Archive for July, 2011

Antibiotic Chemicals Are no Better than Soap

July 27th, 2011

Remember when your Mom used to tell you to wash your hands – and you used a plain old soap? In the last decade, we have all seen an increase in in antibacterial soaps including bars, liquid organic hand soaps, creams and wipes with triclocarban and triclosan which has now been added to plastic lunchboxes, chopping boards, mattresses and even refrigerators, to which it is intended to stop microbes from spreading.

Now there are studies showing that these kinds of antibiotic chemicals work no better than plain old soap when it comes to preventing respiratory or gastrointestinal illnesses. What’s worse, for those patients who were chronically ill, antibiotic soaps were associated with an increase in the frequency of cough, runny nose and fever.

“What we do know is that the influence of these wipes and salves does not end with our hands, but instead spreads from them down our drains and out into society. What happens when antibiotic soaps and suds go down drains? To find out, a group of scientists recently made artificial drains clogged with bacteria … and then subjected them to low and high doses of triclosan … Triclosan kills ‘weak’ bacteria but favors the tolerant, among them species of bacteria that eat triclosan … Triclosan may also favor lineages of bacteria that are also resistant to the oral antibiotics used in hospitals. In conclusion, triclosan affected estrogen-mediated responses in the pubertal and weanling female rat and also suppressed thyroid hormone in both studies.” (Source: Toxicological Sciences)

Herbalix natural hand soaps reverse the effects from using all kinds of harmful synthetic chemicals. Through blending a unique combination of sustainable plant based botanicals, this soap cleans and protects hands without drying them out – even after multiple washings.  Choose from  lovely scents – Clary Sage, Tropical Cove or No Added Fragrance.

Breast Cancer Fund Adds Aluminum in Deodorants to “Avoid” List

July 19th, 2011

We are delighted to see that the Breast Cancer Fund has added aluminum in deodorants to the list of  things to avoid, as highlighted in their latest email newsletter.

Lisa Archer, National Coordinator of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, Breast Cancer Fund said, “Deodorant — By now you’ve probably guessed that parabens and fragrance should be on your “avoid” list. For deodorant, add aluminum to that list, too.”

The brief on their website mentions how aluminum is found in some underarm antiperspirants. Like cadmium, aluminum is a metal that mimics estrogen and can also cause direct damage to DNA. Studies have not shown a direct causal link to breast cancer risk, but breast tissue has been shown to concentrate aluminum in the same area where the highest proportion of breast cancers are originally diagnosed. To read more, click here.

Herbalix is the only company that manufactures a non-aluminum deodorant called the Detox  Cleansing Deodorant which has been developed to cleanse away buildup and to release waste fluids. It also helps encourage healthy lymphatic flow, and absorbs all types of aluminums, encouraging a reduction in daytime odors.

This natural organic deodorant works to cleanse if  you have been using a commercial deodorant or antiperspirant.  Make sure you check the label to see if it contains any type of aluminum, alum, petroleum or propylene glycol, because if it does, these can all lead to the buildup of chemicals under your arms, resulting in irritation,  or worse.

How to Find a Real Non-aluminum Deodorant

July 17th, 2011

There are a number of so called aluminum-free antiperspirants or non-aluminum deodorants on the market these days. As you may already know, a deodorant prevents unpleasant odors whereas an antiperspirant helps decrease the amount of sweat.  All in all – aluminum compounds are what is  found in antiperspirants. Just look on the labels, and you will find that  antiperspirants and deodorants are comprised of many ingredients, including different forms of aluminum.  Typically, these products use zinc ricinoleate and other nature ingredients. And there are also products on the market using sage oil that mimics the antiperspirant action found in traditional deodorants. Others use baking soda, corn starch and essential oils. These products are readily available at conventional drug stores or health food stores and cost about the same as a traditional deodorant or antiperspirant.

Aluminum in antiperspirants combines with your sweat and then forms plugs that block a percentage of perspiration.  Both zinc and corn starch are controversial  ingredients  that are less desirable than arrowroot or tapioca because of GMP and also allergies. There have been some studies indicating that aluminum could cause Alzheimer’s disease or breast cancer.

Many people are  allergic to the aluminum found in underarm deodorants, and they would be better off using a natural deodorant. Aluminum chloride, an ingredient often found in antiperspirants, has been known to cause skin irritation, including contact dermatitis. If you suffer from contact dermatitis, switching to a non-aluminum deodorant can help prevent irritation. There are many effective deodorants that don’t use aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, or potassium sulfate that are found in antiperspirants and mineral crystal stones.