Crude Awakening: Mineral Oil Contaminates Everyone’s Bodies

The scientific literature indicates that there are at least two dozen adverse
health effects
[5] linked to exposure to mineral oil, a crude oil derivative. New research [6] indicates these fat-soluble hydrocarbons are accumulating to disturbing levels in our bodies, and affecting newborns by contaminated breast milk.

How did they get there? Mineral oil is legally allowed to be added to our foods, drugs and cosmetics, where they accumulate in our bodies over time, with the highest concentrations found in our fat deposits. One autopsy study [7] performed
in 1985, revealed that 48% of the livers and 46% of the spleens of the 465 autopsies analyzed showed signs of mineral-oil induced lipogranuloma (a nodule of necrotic,
fatty tissue associated with granulomatous inflammation or a foreign-body reaction around a deposit of an oily substance), indicating just how widespread pathological tissue changes associated with exposure really are.

In the United States, the FDA has approved mineral oil for use in cosmetic products, as well as a food additive up to 10 mg/kg a day. For a 150 lb adult (68.03 kilograms) this is the equivalent of 680 milligrams a day, or 248 grams (over half a pound!) a year.

According to the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, mineral oil maybe used for the following uses in ingestible products:

1) As release agent, binder and lubricant in or on capsules and tablets containing
concentrates of flavoring, spices, condiments and nutrients intended for addition to food, excluding confectionery.

2) As a float on fermentation fluids in the manufacture of vinegar and wine to prevent
or retard access of air, evaporation and wild yeast contamination during

3) As a defoamer in food.

4) In bakery products.

5) In dehydrated fruits and vegetables, as a protective coating.

6) In frozen meat.

7) Used in the curing of pickles.

8 ) Used in the manufacture of confectionary.

9) As an antidusting agent in sorbic acid for food use.

10) As a dust control agent for wheat, corn, soybean, barley, rice, rye, oats and

11) As a dust control agent for rice.

Considering the fact that our food supply is now saturated through with
“food-grade” petroleum, it is no wonder that a study published [6] in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2008, found that “mineral paraffins might be the largest contaminant of our body, widely amounting to 1g per person and reaching 10g in extreme cases.” In the study they took tissue samples from women undergoing Ceasarean section and found “concentrations varied between 15 and 360 mg/kg fat, with an average of 60.7 mg/kg and a median of 52.5 mg/kg.” More disturbingly, milk samples taken from these same women 4 days after delivery showed “the same mixture of mineral paraffins as the tissue fat at concentrations
between 10 and 355 mg/kg (average, 44.6 mg/kg; median, 30 mg/kg).”

Infants, of course, are at much higher risk for adverse effects associated with mineral oil exposures due to their relatively far higher body burden (lower body weight vs. chemical exposure) and less developed blood-brain-barrier and detoxification systems in comparison with adults. Also, children have been found [9] to accumulate higher levels than adults, either due to their higher consumption of de-dusted grains and glazing agents on confectionery products, or their inability to detoxify it as

It should be noted that the health risks associated with mineral oil are not strictly theoretical.

The World Health Organization classifies mineral oils (in untreated or lightly treated
industrial-grade form) as Group 1 carcinogens to humans.1 The OSHA fact sheet on mineral oil also references research from 1991 indicating that it is carcinogenic to humans.2

Additionally, a study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology [10] in
2009 found that commonly used moisturizing creams containing mineral oil are tumorigenic when applied topically to UVB-pretreated high-risk mice. The brands studied were Dermabase, Dermovan, Eucerin, or Vanicream, which millions of Americans apply daily to their skin.

Dr. Martin’s Comments

Another toxin posing serious health issues in adults and children alike. This is a excellent example as to why all of us must be doing something that increases our own bodies detoxification system.  

Toxins CAUSE dis-ease and stress to vital organs and systems. Knowing an efficient and effective way to detox is critical to your health and survival. The biggest myth of detox is a colon cleanse. There is NO way a colon cleanse can detox the brain, glands etc.

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Towards Optimum Health,

Dr. James H. Martin

Presented by Dr. James H. Martin Sarasota FL at Nutrition Wellness Center