Black Women : Important Message For Women

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  1. divinity

    divinity Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Here's a bit of information that was passed on to me.....


    > >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

    >e-mail,

    > > >please forward it to your friends, 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 e-mail.

    > > >

    > > >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 PhD. 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 e-mail is the fastest way that I now 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. 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...

    > > >
     
  2. MANASIAC

    MANASIAC Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I been trying to tell females that Pads cause cancer but they was not hearing me.
     
  3. miomina1

    miomina1 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I wanna punch something.....

    That don't make no [email protected] since. I don't use tampons, but know someone who does. Can't wait to tell them. This typical.....
     
  4. toylin

    toylin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    This is very typical....... And if people didn't make all cotton products (as all cotton stuff seems to be fairly new), what would we do? Cut up rags like grandma used to do as a girl?
     
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    Joyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Thank you Toylin. 2 weeks ago, I saw a new unique tampon product that is suppose to be safer to use. However, it cost more so in ignorance I brought Tampax. After reading this, I will no longer be using Tampax or Playtex. Thank you for sharing this info with your sistahs.

    ~j
     
  6. toylin

    toylin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    *shaking head* I posted this in another forum that I belong to. What's next? There's mercury in the fish, lead in the water, madness in the cow, flu in the bird.... What else can go wrong with this world? See, this is why I've been putting my faith in the afterlife instead of this Earth........
     
  7. toylin

    toylin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Becuase most of us have no idea what we're supposed to do if we can't use pads/tampons........ They're called sanitary products for a reason, and now it seems that they're not so sanitary. *shudders* I tell you, the world is going down..........
     
  8. Lktpolit

    Lktpolit Active Member MEMBER

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    I guess we're going to have to start using toilet tissue paper.
     
  9. Nita

    Nita Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    smh

    Yeah I knew about this. I have used them before but not many times because I never liked the way tampons felt. It is sad.
     
  10. toylin

    toylin Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    A friend of mine passed these links on to me..... It seems that while tampons do not contain the things this email says they do, they're still not the safest things in the world to use..........

    http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/HBUrbanMyths.shtml#tampons
    http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/ocd/tamponsabs.html
    http://www.snopes2.com/toxins/tampon.htm
    Tampons, Asbestos, and Dioxin
    March 2001

    This message claims that "A woman getting her Ph.D. at University of Colorado at Boulder" researched tampons and found that they contain dangerous levels of asbestos and dioxin. While there are risks with using tampons, those risks are not associated with any possible asbestos or dioxin content in the tampons. The FDA examined tampons and says that "The available scientific evidence does not support these rumors." There is also a very nice, point by point discussion of this message and its errors of fact and logic on the snopes site.
     
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