Dr. Thorburns Health Tip – Natural Deodorants (Chiropractor Burbank Ca)
By Dr. Charlene Thorburn, D.C., R.N.
Greetings to you,
This informative tip comes from the Mother Nature Network. Natural health groups have been pressing government and regulatory agencies for years to take a hard look at the long-term safety of aluminum in cosmetic products. Aluminum is what gives antiperspirants their wetness-fighting ability, and they’re highly effective. Commercial deodorants can contain up to 25 percent aluminum salts by weight.
The problem is this: nobody really knows what aluminum does in the human body. In the case of deodorants, you’re applying aluminum directly to the skin and leaving it there. With women, in particular, that skin might be broken from shaving. Aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and in addition to cosmetics, can be found in non-stick Teflon pots and pans and also some drinking water.
You’ll notice most antiperspirants contain a warning to discontinue use if you experience irritation from its use, and quite a few people are sensitive to the aluminum salts and parabens (toxic preservatives) common in over-the-counter products.
The good news is there are effective deodorants which don’t use aluminum and they’re inexpensive. One of these is Thai Sticks. These are large, smooth crystals of potassium alum (potassium aluminum sulfate). Potassium alum is a naturally occurring form of aluminum salt. The difference between potassium alum and aluminum chlorohydrate is that potassium alum is a much larger molecule, not thought to be absorbable through human skin. Wet the stone and apply it like a conventional roll on. Rinse and set it aside to dry.
Another option is to use a roll-on deodorant made of aloe vera gel. Aloe vera is effective against underarm odor. Its gentleness means it can be applied directly after underarm shaving or waxing without causing a stinging feeling. We carry the Alvera brand of deodorant in our office. Aloe has a natural substance called salicylates, which is why aloe gel is effective as an anti-inflammatory and is soothing to the skin.
Until next time…
Yours in health,
Dr. Charlene Thorburn D.C., R.N.
Chiropractor and Nutritional Consultant
Thorburn Chiropractic and Wellness Center
Increasing Health & Vitality for 27 Years
1612 W. Burbank Blvd. Burbank, CA 91506