Health and Wellness : deodorant and cancer

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  1. silent-ra

    silent-ra Banned MEMBER

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    Concern over deodorant chemicals

    Chemicals from underarm deodorants and other cosmetics can build up inside the body, according to a study.

    British researchers have found traces of chemicals called parabens in tissue taken from women with breast cancer. While there is no evidence they cause cancer, the scientists have called for the use of parabens to be reviewed.
    The cosmetics industry insists the chemicals, which are used as preservatives and are approved for use by regulators, are safe.

    Dr Philippa Darbre and colleagues at the University of Reading carried out tests on samples of 20 different human breast tumours. Writing in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, they say they found traces of parabens in every sample. Their tests suggested the chemicals had seeped into the tissue after being applied to the skin.
    "This is the first study to show their accumulation in human tissues," said Dr Darbre.

    "It demonstrates that if people are exposed to these chemicals, then the chemicals will accumulate in their bodies."

    'Drive tumours'

    Dr Darbre said there may be reason for people to be concerned about the findings. "Their detection in human breast tumours is of concern since parabens have been shown to be able to mimic the action of the female hormone oestrogen," she said.

    "Oestrogen can drive the growth of human breast tumours. It would therefore seem especially prudent to consider whether parabens should continue to be used in such a wide range of cosmetics applied to the breast area including deodorants."

    Dr Philip Harvey, European editor of the journal, said the findings should be interpreted cautiously. "Further work is required to examine any association between oestrogenic and other chemicals in underarm cosmetics and breast cancer." Chris Flower, director general of the UK's Cosmetic Toiletry & Perfumery Association, welcomed the study.

    "It is welcome additional information and we will want to examine the findings in detail," he told BBC News Online.

    "However, parabens have a very, very good safety profile. We have an enormous amount of information which supports the safety of these chemicals and their use in cosmetics."

    Caution

    Delyth Morgan of Breakthrough Breast Cancer said: "This extremely small study does not demonstrate a direct causal link between deodorant or antiperspirant use and developing breast cancer.

    "Further research is needed to establish the source of the chemicals found in the breast tumour samples and what, if any, the relationship is to breast cancer."

    A spokesman for the UK's Department of Trade and Industry said government scientists would examine the findings.

    "Parabens are approved for use in the UK and in Europe and all the information we have suggests they are safe to use.

    "However, British scientists will examine this study."

    Dr Richard Sullivan, head of clinical programmes at Cancer Research UK, said there was no evidence that deodorants were linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. He said the latest study was very small, and had by no means produced conclusive results.

    "The increased incidence we are seeing of breast cancer can be explained by many other factors," he said.



    source:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3383393.stm
     
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    I skimmed through this but on another website I read that deoderants use dangerous chemicals to prevent the natural sweating of the armpits. Furthermore (according to the article), the body needs to sweat to rid itself of harmful toxins and body odour can be avoided simply by cutting junk food, red meat and refined carbohydrates (ie. white rice, whote bread etc.) from your diet.
     
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    good point Prince.
     
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    Deodarant Chemicals

    Greetings All

    I personally use the deodarant crystal. You have to wet it so that it absorbs into the skin, but it is safe and has no odor, scent, perfumes, or chemicals. just rub it on and dab some of ya favorite oil next to it and there you go....
     
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    I get small knots under my arms with certain deorderants.
     
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    i hope yu stop using them then. its yor body telling yu something up with them chemicals. yu know we take for granted that if something does not happen negatively to our bodies quickly, we think its cool. but it get is later in the form of cancer. in yor case tho yu have a warning.

    also, many of us jus dont know that if we eat correctly, yu wouldnt even need deorderants. i know its hard to believe, but its true. our bodies are magical.
     
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    If you are healthy and eat a meatless diet there is no reason for your body to secrete unpleasant odors. In fact, what we eat has a direct effect on the smell and taste of our body secretions. Of course the deodorant industry doesn't want us to know this. Just like douching destroys the natural enzymes that keep the vagina clean so that a woman winds up really needing a douche so I think deodorants do the same.

    Ever since I received my first shipment of black soap and sheabutter back in February I have not used deodorant. At first I had to showe twice a day, in the morning and before bed. But now I can go with j'ust one shower. I apply sheabutter or tea tree oil and stay sweet all day.

    Contributers to bad odor
    smoking
    drinking
    coffee
    onions
    hot spicey foods
    unshaved underarms
    worry
    meat
     
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    excellent point sistah river...excellent! the goddess queen neva did have to place poisons within her womb to smell fresh and be clean. becuz for one she knew that the poisons could hurt the her child, as well as herself.
     
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    Parabens are a class of chemicals widely used as preservatives in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. Parabens are effective preservatives in many types of formulas. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution and toothpaste. They are also used as food additives.
    Their efficacy as preservatives, in combination with their low cost, the long history of their use, and the inefficacy of natural alternatives like grapefruit seed extract (GSE),[1] probably explains why parabens are so commonplace. They are becoming increasingly controversial, however, because they have been found in extremely low concentrations in breast cancer tumors (an average of 20 nanograms/g of tissue).
     
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    Certain chemicals also contribute to the development of Alzheimers as well.
    I don't wear commercial products. I make my own.
    If y'all are nice.... I'll share the recipe
     
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