Controversial Topics for Contemplation
Feb - Mar 2017 Issue
By Anne E Auten
As far back as the early 1990's, the alternative health community was reporting that aluminum in antiperspirants and deodorants was a contributing factor in breast cancer. Yet today, when looking outside of the natural foods category, it's virtually impossible to find an aluminum-free, odor inhibitor. Why is this true when in 2017, there is plenty of scientific reporting on this topic? Perhaps the dilemma lies in the lack of conclusiveness. So, where does this leave us? I would urge you that the information you need to review is not THE science, but WHOSE science.
For many years, we've seen controversial information where the prevailing science behind the accepted research was funded by the industry/company/individual that gained the most financially from it. Fortunately, we live in an age where there is no shortage of information, so I would conclude that the best thing is to do your own research and decide for yourself. Then, if you're still uncertain, better to be wary than to throw caution to the wind.
Aluminum-based compounds are used as the active ingredient in antiperspirants. These compounds form a temporary plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin's surface. Some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects (3). Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer (3).
In an article written by Dr. Mercola, renowned osteopathic physician and New York Times best-selling author, he states that: (click here for article link)
Using the Wrong Antiperspirant May Influence Your Breast Cancer Risk
How Can I Find Aluminum-Free Deodorants?
Many of us have spent years finding our most effective "natural" deodorant. Watch this fun video by Kris Carr, a NY Times best-selling author, wellness activist, and cancer thriver for some great information about what kinds of undesirable ingredients lurk in our underarm products and her review of 10 different brands.
Aluminum or no aluminum, that is the question and the decision is yours. I choose to make my ta-tas aluminum-free. What about you? ~
This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal or medical advice. No one should make any legal or medical decision without first consulting his or her own professional advisor or physician and conducting his or her own due diligence.