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(WAAY TV)   Woman uses skin whitening cream. You might not guess correctly what happens afterwards   (waaytv.com) divider line
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2022-12-04 1:04:13 PM  
So, in her attempt to appear "whiter" she did not see the downside due to loss of peripheral vision?
 
2022-12-04 2:12:06 PM  
She got signed by Fox News?
 
2022-12-04 2:39:36 PM  
Graham Parker - Mercury Poisoning (ORIGINAL STUDIO VERSION! W/ LYRICS)
Youtube OZWgadswjmk
 
2022-12-04 2:57:54 PM  
Then what did Candace Owens do?
 
2022-12-04 3:15:08 PM  
Ye Gods, that's just... Horrible!

Where could she unknowingly buy that stuff in the USA? From some ethnic themed table at a flea market? The corner Walgreens?

I hope we're not THAT far gone in consumer protection enforcement these days.

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TFA cited "inorganic" mercury compounds to be so neurotoxic, but I'm confused.

I've seen images of people sicking their hand in a beaker of pure liquid metallic mercury, and even a picture of a guy sitting on top of a vat of mercury, so maybe elemental mercury isn't as toxic? I'm not aware of any deaths from a broken thermometer, but maybe it's happened a time or two.

Also, nearly all of us have an aluminum-mercury alloy filling our tooth cavities. Is that stuff nontoxic or just so tightly bound to our teeth it doesn't matter?

Meanwhile, on YouTube (Chubbyemu's channel) there was a story about a woman dying a horrible slow death from getting a few drops of ethyl (or was it methyl?) Mercury on her hand. The stuff actually went THROUGH her glove IIRC. But that stuff is considered organic, I'm pretty sure.

Any Fark chemists around here that would like to clarify?
 
2022-12-04 3:17:59 PM  
The big news here is that she was told those creams contained mercury, but then went out and bought some other creams, just assuming that they didn't. And how much of this crap was she using? To be a little whiter? Why? WHY?
 
2022-12-04 3:23:11 PM  
BTW, check out Chubbyemu's YouTube channel sometime if you're into very well presented and informative medical horror stories.
 
2022-12-04 4:57:27 PM  
She fixes the cable?
 
2022-12-04 5:00:18 PM  

Jesus McSordid: To be a little whiter? Why? WHY?


Maybe she had a job interview or a court appearance.
 
2022-12-04 5:13:25 PM  
Well that's nothing.  I started going blind as a teenager with plain old hand cream.
 
2022-12-04 5:13:58 PM  

Mugato: Jesus McSordid: To be a little whiter? Why? WHY?

Maybe she had a job interview or a court appearance.


She was meeting w/ a realtor to sell her house.
 
2022-12-04 5:15:26 PM  
Is Candace Owens okay?
 
2022-12-04 5:16:47 PM  
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TWX
2022-12-04 5:16:48 PM  

Riche: Ye Gods, that's just... Horrible!

Where could she unknowingly buy that stuff in the USA? From some ethnic themed table at a flea market? The corner Walgreens?

I hope we're not THAT far gone in consumer protection enforcement these days.

==========

TFA cited "inorganic" mercury compounds to be so neurotoxic, but I'm confused.

I've seen images of people sicking their hand in a beaker of pure liquid metallic mercury, and even a picture of a guy sitting on top of a vat of mercury, so maybe elemental mercury isn't as toxic? I'm not aware of any deaths from a broken thermometer, but maybe it's happened a time or two.

Also, nearly all of us have an aluminum-mercury alloy filling our tooth cavities. Is that stuff nontoxic or just so tightly bound to our teeth it doesn't matter?

Meanwhile, on YouTube (Chubbyemu's channel) there was a story about a woman dying a horrible slow death from getting a few drops of ethyl (or was it methyl?) Mercury on her hand. The stuff actually went THROUGH her glove IIRC. But that stuff is considered organic, I'm pretty sure.

Any Fark chemists around here that would like to clarify?


Sodium is explosive!  Chlorine is poison!

