within minutes, he stopped breathing. He was dead very quickly.
It really shook the other kids up.
Huffing, as it is called, has been a fairly
widespread, but under-reported issue for many years.
Plug In air
fresheners cause fires
The message, which
has been circulating since 2004, claims that a house burned and the cause
was found to be a plug-in air freshener, particularly citing Glade. An
unnamed fire investigator then tells the owners that
"he's seen more home fires from plug-in type air
fresheners than anything else."
All the red lights of a false message are here - unnamed
victims, no names, places, dates. No one knows who wrote this either.
It turns out that there are a couple of known instances of house-fires being
attributed to a plug-in, but not with a Glade product.
Water can cause a myriad of health problems including heart attacks and
This is one of the
silliest messages I've ever seen. It's scientific information includes
the claim that the "cold water
will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down
the digestion. Once this "sludge" reacts with the acid, it will break faster
than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn
into fats and lead to cancer."
Here's an experiment: Put a bit of food into a cup of
cold water and watch to see if it "solidifies". Guess what? It's not
possible. The water would have to be ice, and even then it would take quite
some time to freeze the food. Further, if it is left at room temperature,
it will never happen because the ice will melt.
Our bodies have a natural temperature of about 97. So,
when cold water goes into the body, what will happen to it? It will warm up
pretty fast. By the time it hits your intestines, it's body temp.
The scenario is simply not possible by any stretch of the
imagination. This particular message is even more nonsensical when you
consider that oil and water do not mix. Just being next to cold water for
seconds (the time it would remain cold in the stomach) would be enough to
solidify "oily stuff?" Note the very non-scientific term "oily stuff." What
the heck is that?
A heart attack is not caused by food in the digestive
system "sludging" if such a thing even ever happened. There are many
factors that can lead to a heart attack and cold water certainly isn't one
of them. The arteries can become clogged and be a cause of a heart
attack, but not the digestive system.
Eraser sponges cause burns?
The story that
accompanies the message is true, but the sponges can cause burns because the
melamine foam is extremely abrasive, not because of chemicals in the sponge.
That's why is can take off surface stains. The stain is softer than the
hard material it is on and is simply rubbed off. So, if one uses it on
soft skin, guess what? The skin will be essentially exfoliated off. So
what you have is not a chemical burn, but raw flesh.
I use it on occasion to take scuff marks off of linoleum.
I've never had any problem. I'm not stupid enough to have used it on my
body, but in researching this I found that adults have done so. I also
found that some people are allergic to this foam, just like a latex allergy.
The upshot is that no cleaning product in the world
(except maybe baking soda) should ever be given to a kid to use without
complete adult supervision. And, don't keep them out for an animal to chew
advocates using peroxide instead of bleach
hydrogen peroxide is also a bleaching agent. It is also used as a an
ingredient in rocket propellant. That's a shocker, isn't it?
In fact, until the past few years, hydrogen peroxide was
highly used for antiseptic and anti-bacterial purposes in the medical
field. However, an OR nurse friend of mine says that it is being used less
and less as better alternatives are now available.
It was interesting that the message makes no distinction
between types of peroxide, which could lead someone to use the wrong kind.
Anything said applies only to hydrogen peroxide in a 1 - 3% solution.
information on the issue of peroxide as medicine. I was especially
interested that internal use of hydrogen peroxide has been scientifically
linked to blood disorders and some deaths.
A friend of mine who is a licensed nutritionist and
homeopathic doctor recommends cleaning fruits and vegetables with a mixture
of vinegar and peroxide, but the vinegar is the main ingredient. Even then,
she says you have to wash them off thoroughly to get rid of the peroxide.
Dentists solutions for tooth whitening contain hydrogen
peroxide, but everything is formulated correctly and professionally. It's
in OTC whiteners and toothpastes, but again, in exactly the right strength.
You could damage tooth enamel by using too much.
Bleach water is better for cleaning. Having worked in a
sub shop in the past and having a sister in the waitress business for over
20 years, I can assure you that no food service uses peroxide. They all use
bleach water to clean and kill germs. Health laws require them to do so.
If peroxide is an acceptable substitute, the food industry hasn't discovered
I would certainly NEVER put it into my nose! If you're
clogged, used a buffered saline solution. Salt is what is needed to clear
up a sinus problem.
Peroxide is a bleaching agent, not a colorant. It could
be used on skin to gently bleach discoloring, but I wouldn't use it on my
hair. Modern colorants are designed to be good for one's hair.
products lead to permanent olfactory nerve damage?
ingredient in all Zicam products is zinc - a natural mineral which you are
probably getting through your multi-vitamin. Zinc has been used
successfully by people to treat colds for umpteen years.
Although no one knows the reason why as yet, a few people
have had a strange reaction in the last few years and have lost their sense
of smell, and with it, their sense of taste. These incidents have only
been reported in the last few years and researchers are baffled as to the
Zicam products are still on the market . The message
claimed that the swabs had been pulled but not the nasal gel. This is
lead in lipstick?
message has been circulating for many years. A
2nd season NCIS episode even featured a heavily leaded lipstick that
concealed a plague spore.
Lead is used in the manufacturing process of
many types of lipsticks, so minute traces could end up in lipstick. The
amounts are super tiny throughout a whole batch of the stuff.
U.S. manufacturing standards require testing
of each batch for levels of any dangerous chemicals and for lead. If too
much got into the batch, it's supposed to be history.
The gold ring test doesn't work on lead at
all. People used to test the purity of gold by rubbing a stone with lead
over it, but you can't test for lead with gold. Barbara Mikkelson (Snopes)
tried this test, not only with a gold ring, but with other kinds of metals.
She did indeed get the dark streaks. However, remembering that lipstick is
mostly wax, she tried the same experiment with wax and got exactly the same
results. It had nothing to do with the presence of lead.
F&C Red # 6 cannot contain more than 20
parts per million of lead (also not more than 3 parts
per million of arsenic or 1 part per million of mercury). The
earliest version of this message claimed that lead was a chemical, which of
course, it isn't. It's a metal. However, I see that this part has been
expunged of late to make the message seem more credible.
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