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    Exclamation WARNING ABOUT TAMPONS, ladies please read!

    Check the labels of the sanitary pads or tampons that you are going buy the next time and see whether you spot any of the familiar signs stated. 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 consider 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 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, 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 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 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 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. 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 US 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. This industry and the government are manipulating us; 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...

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    I'm pretty sure that constant contact in such a manner with asbestos should fall under the same legislation as other asbestos regulation laws (my dad is the owner of one of only a few government-accredited asbestos removal companies in England, I'm somewhat familiar with UK legislation but not US) and ANY prolonged contact with asbestos of any sort is dangerous, and with the relatively loose-woven manner in which tampons are made, there's also got to be some kind of inhalation risk relating to the asbestos fibres in the product, no matter how slight.

    Asbestos is divided into groups, the serpentine group (Chrysotile, or "white" asbestos, which is a class 1 Carcinogen, used in everything from brake pads, clutch linings, asbestos cement and gaskets, there are literally thousands of uses for white asbestos) and the amphibole group, which consist of Crocidolite (blue asbestos), Amosite (brown asbestos), Anthophyllite, Tremolite and Actinolite.


    I hope this helps in some way, I've proffered a brief, condensed version of my own knowledge of asbestos as gleaned from my dad's website (which I created and researched), this is a rather serious issue and I for one wholeheartedly agree with your anger at supposed "hygiene" product manufacturers using harmful materials.
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    Originally posted by ladygoeth33
    Have you heard that tampon makers include asbestos in tampons? Why would they do this?
    So that you don't catch fire when you're hot, silly girl.

    Originally posted by Fenris
    ANY prolonged contact with asbestos of any sort is dangerous, and with the relatively loose-woven manner in which tampons are made, there's also got to be some kind of inhalation risk relating to the asbestos fibres in the product, no matter how slight.
    Decent non-Walmart tampons are sterile and wrap-sealed in plastic.

    Apart from that that orifice is not normally used for inhalating - although there are skanks out there who can smoke a cigar that way and often do that for $$. But I'd deem that a non-standard practice.
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    Originally posted by Phlegethon
    Decent non-Walmart tampons are sterile and wrap-sealed in plastic.

    Apart from that that orifice is not normally used for inhalating - although there are skanks out there who can smoke a cigar that way and often do that for $$. But I'd deem that a non-standard practice.
    True enough, but infinitesimally small particles of asbestos can come loose from products it's used in even in simple handling that then become airborne. Luckily though most women don't dangle the things in front of their face, though I can't really say anything else about the skanks aside from Darwinism will have it's way with them in the end.
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    Originally posted by Fenris
    True enough, but infinitesimally small particles of asbestos can come loose from products it's used in even in simple handling that then become airborne.
    Sure but then - unless you live hundreds of miles from the big cities - you have particles of asbestos in the air you breathe anyway - probably even in a higher concentration than in tampons.
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    Originally posted by Phlegethon
    Sure but then - unless you live hundreds of miles from the big cities - you have particles of asbestos in the air you breathe anyway - probably even in a higher concentration than in tampons.
    ergo, we're all going to contract mesotholimia and asbestosis and choke on our own blood as microparticles of asbestos slowly destroy the insides of our lungs like tiny little indissoluble javelins that our bodies cannot purge, creating layer upon layer of scar tissue around each spear-like shard of this deadly material.


    I think I'm going to go buy a hepa filter and tape it to my nose.
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    I've never seen natural tampons on sale at a health food or vitamin store. There is some sort of reusable rubber menstrual cup, but it sounds kind of icky to deal with.

    You can stick a tampon up your nose if you've got a nosebleed, it looks a little funny but it works. Just make sure it's not one of the jumbo super absorbent kind, you'll negrify your nostrils.

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    Originally posted by ladygoeth33
    You can stick a tampon up your nose if you've got a nosebleed, it looks a little funny but it works.
    It can be quite dangerous though and thus such a use should not be recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladygoeth33
    I've never seen natural tampons on sale at a health food or vitamin store. There is some sort of reusable rubber menstrual cup, but it sounds kind of icky to deal with.
    I think I would take the asbestos over the ickiness! Sad to say LOL But I already smoke 12-20 cigs a day so that shows how concerned with my own health I am sadly

    You can stick a tampon up your nose if you've got a nosebleed, it looks a little funny but it works. Just make sure it's not one of the jumbo super absorbent kind, you'll negrify your nostrils.

    :giggle HAHAHAHAAAAA! And think how convenient it is to just pull by the string when your nosebleed is gone! No muss no fuss!
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    @Fenris: Used in break pads, still? Sounds like anonymous murder in instalments to me. One should mean that there are less harmful replacement products available?
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