It's almost like the chemical compounds matter greatly in evaluating the toxicity of substances.
 
2022-12-04 5:17:05 PM  
She blue herself?

/dnrtfa
 
2022-12-04 5:17:24 PM  
I didn't see the name of the product in the article, but it could have easily been buried way down in that wall of text.
 
TWX
2022-12-04 5:17:50 PM  

hardinparamedic: Is Candace Owens okay?


No, she isn't.  But that has nothing to do with this story.
 
2022-12-04 5:20:33 PM  

TWX: hardinparamedic: Is Candace Owens okay?

No, she isn't.  But that has nothing to do with this story.


Boondocks - 'White' Heaven
Youtube jRNCpD3xhsY
 
2022-12-04 5:26:23 PM  

Jesus McSordid: The big news here is that she was told those creams contained mercury, but then went out and bought some other creams, just assuming that they didn't. And how much of this crap was she using? To be a little whiter? Why? WHY?


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hej
2022-12-04 5:28:56 PM  
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2022-12-04 5:29:11 PM  
At least she'll die with a nice butthole
 
2022-12-04 5:31:52 PM  
Internalized racist beauty standards are not a good look.
 
2022-12-04 5:33:06 PM  
I'll bet she didn't see that coming.
 
2022-12-04 5:35:15 PM  

Riche: Ye Gods, that's just... Horrible!

Where could she unknowingly buy that stuff in the USA? From some ethnic themed table at a flea market? The corner Walgreens?

I hope we're not THAT far gone in consumer protection enforcement these days.

==========

TFA cited "inorganic" mercury compounds to be so neurotoxic, but I'm confused.

I've seen images of people sicking their hand in a beaker of pure liquid metallic mercury, and even a picture of a guy sitting on top of a vat of mercury, so maybe elemental mercury isn't as toxic? I'm not aware of any deaths from a broken thermometer, but maybe it's happened a time or two.

Also, nearly all of us have an aluminum-mercury alloy filling our tooth cavities. Is that stuff nontoxic or just so tightly bound to our teeth it doesn't matter?

Meanwhile, on YouTube (Chubbyemu's channel) there was a story about a woman dying a horrible slow death from getting a few drops of ethyl (or was it methyl?) Mercury on her hand. The stuff actually went THROUGH her glove IIRC. But that stuff is considered organic, I'm pretty sure.

Any Fark chemists around here that would like to clarify?


My father was physicist who had a home chemistry lab.  I remember glass bottles on the shelf containing several ounces of mercury.  If we spilled some we would entertain ourselves by smashing the little globules and watching turn into even smaller globules and skitter across the floor.  I don't think it ever efrected, refected, greffeted, hthksl, me.
 
2022-12-04 5:38:33 PM  

Hey Nurse!: At least she'll die with a nice butthole


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2022-12-04 5:38:47 PM  

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Been forever since I heard or saw anything about that film.
 
2022-12-04 5:43:02 PM  

Riche: Ye Gods, that's just... Horrible!

Where could she unknowingly buy that stuff in the USA? From some ethnic themed table at a flea market? The corner Walgreens?

I hope we're not THAT far gone in consumer protection enforcement these days.

==========

TFA cited "inorganic" mercury compounds to be so neurotoxic, but I'm confused.

I've seen images of people sicking their hand in a beaker of pure liquid metallic mercury, and even a picture of a guy sitting on top of a vat of mercury, so maybe elemental mercury isn't as toxic? I'm not aware of any deaths from a broken thermometer, but maybe it's happened a time or two.

Also, nearly all of us have an aluminum-mercury alloy filling our tooth cavities. Is that stuff nontoxic or just so tightly bound to our teeth it doesn't matter?

Meanwhile, on YouTube (Chubbyemu's channel) there was a story about a woman dying a horrible slow death from getting a few drops of ethyl (or was it methyl?) Mercury on her hand. The stuff actually went THROUGH her glove IIRC. But that stuff is considered organic, I'm pretty sure.

Any Fark chemists around here that would like to clarify?


