by Bruce Fenton
Prolonged use of face masks could prove to be unsafe
Ecotextile.com, April 1, reports,
Chemical cocktail found in face masks
Top German scientists have found that wearing certain types of face masks for long periods of time could result in potentially hazardous chemicals and harmful microplastics being inhaled deep into human lungs.
Professor Michael Braungart, director at the Hamburg Environmental Institute and co-founder of the world-renowned Cradle to Cradle environmental standard has told Ecotextile News that mask wearers unwittingly run the risk of breathing in carcinogens, allergens and tiny synthetic microfibres by wearing both textile and nonwoven surgical masks for long periods of time.
While the concentrations of PFCs found on the masks were within the safe limit of 16 mg/kg, prolonged exposure next to the face could cause the levels to rise past the safe limit. — UK Metro
From the UK Metro, April 1,
Some face masks contain dangerous levels of toxic chemicals
Dr Dieter Sedlak, co-founder of Modern Testing Services in Augsburg, found evidence of dangerous fluorocarbons with his own testing method. Fluorocarbons (PFCs) are toxic to human health, with many scientists calling for them to be banned for non-essential use.
‘Honestly, I had not expected PFCs would be found in a surgical mask, but we have special routine methods in our labs to detect these chemicals easily and can immediately identify them. This is a big issue,’ said Dr Sedlak.
Anyone that enforces masks without doing a health assessment is completely at fault and reckless. And how can full evaluation be done with no long term usage study data? It’s a legal minefield, many lawsuits ahead.
Continuing from EcoTextile:
One unforeseen problem for those mandating the continued and long-term wearing of face masks, such as governments and businesses, is the potential for future litigation if they are proven to have any long-term adverse impacts on human health – especially since long-term studies have yet to be undertaken.
Phil Patterson of Colour Connections, who works with the ZDHC Foundation on the possible legal ramifications:
“I’d be very wary of mandating masks, as some chemicals and fibres may have long-term effects – and that possibly opens the floodgates of personal injury claims at some stage in the future.”
A few years from now will lung conditions skyrocket?
UPDATE! At least one nation is already taking action.
From the Hindustan Times, April 3,
Health Canada announced on Friday that it has “directed all known distributors, importers and manufacturers to stop selling and to recall the affected products”… in the midst of a scientific assessment of the graphene and biomass graphene masks even as it initiated the “the precautionary approach of withdrawing them from the market…”
Graphene is a novel nanomaterial, comprising minute particles, which has been touted as having “anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties”.
Note – Bruce, a friend of our Human Subspecies site, is an author and a lecturer from the UK. He has written two books, including the ground-breaking “The Into Africa; Theory of Human Evolution.” He is also an expert on UFOs. His more recent book, “Exogenesis; Hybrid Humans.” He also has a podcast.
Bruce is friends with Joe Rogan’s frequent guest Graham Hancock. Bruce’s homepage, including links to his podcast and books, is at Graham’s site, GrahamHancock.com.