Will & Can Masks cause cancer? And if so – Why & HOW?

Now by in no way shape or form am I an anti-masker, or anti-vaxxer, but there have been many false claims in regards to masks and their side affects, from breathing issues to cancer. As someone who regularly has had to wear one for work, before it became mandatory most places, I was somewhat concerned in hearing of the many health issues that may develop from use, so I delved into researching the best I could with the resources I have at hand.

Firstly, to actually block germs, one will need to use one without a filter as shown below – Non-Medical VS Medical. With that out of the way, we proceed to the ‘breathing issue’ created once the mask is fully sealed.

Non-Medical VS Medical

Personal experience with the breathing issue, I’ve a slight trouble breathing already due to a smacking my nose from an accident years ago which makes my breathing sound laborious however, I seem to have done just fine with the cloth masks and the N95’s, but…I do find the circle style makes me dizzy…thankfully, there are a few different designs, I chose the duckbill one instead which allows a bigger air bubble past my beak of a nose, and it lets me breathe just fine. (See below for the ‘duckbill’ design.)

You also should be made aware there is a difference between KN95’s and N95’s, however the CDC has authorized the use of KN95 as a suitable alternative to N95 for its response to Covid-19. See a few article references below:

Rolling Stone
Smart Air
Popular Mechanics

Breathing issue aside, I started writing this blog post to clarify the information put forward in this Instagram video in particular.

As I’ve worked in the medical field for 6 years, 2 of which I wore a mask to ensure the patients that had open surgery didn’t get infection from us. So naturally when this whole ‘masks give you cancer’ thing came up, I was like…um…so I used them for years and I have many friends who still do, was I in danger and are they?! What I discovered was the chemical that your speaking of, Ethylene oxide, a “known carcinogen” which is used to sterilize surgical masks. And ONLY in use for hospital settings, as they it sterilize the entire package, not the individual masks, and only in rare cases do they sterilize each mask, as it is ill-advised by the FDA.

When surgical masks are sold for use by health care professionals, they may sometimes be packaged in bulk for terminal sterilization — when products are sterilized in their final packaging — and will be labeled as sterile, the spokesperson explained. If sterilized, face masks or surgical masks would likely be sterilized using ethylene oxide.

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According to the World Health Organization, ethylene oxide is a “potent neurotoxin, a known human carcinogen, a potential reproductive hazard, and an allergic sensitizer” that can cause health problems with acute overexposure and chronic exposure. Lymphoma and leukemia are the cancers most commonly linked to occupational exposure to ethylene oxide, although stomach and breast cancers may also be associated, according to the National Cancer Institute.

At the same time, “ethylene oxide sterilization is an important sterilization method that manufacturers widely use to keep medical devices safe,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Ethylene oxide may sometimes be the only method of effectively sterilizing equipment that would otherwise be damaged in other sterilization processes, the FDA notes.

About 50% of all sterile medical devices in the U.S. are sterilized with ethylene oxide, according to the FDA. The FDA encourages medical device makers to follow consensus standards to ensure residual levels of ethylene oxide are within safe limits.

There are a limited number of online listings where manufacturers claim their masks are sterilized with ethylene oxide, also known as oxirane. However, according to the FDA, face masks sold to consumers (including cloth masks) are generally not sold as sterile, and surgical masks are not typically provided as sterile.

When surgical masks are sold for use by health care professionals, they may sometimes be packaged in bulk for terminal sterilization — when products are sterilized in their final packaging — and will be labeled as sterile, the spokesperson explained. If sterilized, face masks or surgical masks would likely be sterilized using ethylene oxide.

As with other medical devices sterilized using ethylene oxide, FDA guidance helps ensure any remaining levels are within safe limits.

Early on in the pandemic, Illinois-based medical supplies manufacturer and distributor Medline Industries sought FDA approval to resterilize used masks using ethylene oxide. Crucially, however, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends against using ethylene oxide for resterilizing single-use filtering face piece respirators — masks like N95s — due to risks associated with the chemical. 3M, which manufactures masks and personal protective equipment, also warns against using ethylene oxide to decontaminate masks because wearers could breathe in residual amounts.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/11/11/fact-check-masks-dont-lead-lung-cancer-but-some-include-chemicals/6176080002/

Ok, you say, I found a website where it says they sanitize each mask!? Now note that these are the Chinese masks that aren’t approved for use by medical nor the movies….3M, the north American maker disapproves of this method as well as the FDA.

