Baby products, like baby powder, have long been considered to be gentle and safe, but new information and a slew of lawsuits are proving your favorite talcum powder may be anything but. Moms and anyone who uses talcum powder need to know that some of these products have tested positive for traces of the carcinogenic mineral asbestos.
What is Talc and Asbestos?
Talc and asbestos are both minerals that can be mined and used in a variety of products and materials. Talc is ground down into a fine powder that provides protection against friction and moisture absorption, which has made it a desirable material for body powders and baby powders.
Asbestos is now heavily regulated and restricted, but it was once used extensively in a variety of industries, especially construction, manufacturing, and shipbuilding. It was found to be carcinogenic and to be linked to several health problems, especially the deadly and rare cancer known as pleural mesothelioma.
When fibers of asbestos are inhaled or ingested they pierce tissues in the body and may cause cellular damage that leads to cancer. Asbestos can cause pleural mesothelioma around the lungs, peritoneal mesothelioma in the abdomen, lung cancer, and a respiratory disease called asbestosis.
Is There Asbestos in Talcum Powder?
It is well known that talc deposits in the earth are often contaminated with asbestos. Manufacturers are supposed to ensure that their talcum powder products have been purified, that there is no longer any asbestos lurking in them by the time they get to consumers. And yet there is evidence that talcum powder products you buy at the store may contain asbestos. In fact, one study actually tested several different products made with talc and found that many baby powders did have asbestos fibers.
Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer
Mothers are the most hard-working people around, they keep a 24/7 job, all-year long, with no vacation leaves or under time privileges and mums do this without salary. They double as a chauffeur, a playmate, a nanny, a cook, a laundrywoman and an all-around wonder woman who gets every job done. Needless to say, there is really no room for mum to fall ill lest no one will take her numerous place or the world will become one chaotic place to live in.
Unfortunately, in the midst of all the things mum has to do and all the many roles she has to perform, her needs and concerns almost always become the last priority. There seem to be too much on her plate that she will put off her dentist appointment and routine check ups for the more pressing concerns. Truth is these concerns will simply keep on cropping up and mum must really set aside a day in her busy schedule to go to all her medical appointments. After all, making sure that mum is in tip top shape is the best way she can be sure that she can perform all her duties and responsibilities as long as she can.
So mums make sure you visit the dentist and your OB-Gyne and make sure to finish that physical examination you have been eyeing to have since this year started. Get an updated prescription glasses and make sure you stock up on your vitamins, too. Remember that it pays to put premium on your health. It also pays to be abreast with the latest on women health issues and read the news, health journals, or these breast cancer facts online. Apart from going to your doctor, knowledge is also one important factor in keeping you fit and healthy.
Back in the days I am not really that much of a fan of medicine + pills, the less I do about them, the better. I am not really that sickly + I would only have the proverbial cough + colds once or twice in a year + that is it, otherwise I have a clean bill of health all-year round.
It was an entirely different ballgame when I got pregnant. It became a daily part of my system to pop those supplements + vitamins to ensure that I + the little peanut inside me will be in the pink of healthy in the duration of my pregnancy + beyond.
There were more pills + prescription drugs when I gave birth as I was a C-section. Antibiotics need to be taken a few times everyday to be sure the wounds would heal faster + I won’t have any infections or other complications.
Nowadays, I take Vitamin C daily just to be sure I will be less susceptible to diseases + to give my immune system a much needed boost. + about 4 days ago, I have also started taking Vitamin E. Apart from being good for the heart, Vitamin E is also good for the skin. With all the stress full-time parenting entails, with having less time to care for myself, I needed that extra help to keep my skin healthy-looking + well-hydrated. This particular vitamin I am taking even promises younger-looking skin in 10 days, so I guess we’ll see in a few days if it is effective for me :)
It was also a good thing that this particular brand of Vitamin E is currently having a promo. I got 4 pieces for free when I purchased 16 pieces, that’s a lot of savings already :)
What vitamins + supplements are you taking?
Linking this with Orange Tuesdays :)
I was not compensated for this post but was merely sharing a product I have tried lately.
I came across this wonderful lady via the Nuffnang’s + Goldilocks’ Pagbabago Contest. She was one of the winners + I checked out her entry and left my comment, all the while telling myself what a strong person she is.
Kcat is not what you might call a typical girl in her late 20’s, wheelchair-bound, wearing an unusual smirk on her + cannot communicate verbally well (all these is due to Neurofibromatosis Type 2 or NF2, a very rare genetic disorder that causes growth of tumors in the nerves, which she was diagnosed to have when she was 21. Instead of living the life of typical 21-year old, partying + going out with friends, keeping her own job or probably getting maried, Kcat is battling with her rare disease, undergoing surgeries + fighting off total deafness.
What stands out though, is this girl’s will to survive + her positive outlook about her sickness + every changes that it entailed in her life + those of the people who love her dearly. I can only imagine how her mum felt having to fight this battle with her child. For some it would’ve been easy + natural to feel desolate + hopeless, but I love how Kcat overcame her struggles and continue to live + fight to survive. I love how she would beam in here photos, flashing those peace signs, vibrant + exuding with life.I love how she continue to be a beacon of hope + inspiration to other people.
Today Kcat is fighting yet another battle, in April she has to undergo an open-head surgery to remove an overgrown bone that is causing her left eye to bulge out. In line with this, Kcat came up with a fund-raising drive to raise money to fund her future operation. You can either purchase a button/pin, a purple wristband, tumbler 0r a t-shirt to help her. You can send in your donations for her.
Let us help Kcat in her fight…do visit her site for more info + she is also inviting us to:
CHE CHE LAZARO PRESENTS
April 17, Sunday – 10:00 pm