Dr. David Kriebel is an epidemiologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.
Dr. Kriebel discusses the known and suspected health risks associated with tattoo inks, tattoos, and the tattoo removal process. As an epidemiologist, he implores scientists to actually conduct a study so we can use that information to help protect people.
"Although a number of color additives are approved for use in cosmetics, none are approved for injection into the skin." FDA. Tattoo inks can include untested toxic ingredients in colored synthetic dyes and pigments such as: mercury, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, aluminum, cinnabar, nickel, manganese, acrylic, and more. One question might be, why do consumers feel tattoos are safe?
In January of 2022 the European Union banned toxic tattoo inks and investigators in some European countries have begun studying not only the unsafe inks, but also the possibility of long-term health risks of tattoos.
Dr. Kriebel is also the Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production, which collaborates with industries, government agencies, unions, and community organizations on the redesign of systems of production to make them healthier and more environmentally sound.
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