From: TinaMH824@aol.com [SMTP:TinaMH824@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, April 26, 1999 10:07 AM
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YEAR 2000 READINESS DISCLOSURE Please do not remove this header when
>> forwarding or including the message below in e-mail replies.
>> A doctor e-mailed this to a friend. Please take the time to read it.
>> It's important!!!!
>> SANITARY PRODUCTS POSE DANGERS FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH
>> There is a Gel found in "super absorbent" diapers which is linked to
>> TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome),
>> infertility, severe skin irritation and other health problems. This
>> same Gel is also in commercial disposable sanitary pads, and tampons,
>> too. This explains a lot of fertility problems between the tampons and
>> the pads. If it is also in diapers, What is it doing to our Babies?
>> Only time will tell........
>> Many tampon makers include asbestos in the tampon.
>> 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 infinite wisdom, knew that
>> tampons were not being ingested, and therefore it 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 in
>> Boulder sent this. Read on if you value your health ... "I am writing
>> this because women are not being informed about the dangers of
>> something most of us use,--tampons.
>> I'm taking a class this month and I have been learning a lot about
>> biology and the woman, including much about feminine hygiene.
>> Recently we have learned that tampons are actually dangerous (for
>> other reasons than T.S.S.).
>> I'll tell you,--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 know how.
>> HERE'S 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. They seem to think that we 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
>> to the immune and reproductive systems. It has been linked to
>> endometriosis as well as 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 5 tampons a day, five or six days
>> a month, for about 35+ menstruating years is
>> "repeated contact", wouldn't you? Rayon contributes to the danger of
>> tampons and Dioxin because it is a highly absorbent substance and
>> therefore when fibers from the tampons are left behind in the vagina
>> (as usually occurs), it creates a breeding ground for the Dioxin and
>> 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 (which causes
>> the Dioxin) and that are all cotton. (The rayon will leave fibers and
>> "breeding grounds" in the vagina). 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
>> The pads/napkins need to stop being bleached, but obviously tampons
>> are the most dangerous. So, what can you do if you don't want to
>> give up tampons?
>> Use tampons that are made from 100% cotton, and that are unbleached.
>> Unfortunately, there are very, 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 U.S. has decided to keep us in the dark about it.
>> In 1989, activists in England mounted a campaign against chlorine
>> 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).Personally I think it's time that the
>> U.S. switches, and we need to
>> make our voices heard.
>> WHAT TO DO NOW:?
>> Tell people. Everyone. Everywhere. Inform them. We are being
>> manipulated by this industry and the Government. Let's do something
>> about it! Tell everyone to write to the companies,-- Tampax
>> Playtex,O.B., Kotex. Call the 1-800 numbers on the boxes LET THEM
>> THAT WE DEMAND A SAFE PRODUCT !
>> ALL-COTTON, UNBLEACHED TAMPONS. Pass the word along thru as many
>> Lists as
>> you can. All of us together CAN make a difference! Better
>> "We are the digital drummers of the technical ether,
>> arrhythmia and harmonizing the fundamental discordance which is
>> West. As soldiers, shoulder to shoulder, mind to mind, I & I
>> weapons lightning & the music of thunder."
>> jamal ali
>> copyright 18 march 1991