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post #1 of 18
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I got this email from someone who has always been reliable in the past. Have any of you heard it before? Do you believe its true?

I don't want to wrongly accuse any of these manufacturers, BUT if this is true, we should all be made aware. I have removed the manufacturer's info.



No wonder so many women in the world suffer from cervical cancer
and womb tumors. Have you heard that tampon makers include asbestos
in tampons? Why would they do this?

Because asbestos makes you bleed more, if you bleed more, you're
going to need to use more. Why isn't this against the law since
asbestos is so dangerous?

Because the powers that be, in all their wisdom (not), did not
consider tampons as being ingested, and
therefore, didn't consider them illegal or dangerous.

This month's Essence magazine has a small article about this and
they mention two manufacturers of a cotton tampon alternative.



A woman getting her Ph.D at University of Colorado at Boulder sent
the following: "I am writing this because women are not being
informed about the dangers of something most of us use: tampons.
I am taking a class this month and I have been learning a lot about
biology and women, including feminine hygiene. Recently we have
learned that tampons are actually dangerous (for other reasons than
TSS). After learning about this in our class, most of the females
wound up feeling angry and upset with
the tampon industry, and I for one, am going to do something about it.

To start, I want to inform everyone I can, and email is the fastest
way that I know how."

HERE IS THE SCOOP: Tampons contain two things that are potentially
harmful: Rayon (for absorbency), and dioxin (a chemical used in
bleaching the products).

The tampon industry is convinced that we, as women, need bleached
white products in order to view the product as pure and clean. The
problem here is that the dioxin, which is produced in this
bleaching process, can lead to very harmful problems for a woman.
Dioxin is potentially carcinogenic (cancer associated) and is toxic
to the immune and reproductive systems. It has also been linked to
endometriosis and lower sperm counts for men. For both sexes, it
breaks down the immune system.

Last September, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reported
that there really is no "acceptable" level of exposure to dioxin
given that it is cumulative and slow to disintegrate. The real
danger comes from repeated contact (Karen Couppert "Pulling the
Plug on the Tampon Industry"). I'd say using about 4-5 tampons a
day, five days a month, for 38 years is "repeated contact", wouldn't
you?

Rayon contributes to the danger of tampons and dioxin because it is
a highly absorbent substance. Therefore, when fibers from the
tampons are left behind in the vagina (as usually occurs), it
creates a breeding ground for the dioxin. It also stays in a lot
longer then it would with just cotton tampons. This is also the
reason why TSS (toxic shock syndrome) occurs.

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?

Using feminine hygiene products that aren't bleached and that are all cotton.

Other feminine hygiene products (pads/napkins) contain dioxin as
well, but they are not nearly as dangerous. So, what can you do
if you can't give up using tampons?

Use tampons that are made from 100% UNBLEACHED. Unfortunately,
there are very few companies that make these safe tampons. They are
usually only found in health food stores.

Countries all over the world (Sweden, Germany, British Columbia,
etc.) have demanded a switch to this safer tampon, while the U.S.
has decided to keep us in the dark about it.

In 1989, activists in England mounted a campaign against chlorine
bleaching. Six weeks and America is not #1 in every arena. 50,000
letters later, the makers of sanitary products switched to oxygen
bleaching, one of the green methods available (MS magazine,
May/June1995).

WHAT TO DO NOW: Tell people. Everyone. Inform them. We are being
manipulated by this industry and the government, let's do something
about it! We demand a safe product! ALL COTTON UNBLEACHED TAMPONS...
post #2 of 18
I don't know. But I have never used tampons because I remember when I was a teen in the late 70's and early 80's that some people where saying that using tampons gave you cancer, so I never tried them, and never would. I could not even fathom not being able to use a pad. I remember going to this site about enviromental responsibility and they had a link for a store that sold enviromentally responsible things; they sold these cups? that you wear like a pad and empty out when needed and washed of course. I don't think I could do that. I would like to know if it is true also. Cheryl
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post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by valanhb
Heidi, you beat me to it.

In the majority of cases, cervical cancer is caused by a VIRUS - human papilloma virus. It is sexually transmitted and is usually detected when abnormal cells show up, on a Pap test. There is now a specific test for HPV and a vaccine is being tested.

Pre-hysterectomy, I used tampons, from the age of twelve until I was 32, with NO adverse affects. My mother used them for over 30 years and had no problems, either.

Toxic shock was primarily associated with ONE brand (can't remember the name) and it was taken off of the market. It was made of a synthetic material. All-cotton tampons, like Tampax, seemed to be risk-free.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by valanhb
Thanks. The asbestos part did made me wonder. I will pass on the link to the person who emailed me to begin with.
post #6 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by katl8e

Toxic shock was primarily associated with ONE brand (can't remember the name) and it was taken off of the market. It was made of a synthetic material. All-cotton tampons, like Tampax, seemed to be risk-free.
I think it was Rely. I remember them being the most comfortable ones.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
I think it was Rely. I remember them being the most comfortable ones.
Yup - that's it! I was always a Tampax Super Plus gal, myself. Glad that those days are over.
post #8 of 18
Thanks for including that link Heidi. I remember hearing that that was an urban legend, too. But thanks for thinking about our health anyway Renee
post #9 of 18
I have never heard of that. I don't know how much I believe it. If thre is a link between tampons and cancer we would have heard about it
post #10 of 18
[quote=Rockcat]I got this email from someone who has always been reliable in the past. Have any of you heard it before? Do you believe its true?

