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Titanium Dioxide why we don’t touch it

7 Nov

All of our Mama Going Natural products are formulated without any Titanium Dioxide. Even though it is in nearly all foundations & cosmetics you buy.

Why?, because not only is Titanium Dioxide known to damage cells & speed up the ageing process of our skin, it is now being investigated as a potential carcinogen. 

It has long been known that Titanium Dioxide is not photo stable, when it is exposed to light on your skin it creates free radicals that in-turn attack your skin cells causing premature ageing. As if that isn’t bad enough, now it is being linked to cancer.

Have a look in your bathroom cupboard, not only are you eating Titanium Dioxide on a daily basis but you are also smothering your largest breathing organ (your skin) with it every single day. Nearly all cosmetics (even supposedly natural ones) contain large amounts of Titanium Dioxide, you will find it in your powders, foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushes & even in your sunscreen (although it may not be listed in the ingredients – legally they don’t have to list everything, only “active” ingredients).

Not a nice thought when it has been proven that substances applied to the skin show up in the blood stream within half an hour.

So go through your bathroom cupboards & ditch the Titanium Dioxide today, not only will you prevent premature ageing of your skin, but you might just save your life.

Check out our Titanium Dioxide FREE BB creammakeup & Sunscreens for the whole family.


7th October 2013

By Sayer Ji

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

The U.S. food industry is notorious for poisoning the very consumers who drive their multi-billion dollar enterprise, even spending millions against their right to informed consent (truthful GMO labeling). So, is it any wonder that this deregulated and increasingly deranged juggernaut is experimenting on its own customer base by exposing them to trillions of toxic nanoparticles?

A new study published in Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy titled, “Effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in human gastric epithelial cells in vitro,” reveals for the first time that the nanoparticle form of the common “whitening” agent known as titanium dioxide is capable of inducing “tumor-like” changes in exposed human cells.[1]

Whereas previous cell research has established that titanium dioxide (TiO2) is cytotoxic (cell damaging),[2] this is the first study of its kind to find exposed cells undergo a ‘phenotypal’ transition from normal to cancerous cell traits, including an increased rate of cell proliferation and a decrease in programmed cell death – hallmark features of precancerous and/or cancerous cells associated with ‘immortalization.’

Owing to the fact that the researchers tested human gastric epithelial cells, a type of stomach cell in direct contact with material we eat, and considering the broad range of drug, personal care and food products nanoparticle TiO2 is commonly used within, the toxicological implications of these findings are deeply concerning.

We Are Already Eating Titanium Dioxide

TiO2 is a naturally occurring oxide of titanium, and has a wide range of industrial applications as a “whitening” pigment in plastics, ceramic glazes and paints. It is used in sunscreens as a UV absorbing “sun protection factor,” due to its high refractive index. Most of our risk of exposure comes from its use in toothpaste, drugs and excipient-heavy supplements as a pill coating, and food products, including even milk (to ‘improve’ appearance and texture).

Indeed, given that TiO2 is found in thousands of consumer products, the odds are that you are already being exposed to a significant quantity of them on a daily basis. As reported byEverydayhealth.com, “You ingest around 100 trillion nanoparticles every day, researchers at Binghamton University and Cornell University say.”

So, what are some common brands who use it? Nanotitanium is found in products produced by Jello, Nestlé, M&M’s, Mother’s, Mentos, Albertson’s, Hostess and Kool Aid.

Below is a table from the 2012 E Magazine article “Eating Nano” revealing its presence in common U.S. packaged goods.

Nanoparticles and Common Food Brands

Is Titanium Dioxide Regulated?

Much like present day radiobiological risk assessments for technologies like mammography were developed long before the discovery of DNA, making it impossible to comprehend their DNA-damaging properties at that time, present day biosafety regulations of TiO2 were determined long before the advent of nanotechnology. In both cases, the true harms of these technologies were — and still are — greatly underestimated.

As a result of this information gap, TiOis currently classified as ‘generally recognized as safe’ (GRAS) by the FDA, regardless of format. Remarkably, the FDA still allows titanium dioxide in sunscreens “at concentrations of up to 25 percent alone and 2 to 25 percent in combination with any proposed Category I sunscreen active ingredient” without considering the toxicity differential of particle size.[3] Considering that concentrations as low as 0.001% by weight have been found to exhibit clear cytotoxicity within exposed cells,[4] the biosafety regulations governing TiO2 are as great as 5 orders of magnitude or higher less stringent than they should be to protect the consumer.

