paba dmae cancer
allens at yang.earlham.edu
Fri Apr 17 12:58:11 EST 1992
In article <31544 at sdcc12.ucsd.edu>, jtucker at sdcc13.ucsd.edu (Joe T. Ucker ) writes:
> I've received a few letters and have seen a brief discussion
> without any sort of resolution on the rumour I posted sbout
> DMAE, it's solvent and cancer. A reader contacted twinlabs
> (tm) and stated the nervous operator shakily confirmed that
> the only solvent that they used with their DMAE was water.
> I recently found a DMAE bottle in a healthfood store and
> found the DMAE in TWinlabs to be in a PABA (para-amino ben-
> zoic acid) base. The solvent is indeed water.
> So I checked out the biomed libraries' reports on PABA. I
> found a few reports of similar substances being
> carcinogenic. I'm an amateur and I don't have these
> articles handy, but I believe these were pyrridines. I
> found Peter Alex the med student on the shuttle today and
> he suggested the benzoic acid was the problem. He
> said that it is hypothesized that benzene itself is the
> culprit in causing cancer. We talked a little about the
> chemical structure and the floating electrons of the
> benzene ring and the efficacy of this structure in fucking
> with DNA replication. Benzene is the same thing responsible
> for the potent carcinogenic activities of burnt barbeque
> meterial which is basically just a clump of benzene riings.
> The journals were mostly unreadable to this novice but
> by the availability of benzocaine, sunscreens containing
> benzene-type chemicals (which react with UV light to create
> free raqdicals) that this issue is either unresolved or
> not yet critical (as the journals seemed to suggest- in-
> conclusive.) PATMS (peter alex the med student) believed
> the necessity of these products in medical practices
> currently outweighs their dangers. This didn't make sense
> to me, aS the use in suncreen is to PREVENT cancer while
> he claimed these same substances CAUSED cancer.
> Maybe this shouldn't be taken all that seriously. But
> I'm sure a few others as well as myself would appreciate
> it if a more biochemically-minded reader could make sense
> of this and give a few words to the newsgroups.
Although I'm familiar with that benzene is linked to cancer, I
can't find any references immediately available which say anything more
than that. I've cross-posted this to a few other newsgroups whose readers
may be able to help.
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