People have been using talc as far back as ancient Egypt.
Ancient Assyrians and Native Americans also used talc for a variety of purposes.
Talc is a soft, naturally occurring mineral used in baby powders, makeup, deodorant, ceramics and paint.
Talc is linked to ovarian cancer and talc contaminated with asbestos to mesothelioma. Johnson & Johnson and other manufacturers face thousands of lawsuits from people who claim their talc products caused cancer.
Talcum powder has cosmetic and industrial uses.
Talcum powder is made up of small particles that can be inhaled and cause lung irritation. Babies can easily inhale it when it is being used on their bottoms and may become ill.
Problems associated with inhalation of talcum powder include shallow and fast breathing, coughing, blue tint to the baby’s skin, diarrhea, vomiting, and convulsions.
When talking about whether or not talcum powder is linked to cancer, it is important to distinguish between talc that contains asbestos and talc that is asbestos-free.
Talc that has asbestos is generally accepted as being able to cause cancer if it is inhaled.
Small babies are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of talc dust. Talc dust can cause significant harm if it’s swallowed or inhaled.
Talc inhalation can cause wheezing, coughing, chest pain and difficulty breathing. Although rare, talcum poisoning can prove fatal.
So stop the use of talcum powder!