Nanoparticles are so small they are below the threshold of visibility. This is one reason why they are used for sun protection factor, as 100 nanometers or smaller particles will not leave the white pasty appearance on the skin associated with larger particles. What you can’t see, however, is still there – and in the case of nanotitanium, may slip through the surface layers of our skin into more sensitive tissues, as well as our blood stream. This is also why, if you use sunscreen, you should make sure the ingredients say “non-nanoparticle” when describing titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. And this rule applies to purportedly ‘natural’ brands as well.

Technically, a nanoparticle, also known as a ‘ultrafine particle,’ is a particle that is sized within the nanometer scale: literally, anywhere between 1-100 billionth (nano) of a meter in diameter. Going up in scale, larger particles are known as ‘fine particles,’ sized between 2,500 and 100 nanometers, and so-called ‘coarse particles’ are sized between 10,000 and 2,500 nanometers.

How ‘Smaller’ Can Indicate A Much Larger Problem

Nanotechnology inverts the unsophisticated logic of conventional toxicology risk assessments: namely, that the smaller the amount of something (concentration or size), the less harmful it is. We have seen how this logic has failed with petrochemical-derived chemicals like benzene, considered toxic in the parts-per-trillion range, and endocrine disrupters like bisphenol A and parabens, which exert powerful hormone-mimicking properties that sometimes increase as their concentration decrease. More recently, Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide (glyphosate), was found to exhibit estrogenicity (and concomitant carcinogenicity) in the parts-per-trillion concentration range. There is also the case of so-called ‘low dose’ radioisotopes such as depleted uranium, whose relatively low radiolytic decay relative to gamma-ray emitting plutonium generates the illusion that it is safer (recent research performed by the U.S. Army’s own Radiobiological Research Institute indicates these “lower risk” radiation sources cause up to a million-fold more damage than present risk models explain due to a phenomenon known as the photoelectic effect).

In other words, less is not only more, but when it comes to particle size, smaller sizes often convey exponentially higher toxicity than larger ones.

Why Are We Not Being Protected?

So, why isn’t more being done to protect the consumer from the clear and present health threat represented by nanotechnology? Considering that the Food and Drug Administration does exactly that: administers and/or executes the interests of the food and drug manufacturers, we are supplicating to the wrong entity. The FDA is at least consistent by deciding to allow the food industry to govern itself, but what about the food industry’s liability in saturating our food supply with trillions of nanoparticles per serving, without warning the consumer?

According to Tom Philpot, writing for Grist in 2010“As with GMOs, the strategy seems to be: release into the food supply en masse first; assess risks later (if ever).”

This strategy, while a seemingly successful short-term business model for nanotechnology stakeholders, is utter insanity when one considers the long-term fall out it will have on the industry once millions wake up to the fact they have been treated, once gain, like guinea pigs.

Moreover, as a growing body of peer-reviewed research on the dangers of nanoparticles accumulates, the millions who have already been exposed unknowingly to their ill effects have a legal right to sue for damages. The food industry’s increasingly nefarious stance towards the very consumers who ensure their continued business defies logic, and indicates just how unethical their business model really is.

There is really only one answer to this problem. As with unlabeled GMOs, the consumer must refuse to consume them, forcing the manufacturers to bow to the holy dollar and reformulate; or, better yet, the ‘consumer’ must learn how to redefine itself entirely by becoming, once again, a producer, one garden (urban, suburban or rural) at a time. By growing and eating whole foods directly from the earth, we eliminate a wide range of health hazards the mass market food industry has built into their disease-promoting business model.

Article Resources

[1] Monica Catarina Botelho, Carla Costa, Susana Silva, Solange Costa, Alok Dhawan, Paula A Oliveira, João P Teixeira. Effects of titanium dioxide nanoparticles in human gastric epithelial cells in vitro. Biomed Pharmacother. 2013 Aug 23. Epub 2013 Aug 23. PMID: 24051123

[2] GreenMedInfo.com, Research > Problem Substances > Index: T’s > Titanium Dioxide

[3] FDA. Sunscreen Drug Products for Over-the-Counter Human Use; Amendment to the Tentative Final Monograph; Enforcement Policy. Federal Register. 1998;63:56584–56589.

[4] Julia X Yu, Thomas H Li. Distinct biological effects of different nanoparticles commonly used in cosmetics and medicine coatings Cell Biosci. 2011; 1: 19. Published online 2011 May 19. doi: 10.1186/2045-3701-1-19

Further articles by Sayer Ji

About the author:
Sayer-JiSayer Ji is the founder and director of www.GreenMedInfo.com and an advisory board member at the National Health Federation, an international nonprofit, consumer-education, health-freedom organization.

He co-authored the book Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure, and is currently co-authoring another book with Tania Melkonian entitled EATomology: An Edible Philosophy of Food.

