The magazine "Tattoo Industry" (published by Easyriders) has perhaps the worst article ever written on Hep B&C. An inauspicious beginning obviously penned by someone outside the industry and even outside the health field. There is so much wrong with the article it would take a lengthy paper to describe them all. Here are just a few of the worst statements:
From the very first sentence:
The give-away that the author is non-healthcare studied:
Listen to this advice by Tattoo Industry Magazine:
Part of the article shows two photos of someone breaking needles off of bars
with pliers (even a candle would be safer). The value of the needle bar is
really the needle part. That's what costs money, the bar itself about 20
cents. So to save 20 cents we are shown how to violate OSHA regulations.
What an article! The first order of safety is to not handle contaminated
items any more than absolutely necessary.
And next to this article on page 19 is an advertisement from Zap. The person
looks like the same person in the photos violating OSHA regulations and
The conclusion that Zap is "better" rests on their premise offered that other
inks contain plastics - a false premise -- but Zap Ink may actually be worse
because it is claimed to be"organic." Organic may contain chemicals that
would violate State of California Prop. 65 requirements for toxic chemicals.
There is no evidence that organic is better, nor any comparison between the two.
The conclusion does not follow from the evidence - even if the evidence were
true. And we suspect they are not all organic anyway.
|As reported by Reuters Health Information, Sep
According to Reuters Health a combination
hepatitis A and B Vacine is under review by the FDA
The article points to the flooding in the Carolinas recently hit by
Hurricane Hugo as putting
|from Am J Gastroenterol 2000 May;
Silverman AL, et al: "Tattoo application is not associated with an increased risk for chronic viral hepatitis"
The study from Dept of Emergency Medicine, Research Institute William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Michigan, USA
Conclusion: We find no evidence to support the observation that tattoos serve as a risk factor for chronic viral hepatitis.
87 tattooed and 126 tattoo-free healthy young men
Medical treatments and traditional folk medicine themselves were (and are) both high risk and reasonably could account for population exposures.