Henna dye linked to high leukaemia rates in UAE women

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Henna dye linked to high leukaemia rates in UAE women

Don't panic .... I've been following this one in medical journals for some time and HENNA is not the problem.  However, you're probably going to get a few frantic people asking about this:

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/health/2010-05/10/c_13285631.htm

The problem here is that henna slingers in that region have been mixing benzene into henna to get superdark superfast stains for decades.  I've heard reports from there of benzene, gasoline, kerosene and lighter fluid in the henna (in addition to PPD). 

So, if someone starts screaming "I read on the internet that henna gives you cancer!!!", your response to that should be "Benzene can cause cancer, and I don't use benzene in my henna paste! 

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Re: Henna dye linked to high leukaemia rates in UAE women

Thank you for the heads up, this is good to know. 

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Re: Henna dye linked to high leukaemia rates in UAE women

Benzene in henna... I think I just got sick a little. Ofcourse long term exposure to something like that will give you cancer!

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Re: Henna dye linked to high leukaemia rates in UAE women

Predictably the news article is going spread:

http://www.thenational.ae/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100511/OPINION/10...

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Life/Health-Fitness/Health/Henna-coul...

The study is published in Leukemia & Lymphoma, July 2009, 50(7): 1138-1127: "Acute leukemia among the adult population of United Arab Emirates: an epidemiological study" Inaam Bashir Hassa, Sherief I A M Islam, Hussain Alizadeh, Jorgen Kristensen, Amr Kambal, Shanaaz Sonday and Room Bernseen.

Fortunately, they spoke clearly about henna being harmless, and the additives being dangerous.  To their credit, UAE and Dubai have been proactive busting henna parlors that mix up henna with a toxic brew, but that's not an easy job.

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I just had someone link the

I just had someone link the "Times of India" article it on my facebook, in a post where I was very upset about some girls making fun of my henna at a college final this past week. This article bareley makes mention of the Benzene and other chemicals. I've written in on their Feedback page.

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