Years ago as I was suffering with heavy clotting, cramping, cravings, weight gain etc. during my menstrual cycle ever since I was in my teens, I was grateful when a friend and wellness practitioner associate suggested I use a menstrual cup. What’s that I asked? My friend went on to explain it is a medical grade silicone cup no bigger than the gap between my thumb and forefinger which was soft and pliable to the touch used for your cycle.
She explained that it is used INSTEAD of toxic tampons, pads, panty liners etc. It is a “cup” used to collect the menstrual blood,then washed and reused. My friend said it would help with cramping and possibly ease some of the issues I was experiencing with my cycle!
That was eight years ago and I have not looked back since…and yes she was right!
Coming from the cultural background of African American I was skeptical about tampons (this is a trend in many culturally diverse communities…no tampons..pads only is the norm) and only used pads, (this is changing with the younger generation of women) as I was also athletic and was involved in many more sports as I got older, I eventually became a convert…I had moved over to tampons!!! I had forgotten the scare with tampons and TOXIC SHOCK because I didn’t use them ….”that much” I was FALSELY feeling a sense of protection because I didn’t use them as much as other people…LOL. I bought the best ones on the market…the tiny ones you can hide in the palm of your hand…I thought that since the INDUSTRY had policed themselves with the whole TOXIC SHOCK thing…the SCARE was now over NOT LIKELY. I did not know that the PURE and WHITE tampons CREATED BY A FEMALE GYNAECOLOGIST was still causing my FIRST and SECOND day of my cycle to be EXCRUCIATINGLY PAINFUL.
As soon as I discarded the toxic feminine products my symptoms drastically reduced to where they are non existent today. Of course I also changed my diet and eliminated sources of toxicity in my other personal care items and am glad I did. I did not know about Dioxin or the other toxins embedded in my MONTHLY SUPPLY OF CHEMICALS STREAMING INTO MY BODY via these toxic products, AND I WAS PAYING FOR IT…BY BUYING THIS STUFF!!! I was PAYING MONTHLY to create this ILLNESS in my body!!!!!
Having ditched the chemicals which I put against my body monthly I started doing some more research to get knowledge and the word out to other women about this DANGER. I had more and more women coming into my health and wellness business with the same problems I had.
My research led me to articles like the one below which I believe more women need to know about.
Feel free to share it with as many women as you can because it may just save a life, you see the chemicals in the products are contributing to the rise in cancers like cervical, ovarian etc. fibroids, tumors, cysts, abnormal cells, heavy periods etc.
The article does not go into the many alternative products available on the market it just points out the DANGERS of using toxic products.
Search online for non toxic feminine products TODAY like non toxic pads, cloth pads and menstrual cups etc.
I have since created THE WOMB DETOX program that my clients have been using to remove the toxic residue from these products and have had much success. Switching to a non toxic feminine product is great but we still have to get rid of the embedded toxins still in our bodies that pose a DANGER.
If you or someone you know wants or needs to eliminate this toxic residue, current symptoms or improve your health because of womb trauma like heavy periods, PMS, fibroids, cysts, tumors etc. contact me for a complimentary 15 minute consultation to find out what you can do to eliminate the toxins, pain or discomfort contact me today.
To your health.
THE HEALTHY DIVA
…. 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).
Rayon itself poses another risk. Unknown to most women, rayon and rayon-cotton blend fibers are widely used in commercial feminine hygiene products. Rayon used to make tampons is usually treated with chemicals to increase the absorption capability.
These super absorbent fibers then absorb not only the menstrual blood, but normal vaginal secretions as well, causing drying, and ulceration of vaginal tissues. The fibers can also become imbedded in the vaginal walls. Rayon fibers have been scientifically proven to amplify the production of Toxic Shock Syndrome Toxin TSST1.
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.
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.
How much Dioxin exposure is considered safe for humans? Why has there 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 be 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 our health and well being.
Writer’s note: Currently there are only a few non-chlorine bleached all cotton tampons available in the US. Ask about them at your local store, if they are not available, ask them to special order!