Craven de Kere wrote:
I remember my mom telling me about this as a child. do you know if it's bad because of inhalation? That's the impression I've had all my life.
Yes. I copied this from the link I provided and it is responsible in causing death in many infants due to respiratory complications from inhalation. It's really very shocking. As you can see, it also causes ovarian and lung cancer. I'd like to know why a product like this is available, especially for infant use and why doctors don't warn people about it.
A. Talc is toxic. Talc particles cause tumors in human ovaries and lungs. Numerous studies have shown a strong link between frequent use of talc in the female genital area and ovarian cancer. Talc particles are able to move through the reproductive system and become imbedded in the lining of the ovary. Researchers have found talc particles in ovarian tumors and have found that women with ovarian cancer have used talcum powder in their genital area more frequently than healthy women.2
Talc poses a health risk when exposed to the lungs. Talc miners have shown higher rates of lung cancer and other respiratory illnesses from exposure to industrial grade talc, which contains dangerous silica and asbestos. The common household hazard posed by talc is inhalation of baby powder by infants. Since the early 1980s, records show that several thousand infants each year have died or become seriously ill following accidental inhalation of baby powder.3