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Are there cancer-causing agents in feminine hygiene products?

Ok, so this is not the most comfortable subject to talk about, but I just read an article regarding the toxins that are put into commercially made feminine hygiene products. It was written by Ty Bollinger who is the founder of The Truth About Cancer. I want to share what he wrote. If you are a male and reading this, please consider sharing the article with your female family members. You may be saving a life! Women, lets share this with other girlfriends! Together, we all can help combat cancer!!


The Dirty Secrets of Feminine Hygiene Products Most Women Don’t Know

No one wants to discuss feminine hygiene products. Not ever.

It’s usually embarrassing and the topic can make even the strongest woman incredibly uncomfortable. Mothers purchase their daughters’ products and pray for them to read the directions instead of asking questions.

When a girl hit puberty, it’s automatically assumed that she’ll use pads for protection and sanitary reasons. Eventually, some young women may use tampons as well. They’re convenient, absorbent and, after a learning curve, reasonably easy to use. They’re on hand for when you need them. Women cycle every month from puberty to menopause and use what they require during those times.

But with studies questioning how these goods are made and what toxins they contain, women have new information to consider. The dangers sanitary products pose is a real concern. Ignoring them can lead to bigger health problems in the future.

The Science of Skin

Your skin is your largest organ. It is also the thinnest and most permeable organ. For women, this includes the skin around the delicate vaginal area. Any substance that comes in contact with your skin can be absorbed into your body, directly into your bloodstream.

It is this quality that makes topical medications so effective.

Your digestive system is designed to process compounds and rid your body of potential toxins. When something is absorbed through your skin, it doesn’t go through your body’s natural defense system. Your skin is unable to weed out the good stuff from what is potentially toxic.

A good rule of thumb in regards to skin care is that if you wouldn’t eat something, then you shouldn’t apply it to your skin.

Skin Health and Feminine Hygiene Products

Let’s talk about how conventional tampons and pads are manufactured. A single sanitary napkin can contain enough plastic to make four plastic bags. Chemicals within the plastic include potentially toxic chemicals, pesticides, and petrochemicals. That’s quite a chemical concoction to put in contact with the most sensitive skin on your body.

Since these products are considered “medical devices,” manufacturers aren’t required to disclose all of the ingredients they contain. Companies typically disclose that a pad contains foam and an absorbent material.

One woman compared a 100% organic cotton pad with a nationally known brand of pad. When burned, the organic pad burned slowly and steadily, leaving behind almost no residue other than the ash from burning. By striking comparison, the national brand pad created thick, black smoke and left behind a thick residue.

This led analysts to suspect that it contained petrochemicals, synthetic materials, and dioxins. Chemicals that have known links to cancer, heart disease, harm to developing embryos, and organ damage.

Tampons are manufactured using a blend of cotton, rayon, or a blend of the two materials. All tampons – organic or synthetic – have to pass the same standards for absorbency and protection.

feminine hygiene products

Could Your Pad or Tampon be Harming You?

How can a clean, white pad or tampon cause damage? Consider whether or not that tampon is made with organic cotton. If not, chances are that it’s made with GMO cotton treated with crop pesticides. It’s a fact that 94% of the cotton grown in the United States is genetically modified.

If it’s an “odor neutralizing” product or contains any sort of fragrance, it contains a chemical soup of contaminates that can potentially cause infertility, neurological defects, hormone dysfunction, and cancer.

The average woman will use between 16,000 and 24,000 tampons in her lifetime, depending on how long her body menstruates. Without the ability to rid these toxins absorbed topically, they accumulate over a lifetime.

Tampons can also create an ideal environment for bacteria to develop and thrive. The walls of the vagina are so thin and delicate that regular use of feminine hygiene products can cause micro-tears. This presents a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a potentially life threatening condition caused by either a strep or staph infection resulting from tampon use.

Do you wonder why feminine hygiene products are so bright white? In order to get that pure white look, manufacturers use chlorine bleach. A by-product that forms from this bleaching process is dioxins. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes dioxins as a serious threat to public health and determined that there is no safe level of exposure.

