Prepare yourself for a horror story of a different kind. This monster doesn’t have claws or carry a chainsaw. Instead, it lurks hidden and disguised in a dusty white powder that we keep in our medicine cabinets at home. This monster is ubiquitous, trusted, and engrained as part of our daily routine for over a century—and it is killing us.
Talcum powder has been sprinkled on baby’s bottoms for generations and used in deodorants and a host of personal hygiene products and cosmetic for decades. This monster has been kept alive by lies, deceit, greed, and a thirst for power. Jane’s Dust is a fictionalized account of one woman’s struggle based on over three hundred court cases that have pitted cancer victims against America’s most powerful corporations.
Jane is shocked when she ends up with ovarian cancer. But that is only the start. She endures doctor visits, surgeries, chemotherapy, recovered only to develop a life ending mesothelioma. and eventually a lawsuit against the makers of talcum powder. Jane learns the hard way about big business and the lies they use to cover up what they know. Nothing is exaggerated or embellished; this it is the reality faced by thousands of people, some of whom may be family, friends, or neighbors. Every horror story leaves us with a cautionary tale, and this one is no different.