One of the challenges in our 21 Days To Health program is to eliminate and/or reduce the use of daily cosmetic or personal care products in favour of a safer, more natural ones. In my post last week, I asked the question about What Stinks In My Panty Hose where I question how I could still smell a perfume in a pair of tights, seven years later. An interesting discussion came up as the Question that day was about what product is the toughest to give up or change.
This was where many of you wrote to say that natural deodorants fail you and so you keep going back to your old tried and tested favourite. Stop it. Please! Of all things I would say that conventional deodorants and tooth paste with flouride might be the most harmful items in our daily routine.
Today though- I am talking just about deodorant, and will break it down as simply as I can. We wear deodorant and/or antiperspirant to keep us from sweating through our clothes and to keep up smelling sweet. Obviously this is important if we want to keep our jobs, friends and lovers. But is it worth severely disturbing your health?
Consider this. We have about 600 lymph nodes in the body. 200 are in the neck and about 50 in the armpits. So we clog up our neck region with poisonous perfume and essentially cork our sweat glands in the arm pits.
Our lymph system runs parallel in most cases to the blood lines in our body and is our primary defense against infection. The lymph system is vital in getting the crap out of our body- detoxing, if you will. This serves as a super highway for toxins and also can be for cancer cells. Cancer cells can break off from the original tumor and spread through the lymph system to distant parts of the body where secondary tumors are formed. One job of the lymph nodes is to clean the lymph by trapping foreign cells, such as bacteria or cancer cells, and identifying foreign proteins for antibody response and then aiding in elimination of the bad guys.
So what happens when we block the glands in our arm pits from functioning properly? Well, wouldn't you know- we have our boobs right there, ready to catch the waste. Toxins like to make their home in fat cells and we have fat cells aplenty in the bosom, pushed up in our fancy non-breathing synthetic bras ready to catch what should be exiting out the pits (and other pores and elimination routes of the body).
Could there then be a link between antiperspirants and breast cancer? Well, studies may be inconclusive but what do you think? Makes a lot of sense huh? And I don't think the sandalwood industry (nature's deodorant) has the budget to run a study that might prove what I am sure, we inherently know to be true. I have yet to come across any man-made chemical that inhibits or alters any of the body's natural processes that is not harmful- whether it be short term or long term use.
Keep trying your natural deodorants. There won't be one brand or type that will work well for everyone. We all have different chemistry. Something to note however is that as your diet cleans up, as you sweat more, eliminate waste more, and breathe more, you will smell less and less.
Incidentally, the deodorant profiled in the video above rates Very Hazardous by the Environmental Working Group. And no wonder, check out the first ingredient:
Ingredients from packaging: Active Ingredients: Aluminum Zirconium Octachlorohydrex GLY 16% - Anhydrous. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denat, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Calcium Chloride, Fragrance, Lactose, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Ferric Ferrocyanide.
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|Other concerns for ingredients used in this product:
Neurotoxicity, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Miscellaneous, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Enhanced skin absorption, Contamination concerns, Occupational hazards
Natural Deodorant Made Easy
5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
10-15 drops of favourite essential oil
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