There are a number of social habits that regularly infect our society, some more ominous than others. Approximately a decade ago, we began to see the body-piercing fad infect America like an epidemic.
People were inserting metal objects in every fold and protrusion they could find — even in places polite society does not often talk about. This led to a number of serious infections and even loss of body parts such as noses and ears.
Another fad that has spread even faster and wider than body-piercing is tattooing. It is an unbelievable phenomenon that has captured the psyches of young girls and boys and even older people. The imprints range from artistic masterpieces to unidentifiable squiggles, blots, and symbols scattered over exposed and unexposed flesh.
But beyond what it says about our culture is the question of its safety.
What people who receive tattoos don’t know is that many of the dyes used contain toxic metals such as iron and manganese, and recent studies have shown that the dyes do not remain in the dermis of the skin, but are also found in lymph nodes.
This means that these metals are also traveling to many organs, including the brain. While the tattooing craze started out with relatively small designs, today we see massive tattooing, with entire backs, arms, thighs, and even breasts covered.
Only recently has the medical profession explored the possibility that diseases such as cancer may be linked to the practice. In fact, several cases of highly malignant cancer have been found in draining lymph nodes and even within the tattooed area itself.
Breast tattoos on women can increase iron levels in the draining lymph nodes of the breast and either increase the risk of breast cancer or make a later developing cancer much more aggressive and deadly. (
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) The same is true for melanoma and other cancers.
Besides having a population that looks like it was just recently released from a Russian prison, we now realize that there are health consequences to the tattooing craze.
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