(Also, if you do take the time to read the article above, it does address this)

There are a limited number of online listings where manufacturers claim their masks are sterilized with ethylene oxide, also known as oxirane.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/11/11/fact-check-masks-dont-lead-lung-cancer-but-some-include-chemicals/6176080002/

I feel we as humans are too quick to jump on things when we are afraid, and we end up with fearmongers stirring up the pot, when it is an issue that is already taken care of by the powers that be. Not saying they are perfect, just saying someone up the food chain thought of this problem before a keyboard warrior noticed a huge issue, which in fact isn’t allowable by the FDA. I’m not saying I’m an expert either, I’ve only done a month of online research before creating this post, I don’t work in the creation, packaging, shipping and any other part of the process of mask creation, but I’m just hoping those that say they are experts aren’t completely lying to millions with a lie so large it would kill us all off.

So with all that said, if you feel worried about your provided masks, do your own research, and buy your own N95’s if you wish to ensure that you’re not supplied incorrectly.

Now, all that being said – whether you believe in COVID or not, I’d like to just point out…I’ve only been sick ONCE this year, where I was getting sick anywhere from 3-6 times a year before COVID….it’s been nice people haven’t been spewing their germs, being a lot cleaner in general, and more germ conscious then they were before. I hope we continue to put care and effort into keeping things clean, as it’s nice not to be sick, COVID or otherwise!

Artist – Spotlight – AYZRITO!

Hey all!

I’m putting on the spotlight this week one of my amazing fans – AYZRITO!!!

Always supportive and creating, this awesome gamer, lover of airplanes,

Bio of Ayzrito

Hello, I’m Ayzrito! I am a huge fan of aviation, space and trucking, which is basically all I do. If you need to ask anything, feel free to message me on instagram @ayzrito or discord Westjet#5881!

To support, watch gaming streams or join his Discord, PM him on his socials below below!

Youtube

Twitch

Reddit

Instagram

Discord – Westjet#5881

Artist – Spotlight – Ethan Ribeiro!

Hey all!

I’m putting on the spotlight this week my incredibly multi-talented (best friend and partner) Ethan Ribeiro!!!!

I first ran into this gifted Entrepreneur when I was helping assist with an event, and he shocked me in his responsibility, goals, plans, and situation management. As someone who always seems to find the bright side, his optimism and support makes him a valuable asset to any team, and his resolve and determination to accomplish what he’s set out to do continues to shine through in all he does.

His newest venture is restarting REMEDY, a stream that dedicates its revenue to charities!

Bio of Ethan Ribeiro

About me, I am what I like to call a purebred Entrepreneur, I am currently starting/running multiple companies and brands. Born and raised in beautiful BC. I am very thankful to be where I am. Vancouver being such a diverse city, it sparks so many amazing opportunities. Growing up I always preached “Pursue your passion” or “Chase your dream” I do believe with the right amount of hard work and passion you can get yourself to where you want to be doing the things you love. That’s why I run many companies/brands and do many things, and know I can because I am doing what I am truly passionate about and love doing. One Company I run is ER Studios, a company I am currently in the process of launching, to help the Independent community in the film industry. Another Company I run is True Sound Events, an events company that hosts EDM type events across BC, mainly Vancouver. This is focused on bringing high quality sound and making every experience a memorable one. We also focus on helping artists grow and helping showcase their talent. In addition to True Sound Events, I also run True Sound Records, our record label and recently announced True Sound Radio. Me being the marketing and film geek, I also working on creating a company called Red-Line Media, a media company focusing on small businesses growth by helping curate high quality content and creating their strong online presence. Now aside from that I have many other business ventures I have been working on and many other talents and experiences I’d love to share, however since I can’t fit it into this bio of myself feel free to follow me on my personal brand Ethanrjourney where I document my day to day journey on creating and growing my businesses and brands.

To support, book him for an event, rent DJ and other equipment, watch gaming streams, listen to his music, release a track or to keep up on and/or be a part of his newly founded radio show, PM him on his socials below below!

EthanRJourney

Link Tree

True Sound Radio

True Sound Records

True Sound Events

REMEDY

Instagram

ER Studios

Twitch

Red Line Media

True Sound Event’s Remedy

Hey All!!

In a times like these, with the pandemic raging across the globe, many are looking high and low for a cure, however as fake news runs rampant and fear surrounds, many long for something to ease their mind and soul. They need…..a REMEDY!!!

On February 20th 2021, True Sound Events is once again bringing forward REMEDY!! For those of you who saw the streams when the pandemic hit last spring, they were some of the first streams to take advantage of bringing the world together with music! They ran streams every day for almost a month, supporting charities with each stream, and are now bringing it back on a monthly basis!

Keep an eye on their socials for more details, looking forward to the new music they will showcasing in this revamp! See below for a playlist of the original Remedy Show!

To find out more about True Sound Events, check out these links below!

https://linktr.ee/truesoundevents

https://www.facebook.com/truesoundevent/

https://www.instagram.com/true_soundevents/?hl=en

Stay Safe out There!

