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Once it is healed, there is very little that will screw up a tattoo. The
one exception is prolonged exposure to sunlight. (the other is scarring,
but that is patently obvious).


Well, unfortunately it is. The newer inks are better at resisting fading
but whatever you do, if you spend lots of time in bright sunlight your
tats will fade (over a lifetime, not over a week). Best to try and keep
them out of bright sunlight. No one wants to become a cave dweller just
to keep their tats looking good, so just use some common sense. Think of
your tat as an investment--slather on that sunblock so it doesn't turn
into a dark blob.

Our culture has erroneously labeled the tan as healthy. Did you know
that your tan is your skin's way of dealing with the damage caused by
the sun? It's like the formation of a scab when you have a cut. You will
pay for your years of sun exposure when you are in your 40s and 50s.
Leathery, wrinkled, dry skin with freckles and liver spots. Melanoma.
Skin cancer. Regular visits to the dermatologist. Like I say, "There's
no such thing as a healthy tan!" Take it from a Hawaii local! I've seen
my share of melanoma here, and they're not even from surfers or beach

Some people have gotten angry at me about this, telling me that they
have a seasonal disorder that requires them to get some sun. A little
bit of sun is okay (and it gives you a dose of Vitamin D). But all you
need is a few minutes' worth.

Tanning booths are not good for you! They are not regulated by the FDA,
and the staff that work at these salons have been known to give out
patently false information. Many salon operators will suggest dosages
far exceeding industry recommendations, and the FDA would actually
prefer that these booths be banned altogether. Do not believe the salon
operators who tell you there is NO damage caused by their UV rays. There
are indications that tanning booths emit rays that cause the type of
damage that only shows up years later, when it is difficult to fault any
one operator. Their industry motto is "tan safe." There is no such thing
as a SAFE tan, folks. Sorry.

skin can get below the outermost surface of the skin (that's why skin
cancers are promoted by excess suntanning).

The following is information about suncare and sunblock, as well as some
specific brand recommendations by RAB readers:
o Try to use products that do not clog your pores. If your sunblock 
  makes you break out or feel itchy, this may be the cause.
o Avoid sunblock containing PABA, apparently found to be carcinogenic.
o "SPF" stands for Sun Protection Factor. If you can normally stay out 
  for ten minutes without getting sunburnt, then an SPF 2 should protect
  you for 20 minutes, an SPF 6 for an hour, and so on. HOWEVER, this 
  does *NOT* mean an SPF 30 will let you stay out for five hours with 
  just one coat. Keep your exposure limited to the minimum amounts,
  and always use an extra strong sunblock with at least SPF 30 for your
o "Waterproof" and "sweatproof" sunblocks protect you while in the 
  water. However, reflections from the water add to your exposure. Make 
  sure you use a high SPF number, and always re-apply your sunblock when
  coming out of the water.
o Sunblock is not just for the beach! Make it a habit to carry one with 
  you during the sunnier months so you can protect your tattoo always! 
  The Watermelon Stick from the Body Shop is nice and portable, but in a
  pinch, a tube of lip balm (Blistik, etc.) will work, as long as it has
  an SPF. Dab a bit on your tattoo whenever you will be outside.

Products recommended by some RABbits:
o Banana Boat for Kids - SPF 50.
o Banana Boat's SPF 50, for Extra Sesitive Skin
o "Deep Cover" Super Sunblock, advertised in some tattoo magazines 
  (distributed by Deep Cover in Long Beach, CA)
o The Body Shop's Watermelon Stick
o Bullfrog Moisturizing Formula - The Body Lotion (not the Gel Formula).
o Neutrogena's Senisitive Skin SPF 17
o Schering-Plough's "Shade Sunblock" in various SPFs.


