Johnson and Johnson Baby Powder Found to Cause Ovarian Cancer

Submitted by DAVID  COMISSIONG, Citizen of Barbados

Johnson and Johnson, the American company that manufactures Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder — a product that is sold in Barbados and used extensively by Barbadian women and children — has been hit with a US $4.69 Billion judgment in a law suit in which 22 women (and their families) claimed that asbestos in the company’s talcum powder products caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

According to the New York Times newspaper, the judgment — comprising US $4.14 Billion in punitive damages and US $550 Million in compensatory damages — was handed down by a Jury in the Missouri Circuit Court on Thursday 12th July 2018.

The 22 female Plaintiffs had specifically accused the company of failing to warn them about cancer risks associated with its baby and body powders.

The New York Times article also revealed that the company is facing some 9,000 other Plaintiffs in a number of law suits across the United States !

The question that arises for us in Barbados is : Who is informing the women and children of Barbados about these developments and looking out for their interests?

And since we know that many many Barbadian women and children literally lather themselves with Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, we need to inquire whether any Barbadian females might have developed ovarian cancer from use of this product.  And, if this is the case, we then need to determine what can be done to ensure that they receive the financial compensation that would be due to them.

If there are Barbadian victims, who will assist them to mount a similar class action law suit against this American multi-national corporation?

Way back in 1981, the Government of  Barbados established an agency known as the Barbados National Standards Institution (BNSI) to maintain proper consumer product standards in our country and to protect our people in matters of this nature.

In addition, in 2003 our Government enacted a Consumer Protection Act and gave the relevant government Minister  the power (after consulting with the BNSI) to make regulations for the purpose of protecting Barbadian consumers from such defective and health-destroying products.

Thus, we Barbadian people are entitled to ask why we have not heard from our BNSI on this matter up to now.

Surely, the Court case in Missouri must have been based on credible scientific evidence and must have been going on for some considerable time before last Thursday’s verdict. In this age of Information Technology, does the BNSI or any other local regulatory agency monitor these types of developments internationally? And if so, why have they not alerted the Barbadian people to the cancer causing danger associated with this very popular product ?

And — most importantly — when is this product going to be banned from Barbados?

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  • NorthernObserver

    @John
    google vermiculite and answer your question.

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  • System is Broken

    This is one of the things those that write on the blogs including David Commissong should be concerned with fairness and transparency.

    EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK: Different strokes for BCC?

    It seems as if this new administration is favouring students attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) over those at the Barbados Community College (BCC).

    This can be the only logical conclusion given Government’s non-payment of fees for students pursuing degree programmes at the BCC, at a time it is re-introducing state payment of fees for all Barbadian students attending the UWI campuses.

    Is the ministry and indeed Government by extension stating that, based on this position, the BCC is a lesser institute of learning and the students pursuing its degree programmes are not deserving also of its financial support?

    The BCC offers bachelor degrees in fine arts [major in studio art, graphic design], arts [arts and entertainment management, media and journalism], education [physical education, technical/vocational training]; bachelor of science [tourism and hospitality, pharmacy, nursing and clinical laboratory science].

    Attorney General Dale Marshall should offer an opinion to the Minister of Education and the technocrats in the ministry on this matter. He needs to state whether Government is standing on solid legal ground and also morally right in being selective in the payment of tuition fees.

    Consumer advocate Malcolm Gibbs-Taitt, CARICOM Ambassador David Comissiong and even the Fair Trading Commission should also publicly address this matter.
    I
    n the meantime, the BBC’s Students’ Guild, as well as parents and guardians of those at the BCC so affected and offended by Government’s decision, should also consider bringing a class action case against the state for what can only be considered a denial to equal and fundamental rights in accessing funding for education.

    Is there a case for review under the Administrative Justice Act? (ES)

    http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/175444/editor-notebook-strokes-bcc

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  • The links are tenuous. The main claim for the powder being carcinogenic is the alleged finding of some asbestos fibers in the product. One must ask what are the probabilities of asbestos fibers moving from the external genitalia into the fallopian tubes and the ovary. On appeal, the verdicts are going to be thrown out or the fines reduced. Cancers are caused by both genetics and lifestyle variables. There is the concept of risk analysis with its attending no observable effect level and lowest observable effect level to be taken into account.. There is no such thing as 100% safe product. There are always risks associated with products ,whether they be food or non-food products.

