It has now gotten to the point where babies are being BORN toxic due to the toxic load of their mothers. A 2004 study found that blood samples from newborns contained an average of 287 toxins including mercury, fire retardants, pesticides and chemicals in non-stick cookware.
Nobody wants to stink, but clogging our armpits with toxic antiperspirants is an extreme solution. The average stick of deodorant is loaded with carcinogens, hormone disrupters, allergens, neurotoxins, and pesticides. Yeah, pretty extreme.
Heavy Metal Kills, Dude
Toxic heavy metals are everywhere. Lead in our plumbing and soil, mercury in our vaccinations and seafood, fluoride in our water, arsenic in our rice, and aluminum in our deodorant. Aluminum? Yep. It clogs the pores of the armpit to prevent sweating, effectively trapping toxins. These aluminum compounds mimic estrogen, increasing breast cancer risk in women and prostate cancer risk in men. Aluminum buildup in the body is also liked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Parabens are preservatives that keep bacteria and mold from growing in your average cosmetic product. These compounds mimic estrogen, potentially upping cancer risks and causing reproductive harm. What’s more, they are found in about 90% of drug store products and have been found in the urine of every American studied. These have been banned in Europe since 2012.
Stop and Smell the…Pesticides?
Triclosan is a pesticide used as an antibacterial in hundreds of consumer goods, including deodorant. It has been linked to a host of nasty biological issues including bacteria resistance and impaired hormone function.
And this stuff is under attack everywhere, from its use being phased out by cosmetic giant Johnson & Johnson to Canada recently declaring the pesticide as toxic to the environment.
Propylene glycol is petroleum product with a variety of uses including antifreeze, paint solvent, and the creation of artificial fog. It also is neurotoxic in large amounts. In fact the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety states that workers should avoid skin contact while the Center for Disease Control warns that propylene glycol “can adversely affect the renal system (kidneys), the respiratory system, and the skin.”
It’s worth noting that this compound is used as a penetration enhancer, which means it alters the top layer of the skin to make drugs or other chemical substances easier to absorb. So while this substance may or may not be safe in low doses, the fact that it acts as a drug mule in our bodies should be reason enough to seek out a natural product. However, beware that a whole bunch of “natural” deodorant companies still include this chemical, so read the label or check out this list of ten natural deodorants from chasinggreen.com
Fragrances are a mystery concoction of potentially thousands of chemicals that never make it on an ingredient list. Side effects of these scents include neuro and ecotoxicity, organ damage, respiratory complications, hormone disruptions, and skin allergies.
Phthalates are what keep fragrances stuck to skin throughout the day. These babies can be found in vinyl flooring, shower curtains, and literally hundreds of cosmetics and personal care products. Emerging research shows a link between phthalates and male reproductive health including reduced sperm counts and even penis malformations. And these only show up in ingredient lists as fragrance.
In closing, the average personal care product is laced with crap that doesn’t belong in our body. Sure, there are “safe limits” assigned to most of these chemicals, the problem is they are in everything and often build up in our system so I say why risk it? There’s a whole bunch of natural deodorants on the market and plenty of DIY uber natural recipes available online, so keeping your ‘pits fresh and pure is so easy…well, anyone can do it.
And hey, for a complete chemical breakdown of over 64,000 personal care products go ahead and check out the Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. And don’t forget to share this post or send it to a friend if you care about the health of their sweat glands!