Like many of you, I have been known to use a talc based powder (AKA “baby powder” to some) after a shower or on hot days and such. Many use talc powders after they hit the gym and take a shower. And of course, many a parent has used it with infants to help prevent diaper rash. Sounds like a bad joke, but that’s what a recent report suggests: small amounts of asbestos is detected in talc powder. Yes, the stuff people have been putting on themselves and their babies for many decades. Worse yet, the major manufacturer of Baby Powder apparently knew about it for decades, and didn’t divulge it to the public. Talc has been associated with some cancers, but the connection was tenuous at best, now we may know why.
Until we have all the details, I’d recommend people avoid all talc based powders for now. I rarely put out a public service announcement like this until I have all the facts – knowing all too well how the media has no problems twisting the facts to fit an agenda and ratings – but I felt it was warranted in this case.
BTW, In case people think that’s a rare event, read my prior article on the poor quality control found in the pharmaceutical industry for examples of negligence that reach criminal levels you never hear about. Next time someone tells you the supplement industry is dangerous because it’s “unregulated” (1) I’d recommend you send them to that article.
Via the NYT’s:
“The memos were concise and direct.
In one instance, Johnson & Johnson demanded that the government block unfavorable findings from being made public. An executive ultimately won assurances from an official at the Food and Drug Administration that the findings would be issued only “over my dead body,” a memo summarizing the meeting said.”
(1) While far from perfect, the fact is, the supplement industry is regulated far more than most are aware of.
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