Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Real Scoop on Ancient Cosmetics and Health

There are 0 ancient secrets for health in ancient-based "health" cosmetics or diet except in scammer spin, falsely portraying information and magic rituals from those times as truth today. 

"BBC News - Ancient skeleton is the earliest case of cancer yet detected"

"Mummy Has Oldest Case of Prostate Cancer in Ancient Egypt"

"Oldest known case of metastasizing prostate carcinoma diagnosed in the skeleton of a 2,700-year-old Scythian king from Arzhan (Siberia, Russia)."
"The diagnosis mainly rests on the results of the microscopic examination of the lesions and the positive evidence of PSA, which is an important marker for the diagnosis of prostate cancer. It is remarkable that, in this ancient case, the morphological pattern at the microlevel is the same as in recent cases."

Cancer is NOT a modern disease!

"Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt"
(for grey hair) "blood of a black ox or calf was boiled in oil to transfer the blackness of the animal to the greying hair, or the black horn of a gazelle was made into an unguent with oil to prevent grey hairs from appearing." Neither remedy worked. Hair was also dyed in ancient Egypt. Animal horn continues to be used today in equally ineffective "magic" remedies. Rhino horn, bear parts or elephant tusks, there is no science in such "health" remedies, only the death of the animals and greed for money.

"Ancient Egypt’s Toxic Makeup Fought Infection, Researchers Say"
"the scientists say the makeup is not something that should be used today."

Yet toxic levels of lead are found in modern remedies mistakenly taken from ancient times, see "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention", 2012

"Products Kohl, Kajal, Al-Kahal, or Surma: By Any Name, Beware of Lead Poisoning"

Ancient dandruff remedy includes hippopotamus fat and fish oil 
See also for spots on the face and wrinkles "gall of ox" and "red ochre". Red ochre was also used to color lips and cheeks - you can text search on the left, then click on found text to expand.

And through modern science?
"Breakthroughs made in ovarian cancer research," 2014 

Breakthrough in acne research, full text, 2013
"As P. acnes is the major skin ... bacterium found in both acne and healthy skin, this strain-level analysis is important to help understand the role of P. acnes in acne pathogenesis and in skin health."

Facts are far more interesting than the scams used to romanticize and lie about ancient times to sell unproven treatments and preventatives. 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Received via Email

Not everyone uses social media for sharing great articles but some do like sending and discussing them via email. I have been getting a few such articles lately. I will continue to Tweet them, and I will be adding specific ones relevant to this blog, to this post!

"Mineral Makeup - Fact vs Fiction"
"As you can see, deceptive marketing and carefully worded claims can lead us to believe that mineral makeup is “better”. Truth be told, while mineral makeup may sometimes have less irritating ingredients, it’s NOT automatically the best choice. ... I’m simply pointing out that modern cosmetic technology provides MANY excellent makeup formulas that offer the same safety and performance attributes that are presented in minerals makeup marketing."

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Since I wrote about egghead followers here, I suddenly have more of them following me on Twitter. Not all are fakes. Those with no profile after a long time would be fakes. Interesting though. I read Tweets! I still will not buy followers. I am not the least bit interested in doing so. Fake followers can have profiles, often duplicated ones but - they do not generate more followers either, just fill space. Many fake followers means they were purchased.

Fraud in content does far worse than fill space - it is dangerous! And fraud is everywhere on the Internet, especially about food, health. Eating some food raw like veggies is great - some veggies are better for you cooked, like tomato (technically a fruit), and none cure cancer. Some may help prevent it - MAY! Everyone makes mistakes. Fraud is not a mistake when it is repeated over and over again. That is deliberate, and it cannot be covered up with fake, or any followers. No amount of fake followers, paid testimonials, marketing, screaming "religious" rhetoric, or recruitment can undo the fraud that they contain.

There are plenty of famous and not famous vegetarians who have died of cancer. A balanced diet is best with a variety of real food choices, minus all fraud about the choices. Fraud is much more insidious than religious, or ideological extremism. It is based purely on greed without any trace of humanity, no matter how pleasant its face. Fraud is always costly in money, and in lives. Greed combined with the lies of fraud kill people.

You cannot buy health! NO crystal, "vibration", homeopathy as examples can replace reputable, needed medicines, or vaccines. No herb, honey, supplement(s), or food can treat, cure, or prevent all disease, or illness. Such examples of fraud stating otherwise are fantasies of a past that NEVER existed, does not exist now except in lies. Reputable medicines, and safe vaccines must be affordable, and reach ALL who need them.

Any cosmetic "intended for a therapeutic use" as stated here (FDA, updated 2014), as well as in other countries is considered to be a drug, and it is subject to drug regulations.

Reputable evidence, sound science, and the truth defeat fraud - every single time!

