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Are Tattoos Really Safe? Blotting Out Your Future with Ink

93Two different articles on tattoos were released recently and within days of each other. One involved the now-known fact that nanoparticles from the ink traveled to the bearer’s lymphatic system, while the other was a declaration concerning the safety of pediatric patients obtaining tats. Neither seemed to agree with the other, in this writer’s estimation.

Scientists at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in Grenoble, France, reported that the sterilization of needles used in the tattooing process should not be the sole medical concern of customers. Instead, the chemical composition of the inks employed should be examined. They report: “Along with pigments, tattoo inks contain preservatives and contaminants such as nickel, chromium, manganese and cobalt.”

That could be a problem.

As nanoparticles, microscopic particles are stained by the inks and travel to the lymph nodesth which assist the body in fighting disease. This is where the researchers lose the trail, not yet understanding the impact on the body when they reach the lymph nodes in microscopic form.

At practically the same time, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a report on tattoos, saying that teens should think hard about such procedures and choose a sterile clinic.

Hmmm…. Is that news???

Some states have restrictions on kids under 18 getting tattoos and piercings and some don’t. The AAP combines that with statistics stating that almost 75% of all respondents feel that the markings have held them back in terms of obtaining jobs.

Wonderful. So we have the potential of disease and unemployment following the inking of the skin. Here’s a young person, full of hopes for the future and they are literally blotting it out with ink?

Sad commentary.

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