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Research: Titanium Dioxide, why is it everywhere? 

 September 3, 2014

By  Barbara Njuguna

Many are asking themselves, what is titanium dioxide? Good question!

It is one of the top fifty chemicals produced worldwide. It is a white, opaque, and naturally- occurring mineral found in two primary forms: rutile and anatase.
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Where is it found?

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Orthopedic and surgical implants

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Dentistry

In dental implants and as a color pigment in composites.

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Sunscreen agents

Finely ground titanium dioxide blocks the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.


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Cosmetics

Used to brighten and intensify the color of make-up. It is regularly found in eye shadow, blusher, nail polish, lotions, lipstick, and powder.

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Toothpaste 

It is used as a pigment agent to make the toothpaste whiter.


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Paint

TiO2 improves the durability of coatings and gives white color.


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Piercing & Jewelry

For example, watches and all types of body piercing. 


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Lastly, is it safe, according to the FDA?

Titanium dioxide is listed as a safe pigment, with no known adverse effects when used in cosmetics, and approved by the FDA when 99% pure. It is not listed as a carcinogenmutagenteratogencomedogenic toxin or as a trigger for contact dermatitis in any other safety regulatory publications.
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The effect of Titanium allergy:

Like all metals, titanium releases particles through corrosion. These metals become ions in the body and bind to body proteins. For those who react, the body’s immune system will attack this structure. Starting a chain reaction which can lead to many symptoms, including chronic fatigue syndrome. The MELISA test is the only scientifically-proven test which can objectively diagnose titanium allergy and measure its severity.
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Okay, are we all still paying attention? Are your brains fried? Well, mine is. So I began taking my nickel allergy extra seriously by steps. I started with no eating out, to low nickel diet, to a nickel tested cosmetics and vitamins. That is how I found titanium dioxide. I was looking through vitamins and googled all the ingredients and discovered that titanium dioxide does have nickel.

Several studies show that titanium alloys contain traces of nickel as a result of the production process. Posing as a health problem trigger in patients with nickel allergy, and also, means that a reaction may be falsely attributed to titanium itself. Plastic carrier bags improves durability and gives white color. Medical pills and vitamin supplements may also get their white coating from titanium dioxide.
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Titanium dioxide is made up of aluminum, vanadium, nickel (trace).
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That’s why it is shocking to know that the FDA said it isn’t a carcinogen when nickel is. Anyway, I have tried my hardest to be titanium dioxide-free, but the only problem I come across is pain killers. Since I suffer from cysts in my ovaries, I continuously need pain pills, but I haven’t found one that doesn’t have titanium dioxide. Suggestions are welcomed since we are on this journey together.

Till next Wednesday,
Stay Titanium dioxide-free.


Barbara Njuguna


Neurotically Nickely Challenged😫, food lover 🍱, social explorer🧘🏾‍♀️, & trying to navigate this adult life as nickel free as possible😓

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