Hazards of GMOs continue to unfold, as scientists have found exposure to glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, extends beyond food. According to a new study, this chemical is also present in feminine protection products. The contamination of cotton products with glyphosate, which the World Health Organization categorized as a probable carcinogen, is a GMO public health risk that has been heretofore unrealized.
As people have become aware of the link between GMOs and cancer, they are buying more organic and GMO-free foods. However, for premenopausal women, dietary measures alone don’t offer adequate protection from glyphosate. Any woman wanting to evade the herbicide should avoid the use of tampons that aren’t organic, as these feminine hygiene products have prolonged contact with internal body tissues.
Contamination of Cotton Products Is “Very Serious”
In a study at the University of La Plata in Argentina, researchers found glyphosate in 85 percent of the tampons tested. In addition, they detected AMPA, the environmental metabolite of glyphosate, in 62 percent. Most of the tampon brands were imported from the U.S. and included companies like Kotex and OB.
Furthermore, the same cotton used to make tampons is also used to make sterile gauze for wound care. When cotton gauze was tested, the glyphosate was found in 100 percent of the samples. The results were a “huge surprise” to the researchers, so they thought they had made a mistake. Nevertheless, after retesting, they got the same startling findings.
“The result of this research is very serious. When you use cotton or gauze to heal wounds or personal use (hygienic), (people do so) thinking they are sterilized products, and results that are contaminated with a carcinogenic substance,” says Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, president of the Doctors of Fumigated Towns in Buenos Aires, where the research was presented at the third national congress.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 94 percent of our country’s cotton crop is genetically modified. The U.S. Geological Society reports that 2.6 billion pounds of glyphosate was sprayed on U.S. GMO crops between 1992 and 2012. With this in mind, the study’s indication that the cotton crop is heavily contaminated with the herbicide does not come as a shock.
What Other Toxins Are in Tampons?
The recent study isn’t the first to reveal toxins in tampons. Research in Environmental Health Perspectives found the products contain trace amounts of dioxin, which is a highly toxic chemical linked to cancer and a host of other maladies. The Environmental Protection Agency says no safe level for dioxins exist.
Aside from glyphosate and dioxin, tampons also contain artificial fragrances, synthetic deodorants and chemicals that enhance absorbency, says Meghan Telpner, Certified Nutritionist and Holistic Lifestyle Consultant. Since tampons have contact with one of the body’s most porous and absorbent mucous membranes for three to seven days out of every month, their toxicity is a source of concern, adds Telpner.
Because tampons contain quite a chemical cocktail, their use may pose a health risk. Organic tampons are available, and making the switch could be very beneficial.
Mary West is a natural health enthusiast, as she believes this area can profoundly enhance wellness. She is the creator of a natural healing website where she focuses on solutions to health problems that work without side effects. You can visit her site and learn more at http://www.alternativemedicinetruth.com. Ms. West is also the author of Fight Cancer Through Powerful Natural Strategies.