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A Cosmetic Risk to Shark Populations

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One reason sharks are disappearing from our oceans is that their liver oil, otherwise labeled squalene, is used in moisturizers, deodorants, suntan lotion, lip balms, lipsticks and other cosmetics. It is also used in vaccines and even high-grade machine oil. Health food stores sell squalene and shark cartilage (chondroitin) to people who think it protects against a variety of conditions including arthritis, shingles, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, psoriasis and cancer. There is virtually no evidence it works for any of these conditions....


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