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Today's planned post has to wait. There were two pressing things in my inbox this morning which could not be ignored.
If you have not read my previous post HERE on the symptoms of tampon related toxic shock syndrome which I wrote in cooperation with the fantastic foundation dedicated to TSS awareness, You Are Loved (found HERE, this might be a good time to do so. The fact remains that there are some substantial risk associated with their use and there are safe, green options such as using cloth menstrual pads and reusable silicon cups, see my post HERE. The reason that I am bringing this all up again, instead of discussing red pepper paste (which will instead be Friday) is because my friend and fellow blogger Lisa at Mile Hi Mama linked on FB to a pretty horrifying blog post by a woman who found a moldy tampon in a brand new package she had purchased. Creeped out yet? Yeah, me, too. She first blogged about the tampon HERE and she carried Kotex's response HERE.
How did Kotex respond? Well, at first they told her this:
We understand how distressing it can be to find mold on a product that is used for personal hygiene and apologize for your concern. In instances where it has been found, we conducted tests on the product involved and have found the mold to be a common environmental species that carries no health risk. The vegetative mold is similar in nature to mold on vegetables or in baked goods.
But now they are asking her to send in this specific tampon for testing so that they can verify just what kind of mold it is. She took the high route and instead handed it over to a local news organization which is having an objective third party lab perform the testing. I personally think this was a much better idea than sending it back to Kotex. But regardless of what kind mold it is, the tampon is dangerous with or without it. It is just better to avoid tampons in the first place. Your health is too precious to risk it.
Further on the topic of health, it can be tricky to avoid the Hepatitis shot for newborns in the hospital without incurring the wrath of the staff. When I decline, I always told the staff that we prefer to do all of our vaccinations with a single provider for the purpose of consistency of medical treatments and records. I am not about to get into arguments with people who can make my life harder than it needs to be and in Colorado, women who have had as many children as me can't deliver in birth centers and being high risk, I can't deliver at home. I don't fight with the hospital staff. But sometimes not fighting is not enough. Read this story HERE about a mother who had to deliver in a hospital ambulance in the parking lot and who declined the vaccination just to have the state take the baby and "consent" to the vaccine. If you find it in your heart and pocketbook, please donate to their legal cause through the HSLDA. No one should have their parental rights over their child stripped away like this. Sarah Pope at the Healthy Home Economist wrote about it today HERE. We as a family are contributing to their cause. I hope you will as well.
Avoiding interventions can be very, very tricky. I usually just tell any medical staff that I come into contact with that my children have and will continue to have "every vaccination that they need" and I leave it at that. What my husband's and my perception of what they need may be different than theirs but that is hardly of consequence. But it has me wondering how other families choose to handle this question. We have a child who had a documented anaphylactic reaction to the MMR and another with a history of anaphylaxis to egg whites. When we explain that we have to approach things differently and that we would never offer medication or vaccination without first consulting an immunologist, we don't get trouble because they assume that we are covered. But if we did not have this "cover" what would we do? What do you do?
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