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What Skin-Lightening Cosmetics Can Do To Your Body – Inside & Out (A Multi-Billion Dollar Market)

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The use of skin bleaching products to eliminate blemishes and achieve a lighter skin tone is increasingly popular in many parts of the world. Complex sociocultural and commercial forces prompt consumers (predominantly but not exclusively women) to believe that altering their skin tone with these products is not only desirable but fashionable. According to market researchers, the global market for skin-lightening products will reach US$23 billion by 2020, which would represent almost 17% of that year’s total projected cosmetics sales.

Regardless of prevailing national and international health regulations, many skin-lightening products contain inorganic mercury compounds. Cosmetics manufacturers include mercury because it inhibits production of the enzyme responsible for making melanin. Product labels may list compounds such as mercurous chloride, ammoniated mercury and others, or manufacturers may add mercury without listing it as an ingredient at all. Regular use of mercury-containing skin-lightening creams carries a very real risk of mercury poisoning.

…these factors leave uninformed consumers at the mercy of an industry interested in hanging on to its high profits.

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) purports to regulate the use of mercury in cosmetics, allowing the metal to be present “in a trace amount of less than 1 part per million [ppm]” or if mercury’s presence “is unavoidable under conditions of good manufacturing practice.” In reality, however, cosmetics companies “are wholly responsible for the safety of their own products and for making sure they adhere to the FDA’s guidelines.” In other countries where cosmetics manufacturing takes place, the regulatory environment may be even muddier. All of these factors leave uninformed consumers at the mercy of an industry interested in hanging on to its high profits.

How much mercury?

Studies have measured the mercury content of skin-lightening creams in a range of settings. These analyses have detected high concentrations of mercury (measured in different ways) that most often are well in excess of what regulators consider allowable:

  • An analysis of over 500 skin-lightening products manufactured in 32 countries and available to consumers identified dozens of mercury-containing products, almost half (45%) of which had mercury levels over 10,000 ppm.
  • A study of 15 skin-lightening creams purchased in pharmacies and retail outlets in Trinidad revealed that all products contained mercury, no matter where they were manufactured (European Union, United Kingdom, India or Jamaica). One sample contained 14,000 times the FDA limit (1 ppm).
  • In China, analysis of a skin-lightening product identified a mercury concentration over 19,000 times higher than the FDA limit.
  • In Saudi Arabia, 45% of skin-lightening creams tested (n=38) contained mercury “well above” the 1 ppm level.
  • Canadian study analyzed 35 imported soaps and creams obtained at ethnic beauty shops in Montreal—all exceeded the threshold established by Canada (0.6 micrograms per kilogram or μg/kg) for “acceptable impurities.”
  • An investigation of mercury poisoning in Mexican-Americans who used skin-lightening creams manufactured in Mexico found that the products’ mercury content ranged from 2.0% to 5.7% by weight.
What’s worse, skin-lightening products pose a threat not just to the direct users but to other household members who are not using the products.

Skin problems are (ironically) among the health problems that may result from ongoing topical application of mercury-containing skin products, along with damage to the kidneys, central nervous system and other organs. What’s worse, skin-lightening products pose a threat not just to the direct users but to other household members who are not using the products. An investigation conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found “focal elevations” in mercury vapor concentration “near furniture where creams were stored, and near items frequently touched by cream users.”

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The immigrant connection

Internationally, prevalence studies show that use of skin-lightening products is extensive, including 26% to 67% of adult females surveyed in various West African countries, half (50%) of adults in Ghanaian fishing communities and almost seven in ten (69%) sampled university students in Thailand. But what happens when individuals from a region where the practice is prevalent migrate to a vastly different socioeconomic and cultural environment?

The answer, as researchers in immigrant destination communities in North America and Europe have shown, is that many migrants take their skin-lightening practices with them. Thanks to an array of informal distribution and social media channels, immigrants also continue to import toxic skin products from their home countries, sometimes illicitly. A survey of pregnant women in Sweden found that 2.6% of the women reported using easily obtainable skin bleaching products. Whereas 14% of the overall sample was foreign-born (representative of the 15% of Swedes who are born elsewhere), two-thirds (67%) of the women using skin bleaching products came from Africa, Asia or the Middle East. All but one woman had been using a skin-lightening product for at least three years. In a separate, qualitative component of the same study, women from Africa and Asia agreed that immigration had not curtailed the practice of skin bleaching, which they described as “a common daily activity, similar to ‘brushing one’s teeth.’” A respondent from Burundi stated that “some women even apply these products to their children in Sweden…so they do not get dark.”