SarahTonin Christmas Album – Draft 1

Well I know this is a bit after Christmas…but I thought I’d share some laughs with Ya’ll! For those of you who were a part of my final Tombraider 1 stream, you know what’s in store…I’ve clipped out the very special SarahTonin Christmas Album, written by Rj Otadoy, ie Lazer_rex32 (twitch) also known as tetsu_canuckles (Instagram), and performed by yours truuuly! Hope you all get a kick out of this!

P.S. If you could give a LIKE and a FOLLOW to my Youtube Channel, that’d be AMAZING!!!

P.S.S. For extra support…if you could watch it on Twitch as well, or at least follow my Twitch account, I’d be FOREVER GRATEFUL!! And you’d be notified anytime I’m up to more shenanigans!! Much Love and COVID FREE HUGS!!! – SarahTonin

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/859657174

JOE – Everyman, Everyday

I’m putting on the spotlight this week my incredibly multi-talented friend Joe!!!

Now this isn’t your normal everyday average Joe, this Joe is Joe EVERYMAN – EVERYDAY! IMO, Joe is a model for every man, everyday, who faithfully has been true to himself and his passions, mentors the younger generation of nerds and geeks around him, and faithfully supports his fellow creators!

I first ran into this talented Artist when I went to my first official con, the KFX about 5 years ago, (I believe it was their first ever one), and have bumped into him several times since. However, I didn’t get to know how truly awesome he was until we participated together in the Vernon Winter parade in early 2020! Him and his awesome sauce wife put on their stellar costumes and paraded around with us putting smiles on many a face! He then proceeded to take my card and like my streaming profile, and has been putting smiles on my face on a regular basis, supporting my work and encouraging me to do more!! He is my first Twitch subscriber and Patron, and I thank him for it as much as I can!!!!

He has promised to start streaming sometime next year, and I look forward to watching and assisting his platform growth!!

To check out his art, check out his excellent DND pieces, admire his cosplays or to see what an above average Joe is up to, click below!

(The featured image in this post is a drawing in his perspective as what he looks like!)

FACEBOOK

INSTAGRAM

TWITCH

Artist Spotlight – Unproductiveworkshop

Hey all!

I’m putting on the spotlight this week my incredible film maker & cosplayer friend  Unproductiveworkshop!!! I first met him at Anime Revolution 2019, he was dressed as Izuku Midoriya, a bundle of fun, energy and smiles!

He recently featured me in his video at this event, check that out here:

To support, follow his Instagram and Subscribe to his Youtube below!

Instagram

Youtube

Always look forward to seeing this artist!!! Thank you for the feature!!

RAOC – Random Acts of Costuming

When I first met the RAOC group at the Kelowna Fan Expo (ie KFX), I never expected I’d become a part of something so wonderful! However, as I got to know them, I found out that Cap and his dad Mr. Incredible always had a goal in mind – to spread random happiness, hope and cheer to those in need. So I answered the call and joined his band of mismatched heroes, villains, puppets and princesses, our troupe ever growing!

One of the most memorable occasions for me was our walk through the mall for last year’s Halloween (2019) with Ursula and Batman, spreading smiles and holiday cheer!

As we were heading out, we picked up Spiderman, who became ever faithful in our efforts to ensure our mission was achieved.

Our continued visits caught the attention of Castanet, which interviewed us on our second to last visit before COVID hit.

Cap’s Heart is Revealed in this Video

This group has touched my life and I know many many others, and I do hope sometime in the near future we can meet again to spread love, cheer and hope to those in need.

Social Links – Facebook Instagram

-Much Love – SarahTonin (ie – Raven)

Artist Spotlight – IHopegood

Hey all!
I’m putting on the spotlight this week SPID…—I mean IHopegood!

IHopegood is an emerging rap artist, who also dabbles in mixing. He does charity streams, creative youtube content, and has just released his new album ‘Redemption in a New Reality’. His videos include but are not limited to gameplays, skits, covers, reactions, vlogs, rants, reviews & commentaries.

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Tracklist out now! #newmusic #tracklist

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To support, listen to his music, or check out more of his art click below!

Sound Cloud

Spotify

Instagram

Youtube

Facebook

Always look forward to seeing, supporting and working with this artist!!!

When Someone Doesn’t Appreciate Your Fashion Sense!

We’ve all been there, picked out a fabulous outfit, ready to show it off to our friends, when we are greeted with ‘YUCK!?’

Colin Baker (One of my most favorite doctors) reenacts below the steps on how to rebuttal such wild claims!

Step 1 – Question their name
Step 2 – Accuse them of being evil
Step 3 – Accuse them of being an Alien SPY!
Step 4 – Strangle them
Step 5 – When they face you with the truth, shrug it off like nothing ever happened!

I do not own any of the above material, this is all BBC, but I do hope you find it as humorous as I have through the years! Anytime someone says their name is Perry, I think of this clip!

Speaking of ‘Perry’ Check out my awesome friends at CHIBIS Anime!!!