Aluminium In Deodorant has been a hot topic of late. Strong claims have been made regarding it’s safety in deodorant. However, as with so many headlines, stories can get blown out of proportion or simply altered over time. Let’s find out the truth…
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The Claims That Have Been Made.
Aluminium causes breast cancer.
It is said that because aluminium in deodorant stop toxins being expelled through our skin, that the toxins are instead clogging up our lymph nodes around our armpits and breasts. This is then what is said to cause breast cancer.
It is also thought that the risk of this is higher for women who shave under their armpits before applying deodorant as the aluminium is absorbed into the skin quicker through any nicks from the razor.
Also, it has been said that for women, the aluminium in deodorant could interact with DNA. This could then lead to cancerous changes in cells or even interfere with estrogen, which is already known to influence the growth of breast cancer cells.
Aluminium in deodorant causes Alzheimer’s
As Aluminium is absorbed by the skin, it is said that it then affects the blood brain barrier which is then linked to the onset of Alzheimer’s.
So yeah, pretty strong and ugly claims!
The Truth about Aluminium in Deodorant.
First, it’s worth noting that most of the research that looks into the link between breast cancer and aluminium in deodorant comes from only one research group.
According to Ted S. Gansler, MD, MBA, director of Medical Content for the American Cancer Society, “There is no convincing evidence that antiperspirant or deodorant increases cancer risk”.
There was a study published in 2002 by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that looked into the relationship between breast cancers and deodorants in 1606 woman. The findings did not show an increased risk of cancer among the deodorant.
One of the Myths mentioned above states that ‘aluminium stops toxins being expelled through our skin and the toxins are instead clogging up our lymph nodes around our armpits and breasts.’ Actually, antiperspirants block sweat glands, not lymph nodes. Also, breast cancer actually starts in the breast and then spreads to the lymph nodes, not the other way around.
The Cancer Council states that “Reputable organisations like the American National Cancer Institute, cancer research UK, the American Cancer Society and most other major authorities suggest a link between deodorant or antiperspirant use and breast cancer is unconfirmed, or simply a myth.”
Heather M Snyder, PhD, Senior associate director of Medical and Scientific relations of the Alzheimers Association says that, “There was a lot of research that looked at the link between Alzheimers and aluminium, and there hasn’t been any definitive evidence to suggest there is a link.
According to flightdementia.org.au, “At present so little is known about the underlying cell changes in Alzheimer’s disease that the definitive statements about the role of aluminium cannot be made with any certainty. However, the balance of evidence does not appear to support a specific role for aluminium in Alzheimer’s disease”.
The Cancer Council make a great point on this when they say, “Studies show that there is no relationship between antiperspirant use and Alzheimer’s disease. Humans are exposed to aluminium from food, packaging, pans, water, air and medicines. From the aluminium we are exposed to, only minute amounts are absorbed, and these are usually excreted or harmlessly stored in the bone.”
Sweating is natural, we need to sweat as it’s our bodies natural way of cooling down and removing toxins. Considering this, it then doesn’t seem right to block our pores preventing this natural process from happening.
The trouble is that aluminium isn’t the only toxic ingredient in deodorants.
Other toxins that can be found are:
- Propylene Glycol
- TEA & DEA
- Artificial Colours
Dr. Mercola reports that, “A 2012 study found one or more parabens in 99% of the 160 tissue samples collected from 40 mastectomies”
From this the conclusion is that using a natural deodorant is the best way to go.
You can either make your own or Irene from Nourished Life has a great article on choosing which natural deodorant is right for you, you can check it out here.
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