Oct 022013
 

When selling my natural deodorants, people often expect me to lecture them on how bad antiperspirant is for you. I can tell I disappoint them when I don’t launch into claims about how  commercially made antiperspirant causes breast cancer and the Aluminum Zirconium causes Alzheimer Disease. I don’t do this because whether antiperspirants definitely cause disease isn’t clear cut. Nevertheless, I argue against using antiperpirants because solutions that work better than antiperspirants against body odor exist.

Antiperspirants Can Cause Granuloma

There is one condition caused by commercially sold antiperspirants that is proven,   Granuloma, characterized by rashing and bumping under the arm.  According to Wikipedia, Granulomas form when the immune system attempts to wall off substances that it perceives as foreign but is unable to eliminate. This is consistent with the way antiperspirants work. Antiperspirants all contain some form of aluminium.  According to the website Discovery Fit and Health, aluminum ions  enter cells under your arm and swell when you sweat, blocking further sweat from escaping.

 When the aluminum ions are drawn into the cells, water passes in with them. As more water flows in, the cells begin to swell, squeezing the ducts closed so that sweat can’t get out.

So, it makes sense that some bodies see these aluminum ions as foreign entities and develop a permanent sensitivity to them.  A study at Walter Reed Institute of Research confirms that it is possible to develop an acute hypersensitivity reaction to an aluminum zirconium complex.

 

Why Use Antiperspirant?

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What I ask customers is why would they choose to use antiperspirant when there is something that is more effective, more natural and has simpler ingredients?

The answer for me is clear, I use my own deodorant.  It works better for me and I don’t rash from it. Furthermore, I personally:

  • don’t trust that big corporations are putting only healthy things into our products. (read more here)
  • think it is wise  to keep body care products as chemically free as possible, read my Safe and Simple article here.

Most Important, Don’t be too Afraid

Remember though that fear and stress is also unhealthy so I don’t agree with anyone who sells products based on fear because:

  • our fear about things  is already too great.
  • breeding fear is rarely in anyone’s best interest.
  • can be deadly and debilitating
  • already making good people do bad things.

I am not comfortable in selling anything to anyone by instilling fear or generating negative energy. I want people to come to healthy living easily and openly because it is a natural progression of their life. I know some people are convinced that antiperspirant deodorants filled with all their crap can cause some very specific serious illness and I suspect there is some truth to that.

More Reading

Here are some links to others opinions on the subject of how bad antiperspirant is;

The  Healthy Economist “10 Reasons Why Store Deodorants Stink

From Wisegeek  What are the Dangers of  Aluminium Zirconium

Jun 132013
 

Here is a list of herbs I’ve compiled from other sites that suggest herbs to avoid while pregnant

