Tattoos by Moody Adams Dr. Haley, a former Center for Disease Control (CDC) infection control official, concludes, "We found that commercially acquired tattoos accounted for more than twice as many hepatitis C infections as injection-drug use. This means it may have been the largest single contributor to the nationwide epidemic of this form of hepatitis." According to Dr. Haley's research you are twice as likely to be infected with hepatitis C from getting a tattoo from a tattoo shop than shooting up dope! Each stick carries potential for contamination -- and not just with hepatitis, but also HIV.
"Keep in mind that tattoo parlors and piercing venues are not held to the same sterility standards as doctors' offices and hospitals. Few states have hygienic regulations to ensure safe tattooing practices in commercial tattoo parlors, and even fewer monitor and enforce standards."(Body piercing and tattoos: More than skin deep, Mayo Clinic, www.mayoclinic.com).
“Tattoos can cause chronic skin disorders such as sarcoid, keloid scarring, allergic dermatitis, photosensitivity reactions, psoriasis, and benign or malignant tumors” (www.saintmarys.edu/~health/dyk0010.html).
Some medical centers refuse to perform the crucial MRI procedures on people who have tattoos. Tattoo ink contains iron oxide that can cause severe pain if the patient has a tattoo. (www.ezpermanentmakeup.com/IronOxideLetters.htm).
It is important for people to get a Hepatitis check soon. Hepatitis can lie unnoticed for years while doing serious damage to your body. The sooner you detect Hepatitis the better your chances of survival. If you have a tattoo get a checkup immediately.
Actress Pamela Anderson contracted the deadly hepatitis C from a simple, small "TOMMY" tattoo on her finger.
It is very important for the Christian to abstain from tattoos in order to protect his body from disease. The Christian's body is the dwelling place of God's Spirit. "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (I Corinthians 6:19, 20).