    Robert D. Lucas, Ph.D.
    Food biotechnologist

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  • Thanks for your intervention Dr. Lucas.

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  • Thanks for your intervention Dr. Lucas.

    Note how the blogmaster licks ass to some .

    After all Dr. Lucas. has added so much more to what the lowly (on BU only ) GP has said with this breaking news viz

    “One must ask what are the probabilities of asbestos fibers moving from the external genitalia into the fallopian tubes and the ovary.”.

    THE ANSWER IS OF COURSE VERY LOW WHEN ONE CONSIDERS THE LOW INCIDENCE OF OVARIAN CANCERS AND THE OVERWHELMING PREVALENCE IN THE USE OF SANIATARY PRODUCTS ah lie?

    re Cancers are caused by both genetics and lifestyle variables.
    AGAIN YOU HAVE ADDED IMMEASURABLE INFORMATION HERE.

    THIS IS REALLY BREAKING NEWS ah lie?

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  • Dr,GP I spoke with a family member in her 50’s last evening and she shared that she has to go for surgery to remove her clitoris and surrounding soft tissue that is cancerous. We chatted about the possibility of using Cannabis oil to aid in the killing the cancer cells without side effects. She said her Dr. in Florida recommended Hemp Oil …however she had previously she had decided to opt out of Chemo with because numerious side effects and because she has gone through a great deal with other health issues.

    It only dawned on me this morning and I called her to ask if she was using any particular products in that area…her reply was Johnson’s Baby Powder…also where she had a Cesarean and under her Breast to keep dry from perspiration as many women do.

    WOW, Coincidence?

    May I suggest as I do use Organic Coconut Oil with a small combination of Pure Essential oils of Lavender. Tee Tree Oil, Patchouli Oil and Peppermint oil (which is very cooling in the heated months). This wonderful home made Blend can be applied after bath to the entire Body and used on occasion as a Hair Conditioner. Believe me the Skin welcomes this nourishing and rejuvenating
    home care product.

    Here is a Story that may interest you …

    The Trevor Smith Story: How he beat bladder cancer naturally with cannabis oil
    Trevor Smith, 54, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2012. After learning about cannabis oil online he began taking it along with diet changes for his cancer.

    http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/trevor-smiths-story-how-he-beat-bladder-cancer-naturally-with-cannabis-oil.html

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  • Freedom crier

    You will notice that I have said nothing about cannibis and its derivatives on the bog on cannibis.
    Unlike most BU brimblers and barkers, I speak with authority on things that I know’
    Your stories and oil recipe is interesting

    PERHAPS YOU CAN INITIATE THE RESEARCH INTO THE ROLE OF Johnson’s Baby Powder AND CANCERS OF THE FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE TRACK AND SKIN CANCERS

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  • Thank you Sir…They are many Videos that I have posted on that Site that I have found to be Credible also the Trevor Smith story posted above that may be enlightening if you have not a thorough understanding of these subjects. At least you do not play to be a Know It All as some do on BU.

    BTW as a GP you should be able to tell the Sex of FC….hahaha!!

    Thanks again.

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  • Commissiong wondered or more so he wandered thus

    “And since we know that many many Barbadian women and children literally lather themselves with Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, we need to inquire whether any Barbadian females might have developed ovarian cancer from use of this product.

    I wonder why it is that since many Barbadian women and children literally lather themselves with Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, FOR AGES and have been doing since I know myself….WHY IS THERE NOT AN EXTREMELY HIGH INCIDENCE OF SKIN CANCERS IN BARBADOS?

