September 14, 2010

Why Talc Free?

Talc is an unnecessary material that can easily be eliminated from your everyday life. Read below to learn why you should buy talc-free products. (Information from

What is talc? Talc is a mineral, produced by the mining of talc rocks and then processed by crushing, drying and milling. Because talc is resistant to moisture, the products that contain talc, and thus pose the most serious health risks are body powders, like baby powder.

Why is talc harmful? Talc is closely related to the potent carcinogen asbestos. Talc 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 asbestos. 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.

What kind of exposure is dangerous? Talc is toxic. Talc particles cause tumors in human ovaries and lungs. Talc particles are able to move through the reproductive system and become imbedded in the lining of the ovary. Additionally, talc miners have shown abnormally high rates of lung cancer. The common household hazard posed by talc is inhalation of baby powder by infants. Since the early 1980s, records show that several thousand infants each year have died or become seriously ill following accidental inhalation of baby powder.

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