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Part 3, Tampax Tampons: Toxic Sticks of Death Diva Cup Giveaway Contest!

Posted Nov 17 2009 3:22pm

Part 1, Tampax Tampons: Toxic Sticks of Death

Part 2, Tampax Tampons: Toxic Sticks of Death

By now you are well versed in the dangers of the conventional bleached out super absorbent ‘pon. I make it a rule to offer as much info as I can. So I thought I’d wrap up this series with info on what all this can mean in your world- both the world that involves the cantuna (how do you like that one?) as well as the world we like to call Earth.

Yesterday I ended off with some info on dioxin, but have you any idea what it does when it makes its permanent residence the cells of our smoken’ hot bods?

Dioxin accumulates in humans, particularly women’s body fat and breast milk. The main means of elimination is therefore through the breast milk or the placenta (horrifying, I know!) and then begins to accumulate in the fetus. This persistent toxin is not only spreading through populations but through generations.

The accumulation of dioxin in the body is being linked to dozens of illnesses and diseases and can be grouped into three types: those involving enzymes, growth factors, and hormones.

The most recent EPA report, confirms dioxin as a “known human carcinogen”  and this known cancer-causing chemical comes into direct contact with internal organs and very susceptible areas that lead to immunotoxic, teratogenic, and carcinogenic responses. In short… these chemicals make us sick!  But you knew that.

Tampons are placed up against moist fatty tissue for extended periods of time, creating an ideal environment for chemical absorption in a concentrated area.  Dioxin  acts as an endocrine disrupter,  the endocrine system being a network of feedback mechanisms that work to maintain hormonal balance. One of the diseases most directly linked to the endocrine-disrupting effect of dioxin released from tampons is endometriosis, a disease where endometrial cells from the lining of the uterus inappropriately grow outside of the uterus- on the ovaries, on the outside of the uterus or fallopian tubes, or elsewhere in the abdominal cavity.  Sexy yes? Dioxin induces an increase in estrogen levels which both causes the lining of the uterus to continue to grow and high estrogen is linked both to The Crazies as well as reproductive cancers.

In addition to cancer and endometriosis the enzyme, hormonal and growth disruption caused by dioxin exposure has been linked to birth defects, the inability to maintain pregnancy, decreased fertility, reduced sperm count, diabetes, learning disabilities, immune system suppression, lung problems, skin disorders, and lowered testosterone levels.

And there is the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). It can begin with flue like symptoms including nausea, dizziness, high fever, vomiting and can progress to liver and kidney failure, complete body shock and death.  Rayon creates a pretty ideal environment for the growth of the Staphylococcus aureas bacteria, which is associated with TSS. This feature is attributed to the higher absorption level of the tampon that, as a result, leaves behind concentrated amounts of the proteins that these harmful bacteria need to produce their poisons. Now isn’t that a viscous cycle we could all write home about.

In addition to increasing the risk of TSS, artificial rayon fibers are abrasive to the sensitive vaginal wall. Tampons are inserted deep into the vag  causing the tampon to push against the cervical area causing tiny cuts and embedding pieces into the tissue of both the cervix and vaginal wall.  In addition to the cuts made by the tampon itself, removing the tampon not only leaves fibers behind but also causes further ulcerations. The chemicals in the tampon are literally eating away at the vaginal tissue.

And to add a cherry to the top of this Sunday, this also affect our sweet sex lives. These ulcerations increase a woman’s risk of contracting an STD by creating little portals into the blood stream. To make matters worse, genetically modified cotton used in the United States for commercial cotton production resists the effects of antibiotics. Therefore, women who use commercial tampons with GMO cotton may not respond as readily to antibiotics prescribed to treat the STD.

What a web we weave!

And if I haven’r convinced you yet to save your internal environment, howzabout the external? According to waste consultant Franklin Associates, 6.5 billion tampons and 13.5 billion sanitary pads, plus their packaging, ended up in landfills or sewer systems in 1998. And according to the Center for Marine Conservation, over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999.

Alright ladies, now that we know better, we can do better.

And here ends the series. Tomorrow we pick back up in the kitchen with corny bread. If you are still wanting more info on this, you can download my entire research paper with references, at no charge, here.

Diva Cup Giveaway Contest!

Enter to win The Diva Cup!!! Details on the cup and how to enter are posted here!

divacup-actual

1. Post a comment here = 1 entry
2. Post this contest on your blog = 2 entries
3. Follow Diva Cup on twitter = 1 entry
4. Follow me on twitter = 1 entry
4. Post this contest on your Twitter = 1 entry
5. Join the Diva Cup Facebook group = 1 entry
6. Join Making Love In The Kitchen with Meghan group of Facebook = 1 entry
7. Post the contest on your Facebook Status = 1 entry

That is 8 possible times you can be entered to win this life changing little health building feminine hygiene miracle product.

