Nurses Recommend Aluminum Free Deodorants

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Two Pennsylvania nurses discuss the hazzards of using deodorants containing aluminum and offer a safer altenative.

Before you buy your next container of deodorant check the label to see if it contains aluminum says Andrea Garland, a registered nurse at the Sharon, PA Regional Hospital.

According to Ms. Garland most commercial brands of antiperspirants and deodorants contain either aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminum zirconium. These compounds are very soluble and are readily absorbed by the body. Once in the body, the aluminum portion of the molecule ionizes, forming free radical aluminum (Al+++) This passes freely across cell membranes and forms a physical plug, that when dissolved is selectively absorbed by the liver, kidney, brain, cartilage and bone marrow. It is this concentration of aluminum that has been the source for concern in the medical community, and has prompted the research being done on Alzheimer's disease and Breast Cancer victims. The human body has a few areas that it uses to purge toxins: Behind the knees, ears, groin area and armpits. The toxins are purged in the form of perspiration.

Antiperspirant, as the name clearly indicates, prevents you from perspiring, thereby inhibiting the body from purging toxins from below the armpits. These toxins do not magically disappear. Instead the body deposits them in the lymph nodes below the arms since it cannot sweat them out. This causes a high concentration of toxins that leads to cell mutation a.k.a. Cancer. Nearly all Breast Cancer tumors occur in the upper outside quadrant of the breast area. This is where lymph nodes are located.

Your best alternative, according to Tia Coatoam a registered nurse at the Meadville, PA Medical Center, is one of the new “crystal deodorant stones”. These stones are 3 times more effective than commercial deodorants, they are not sticky or greasy and do not stain clothing. The crystal deodorant stone does not contain any aluminum or other harsh chemicals, perfumes, oils, emulsifiers, alcohol or propellants and are hypoallergenic.

Although the crystal deodorant stones are still hard to find in local stores, they can be found online. One online resource is

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