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Studies Say Aluminum and Fragrances in Deodorants Cause Contact Dermatitis

June 15th, 2011

In a new research study from Researcher MV Heisterberg, there are indications that it is the fragrances in deodorants frequently causing contact dermatitis allergy, while cosmetic products are the main causes of fragrance contact allergy. It was after a study was done comparing deodorants and fragrance mixes they contained, when Heisterberg and colleagues determined that deodorants were the leading causes of fragrance allergy, especially among men.

The good news is that fragrance is not required for the function of deodorant. There are many fragrance free deodorants on the market — including Herbalix Restoratives’ Using a fragrance-free deodorant will help prevent contact dermatitis, allergies, and asthma from fragrance ingredients.

Additionally, there is also aluminum in most commercial deodorants, and a percentage of people are also allergic to aluminum and may experience contact dermatitis when exposed to aluminum containing deodorants. Non-aluminum deodorant and antiperspirant is more safe.

A temporary plug within the sweat duct is formed whenever aluminum-based compounds are used as active ingredients in antiperspirants form that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that these aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects. As aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer, you should consider using an aluminum-free deodorant, such as the Herbalix Detox Deodorant to remove build-up in the tissue.

Why You Should Use a Non-Aluminum Deodorant

June 9th, 2011

Deodorants and antiperspirants are made from many ingredients, including various forms of aluminum. If you choose an aluminum-free deodorant, it will protect you from the harmful and toxic side effects of traditional antiperspirants that contain aluminum. Aluminum combines with your perspiration and forms plugs that block a percentage of sweat. However some antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride, which can cause not only cause skin irritation, but also it can cause contact dermatitis, which means painful welts, itchy skin and red rashes.

Today, there are many people who are concerned about aluminum in antiperspirants. Although some studies suggest that aluminum can cause Altzeimer’s, or breast cancer some people have debunked this theory. But for anyone who’s allergic to the aluminum found in underarm deodorants, they would be better off using a non-aluminum deodorant, because switching to a natural deodorant can help prevent irritation.

And, an aluminum allergy is not the only reason you should avoid traditional antiperspirants. Those with sensitive skin also often find aluminum-based products can be irritating. Underarm sensitivity can mean itching, rashes, redness or burning, and after using antiperspirants that contain aluminum, remember that natural, aluminum-free deodorants are very effective in preventing underarm odor.

Where these products differ is that organic deodorants also often contain essential oils with natural antibacterial properties. When switching to an aluminum-free deodorant, one thing to remember is that you will need to apply this type of deodorant more frequently than traditional antiperspirants.

What’s more, we must all remember that if toxins in our bodies are not eliminated through sweating, they can build up in tissue and cause a variety of health problems, including kidney damage.

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 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.

Herbalix Restoratives Corporate Video: Natural Organic Products

January 6th, 2011
0 Herbalix Restoratives Corporate Video: Natural Organic Products

Do you know what’s under your arms? Many antiperspirants and deodorants with aluminum or alum can be harmful to our health. Herbalix makes a non-aluminum deodorant and many other organic skin care products, but they also make a nighttime detox deodorant that can detox our bodies from the aluminum build up. 

For more information go to www.herbalix.com

Products Intended to Improve Our Lives Leave our Bodies Filled with Toxins

November 24th, 2010

Most of us have grown up believing that government agencies are there to protect consumers against dangerous products, but the reality is that many of the ingredients in consumer products undergo little scrutiny by federal or state agencies. In recent years, study after study proves that often ingredients in everyday household products, and even personal care items, are causing everything from cancer to learning deficits.

A 2006 investigative study by the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition in Washington State revealed toxic chemicals have traveled to one place we do not want them – inside our bodies. Today, the battle for removing these toxins has delivered a host of detox products including organic deodorant that helps free bodies of unwanted accumulation of debris.

From non-stick pans, to plastic bottles, to underarm deodorant — many of the consumer products designed to make our homes and ourselves look the best, are actually hurting us. These chemicals range from pesticides like DDT, banned more than thirty years ago but still polluting our soil, to the flame-retarding PCBs and PBDEs building up in salmon and whales along with children and adults.

When Washington residents agreed to the testing of their blood, urine and hair, for the presence of toxic chemicals, the Coalition sought to find out which chemicals were getting into our bodies, and at what levels, to better understand the potential harm posed by poor regulation of chemicals. Their ultimate goal was to encourage companies to develop better solutions such as organic deodorant, food products, and chemical-free cleaning products.

The residents were tested for six groups of chemicals including: the heavy metals arsenic, lead, and mercury; perfluorinated chemicals such as those used to make Teflon; pesticides; and the chemicals PCBs, DDT phthalates, and PBDEs.

The alarming findings revealed toxic chemicals from consumer products and industrial pollution contaminated the majority of those tested; meaning the chemicals found in their bodies could threaten their health. According to this study and many others since, the levels of toxic chemicals in our bodies are high enough to cause serious health concerns about fertility, and learning deficits — not to mention cancer and many other diseases of aging.

Every person tested had at least 26 and as many as 39 of the toxic chemicals in his or her body.  All were contaminated with phthalates used in everything from cosmetics to toys and tools.  The same is true for perfluorinated chemicals, used to make Teflon and stain protection treatments for paper and textiles. Every participant had PCBs in his or her blood, despite a decades-old ban on the chemicals. PCBs from everyday exposures have been shown to cause learning deficits.

This contamination and pollution comes from everyday activities and products.  From the pots we use to cook and household dust to personal care items, consumer electronics, stain-resistant furniture and all manner of flame retardant products, toxic chemicals are leaching into our homes and also into our bodies.

Many of the chemicals do not break down, or do so slowly, and bio-accumulate in breast milk and human bodies. The Washington study and others show that the toxic chemicals in our bodies are cause for concern because they can lead to health problems such as infertility and learning deficits. Exposure at critical points of a child’s development can cause permanent damage.

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.

The law does require pesticide testing, but at the same time it permits the ongoing use of pesticides that can cause cancer, nervous system harm, and other health problems. At the state level, Washington lacks the legal and regulatory structure needed to prevent harmful chemicals from turning up in consumer products, air, water, and people.

Since this 2006 study, Washington State has been a leader in phasing out some dangerous chemicals such as mercury, taking immediate steps to protect the health of its residents by developing a common-sense chemicals policy that ensures only the safest chemicals are used in consumer products, manufacturing, and food production.

As a result of studies like this, consumer demand and mounting scientific evidence, dangerous chemicals such as mercury are being phased out and these hazardous chemicals are being replaced with safer substances and practices.    The health care community has taken small, but at least some strides to reduce its use of mercury and phthalates, and food companies from Kashi to Cascadian Farms are marketing organic alternatives. Personal care companies like Herbalix Restoratives™ are producing organic non-aluminum deodorant that is actually helping people detox the chemicals stored in their bodies.

The Washington State Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition study proved that we need a new comprehensive approach in this country to protect people’s health from toxic chemicals in all areas of their lives.