In the U.S., a 2004 survey of New York City residents that measured mercury concentrations in urine identified 13 individuals—all either Hispanic or black women and all but one foreign-born—with mercury concentrations that equaled or exceeded “reportable” levels. Skin-lightening creams were the primary source of mercury exposure in nearly all cases. Additional analyses showed that Caribbean-born blacks and Dominicans were the two subgroups with the highest overall urine mercury levels. The Department of Health subsequently seized skin-lightening creams from New York area stores that contained illegal levels of mercury.

Whereas the New York study identified Caribbean- and Dominican-origin individuals as being at highest risk for exposure to mercury-containing skin creams, the risk profile may be different in other U.S. regions. Minnesota, for example, harbors the largest Somali diaspora in the U.S. (A neighborhood in Minneapolis even goes by the nickname “Little Mogadishu.”) Minneapolis health department officials became concerned about Somali women’s use of mercury-containing skin creams after interviewing seven women who reported using the creams on “their entire body twice during the day and once in the evening, even when they are pregnant or breastfeeding.” Although Minnesota bans the sale of mercury-containing cosmetic products, the investigators were able to easily obtain (at ethnic markets and malls) creams and soaps that contained extremely high levels of inorganic mercury ranging from 4.08 ppm to 33,000 ppm.

Although there are many indications that vaccines are a major part of Somalis’ autism story, it also stands to reason that reproductive-age women’s heavy and long-term use of mercury-containing skin products could contribute to adverse neurological outcomes such as autism.

Risks for children

In the Twin Cities Somali community, autism rates are disproportionately high, affecting an estimated 1 in 32 Somali children. U.S.-based Somali children with autism also are more likely to have a severe intellectual disability than children with autism from other racial/ethnic groups. In Sweden, investigators identified a similarly alarming prevalence of autism in children of Somali background. Although there are many indications that vaccines are a major part of Somalis’ autism story, it also stands to reason that reproductive-age women’s heavy and long-term use of mercury-containing skin products could contribute to adverse neurological outcomes such as autism.

Sadly, women who use skin-lightening cosmetic products appear to be uninformed and, therefore, unconcerned about the products’ mercury content. In the Swedish study, immigrant women described side effects as “overrated” or unsubstantiated and appeared unworried about potential effects on their children. A study of Saudi women found that half of the current users of skin-lightening products “were ready to use any bleaching cream that gives fast results, even if the components were unknown,” and many current users applied bleaching products during pregnancy and lactation.

Mothers’ attitudes might be different if they knew that mercury (whether absorbed or inhaled) passes to the fetus through the placenta and to nursing infants through breast milk. Prenatal exposure to mercury is of particular concern because the fetal central nervous system is especially vulnerable to effects of mercury exposure. Moreover, infants and children can be exposed to mercury if they touch a parent who uses mercury-containing skin products and then put their fingers or hands into their mouths, or if they breathe in mercury vapors from product outgassing.

Both research and action needed

In the current globalized zeitgeist, skin bleaching is on the rise around the world—including in reproductive-age and older women, men and young people. Reasons for using skin-lightening products seem to range from emulating pop icons to pursuing socioeconomic privilege. Struggling to catch up, public health experts increasingly agree on the pressing need to pay more research attention to the dangerous presence of mercury in skin-lightening products, including evaluating the toxicological risks of concurrent exposure to multiple toxic ingredients in addition to mercury. For the sake of future generations, it is also vital to assess the short-term and long-term effects of skin-lightening product use on pregnancy outcomes and children’s health.

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U. S. Congressman-Elect Tells Constituents Vaccines May Cause Autism

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  • The Facts:

    Congressman-Elect Mark Green told his constituents not only that he believes there may be a causal relationship between vaccines and autism, but that the Centers for Disease Control has 'fraudulently managed' their research data on vaccine safety.

