Saturday, October 07, 2017 by Jhoanna Robinson
Polysorbate 80 is a solubilizer – it helps in liquefying substances that would otherwise not dissolve or not dissolve fully on their own. It is also considered as a surfectant, which is a substance that lowers the surface tension of a liquid, contributing to a smoother, easier spread. These qualities make polysorbate 80 good for preparing food and cosmetics, and as a base ingredient in medication.
Polysorbate 80 is usually used to stabilize ice cream and other varieties of frozen desserts, because not only does it delay the melting process, it also makes sure that frozen foods are not completely dissolved when they have melted. Adding polysorbate 80 to frozen foods will ensure that when these food products start to melt, the residue will result in pools of cream and gelatinous flavoring or coloring additives and that everything remains cohesive.
Cosmetic products, such as mouthwashes, and liquid makeup products such as foundations, bath gels, and lotions make use of polysorbate 80 because it has a tendency to provide for creamy smooth application. During the 1980s, polysorbate 80 entered the market as a revolutionary cure for alopecia or premature balding in men. Manufacturers were stopped from advertising it as an anti-baldness treatment after a lengthy court hearing involving the manufacturers, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the U.S. Postal Service.
Polysorbate 80 is added by manufacturers to different forms of medications to perform a host of many functions such as improving the consistency of gelatin capsules, improving the shelf-life of vitamins, or keeping the viscous consistency of oral suspensions. It can also be used to protect the potency of vaccines.
Its other uses include as an aid to prepare food like poultry and as an ingredient to make herbicides.
The use of polysorbate 80 as an ingredient for the influenza A (H1N1) vaccine caused controversy as medical experts debated whether the compound was safe to use in that way. Polysorbate 80’s brand names include Alkest, Canarcel, and Tween.
Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, in a 2006 article quoting her book Fowl! Bird Flu: It’s Not What You Think, said formaldehyde and Triton X-100 are used to make influenza vaccines, noting, “Two other chemicals, tri-butylphosphate and polysorbate 80, also known as Tween80, is an emulsifier. Both are used to disrupt the surface of the virus, making the (H) and (N) antigens more accessible to the immune system…Resin is added to ostensibly eliminate ‘substantial portions’ of these chemicals, but undoubtedly, residuals of these chemicals remain in the vaccine when injected.”
Dr. Lawrence Pavlevsky, a pediatrician, warned of the dangers of using polysorbate 80 in vaccine shots, noting, “Polysorbate 80 is used in pharmacology to assist in the delivery of certain drugs or chemotherapeutic agents across the blood-brain barrier.”
Polysorbate 80 use was reported as causing anaphylactic shock, which causes throat or tongue swelling, shortness of breath, vomiting, low blood pressure, an itchy rash, lightheadedness, and, in worst-case scenarios, even death.
Polysorbate 80 is said to increase the risk of diabetes, cell apoptosis in healthy cells, mitochondrial failure, and deoxyribonucleic (DNA) fragmentation.
Polysorbate 80 is bad for the reproductive system. A study that was conducted in 1993 showed that when female rats were injected with it, they developed malformed reproductive organs. Their ovaries were damaged and there was evident degeneration in the follicles and the corpora lutea, which is a clump of progesterone-secreting endocrine tissue that metastasizes immediately after ovulation). These damages can cause infertility.
Furthermore, Dr. Pavlevsky mentioned in his August 2013 newsletter about a British Medical Journal case report regarding a 16-year-old female who suffered from ovarian failure after receiving human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination that contained polysorbate 80, noting, “This event could hold potential implications for population health and prompts further inquiry.”
Polysorbate 80 is bad for the reproductive system.
Polysorbate 80 can cause anaphylactic shock.
Polysorbate 80 increases the risk of diabetes.
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