Although we mentioned that tattoos had never been definitively seen as a cause of cancer by the medical community we did imply that there might be a relationship between the toxic heavy metals used in the pigments of the inks which are injected into the body when making a tattoo.
I would like to relate a very unusual finding in a unique group of people who inhabit the New Zealand Islands.
The Maoris are the indigenous people who lived in the New Zealand Islands prior to the arrival hall of colonists from Europe. These people, the Maoris, are an extremely healthy group of Pacific native people who inhabit the New Zealand Islands along with Europeans and Asians.
Recently, there have been reports of an unusual incidence of cancer amongst the Maoris. In fact, the percentage of cancer found in the Maoris is 19% greater than the other inhabitants of New Zealand.
“The report shows Maori are more likely than non Maori to die from cancer. Maori women were more than four-and-a-half-times more likely to die from lung cancer than non- Maori women, Maori men were more than two-and-a-half-times more likely.”
This confounding epidemiological finding has disconcerted the Maoris so greatly, that a few of them are considering racism as one of the causes of this unusual disparity in the cancer rate between the Maoris and the other inhabitants of New Zealand.
“NEW ZEALAND: “Racism” Behind Maori Cancer Rates
“”NATIONAL HEALTH — Racism is the underlying reason why twice as many Maori as non-Maori are dying of cancer, researchers say.
Otago medical school research, called Unequal Impact, which showed that Maori diagnosed with cancer had a 93 per cent higher death rate than non-Maori and are 18 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with cancer”
Although, racism probably plays a role in the incidence of cancer amongst the Maoris, since racism lends itself to unequal healthcare and also to lack of preventive medicine. However, another group of native Pacific people, the Aborigines of Australia, have less cancer than the European descendents in Australia.
What could be the difference?
In the Maori culture, tattoos play a major role.
The Maoris call their tattoo culture Ta Moko, and it is an elaborate style of tattoos.
As we can see from the images the tattoos of the Maoris are extremely complex and extensive.
They cover large areas of the body.
Historically, these tattoos were formed using vegetable products that the Maoris made by burning special vegetables and then injecting the resultant carbonized product into their skin.
Today, that is no longer the case. Today, The Maoris go to modern tattoo parlors and use the pigments that are prevalent across the world.
These pigments contain the heavy metals that were discussed in Part One of this article.
In Australia, The Aborigines still use the natural pigments found in their environment.
The difference in cancer rates between the two groups is striking.
The Aborigines have less cancer than the non-natives in Australia and the Maoris have much more cancer than the non-natives in New Zealand.
Both non-native populations are very similar.
If we mentally abstract the processes involved in the art of tattoos we can see that there are three phases:
The first phase consists of an injection through the skin into the subcutaneous area.
No matter what techniques we use for this injection we always penetrate the skin barrier and we can easily introduce infection; either in the form of a virus, a bacteria, or a fungus.
The second phase consists of the deposition of a pigment below the skin in the subcutaneous area. There is a heavy blood supply in this area.
Initially, the pigment that we deposit is engulfed by white cells and a scar is formed around the pigment.
However, with time, the atoms and molecules of the pigment begin to disperse. That is why a tattoo begins to lose its color and sharpness over the years.
The third phase of the tattoo process is the migration of the pigment away from the original injection site to other parts of the body. The total amount of pigments in the body can be estimated through the use of hair analysis.
With the above in mind we can understand that a tattoo cannot be “erased.” The only way a tattoo could be “erased” after it is formed is by cutting away the skin and the subcutaneous tissue underneath it!
Many physicians and technicians will tell potential patients that they can “erase” their tattoos. In reality, they mean that they can disperse the pigmentation so that it cannot be seen. Once inside the body, the pigments remain there.
The problem of heavy metals in the body has caused the medical community to worry about other problems besides tattoos.
It is well known that metals are used in the repair and construction of dental prostheses and also for dental fillings as well as for root canals.
The metal used is a combination of metals called “amalgam.” Since “amalgam” contains tin and mercury many scientists feel that these metals may cause disease.
It is well known that surgeons can replace joints in the body with metal prostheses. After much research the companies that produce these prostheses have decided to use only very nonreactive and inert metals such as titanium for the prostheses.
These companies, afraid of lawsuits, steer far clear of the use of heavy metals.
The research involved in the use of heavy metals for dental procedures, joint prostheses and even “stents” for cardiovascular surgery demonstrates that the scientific community is quite concerned about heavy metals.
In spite of all the research and the legal and ethical arguments concerning the use of heavy metals in the body hundreds of millions of humans routinely inject those metals in their body in the form of tattoos!
The total unconcern by the general public in injecting heavy metals into their body is a manifestation of the lack of education in health matters by the general public. The responsibility for this education lies in the hands of government. As usual, governments are more interested in fighting wars and in making rich companies richer than in keeping their population healthy.
The FDA which should be the guiding light on injecting heavy metals into the body, in a commentary on tattoos,, basically stated that the FDA will play no significant role in its regulation.
Since the government has made no effort to educate the public on the potential dangers of tattoos and disease this website decided to bring what may be a major problem to the eyes of the public.,
Hopefully, this article may bring a ray of light into what may cause severe pain in the future.
Those readers who are contemplating tattoos to either add to the tattoos they already have or to create new tattoos on their body should investigate the potential problems involved.