<BLOCKQUOTE><font size=1 face=arial>quote:<hr height=1 noshade> Initially posted by Conner
<font size="3">Excuse me, but this reaction ("denial strategy" is stupid. You will probably reconsider when you are lying in hospital with colon cancer (one of the cancer types promoted by mineral oil).</font> <hr height=1 noshade></BLOCKQUOTE></font><font face='Verdana, Arial, Helvetica' size=2>
Interesting thread drift but Conner, the sky is falling paranoia strategy is almost as "stupid".
We are talking light use and light mineral oil – the well known pharmaceutical and not other heavy mineral oils on the order of Kaydol, Fomblin, or fluorinated oils like Krytox. We are not talking mineral oil mists which cause cancer of the throat and larynx when aspirated, or large applications of mineral oil to the skin that will interfere with the skin’s ability to breath and absorb necessary nutrients. There is also food grade mineral oil which has been thoroughly researched and approved by the World Health Organization. Trace elements of mineral oil are found in many natural foods and in human, mouse, pig, rabbit, and rat tissue with no health related issues.
No sense being anal about such a crappy subject but here is some info derived from my current Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy and Current Pediatric Diagnosis and Treatment.
Mineral oil is a wetting agent or detergent laxative. Its pharmacological use is to soften fecal matter and render stools easier to pass. It has the drawback of decreasing absorption of fat-soluble vitamins so this must be considered when prescribing. It acts slowly and is useful after MI or anorectal surgery or when prolonged bed rest is required. In pediatric constipation, a regime of multivitamins (2/day) between doses of light mineral oil, 15 – 30 mL po bid for 4 to 6 mo (or more if needed to maintain daily stool) is a standard procedure detailed by the Merck Manual. The Current Pediatric Diagnosis and Treatment manual lists standard the pediatric dose of mineral oil (liquid paraffin, liquid petrolatum) as 0.5 mL/kg orally. Mineral oil is also found in over the counter pharmaceuticals like Milk of Magnesia – Oil Emulsion (flavored and non-flavored varieties), Fleet Mineral Oil Enemas, and a host of topical cremes and emollients.
It does us all well to not overindulge in almost anything but no light mineral oil or even white mineral oil MSDS I’ve encountered lists an exposure limit, an LD50, or even a warning on carcinogenic risk. Of course, as Woody Allen discovered about health food in Sleeper you are free to wag an "I told you so finger" 50 plus years down the road if all this is found to false......
Good call on the mineral oil. It also restores luter to seashell specimens and helps preserve their beautiful colors.
Still no word from Linda on the SSCs...
Edited by - java on 7/5/2003 10:18:45 PM