Jessica Ainscough, a.k.a. the Wellness Warrior, recently posted a blog about the health risks of tattoos. Living along the coast in Florida I am amazed at the sheer number of tattoo shops in this area and even more blown away by the significant amount of people who have tattoos. The people are young, middle-aged, and elderly. There is no one group that people with tattoos fall into. The tattoos themselves range from religious to funny cartoons to beautiful landscaped artwork. I’m not saying they are not nice to look and I personally know many people who sport one or two. But do the droves of people flooding the parlors know the dangers that those tattoos pose?
Jessica, and myself, are less concerned about the risk of infections, dealing with dirty needles, having allergic reactions, and getting tattoos by unqualified artists, which are the “normal” concerns, but are more concerned about what is actually going into your body and being absorbed into your bloodstream. Your skin, after all, is your largest organ. We are trying to teach about being good to your body and making sure what goes in it is healthy rather than just leaping in on a whim and not being concerned with the dangers.
So, this is what you are actually injecting into your body, which is very different from the ancient dyes back in the days that were made from natural ingredients from the environment. In our current era the ink is based mostly on heavy metals.
Mercury = red ink
Lead = yellow, green, white ink
Cadmium = red, orange, yellow ink
Nickel = black ink
Zinc= yellow, white ink
Chromium = green ink
Cobalt = blue ink
Aluminium = green, violet ink
Titanium = white ink
Copper = blue, green ink
Iron = brown, red, black ink
Barium = white ink
Other compounds mixed in to the heavy metals include arsenic, lithium, and sulphur to name a few. They also use agents such as lead and titanium to reduce costs.
So we desperately got rid of lead based paints and toys with lead paint for our children so they wouldn’t get sick and then we turn around and put it right into our bloodstream. That doesn’t sound right to me.
Why are heavy metals such a problem? Jessica reports, “They bind in our bodies and are incredibly difficult to remove. They cause damage on a cellular level and contribute to cancer, Alzheimer’s, dementia, autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, and diseases of the kidneys, circulatory system, and nervous system.” She goes on to report that there is also the carrier solution which “most likely contains harmful substances such as denatured alcohols, methanol, rubbing alcohol, antifreeze, detergents, or formaldehyde and other highly toxic aldehydes.”
While they may be cute, may be in order to honor someone, or may send a message, they also may be harming you and leading to some severe illnesses in the future. So, you may want to hold off and put more thought into whether you really want that cute Harry Potter tattoo on your body forever.
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