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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000331.txt from 1996/01

From: Neil Leupold <nleupold@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: cork grease
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 15:36:16 -0500

Robert Black, a pesticide residue chemist, makes an interesting point
about animal fat (the sheep and/or pork tallow of cork grease) and
pesticides. My question isn't related to clarinetistry, really, but I think
Klarinetists would be as interested to know as anybody else: The toxic
chemicals that all animals accumulate in their bodies (and I'm given to
understand that these toxins simply build up over time - such as lead and
others - and the body is not able to purge them)...are these toxins stored
primarily in the fatty tissues of human beings as well? If one's body
fat percentage is high, is (s)he at greater risk for disease (i.e.;
cancer) since there is more fat to store these toxins? Where do these
toxins go if a person has low body fat (i.e.; an ultra-marathon runner)?
A more relevant question, with respect to cork grease: Are you suggesting
in your post that cork grease could in fact be a toxic substance due to
the storage of pesticides in animal fat?


On Thu, 18 Jan 1996, Robert Black wrote:

> On Wed, 17 Jan 1996, Neil Leupold wrote:
> > I think Clark once mentioned to me that cork grease is made of sheep
> > tallow (solid fat). If somebody wanted to use it as a lip balm, I can't
> > imagine it being toxic or harmful. Much like collagen (used in lip
> > enhancement procedures), the tallow would probably just be absorbed
> > naturally into the body's tissues.
> >
> > Neil
> >
> > On Wed, 17 Jan 1996, Bob Kreisa wrote:
> >
> > > A few months back, there was some discussion of what cork grease is made
> > > of. What is it actually made of (somebody said mink that true?)?
> > >
> > >
> > > Abby Kreisa
> > >
> > >
> >
> One Clarinet book I have says the grease is pork fat. Aspreviously
> stated this would also be readily absorbed by the skin, but bear in mind
> most animal fats become the repository of the donors pesticide burden.
> Robert Black
> Pesticide Residue Chemist.
> .

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