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  • @ FREEDOM CRIER

    re At least you do not play to be a Know It All as some do on BU.
    MY INTERESTS ARE BIBLE CRICKET & MEDICINE, ESPECIALLY THE BASIC MEDICAL SCIENCES THAT I HAVE TAUGHT

    I HAVE REALLY ENJOYED TEACHING MEDICAL STUDENTS, BECAUSE I HAVE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THE NEWER INFORMATION, AND GLEANED A BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND APPRECIATION OF WHAT I LEARNED AT MED SCHOOL

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  • GP…”I wonder why it is that since many Barbadian women and children literally lather themselves with Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, FOR AGES and have been doing since I know myself….WHY IS THERE NOT AN EXTREMELY HIGH INCIDENCE OF SKIN CANCERS IN BARBADOS?”

    They may have added something other than that was in their original Formula. Not that I give a Hoot or Toot about Commie Sing Song as a communist his Cancerous Formula is much worse for our nation that baby powder.

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  • Skin cancers do occur in Barbados.

    I knew one guy who died from it and others who are living with it.

    I don’t think they are/were the types to use Johnson’s Baby Powder but I will ask.

    I might get some blank stares in response!!

    I don’t know any women with skin cancer though.

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  • JOHN
    Skin cancers do indeed occur in Barbados, but the incidence is low, and mainly in folk with lighter skin, as is the norm elsewhere in the world

    But if Johnson’s is causing skin cancers in Barbados EVERY DOCTOR IN BIM WOULD BE A DERMATOLOGIST

    Commissiong shoild stick to law and leff out Pathology .

    HE IS OUT OF HIS LEAGUE HERE

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  • Molecular Biologist Explains How THC Completely Kills Cancer Cells

    Below is a video of Dr. Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist at Compultense University in Madrid, Spain, explaining how THC (the main psychoactive constituent of the cannabis plant) completely kills cancer cells.

    Not long ago, we published an article examining a recent case study where doctors used cannabis to treat leukemia. You can read more about that here. To read more articles and view studies about how cannabis is an effective treatment and cure for cancer, click here.

    Cannabinoids refer to any group of related compounds that include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis. They activate cannabinoid receptors in the body. The body itself produces compounds called endocannabinoids, and they play a role in many processes within the body that help to create a healthy environment. I think it’s also important to note that even cannabis stripped of its psychoactive compounds can treat cancer effectively.

    Cannabinoids have been proven to reduce cancer cells, as they help rebuild the immune system. Although not every strain of cannabis has the same effect, more and more patients are seeing success in cancer reduction, and in a short period of time, by using cannabis. Contrary to popular belief, however, smoking cannabis does not treat disease within the body very well, as therapeutic levels cannot be reached through this method of ingestion. Eating the plant or consuming cannabis oil is the best way to absorb cannabinoids within the body.

    The world has come a long way in accepting this plant as a medicine rather than a harmful substance. It’s a plant that could benefit the planet in more ways than one. While cannabis is not yet accessible or offered as treatment in the way that chemotherapy is, more people are becoming aware of it, which is why it’s so important to continue to spread information like this. We can no longer deny the tremendous healing power of this plant.

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  • I do in fact know one woman with skin cancer, up in her 80’s and lived outdoors both here and more significantly in Canada.

    The higher the latitude the closer to the sun.

    It isn’t only skin colour, it is mainly about where on earth you live.

    The earth’s tilt brings the northern latitudes closer to the sun in one part of the year and the southern latitudes closer in another part of the year.

    The Equator folk and those living between the two tropics (Cancer and Capricorn) are lucky and don’t need to cope with high UV radiation in longer days.

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  • https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/talcum-powder-and-cancer.html
    Ovarian cancer
    It has been suggested that talcum powder might cause cancer in the ovaries if the powder particles (applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins, DIAPHRAGMS, or condoms) were to travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovary.

    Many studies in women have looked at the possible link between talcum powder and cancer of the ovary. Findings have been mixed, with some studies reporting a slightly increased risk and some reporting no increase. Many case-control studies have found a small increase in risk. But these types of studies can be biased because they often rely on a person’s memory of talc use many years earlier. One prospective cohort study, which would not have the same type of potential bias, has not found an increased risk. A second found a modest increase in risk of one type of ovarian cancer.

