Archive for March, 2011

Are Food Dye Concerns Related to Aluminum?

March 31st, 2011

Have you seen all the recent news concerning food dyes posing risks including hyperactivity in children? We believe this may in fact be related to aluminum in the dyes. Manufactures have been using aluminum and alums salts as food colorings and as inexpensive fillers in drinks, food, medicines and even cosmetics for years. Any governmental guidelines for the uses of aluminums in the US is almost non-existence, which is what has led to the outbreak of news. As follows:
New York Times.

Food coloring is just the tip of the iceberg as aluminums are ubiquitous, and products containing man-made aluminum should carry a warning to safeguard all of us – from children to the elderly.

Aluminum toxicity is not new, and it is arguably one of the world’s most serious ecotoxicants. Recently scientists worldwide have been studying the impact of aluminum accumulation and its resulting burden on the body. In fact, in February Herbalix attended the Ninth Keele Meeting in Ontario, Canada in February — “Aluminium and Life: Living in the Aluminium Age.”

Through our extensive research of the underarm (axilla) and aluminum, we have developed the first of its kind non-aluminum deodorant called the Cleansing Detox Deodorant™ for nighttime use, made with certified organic ingredients. Formulated to attract, absorb and cleanse bacterium and metal ions, including aluminum, from the underarms, detoxifying ingredients work at night and provide six to eight hours of safe and efficient absorption of accumulated debris and odors.

An aluminum-free deodorant, The Herbalix Restoratives’ Cleansing Detox Deodorant absorbs excess sweats, allowing the release of impeded waste fluids such as alum salts, allows healthy lymphatic flow, and cleanses the skin of all types of aluminums, while encouraging a reduction in daytime odors.

Toxins are filtered through the body’s waste but some are not released as easily and are stored in the body; specifically in one area – the underarms. Even if a person doesn’t use deodorants or antiperspirants, aluminum is abundant in our world, found in air, food, water, fertilizer, body care products, automobiles, medicines (vaccines), and food dyes. In addition, numerous studies have shown that various ingredients in everyday household products, and even personal care items, are linked to everything from cancer to learning deficits, according to the Environmental Working Group.

Cancer Studies on Lymph Nodes Prompts Use of Detox Cleansing Deodorant

March 23rd, 2011

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.

New Research on Breast Cancer and Aluminum Levels

March 19th, 2011

Today Dr. Mercola has posted an article in his newsletter and on his website, entitled, “New Studies Reveal Alarming Hidden Cause of Breast Cancer” and it is fascinating to see that finally there’s reference to aluminum as a possible cause as well. For years scientists have researched this, and many consumers are now seeking non-aluminum deodorants.

The author of the article, Russell L. Blaylock, MD, CCN, cites a recent study saying, “A recent report from the Department of Biomolecular Sciences in Urbino Italy, found that fluid taken from the nipple of cancer patients contained significantly higher levels of aluminum than did nipple fluid taken from women without breast cancer—approximately twice as much aluminum. (Source: Mannello F, et al. Analysis of aluminum content and iron homeostasis in nipple aspirate fluids from healthy women and breast cancer-affected patients. J Appl Toxicol 2011; Feb 21, (ahead of print).)

Lately there is much concern among many scientists and doctors,even as researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, are not – to date- aware of conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the development of breast cancer. But because aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants and deodorants form a plug in the sweat duct under the arm and stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface, some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds which are frequently applied and remain on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause hormonal, or estrogen-like effects.

It has been proven that estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, and now, more scientists believe that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants, and in what has been called natural organic deodorants known as crystal rock deodorant, may contribute to the development of breast cancer. They are not natural or organic.

Dr. Philippa Darbre, who studies links between antiperspirants and breast cancer, has found that the alum salts are absorbed into the sweat ducts and the surrounding skin. She also has found the alum leeches down beyond the arm pit area leaving dead cells. (Source: Aluminum In Breast Tissue: A Possible Factor In The Cause of Breast Cancer).

