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Old 03-05-2011, 07:38 PM
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Health and cancer from materials

Hi everyone, I want to stress the importance of MSDS sheets and reading labels. Everything an artist uses including markers, plasters silicones ect can be dangerous. Take the time to ask for MSDS sheets every time you order a material. Acetone and MEK go through latex gloves, and yes silicones can be toxic if they are not medical grade or FDA approved platinums.

The reason for this post is not to preach but to warn about getting a physical every year and wearing respirators and nitrile gloves when required.

Why- because Luckily I had some blood work done as I do yearly and it turns out I have liver cancer, and I am on the transplant list. Now It may not be caused by materials since I have always been careful but the blood work usually done by a GI doc saved me.

Take the time this month or year to get a physical and some blood-work done, you may just save your life since by the time you get "symptoms" its usually too late..
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:10 PM
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Re: Health and cancer from materials

Thanks for the reminder.
They can transplant just a portion of liver, can't they?
Wishing you strength, luck, faith, and health for this next stretch...
Taking my own advice
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:06 PM
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Re: Health and cancer from materials

Man, thats bad news. Wish you the best & good health as soon as possible.

I did my eyes in, with UV probably. I had cataracts & now have the associated terrible annoyance of one pair of glasses to see the world, another pair to read, not being able to see the in-between at all, with plastic lenses installed in my eyes that dont change focus. But thats nothing compared to cancer. In fact i'm incredibly grateful that mine is just a simple operation these days. Its never gonna give you back the sight you had though & thats pretty important to a sculptor.

I imagine it was the welding that did it to me, though i thought i had always been extremely careful. Who knows. i got them early, age 40.

Take care, you never think u gonna live long enough to worry about crap like this, but most people do, just by not getting hit by a bus.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:41 PM
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Re: Health and cancer from materials

Good luck Realsculpt. Thanks for that 'heads up'.
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:00 AM
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Re: Health and cancer from materials

Good luck, and thanks for the warning.
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:34 PM
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I was curious as to whether anyone had ever heard of your body especially hands up to elbows having a reaction almost like neuropathy from warming your clay in a hot box (Chavant). Seth I am sorry about the discovery but hopefully you will be alright and have warned others. Bless you.

Last edited by Peggy Campbell : 03-15-2011 at 03:37 PM. Reason: added a little more
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:14 PM
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I don't know if this is applicable but I switched my Chavant clay to their NSP (non-sulphur)..I was having a skin reaction which stopped after I switched.
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:50 PM
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Re: Health and cancer from materials

Much strength to you, Seth.

People need to be made aware of risks inherent to sculpture.
It still amazes me how many freely bypass readily available safety precautions in the name of things like laziness, inconvenience or machismo.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:46 PM
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Re: Health and cancer from materials

Great reminder. I just came to the realization that I haven't changed the filters on my mask for over a week. Cold weather is always worse too, because you're less likely to ventilate your work space properly.
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