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Alarm Over Absorbent Carcinogens - Is It True Or A Hoax?


The scare over sanitary wear

Alarming news has been emerging over the last decade or so concerning the potential dangerous health threat to women, infants and anyone using absorbent sanitary wear, such as sanitary pads, tampons and nappies. Reports, rumours and scare stories linking infertility, internal damage and even deaths to alleged toxicity levels in these products, have surfaced, been dispelled and then re-surfaced again. The worrying controversy has not been scientifically or medically proven, but stems from the alleged presence of a deadly chemical known as 'dioxin' in the materials that are used to make nappies, sanitary towels and tampons. It's thought that dioxin levels raise their ugly head as a by-product of the process that's commonly used to bleach paper-products, including the paper pulp used in the manufacture of absorbent products. Sanitary wear can be 100% cotton, or it can be a blend of cotton and pulp-based materials, which is far cheaper for the manufacturer to use.The scare over sanitary wear It's thought that even the pure cotton varieties of sanitary wear aren't 100% kosher, because cotton plantations are sprayed with pesticides, including the deadly glyphosate herbicide, which is a known carcinogenic (cancer-causing) agent. Dioxin is thought to be released when a chlorine bleaching process is used in manufacturing paper products and pulp, to make them appear white. Another deadly chemical called Furan, which bears similarities to Dioxin and is also a carcinogen, is also found in bleached paper and pulp products, including sanitary wear. Dioxin is highly toxic and is a known carcinogen. There are dioxin levels present in the foods we eat, but the key is to establish the levels at which dioxin is thought to be 'safe' and the levels at which is unsafe. Risk factors for sanitary wear, especially tampons, are thought to be increased due to the delicate mucus membrane around women's intimate areas that absorbs impurities more easily than other areas of the body, e.g. the skin.

Not scientifically proven

In scientific research carried out in the US within the last 15 years, dioxin levels in sanitary wear were tested to ascertain the levels reached and were found to be significantly less than dioxin levels present in foods consumed. Food can become contaminated with dioxin through the use of pesticides and other chemicals involved in mass growing processes and modern agricultural techniques used. It's also been found that dioxins are present in many animal products, since they build up in the fatty tissues of animals that then enter the food chain. Therefore, nearly everybody on the planet has what's known as a 'background' exposure level to dioxins through the food chain and also through atmospheric pollutants, such as vehicle emissions. This is just part of daily life. Smokers, for example, continually put their health at risk by inhaling dioxins from the chemicals in cigarettes. To put the scare of the carcinogenic risk from sanitary wear into context, official studies have shown that the exposure to dioxins through tampons, sanitary towels and nappies is up to several hundred thousand times less than routine exposure through food! It's therefore safe to assume that the risks from toxic sanitary wear, although present in microscopic amounts, are incredibly small when compared to the risks from exposure encountered in daily life in the modern world, which are unavoidable unless someone were to live in a protective bubble! Of course, there will always be cancer cases resulting from dioxin exposure, but unless a completely organic lifestyle is followed, including sourcing all products free from man's agricultural and manufacturing processes, it's pretty hard to avoid dioxin exposure of some kind. The 'toxic tampon' scare is more likely to be a hoax, based on the competition amongst certain pharmaceutical giants trying to fight off their rivals and ensure they have total market dominance for their sanitary products!

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