This report talks about the fact that levels of aluminium and iron-binding proteins (ferritin, transferrin) were measured in nipple aspirate fluids (NAF) from women with (Cancer) and without (No Cancer) breast cancer. The mean levels of aluminium and ferritin were significantly higher in Cancer than in No Cancer NAF and a positive correlation was found between them in the Cancer NAF. Raised levels of aluminium and modulation of proteins that regulate iron homeostasis could therefore provide biomarkers of women at higher risk of breast cancer.

After carefully sourcing scientific data, we have concluded: 1. Most of us are unaware of the presence of aluminum. 2. Aluminum intrusion is part of our daily lives. It is found in a myriad of products and the only way to prevent aluminum from getting into our bodies is to avoid products containing aluminum, when possible. Simply being aware is a beginning. On a daily bases we are allowing too much excess aluminum into our lives. It is important to avoid products with man-made aluminum in them. If for no other reason but monetary gain, the use of aluminum or its components certainly contributes to the cost of health care.

Herbalix Cleansing Detox Deodorant is the only one of the market that can assist in cleansing aluminum from the body through the underarms. A better alternative to crystal rock and crystal body deodorant type products, because it is aluminum-free, Herbalix Restoratives™ (www.herbalix.com) is now marketing the first Cleansing Detox Deodorant™ for nighttime use. Clinically tested, this is truly an organic natural deodorant with all natural ingredients including coriander, seaweed and coconut oil, all of which help to attract and absorb bacteria.

Why Herbalix is Forging “What’s Under YOUR Arms Campaign”

March 11th, 2011

Many people grew up believing that government agencies were there to protect us against dangerous chemicals or ingredients in products. The trouble is today, many of the ingredients in consumer products could be causing everything from cancer to learning deficits. One such ingredient is aluminum. It is everywhere, in the air, food, medicines, and skin care products like antiperspirants.

Most chemicals are virtually unregulated, because federal law does not require testing for harmful effects before chemicals are allowed for use in products or manufacturing. Once chemicals are in use, it is extremely difficult for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to restrict them. Washington lacks the legal and regulatory structure needed to prevent harmful chemicals from turning up in consumer products.

Herbalix has developed the first of its kind non-aluminum deodorant called the Cleansing Detox Deodorant™ for nighttime use, made with certified organic ingredients. In addition to launching their new website, www.herbalix.com, the aluminum-free deodorant campaign has been designed to raise awareness of the fact that most antiperspirants contain aluminum as the active ingredient and are classified as “drugs” because they change the physiological process of the body, acting like little ‘plugs’ to stop sweat. The use of commercial deodorants can lead to the buildup of chemicals resulting in irritation and hygiene problems.

Through its extensive research of the underarm (axilla) and aluminum, Herbalix developed its Cleansing Detox Deodorant to cleanse away buildup, allowing for the release of impeded waste fluids, encourages healthy lymphatic flow, and absorbs all types of aluminum, encouraging a reduction in daytime odors.

Why Crystal Rock Deodorant Is Not Aluminum-Free Deodorant

March 3rd, 2011

A category of natural mineral salt deodorants, crystal rock deodorant, is claiming to prevent odor before it starts.

On the other hand, most major brand deodorants use harsh chemicals to mask odor and actually stop sweat. Here’s how they typically work: the mineral salts form a topical layer on your skin. This is inhospitable to most of the bacteria that cause odor. Although the manufacturers of crystal body deodorant claim their products contain no alcohol, parabens, or aluminum chlorohydrate, they in fact do still contain Potassium alum and Ammonium alum compounds. Therefore they are not aluminium-free deodorants.

There is misleading science regarding the compounds potassium alum and ammonium alum when used in so called “natural” products. This is especially true in relationship to their use in crystal body deodorant. Most people believe that neither are actually components of aluminum, when in fact the alum in crystal deodorants is either potassium alum or ammonium alum.