    For any individual woman, if there is an increased risk, the overall increase is likely to very be small. Still, talc is widely used in many products, so it is important to determine if the increased risk is real. Research in this area continues.

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  • @Simple Simon “Another question: At one time weren’t women encouraged to dust their rubber contraceptive diaphragm with talcum powder to keep them dry, and to prevent them from becoming sticky in the tropical heat?”

    @Georgie Porgie July 15, 2018 7:52 PM “I AM SORRY BUT I HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF THESE THINGS.”

    I am surprised that as a medical person you have no knowledge of women dusting their diaphragm with talcum powder, as I certainly recall my mother keeping hers dusted with talcum powder, this was in the pre-contraceptive, pre-refrigerator in every Bajan home in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

    I must confess that I was a nosy kid and no business looking through my mother’s UNLOCKED dresser. I must confess too that I did not understand what the powdered item was until I was an adult. I must confess too that my mother has been dead for more than a decade and to the best of my knowledge she never knew that I looked through her dresser. But I know what I saw and if physicians are seeing ovarian cancer in women older than 60 it may be that some of those ladies spent years dusting their diaphragms with talcum powder and that younger doctors are unaware of this historic practice. I mean which young doctor is going to ask an 80 something woman, a woman his great grandmothers age whether she regularly dusted her diaphragm with talcum powder 40 or 50 years earlier?

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  • Kammie Holderto David King

    3 hrs ·

    A told you BNSI is a waste. Hope Mia Mottley closes it down and rearranges its responsibilities across MTW, MOH and MOA. Mia Amor Mottley Jeff Cumberbatch Jeffrey Bostic Edmund Hinkson Steven Williams Wilfred Abrahams Dem cannot even deal with bad English Potatoes or inappropriately labelled foodstuff. Concretes testing can be done by MTW, food testing and quality standards can be shared with GOB Labs. Called Pesticide Control Board, EPD and Ministry of Health about Gramoxe and RoundUP. I JUST CANNOT FIND POLITE WORDS TO EXPLAIN SO I WILL LEAVE IT OUT.

    BNSI ‘unaware’ of Johnson & Johnson baby powder cancer-causing concerns – Barbados Today

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  • I am surprised that as a medical person you have no knowledge of women dusting their diaphragm with talcum powder, as I certainly recall my mother keeping hers dusted with talcum powder, this was in the pre-contraceptive, pre-refrigerator in every Bajan home in the late 50’s and early 60’s.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    So, should the manufacturer of the diaphragm be held accountable?

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  • this post might interest JOHN and PING PONG
    https://outlook.live.com/owa/?path=/mail/junkemail/rp

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  • @John July 18, 2018 2:41 AM “So, should the manufacturer of the diaphragm be held accountable?”

    If the manufacturers advised women to dust their diaphragms with talc, and if the manufacturers knew, or ought reasonably to have known that talc may be harmful, then yes.

    Otherwise, no.

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  • Georgie Porgie

    After a bit more reading, I have come to the conclusion that there is little merit in this case. Admittedly I am not an expert. Interested readers can see

    https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/causes-of-cancer/cancer-controversies/cosmetics-and-toiletries#Cosmetics2

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18287871

    Also interested persons can listen to the BBC World Service programme “The Science Hour”

    “Billion Dollar Talc Ruling in the US
    Johnson and Johnson has been ordered to pay more than four billion dollars in damages to 22 women who say its products gave them cancer. Professor Paul Pharoah, who’s a cancer epidemiologist from the University of Cambridge has acted as a paid expert to one of the law firms representing Johnson and Johnson. He says he doesn’t believe that the current scientific evidence supports the verdict in the United States – and women who’ve used talc shouldn’t worry. He speaks to Claudia Hammond.”

    This episode may be archived in a day or two.

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  • re Ping Pong July 21, 2018 8:01 AM

    Georgie Porgie

    After a bit more reading, I have come to the conclusion that there is little merit in this case.
    I AGREE WITH YOU SIR
    THE AETIOLOGY OF OVARIAN CANCER HAS BEEN LISTED ABOVE ON THIS BLOG

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