Ditch the fingernail scratching

18 Aug

Last week, I got a broadcast message that read “Medical Research Authority of the US has found new cancer in human beings caused by ‘Silver Nitro or Nitric-oxide’. Whenever you buy recharge cards for cell or other purposes, don’t scratch it with your nails as it contains silver nitro/nitric oxide coating and can cause skin cancer. Please spread awareness among people and be concerned about it”.

I was concerned and thought I should share on the blog. I had always imagined how much toxin the silver coat could contain so I usually kept my eyes and nostrils away when I scratched “with my nail”. I thought I was smart but, obviously, I hadn’t been using my common sense well.

I am not a scientist, but I have always had this strong feeling that there are so many things flying in the air which we cannot see with our natural eyes that are not safe for us.

NOT all silver is dangerous though. For silver to affect our health, it must first dissolve into our body. And so, as a rule of thumb, the dangerous items are the ones that contain or are coated by silver in an easily soluble form. This means that in addition to the cards we’ve mentioned, any other silver articles that you observe to be fading or discoloring, are actually “washing” and poisoning us or our surroundings with silver. Stable metallic silver is generally considered to be safe as it does not dissolve into our body.

The soluble salts, however, are so dangerous that given levels high enough in our body, can change our skin and eye colour, cause cancer and damage bodily organs such as the liver and kidneys. So, let’s all be careful, people.


Whether you believe this message or not, it would cost you absolutely nothing to keep your finger off the silver panel (even if scratching it would bring you millions).  I know you have faith like I do that nothing shall by any means hurt you, remember also that God gave you this body and it is your responsibility to take care of  it. I would suggest that you scratch with anything apart from your finger and keep the silver dust off your skin.

There are so many items these days with silver coating that needs to get scratched off, from JAMB cards to call cards and so many other silver “scratching” items. Just be careful.

Before you take any action, think about how each action could affect our eco system which  you are a significant part of.

Thank you Dr Uche Urakpa, Doctors for Humankind, for your great contribution to this piece.


17 Responses to “Ditch the fingernail scratching”

  1. Umar December 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Thank u 4 ur cotrbtn, may God help u on ur work nd ur family.

  2. afia inimfon a.k.a de enzyme August 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    good info. am a concerned biochemist, also interested in ascertaining the level of that toxicity in nigerian cards

  3. Ajala victoria July 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    @ifeoma haha lol

  4. Amakiri Ukpenibuchukwu July 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    No scientific proof hmmm

  5. ifeoma findyke July 15, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

    @Vickie!..u have come here sharp sharp! Me too… 😀 literature review…

  6. Ajala victoria July 8, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    Pls i need a literature review on the composition and toxicity of this silver panel on recharge card.

  7. Abel Gaiya May 2, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    This information has not been scientifically authenticated. It was a baseless facebook rumour that went viral

  8. Rabi Ambursa November 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    Thanks 4 the info.

  9. Sisi Solar (@sisisolar) September 28, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    So what do we scratch with, (as coins are extinct from out currency?)

  10. uduak September 7, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Hmmm, i am a major culprit. thanks for sharing.

    • ugochi anyaka September 22, 2011 at 10:27 am #

      loll. glad i helped pass the information. please spread the word

  11. Ugowhite September 4, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    well in this case,I will caution people not 2 get the sliver coating near their skin.and 2 always wash their hand and face anything they come back from after a day’s work.

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  15. coolprincee August 18, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    Good Post….i’ll spread d awareness

    Good a thing most ladies get their recharge cards via Txt messages….else cancer would b knocking on their doors by now 😀

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