Ditch the fingernail scratching

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    Last week, I got a broadcast message that read “Medical Research Authority of the US has found new cancer in human beings caused by ‘Silver Nitro or Nitric-oxide’. Whenever you buy recharge cards for cell or other purposes, don’t scratch it with your nails as it contains silver nitro/nitric oxide coating and can cause skin cancer. Please spread awareness among people and be concerned about it”.

    I was concerned and thought I should share on the blog. I had always imagined how much toxin the silver coat could contain so I usually kept my eyes and nostrils away when I scratched “with my nail”. I thought I was smart but, obviously, I hadn’t been using my common sense well.

    I am not a scientist, but I have always had this strong feeling that there are so many things flying in the air which we cannot see with our natural eyes that are not safe for us.

    NOT all silver is dangerous though. For silver to affect our health, it must first dissolve into our body. And so, as a rule of thumb, the dangerous items are the ones that contain or are coated by silver in an easily soluble form. This means that in addition to the cards we’ve mentioned, any other silver articles that you observe to be fading or discoloring, are actually “washing” and poisoning us or our surroundings with silver. Stable metallic silver is generally considered to be safe as it does not dissolve into our body.

    The soluble salts, however, are so dangerous that given levels high enough in our body, can change our skin and eye colour, cause cancer and damage bodily organs such as the liver and kidneys. So, let’s all be careful, people.

    Such messages are always broadcast. Remember the “DON’T MICROWAVE FOOD USING PLASTIC, DON’T FREEZE FOOD OR WATER USING PLASTIC, DON’T DRINK  PLASTIC BOTTLED WATER LEFT IN THE SUN FOR HOURS”.

    Whether you believe this message or not, it would cost you absolutely nothing to keep your finger off the silver panel (even if scratching it would bring you millions).  I know you have faith like I do that nothing shall by any means hurt you, remember also that God gave you this body and it is your responsibility to take care of  it. I would suggest that you scratch with anything apart from your finger and keep the silver dust off your skin.

    There are so many items these days with silver coating that needs to get scratched off, from JAMB cards to call cards and so many other silver “scratching” items. Just be careful.

    Before you take any action, think about how each action could affect our eco system which  you are a significant part of.

    Thank you Dr Uche Urakpa, Doctors for Humankind, for your great contribution to this piece.

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