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    MAKES YOU THINK ... WOMEN'S HEALTH
    All women should read this.

    If you are a woman and use pads, but especially if you use tampons, 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 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 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
    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 cotton.

    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. 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...
     
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    RESEARCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a little anyway, Please...

    http://www.snopes.com/toxins/tampon.htm
     
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    I don't want to seem nasty here, but who are you or anyone else to tell me that there isn't enough to hurt someone. Just how much is enough? If there is the slightest chance people should be made aware. They can make their choice then. So back off!
     
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    As nasty as this thread may seem to some, I think it is something females should be made aware of! I would like to believe it is FALSE!!!!
     
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    Back off? Back off my ass.. You posted some info. without being responsible enough
    or taking the time to research it first for validity.
    Sure there should be concern about anything we buy an use ....BUT.
    Posting e-mail as if it is true an expecting everyone to "just figure it out" for themselves
    is not good at all, there is no defense IMO, sorry.
     
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    Gee, I can't wait to get as perfect as you.
     
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    Good find P.

    Amen to that!
     
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    I swore them off long ago. Thank all the little gods that I don't have a period or that could have been a problem!

    :cof:
     
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    Tampons + Politics = Freaky. :D
     

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