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Gay Politics Kills a Woman

Wow this is really getting nutty. I recall just a few years ago that many women in the industry were refusing to work with crossover fags, I mean crossover stars, excuse me. For very good reason! Most of the HIV in the straight porn industry has come from male crossover fags, er, stars or straight male porn stars working as gay rentboys on the side (also very common).

Why can’t a woman say, “No thanks! I refuse to suck gay dick!”

Nowadays if a woman says that, she’s a vicious, evil homophobe who needs to be killed.

I have been saying for years that the SJW’s just get more and more weird and insane with each passing year. Every year, they have to crank up the Freakshow to new levels of perversity, weirdness and deviance. I am not sure if they will ever be satisfied.

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Do Homosexuals Suffer from Rectal Fissures?

Answered on Queera. Sorry folks, I’m all fagged out today for some reason. 

People who practice receptive anal intercourse can absolutely get fissures. In fact, fissures are the most common problem to result from this kind of sex. In straight porn, a lot of the women doing anal scenes are getting fissures.

If a gay man practices receptive anal sex, he can absolutely get fissures. That said, it’s certainly possible to have this sort of sex and never get a fissure. Also, not all gay man practice this sex act.

I would imagine that gay men as a group definitely have an elevated rate of rectal fissures.

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What Is the Most Misdiagnosed Mental Illness?

Answered on Quora. A lot of the other answers are also very good if you are interested in psychiatry.

I work for the most part only with persons with OCD. I don’t even claim to be able to treat any other mental disorders. When I get people with other disorders, I refer them out, especially if they badly need help.

OCD seems to be poorly diagnosed. I get people who obviously have OCD who have been misdiagnosed as something other than OCD all the time. A lot of the time, the clinician simply does not know what is wrong with the person. At other times, they diagnosis is simply something like “anxiety,” which is not very helpful, as there is a lot more to OCD than just anxiety. The people given a diagnosis of “anxiety” in general were not being properly treated.

The second one I get a lot of is some form of psychosis. It is very common for people with OCD to get a misdiagnosis of some form of psychosis. I see a lot of “psychosis”, “mild psychosis”, “mild schizophrenia”, “psychotic depression”, “schizophrenia”, “manic psychosis”.

Almost all of these people are being treated with antipsychotic drugs, and in almost all cases, the drugs are not working or are even making them worse. I simply tell them that they are not psychotic, the diagnosis is in error, please fire your psychiatrist, and look around for another one until you find one who figures out that this is OCD.

The problem is that people with OCD quite commonly appear psychotic when the illness is bad. They “appear” psychotic, but if you examine them very closely, it becomes glaringly obviously that they are in fact not psychotic at all!

In addition there is a form of OCD called by its sufferers “Schiz OCD” in which the person worries and obsesses that they are going psychotic. They often worry that they are developing schizophrenia. I have seen more people with this problem than I can count. Some of them were properly diagnosed, especially by clinical psychologists, but many others were not.

The condition is further muddled by the fact that the person will start to develop a number of “psychotic-like” symptoms that can even include perceptual alterations. They develop “fake auditory hallucinations” where they think they are hearing voices but actually they are not. They are just misinterpreting ordinary sounds in the environment as hallucinations. They also develop “fake delusions” in which they worry that they believe crazy things when in fact they do not.

I am now very good at differentiating fake hallucinations from real ones and fake delusions from real ones and worrying that someone is psychotic from actually being psychotic. But it took me a long time to figure it out, and it’s not clear or obvious at all unless you are very good at diagnosing this particular condition.

Also the obsessions themselves or the illness itself can simply look like a psychosis. I could give you some examples, but space is limited here. Suffice to say that OCD can be a very strange, weird illness and the obsessions can look like delusions. You have to be good at differentiating between an obsession and a delusion, and the distinction is not clear at all.

However, an obsession that looks like a delusion has a particular “feel” about it that an actual delusion simply does not have. It’s more of a Gestalt, intuitive or impressionistic conclusion than a logical one.

Suffice to say that people with OCD often have a certain sameness about them. I like to say “they are all reading off the same script.” After you have seen enough of them, you can practically spot them 1/2 a mile away blindfolded at night, but few clinicians see that many people with OCD.

