Cream Chemical Proves Deadly
Think of your skin as a large
sponge.... what you put on it is eventually absorbed into
the bloodstream. Everything we put
on our skin... make-up, perfume, sunscreen, tanning lotions
and skincare products... are all absorbed through the skin
and eventually end up in the bloodstream. In a sense "if you
wouldn't put it in your mouth, you shouldn't put it on your
skin." It may take years before we realize the health
effects of these chemicals in our blood. But, in the case of
a 17 year old track star, applying muscle cream turned
deadly very quickly.
As reported by the Associated Press
(Muscle Cream Caused NYC Teen's Death,6/07), A
medical examiner blamed a 17-year-old track star's death on
the use of too much muscle cream, the kind used to soothe
aching legs after exercise. Arielle Newman, a cross-country
runner at Notre Dame Academy on Staten Island, died o April
13th, after her body absorbed high levels of methyl
salicylate, an anti-inflammatory found in sports creams such
as Bengay and Icy Hot.
Methyl salicylate poisoning is
unusual, and deaths from high levels of the chemical are
rare. "Chronic use is more dangerous than one-time use,"
Edward Arsura, chairman of medicine at Richmond University
Medical Center, told the Staten Island Advance. "Exercise
and heat can accentuate absorption."
Dr. Ronald Grelsamer, of Mount Sinai
Medical Center, said Newman had a very abnormal amount of
methyl salicylate in her body. "She either lathered herself
with it, or used way too much, or she used a normal amount
and an abnormal percentage was absorbed into her body," he
said. Her mother, Alice Newman, said she still couldn't
believe her daughter's death was caused by a sports cream.
"I am scrupulous about my children's health," she told the
Advance. "I did not think an over-the-counter product could
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