We have heard stories of tattoo artists recommending the use of
Preparation-H in the healing of new tattoos. Preparation-H is a product
marketed for the relief of hemorrhoidal tissue in the US, and comes in
both cream and suppository form (I assume artists don't recommend the

Dr. Jeff Herndon <JHERNDON@Gems.VCU.EDU>, resident assistant professor
at the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth
University's Medical College, says Preparation-H should *NOT* be used
for tattoos:

 According to the 1995 Drug Facts & Comparisons (Olin, et al., Facts and
 Comparisons Inc.: St Louis, 1995; p 540-541) the list of ingredients 
 for Preparation-H are as follows:
 - Live yeast cell derivative supplying 2000 units of skin respiratory 
   factor per ounce
 - 3% shark liver oil
 - 1:10000 phenyl mercuric nitrate
  Facts and Comparisons goes on to say that shark liver oil (similar to 
 cod liver oil) is used primarily as a carrier of the active ingredients
 and as a protectant, forming a physical barrier on the skin. While this
 may be helpful in the healing of hemorroids, it provides no benefit and
 perhaps impedes the healing of new tattoos.
  Furthermore, while phenylmercuric nitrate may have antiseptic 
 properties (similar to mercurichrome or tincture of iodine; neither of 
 which should be used on fresh tattoos) it possesses very little anti-
 infective properties when compared to traditional antibacterial agents 
 (neosporin, baccitracin, etc.). Its use in such low quantities in 
 Preperation-H is possibly as a preservative (Facts and Comparisons, 
 1995, p. 540). 
  The active ingredient of Preparation-H is the skin respiratory factor 
 and this does nothing to relieve the itching and/or swelling associated
 with a new tattoo. In fact, it is best to simply keep the area moist 
 and clean and to avoid picking the scabs or 'onion skin peel' that 
 develop--and refrain from using Preparation-H. Not only will it NOT 
 help your tattoo, it will actually probably do more harm than good. The
 product was developed for hemorrhoidal tissue only.

Jeff adds simply: "I just can't figure why you'd want to spread yeast
cells on a tattoo."

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Whether or not you believe in God, this message is a "must-read"!

Throughout time, we can see how we have been carefully conditioned coming to this point where we are on the verge of a cashless society. Did you know that Jesus foretold of this event almost 2,000 years ago?

In Revelation 13:16-18, it states,

"He (the false prophet who deceives many by his miracles--Revelation 19:20) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666."

Referring to the last generation, this could only be speaking of a cashless society. Why's that? Revelation 13:17 tells us that we cannot buy or sell unless we receive the mark of the beast. If physical money was still in use, we could buy or sell with one another without receiving the mark. This would contradict scripture that states we need the mark to buy or sell!

These verses could not be referring to something purely spiritual as scripture references two physical locations (our right hand or forehead) stating the mark will be on one "OR" the other. If this mark was purely spiritual, it would indicate both places, or one--not one OR the other!

This is where it comes together. It is shocking how accurate the Bible is concerning the implantable RFID microchip. Here are notes from a man named Carl Sanders who worked with a team of engineers to help develop this RFID chip:

"Carl Sanders sat in seventeen New World Order meetings with heads-of-state officials such as Henry Kissinger and Bob Gates of the C.I.A. to discuss plans on how to bring about this one-world system. The government commissioned Carl Sanders to design a microchip for identifying and controlling the peoples of the world—a microchip that could be inserted under the skin with a hypodermic needle (a quick, convenient method that would be gradually accepted by society).

Carl Sanders, with a team of engineers behind him, with U.S. grant monies supplied by tax dollars, took on this project and designed a microchip that is powered by a lithium battery, rechargeable through the temperature changes in our skin. Without the knowledge of the Bible (Brother Sanders was not a Christian at the time), these engineers spent one-and-a-half-million dollars doing research on the best and most convenient place to have the microchip inserted.

Guess what? These researchers found that the forehead and the back of the hand (the two places the Bible says the mark will go) are not just the most convenient places, but are also the only viable places for rapid, consistent temperature changes in the skin to recharge the lithium battery. The microchip is approximately seven millimeters in length, .75 millimeters in diameter, about the size of a grain of rice. It is capable of storing pages upon pages of information about you. All your general history, work history, criminal record, health history, and financial data can be stored on this chip.

Brother Sanders believes that this microchip, which he regretfully helped design, is the “mark” spoken about in Revelation 13:16–18. The original Greek word for “mark” is “charagma,” which means a “scratch or etching.” It is also interesting to note that the number 666 is actually a word in the original Greek. The word is “chi xi stigma,” with the last part, “stigma,” also meaning “to stick or prick.” Carl believes this is referring to a hypodermic needle when they poke into the skin to inject the microchip."

Mr. Sanders asked a doctor what would happen if the lithium contained within the RFID microchip leaked into the body. The doctor replied by saying a terrible sore would appe (...)

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