Originally Posted by Martin Crisp
I am not sure how you can say that the oil of wintergreen is not causing any of the health problems given the official warnings about these products.
(1) methyl salicylate (synthetic oil of wintergreen)
Health Hazards Acute & Chronic: MAY BE IRRITATING TO SKIN/EYES.HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED.DRINKING RELATIVELY SMAL AMTS (10-30ML)HAS CAUSED POISONING & DEATH SIMILAR TO THAT SEEN IN ASPIRIN POISONING.
Signs & Symptoms of Overexposure:
TARGET ORGANS EFFECTS:REPEATED DAILY APPLICATION OF LG AMTS TO SKIN OF RABBITS HAS CAUSED KIDNEY DMG.EFFECTS IN HUMANS UNK.EXCESSIVE EXPO MAY RESULT IN SIMILAR EFFECTS.REPEATED DOSING ORALLY/DERMALLY OF LG AMTS TO RATS HAS CAUSED REPRODUCTIVE EFFECTS.EFFECTS IN HUMAN ARE UNK.EXCESSIVE EXPO MAY RESULT IN SIMILAR EFFECTS
hmmmmm, it seems that Oil of Wintergreen is tame compared to.....
Lighter Fluid (excerpt from MSDS)
SECTION VI - Health Hazard Data
Health Hazards - Acute and Chronic:
EYES/SKIN: IRRITATION. INHALATION: NOSE & THROAT IRRITATION, NERVOUS SYSTEM DEPRESSION. INGESTION: DIGESTIVE TRACT IRRITATION, NERVOUS SYSTEM DEPRESSION, ASPIRATION HAZARD LEADING TO LUNG DAMAGE. REPEATED & PROLONGED OVEREXPOSURE TO SOLVENTS ASSOCIATED W/PERMANENT BRAIN & NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE
Symptoms of Overexposure:
IRRITATION, BURNING, TEARING, REDNESS, DRYING, CRACKING, DROWSINESS, DIZZINESS, LOSS OF COORDINATION, FATIGUE, ASTHMA-LIKE CONDITIONS, INFLAMMATION
Medical Cond. Aggrevated by Exposure:
LUNG & SKIN DISORDERS
From Laquer Thinnner MSDS
POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS:
Exposure causes eye irritation. Symptoms may include stinging, tearing, redness and swelling.
Exposure may cause mild skin irritation. Prolonged or repeated exposure may dry the skin. Symptoms may include redness, burning, drying and cracking, and skin burns. Skin absorption is possible and may contribute to symptoms of toxicity from other routes of exposure.
Single dose oral toxicity is moderate. Swallowing may be harmful. This material can enter the lungs during swallowing or vomiting and cause lung inflammation and/or damage.
Exposure to vapor or mist is possible. Short-term inhalation toxicity is low. Breathing small amounts during normal handling is not likely to cause harmful effects; breathing large amounts may be harmful.
Symptoms are more typically seen at air concentrations exceeding the recommended exposure limits.
SYMPTOMS OF EXPOSURE:
Metallic taste, mouth and throat irritation, gastrointestinal irritation (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), irritation (nose, throat, respiratory tract), cough, central nervous system depression (dizziness, drowsiness, weakness,
fatigue, nausea, headache, unconsciousness), initial central nervous system (CNS) excitation (euphoria, exhilaration, light-headedness) followed by CNS depression (dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, fatigue, nausea, headache, unconsciousness) and other CNS effects, leg cramps, muscle weakness, abdominal and low back pain, blurred vision, shortness of breath, impaired coordination, confusion, cyanosis (characterized by bluish discoloration of the skin and nails), high blood sugar, visual impairment (including blindness), coma, and death.
TARGET ORGAN EFFECTS:
This material (or a component) shortens the time of onset or worsens the liver and kidney damage induced by other chemicals. Exposure to lethal concentrations of methanol has been shown to cause damage to organs including liver, kidneys, pancreas, heart, lungs and brain. Although this
rarely occurs, survivors of severe intoxication may suffer from permanent neurological damage. Prolonged intentional toluene abuse may lead to brain damage characterized by disturbances in gait, personality changes and loss of memory. Comparable central nervous system effects have not been shown to result from occupational exposure to toluene. Overexposure to this material (or its components) has been suggested as a cause of the following effects in laboratory animals, and may aggravate pre-existing disorders of these organs in humans: mild, reversible liver effects, mild, reversible kidney effects, cardiac sensitization, effects on hearing, respiratory tract damage, central nervous system damage. Overexposure to this material (or its components) has been suggested as a cause of the following effects in humans, and may aggravate pre-existing disorders of these organs: cardiac sensitization, visual impairment, kidney damage.
Toluene may be harmful to the human fetus based on positive test results with laboratory animals.
Case studies reveal that prolonged intentional abuse of toluene during pregnancy may cause birth defects in humans. While there is sufficient evidence that methanol causes birth defects in experimental animals, the relevance of these findings to humans is uncertain because of differences in metabolism and toxicity of methanol between humans and non-primates.
OTHER HEALTH EFFECTS:
PRIMARY ROUTE(S) OF ENTRY:
Inhalation, skin absorption, skin contact, eye contact.
Kerosene Hazards from MSDS
Health Hazard Data:
1. The major effect of exposure to this product is headache, drowsiness, irritation of the eyes and nose, and lungs. Target organs include the respiratory system, nervous system, and mucous membranes.
2. NIOSH recommends that whole diesel engine exhaust be regarded as a potential occupational carcinogen. Follow OSHA and NSHA rules where diesel engine exhaust fumes may be generated.
3. A life time skin painting study by the American Petroleum Institute has shown that similar naphtha products with a boiling range of 350-700 degrees F usually produce skin tumors and/ or skin cancers in laboratory mice. Only a weak to moderate response occurred. The effect to humans has not been determined. Contact dermatitis (skin irritation) may occur with prolonged or repeated contact.
4. IARC has listed kerosene as probably carcinogenic to humans based on sufficient evidence in experimental animals and limited evidence in humans
Oil of Wintergreen may be the last thing affecting you at the track.....