When OCD is extremely bad, it does indeed look like a psychosis, and the difference between severe OCD and “psychotic OCD” (which actually exists) is not clear at all. I had people who I mulled over for months whether they were actually psychotic. However out there they are though, generally reality testing is still somewhat intact.

You can start getting into the territory of some truly bizarre symptoms. I remember describing one girl’s symptoms to a retired LCSW with decades of experience. She said, “Well, this person is psychotic. That’s all there is to it.” I actually now believe that she was not, but if I told you the very weird ideas going through her head, you would probably immediately say psychosis too.

The problem is that in order to get good at this sort of micro-diagnosis, you have to see a lot of people with the disorder. After a while, you start seeing a common syndrome and a diagnostic picture develops. But a clinician who only sees people with those symptoms rarely if at all has little opportunity to hone his diagnostic skills.

If any clinicians are reading this, you can see that I am complaining that many clinicians do not understand this condition well, hence it is often poorly diagnosed and treated. I believe it is important for clinicians to understand this poorly understood disorder better. How to go about doing that, I do not know. That is for you to decide.

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Pedophile Mass Hysteria Kills Another Kid

This time it’s a 2 year old girl!

You shitheads proud of yourselves yet? That’s two people you killed so far, this little girl and the 16 year old high school boy. You idiots make me want to vomit.

If any of you readers are wrapped up in this mass insanity, just get the fuck off my site right now and never come back ever!

Get out! Aus! Get off the site, dammit!

The latest mass hysteria, coincidentally also caused by the vile feminists, is called Sexual Harassment Mass Hysteria. It also includes charges of usually fake sexual assault and usually fake rape. Women, who are overwhelmingly the ones promoting this bullshit, are now starting to die because men are afraid to give them CPR because they might get accused of sexual assault. Now you fool women are dying because of this moral panic that you idiots started. I hope you ladies are happy!

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Men Are Afraid to Give CPR to Women Due to Fear of Sexual Harassment Lawsuits

Here.

Figures. I hope some women start dying from this. Maybe they will think twice about this  Puritanical-Victorian sexual harassment anti-male witch hunt.

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Female – Male Heterosexual HIV Transmission: Some Myths about Men Who Supposedly Got HIV from Heterosexual Sex

Hood: Anal sex with an infected woman will result in AIDS even quicker because an infected woman’s anus is smaller than a man’s and tears easier. Male porn stars-Holmes, Darren James, Marc Wallace – all got AIDS this way.

What you mean to say is that it is difficult to get AIDS from a woman’s vagina and this may be true unless she has menstrual blood and then no it is not.

Holmes did not get HIV from anal sex with a woman. He either got it from getting fucked by guys or even better yet sharing needles, as he was a big dope shooter.

Marc Wallace was a dope shooter, and that’s how he got HIV.

Darren James case is controversial, but at any rate, he fucked a guy. The human he fucked was a pre-op tranny. By definition that is a man who thinks he is a woman and is taking some hormones to that effect.

Holmes – fucking men or needles.
Wallace – needles.
Darren James – fucking men.

The only well-documented case I know of of a man getting HIV from a woman in the US is a man who got it from his wife. But he had sex with many times over 10 years, and there were over 100 instances of penile and vaginal bleeding.

There are some cases of men getting HIV in Thailand from prostitutes. It is associated with lack of lubrication on the women’s part, significant bleeding, and an HIV subtype that appears to transmit easier female -> male. The vaginal titers are quite a bit higher with that HIV subtype, which is very rare in the US. With the HIV subtype in the US, I have looked at the vaginal titers, and personally I have a hard time seeing how they are high enough to transmit the disease. Women with HIV in the US have very low HIV levels in their vaginal titers.

It’s not a matter or merely getting exposed to HIV. You can get exposed to HIV lots of times and nothing happens as long you are exposed to saliva, vaginal fluid or something with very low titers.

It’s possibly that repeated vaginal sex with a woman might give you HIV. This is one theory – that the titers are too low to transmit, but if you get dosed over and over, you eventually get enough of a dose to transmit. The virus needs a fairly high viral load to transmit. Blood has a very high viral load, but it has to right into the bloodstream.  Semen has a high viral load too because it is full of blood. But even then, it often has to go right into the bloodstream.