Not a chemist, but poised this questing to a friend with a Ph.D and owns an environmental remediation company who happened to study mercury.

Mercury is an amalgamate. Meaning it loves to bond with other minerals and substances. Which is why it's used to leach gold out of crushed ore.

The problem is that mercury will also pick up other very toxic heavy metals along the way. That's what ends up poisoning you.

Yes, there are some other particular isotopes that can be toxic. But mostly the problem is the other toxic stuff Mercury delivers to you and not the Liquid Metal itself.
 
2022-12-04 5:43:55 PM  
Riche:

I know pure metallic mercury doesn't absorb through your skin as well as various other forms, but I don't know why.  Valence. Chirality. Third sciencey term!
 
2022-12-04 5:44:18 PM  
Yes Yes there were all these "side effects".
But it was totally worth it.
 
2022-12-04 5:47:17 PM  
She brings us peace?
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2022-12-04 5:47:43 PM  

Hey Nurse!: At least she'll die with a nice butthole


I hadn't thought of that, but in this day and age, that could be entirely possible.
 
2022-12-04 5:49:45 PM  

Hey Nurse!: At least she'll die with a nice butthole


Remarkable.
 
2022-12-04 5:56:08 PM  
"No one intentionally wants to hurt themselves or their family members. But it's out there and you can't see it, you can't smell it. "

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2022-12-04 6:01:01 PM  
Bet she was mad as a hatter!
 
2022-12-04 6:01:55 PM  
I wouldn't have guessed that, but only because I thought they stopped putting mercury in skin-whitening creams decades ago.  Did she find the product in a museum?
 
2022-12-04 6:06:29 PM  

NM Volunteer: I wouldn't have guessed that, but only because I thought they stopped putting mercury in skin-whitening creams decades ago.  Did she find the product in a museum?


TFA says the local mall. Product manufactured in Pakistan, didn't list mercury as an ingredient.
 
2022-12-04 6:09:15 PM  

OgreMagi: I didn't see the name of the product in the article, but it could have easily been buried way down in that wall of text.


It isn't in there. If you kinda put what is said together, it is immigrants using creams made and sold at the ethnic markets catering to those that want to look lighter. So while the creams may "work", the chemistry used to make them probably has no oversight at all and here we are with lots of Mercury in them but not listed anywhere.

I would guess it has a sea creature based oil, paste, extract, etc and then concentrated down, increasing the naturally occurring Hg in them. Ingredient may say oyster snot concentrate but that's a possibility of lots of Mercury.
 
2022-12-04 6:09:58 PM  
Meanwhile white folks trying to get darker...
 
2022-12-04 6:10:19 PM  
Just something to keep in mind when you are harassed by one of those aggressive scumbags running a "Dead Sea Treasures" kiosk at your local mall this Xmas season.

Beware of the "Dead Sea Treasures" kiosks at the malls this Holiday season!
Youtube sISEk6YYh5k
 
2022-12-04 6:10:23 PM  

ecor1: NM Volunteer: I wouldn't have guessed that, but only because I thought they stopped putting mercury in skin-whitening creams decades ago.  Did she find the product in a museum?

TFA says the local mall. Product manufactured in Pakistan, didn't list mercury as an ingredient.


Well, there's your problem.  Those of us in the reenacting community always say "don't buy Pakistani clothing", because their "wool" is always a minimum of 50% polyester.
 
2022-12-04 6:12:05 PM  

Riche: TFA cited "inorganic" mercury compounds to be so neurotoxic, but I'm confused.

I've seen images of people sicking their hand in a beaker of pure liquid metallic mercury, and even a picture of a guy sitting on top of a vat of mercury, so maybe elemental mercury isn't as toxic? I'm not aware of any deaths from a broken thermometer, but maybe it's happened a time or two.

Also, nearly all of us have an aluminum-mercury alloy filling our tooth cavities. Is that stuff nontoxic or just so tightly bound to our teeth it doesn't matter?