  • Reflect On:

    Does the unusually bold statements of a public official against the CDC's vaccine safety narrative represent the next step in our getting to the truth about vaccines?

If you are someone who has been following the vaccine/autism debate for a while, you are no doubt aware that public figures rarely take on the Big Pharma-CDC Axis, as they are prone to face serious and debilitating consequences at their own peril. Doctors like Andrew Wakefield, who famously published a study in 1998 in The Lancet that linked the MMR vaccine to autism, experienced the full weight of the medical establishment muscle when sales of the MMR vaccine were threatened.

As far as Western Medicine is concerned, Dr. Wakefield’s study has been ‘debunked’ as a result of their concerted campaign to say and do whatever they could to invalidate his main point by attacking ancillary facts that really had nothing to do with the evidence. You can read our recent article ‘A Statistically Strong Relationship Has Been Found Between The MMR Vaccine & Autism‘ to see how Dr. Brian Hooker has resurrected the study to make an argument in favor of the strong correlation found in the study between the MMR vaccine and autism, and judge for yourself.

While the majority of people probably believe that the safety of vaccines has been proven, the veils of mainstream deception are starting to get threadbare. And with this, whistleblowers, researchers and other challengers to the mainstream notion are starting to get bolder and more forthright. Researcher Judy Mikovits and others like her paved the way by standing firmly in the truth of her research and refusing to buckle under the pressure and coercion of the Western Medical Establishment to recant studies that are threatening to the pharmaceutical industry, as detailed in the article ‘Researcher Jailed After Uncovering Deadly Virus Delivered Through Human Vaccines.’

Congressman-Elect Makes Bold Claim

Still, researchers are one thing. Politicians are a whole different kettle of fish. It is still a relatively new occurrence that a politician could speak out against the vaccine industry and not be committing political suicide and open him or herself up to massive attacks from the Western Medical Establishment. It was helpful, perhaps even groundbreaking, that Donald Trump staked his claim on this matter while campaigning for the presidency:

“When I was growing up, autism wasn’t really a factor, and now all of a sudden, it’s an epidemic. Everybody has their theory. My theory, and I study it because I have young children, my theory is the shots. We’ve giving these massive injections at one time, and I really think it does something to the children.” (source)

Now, according to this article in the Tennessean, Congressman-Elect Mark Green told his constituents not only that he believes there may be a causal relationship between vaccines and autism, he suggests the Centers for Disease Control has ‘fraudulently managed’ the research data that the CDC uses to say there is no link between vaccines and autism. As the video below confirms, Green, who by the way is also a licensed doctor, is truly throwing down the gauntlet against the CDC.

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“Let me say this about autism. I have committed to people in my community, up in Montgomery County, to stand on the CDC’s desk and get the real data on vaccines. Because there is some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines.

As a physician, I can make that argument and I can look at it academically and make the argument against the CDC, if they really want to engage me on it. But it appears some of that data has been, honestly, maybe fraudulently managed. So we’ve got to go up there and stand against that and make sure we get that fixed, that issue addressed.”

The Takeaway

The challenges to the official narrative that vaccines are proven to be safe and do not correlate with the incidence of autism is like chipping away at an old brick wall. With each brick that is removed, more and more people see the holes in the mainstream narrative, and opponents to vaccine safety are becoming bolder and more direct with their challenges. I believe that in the not-so-distant future we will look back to this time and history and be amazed that it took us so long to see through the industry-sponsored fraud of vaccine safety.

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“5G: The Most Censored Story Of 2018” – Journalist Masterfully Educates Houston City Council

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  • The Facts:

    Derrick Broze, a journalist and activist recently presented to Houston about the new proposed 5G network. He points to multiple studies and scientists outlining serious health concerns for all.

  • Reflect On:

    What can you do to mitigate this? There are solutions presented in the article but are you taking any? How can our regulatory agencies approve a technology that's so harmful to human biology? What is going on here?

The 5G network is new, and it’s being accepted, approved and implemented already without any appropriate safety testing nor discussion with the public.