Angelica Used as an emmenagogue, meaning used to stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus; and menstruation. Common emmenagogues include  mugwort, parsley, chamomile and ginger to cause an abortion or prevent pregnancy. Others use emmenagogues to stimulate menstrual flow
Basil Possible irritant
Birch Possible irritant
Black pepper Skin sensitization
Boldo leaf Toxic
Buchu Liver hazardous
Calamus Toxic
Camphor Toxic
Cassia Skin sensitization
Cedarwood Emmenagogue
Chamomile Emmenagogue
Cinnamon Skin sensitization and emmenagogue
Clary sage Emmenagogue
Clove Skin sensitization
Elecampane Skin sensitization
Fennel Anethole rich
Fir Possible irritant
Ginger Emmenagogue
Horseradish Toxic
Hyssop Could cause toxicity
Jaborandi leaf Toxic
Jasmine Emmenagogue
Juniper Emmenagogue
Lemon Possible irritant
Lemongrass Possible irritant
Marjoram Emmenagogue
Melissa Possible irritant
Mugwort Toxic
Mustard Toxic
Myrrh Emmenagogue
Nightshade Toxic
Nutmeg Skin sensitization
Oregano Skin sensitization
Parsley seed Apiol rich
Pennyroyal Toxic
Peppermint Emmenagogue
Pine Skin sensitization
Rose Emmenagogue
Rosemary Emmenagogue
Rue Toxic
Sage High thujone content. Thujone is best known as a chemical compound in the spirit absinthe. Is reported to be toxic to both brain and liver cells and could cause convulsions if used in too high a dose. Other thujone-containing plants such as the tree Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis) are used in herbal medicine, mainly for their immune-system stimulating effects. Side-effects from the essential oil of this plant include anxiety and sleeplessness, which confirms the central nervous system effects of thujone
Sassafras Toxic
Savin Toxic
Savory Could cause toxicity
Southernwood Toxic
Stinging nettle Toxic
Tansy Toxic
Thuja Toxic
Thyme both Red and Linalol) Possible irritant
Wintergreen Toxic
Wormseed Toxic
Wormwood Toxic
Balsamite Contains Camphor, a neurotoxin and convulsant.
Ho leaf Contains Camphor, a neurotoxin and convulsant.
Hyssop Contains Pinocamphone, which is generally toxic, a neurotoxin, and convulsant.
Indian Dill Seed Contains Apiol, which is generally toxic, an abortifacient, and toxic to the fetus.)
Juniperus Pfitzeriana Contains Sabinyl acetate, known to be an abortifacient.
Parsley Leaf Contains Apiol, which is generally toxic, an abortifacient, and toxic to the fetus.
Parsleyseed Contains Apiol, which is a generally toxic, an abortifacient, and toxic to the fetus.
Plectranthus Contains Sabinyl acetate, known to be an abortifacient.
Sage Sopanish Contains Sabinyl acetate, known to be an abortifacient.)
Savin Contains Sabinyl acetate, known to be an abortifacient.)
Annual Wormwood Contains Artemisia ketone, which is possibly toxic and a neurotoxin)
Cangerana Contains Safrole, a possible carcinogen.
Lavandula Stoechas Contains Camphor which is a neurotoxin and convulsant.)
Lavender cotton Contains Artemisia ketone, which is possibly toxic and a neurotoxin.)
Oakmoss Contains Thujone, a neurotoxin known to cause convulsions.)
Perilla Contains Perilla ketone, which is potentially toxic
Rue Has a strong folk history of being an abortifacient with a small amount of clinical evidence to back it up. It is not known which compounds are to blame, but it is likely that its general toxicity is to blame for its possible abortifacient nature.)
Treemoss Contains Thujone, a neurotoxin known to cause convulsions.)
Nov 302012
 

I made this cheat sheet up for myself and thought I should share it.

Product Name Why they are added Negative Possibilities 1 Negative Possibilities 2 Negative Possibilities 3 Negative Possibilities 4 Negative Possibilities 5
Butylated Hydroxyanisole preservative banned in European union as probable carcinogen can cause loss of pigmentation may impact thyroid levels may impact reproductive development may cause liver damage
Cyclomethicon
Diazolidinyl Urea preservative releases formaldehyde over time
Dibutyl Phthalate often found in nail polish
diethanolmine (DEA) emulsifying and foaming agent FDA linked to cancer
Dimethicone make products smoother
Dimethicone Copolyol
Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate (DLS) enhances absorption of lotion FDA recommends not to use on children. She why would I want to use it?
DMDM Hydantoin releases formaldehyde over time
Formaldehyde often found in nail polish
Hydroquinone bleaching agent skin irritant DNA damage banned in many countries
Imidazolidinyl Urea preservative releases formaldehyde over time allergen
Liquid Paraffin sun sensitivity
Mineral oil. sun sensitivity
Nanomaterials nanoparticles are so small that they can penetrate cell walls, including organ tissues, once there, who knows?
Nanoparticles nanoparticles are so small that they can penetrate cell walls, including organ tissues, once there, who knows?
Nanotechnology nanoparticles are so small that they can penetrate cell walls, including organ tissues, once there, who knows?
Parabens preservative may imitate estrogen and disrupte endorcrine systems may cause reproductive and dvevelopment problems FDA cites a report by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review showing a connection between parabens and breast cancer.
paraffin
petrolatum
Petroleum sun sensitivity
Phthalates “fragrance” may affect development in children
Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) cleanser may increase risk of leukemia and uterine, breast and brain cancers an common allergen petroleum based may be contiminated
Propylene Glycol sun sensitivity
Propylene Glycol petroleum product that may contain toxins that lead to kidney damage
Quaternium-15 releases formaldehyde over time
Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate strong skin irritant possible hormone and endocrine disruptors suspected carningen and gene mutagens classified as a human and animal carcinogen by the EPA
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) bubbles! common skin allergen irritant
Thimerosal a preservative derived from mercury
Toulene often found in nail polish
triethanolamine (TEA) emulsifying and foaming agent FDA linked to cancer
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