However, the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that there is no discernible threat to the health of tampon or pad users from these dioxins as they are below detectable limits. They believe that “trace amounts” of dioxins are acceptable and safe to the human body.

If you use a product on your skin as much as 24,000 times during your life, is that considered a “trace amount” by the FDA? Clearly, the cancer-causing effects of these toxins are of very little concern to a government agency that long ago stopped caring about long-term consumer health.

Alternative Feminine Hygiene Products to Consider

There are alternatives that you can choose to lessen your exposure to the materials contained in various feminine hygiene products and nursing pads.

  • Organic cotton tampons. These products must pass an absorbency test so you are not likely to find any reduction in the quality. Organic tampons continue to test well beneath detectable levels for toxins. Look for 100% organic on the label.
  • Organic sanitary pads. Available in health food stores and recognized by more national supermarkets every month, these pads are a safe alternative to traditional pads. Again, absorbency is regulated so you are not losing quality by choosing a safer product. Read the label carefully.
  • Menstrual cup. This is an alternative to tampons or pads altogether. This silicone cup is inserted into the vagina during menstruation. Many women are choosing this option because it can be worn overnight, which is not recommended for any tampon.
  • Homemade products. Before WWII, disposable products weren’t available. Women had to fashion their own re-usable, washable pads for use during their periods. Some were made from absorbent towels, flannel, or similar cotton fabric. There are many resources online that provide information and even sewing patterns to make your own sanitary pads. The environmental advantages aside, you do need to wash these pads so preparation is key.

Whether you choose organic disposable products or make your own, there are alternatives to feminine hygiene products mass-produced with chemicals and plastics.

Contact large manufacturers and push for product disclosure as well. If it goes into or on your body, you have a right to know what’s in it. If you can’t pronounce it, chances are it’s not good for your delicate skin. Using safe feminine hygiene products is another aspect of living a cancer-free lifestyle.

Research is key. Find the solution that’s right for you and share the news with your females friends and loved ones.

No matter what you use, chances are it still won’t be a comfortable topic… but it may help save someone’s life!

~Ty Bollinger is a happily married husband, the father of four wonderful children, devoted Christian, best-selling author, medical researcher, talk radio host, health freedom advocate, former competitive bodybuilder and also a certified public accountant.After losing several family members to cancer (including his mother and father), Ty refused to accept the notion that chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery were the most effective treatments available for cancer patients. He began a quest to learn all he possibly could about alternative cancer treatments and the medical industry. Ty has now made it his life mission to share the most remarkable discovery he made on his quest: the vast majority of all diseases (including cancer) can be easily prevented and even cured without drugs or surgery.Ty speaks frequently to health groups, at seminars, expos, conferences, churches, and is a regular guest on multiple radio shows and writes for numerous magazines and websites. Speaking from personal experience and extensive research, Ty has touched the hearts and changed the lives of thousands of people around the world.

Ladies, there are numerous options out there for organic feminine products.  Try In His Hands products or The Honest Company products if you don’t want homemade products! :) And here is a link to the ones my friends make and sell all over the world- Cozy Cloths.  Here is another link to a pattern if you want to sew your own. 

If you have other ideas, please feel free to share them in a comment or send me an email at mannafoldblessings@gmail.com. :)

Have a blessed day,

Coach Shannon

Continuing the fight against cancer!

This post may seem a bit out of the ordinary for those “Fight against cancer” articles, but what I will say is TRUTH. You can fight cancer with more than surgery, chemo and radiation! Sometimes the Doctors tell you to not eat fresh fruits and vegetables because of the pesticides and bacteria, etc that are on the outside of said foods… and because of the weakened immune system, the body can’t fight off more bacteria. I know of many friends and family who are fighting cancer in many ways- both with medicine or with holistic alternative ways- or a combo of both. I am not here to talk negative about either. The person and families going through the cancer has the right to decide what is the best option for them and their body. Practicing the power of positive thinking will actually improve the immune system and our minds more than negativity!

