|Re: Off-Topic!!! Dioxin in Tampons & more||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Kay Argyle (argylemines.utah.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2000 10:04:06 -0700 (MST)|
Do your friends a favor and check out chain letters, especially warnings, before you forward them. Even if the message was real at one time, it may have been circulating on the internet for a decade, like the one about the boy who collects getwell cards. The websites quoted below were turned up by searches for "asbestos in tampons" and "internet hoax." > > > >> > Have you heard that tampon makers include asbestos in > > > >tampons? The US FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health, http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/ocd/tamponsabs.html, says, in part, "FDA regulates the safety and effectiveness of medical devices, including tampons. Recently it has come to the agency's attention that allegations about tampons are being spread over the Internet. It is alleged that tampons are contaminated by asbestos and dioxin during manufacture, and that rayon fibers cause toxic shock syndrome (TSS). The available scientific evidence does not support these rumors. The following information will help answer concerns." The U.S. Department of Energy Computer Incident Advisory Capability Information Bulletin at http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/bulletins/h-05.shtml has advice on how to identify internet hoaxes. Their focus is on virus warnings, but their advice applies to rumors about health and pending legislation as well. Below I intersperse excerpts from the "asbestos & dioxin in tampons" warning with excerpts from the USDOE CIAC site. > > > >> read this and pass on to your friends "Individuals should also be especially alert if the warning urges you to pass it on to your friends. This should raise a red flag that the warning may be a hoax." > > > >> > A woman getting her Ph.D. at University of Colorado @ Boulder > > > >> > sent the following: and > > > >> > Donna C. Boisseau > > > >> > Stephanie C. Baker; Assistant to Dr. B.S. Katzenellenbogen, > > > >> > Professor > > > >> > University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Department of > > > >> > Molecular and Integrative Physiology; (217) 333-9769 and > > > FYI for those of us that missed it on 60 minutes. "There are two known factors that make a successful virus hoax, they are: (1) technical sounding language, and (2) credibility by association. If the warning uses the proper technical jargon, most individuals, including technologically savy individuals, tend to believe the warning is real. .. Even though the person sending the warning may not have a clue what he is talking about, the prestige of the company backs the warning, making it appear real." > > > >> > demanded a switch to this safer tampon, while the U.S. has > > > >> > decided to keep us in the dark about it. In 1989, activists A warning signal the DOE CIAC site doesn't mention is an appeal to paranoia. Anytime a message implies "they" don't want "us" to know, be suspicious that someone is trying to manipulate you. > > > >it > > > >> > creates a breeding ground for the dioxin. .. > > > >> > This is also the > > > >reason why > > > >> TSS (toxic shock syndrome) occurs. Toxic shock syndrome is triggered by a bacterial infection. Dioxin is not a bacteria and does not "breed." Dioxin causes problems because it binds to some of the docking sites used by the body's natural hormones. Check out a book called "Thought Contagion," by Aaron Lynch. It discusses the ways ideas spread themselves to new people, like a cold virus spreads by making the victim sneeze. Kay Argyle Wasatch Commons
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