Magazines and News Services Are Publishing Their Thoughts on The Dangers of Talcum Powder Containing Asbestos
Johnson's attorneys may desperately spin the talcum powder asbestos findings by highlighting how few people actually develop mesothelioma
Monday, February 11, 2019 - If there was ever a product whose safety seemed beyond reproach it was Johnson's Baby Powder. Millions of mothers around the world sprinkled Johnson's Baby Powder on their beloved infants several times per day for the first few years of their lives as part of their daily ritual when changing diapers. Johnson's Baby Powder helps to prevent diaper rash and encourages dryness leaving the child with that unmistakable fresh baby powder smell. Unfortunately, each time Johnson's Baby Powder is used the mother and child breathed in lung full after lung full of talcum powder dust we now believe may have been contaminated with asbestos and as a result, people are rightfully concerned about their health.
I looked to see what investigative journalists are saying and how the public is interpreting the news from the Johnson's Baby Powder trials that have concluded that Johnson's Baby Powder causes ovarian cancer in women and mesothelioma in both sexes. In addition to the multi-billion dollar jury awards, people are also concerned about a Reuters news article a couple of months ago that claims that internal Johnson's Company memos prove that there was asbestos in Johnson's Baby Powder talc and that the company attorneys thought that the amount was within acceptable limits. The company decided to withhold the information that Johnson's Baby Powder talc contained asbestos from their consumers. The allegations at the heart of the talcum powder cancer lawsuits have led to the necessity for alternative baby powder products, as plaintiffs around the country allege that Johnson & Johnson protected the marketability of their products by neglecting to warn consumers about medically researched links between their talcum powder products and ovarian cancer.
Now some people are saying that even if there are trace amounts of asbestos in Johnson's Baby Powder, statistically speaking, there is nothing to worry about. Yes, it is true that in a small percentage of people, even the tiniest amount of asbestos can develop into mesothelioma over a ten or twenty year period. Mesothelioma is a rare type of lung cancer but far fewer people may have contracted the disease than we have been led to believe. Mesothelioma only occurs in about one in every one hundred thousand people. Scientists acknowledge that asbestos should not ever be in talcum powder, however, statistically speaking, very few if anyone will ever be affected according to Slate magazine. No accredited scientific study has found asbestos in Johnson's baby powder, and even if Johnson's Baby Powder contained asbestos it would be hard to prove that Baby Powder asbestos is the asbestos that caused their cancer. In a recent interview for Slate, James Kelly, manager of environmental surveillance and assessment at the Minnesota Department of Health stated "We're all exposed to asbestos "just from living, and obviously, it doesn't cause everyone to become sick." Kelly alluded to the fact that people are exposed to asbestos everywhere "in our environment-in the air, in car brakes, and in older buildings." The article also points out that even very few asbestos miners, those with a maximum possible exposure to airborne asbestos ever get sick. One survey of Finnish asbestos miners found that only about 4 out of 900 miners developed mesothelioma after long-term occupational exposure to the mineral.