Hell, you can eat or drink HIV. I know that sounds insane, but gay men do it all the time. Gay men perform oral sex on HIV-positive gay men all the time. They swallow the semen (by definition they are eating or drinking HIV right there). There have been a few transmissions this way, but in general,  it is quite safe.

First of all, if you consume HIV, your saliva will kill it. And if your saliva doesn’t kill it, then your stomach acid will. That stuff kills everything. People don’t understand the meaning of blood-borne illness. The damn stuff has to get right into your bloodstream.

I did read a report on three cases of gay men who had serious allergies to where they had abrasions and minor bleeding in their throats from all the irritation. They swallowed semen, and they did indeed get HIV. It went in through the abrasions in their throats.

HIV is a difficult disease to catch!

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Charlie Sheen, Gay or Straight?

Hood: SHEEN

Was Charlie Sheen’s most vile and debased activities centered around female prostitutes and porn starts?

Is this really how he caught HIV?

Or was there gay sex as well?

Long before reports that he sodomized born-to-be-a-bottom Haim and shared a joint with him when he was 19 or 20 and Haim was barely a teenager, his bisexuality was publicly acknowledged.

Had Sheen been secretly gay and, like many gays, fond of anal sex with children?

Charlie Sheen probably did not get HIV from the countless women that he had sex with. Charlie Sheen is what we call a sex addict. We have a Canadian woman commenter on here who is an excellent judge of male and female sexuality. She has remarked that many male sex addicts are bisexual. This is not because they are gay but it is instead because the more of a sex maniac/sex addict you are, the more you “fuck anything that moves.” Also being a sex addict lines up with being a pervert. Sex perverts try anything sexual. If it’s sexual, they try it. 2/3 of male straight porn stars have had gay sex. This is not because they are gay – crossover stars from gay porn are almost nonexistent in the straight porn industry whereas the other way around is more common. This is simply because they are perverts! Perverts will try anything sexual and I do mean anything!

It seems that Charlie Sheen, while being overwhelmingly heterosexual, also has some dramatically lesser gay interests. But he is such a sex addict that even a minor gay interest adds up to quite a bit of sex. So while he had sex with 5,000 women, he may have had sex with ~50 men. This means that 1% of his sex partners were via gay sex. So 1% of his sex being gay sex means he is gay? Please!

I do believe that Sheen caught HIV from some of the gay sex he engaged in. In particular, he is said to have enjoyed sex with shemales and quite a few of them have HIV as most are just gay men halfway transitioned to a transwoman.

 

This shit is so easy to figure out, man.

Charlie Sheen has FUCKED OVER 5,000 WOMEN. Ok, now I happen to think he deserves an Academy Award for that alone, or maybe even a Nobel Prize. Surely that gets him a star on the Boulevard. Sheen is one of the biggest studs that ever lived! I want your autograph, Charlie!

Ok, so he is apparently bi. Now I never knew this about him because I was being tossed about the 5,000 Women Hurricane.

Now, look, this is how you figure out sexual orientation. It’s really quite simple. You just do the math. Also you use your intuition. Shut off your logic. Logic causes nothing but trouble. Nothing has sunken more arguments than logic. I call it “the logic trap” because I have found that the “pure logic” types are some of the worst thinkers of all and they consistently come up with the wrongest answers the most frequently.

Now look. Most bisexual men are what we call leaners. And almost all men who are attracted to both genders (36% of all men – over 1/3!) lean straight. Fully 31 of that 36% of bisexual men lean straight. That means 80% of men who are attracted to both genders lean straight. So 80% of “bi” men are mostly straight. Only a small minority – 4 out of the 36 or 11% – of “bisexual” men lean gay.

Looking at Charlie Sheen’s life history, he may well be bisexual, but it looks like he leans very heavily straight. First of all, I can tell you flat out that no gay men in the history of the universe would ever fuck 5,000 women. It just would never happen. Most of them could barely fuck five women without vomiting in sheer disgust.

When looking at sexual orientation, you look at the general thrust of the man’s life. In this case, the overwhelming thrust of his sex life has been heterosexual. Yes, he does seem to have some homosexual interest, but that seems to be quite minor in relation to the way he has lived is life, which is as one of the most notorious pussyhounds that ever lived.

What is interesting is that what gay interest he has seems to be centered on underage men. Now the least masculine males – the males who look most like females – are boys. No male is more like a woman than boy and the younger the boy, the more womanly he is. So the fact that the only males he seems to be interested in are the very young ones (who resemble women the most) once again points to a mostly heterosexual orientation.

