There have been a lot of rumors swirling around about how deodorants and antiperspirants can be a cause of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease, so I did some research to find out why…
According to the National Cancer Institute, there is no solid scientific proof that deodorants and antiperspirants are a cause of breast cancer; however, parabens (used as a preservative in deodorants) have been proven to mimic estrogen, which can promote the growth of breast cancer cells. That’s enough to make me worry. Breastcancer.org states that 1 in 8 women (that reach the age of 70) will develop an invasive form of breast cancer.
Antiperspirants contain aluminum that is engineered to plug up the sweat ducts. Alzheimer’s patients have a much higher content of aluminum in the brain making the correlation seem pretty suspicious. The Alzheimer’s Association predict a 44% increase in the disease growth by 2025!
While there is no concrete evidence that deodorants and antiperspirants cause these incredibly devastating diseases, the rise in people contracting these diseases is eerie. Clearly, we’re doing something wrong!
Why we don’t need antiperspirants and deodorants
Our bodies are made to sweat. Other than keeping our bodies cool in warm climates, sweating is a natural detox. Antiperspirants clog up our sweat ducts, preventing the toxins from being released and putting aluminum on your skin to be absorbed into your system.
One of the most dangerous, chemical-ridden products on the market is most likely sitting in your laundry room right now and you’ve probably never given it a second thought.
The chemicals that make these products work remain on the clothes even several times after they are washed. They’re absorbed through the skin and lungs and certain traces of these chemicals have been found in urine, blood, and even breastmilk! The worst part of all is that the manufacturers aren’t required by law to put their full list of ingredients on the product! So when you read “Fragrance” on the box, you have no idea how many chemicals that “Fragrance” contains or how extremely detrimental to your health it is!
Research of these chemicals have linked them to:
- asthma and other respiratory conditions
- reproductive and fertility problems
- developmental issues
- skin irritation
- kidney, liver, and nervous system damage
- massive hormones disruptions
If you’re looking to live a more chemical-free lifestyle, there are some big changes you’re going to have to make, but the hardest part is making the commitment to do so. The easiest transition for me was switching to natural household cleaning products. We learn to love the strong, chemical odor that our favorite cleaning products give off because it reassures us that the product is doing what it’s supposed to do…clean.
After my son was born, a different perspective worked it’s way around me.
Let’s face it, babies are gross. They pick up anything they can get their tiny little fingers on and it goes directly into their mouths. They lick the windows. They eat off of the floor. I knew this was going to happen. So, I would clean and clean and clean to make sure that all the disgusting things my son was bound to do wouldn’t be as disgusting. But all of those products are chemicals. In fact, the labels TELL you that they are dangerous and that you need to seek medical attention if ingested. So why would I be wiping these dangerous, hazardous chemicals around my house, when I know that they are going to end up in my son’s mouth? I started looking into alternatives and found that not only do they work just as well as the chemicals I had been spraying everywhere, my homemade concoctions save me money, too!