“Natural” foods and products seem to be all the rage these days. Buzzwords like “organic,” “free range,” and “gluten free” convey a sense of health and superiority to other products. But not all natural products are good for you.
Talc in talcum powder is a naturally-occurring mineral, similar in composition to asbestos. Research suggests, however, that talc may be linked to ovarian cancer. Two recent cases against Johnson & Johnson in St. Louis found that they knew about the risk of ovarian cancer and never disclosed it.
What does this mean to you:
Interestingly, talcum powder is not regulated by the FDA, as other products are, but the makers should still warn about its potential dangers. I guess talc is not considered a drug. Or, you know, a food. What I’m saying is, don’t eat talcum powder.