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vermilion (SINDUR) and lead/Mercury

Do women who lecture the world about hazards of Heavy metals like Lead/Mercury/Cadmium know what they are talking about. And if so, then why do they apply Sindhur and expose themselves and people around them with them?

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I am yet to come across a woman with a notably big Sindhur tika lecturing the world about hazards of Heavy metals like Lead/Mercury/Cadmium !

Ankur, pls do not take all foreign articles as authority for any subject and go bashing our age old Indian practices. Am sure just like many, these too had a reason. And I think the vermillion of today is the adultered one. Earlier it was made of turmeric. The western world would’ve freaked out on cow’s urine and turmeric – but look who’s patented them now?

@jennifer….
yes its the same… the composition is not standardized.. infact in some places orange color is also used… and since there exists no norms for listing the contents or tests/certifications… shopkeepers r able to get away with almost anything

Hi Ankur.

Can you tell me where you have this information from, and where can I read about this online… I tried googling for Vermillion and heavy metals, but it was little help..

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