I just recieved this message in an e-mail from a friend. I'm sure some of you already know this and have been using the more natural/organic brands of tampons for a long time ~ For me this is one of the last things I've held out on switching over to simply due to the expense, but now, like all the other comercially made things, I can't afford to use them anymore and although the organic seems more costly in the short run ~ they are CERTAINLY less costly in the long run!!!!!
Please read this and pass it on to others!
Please pass on to as many women as possible . . . 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, wife, etc.) Thanks!
Next time you buy tampons or sanitary pads read the product box, 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.
Considering asbestos is so dangerous, why isn't this against the law? Because asbestos laws relate to ingestable products only - tampons don't fall in to this category so escape on a technicality.
This month's Essence magazine has a small article about this and they mention two manufacturers of a cotton tampon alternative. The
Organic Essentials @ (800) 765-6491 and Terra Femme @(800)755-0212.
A woman getting her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado in Boulder sent
"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 in which I have been learning a lot about biology and feminine hygiene. Recently we have learned that tampons are dangerous for other reasons than TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). 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 women. Dioxin is potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing)and is toxic to the immune and productive 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 is no set "acceptable" level of exposure to dioxin
given that it is accumulative 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 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 not. 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 (the contact details are on the tampon boxes). Let them know that we demand a safe product - COTTON UNBLEACHED TAMPONS.
PS. In order not to lose the impact of this email, it is suggested that anyone who wants to forward to friends, PLEASE copy this mail and paste to a NEW message. This way will not distort the whole message with all the forward arrows. Please do this with consideration and seriousness.