Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

15 Dec 2004, 13:10 p.m.

Delicious Dioxin

Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2004 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I need to update my menstruation products compare-and-contrast with new evidence (I first wrote it in April of 2002). In particular, perhaps I should research the "dioxin in tampons using bleached cotton" rumors. What reminds me of this? Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko's dioxin poisoning.

Dioxin, which settles in the body fat, lasts a long time in the body. Eliminating it quickly from Yushchenko's body would likely reduce his chances of long-term ill health. One possibility is a couple of courses of liposuction, a procedure that sucks the fat out of the body.

Another option being discussed by scientists is the use of olestra, a fake fat substance used in diet food that could act as a magnet to draw the poison out of the body fat into the gut for elimination. The technique has been proposed before for the elimination of other fat-soluble pollutants.