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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cancer Risk or Fringe Hype?

I started hearing a weird fringe warning about the risk of the aluminum in deodorants and antiperspirants causing cancer or contributing to developing Alzheimer’s.

Yikes wow right? I had never even looked twice at the warning labels these products contain. Now as I scanned shelf after shelf I was hard pressed to find any that did not contain it. 

Are we really doing these things to ourselves was the question in the way back of my mind or rather is this proof at last??? I could only find non aluminum deodorants no antiperspirants. Thankfully sweat production was not a huge concern of mine. 

Next I realized that not all these deodorants were working well against my body odor to minimize if not completely totally neutralize it. I tried the Crystal stick, next some Toms of Maine scents. Nothing worked until I happened upon Adidas which I have been loving.

A recent post came through a site where I moderate a handful of groups. The post was from a breast cancer survivor sharing a simple recipe for homemade deodorant that she has been using:
1 tablespoon baking soda 
                               6 tablespoons of cornstarch

Someone followed up adding that mixing the sifted powder into melted coconut oil would produce a solid applicator for easier use and less mess in application. Maybe we will give this a try.
Convincing the teen age girl to get on board with all my seemingly oddball ideas has not gone so smoothly.

It seems the National Cancer Institute is still trying to figure out if there is really any thing to worry about. I am just happy not to have to hold my breath while we wait.

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