Thursday, December 4, 2014

Known Allergens in Cosmetics


Awareness of known allergens means easier identification of one in a product, and testing you for it, if a reaction occurs.

2014
"Contact reactions to lipsticks and other lipcare products"
http://dermnetnz.org/reactions/lipstick-reaction.html

alba cera (Cera alba) = beeswax

Interactions and cautions are included below.

2013
Natural Standard: Propolis
Grade C - "C (Unclear or Conflicting  Scientific Evidence)" = unproven effectiveness

2013
Natural Standard: Beeswax
Grade C - "C (Unclear or Conflicting  Scientific Evidence)" = unproven effectiveness

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Toxicity of Herbs and Oils: Pets - A Departure from My Usual Posts for Those Who Have Pets


Neem oil: animals
I knew toxicity existed for neem (margosa) oil and mice from the research I had previously done for the post below this one. However, it is not the only one, and mice are not the only animals affected.

Bold added to text by me.

2014
"ESSENTIAL, 'HERBAL', OIL POISONING"
"Essential Oils, volatile oils extracted from plants ... components of 'herbal' medicines such as flea or tick treatments or other products can be toxic in dogs and/or cats. Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil, Neem (Margosa) Oil, Pennyroyal Oil, Potpourri Oil, Pine Oil, Peppermint Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Clove Oil, Thyme Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Rosemary Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, and d-Limonene have been in products associated with signs of toxicity."

2012. from the link above "Retrospective study from 2006 to 2008."
"Adverse reactions from essential oil-containing natural flea products exempted from Environmental Protection Agency regulations in dogs and cats"
"Dogs and cats can experience significant adverse effects when exposed to plant-derived flea preventatives even when used according to label directions." 

"Essential Oil and Liquid Potpourri Toxicity in Dogs and Cats"
http://www.vcahospitals.com/main/pet-health-information/article/animal-health/essential-oil-and-liquid-potpourri-toxicity-in-dogs-and-cats/7071
"Essential oils are the concentrated liquids (volatile organic compounds) of plants. ... use in aromatherapy ... alternative medicine ... in cleaning products, food and drink flavorings, herbal remedies, ... personal care products ... Many liquid potpourri products and essential oils, including oil of cinnamon, citrus, pennyroyal, peppermint, pine, sweet birch, tea tree (melaleuca), wintergreen, and ylang ylang, are poisonous to pets. Both ingestion and skin exposure can be toxic. ... Essential oils and liquid potpourris contain chemicals ... rapidly absorbed orally or through the skin. Many of these chemicals are metabolized through the liver. ... cats lack some of the enzymes necessary to effectively metabolize these chemicals. ... can also irritate or burn the skin and mouth. ... Only a couple of licks or a small amount on the skin could be harmful to a dog or cat."

I have seen raw garlic recommended online for flea and tic control - Toxic!
2013
"Hidden Dangers in the Kitchen: Common Foods Toxic to Dogs and Cats"
https://www.vetlearn.com/_preview?_cms.fe.previewId=88ca0770-ed59-11e2-8f1a-005056ad4734&ArticleURL=https://www.vetlearn.com/compendium/hidden-dangers-in-the-kitchen-common-foods-toxic-to-dogs-and-cats#top 
"Most cases of toxicosis are attributed to a single episode of accidental ingestion of raw onion or feeding of foods containing onions or garlic."

2001
"Herbal and Other Natural Products Pose Intoxication Risks to Pets"
http://www.vin.com/VINDBPub/SearchPB/Proceedings/PR05000/PR00396.htm

Monday, November 24, 2014

Neem Oil (Margosa Oil) Safety and Uses


2014
"Neem Oil Poisoning as a Cause of Toxic Encephalopathy in an Infant"
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12098-013-1327-x/fulltext.html
"Poisoning is usually accidental by nasal or oral administered to infants and children for cough and cold, pain abdomen, and deworming; or rarely suicidal ... Even small doses can cause toxicity include vomiting, drowsiness, generalized seizures, coma, and severe metabolic acidosis especially in infants and young children ... Prognosis is usually good, however, delayed milestones, long term neurodeficits, recurrent seizures, abnormal ... (EEG), and deaths have been observed ... Since neem oil is commonly used as traditional medicine in India, its poisoning is not uncommon. ... pediatricians should be aware of this condition and public should be educated regarding the safe use of neem oil."

The bolding of text in all quotes is by me. The information speaks for itself. These are not studies. They are case reports. The information in this post is not new in that references of other case reports go back years! The question is Why is neem oil still being promoted with no cautions as if there are none? The short answer is it is not as profitable to include them. For those who promote health fraud, the lack of cautions does not surprise me in the least. They buy fake followers, reviews, and comments to stoke their ego, and further their agenda (sales), with no regard for consumers. However, they cannot buy credibility, and it cannot be faked. Credibility comes with reputable evidence, which they cannot produce about what they promote because it does not exist.

2014

"A rare case of toxic optic neuropathy secondary to consumption of neem oil", Full text
http://www.ijo.in/article.asp?issn=0301-4738;year=2014;volume=62;issue=3;spage=337;epage=339;aulast=Suresha

2013

"Neem oil poisoning: Case report of an adult with toxic encephalopathy", Full text
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3841499/

2013

Neem oil
"Herbal remedy is natural and safe"--truth or myth?"
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24974507
MYTH!

2012

"MARGOSA (NEEM) OIL POISONING"
"The easy availability of margosa oil and its promotion without proper warning of these life threatening side effects warrant legislative measures and active awareness. This is a potentially toxic chemical and should be used with vigilance." Amen to that!

