Your feminine hygiene products may be poisoning you (1).
According to a study done by the University of La Plata, in Argentina, 85% of tampons, cotton and sanitary products tested contained glyphosate (2). What does this mean? Your tampons are contaminated.
These pharmacy-bought samples also included American-made products.
Glyphosate has been linked to risk of fertility problems in women, such as infertility, miscarriages and birth defects (3).
It’s the main ingredient in Monsanto’s popular “roundup” herbicide. It’s also on the World Health Organization’s list of carcinogenic chemicals (4).
According to Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s head researcher: “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[…]”
“The result of this research is very serious, when you use cotton or gauze to heal wounds or for personal hygiene uses, thinking they are sterilized products, and the results show that they are contaminated with a probably carcinogenic substance,” said Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, president of the 3rd National Congress of Doctors for Fumigated Communities.
Surprisingly, the purpose of the study was not glyphosate testing. Researchers were curious about how far chemicals sprayed by aircrafts can spread. This method is often used in commercial farming to quickly spray pesticides or herbicides on crops.
Initially, the group was only interested in testing feminine hygiene products. Gauze wasn’t meant to be part of the targeted group.
“There is a basic premise in research that when we complete testing on out target we have to contrast it with something ‘clean,’ so we selected sterile gauze for medical use, found in pharmacies,” he said.
“So we went and bought sterile gauze, opened the packages, analyzed and there was the huge surprise: We found glyphosate! Our first thought was that we had done something wrong, so we threw it all away and bought new gauze, analyzed them and again found glyphosate.”
Products available in the USA aren’t much better. In 2014, 96 percent of cotton produced in the United States was genetically modified, according to the US Department of Agriculture (5). This means that they were engineered to survive toxic chemicals. Monsanto sells both these GMO seeds and the herbicides they are meant to withstand.
In the USA, the chemical has been considered safe since 2013. The US Environmental Protection Agency recently approved Monsanto’s request to allow higher levels of glyphosate in consumer goods. It was even said that glyphosate could be “used without unreasonable risks to people or the environment.” (6).
However, The chemical has been linked to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism and cancer (7). It is also partly responsible for the decline of 90% of the total population of the Monarch butterfly. That’s equivalent to 900 million butterflies (8). How could these two facts not be considered “unreasonable risks to people or the environment?”
For women concerned about their reproductive health, there are other options. Reusable menstrual cups made of medical-grade silicone serve as a great tampon alternative. You can also find organic non-GMO menstrual products at your local health store.
- Drink This 2x a Day To Remove Uric Acid Before It Crystallizes In Your Joints And Becomes Painful
Detox juices are an effective method to rejuvenate your body and improve your overall health. As a matter of fact, a natural …
- GlaxoSmithKline Forced To Stop Paying Doctors To Promote Drugs After Major Bribery Investigation
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said this week it will respond to pressure to stop paying doctors to promote its products through speaking …
- Top 10 Morning Habits To Guarantee Goodness In Your Day
The morning is a time of hope: the day is young, and you have the power to make it what it …
- This Is How Your Body Tries To Warn You That You’re Eating Too Much Salt
Sodium is essential to human health. The mineral helps to regulate fluids, maintain nerve transmissions and stimulate muscle contractions. But …
- How To Remove Blackheads Naturally Using Only 2 Ingredients
Although these two conditions have multiple factors and often require a visit to the dermatologist to fully cure, there are …
- The Surprising Reason Why Your Knees Hurt More During Winter. (It’s Not Because of The Cold)
If you are experiencing knee pain at this time of year, the solution may be more sunshine, according to new …
- Here’s What Doctors Won’t Tell You About Cancer Screenings
Once we get to a certain age, most adults do it because their doctors tell them it’s routine and the …
- The Truth About what Really Causes Cellulite and How to Help Get Rid of it Forever
There’s nothing as discouraging slipping into your favorite dress, looking in the mirror, and seeing cellulite. Cellulite doesn’t discriminate and …
- How to Reheat Food Without Ever Using a Microwave Again
Microwaves are convenient, but they aren’t necessarily better. Nevermind the fact that they make your food too moist and soggy, microwaves …
- 8 Natural Ways to Alleviate Pain
When you experience pain of any type, it can be enough to drive you to reach for some acetaminophen or …
- This is What Happens to Your Body When You Get Angry
Anger is a conundrum of complexities that affect each and every person differently. Are you a road-rager? A passive aggressive? …
- Vegan Diet – Flavor of the Month?
A few years ago most of us didn’t even know what a vegan was. But today, you probably know at least a …
- Everyone Has Baking Soda In Their House, But Did You Know It Can Be Used For THIS…
Home remedies are pretty much a hit and miss because everybody reacts differently to certain treatment. Even in the world of …
- 6 Key Nutrients Women Need as They Age
The specific composition of women’s bodies means that it’s important they get enough of certain vitamins and minerals, in order …
- 5 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief
By now, you know that stress is not exactly the best thing for your health. Yoga is a great stress-buster …