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  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 dangerous new ingredients hidden in your cosmetics

    How nanotech invaded your makeup

    Ladies, you know those new, improved makeup brands that are easier to apply, less visible, and that makes you look 10 years younger? If these "latest and greatest" in makeup brands seemed too good to be true, that's because THEY ARE.

    The same nanomaterials that have made cosmetics smoother and easier to use could also be damaging skin DNA, killing colon cells, and wrecking your lungs.

    There now, don't you feel more beautiful already?

    For all we know, these side effects are just the tip of the iceberg. Because in their rush to add these microscopic particles, cosmetic companies left something out: Research.

    The U.S. National Research Council is finally calling for studies on nanotechnology. But like everything else, it's likely another case of "too little too late."

    If you're using cosmetics, the little research we do have shows these particles could be inside your body right now. Studies have shown that nanomaterials have the power to pass right through the skin -- and once they get inside, they head right for your organs.

    The micronized zinc oxide used in skin creams, sunscreens, nail polish, powders and more, for example, can damage skin DNA, kill colon cells if ingested, and wreck the lungs if inhaled.

    And that's just ONE of the nanoparticles used in cosmetics today.

    Other studies have found that common nanomaterials can poke holes in brain cells, kill nerve cells, and even mimic the effects of mercury poisoning. (Read more here).

    And the cosmetics companies expect you to rub this junk all over your face? NO WAY!

    Ladies, you don't need dangerous, untested cosmetics to make your skin glow. The reality is, healthy, younger-looking skin comes from the inside out. After all, your skin is an organ, and it needs its nourishment just like the rest of them!

  3. 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.

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