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Danger of Aluminum in Deodorant

by Tiffany in Health & Healing

Did you know that aluminum can be found in many popular antiperspirant deodorants? Did you know that the link between your deodorant and breast cancer may not be an urban legend?

A study was conducted in 2004 by Dr. Kris McGrath, a Chicago allergist who claims to have found a connection between antiperspirants, underarm shaving and cancer. He believes the culprits in these antiperspirants are the toxins in aluminum salts such as aluminum chlorohydrate. He says they don’t normally penetrate the skin enough to cause a problem–unless the skin is shaven. If you disrupt the skin by shaving, it can open up the door, because just under the skin is the lymphatic system, which is connected to the breast.

In this study, more than 400 Chicago-area breast cancer survivors recalled their lifetime history of using antiperspirants and underarm shaving. He found that women who perform underarm shaving more aggressively had a diagnosis of breast cancer 22 years earlier than the non-users.

Now with the study above, British researchers have found traces of chemicals called parabens in tissue taken from women with breast cancer. These researchers also published a study last year in the Journal of Toxicology that suggested underarm cosmetics might be a cause of breast cancer. It is unclear how valid this proposed mechanism is, but it would sure seem safe to avoid all antiperspirants and deodorants just to be safe.

At the very least, if you are using a deodorant in order to avoid the aluminum in antiperspirant, you will also want to be certain that the deodorant you choose does not contain parabens.

In my own family we have given up antiperspirants all together, and when we select a deodorant we make sure it is preservative and paraben free. Our favorite is Alba Clear Enzyme Deodorant – see our review here. And just a heads up…some of these same nasty ingredients can be found in popular shampoos and hair care products.

The above statistics are courtesy of Dr. Mercola’s site.

Friday, November 11th, 2005

7 Comments

  • http://justdot.org Webber

    Very entertaining issue. I haven’t heard of this one. It will be necessary to visit you on a thicket!

  • Renti

    Indeed, this is a real health problem. This is also linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Just type ‘aluminium cosmetics danger’ on google and see the numerous issues we should all think about. A friend recently developed breast cancer. I asked her, after I receved a mail regargind the aluminium problem from my doctor, if she used roll on deodorent (most dangerous) often. She confirmed that she used it since childhood.
    Take a moment to think about it. It’s for your future, your life.

  • intan

    Thanks for sharing. I once read about this also in anoteher article, and the only dangerous thing said was only aluminium chlorohydrate. Paraben, I know that from your writing. I’ve chose non-aluminium deodorant, and shave only once a month. Do you think that still can be a cancer potential?

  • Taylor

    I really enjoyed the article posted regarding harmful ingredients in deodorants/antiperspirants. It was very informative, and I believe you are absolutely correct about the negative impact that harmful chemicals can have on our bodies. I have discovered several amazing reports to validate your position, and I think you would find the information fascinating. I would love to discuss this further with you. Please email me at your earliest convenience at tdeann24@gmail.com. One report in particular is very serious in nature and was documented on CNN. I’ll send you a link.

  • LightView

    Thank you for posting this great knowledge base article!
    The powerful secret of natural deodorant ingredients was revealed 5000 years ago by Egyptian and Roman ancestors. Maybe now we have to convince ourselves that a natural and organic deodorants free from harsh chemicals is only one way to go and save our health.

  • Arin Ingraham

    Thanks for this! I turn to essential oils for most of my beauty care products and i especially love using them for deodorant.

  • Lynda M

    I just started making my own deodorant a bout a week ago. I use a combination of cornstarch, baking soda, zinc oxide, coconut oil, castor oil and cocoa butter with an essential oil blend. I didn’t really like the recipes out there I found and so far my own works great!