If you are a woman, or have daughters, and use pads, but especially if
read this and pass it on to your friends. For the men receiving this
email, please forward it to your friends, significant others, sisters,
mothers, daughters, etc. Thanks!
Check the labels of the sanitary pads or tampons that you are going to
buy the next time and see whether you spot any of the familiar signs
stated in this email. 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, did not co!
nsider them illegal or dangerous.
This month's Essence magazine mentions 2 manufacturers of a cotton
tampon alternative. The companies are: Organic Essentials @
1-800-765-6491 and Terra Femme @ 1-800-755-0212.
A woman getting her Ph.D. at University of Colorado 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 bleak
chin). 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, 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
cumulative and slow to disintegrate. The real danger comes from repeated
contact (Karen Couppert "Pulling the Plug on the Tampon Industry"). I'd
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
nice. Therefore, when fibers from the tampons are left behind in the
(as usually occurs), it creates a breeding ground for the
dioxin. It also stays in a lot longer that 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 cotton.
Unfortunately, there are very few companies that make th! ese 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 US has decided to
keep us in the dark about it. In 1989, activists in England mounted a
BR campaign against chlorine bleaching. Six weeks and 50,000 letters
makers of sanitary products switched to oxygen bleaching (one of the
green methods available) (MS magazine, May/June 1995).
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! Please write to the companies: Tampax (Tambrands); Playtex;
O.B.; Kotex. All the 800 numbers are listed on the boxes. Let them know
that we demand a safe product: ALL COTTON UNBLEACHED TAMPONS...
In order not to lose the impact of this email! , I suggest that anyone
who wants to forward it to their friends, PLEASE copy this mail and
paste it to a NEW message. That way it will not distort the whole
message with all the forward arrows. Please do this with consideration
and seriousness." Thank you all