N. B. I have heard that some straight male child molesters will go after a boy but they would never touch a man. This was said to be because young boys are almost girlish.

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Gay Men, Fisting and Sick, Perverted Sex in General

NSFW! The following contains some graphic descriptions of some seriously messed up sex acts, so if that bothers you, then just don’t read.

Hood: I am not sure that even many gay men are into fisting. But I wouldn’t know. Perhaps they all do.

Ok, one thing you guys need to know. Gay men are really into fisting. Fisting is apparently a big part of gay porn, and there are many gay porn stars who are known as “fisting stars.” I have seen a few gay porn pages on the Net. I have seen a few that advertised for gay movies. One page had a list of ads for various gay fisting movies with some pretty graphic photos. I am not into gay sex or gay porn at all, as I have zero interest in that sort of thing. I never think about men in a sexual way, I never look at men that way, I never fantasize about men, and I never jerk off thinking about men.

Nevertheless, I have drifted across a few gay porn pages here and there. I don’t really like that stuff (actually it physically revolts me), but I lingered on a few pages, as some of it had a morbid curiosity to it. Like the fisting movies page.

A good survey done some time ago found that 37% of all gay men reported being fisted in the past year. So yes, it looks like fisting is very popular with gay men.

N. B. In case you are wondering how gay men are getting Hepatitis C, well, it’s not through anal sex and anal intercourse does not transmit this disease. Nevertheless, a lot of gay men are getting this disease and know you have learned that gay men are significantly getting Hepatitis C via this fisting, in particular from fisting orgies (yes, actual fisting orgies are fairly common with gay men, believe it or not) where groups of men are fisting one another, as fisting between only two partners is not going to give it to you. It is also being transmitted with the use of large dildos at these fisting and huge dildo ass orgies. As far as how the disease is being transmitted this way, I will leave it to you budding medical epidemiologists to sort it all out. I know how it works, but it’s gross, and I will get into trouble enough with this fucked up disgusting post as it is.

But gay men are definitely into very fucked up sex in a huge way.

37% of gay men also reported being involved in SM/BD sex in the past year, and gay SM/BD sex tends to be very nasty and hardcore stuff, not some vanilla fakery. They really go for it, beat each other to where they have raised welts, have master-slave relationships, piss and shit on each other, eat and drink shit and piss, burn each other with cigarettes, on and on. Gay men are extremely overrepresented in serial killers, and one hypothesis is that this is due to the extremely high rates of sexual sadism among gay men.

16% of gay men got pissed on or drank piss in the past year. They are into piss sex bigtime. A few straight people are into that kind of sex, but most are not. Gay men are into it on a vastly greater basis. Gay men have things called piss parties, where men called piss pigs (one pissdrinking guy) drink the piss of all the other guys there. Most of the data on whether or not this is ok on a health basis comes from anecdotal reports from gay men who have attended these parties.

N.B. Not that I am into this sort of sex, but believe it or not, it is generally not bad for you. I suppose it might be a good idea to drink a lot of water to dilute the piss you drank. You generally won’t get a disease, as urine is pretty sterile when it leaves the body. The one harm interestingly is that some of these piss pigs report that they got heavily dosed with medications from drinking the urine of all these other humans. Whatever medications you are taking are going to go out via your urine, so piss drinkers are getting a dose of whatever drugs the pisser(s) is taking. There don’t seem to have been any serious reactions yet, but a few of these piss pigs reported that they passed out for hours after these parties due to the medications that they consumed.

There are indeed a few diseases that can be transmitted this way (Valley Fever and cholera are two that come to mind) but how often or even whether this happens at all is pretty up for grabs. Mostly this sort of sex strikes me as gross. I don’t even like the way urine smells. How could anyone want to drink that stuff? Humans are so perverse!

8% of gay men engaged in shit play or shiteating in the past year. Gay men are 1.5% of the population, but 50% of scat porn is gay, so they are vastly more into scat than straight men (much less straight women) are. Straight scat porn mostly involves a dominant slavemaster woman and an extremely weak, ultra-sissy, male slave and you can work out in your own mind how the scat sex works based on those dynamics. You can absolutely get diseases from eating shit, but only if the shitter has the disease in the first place.

