Dioxin, Rayon, Raising Awareness
Women Beware: Most Feminine Hygiene Products Contain Toxic Ingredients
Why? Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and also the thinnest. Less than one-tenth of an inch separates your body from potential toxins. Worse yet, your skin is highly permeable — especially the skin in and around the vaginal area. (Want to Know More)
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Some of the cancers that most often affect women are breast, colon, endometrial, lung, cervical, skin, and ovarian cancers.
Among much other cancer causing products commonly found in the home, this dirty dozen list has made it to the Hall of Shame. “ WANT TO KNOW MORE”
Carcinogenic and a risk factor for ovarian cancer LINKED TO “Feminine Hygiene Products“ “WANT TO KNOW MORE”
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Recently there has been much controversy regarding the presence of (Dioxin, Rayon) and other harmful agents in feminine hygiene products, mainly tampons, and sanitary napkins.
Dioxin, which has been called one of the most toxic substances ever created by humans, is a by-product of the chlorine bleaching process used in the production of tampons and pads. Dioxin is potentially carcinogenic (cancer-causing), and is known to impair the immune and reproductive systems.
Swedish studies have shown a link between tampons containing dioxin, and other chlorine by-products, and an increased risk of cancers of the female reproductive tract (especially the uterus, ovaries, and bladder).
Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare bacterial illness that caused over 50 deaths between 1979 and 1980. Unlike medical-grade cotton, upon which the TSS toxin will not grow, the rayon acts like a petri dish encouraging bacterial growth. What makes these toxic residues even more disturbing, is that they come in direct contact with some of the most absorbent tissue in a woman’s body. According to a doctor at New York University Medical Center, almost anything placed on this tissue, including Dioxin, gets absorbed into the body.
Therefore” Why is it acceptable to have toxic substances in our feminine hygiene products? The tampon industry is convinced that women need bleached white products. They seem to think that we view this as “pure” and “clean.” The fact is if Dioxin puts women at risk for cancer and Dioxin is stored in fatty tissue (just like that found in the vagina), and a woman uses as many as 11,000 tampons in her lifetime, could the long term use of tampons increase cancer risk?
An FDA report said that “the most effective risk-management strategy would be to assure that tampons, and menstrual pads, contain no Dioxin.” Although the FDA currently requires tampon manufacturers to monitor Dioxin levels, the results are not available to the public. The dioxin tests, are done by the manufacturers themselves, who insist their products are safe. Tampon manufacturers are not required to disclose ingredients to consumers, although many will do so voluntarily.
Furthermore” How much Dioxin exposure is considered safe for humans? Why has there not been more research done on the possible health effects of chlorine-bleached coffee filters than on chlorine bleached tampons and related products? Women need to demand that more research is done on these issues. We have a right to know about any potential hazards associated with tampons and related products. It is only when women fully understand the consequences that we can make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being.
Cervical, Endometrial, and Ovarian
NCI estimates that endometrial, or uterine, cancer will be diagnosed in an estimated 39,080 American women this year, more than twice the number of women who will be diagnosed with cervical (lower part of the uterus) and ovarian (female reproductive glands) cancers combined. However, in terms of 2007 deaths, ovarian cancer is forecast to kill 15,280 women, while deaths caused by uterine (7,400) and cervical (3,670) cancers are fewer than half that number. That is a combined 26,350 deaths in this country this year from cancers of the female reproductive system. Therefore to avoid these cancers, it’s important to understand them.
Uterine cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women in the United States and the most commonly diagnosed gynecologic cancer.
This cancer is caused by several types of a virus called human papillomaviruses (HPV). HPV spreads through sexual contact. Most women’s bodies are able to fight this infection. But sometimes the virus leads to cancer. You’re at higher risk of cervical cancer if you smoke, have many children, have many sex partners, use birth control pills for a long time, or have HIV infection.