How Toxic is your Sunscreen?

23 Jul

barrier sunscreen close up

Being a pale skinned girl living in the land of sunshine, sunscreen & I have been in a long-term relationship.

Sometimes it has been a little bit of a love/hate relationship – sunscreen can be sticky, smell bad & irritate my skin. But getting sunburned sucks!! Red & peeling is not necessarily my best look!

According to the Environmental Working Groups 2013 survey of over 800 sunscreen brands, 75% of the sunscreens tested contained potentially harmful ingredients linked to hormone disruption & even cell damage that may lead to skin cancer. Yikes, that does not sound good.

Your skin is your largest organ. Anything  you put on your body is absorbed into your blood stream within 20 minutes. Now that is a very scary thought when the majority of our sunscreen brands contain potentially harmful chemicals.

During the past 50 years, we have increased the number of synthetic sunscreen chemicals that we use. We have done this with virtually no consideration of how vulnerable we are to these chemicals – or how little we know about their subtle and cumulative toxic effects. We assume that because they are so easily purchased at the store, they must be safe to use. Wrong! Many of these chemicals are known to be toxic; very few are carefully studied before they are put on the shelf . There is no doubt that the products in everyday sunscreens are toxic. The only real question is: what effects are they having on us and our families?

The unknown long-term consequences of the chemicals in sunscreen are just starting to be revealed and the results are shockingly horrific, going far beyond the common skin rash.

Sunscreen is supposed to protect us from harmful UV radiation from the sun, but as more people use sunscreen, the incidence of skin cancer continues to rise. This fact alone has to make you think – do sunscreens really provide skin cancer protection? Or could the chemicals in them actually be contributing to causing skin cancer?

So what do you do??

First off Read your labels & avoid all products that don’t list their full ingredient’s or any products that contain the below ingredients

Oxybenzone – 
This is a hormone disruptor which penetrates the skin and enters the bloodstream. It is the most popular ingredient in chemical based sunscreens and only blocks UVB ray (sun’s good rays that provide vitamin D production), not UVA which are the most free radical damaging rays.  Avoid any sunscreen that has this chemical at all costs, especially for children.
Octyl- mrthoxycinnamate –
Reported to cause photosensitization & photoallergic effects. It is a hormone disruptor that increases endocrine activity and has been linked to cancer in several studies by the Danish EPA
Methylbenzylidende camphor (4 MBC)
Linked to sperm anomalies, testicular & breast cancer. It is thought that it is especially harmful for children as it is a hormone disruptor & can cause troubles in pre-pubescent children.
A potent free radical generator that can cause dermatitis, rosacea, burning & itching.
Was the most widely used active ingredients until the mid-1980’s when it almost completely disappeared because of the high incidence of adverse skin effects. It is banned in Canada & only allowed at 5% concentrations in Europe but we still continue to use it here in Australia.
Padimate O
Forms free radicals that cause DNA disruptions.
Is used as a UVA absorber but can cause photo allergy  & contact allergy.           Parsol 1789 –                                                      
DNA damaging.
A known carcinogenic.
Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate) –
A 2009 study by U.S. government scientists released by the National Toxicology Program found when this is applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight, it may speed the development of skin cancers & lesions.
Fragrance – 
Sure it may make the product smell nice, but this is a petroleum based product that is linked to toxicity & allergy.
Sprays or Powders –
Generally speaking, sprays and powders have additional chemicals added to them for performance purposes. These additional chemicals are usually not something you want to be spraying on your body and can be toxic to the lungs.
Titanium Dioxide
This mineral is often touted as a safe sun barrier but research has shown that the particles are not photo safe & that on exposure to the sun the titanium dioxide creates singlet oxygen, superoxide anions & hydroxyl radicals all of which are potent free radicals which can lead to mutant skin cells, skin cancers & premature ageing of your skin – who the heck wants that???

Barrier Sunscreen

So what should you look for?

  • Zinc Oxide is your safest option for a barrier sunscreen as unlike titanium dioxide it is photo stable.
  • Buy Organic where possible
  • Buy only from companies that list ALL ingredients on their packaging not just the “active” sun barrier ingredients.
  • Look for fragrance free or products scented by essential oils
  • Look for products that use oils that are naturally high in SPF, Carrot seed, Raspberry seed, wheat germ, coconut oil etc.

Going sunscreen free is not always an option, neither is covering up. Sunscreen is a necessity in my part of the world, so instead of trusting & hoping the big companies are delivering me a safe & natural product I have chosen to make my own sunscreen -that I know is 100% safe for my family and yours.

You can purchase my 100% Natural, Organic sunscreen from  Etsy or direct from
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Stay Sun Safe
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