Meanwhile, on YouTube (Chubbyemu's channel) there was a story about a woman dying a horrible slow death from getting a few drops of ethyl (or was it methyl?) Mercury on her hand. The stuff actually went THROUGH her glove IIRC. But that stuff is considered organic, I'm pretty sure.

Any Fark chemists around here that would like to clarify?


Elemental mercury in the liquid form doesn't get absorbed very well by the GI tract or through skin contact. It's the vapors of elemental mercury that causes the most trouble.

Organic mercury compounds like dimethyl mercury are so dangerous because it can easily penetrate through skin and enter the blood stream. Since it has a methyl group attached, it can bond with cysteine (an amino acid containing sulfur) and that combo looks indistinguishable from another amino acid, methionine. That allows it to cross the blood-brain barrier where the body removes the methyl group but can't remove the mercury.  Permanent brain damage.
 
2022-12-04 6:12:33 PM  
As she got whiter, she got tunnel vision. That tracks.
 
2022-12-04 6:22:10 PM  

Riche: Meanwhile, on YouTube (Chubbyemu's channel) there was a story about a woman dying a horrible slow death from getting a few drops of ethyl (or was it methyl?) Mercury on her hand.


Never mind chubbyemu... all the beauty youtubers are strangely silent about this.

Seriously, tho, back in history times, they have been putting all kinds of crazy stuff in cosmetics, usually to look whiter, such as lead.

Also, this is the video you're thinking of. Horrifying.
A Scientist Spilled 2 Drops Organic Mercury On Her Hand. This Is What Happened To Her Brain.
Youtube NJ7M01jV058
 
2022-12-04 6:26:30 PM  

leeksfromchichis: Riche:

I know pure metallic mercury doesn't absorb through your skin as well as various other forms, but I don't know why.  Valence. Chirality. Third sciencey term!


Solubility. Pure mercury doesn't dissolve well into water or other bodily fluids. Mercury ions do though, and any soluble mercury compounds will release those, whether organic or inorganic.

Mercury vapor is also poisonous. Not a lot is given off of liquid mercury at room temperature, but processes that involved intentional evaporation using heat poisoned people in historical times.

It's also insidiously cumulative. You can breathe cyanide at very low doses every day and be fine, but mercury gets stuck inside you and can slowly build up to dangerous levels.
 
2022-12-04 6:29:03 PM  

Needlessly Complicated: Riche: Meanwhile, on YouTube (Chubbyemu's channel) there was a story about a woman dying a horrible slow death from getting a few drops of ethyl (or was it methyl?) Mercury on her hand.

Never mind chubbyemu... all the beauty youtubers are strangely silent about this.

Seriously, tho, back in history times, they have been putting all kinds of crazy stuff in cosmetics, usually to look whiter, such as lead.

Also, this is the video you're thinking of. Horrifying.
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That's for posting a link to a farkin' "Chubbyemu" video.
 
2022-12-04 6:29:43 PM  
i lay out in the sun for hours trying to bleach my skin, but it seems to be getting darker...?
 
2022-12-04 6:31:32 PM  

OgreMagi: I didn't see the name of the product in the article, but it could have easily been buried way down in that wall of text.


I gave up reading after seeing it was a random product she bought online from overseas. So of course was never evaluated by FDA, or any other agencyc, for toxicity. Might've named it later but I didn't get that far.
 
2022-12-04 6:34:35 PM  
Stopping in to Smart all the science posts.

Also, there were/are cases of 'skin whitening' creams and lotions sold across Africa causing chemical burns  from the levels of chlorine in them. Not to mention toxic hair care products used to 'straighten' African hair.

Come on and join the European Standard of Beauty...you're dying to look more like us.
 
2022-12-04 6:38:16 PM  
Candace Owens is toxic enough without bringing skin creams into the discussion but in my brief dive into these products I found that most of these skin whitening creams containing mercury were sold to Indian and/or Southeast Asian communities. I imagine this dermal routine travels with those communities that arrive in America.
 
2022-12-04 6:43:17 PM  
A series of platinum hits, a few accusations, a long public downfall, accidentally setting yourself on fire, and a post-mortem holographic comeback tour?
 
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