ATLANTA, March 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A group of college research students in Atlanta, Georgia have aligned in a public-private partnership with Provision Research Management Group, Inc. and Frontline Community Services, Inc. a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to seek crowd funding donations to film a documentary about the $3 billion tattoo industry titled "Are My Tattoos Killing Me?" With nearly 50 million people having one or more tattoos, this documentary was inspired by students after discovering research information provided by various experts such as Dr. Bob Haley and Dr. Paul Fischer of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Findings suggest that tattoos applied at parlors could be the "number one distributor of Hepatitis C." Further, Julie Wilson of NaturalNews.com states, "The FDA has not approved any tattoo pigments for injection into the skin." Tattoo parlors are regulated by the state and city, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require manufacturers to release their ink's ingredients; doing so could supposedly give away trade secrets. Many pigments used in tattoo inks are industrial-grade colors suitable for printer ink or automobile paint. The Atlanta students will explore questions and answers from a scientific and historical standpoint
The students plan to interview Arkansas-based FDA researchers; such as Paul Howard, Ph.D. with the National Center for Toxicological Research, who investigate how ink chemicals break down in the body. He states, "There have been no systematic studies of the safety of tattoo inks." He further explains that research proves that some tattoo pigment migrates to the body's lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, a collection of fluid-carrying vessels in the body that filter out disease-causing organisms.
The students are concerned that if further research results prove unfavorably for the tattoo industry, could this cause a spike in life and health insurance premiums. Could the research findings also be used as a legal defense to justify criminal activity? The research students are certain that through completing this documentary they will fully understand the effects of tattoos. Hopefully people will donate to the website www.tat101.org to permit them to actualize this pressing documentary.
Aaron Guy Owens
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SOURCE Provision Research Management Group, Inc.; Frontline Community Services, Inc.