microscopic nanoparticles

  1. Tiny particles, huge risks

    FDA's nano rules come a day late and a dollar short

    Right now, you're playing guinea pig in the world's biggest biotech experiment as tiny untested particles are quietly dumped into your food, drink, cosmetics, and more -- and no one has any idea what they'll do to you in the long run.

    Conspiracy theory? No way.

    Microscopic nanoparticles have been added to virtually everything over the past few years, and the FDA has sat back and done nothing to ensure their safety. And only now, when you can't avoid them even if you try, are they finally getting around to MAYBE proposing POSSIBLE rules that COULD take effect... SOMEDAY.

    That's the FDA for you.

    I'm surprised they've taken even this tiny step -- makes me wonder what made them wake up and smell the micronized particles (and yes, they're in your colognes and perfumes too).

    Maybe it was the fact that we know these particles can be ingested, absorbed through the skin, and even inhaled from the air -- and once inside the body, they can cross the blood-brain barrier.

    Or maybe it was the UCLA study that found nanoparticles can cause DNA and chromosome damage. Or the study that found commonly used particles kill human gut cells.

    Or maybe it was the research that found these particles can kill nerve cells and POKE HOLES in the brain.

    On the other hand, that last one could explain the FDA's complete inaction on this -- because you'd have to have a pretty big hole in your head to allow the widespread use of these micronized particles without any real testing.

    Don't expect that to change anytime soon, despite the latest proposal. For an up-close look at how slowly the FDA normally operates, just take a look at the agency's "urgent" action to regulate antibiotics in livestock, first proposed in 1977.

    Only now -- 35 years later -- are they turning that proposal into reality, and only because a court ordered them to.

    In other words, don't hold your breath waiting for the newest proposal to lead to actual action... but you might want to hold your breath anyway so you don't inhale any of those particles.

  2. The secret ingredient that could rot your brain

    The secret ingredient that could rot your brain

    The food industry is rushing full steam ahead with plans to use microscopic nanoparticles in just about every aisle of the supermarket -- even if those new "nanofoods" might leave your brain looking like a piece of Swiss cheese.

    And that's not just a figure of speech.

    A new study on fish finds that the same titanium oxide particles being readied for use in food -- and already widely used in meds, paints, and cosmetics -- can actually POKE HOLES in the brain and KILL essential nerve cells.

    Now, I'm not one to hit the panic button over a single study on fish brains -- but the research confirms the worst fears of earlier in vitro studies, leading the author to compare titanium oxide nanoparticles to something you don't want anywhere near your dinner table.

    "The effects on the fish brain caused by these nanoparticles have some parallels with other substances like mercury poisoning," says Prof. Richard Handy of the University of Plymouth. (The words are his, the bolding is mine.)

    Prof. Handy also says these nanoparticles might not enter and leave the body like so many other substances.

    Instead, they could build up inside you -- until the day you feel the breeze going in one ear… and out the other.

    If that's not bad enough, a second new study finds that another common nanoparticle -- carbon nanoparticles, or CNPs -- can smash the cellular barriers in the parts of the kidney that produce urine.

    This allows toxins that are supposed to be flushed out in your urine to slip into your bloodstream, while at the same time allowing essential nutrients from your blood to leak into your urine, according to the study in the journal Nanotoxicology.

    These CNPs are in everything from electronics to medications. In fact, they could even be floating around in the air you're breathing, right now.

    If you're holding your breath, I don't blame you. After all, since the feds refuse to regulate or even demand more study on these particles, it's about the only way to avoid them.

    For more on the hidden dangers of the nanoparticles -- and their secret use in everyday products -- read this.

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