Recent research has revealed that the frequencies utilized in crowd control weapons are the same as the frequencies used in the 5G network, and there is absolutely no question about the fact that these electromagnetic frequencies impact our biology in multiple harmful ways. With more than 2000 peer-reviewed studies on the subject, thousands of scientists raising multiple causes for concern, hundreds of scientists petitioning the United Nations, and absolutely no oversight, regulation or safety testing, how is it that this type of thing is legal and allowed to be approved?

Well, the 5G, and the entire global network of wireless technology is controlled by a few people and corporations. This highlights the relationship that western corporations have with government regulatory agencies. These corporations sit above the government, and through lobbying, corporations provide instructions to government regulatory agencies. Our regulatory health agencies are a cesspool of corruption as well, so much to the point where those who work within these agencies are actually starting to have a shift in consciousness and are speaking out. The problem has become so big and widespread that they cannot remain silent. The SPIDER papers from multiple CDC scientists was an excellent example, outlining the grave concern about the CDC’s relationship with corporations and the stranglehold these corporations have over them.

Multiple countries around the world have banned WiFi and the building of cell phone towers near primary schools and nurseries, among many other places due to the evidence that shows they are not safe and can implicate the health of young children and adults.

Dr. Devra Lee Davis,  founding director of the board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, founding director of the Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and President of the Environmental Health Trust stated:

“If you are one of the millions who seek faster downloads of movies, games and virtual pornography, a solution is at hand, that is, if you do not mind volunteering your living body in a giant uncontrolled experiment on the human population. At this moment, residents of the Washington, DC region – like those of 100 Chinese cities – are about to be living within a vast experimental Millimeter wave network to which they have not consented – all courtesy of American taxpayers,”

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Journalist Presents to Houston City Council

That’s why the video below is so important, it’s a video of Derrick Broze, founder of the Conscious Resistance network.  Not only are scientists speaking out about this issue, and continuing to publish eye-opening research, much of which can be found at The Environmental Health Trust, but citizens and activists are getting involved too.

The speech below takes place at a hearing in Houston. This, like so many other health issues we are facing, is important to raise awareness about together. The more people speaking up and creating awareness, the more chances we have of that this awareness leads to action or at the very least, a deep realization by council members that they are being bullied by corporations, much like we’re seeing in France.

A Little More On 5G

Dr. Sharon Goldberg, an internal medicine physician and professor also recently gave her testimony regarding the dangers of electromagnetic radiation. She says:

Wireless radiation has biological effects. Period. This is no longer a subject for debate when you look at PubMed and the peer-review literature. These effects are seen in all life forms; plants, animals, insects, microbes. In humans, we have clear evidence of cancer now: there is no question We have evidence of DNA damage, cardiomyopathy, which is the precursor of congestive heart failure, neuropsychiatric effects…5G is an untested application of a technology that we know is harmful; we know it from the science. In academics, this is called human subjects research.” – Goldberg

You can watch her testimony and read more about it here.

Again, if you want to look at the science/research, a good place to start is with the Environmental Health Trust.

The Takeaway

There are multiple solutions for reducing your exposure to EMF radiation. You could have a wired internet connection at home, which is actually faster. You could unplug your devices before bed, you can purchase electromagnetic radiation shielded clothing from multiple providers. You can also purchase small devices that go right on your phone that help protect against this radiation. Do your research on ‘EMF protection devices’ to find what works for you.

You could also mitigate some effects by living a more healthy lifestyle. This includes diet, nature exposure, limiting screen and phone time and other wellness practices.

The key thing here is to recognize that, in a world where our voice is constantly being silenced and information is swept under the rug for the sake of profit and control (among other reasons), we do still have a voice, and we have to use it.

We are so caught up in our own lives, doing our own thing that we’ve neglected the planet and fail to even look into what’s going on. We’ve given our consciousness away to others who are manipulating it. It’s time to take it back, to wake up, and to start thinking for ourselves instead of relying on a group of powerful people to disseminate information.

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A Statistically Strong Relationship Has Been Found Between The MMR Vaccine & Autism

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  • The Facts:

    Dr. Brian Hooker, one of multiple people who received committed data from a CDC senior scientists regarding a 2005 MMR autism vaccine study has done a reanalysis that clearly shows a statistically significant relationship.

