Read the info below, and then you'll know why we use cornstarch, baking soda, powdered herbs and arrowroot powder in our natural body powders- and NOT toxic talc!
Risks of Talcum Powder
Q. What is talc?
A. Talc is a mineral, produced by the mining of talc rocks
processed by crushing, drying and milling. Processing eliminates a
number of trace minerals from the talc, but does not separate minute
fibers which are very similar to asbestos.
Q. What kinds of consumer products contain talc?
A. Talc is found in a wide variety of consumer products ranging
home and garden pesticides to antacids. However, the products most
widely used and that pose the most serious health risks are body
Talc is the main ingredient in baby powder, medicated powders, perfumed
powders and designer perfumed body powders. Because talc is resistant
moisture, it is also used by the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture
medications and is a listed ingredient of some antacids. Talc is the
principal ingredient home and garden pesticides and flea and tick
powders. Talc is used in smaller quantities in deodorants, chalk,
crayons, textiles, soap, insulating materials, paints, asphalt filler,
paper, and in food processing.
Q. Why is talc harmful?
A. Talc is closely related to the potent carcinogen asbestos.
particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of
cancer victims. For the last 30 years, scientists have closely
scrutinized talc particles and found dangerous similarities to
Responding to this evidence in 1973, the FDA drafted a resolution that
would limit the amount of asbestos-like fibers in cosmetic grade talc.
However, no ruling has ever been made and today, cosmetic grade talc
remains non-regulated by the federal government. This inaction ignores
1993 National Toxicology Program report which found that cosmetic grade
talc, without any asbestos-like fibers, caused tumors in animal
subjects.1 Clearly with or without asbestos-like fibers, cosmetic grade
talcum powder is a carcinogen.
Q. What kind of exposure is dangerous?
A. Talc is toxic. Talc particles cause tumors in human ovaries
lungs. Numerous studies have shown a strong link between frequent use
talc in the female genital area and ovarian cancer. Talc particles are
able to move through the reproductive system and become imbedded in the
lining of the ovary. Researchers have found talc particles in ovarian
tumors and have found that women with ovarian cancer have used talcum
powder in their genital area more frequently than healthy women.2
Talc poses a health risk when exposed to the lungs. Talc miners
shown higher rates of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses from
exposure to industrial grade talc, which contains dangerous silica and
asbestos. The common household hazard posed by talc is inhalation of
baby powder by infants. Since the early 1980s, records show that
thousand infants each year have died or become seriously ill following
accidental inhalation of baby powder.3
Q. What about infants?
A. Talc is used on babies because it absorbs unpleasant moisture.
Clearly, dusting with talcum powder endangers an infant's lungs at the
prospect of inhalation. Exposing children to this carcinogen is
unnecessary and dangerous.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE:
1. Do not buy or use products containing talc. It is especially
important that women not apply talc to underwear or sanitary pads.
2. Contact your pediatrician and/or local hospital and find
out if they
have a policy regarding talc use and infants.
3. Write to the FDA and express your concern that a proven
has remained unregulated while millions of people are unknowingly
1.National Toxicology Program. "Toxicology and carcinogenesis
talc (GAS No 14807-96-6) in F344/N rats and B6C3F, mice (Inhalation
studies)." Technical Report Series No. 421. September 1993.
2. Harlow BL, Cramer DW, Bell DA, Welch WR. "Perineal
exposure to talc
and ovarian cancer risk." Obstetrics & Gynecology, 80: 19-26, 1992.
3. Hollinger MA. "Pulmonary toxicity of inhaled and intravenous
Toxicology Letters, 52:121-127, 1990.
Conference on Talc
Cancer Prevention Coalition
c/o University of Illinois at Chicago
School of Public Health, M/C 922
2121 West Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Tel: (312) 996-2297