Probably one of the worst risks for this type of sex is that shiteaters often vomit while they are trying to munch down their unorthodox meal, apparently because it is so disgusting that it triggers an automatic vomit reflex. This is not surprising.

Eating regular shit, believe it or not, won’t give you a disease, but it’s gross as all Hell. You wouldn’t catch me doing that no matter how many lifetimes I lived. One risk from undiseased shit is that eating shit is hard on your liver, as digesting that stuff is going to put a heavy stress on the liver (you will have to use your medical knowledge to figure out how that works). I am aware of a case of one man getting Hepatitis A from eating his wife’s shit. And it was the first time he tried it. Mostly you are risking Hepatitis A and various parasitic diseases. There is much hysteria about “E. Coli” but the kind that is in human shit won’t hurt you. The E. Coli that is sickening and even killing human beings is a variety that comes from cow shit, not human shit.

A lot of animals, especially rabbits, actually eat their own shit. If you have ever owned a rabbit, you will know what I am talking about. Somehow this does not bother them. I had a dog for a while that was always hanging around the sandy area outside where my cats always took their cat shits. I am absolutely disgusted to discover that this idiot dog was digging up the cat shits and eating them, apparently to no harm. Dog shit did not whet his palate at all, but boy that cat shit must have been some gourmet stuff! Why on Earth that dumbass animal thought eating cat shit was a good idea is beyond me, as he was incapable of speech, so I was unable to discern his reasoning.

The fact that there are humans that actually get off sexually on eating shit just shows you how insane and perverted the human sexual impulse can be. There seem to be almost no limits to how twisted sex can get in the human being.

When it comes to sick perverted sex, gay men take the cake all the way, trust me.

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Alt Left: Capitalism: A Smashing Success the World Over

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Whoops, I guess not.

That part about five vacant houses for every homeless person is particularly striking. Furthermore, this strikes me as a profound inefficiency, something the capitalists are always accusing socialism of.

And the fact that we grow enough food to feed the whole world, yet 1 billion go hungry and 18 million die of poverty every year also strikes me as profound inefficiency.

I would add that those homes are indeed occupied – they are occupied by the dead hand of Capital.

“Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.”

– Karl Marx

Kind of hard to argue with Marx. That cold, head hand of Capital, that zombie plague that sucks out everything vital that makes our lives worth living, is one of the things that capitalist fanboys swoon about the most. It makes you wonder what sort of person is a capitalist fanboy? A sociopath?

Obviously the system is working. Working for someone, that is. The 1%. The question is, is it working for you?

One wonders how aliens would react if they landed here and we gleefully told them about how wonderful our system was. I mean, the greediest, cruelest, most sociopathic of all succeed and end up ruling society while almost everyone else fails relatively speaking?

In what sane universe could that possibly be a logical system? What’s so rational about it? It’s about as rational as a Goddamned wild jungle. With all of our vast intellect and knowledge, we cannot even improve on the brutality of the raw, cruel world of Nature – dirt, weeds, bugs, birds, minnows, and critters? We can’t even beyond that bullshit? Pathetic.

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“Chrome,” by Alpha Unit

“There’s no doubt about it,” says Brett Weaver, “everybody loves chrome.” He tells us that Americans have been fascinated with glittering, gleaming objects on their cars and motorcycles ever since there have been cars and motorcycles.

You just can’t help but turn your head when a gorgeous bike rolls by that has well-chosen, brilliant chrome rims and parts all polished to perfection.

Chrome is gorgeous on a bright, sunny day, especially riding along Oceanside Boulevard, with a nice breeze blowing in off the water and not a care in the world except what’s around the next curve…

Chrome isn’t just gorgeous. It’s also functional.

A lot of things people pay little attention to are plated with chrome. Hard chrome plating is a fairly heavy coating (measured in thousandths of an inch) that’s used in industrial machinery and on engine parts, for wear resistance, oil retention, and similar purposes. You’ll see it on things like cylinder rods, rollers, piston rings, thread guides, and gun bores.

On Ted Mooney’s site, he points out that many of the shops that do hard chrome plating do no other kind. So if a shop says they do “hard chrome only,” they have no service that most consumers would be interested in.

What most consumers are interested in is decorative chrome plating, also called nickel-chrome plating, the kind on the motorcycles that Brett Weaver writes about.