Power of Thinking

So instead of continuing to ramble, I want to give you some information on the importance of keeping homeostasis in your body. Homeostasis is a medical word for keeping your body at a stable and balanced level. Such as the pH level of 7 is right at homeostasis. This can be from eating a balanced diet of alkaline and acidic foods so your body pH is not too alkaline or too acidic. Did you know cancer will thrive and grow in an acidic environment? :( So the opposite of that is to eat more alkaline foods so you can starve the cancer cells and hinder their growth! :) Here are some good resources for information… I am not going to reinvent the wheel! AAA, AcidAlkalineDiet, The Alkaline Diet by Emma Deangela. I got a lot of useful information from Emma. She was able to give accurate information because of her own testimony.

Alkaline foods

Most foods are higher in anti-cancer properties when they are eaten raw or slightly steamed/cooked. The nutrition stays in the food when it is steamed versus cooked in water. If you pour the water down the drain, you are pouring the nutrition down too- as the majority of nutrients were cooked out and left in the water. Many times, I save the broth or water off of home-canned foods or things I steam/cook and freeze it in a container. When it is time to make soup, thaw your “broth” and it makes the BEST tasting soup base!! So full of nutrients! :)

Here is a partial list of other foods that aid in fighting against cancer-

  • Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, kohlrabi, rutabaga, turnips and brussel sprouts. They contain phytochemicals that help prevent your DNA from getting changed by cancer cells.
  • Onions, garlic, scallions and chives- minced or crushed and not overcooked. These foods assist in fighting off free-radicals – those things that are in the air which causes an apple to turn brown or a nail to get rusty when exposed to the wrong environment. Free radicals are also known as “bad guys” and attack the cells in our bodies when we are in polluted air or heavy chemical smells. ( I know the air we breathe is polluted, but there are some places we can avoid to reduce the amount of free radicals!!)
  • Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits and limes are loaded with Vitamin C and are powerful antioxidants!
  • Strawberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cranberries etc are “berry” good in fighting cancer with their natural chemicals of anthocyanin and ellagic acid.
  • Green leafy vegetables… all those things mother told you to eat as a child!! 😀 The veggies with dark green and floppy leaves, including wheat grass,  are full of antioxidants and carotenoids to fight cancer!

Wheat grass

  • Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is the antioxidant that makes  tomatoes red. The other red fruits and vegetables such as guavas, red grapefruits and watermelon are full of lycopene too!
  • Fresh herbs and spices such as basil, rosemary, tumeric, ginger and parsley all play a part in fighting cancer. They contain flavonoids and other antioxidant properties.
  • Foods with the trace mineral selenium like mushrooms, seafood, chicken and wheat  aid in fighting cancer. However, doctors suggest no more than 55 micrograms a day. Moderation is the key as too much selenium  can be toxic!
  • B vitamins like folate help build healthy chromosomes. Foods like beets, squash, melon, fresh green leafy vegetables and fortified cereals will increase your folate. This will prevent a deficiency of folate which leads to many different cancers. Microwave use will destroy folate and many other nutrients, so learn to NOT use a microwave and prepare your foods on the stove.
  • Eating a diet high in fiber will decrease colon  or colorectal cancers. You can get insoluble fiber from brown rice, fruits, beans, vegetables, wheat bran and whole grains.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids also fight against cancer. Your healthy oil intake needs to be balanced between Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s. Too much of 6 may subject your body to tumor growth. Omega 3 foods are salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, flaxseed oil, walnuts & green leafy vegetables while Omega 6 foods are eggs, milk, processed grains and anything containing corn or soy oils (fried foods, restaurant fast foods and margarine) and red meats with saturated fats.  (in the photo below, even ants know what is Real Food!)

Real Butter

Well, folks, I am not a fancy writer or blogger, but the truth is still the truth. There is a lot of talk about the Feds and Big Pharma trying to hide the fact cancer can be overcome. I am only here to present truth and you can take it or leave it. And just remember…

Sugar is to Cancer

Fighting for true health,

Coach Shannon




  1.  “Eat and Heal” by the Editors of FC&A Medical Publishing
  2. “The Nutrition, Health and Diet Program” , Lesson 1, Ashworth University
  3. Coach Shannon’s Common Health Sense