Would you believe it is Talc?
An article in the March 17, 1997 issue of U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT magazine begins its article called PROBLEM POWDER by warning that according to a study "A possible tie between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, long suspected because of talc's chemical similarity to asbestos....."exists.
The study which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that "women who used talcum powder in the genital area had an increased ovarian cancer risk of 60%; woman who used feminine deodorant sprays had a 90% increased risk.
Although not addressed, there are many ways in which talcum powder is used. It is used in condoms, balloons, surgical gloves to keep the latex from sticking together.
It is found on many panty liners and feminine napkins. It may even be found in your facial tissue.
I had read a long time ago how those who worked in the balloon factories where trying to get benefits for a type of white lung (not to be mistaken with baker's lung).
Many of the factory workers, most who were non smokers, would develop asthma, emphysema and lung disease.
What is the most scary, I believe is many a mother powders her baby's butt with this questionable absorbent. A possible substitue for baby's bottom is corn starch or noni cream. But even with corn starch care should be given that it not be inhaled.
UPDATE as of 2016: Deborah Giannecchini, Gloria Ristesund, Jacqueline Fox's Family has been awarded an excess of $50 Million EACH in a court of law in 2016, after it was proven that their ovarian cancer stemmed from their use of talcum powder.
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