Email Reply: Scams, September 15, 2014
Agreed - the only thing worse than the fraud is a scammer using "I have or had a hard life, or time" in an attempt to gain sympathy. Many scammers use sympathy bids to distract you from the fact that what they are doing is fraud, or endangering you as well as have you waste your money! A lot of fraud is based on eliciting just the "right" emotional response to enable the fraud to succeed unimpeded.

A Facebook sympathy bid scam, 2013 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids and Cosmetics

"comfrey contains substances called pyrrolizidine alkaloids that are both toxic to the liver and carcinogenic.5-12... Pyrrolizidine alkaloids ... can be absorbed through the skin. ... it may be prudent to avoid topical comfrey products entirely. ... Last reviewed August 2013. Last Updated: 07/15/2014"

"BBB - Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids" - ingestion, FDA
"Reports of acute poisoning in the United States among humans are relatively rare. Most result from the use of medicinal preparations as home remedies. ... Mass human poisonings have occurred in other countries when cereal crops used to prepare food were contaminated with seeds containing pyrrolizidine alkaloid."

"Success Stories: Disease Detectives in Ethiopia, Part 2", ingestion, CDC
"The disease is now called “pyrrolizidine alkaloid-induced liver disease” (PAILD) for the toxic PA that causes the illness. More important, grain farmers in Ethiopia now have the information they need to protect themselves and their families from a once mysterious and sometimes fatal disease."

 "Chickweed Healing Salve contains comfrey, which may increase the risk of systemic toxicity"

"Comfrey (Symphytum spp.)"
"Alkaloids may also be absorbed through intact skin, so precautions should still be taken." 

A number of plants contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids besides comfrey, e.g. coltsfoot and alkanet (alkanna), and are used in some cosmetics in varying amounts. The use of such plants tends not to be in mainstream cosmetics. I have seen alkanet listed as the colorant used in handmade "organic" lip and cheek cosmetics on the market. Ironically, their inclusion can frequently be found in alternative cosmetics touting safety by being free of other ingredients, proven to be safe.

I see no valid reason for ingredients containing hepatoxic, carcinogenic pyrrolizidine alkaloids to be used in cosmetics, given the risks. Avoid!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Oil Pulling

Love the title! "Oil Pulling Your Leg", 2014
"I did come across one other published paper on oil pulling – a report of recurrent lipoid pneumonia from oil pulling. ... Oil pulling for general health or any other indication is pure pseudoscience. Detox claims are based on nothing, as are all detox claims. There is no evidence or plausible rationale to recommend oil pulling for any indication other than as a poor substitute for oral care."

"Lipoid Pneumonia And Oils: Important Health Information", 2012
"Of the types of oils that can be aspirated, animal oil causes more problems than vegetable oil, which causes more than mineral oil."

"Oil instillation pneumonia - A social evil", 2009, from the above blog post, full text. Oils named - "Gingilli oil" (sesame), "Coconut oil", "Neem oil"
"eighty seven percent of the patients with oil instillation were acutely symptomatic; 10% of them required mechanical ventilation for worsening hypoxia and respiratory failure of which three (4.1%) expired. ...Though, this issue was highlighted way back in 1973 by Balakrishnan [1], oil-aspiration pneumonia is still a health problem in countries where infants are forced to receive vegetable or animal oil due to traditional belief."
3 children died.

Oil pulling has a risk, which is reputably documented. That is not widely disseminated in articles on the topic but should be included. Scammers are too busy promoting an oil with misinformation to research properly, or care. No amount of fake followers, celebrity, or a congenial demeanor can make up for misinformation, lies, or undisclosed facts. Caution is advised!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Contact Lenses and Make-up

"Cosmetics and Contacts"
"Avoid frosted, pearlized, iridescent, or other glittery types of eye shadow, which may contain ground oyster shells or tinsel when can get trapped under your lens and scratch the surface of the eye. ... Avoid using loose powder on the face. ... Avoid lash-extending mascara, which has fibers that can irritate the eyes, and waterproof mascara, which cannot be easily removed with water and may stain soft contact lenses."

"Contact Lenses and Cosmetics"
"Choose an oil-free moisturizer. ... Choose water-based, hypo-allergenic liquid foundations. Cream makeup may leave a film on your lenses."

"Q: My niece has just started using contact lenses and she alreadyuses makeup. Can you suggest any tips for eye safety?", CNIB 
"Keep in mind that there is no real difference between high- and low-end brands. Any brand of makeup can pose a risk if expired or not applied properly - proper use is critical to keeping your lenses clean and your eyes healthy."

