**Please excuse the pun in the title, I couldn’t help it.**
On Monday we reviewed the primary organs of (Detox 101) but today we are going to focus on the lymphatic and the skin.
For the majority of us, the sweatiest part of our body are our armpits and since they have focalized apocrine glands (the ones that produce the smell), armpits are also the stinkiest, so we try to mask the smell with deodorant. While masking the smell isn’t harmful, the chemicals in most commercial deodorants are. Why? Because once absorb they go directly into the lymphatic glands in the armpits and then are moved into the nearest tissue: the breast.
Lets review the top three highest selling women’s deodorant and their ingredients, shall we?
#1 – Secret Clinical Strength – Aluminum Zirconium Trichlorohydrex Gly 20% (Anhydrous), Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Petrolatum, Cyclodextrin, Synthetic Wax, Tribehenin, Fragrance, Paraffin, PPG-14 Butyl Ether.
#2 – Dove – Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly (15.2%), Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Talc, Mineral Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), PEG-8, BHT
#3 – Suave – Aluminum Chlorohydrate 20%, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isopropyl Palmitate, Stearyl Alcohol, Mineral Oil, Talc, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Steareth-100, Bht.
While we are being scientist for our health, let’s look up the health warnings for Aluminum Zirconium and Aluminum Chlorohydrate.
“Clinical studies showing a disproportionately high incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast together with reports of genomic instability in outer quadrants of the breast provide supporting evidence for a role for locally applied cosmetic chemicals in the development of breast cancer. Aluminum is known to have a genotoxic profile, capable of causing both DNA alterations and epigenetic effects, and this would be consistent with a potential role in breast cancer if such effects occurred in breast cells.”
Breaking that down: due to the increased cancer rates in the upper quadrants of the breast, scientist have concluded that aluminum’s ability to cause DNA changes has increased the risk of breast cancer in men and women.
Not only is cancer a risk, but aluminum has also been linked to Alzheimer’s, kidney failure, liver failure, nerve damage, and osteomalacia (breaking down of bones).
Ya’ll! This shit is bad!
Other ingredients found in most deodorants that are carcinogens (cancer causing): parabens, silica, triclosan, talc, and steareth-#. I took the liberty of bolding all the cancer-causing ingredients in the three deodorants.
But we are not doomed between rubbing cancer on our armpits daily or losing friends due to stench.
Thankfully, we have better options.
My favorite: Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant
Ingredients: Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E).
Other top sellers:
Pachy Natural Deodorant
Also, take some days to let those babies breathe! Spending the day at home? Go without deodorant so that the glands and pores can really clean themselves out.
I hope this article enlightened you on the dangers of something that we’ve been told to use since puberty. Take control of your health and make the switch today.
Darbre PD. Aluminium, antiperspirants and breast cancer. J Inorg Biochem. 2005 Sep;99(9):1912-9. PubMed PMID: 16045991.