This past May Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay a woman $110 million in damages as she had contracted cancer due to her decades of use of their baby powder. There are another 2,400 lawsuits making similar claims. In other words if you are still using talc on you or your family it is time to reconsider. I wrote about this being an issue 18 months ago and have decided to reblog it below.
If cancer is something, you wish for you and those around you to avoid you should know the following. Since the late nineteenth century, Johnson and Johnson has been selling talcum powder or what you may know as baby powder and as it turns out, it can be a killer.
This week the US state of Missouri has awarded seventy-two million dollars to the family of a woman whose death was tied directly to her use of their baby powder. Their mouthpiece claimed their products are safe and deny any issue. The issue lies in both their Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products.
As it turns out, talcum powder used on a woman’s genital area can migrate all the way into the ovaries eliciting an inflammatory response and subsequent cancer. Particles of talc have shown up in the cancerous tissues removed from ovaries. More than 20 epidemiologic studies support a link between talcum powder use in the genital area and ovarian cancer.
The issue with baby powder linked to cancer goes back to 1971 when the Henderson study showed talcum powder embedded deeply within cancer tissue. More studies were held in the eighties when a Harvard doctor Daniel Kramer MD found a 92% increased risk of ovarian cancer for women using talcum powder on their genital area. In 1982, J&J challenged him about the study and he asked them to remove talcum from their products, they refused.
The FDA was petitioned in 1994 by the Cancer Prevention Coalition to add a warning label to talcum products. The FDA responded by saying they did not have the resources to look into it and even if they did it is not a priority for them. Interesting to note that the same individual that wrote that letter went to work for the lobbying group that represents J&J. This type of behavior is common practice within government agencies including the FDA.
Even wackier is the fact that OSHA has required the mining companies to post a materials safety data sheet to each container of talc sent to J&J warning of the risk of ovarian cancer with its use. One steps further into the you-have-got-to-be-kidding-me section, and you’ll find that they are already using a possible replacement, cornstarch, in other products. However I would imagine it is laden with Glyphosate from it being GMO, so I would never recommend it.
I covered the dangers of talcum powder in Chapter five of my book Nutritional Truths, and this case is still ongoing. If you or anyone you know has suffered from ovarian cancer and has been a user of J&J baby powder they may wish to reach out to the folks at the law firm of Beasley Allen. Avoid talc, enjoy your weekend and share as you may.
Johnson & Johnson hit with $72 million lawsuit award.