There are a number of people who are re-thinking what is causing breast cancer, and true naturalists have already switched to non-aluminum deodorant, just to be safe. Why? It has to do with lymph nodes — those little bean-shaped organs of the lymphatic system. Also known as lymph glands, the lymph nodes function to collect waste from the bloodstream. The lymphatic system circulates the interstitial fluid called lymph to your cells and tissues. Those studying the non-aluminum deodorant market have long suspected that alums clog the lymph nodes, and could be linked to cancer.
A recent study found that many women with early breast cancer may not need a painful procedure that has long been routine: removal from the armpit of suspicious cancerous lymph nodes. Researchers have reported in this study that is to be published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that for 40,000 women a year in the United States, some 20 percent of patients, taking out cancerous nodes has no advantage whatsoever, because the cancers are already being treated, or killed, by chemotherapy, rendering lymph node removal unnecessary.
There are up to 600 lymph nodes in your body all of which are important in the functioning of the immune system. They can be independent or in groups of nodes around the armpit area and groin, and located in the neck and collarbone. These axillary lymph nodes act as filters of viruses, bacteria, and other disease causing microorganisms. Nodes are divided into two types, superficial and deep lymph nodes. Essential organs of the immune system, lymph nodes supply unfiltered body fluids to the lymph node for the filtration process. Then these filtered fluids are collected by the efferent vessels and emptied into the cardiovascular system.
Major sites for initiation of autoimmune system responses, the nodes are not usually sensitive to touch, but they can become swollen, inflamed and painful under certain conditions. The size of lymph nodes is important to determine the medical condition.
Many studies have surfaced linking the preservative parabens with breast cancer, including one 2004 study. (Source: The Journal of Applied Toxicology.) The research and medical communities can’t agree on whether or not the parabens or aluminum salts in antiperspirants are truly dangerous due to the fact that they are only following cosmetic claims.
A number of people are interested in new products coming into the market that can reverse damage done from using underarm products with aluminum — Nighttime Cleansing Detox Deodorant™ is manufactured by Herbalix Restoratives, a company who does not require any type of synthetic preservative system in any of their products. The Cleansing Detox Deodorant is 100 percent paraben-free, and it has no metals – meaning it is a non-aluminum deodorant - and also has no propylene, phthalates, emulsifiers, dyes, fillers, or other synthetic ingredients.