Dioxin…The Household Hazard

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What exactly is Dioxin? In a nutshell, its stuff you seriously don’t want to expose yourself, your children and pets to but your home probably has more of it than you know. 

Dioxins are produced in small concentrations when organic material is burned in the presence of chlorine, whether the chlorine is present as chloride ions or asorganochlorine compounds, so they are widely produced in many contexts. Dioxins can be produced by backyard burning barrels, medical waste and metal smelting. But thats not the only place they occur.

Dioxin Chemical Index

They are also found in Baby Diapers, Baby Wipes, Tampons, Feminine Pads, Panty Liners, White (Bleached) Coffee Filters, Bleached Paper Products which includes toilet paper and paper towels, facial tissues and tea bags.

The Role of Dioxin in Cancer. (About 1/3 of the way down the page) is a fantastic sourced bit of information on how Dioxin effects humans in short term and long term from reproductive to carcinogenic effects.

Dioxin Public Enemy Number 1

World Health Organization (WHO) On Dioxins

FDA Acknowledges Dioxin in Tampons

FDA States Trace Levels of Dioxin in Tampons pose no risk to Tampon Users

The Keeper on Dioxin
One study found that 80 percent of the monkeys exposed to dioxin developed endometriosis, and that higher levels of exposure caused the development of more severe forms of the disease. Two of the monkeys in the study died due to endometriosis. Source for The Monkey/Dioxin Endometriosis Study

Dioxins Linked to Infertility Women with higher levels of dioxin in their blood when they tried to get pregnant took longer to conceive than women with lower levels, researchers report in a followup study.

Dioxin Linked to Sterility

You can help reduce your exposure to Dioxins thru sources such as Tampons, Pads and Diapers and it is fairly easy.

Buy Dioxin Free Disposable Tampons

Buy A Reusable Diva Cup. You can Purchase One Online or Find a Retailer near you.

A Diva Cup isn’t your only option for a reusable menstrual cup. There are actually several options available from a variety of manufacturers. Moon Cup, and a Miacup and Lunette Cups. Be sure to check the sizing guide for each company before purchasing your cup. Prior to my hysterectomy, I was a cup user (Diva) and while I was a bit of a skeptic when I actually commited to buying one. It only took one cycle to become a fan of the product.

Menstrual Cups also come in disposable cups as well such as the Instead Cup.

Tom Organics Disposable Pads, Tampons and Liners.

Little Angel Dioxin Free Baby Wipes

Green Your has several options for Disposable, Chlorine Free, Dioxin Free baby Diapers. We used Cloth Diapers on our trio. I know there are a million and one options for cloth diapers and there are a million and one reasons why each person picks something different. If you aren’t familiar with modern day cloth diapers, I assure you that they aren’t your grandmothers old school ‘diaper pin’ diapers that need rubber pants to be worn over them. My personal preference was pocket diapers (PUL Lined) with removable inserts because I am quite abusive when cleaning my kids diapers and I could abuse the inserts more by washing them separately from the pocket itself.

You can often purchase Unbleached (Brown) coffee filters in most stores and even purchase reusable Gold Mesh Coffee Filters or buy them online. Dioxin Free Coffee Filters

Be sure to share this with your friends and family to help educate them about the risks and sources of Dioxin exposure and what they can do to reduce their intake of this harmful toxin.

If you have links and other valuable sources for Dioxin Free products or Educational Information, we’d love your feedback!

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