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Is Your Tampon or Pad Making You Sick?

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Mainstream feminine hygiene products contain a myriad of chemical ingredients, many of them extremely toxic.
Air Date: 7/29/15
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Susie Hewson, Founder of Natracare
Susie Hewson is the founder, owner and developer of the global brand leader of organic and natural feminine hygiene, Natracare.

A lifetime environmentalist, Susie changed the feminine hygiene category forever thanks to her impassioned protest against the effects of dioxins in the manufacture of paper pulp products such as tampons and sanitary pads.

The immense environmental task that Susie undertook in the 80’s, resulted in a full product range including the world’s first certified organic cotton tampons and totally chlorine-free sanitary pads and panty liners, which are genuinely created from sound environmental principles.

In 2008 she received the Women in Ethical Business Award and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) joining a highly respected society whose past and present members include Charles Dickens, Adam Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, William Hogarth, John Diefenbaker and Stephen Hawking.

Susie readily supports many environmental and humanitarian causes including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, The Women’s Environmental Network, Circle of Health International and The Algalita Marine Research Institute. She has given essential support to many humanitarian causes, including Israeli and Palestinian midwives who are working together amidst the violence in the Middle East and Rural Women’s Network in Nepal who are providing emergency relief items for victims of the earthquake, particularly in the poorer villages.
  • Guest Twitter Account: @natracare
Is Your Tampon or Pad Making You Sick?
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If you're a woman, the feminine hygiene products you use may be just an afterthought, especially when under a tight budget and buying whatever happens to be "on sale" is a must.

But, what are the short and long-term damages you're doing to your body?

Mainstream feminine hygiene products contain a myriad of chemical ingredients, many of them extremely toxic.

Some are even considered carcinogens. Unfortunately, manufacturers are not required to list these harmful chemicals on their labels.

That, coupled with the fact that your vaginal area is extremely gentle and delicate and absorbs those chemicals more readily than other areas of the body, sets you up for some serious consequences.

Fortunately, things are changing in the world of women's feminine hygiene.

A lifetime environmentalist, Susie Hewson changed the feminine hygiene category forever thanks to her impassioned protest against the effects of dioxins in the manufacture of paper pulp products such as tampons and sanitary pads.

Now, 62 countries around the world carry her line of feminine hygiene products, called Natracare.

Listen in as Susie joins Andrea and Lisa to share more about the dangers of mainstream feminine hygiene products, as well as where you can find healthier options.
Sylvia Anderson

Originally from Minnesota, Sylvia moved to California for the sun, sand and warm temperatures. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in English and Communications, both of which she has put to good use in her work with RadioMD as Senior Editor.

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