by Anne Gordon, RN
July 30, 2012
Anne Gordon is an
RN, an Author, Researcher, and a computer artist.
Fascinated with societies, and the future, she is drawn
to medical health trends of tomorrow. What will health
look like? Will we be more mechanical than spiritual?
These are some of the concepts she is looking at. Many
of her articles like her art, are slightly outside the
mainstream box, aimed towards thought stimulation. She
is also extremely curious about how the ‘business’ of
Her artwork, is a combination of photography
and painting, and
is publicly shown.
In her spare time,
she teaches in a local community college.
Nanotechnology is measured in
billionths of a meter, encompassing all aspects of life from food to
medicine, clothing, to space.
Imagine hundreds of microcomputers on
the width of a strand of hair programmed for specific tasks... in
your body. Sound good?
Engineering at a molecular level may be a future corporations' dream
come true, however, nano-particles inside your body have few
long-term studies especially when linked to health issues.
Despite this new huge income-generating
field there is a growing body of toxicological information
suggesting that nanotechnology when consumed can cause brain damage
(as shown in largemouth bass), and therefore should undergo a full
It is possible for nano-particles to slip through the skin,
suggestive of a potential unnatural interaction with the immune
system, or when micro particles enter the blood-stream. Some
sunscreens on the shelf today, for
instance, have nano-particles that might be able to penetrate the
skin, move between organs, with unknown health effects.
Nano-particles in cosmetics have few
regulations done by FDA.
Thomas Faunce, of the Australian National University, who
holds an Australian Research Council fellowship that looks at public
nanotechnology health issues, said study's findings are significant
and strengthens the case for mandatory labeling, and that stringent
safety data should be required from manufacturers.
"Research is showing that nano-particles
have the capacity to damage living cells and the precautionary
principle should be applied,'' he said.
The Helmut Kaiser Consultancy Group,
global leaders in pro-nanotechnology, stated that about 300 nano-food
products were available on the market worldwide estimating that
market alone was worth 5.4 billion dollars in the USA. That was
By 2015, (just a few years away) they predict that nanotechnology
will be used in 40% of the food industries. According to
these consultants, by 2040, nano-produced food, with correct
nutritional composition, maintaining the same taste and texture of
organically produced food, will be commonplace, the norm.
It is clear that nanotechnology is already in the in some food and
cosmetics, (including anti aging products and sunscreens).
'Smart' packaging and tracking, is
ubiquitous. Invisible, (to the naked eye and some microscopes),
edible nano-wrappers, complete with bar codes can track not only
early spoilage, but improve the taste of food, or, whatever is
called food. Manufacturers are excited because the availability of
food would no longer be affected by limited resources, bad crop
weather, water problems, etc.
A modern way to feed the world.
Oh, don't expect an informative label on nano-particles in your
products. Although marketers are thrilled to present benefits to
make wrinkles vanish, or illuminate skin flawlessly, there are
health and unknown downsides.
Where is the public debate, on the labeling of nano-particles in
your foods, or cosmetics, or the risks? Probably no where...
Political leaders are still arguing on requiring
GMO (genetically modified)
labeling, it seems.
When lab rats are starved, and given a choice to eat organic
potatoes or GMO, they go right to the organic. When only given
the GMO potato they will eat it, or
starve to death... (studies have shown severe damage subsequently).
What do rats know?
So the next time you reach for something that say's 'smart'... think
about what that means. Learn what you can about the source of what
you put in, or on your body.
Smart mini micro computers to control
your skin and body fluids?