Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer

Sometimes life takes over and we wake up one day asking ourselves what happened. Where did the time fly. In this case obviously my life took over for a few months and I took a break from writing…

These being said, it doesn’t mean that I stopped documenting myself, reading, doing trainings and getting interesting and useful ideas…

Lately, in case you got close enough to smell me, you might have noticed some BO. Not bad, but it’s there 🙂 This is a joke of course, but in the past couple of months I did try  to find the best natural under arm deodorants, mainly from Whole Foods…Why?

On a number of occasions I’ve heard about antiperspirants being linked to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. There was a study about 10 years ago which said that in 17 or 18 cases out of 20, paraben build up was found in breast tissue. The same study did not conclude that parabens cause breast tumors. Furthermore, the same study did not conclude that the paraben build up in the unhealthy breast tissue was caused by the use of antiperspirants or other antiperspirant deodorants.

It has been explained how a certain ingredient in antiperspirants, an aluminum compound called “aluminum chlorohydrate, acts like  little “plugs” for the sweat ducts and prevents us from perspiring and getting rid of potentially harmful toxins.  The aluminum chlorohydrate and the chemical complex called “parabens” stops the body from purging toxins through sweat….which when trapped, accumulate in the lymph nodes and contribute to the cellular changes that can lead to breast cancer.

We know that sweating is a natural and necessary function of the body. Through sweating our skin helps control the body’s temperature, releases toxins, heals and breathes. 

“Breast cancer and Alzheimer’s are two complicated diseases which are difficult to associate with one singular cause, such as antiperspirant/deodorant use,” Paul Pestano, MS, research analyst with the Environmental Working Group, said in an e-mail interview.

But, considering that 1 out of 8 women in the U.S. will get breast cancer in their lifetime, I have decided to at least try to lead a healthier lifestyle. However, in this quest to lead a healthier lifestyle, I am trying not to isolate and restrict myself or my family from all “good” things in life 😉 Moderation is everything!

Ingredients which will help reduce the BO causing bacteria you should look for in the  best antiperspirant for you:

  • Essential oils such as tea tree, lavender, lemon grass
  • Aloe
  • Fruit extracts such as lemon, orange and grapefruit
  • Baking soda.

Here there are a few antiperspirants I have tried lately, which are going to work naturally while reducing bad odors. But remember, they need to be reapplied throughout the day!


























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One thought on “Antiperspirants and Breast Cancer

  1. Glad to read this as I too have been hearing a lot about this and have finally decided to pay attention and look for a smart alternative. 🙂 Thanks, Bianca!

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