"Cosmetic advertising, labelling and ingredients"
"Hypoallergenic" is neither a legal nor a scientific term. It simply means that the manufacturer has chosen ingredients to produce a finished product with minimum potential for causing allergy. This does not guarantee that the product will not cause an allergic reaction in some individuals"

"go big or go home"? (first definition) NO! Tell it like it really is or don't bother because someone else will do so!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Fraud and Health

Fraud is not just unethical, illegal. It can cause harm, cost lives. Scammers lie, misinform, use fake followers, anything, to lure victims. Fraud is everywhere. Scammers are into everything. Online they have 0 reputable health information (easy to check out), and lots of fake followers. Anyone can get some fake followers.

Profiles get duplicated for fakes but they do not generate more followers because they are fakes. On Twitter for example, count the number of eggheads (no profile), plus those irrelevant for the account subject matter, new followers but otherwise inactive accounts (as in year(s) in some cases), by scrolling through the followers list. Hundreds of fakes on an account with not all that many followers, or accounts followed proportionately is a sure sign of purchased fake followers. I have never bought any followers and I will not buy them. They are filler to impress. I am not impressed that easily. 

Not only can you buy reviews for Instagram and YouTube videos - you can write your own and have them delivered - NOT something I support! I am amazed at what is offered for sale on the Internet for social media, fake: followers, likes, dislikes, reviews, comments, and more I have not looked into. Filed under SCARY!

Lies are often easy to spot - inconsistent and contradictory information because scammers have forgotten what they said previously, usually in the promotion of a sponsor, or would be (hoped for) sponsor. It is all in the details. Alluring images are often used to sell or promote products. However, what is actually being offered must be supported by facts to have any value.

There is no difference between media fraud and other fraud. Both are about making money fast, and misinformation is irrelevant. Fraud is abuse! It capitalizes on people's emotional responses to yield profit, whether the topic is "raw" cacao (it is NOT healthy), or cancer "cures". There is money to be made - often at the cost of lives. One such lost life is too many.

THIS is preliminary research, 1999

And THIS is the truth, 2014
"Liberia: Does bitter kola cure Ebola?"
"to date no vaccine or cure has been found for Ebola. ... anyone caught administering fake vaccine or tablets and even spreading wrong information on the Ebola disease would face prosecution."

I absolutely agree! Stop fraud in its tracks before more people die or become ill by not following approved recommendations Prosecution will not remedy disease and illness. It may however help prevent illness and death by fraud. It is "organic" and nontoxic too!

FRAUD says it is a drugs versus plants war. REPUTABLE science creates drugs FROM plants. Research can be promising. It has be proven to work.

WHO | Ebola virus disease
"No licensed vaccine for EVD is available. ... No specific treatment is available ... New drug therapies are being evaluated."

"Nigerian official warns pastors and healers to stop making false Ebola-cure claims" 

"In memoriam: Tragically, five co-authors, who contributed greatly to public health and research efforts in Sierra Leone, contracted EVD in the course of their work and lost their battle with the disease before this manuscript could be published. We wish to honor their memory."

"Beware Of Fake Ebola Supplements"

"A review of halotherapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease", full text (salt therapy)
"From this review, recommendations for inclusion of halotherapy as a therapy for COPD cannot be made at this point and there is a need for high quality studies to determine the effectiveness of this therapy." Unproven regardless of whether it is in a chamber, or by inhaler.

2014 - bold in quote added by me
Compliance Policy Guides CPG Sec. 120.500 Health Fraud - Factors in Considering Regulatory Action, FDA
"Health Fraud products are articles of unproven effectiveness that are promoted to improve health, well being, or appearance. They can be drugs, devices, foods or cosmetics for human or animal use."

You cannot heal or treat or prevent a health issue by: being near or holding a crystal or stone, wearing jewelry, inhaling any type of salt or essential oils. ALL unproven effectiveness! 

"Cancer patients who use alternative medicine die sooner"

"The effect of essential oil on heart rate and blood pressure among solus por aqua workers"
"Whether exposure to essential oil increases the risk of cardiovascular events is still unknown. ... Exposure to essential oil for 1 hour was found to be an effective method of relaxation, as indicated by decreases in the HR and BP. Prolonged exposure for longer than 1 hour to essential oils may be harmful to cardiovascular health among spa workers."

"Effects of essential oils on the formation of formaldehyde and secondary organic aerosols in an aromatherapy environment"
"This study demonstrated that formaldehyde and SOAs were generated through ozone-initiated reactions with the major constituents of essential oils (terpenes) in an environment with low ozone concentrations ... Generated formaldehyde and nano-sized SOAs should not be neglected in aromatherapy environmental settings because of their potential health effects."

And the study
"Characteristics of Air Pollutants and Assessment of Potential Exposure in Spa Centers During Aromatherapy | Abstract"

No ancient culture known ANYWHERE had the secret to health, or longevity. To say so is pure fantasy, pure fraud, and is dangerous to believe.