Are Tattoos Bad for Your Health?

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Common Health Risks of Tattoos

Most people do not realize that tattoos, when applied incorrectly, can lead to skin diseases and other serious health problems. You must understand the health risks associated with tattoos before taking the leap.

Choosing a beautiful or meaningful design to decorate your body forever is for most people something they won’t regret, but the fact that it is not 100% safe cannot be ignored. Considering that the process involves lots of needles pushing a foreign substance under your skin, it’s very important that you have full grasp of the health risks before consenting to tattooing.

With the understanding of the risks and ways to avoid them comes the ability to keep yourself safe. This post will provide the information you need about these health risks to make the right choices for you about whether to get a tattoo. To find out more, I visited the local tattoo shops near me to find out more information. Please keep in mind that I am not a medical professional and the content in this post should not be taken as medical advice.

Skin Conditions

Skin related tattoo health issues include skin infections which may cause obviously itching, rash, swelling, tenderness or drainage. These are most commonly obtained when the artist does not sterilize their tools properly.

Always check to make sure that the studio takes care of their tools and sterilize all materials before tattooing. The introduction of single use equipment has significantly decreased the risks of spreading infection, so all needles and tubes should come directly from sealed packages and never be reused. These practices are vitally important in the prevention of the spread of disease in this industry. Although the gun itself is reusable all the attachments should be single use and a good tattoo artist will let you see them being removed from the packaging.

Tattoos and MRIs

Your tattoo may also cause problems when receiving an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). This may happen with any tattoo, but the effect is more severe in tattoos obtained in prison because the ink has a higher metal content than that which is commercially used. The effect is excessive heat from the tattoo during the MRI, the extent of the heat depends on the inks metal content. You may feel mild to severe burning sensation.

This is an important health risk to be aware of whenever considering a tattoo. If you indeed get one it is something to be remembered as the medical team may not ask you if you have a tattoo beforehand.


Health risks occur because tattoos breach the skin, making them more likely to cause skin-related problems such as allergic reactions and blood diseases. People who suffer from an allergic reaction to tattooing may experience more than usual levels of itching or pain at the site of the tattoo, although milder versions of these symptoms alone should not cause alarm. Some people are allergic to the ink used in tattooing, and red dye is one of the most common allergens in the tattooing industry. If you are having severe pain or are unable to cope with the itching, it may be wise to seek medical attention.

Reducing Your Risk

You can help yourself to avoid health risks by taking care of the tattoo properly after it is finished. This includes avoiding excessive sunlight and keeping the area moist and clean. After receiving a tattoo, the skin is very tender and susceptible to infection, so it is important to make sure the area is kept clean at all times. Use soap and water daily and do not rub the skin in the area. Instead pat the skin when cleaning it to make sure that the skin remains healthy and to avoid further irritation.

Reiki Therapy – The Lowdown

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Reiki Therapy: A Perfect Healing Method

Reiki is a famous Japanese healing therapy that was introduced to the United States around the 1970s. This therapy is a unique spiritual healing technique. Reiki is a blend of several alternative healing practices. These include aura healing, chakra balancing techniques, crystal healing, meditation, naturopathy, homeopathy and aromatherapy.

Reiki is a combination of two words ‘rei’ and ‘ki’, pronounced as ray-key. The therapy is based on the transmit and balance of positive energy within a medium of our body. These days, Reiki has become very popular for its excellent healing effects. Many people use this therapy for leading a better and happier life.

Reiki therapy works on the basis of transferring the energy from the therapist to the patient. It is done by touching of the hands over the whole body. It can also be done by raising the hands directly over the patient. The working principle of this therapy is to cure the person by unblocking the emotional blocks which might be the cause of a disease. It works in a similar way as acupuncture does.

Reiki Chakras

Chakra is a Sanskrit word which means ‘wheel’. A chakra is a wheel that spins in relation to the energy level of the system of your body. There are seven chakras in our body and every chakra has a corresponding organ in our body system. Our chakras are the centers of a large network of subtle energies (learn more at

Root Chakra. The root chakra belongs to the rectum and the large intestine. It also has a certain impact on the function of the kidneys.

Navel Chakra. This chakra belongs to the reproductive system. It also belongs to the testicles, ovaries, urinary bladder, and kidneys.

Solar Plexus Chakra. The solar plexus chakra belongs to the liver, stomach, gallbladder, spleen, and the small intestine.

Heart Chakra. As the name suggests, this chakra belongs to our heart. It also belongs to the arms.

Throat Chakra. The throat chakra belongs to the throat and the lungs.

Third-eye Chakra. The third eye (forehead) chakra relates to the brain, nose, face and eyes.

Crown Chakra. The crown chakra does not have any corresponding organ. Instead, it is related to the whole being.

Reiki Explained In-Depth

Benefits of Reiki

Reiki is known to elicit a number of beneficial effects in its practitioners. Here are just a few of them:

  • Helps you to relax and feel better, both mentally and physically.
  • Puts you in a condition of peace and harmony.
  • Energizes your body.
  • Helps in decreasing severe pain.
  • Improves the chances of healing.
  • Helps your body get into balance.
  • Increases the resistance to various diseases.
  • Helps to decrease the symptoms of arthritis.
  • Makes your body, mind, and spirit stress free.

Reiki Healing Therapy is a holistic way of healing which is used by more and more people these days. The benefits of Reiki include relieving stress, energizing your body and promoting the overall wellness. This Japanese therapy can also be used with aromatherapy in order to enhance its effectiveness.

Your Shoes Can Now Send Morse Code

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Say Goodbye to the Work Boots of Yesterday, and Hello to the Future!

Well, not your shoes exactly (yet). At the Mobile World Congress, a pair of rather remarkable work boots were unveiled that allow wearers to communicate via morse code being tapped with the toes. Developed by Sierra Wireless, these boots are meant for workers (miners, loggers etc.) that need to communicate to each other but may not necessarily have the hands free to do it in a more traditional way. Each boot is fitted with a SIM card, and a series of high-tech components that allow the person wearing it to send morse code messages with the tap of a toe. The message is then sent to managers and other workers on the team, vibrating and emitting a loud noise to let the wearer know communication is inbound. The communication method is similar to morse code and would require the wearer to learn the language to the point of being able to send messages and understand incoming messages easily.

While this may seem laughable, it is actually quite practical. Recent events (notably the Chilean mine collapse) have left workers stranded and unable to communicate effectively. Using GPS technology, these boots not only allow wearers to communicate remotely, but also can show real-time location data via Google Maps.

Not much more information is available as of yet, but it will be interesting to see how these progress in the industrial world.