Dangerous chemicals like parabens and aluminum are probably in most of the personal care products we use regularly, assuming they are completely safe.
According to research published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology editorial, high concentrations of carcinogenic parabens were found in the upper quadrants of the breast, as well as in the axillary area where deodorants are used.
Parabens are chemicals used in antiperspirants, cosmetics, and sun lotions as a preservative. Other studies have confirmed that all parabens have estrogenic activity, which means they play a part in estrogen-sensitive cancers like breast cancer.
Does Your Antiperspirant Contain These Carcinogenic Substances?
The study mentioned above reviewed 160 tissue samples from 40 mastectomies, and discovered that 99 percent of the samples had one or more paraben esters in them. In fact, 60 percent of the samples contained all five paraben esters!
Deodorants and anti perspirents are not the only source of parabens. Seven of the 40 patients in the study claimed that they never used deodorants or antiperspirants in their lifetime. This means that parabens from drugs, cosmetics and personal care products, and other sources can bioaccumulate in your breast tissue.
So Why Are You Still Using Paraben-Containing Products?
Did you know that these paraben chemicals have barely been properly investigated and proven safe? The pivotal evaluation that determined the human safety of this chemical is a rat study that dates back to 1956!
The majority of the toxicology studies on parabens are based on oral exposure, not on “dermal route,” which, according to the review authors Philip Harvey and David Everett, is the most significant form of exposure.
Aluminum: Another Cancer-Causing Chemical You Must Avoid
Aluminum is the active ingredient used in antiperspirants to clog, close, or block the sweat-producing pores under your arms. Aluminum blocks one of your body’s routes for detoxification (releasing toxins via your underarm sweat). A bigger concern is where are these metals are going once you apply them to your skin? Into your body of course!
Aluminum can also mimic estrogen, and can be absorbed and deposited in your breast tissue. Researchers from a previous study even said that increased aluminum levels in the body can used to identify women who have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
Antiperspirant use is one of the most common sources of aluminum exposure for humans. A single underarm application can make you absorb as much as 0.012 percent of the aluminum. This does not sound like very much, but if you add all the aluminum from your deodorant or antiperspirant use throughout your lifetime, the total amountis too much!
Should You Switch to ‘Natural’ Deodorants?
YES! The good news is that there are many chemical-free and aluminum-free deodorants today. Products sold in health food stores tend to be a lot safer and are usually free of Aluminum and parabens.
I personally use Dr Mist. I own a successful health food store in Kelowna, called Abaco Health and have access to many natural products. All of them are effective but I have found the best, longest lasting and most effective product is Dr Mist.
Dr. Mist effectively kills body odor even if bathing is not possible for up to 3 days while allowing pores to breathe and flushing out toxins. Dr. Mist is marketed as a deodorant, but because Dr. Mist kills bacteria, people have also used it to accelerate healing in wounds, eczema, cold sores, take the sting out of insect bites and skin itchiness. Spray on clean feet, inside shoes and underwear for total freshness. Dr. Mist will also take ALL ODORS out of sports equipment and helmets for days!
I have recommended Dr Mist to hundred's of our clients and we have had nothing but positive reviews back. Do yourself and your loved ones a favour and throw out those products containing aluminum and parabens and try something safe and effective that is not going to increase your risk of cancer!
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