What you don’t know about your pads and tampons may be hurting you. Here are 8 things you need to know:
1. Most pads and tampons contain dioxin residues from bleaching the cotton used to make them. Dioxin is a known carcinogen that is directly absorbed into the bloodstream without filtering when in contact with the skin.
2. Dioxins also leech magnesium from the body, which may result in a deficiency of this critical mineral. Magnesium is required for proper nerve and brain cell conductivity, muscle movement, to release anxiety and stress, and hundreds of other essential biological functions.
3. Cotton used to make pads and tampons is heavily sprayed with pesticides like organophosphates. Like dioxin these chemicals absorb through the skin directly into the bloodstream. The US Department of Defense (DOD) published a 1.5 million dollar study in the journal Nature Genetics connecting neurological disorders like attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Parkinson’s disease with organophosphate exposure. The study found that the pesticides inhibited the activity of a gene that controlled bodily movement.
4. These pesticides are also known hormone disruptors, even at extremely low exposures. The same pads and tampons women rely on throughout their periods may actually be causing them hormonal imbalances.
5. Most pads and tampons are made of genetically-modified (GM) cotton. The result of skin contact with this GM cotton has never been tested. Trans genes in genetically-modified organisms are known to randomly migrate to affect the genes of living things in contact with them so there is a potential health risk for women.
Keep reading to discover the shocking amount of plastic in one pad and how to protect yourself…6. Because manufacturers of feminine hygiene products are not require to disclose ingredients in their products, there may be many other toxins to which women are routinely subjected.
7. According to research by Joseph Mercola, DO, one typical sanitary pad contains the equivalent of about four plastic bags, making them both a health and environmental hazard. Chemicals found in plastics have been linked with endocrine disruption, heart disease, and cancer.
8. Tampons can interfere with the body’s own flora balance to create conditions in which harmful bacteria can flourish, which can trigger the potentially fatal condition known as toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Synthetic tampon ingredients appear to be particularly prone to the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria linked to TSS.
How to Protect Yourself:
1. Switch to organic cotton pads and tampons devoid of dioxins, pesticide residues, genetically-modified organisms, and other potential toxins.
2. Use pads instead of tampons as much as possible to reduce the risk of toxic shock syndrome.
3. Write to the manufacturers of feminine hygiene products demanding that they stop using toxic ingredients in their pads and tampons.