I don't want to wrongly accuse any of these manufacturers, BUT if this is true, we should all be made aware. I have removed the manufacturer's info.



What a crock, and scaring people to death no less. However, douching has been found to slightly increases your risk of cervical cancer. And it not good for you anyway, yeast infections and UTIs. The only people to gain are the manufacturers...April Fresh, my a**!
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by Mom of Franz

What a crock, and scaring people to death no less. However, douching has been found to slightly increases your risk of cervical cancer. And it not good for you anyway, yeast infections and UTIs. The only people to gain are the manufacturers...April Fresh, my a**!
Amen to that!! I wonder why they even sell those anymore. My doctor always makes sure her female patients don't do that by reminding us that it's all self-cleaning anyway! She hasn't once said anything about tampons causing cancer or being dangerous when used as directed...and if they were, she's the kind who would say something.
post #12 of 18
What a crock, and scaring people to death no less. However, douching has been found to slightly increases your risk of cervical cancer. And it not good for you anyway, yeast infections and UTIs. The only people to gain are the manufacturers...April Fresh, my a**!




WHAT!!!! i have been using those for a long time i am at extremely high risk for cervical cancer having paps every 4 months and i have told my doctors i do that but they have never told me anything bad about it
post #13 of 18
I'm afraid I must step up, in defense of douches ...

TMI: read further at your own risk !

If I feel a yeast infection coming on or already have one (this only happens 1-2x a year) I immediately fill up a douche bottle with 1/2 distilled vinegar and 1/2 water and fire away !

Believe me - it kills Candida dead ! Within 2 hours, no more problems. Forget those messy creams that take days or having to run out and get a prescription ! (Yes - it is painful, but it's over quick)
post #14 of 18
[quote=Big Bad Wolf]I'm afraid I must step up, in defense of douches ...

TMI: read further at your own risk !

If I feel a yeast infection coming on or already have one (this only happens 1-2x a year) I immediately fill up a douche bottle with 1/2 distilled vinegar and 1/2 water and fire away !

Believe me - it kills Candida dead ! Within 2 hours, no more problems. Forget those messy creams that take days or having to run out and get a prescription ! (Yes - it is painful, but it's over quick)[/QUOTE

Douching is a temporary fix, maybe that's why they reoccur for you. One or two times a year is one or two times too many. I'm basing my facts on medical/nursing journals. Douching changes your normal Ph balance.
post #15 of 18
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Originally Posted by crazykitten
What a crock, and scaring people to death no less. However, douching has been found to slightly increases your risk of cervical cancer. And it not good for you anyway, yeast infections and UTIs. The only people to gain are the manufacturers...April Fresh, my a**!




WHAT!!!! i have been using those for a long time i am at extremely high risk for cervical cancer having paps every 4 months and i have told my doctors i do that but they have never told me anything bad about it
OMG, I can't believe you healthcare provider has not mentioned this. Here's an article I found from The University of Maryland Medical Center.

http://www.umm.edu/patiented/article...r_000046_4.htm
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by Mom of Franz
OMG, I can't believe you healthcare provider has not mentioned this. Here's an article I found from The University of Maryland Medical Center.

http://www.umm.edu/patiented/article...r_000046_4.htm
VERY interesting article. Things every woman should know!!
Are you in the health care field?
post #17 of 18
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Originally Posted by Zoe'n'MissKitty
VERY interesting article. Things every woman should know!!
Are you in the health care field?
Glad you found the article informative. Yes, I'm a nurse.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by katl8e
In the majority of cases, cervical cancer is caused by a VIRUS - human papilloma virus. It is sexually transmitted and is usually detected when abnormal cells show up, on a Pap test. There is now a specific test for HPV and a vaccine is being tested.
Since we're on the subject, years ago, when my then-gynecologist (American) learned that I'd married a European (circumcision isn't the norm here, except among Jews and Muslims), he warned me that I'd have a slightly increased risk of cervical cancer due to the virus, and that I'd have to be careful to have regular Pap smears. I've heard that from many sources since. I had a hysterectomy almost three years ago, and my roommate (32) had cervical cancer. One afternoon we were catching a smoke with one of the doctors on our ward (bad, I know), and asked him about that. He said there was a definite link, and gave us some articles to read about studies conducted in countries where circumcision was the norm vs. countries where it wasn't.
I'm not advocating your insisting on any uncircumcised partners, or your sons, going through the procedure, but just want to underline the importance of regular gynecological exams.
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