Archive for February, 2011

Why Isn’t Non Aluminum Deodorant Mandatory

February 16th, 2011

Did you know that aluminum comes in many forms and is the third most prevalent element on earth?  It is ubiquitous and found in air, food, water, fertilizer, body care products, automobiles, and even medicines. It is listed as a neurotoxin in Pub Med.gov by US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.  There are over 2000 references in the National Library of Medicine on adverse effects of aluminum. Even though aluminum is classified as a neurotoxin it has been exempted from testing for safety by the FDA.  In fact it is somehow classified as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS).

According to an FDA Database, “It has been estimated that the daily aluminum intake for man from all dietary sources can range from 10 to 100 mg per day and that of this amount, the intake from aluminum compounds added to food may average about 20 mg per day.” Yet this amount has never been tested by the FDA for its safety and aluminum has been found to be toxic at much lower levels than this.

The 67th Report of the Joint WHO/FAO (World Health Organization and Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) Expert Committee on Food Additives in 2006, states in their draft, “aluminum compounds have the potential to effect the reproductive system and developing nervous system at doses lower than used in establishing the previous PTWI (Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intake) and therefore the PTWI should be revised.” Other sources of aluminum exposure that were considered were air, medicine, cosmetics including aluminum deodorants. The Committee established a standard in PTWI (because of the potential of bio-accumulation), of 1mg/kg which applies to all aluminum compounds in food, including additives.”

The growing evidence that it bio-accumulates in the body, bodes wise for making healthy choices such as non aluminum deodorant and cosmetics and to stay away from foods that contain aluminum.  

Aluminum is in many food additives.  There was a petition introduced in 2001 by Colin G. Meyer, DVM PhD. Colonel US Army, Center of Food Analysis and Diagnostic Laboratory.

The purpose was to rescind GRAS Status for Aluminum Based Food Additives. In his letter to the then FDA Director of Center of Food Additive Safety and Applied Nutrition it said, “The primary contention of my petition was there is compelling epidemiological evidence that dietary aluminum is a causal or contributing factor in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. “If these food agents were introduced today rather than having been grandfathered in GRAS many years ago, it is a virtually certainty that the FDA would not ignore the current body of scientific evidence that incriminates dietary aluminum and declare them to be GRAS. It requires no more than a superficial risk-benefit analysis of current findings to declare that the inclusion of these agents into the food supply is not a reasonably safe practice.”  This petition unfortunately is now dead.

Dr. Christopher Exley, Keele University in England has done extensive studies on aluminum and has expressed growing concerns about the connection of breast cancer and antiperspirants. In September 2007, Chris Exley, PhD.* and his team, found “a statistically higher concentration of aluminum” in breast tissue biopsies from patients,” showing again that  aluminum-free deodorants are the safest route.

So why is it in everything from fertilizer to food, medicine and cosmetics? Aluminum is highly regulated in many other countries but there is a serious lack of regulation in the US at the core of the problem. There are more than 84,000 chemicals registered in the United States. Industry should be proving their safety but they are not.  Government allows for a high level of harm before taking action on a chemical and it is frequently too late when that takes place.  All too often when preliminary findings show toxic implications, funding becomes unavailable to take research to the necessary level for proving health hazards.

Kelp and Natural Organic Deodorant

February 9th, 2011

Do you know if you are you getting enough kelp these days?  Most people in America don’t even know how important it is for their health. Historically, kelp has been used for centuries both internally and externally for its many health benefits.

Kelp is gelatinous in quality and it can protect and add shine to your hair.  It is also very soothing both for the skin, and believe it or not, it is good for your digestion too.

Sea herbs like kelp are used in facial masks because they heal, hydrate, detoxify, and re-mineralize the skin.  They can also be used in a natural organic deodorant, helping to alkalize underarm pH, cleanse bacteria and stifle odor.

Herbalix has formulated its Cleansing Detox Deodorant® with kelp to attract, absorb and cleanse bacterium and metal ions from the underarms. An aluminum-free deodorant, with absolutely no form of aluminum. Pure, organic detoxifying ingredients work at night and provide six to eight hours of safe and efficient absorption of accumulated debris underneath your arms.