85% Feminine Products Contaminated (Cancer-Causing, Endocrine-Disrupting Glyphosate)
Feminine products’ contamination is another reason to scrutinize products. Article by Carolanne Wright adapted from Wake Up World
Typically we take for granted the safety of cotton products such as gauze, bandages, swabs, pads, wipes and even feminine products, like tampons and sanitary pads.
In 2015 (recently made public), the University of La Plata in Argentina found that a vast majority of these products contain glyphosate. This is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s wildly popular Roundup herbicide. It’s the same chemical that’s considered a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization.
Glyphosate is also associated with IQ loss/intellectual disability, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, obesity (both child and adult), diabetes, infertility and cardiovascular disease. Needless to say, this isn’t the kind of chemical you want absorbed by wounds or through the vagina.
“Chemicals absorbed through the vagina are easily and effectively distributed throughout the body, without being metabolized. For example, when estrogenic drugs are administered vaginally, the resulting systemic levels of the drug in the body can be 10-80 times higher than when the very same dose is given orally.” [source]
The research team find 85 percent of the cotton products tested positive for glyphosate. They also discovered that 62 percent of the samples contained AMPA (or aminomethylphosphonic acid). This is an environmental metabolite of glyphosate, which is potentially 1,000 times more toxic once inside the body. However, the numbers were higher for some of the products. Says lead researcher Dr. Damian Marino:
“Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze the figure was 100 percent.”
All the samples — gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products — were purchased in the La Plata area from local pharmacies and supermarkets.
Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, president of the congress, draws attention to the fact that most cotton production is now genetically modified, where Monsanto’s Roundup “is sprayed when the bud is open and the glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.”
In the U.S. alone, farmers sprayed an astonishing 2.6 billion pounds of the herbicide over agricultural land (1992 and 2012). The chemical not only contaminates crops like cotton — but also the soil, air and waterways.
Contaminated Feminine Products Gamble With Health
This isn’t the first time these products have come under fire for unregulated safety issues. According to Women’s Voices for the Earth, health hazards include:
Tampons: Toxic ingredients: dioxins and furans (from the chlorine bleaching process), pesticide residues and unknown fragrance chemicals. Exposure concerns: cancer, reproductive harm, endocrine disruption and allergic rash. LADIES STOP USING TAMPONS!
Pads: Toxic ingredients: dioxins and furans, pesticide residues, unknown fragrance chemicals and adhesive chemicals such as methyldibromo glutaronitrile. Exposure concerns: cancer, reproductive harm and endocrine disruption. Studies link pad use to allergic rash. LEARN MORE ABOUT BETTER PADS HERE!
Read Ms. Wright’s full article for resource list and for the list of harmful ingredients in feminine wipes, wash, douches, deodorant, and anti-itch creams. Thanks Carolanne Wright!
–Rev. Niamo Nancy Muid
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