Deodorants and Antiperspirants are an $18 Billion per year industry in the U.S. alone. Deodorant was unheard of before 1888 and it took an ad campaign in the 1910’s, convincing women that they may “stink and not know it”, for deodorant to catch on.
Today the industry has it made. Americans are taught from a young age that they must wear deodorant and antiperspirant as not to stink and be offensive. They slather and spray and if it is forgotten they quite often stink. In fact if one sweats due to physical activity or heat regardless of the application they often still stink. Why? Were we created to stink and be offensive to each other?
Deodorants and antiperspirants contain numerous known toxic substances. A toxic substance by definition has the ability to cause serious injury or death.
You should NEVER apply anything to the body to keep it from sweating. Sweating helps the body to maintain a healthy body temperature. Sweating also eliminates toxic substances from the body decreasing toxic overload and supporting a healthy immune system.
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- Foul odor coming from the bottoms of feet and from under the arms is typically related to toxins being expelled from the body. (In fact, profuse sweating has been proven to decrease body odor.) Therefore, the toxic substances contained in deodorants and antiperspirants that are layered and jammed up under arms are some of the same substances that cause people to stink so bad.
A “Clean Life Style” is defined as living minimally exposed to dietary and environmental toxins therefore bearing a low toxic burden. When living a clean life style, your sweat will be close to if not completely odorless.
MY TESTIMONY IS AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE
Here is what you should really be concerned about:
When toxic substances directly come in contact with the skin many of them are able to enter the bloodstream without being metabolized. This means direct and a more potent poisoning of the body without it ever having the chance to eliminate any of the toxins.
Numerous studies have been and are being conducted on the toxic effects of deodorants and antiperspirants.
“Research study blood tests contain many toxic substances that are in deodorants and antiperspirants”. Also, “compounds used in deodorant are absorbed and stored in fat cells.” according to Philip Haney, Ph.D, Editor in Chief of the Journal of Applied Toxicology. “underarm tissue also contains hormone receptors which may react to some of those same ingredients.”
Experts are concerned that compounds in deodorants and antiperspirants may cause or contribute to developmental or reproductive issues. Research also shows some of the substances can mess with beneficial micro organisms that live in your body.
There is lab evidence and research suggests a direct link between some of the toxins used in deodorants and antiperspirants and Cancer.
However, the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute both maintain there is not “conclusive evidence” linking any chemicals to cancer. LOL Consider the source and all they have to lose. Their entire multi billion dollar a year treatment programs are based upon the so called “treating” of cancer with highly toxic chemicals.
*The Personal Care Industry is full of misleading messages and outright false advertising.
A List of Ingredients You Should Know About:
(And their evil devastation)
- Parabens. Used as a preservative. Research shows they can interfere with hormone production and regulation and promote growth of cancer cells.
- Aluminum. Used as an antiperspirant. Research shows it can create “gene instability” in breast tissue. “Over 50% of breast cancers start in the upper outer quadrant of the breast local to the under arm region.” Says researcher Philippa Darbre. “Breast cancer incidence tends to align with the use of products that contain metal.” It accumulates in the breast tissue.
- Triclosan. Added to prevent bacterial contamination. The main ingredient in anti acne products. It is so common that 75% of Americans have detectable levels in their urine. Animal studies linked Triclosan to “unusual” hormone activity. It can mess up your micro biome. (daily operations of your genes)
- Phthalates. Stick the substances to your body. Known to disrupt androgen function which is the way your body produces and uses testosterone. Testosterone plays a role in energy and muscle maintenance in both men and women. “The greatest concern when it comes to phthalates is that they could impair reproductive ability in men or that they could impact fetal development in pregnant women.” said research scientist Patisoul. research has linked phthalates to lower IQ’s and higher rates of asthma.
- Fragrance. Could contain any number of toxic chemicals. It is one of the blanket terms (ingredients) protected under trade law. The World Health Organization has linked it to Alzheimers and allergic reactions.
- FD&C colors. Synthetic colors. Some are made from tar derivatives that are known carcinogens.
- Talc. Hydrous Magnesium Silicate. Classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a known carcinogen if it contains asbestiform fibers. The cosmetic grade of talc is completely unregulated in the U.S.
- TEA & DEA. Triethanlamine and Diethanalamine. TEA is known to cause allergic reactions and DEA has been proven to cause liver and kidney damage. They are outlawed in Europe. (Oh, but not in the U.S.)
Here is my Testimony
I had changed my diet to all organic and completely natural food. I had switched all my health and beauty products to all natural products (except one). I had gotten the toxic cleaning supplies out of my home and learned to clean with natural substances. But, I had not stopped using conventional deodorant/antiperspirant. Then through more research and support from people I met who did not wear deoderant/antiperspirant, I learned and came to believe what I hope I have passed on to you here. That the product is nothing but an illusion perpetuated by false claims and scare tactics. When you know the way the body works, it makes complete sense not to use deodorants and antiperspirants and that you should not have to. I stopped using deodorant/antiperspirant and, I stunk! I was a wreck but I had to hang in there and get through the detox period. (My body actually detoxing me from the deo/anti that I had used!) For the first week I washed under my arms with soap and water several times a day and tried to stay away from people as much as I could. The second week I would only smell after actively sweating but it was not foul. It was just a light body odor. The odor and the frequency diminished quickly from there. I have now been deodorant/antiperspirant free for about 9 years. Now even when I sweat there is no odor. The only time I have odor is when I have indulged in restaurant food that is not up to my usual standards and especially if they use cheap oils. I then will sweat a little and have light odor for a day or two depending. After that, I am odor free again. I live a mostly “clean life style”. I shower and wash my hair every morning. The only time I shower twice in a day is when I have been gardening and am sweaty and dirty. But, I still have no body odor.
My husband, 70 and a karate practitioner who soaks his gee with sweat never smells like body oder and he does not wear deo/anti. My son, 35 and a singer, keyboardist stage performer sweats under hot lights and never smells like body oder, does not wear deo/anti and he does not live as internally “clean” as I do. Nor does my mother use deodorant or anti perspirant and she never smells. In fact, when I tell people I don’t use deodorant they will often say, “Really? You never smell.” Basically, we were not created to smell offensively.
There are “natural” deodorants but BEWARE of false “natural” claims.
Below is a picture of a 2 ingredient deodorant that we have on hand. There are other brands that would work the same but this is the one we prefer. It always works if we need it. It will not stop you from sweating but the mineral salts kill bacteria that may create a smell from your body detoxing. This will help you through the transition if you should decide to give up using the toxic deodorant/antiperspirant you have been using.
Some people with very sensitive skin experience a rash from the mineral salts.