BIG danger – Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles, found in everything from cosmetics to sunscreen to paint to vitamins to toothpaste, cause systemic genetic damage in mice. The problem is, they’re almost impossible to avoid.

While not toxic on their own, once in the body, the TiO2 nanoparticles accumulate in different organs because the body has no way to eliminate them. And because they are so small, they can go everywhere in the body, even through cells, and may interfere with sub-cellular mechanisms.

These tiny particles are turning up in FOOD as well, where they are used as flavor enhancers in processed foods. The irony is that they also make these foods healthier, since they enable manufacturers to cut down on fat and salt. The UK is actively investigating to see if this is a problem. In BBC News, Pallab Ghosh quotes Lord Krebs, who is chairman for the investigation being done by the House of Lords Science and Techology Committee, as saying that the food industry “wants to keep a low profile” in order to avoid controversy and is “refusing to talk about its work in the area.”

The manufacture of nanoparticles is a huge industry, with production at about two million tons per year. Researcher Robert Schiesl says, “It could be that a certain portion of spontaneous cancers are due to this exposure, and some people could be more sensitive to nanoparticles exposure than others. “I believe the toxicity of these nanoparticles has not been studied enough.”

Organic and irradiated food has to be labeled. We need substances containing nanoparticles to be labeled as well! While their potential danger in food has yet to be determined, you can investigate the safety of the cosmetics you are using at this website.

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