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The Link Between Deodorant and Breast Cancer

The makers of personal care products have mocked and vilified your natural balanced scent for generations. Targeted campaigns based on shame and ridicule have made the use of questionable antiperspirant and deodorant products compulsory for most people. 

The advertisers who treat your natural odor with such contempt have skin in the game. They want you to purchase their fragrant chemical concoctions for daily use. They lean heavily on marketing campaigns that suggest their products enhance attractiveness and confidence. No product can fulfill such lofty promises and there is plenty of evidence that antiperspirants and deodorants are detrimental to your health. 

Fox News examined parabens in deodorants. They are used as preservatives in many different types of personal care products, including moisturizers, deodorants, sunscreens, shaving creams and gels, hair products and makeup. Parabens are associated with changes to the production and regulation of estrogen and other hormones in your body as they penetrate your skin and act like a weak estrogen.

Antiperspirants rely on aluminum to block your sweat glands and reduce the amount of secretions. It doesn’t reduce the amount your body produces, only the amount that is secreted through your follicles. As mentioned, aluminum will also kill off some bacteria under your arms that don’t produce strong body odor, allowing those bacteria that do produce a pungent odor to proliferate.

Aluminum is a metal that may increase gene instability in breast tissue. This instability may be related to changes promoting the growth of tumors. Although this is not proof that aluminum is a causative factor, those who use products containing aluminum tend to have higher rates of breast cancer.

Personal care products frequently contain phthalates as well. Gender-bending phthalates are toxic to reproductive glands in both men and women. Fetal development in pregnant women may be affected, and research has linked the compound to reduced IQs and asthma. 

There are natural alternatives to slathering and washing yourself with chemicals each day. Your body has two different types of sweat glands. Eccrine glands are located over most of your body area. They secrete fluid onto the surface of your skin as your body temperature rises. As this fluid evaporates, it helps to lower your core temperature and cool your body.

It is the fluid from your second set of sweat glands that causes body odor. These are the apocrine glands, located mostly where there are dense areas of hair, such as your armpits and groin. Your armpits offer a dark, warm and moist environment for bacteria to live and flourish. As bacteria break down the fluid from the apocrine glands, they produce pungent thioalcohols. 

Medications, sugar, processed foods, stress and health conditions can all adversely impact your body odor. Research has also found that deodorants can worsen your armpit odor. The easiest option is to use no deodorant or antiperspirant at all. Your odor may briefly increase until the bacterial growth stabilizes. Just like reducing or eliminating daily showers may help balance the natural oils on your skin, eliminating all deodorants may help your body to balance your natural odor.

The citric acid in lemons and limes kill odor-producing bacteria. Simply cut a lemon or lime in half and rub it under your arms. You can seal the fruit in a glass container, refrigerate it and reuse it. For obvious reasons, make sure you label it. Baking soda and water, apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are also options if you are unwilling to totally forego deodorant protection.
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