2008

"Neem Oil Poisoning" - reference #6 in above link and heartbreaking!, Full text
http://medind.nic.in/ibv/t08/i1/ibvt08i1p56.pdf
"Exact toxicity level doses for humans are not known."

Natural Standard - neem oil uses - All grade C: "Unclear scientific evidence for this use" = UNPROVEN EFFECTIVENESS!

2011 
http://www.davidsnaturalmarket.com/ns/DisplayMonograph.asp?storeID=cf1d83c59a914deeb1f49f78c9be5747&DocID=bottomline-neem#EVIDENCETABLE 

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. 

2014 
"BBC News - Ancient skeleton is the earliest case of cancer yet detected"

2011 
"Mummy Has Oldest Case of Prostate Cancer in Ancient Egypt" 
http://news.sciencemag.org/2011/10/mummy-has-oldest-case-prostate-cancer-ancient-egypt

2007
"Oldest known case of metastasizing prostate carcinoma diagnosed in the skeleton of a 2,700-year-old Scythian king from Arzhan (Siberia, Russia)."
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17918181
"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"
http://www.levity.com/alchemy/islam23.html
(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.


2010
"Ancient Egypt’s Toxic Makeup Fought Infection, Researchers Say"
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/19/science/19egypt.html?_r=1&
"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
http://ktanihairsense.blogspot.ca/2013/01/etsy-policy-changes.html 

2014
"Products Kohl, Kajal, Al-Kahal, or Surma: By Any Name, Beware of Lead Poisoning"
http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/productsingredients/products/ucm137250.htm


2010
Ancient Egyptians discarded the human brain in preparation for the afterlife.

Scammers rebuff critical thinking regarding their products and services.

1964
Ancient dandruff remedy includes hippopotamus fat and fish oil
books.google.ca/books?id=Y84UAA 
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
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/08/140808111946.htm 

Breakthrough in acne research, full text, 2013
http://www.nature.com/jid/journal/v133/n9/full/jid201321a.html
"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!

2014
"Mineral Makeup - Fact vs Fiction"
http://kjbennett.com/mineral-makeup-fact-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."

2013
"Essential oils: a perfect example of alternative medicine exaggeration"
http://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/02/02/essential-oils-a-perfect-example-of-alternative-medicine-exaggeration/
"Treating disease by ingesting animal feces or applying it to your skin is also an ancient Egyptian remedy, in fact more common than essential oils, but I don’t see that catching on in the same way. ...The real problem I have with essential oils is the exaggeration of their effects. ... The benefits of essential oils are exaggerated because exaggeration sells. ... Trying to sell a sick person something that in the end won’t help them is at least unethical, if not criminal. ... I am not saying that essential oils have no use. Instead I am saying that their effectiveness is exaggerated."
"Not Found" pdf and text
"the extraction of bladder stones, or lithotomy as it came to be called in more modern times, was performed with surprising frequency by people in the ancient civilizations of Egypt ... Stones were well known in ancient Egypt and, indeed, the earliest urolith ever recovered was retrieved from the nasal cavity of the mummified corpse of a young Egyptian boy. This great artifact was unfortunately later destroyed during the Nazi bombing campaign over Britain. References to stone disease have been found in several Egyptian writings, and treatments seem to have usually been medical in nature, consisting of specially-designed exercises and the administration of lotions, ointments, laxatives and special diets. Fly droppings, feces, gazelle dung, crocodile excrement ... were all used!"

More from the pdf, Pg 11, and on point
"Our knowledge of the pharmacopoeia of ancient Egypt is clearly inadequate to support many sweeping generalizations about the effectiveness of the drug therapy regimens. Making actual conclusions on the efficacy of the pharmacological treatments of the swnw is difficult for a number of reasons, including the incomplete pharmacopoeia translations, difficulty in defining the conditions that treatments were suggested for and lack of information about how often a therapy was used. Further compounding this is the lack of first hand accounts of the clinical experiences and success of the swnw." Yet that is exactly what is done today by scammers, promoted as remedies and preventatives for money, based on 0 evidence from then, or test results on ancient medicines done now! It is called fraud.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Twitter


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.

A sign of new and pending sales on a website promoting health fraud: an increase in obvious fake followers (on Twitter, old eggheads, irrelevant content, duplicated profiles, other fraud).

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

Email Reply: "You can watch bought or fake followers being added ... just click on followers ... there is gap where real followers should be ... refresh and view the bought or fakes added.", December 8, 2014 
Fascinating! The "system" is not foolproof, lol.

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
"Facebook 'farming' scam preys on sympathy to garner 'likes,' money"
http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Facebook-farming-scam-preys-on-sympathy-to-garner-likes-money-212814891.html

Update November 19, 2014
2013, by request (I was asked to research this)
"Does Twitter verification still mean anything?": The quote below verified what I thought from the questions I was asked, based on what people had observed.
http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/does-twitter-verification-still-mean-anything/
"There are a handful of sites where users have had their handles priced, and you can browse for one with the badge that you can then take over and make your own." No thank you to any of that, too!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Pyrrolizidine Alkaloids and Cosmetics


2013
"Comfrey"
"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"

2013
"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."

2013
"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."

2012
 "Chickweed Healing Salve contains comfrey, which may increase the risk of systemic toxicity"

2011
"Comfrey (Symphytum spp.)"
http://www.healthline.com/natstandardcontent/comfrey#2
"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!