Cervical cancer: cancer may not cause any symptoms at first, but later, you may have pelvic pain or bleeding from the vagina. It usually takes several years for normal cells in the cervix to turn into cancer cells. A test called a Pap smear is very effective in screening for cervical cancer.
Endometrial cancer: Although the exact cause of endometrial cancer is unknown, increased levels of estrogen appear to have a role. Estrogen helps stimulate the buildup of the lining of the uterus. Endometrial cancer: A pelvic examination is frequently normal in the early stages of endometrial cancer. Changes in the size, shape, or consistency of the uterus or its surrounding, supporting structures may be seen when the disease is more advanced.
Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. But when ovarian cancer is found in its early stages, treatment works best.
This cancer usually occurs in women over age 50 but can affect younger women. Therefore it causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system and is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancer in the developed world. Its cause is unknown. Ovarian cancer: The sooner ovarian cancer is found and treated, the better the chance for recovery. But ovarian cancer is hard to detect early. Unfortunately, any times, women with ovarian cancer have no symptoms or just mild symptoms until the disease is in an advanced stage and hard to treat. To date, there is no effective screening regimen for ovarian cancer. More than half of women with ovarian cancer have advanced-stage disease at the time of diagnosis.
Five main types of cancer affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar. As a group, they are referred to as gynecologic cancers.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. Getting mammograms regularly can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about when to start and how often to get a screening mammogram.
The two main kinds of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma, which spreads in an orderly manner from one group of lymph nodes to another; and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which spreads through the lymphatic system in a non-orderly manner.
8 REASONS TO USE NEGATIVE ANION
1. Special Anion Chip
2. Beneficial Anion
3. Quick Absorption
4. Boost of Softness
5. Superior Liquid Retention
6. Breathable freshness
7. Individually Sealed for protection
Each pad is individually wrapped and sealed all over to ensure that your anion napkin never gets in contact with dirt and bacteria. You can carry one even in your gym bag filled with sweaty clothes without the pad getting contaminated!
8. Non-Toxin Glue
BENEFITS OF THE ANION
For decades now, doctors and scientists have studied, tested, and proven the benefits Anions bring. Once these negative ions reach our bloodstream, they are said to produce biochemical reactions that bring a multitude of benefits such as:
And specifically for anions in sanitary napkins, negative ions help:
Balance PH and hormone levels
The first layer:
100% pure cotton. Most top brands use synthetic petrochemical materials. These petrochemical materials may irritate sensitive skin and cause discomfort. Also, they do not let the skin breathe, which increases the risk of bacteria growth. They are chosen by manufacturers because of their cheaper production costs.
The 2nd layer:
The all-natural negative ion strip. Negative ions are oxygen atoms charged with an extra electron. They are created in nature by the effects of water, air, and sunlight. That taste in the air and feeling you get at the beach, near a waterfall or after a storm is your body being saturated in the benefits of negative ions. A Professor of Physiology at Harvard University calls negative ions the “Vitamins of the Air”. Cherish premium sanitary napkins include negative ion technology which has been proven to balance PH and hormone levels, helps protect against germs and bacteria, helps to reduce inflammation, fights against vaginal irritations and infections and may reduce unwanted odor.
The 3rd layer:
Air-laid paper that provides additional protection from unwanted leaks.
The 4th layer:
An amazing, super-absorbent and safe polymer that is up to 10 times more absorbent than conventional pads and holds more than 300 times its own weight in liquid!
The 5th layer:
An enhanced flow layer that has been specially designed to prevent reverse percolation. In other words, it conveniently absorbs and moves dampness away from the body.
The 6th layer:
An additional layer of air laid paper to reinforce and lock in the dryness women need and desire.
The 7th layer:
A micro-perforated, breathable bottom that promotes the flow of fresh air, limiting and preventing the growth of harmful bacteria.
The 8th layer:
The release paper that contains an agricultural grade adhesive for security. Many manufacturers use construction grade glue as an adhesive, again, harmful both to our women and the environment.
With Cherish premium pads, you’re going to Love the Way You Feel.