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Shocking Truths About Tampons & Pads

August 13th, 2012

The mucosal lining of the vagina is one of the most absorbent areas of the body, yet women expose themselves to a variety of harmful chemicals through the use of tampons every month.


Tampons & Sanitary Pads

On average, a woman uses over 11,000 tampons in her lifetime.

Most tampons that are sold in the stores are chlorine-bleached and made from 100% rayon or a mixture of conventionally grown cotton and rayon.


Rayon is a synthetic fibre derived from wood pulp that is commonly chlorine-bleached to make it fully absorbent. Surfactants are also used in tampons to increase absorbency.

These super absorbent fibres absorb not only the menstrual blood, but also normal vaginal secretions resulting in dryness of vaginal tissues.

The fibres can also become embedded in the vaginal walls and amplify the production of Toxic Shock Syndrome Toxin which causes Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a potentially fatal illness.


Chlorine bleaching of the wood pulp produces dioxin. Research suggests that dioxin is an endocrine disrupting chemical that mimics oestrogen and disrupts hormonal function within the body. It has been linked to immune system suppression, breast cancer, reproductive and developmental problems. 

For a comprehensive article on the effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals, check out the Endocrine Society Scientific Statement. You will be shocked by what you read! 

Dioxin pollution also poses a serious environmental problem as it is found throughout the environment worldwide in varying levels. It accumulates in the fatty tissues of animals and humans for decades.

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The True Story of Cosmetics

May 1st, 2012

Since the advent of petroleum ingredients in the mid 1900’s, chemicals have been proliferated throughout our world. The practice of using some substances with the assumption that it was safe until proven otherwise became routine. Only limited research has been done on many of the chemicals that can be legally used in cosmetics.


Chemicals in skin care products

Chemicals & Petrochemicals


There are three types of chemicals that are of particular concern. These are commonly found in skin care products and cosmetics:

1)     chemicals that cause cancer or damage our DNA

2)     endocrine disrupting chemicals or hormone disruptor which interfere with our hormonal systems

3)     persistent organic pollutants that won’t dissipate in our body or the environment and accumulate and cause increased exposure levels over time

There is growing concern that daily exposure to a combination of toxic chemicals found in most cosmetics, skin care and personal care products could result in detrimental long term health effects.


“Personal care products expose children to an average of 60 chemicals every day that they can breathe in or absorb through their skin.” 

Environmental Working Group

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