Part 1, Tampax Tampons: Toxic Sticks of Death

Part 2, Tampax Tampons: Toxic Sticks of Death

By now you are well versed in the dangers of the conventional bleached out super absorbent ‘pon. I make it a rule to offer as much info as I can. So I thought I’d wrap up this series with info on what all this can mean in your world- both the world that involves the cantuna (how do you like that one?) as well as the world we like to call Earth.

Yesterday I ended off with some info on dioxin, but have you any idea what it does when it makes its permanent residence the cells of our smoken’ hot bods?

Dioxin accumulates in humans, particularly women’s body fat and breast milk. The main means of elimination is therefore through the breast milk or the placenta (horrifying, I know!) and then begins to accumulate in the fetus. This persistent toxin is not only spreading through populations but through generations.

The accumulation of dioxin in the body is being linked to dozens of illnesses and diseases and can be grouped into three types: those involving enzymes, growth factors, and hormones.

The most recent EPA report, confirms dioxin as a “known human carcinogen”  and this known cancer-causing chemical comes into direct contact with internal organs and very susceptible areas that lead to immunotoxic, teratogenic, and carcinogenic responses. In short… these chemicals make us sick!  But you knew that.

Tampons are placed up against moist fatty tissue for extended periods of time, creating an ideal environment for chemical absorption in a concentrated area.  Dioxin  acts as an endocrine disrupter,  the endocrine system being a network of feedback mechanisms that work to maintain hormonal balance. One of the diseases most directly linked to the endocrine-disrupting effect of dioxin released from tampons is endometriosis, a disease where endometrial cells from the lining of the uterus inappropriately grow outside of the uterus- on the ovaries, on the outside of the uterus or fallopian tubes, or elsewhere in the abdominal cavity.  Sexy yes? Dioxin induces an increase in estrogen levels which both causes the lining of the uterus to continue to grow and high estrogen is linked both to The Crazies as well as reproductive cancers.

In addition to cancer and endometriosis the enzyme, hormonal and growth disruption caused by dioxin exposure has been linked to birth defects, the inability to maintain pregnancy, decreased fertility, reduced sperm count, diabetes, learning disabilities, immune system suppression, lung problems, skin disorders, and lowered testosterone levels.

And there is the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). It can begin with flue like symptoms including nausea, dizziness, high fever, vomiting and can progress to liver and kidney failure, complete body shock and death.  Rayon creates a pretty ideal environment for the growth of the Staphylococcus aureas bacteria, which is associated with TSS. This feature is attributed to the higher absorption level of the tampon that, as a result, leaves behind concentrated amounts of the proteins that these harmful bacteria need to produce their poisons. Now isn’t that a viscous cycle we could all write home about.

In addition to increasing the risk of TSS, artificial rayon fibers are abrasive to the sensitive vaginal wall. Tampons are inserted deep into the vag  causing the tampon to push against the cervical area causing tiny cuts and embedding pieces into the tissue of both the cervix and vaginal wall.  In addition to the cuts made by the tampon itself, removing the tampon not only leaves fibers behind but also causes further ulcerations. The chemicals in the tampon are literally eating away at the vaginal tissue.

And to add a cherry to the top of this Sunday, this also affect our sweet sex lives. These ulcerations increase a woman’s risk of contracting an STD by creating little portals into the blood stream. To make matters worse, genetically modified cotton used in the United States for commercial cotton production resists the effects of antibiotics. Therefore, women who use commercial tampons with GMO cotton may not respond as readily to antibiotics prescribed to treat the STD.

What a web we weave!

And if I haven’r convinced you yet to save your internal environment, howzabout the external? According to waste consultant Franklin Associates, 6.5 billion tampons and 13.5 billion sanitary pads, plus their packaging, ended up in landfills or sewer systems in 1998. And according to the Center for Marine Conservation, over 170,000 tampon applicators were collected along U.S. coastal areas between 1998 and 1999.

Alright ladies, now that we know better, we can do better.

And here ends the series. Tomorrow we pick back up in the kitchen with corny bread. If you are still wanting more info on this, you can download my entire research paper with references, at no charge, here.

Diva Cup Giveaway Contest!

Enter to win The Diva Cup!!! Details on the cup and how to enter are posted here!

divacup-actual

1. Post a comment here = 1 entry
2. Post this contest on your blog = 2 entries
3. Follow Diva Cup on twitter = 1 entry
4. Follow me on twitter = 1 entry
4. Post this contest on your Twitter = 1 entry
5. Join the Diva Cup Facebook group = 1 entry
6. Join Making Love In The Kitchen with Meghan group of Facebook = 1 entry
7. Post the contest on your Facebook Status = 1 entry

That is 8 possible times you can be entered to win this life changing little health building feminine hygiene miracle product.

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