In chrome plating, an electrical charge is applied to a plating bath that contains an electrolytic solution with a salt such as chromium anhydride. The electrical charge causes the chromium metal in the bath to fall out of solution and deposit onto the metallic object that’s been placed into the bath.

A customer might arrange to have wheels chrome-plated, for example, at a shop like South Bay Chrome. As Curt Lout describes it, the first thing a worker does is strip the original factory wheel of its paint by dipping it into a stripping agent, to thoroughly remove the factory finish.

The worker wire-brushes the wheel clean and rinses it and then removes any nubs or imperfections on the surface. This is a critical step because the final shiny appearance depends on a good clean foundation. The worker will plate the wheel with an initial layer of nickel.

After the nickel plating, the worker electroplates the wheel with copper. The copper will act as a filler to smooth out any pits in the metal. After rinsing, the worker will attach an anode to the polished wheel to attract the chromium to the wheel surface. He applies current to the anode before dipping the wheel in chromium. After the wheel is electroplated the worker gives it another rinse.

The wheel now has its final blue luster and shine. The chrome will act as a protective coating over the nickel to keep it from tarnishing.

If you’re going to get an item chrome plated it is crucial that you get quality work. Ted Mooney explains by way of example that a zinc coating protects steel because zinc is “anodic” to steel; that is, when steel is under attack and about to lose electrons – which translates to rust – electrons will flow from the zinc to the steel to maintain the balance of the steel and protect it. The zinc corrodes instead of allowing the steel to corrode.

Could you use a nickel anode or chromium anode instead of zinc to protect steel? Absolutely not!

Steel is “anodic” to the nickel instead of the other way around….The steel will sacrifice itself to protect the nickel and chrome. So now imagine a steel item that is plated with nickel and chrome but has porosity or pinholes in the nickel plating. The steel will rust away, sacrificing itself to protect the nickel!

Porosity in nickel-chrome plating is a disaster, says Mooney, that doesn’t just fail to protect the steel but greatly accelerates the corrosion of the steel. He calls chrome plating a “barrier layer” plating: once the barrier is breached by a pinhole, very rapid rusting is inevitable. A low quality chrome plating job is worse than no plating at all, since the plating electrochemically forces the underlying steel to rust.

The bottom line: plating that is already showing tiny signs of rusting when you buy it indicates a manufacturing defect.

If your chrome plating is peeling, this is virtually always a manufacturing defect due to insufficient adhesion of the plating to the substrate. Mooney says that exposure conditions might harm or discolor chrome but they won’t make it peel. If your parts have peeling chrome, he says you should return them and not be deterred by any nonsense about “chemicals in your garage” or how frequently you wash the wheels.

And show appreciation for your friendly neighborhood chrome plating guy. He’s working with some rather hazardous materials to create that brilliant shine on your appliances and vehicle parts. Hexavalent chromium, or chromium-6, can be formed when workers perform “hot work” such as melting chromium metal or welding stainless steel. The electric charge during the chrome plating process causes the hexavalent chromium to be emitted as an aerosol.

Workers with repeated or prolonged exposure to these fumes can end up with irritation of the nose, throat, and lungs or irritation and damage to the eyes and skin. If the damage is severe, the nasal septum can be perforated. Chromium-6 is also listed as a carcinogen.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has workplace standards that employers must adhere to. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates the handling and disposal of the chemicals that chrome plating shops work with. Companies not in compliance do get fined. Or sued.

The usefulness and beauty of chrome ensures demand for it, though. There is quite a demand for chrome restoration of old vehicle parts. This is an involved process that requires stripping the chrome, stripping the nickel (and copper, if applicable), then polishing out all scratches and blemishes before beginning the electroplating process de novo. Of course, replating an old piece may cost several times what a replacement would cost. It’s all about the labor.

Some customers actually want a less finished look when they’re restoring chrome on old cars. Terry Meetz of Brillion, Wisconsin, has been in the chrome plating business for 30 years and finds that some customers want to replicate the original imperfect look on vintage cars. The quality of chrome on some old cars was actually poor when they left the factory. Meetz says that getting parts to look authentically “bad” is more work than giving them a show-quality shine. He jokes:

I would rather make it nice…It’s much easier for me to make it look nice than it is to make it look original.

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