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Do You Have Poison Pits?


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.

Ingredients in this product are linked to:
yes Cancer
yes Developmental/reproductive toxicity
yes Allergies/immunotoxicity
yes Use restrictions
yes 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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33 Responses to “Do You Have Poison Pits?”

  1. Tammy said…
    This recipe is fantastic! It actually works, is cheap and super easy to make. I've tried soooo many commercially-produced natural/non-toxic deodorants and none have worked as well as this simple recipe. Thanks Meghan!
  2. Betty said…
    I have believed this for so long! I'm so glad this conversation is happening. If you block the sweat glands under your arms, the toxins will collect & poison your boobs. It makes perfect sense! Thanks for posting this. I swore off antiperspirant 20 years ago. I use peppermint castile soap under my arms in the shower, (warning: do not use peppermint soap on your lady parts, it burns) organic lavender spray deodorant and then baby powder. And I try to shower 2 x a day, that helps a lot. Great blog!!
    • Marie-Claude said…
      Hi Betty, Isn't baby powder toxic? As it contains talc? Or is it something else you use?
  3. Rebecca said…
    I seem to be reacting to the coconut oil as well, anyone/Meghan have a suggestion to substitute? Thanks!
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Hmmm. Are you using cold pressed organic? And is there anything else with it you could be reacting to?
      • Rebecca said…
        Yes, I just checked and it's cold pressed organic - but does it have a shelf life? It's been in my cupboard for probably a year...(now that I know how many ways I can use it I doubt it will ever last that long in my cupboard!)...could that be it? I only used it on my legs to try it as a moisturizer and ended up getting hives on my legs. Whatcha think?
  4. Cynthia said…
    I have been using this for about 3 weeks now. Never ever ever will I go back to the chemically filled stuff again. I used pear essential oil, which smells lovely. This is not an antiperspirant, but honestly, it works pretty well to combat wetness AND stink. Thank you SO much for this recipe!
  5. Belinda Henderson said…
    I have been aware of this information over the years, however not to the degree that I recently learnt at the Don Tolman seminar I attended over the weekend. I found your website today when researching chemical names on the labels of my skin care or should I say "skin time-bombs" that I have since removed from my bathroom. It's exciting to read your blogs! Congrats Meghan Telpner Nutritionista on bringing it back to basics and the way it always was ~ fresh is best naturally :) Bel
  6. Kristin said…
    Soapwalla deodorant is the only one I have found that works enough for me to feel comfortable. It has vegetable powders and clays which I find help me smell fresher and feel a bit dryer than other natural deoderants.
  7. Erin said…
    Anyone here use Lavilin? NY Mag ranked it #1 among all the natural deodorants!
  8. Thelma said…
    I want to try your recipe for natural deodorant but I'm really new at this so please advise. I'm assuming I have to use cotton pads to apply? Should I keep the mixture in the fridge? How long does it last for without going bad? Or how long can I safely use each batch of mixture? Is it safe for kids - pre teen? Thank you
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Hi Thelma, You can apply with your fingers or a small popsicle stick to scoop. It doesn't need to be kept in the fridge and will not go bad. It is absolutely safe for pre-teens -- much safer than any of the sore brands! Some people may react to the baking soda or the essential oil in which case you may wish to reduce the amounts or omit altogether.
  9. Are the majority of essential oil brands safe to use in this recipe? I got my pack as a gift for Christmas and haven't done a lot of research on the brand.
    • Hi Amy. I am very careful about which essential oils I use as most oils aren't what they claim to be. You can read up on that here:

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