  • Reflect On:

    Why are negative aspects and important research/testimony regarding vaccines completely ignored? Why are people believing that vaccines are safe and effective if all of the evidence points otherwise? Why is the only response ridicule?

After four long years, CHD Board Member, Dr. Brian Hooker‘sreanalysis of the CDC’s MMR-autism data from the original DeStefano et al. 2004 Pediatrics paper has been republished in the Winter 2018 Edition of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons. The data, when properly analyzed, using the CDC’s own study protocol, show a strong, statistically significant relationship between the timing of the first MMR vaccine and autism, specifically in African American males. In addition, a relationship also exists in the timing of the MMR vaccine and those individuals who were diagnosed with autism without mental retardation. These relationships call into question the conclusion of the original DeStefano et al. 2004 paper which dismissed a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism.

Main Points from Reanalysis:

  • The rate of autism diagnoses has increased alarmingly in the U.S., and is about 25 percent higher in black children. Boys are far more likely than girls to receive this diagnosis.
  • As early as 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had data showing an increased rate of autism diagnoses in black male school children in Atlanta who received their first measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination before 36 months of age.
  • The original publication concerning the data downplayed the association, and no follow-up was conducted.
  • Dr. Hooker noted that the CDC deviated from its original data analysis plan, possibly because of unwanted results.
  • The relationship loses its statistical significance if the analysis is restricted to children with a Georgia birth certificate, which decreases the sample size by about 40 percent.
  • Dr. Hooker reanalyzed the same data set using the same methodology of conditional logistic regression but didn’t exclude children lacking a Georgia birth certificate.
  • By stratifying data for African-American males by birth year, Dr. Hooker also found a statistically significant higher risk of an autism diagnosis in children who had received the first MMR vaccine 1 year earlier, only in children born in 1990 or later. Thimerosal exposure increased in the early 1990s, and it was not removed from most pediatric vaccines until 2001-2004. Dr. Hooker suggests the possibility that there may be some interaction between increased mercury exposure and early MMR vaccination. Further study would be needed to explore this possibility.
  • Dr. Hooker’s interest was sparked, he reports, by communication with a CDC whistleblower, a senior scientist, who had retained some of the original analyses.
  • Dr. Hooker concludes that failure to follow-up on these observations represents a huge lost opportunity to understand possible reasons for the enormous increase in this devastating neurological disability.

Introduction from Dr. Hooker’s article:

“This study is a re-analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data pertaining to the relationship of autism incidence and the age at which children got their first measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Statistically significant relationships were observed when African-American males were considered separately while looking at those individuals who were vaccinated prior to and after a 36-month age cut-off. CDC officials observed very similar relationships as early as November 2001, but failed to report them in their final publication. In addition, a relationship is seen when specifically considering children who received a diagnosis of autism without mental retardation. Although this was reported in the original 2004 paper, it was not discussed, nor was any follow-up study conducted. Preliminary results also suggest the possibility of a synergism between thimerosal exposure and MMR timing leading to a greater risk of autism.”

Conclusion from Dr. Hooker’s article:

“The first data set used by DeStefano et.al represents a huge lost opportunity to understand any role between the timing of the first MMR vaccine and autism. The re-analysis presented here elucidates effects that should at least merit further investigation. Specifically, increased risks of earlier vaccination are observed for African-American males and among cases of autism without MR. Both phenomena deserve additional study that could yield important clues regarding the current enormous increase in autism.”

Dr. Hooker’s Reanalysis of CDC Data on Autism Incidence and Time of First MMR Vaccination was published December 7, 2018 in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Important Reminder From Collective Evolution

Dr. William Thompson (senior CDC scientist), who is  mentioned above as co-author of this study, blew the whistle and admitted that he was pressured to omit statistically significant data, and that there is a connection between this vaccine and autism. He released this statement in an official capacity, as explained by the Congressman in the video below. This story was an has been completely ignored by mainstream media.

Dr. Hooker and Thompson were in touch, Hooker was the one who did the reanalysis as you can see above.

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