Have you ever used talcum powder? Maybe you should stop. A jury just awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer as a result of using products with talcum powder. This seems to be the first of many verdicts/settlements involving allegations that Johnson & Johnson ignored the link between cancer and its talcum-based products. Over a thousand more cases are pending. Studies going back to 1971 suggest a link between cancer and talc. A 1982 study showed a 92% increased risk of cancer when women used products containing talc for feminine hygiene. This research advised J & J to put warning labels on products containing talc.
J & J’s license was suspended by India’s FDA over toxic ingredients found in baby products. The formaldehyde-releasing preservative in baby shampoo has been removed from the product in many countries. In the United States you would have to pay considerably more to get the company’s “Natural” brand.
In the lawsuit Berg vs J & J it was stated that Berg’s cancerous tissue was removed and examined by three doctors. The doctors found talc particles embedded in the tissue and concluded talc was the cause of the cancer. She used J & J Baby Powder and Shower to Shower from 1975 to 2007.
Don’t think this is an isolated case. Household cleaners, food choices and aromatics from flooring, carpet and paint can cause harm. Also in the news is the health hazard from flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators.
If everyone practiced Jesus’ teaching to love their neighbors as themselves, these situations would vanish. A kingdom is coming where this will be the rule. Do you want to be a part of it?
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