Tampones and hygenic products


>>> >> > If you are a woman and use pads, but especially if you use> tampons, read> > this and pass 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 wasn't illegal or considered dangerous. This> month's Essence> > magazine has a small article about this and they mention> two manufacturers> > of a cotton tampon alternative. The companies are Organic> Essentials @> > (800) > > 765-6491 and Terra Femme @ (800)755-0212. 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 woman,> including much about> > feminine hygiene. Recently we have learned that tampons> are actually> > dangerous (for other reasons than TSS). I'll tell you> this, 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 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, it breaks down the immune> system. Last> > September the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)> reported that there> > really is no set "acceptable" level of exposure to dioxin> given that it is> > cumulative and slow to disintegrate. The real danger comes> from repeated> > contact (Karen Houppert "Pulling the Plug on the Tampon > Industry"). I'd say> > using about 4-5 tampons a day, five days a month, for 38> menstruating 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 it > > usually occurs), it creates a breeding ground for the> dioxin. It also stays> > in a lot longer than 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 since they are> not in direct> > contact with the vagina. The pads/napkins need to stop> being bleached, but> > obviously tampons are the most dangerous. So, what can> you do if you can't > > give up using tampons? Use tampons, that are made from> 100% cotton, and that> > are 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, German, 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 50,000 letters> later, the 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. Call the> > 800 numbers listed on the boxes. Let them know that we> demand a safe product> > - ALL COTTON UNBLEACHED TAMPONS.> > Reminder:> > P.S. In order not to lose the impact of this email, I> suggest that anyone> > who want to forward to your friends, PLEASE copy this mail> and paste 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.

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