Almost half of young Americans don’t use deodorant

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Antiperspirants and Alzheimer's Disease

https://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/features/antiperspirant-facts-safety#1

Back in the 1960s, a few studies found high levels of aluminum in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease. The research suddenly called into question the safety of everyday household items such as aluminum cans, antacids, and antiperspirants.

But the findings of these early studies weren’t replicated in later research, and experts have essentially ruled out aluminum as a possible cause of Alzheimer's.

"There was a lot of research that looked at the link between Alzheimer's and aluminum, and there hasn't been any definitive evidence to suggest there is a link," says Heather M. Snyder, PhD, senior associate director of medical and scientific relations for the Alzheimer's Association.

According to the experts interviewed for this story, the aluminum in antiperspirants doesn't even typically make its way into the body.

"The aluminum salts do not work as antiperspirants by being absorbed in the body. They work by forming a chemical reaction with the water in the sweat to form a physical plug... which is deposited in the sweat duct, producing a blockage in the areas that it's applied," says David Pariser, MD, professor of dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School and past president of the American Academy of Dermatology. "Even [with] nicks from shaving, the amount is so negligible that it doesn't make a whole lot of scientific sense."

 
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Isn't there a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant?
 

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I keep my exposure to toxins as low as practical, so I must admit that while I do use deodorant, I keep it to a minimum. I joined the "no poo movement" in 2010 and only use plain bar soap.

Anything you put on your skin enters your bloodstream, so generally if I wouldn't eat it I don't put it on my skin.
 

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I keep my exposure to toxins as low as practical, so I must admit that while I do use deodorant, I keep it to a minimum. I joined the "no poo movement" in 2010 and only use plain bar soap.

Anything you put on your skin enters your bloodstream, so generally if I wouldn't eat it I don't put it on my skin.

Yeah, I stopped wearing any form of cologne, deodorant or antiperspirant more than 40 years ago on the advice of my Oncologist and I don't regret it at all. Shower daily, change all clothing daily and it really shouldn't be noticeable to those around you and when it is, just remember that it didn't even exist until about a hundred years ago.
 

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