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Avoid Aluminum in the Armpits

Aluminum is found in all antiperspirants but there is increasing concern that it may pose health risks.

Many people are concerned about avoiding excess exposure to aluminum, especially after reading that aluminum is a neurotoxin.  Several visitors have questioned whether they should give up aluminum foil in their kitchens. We would say no, so long as the aluminum foil is not exposed to highly acid foods.  The risk could be dropped even more by boiling the foil first, although that does seem like a lot of trouble.

We are much more concerned about aluminum that is applied directly to the skin, especially the delicate skin of the armpit.  There is evidence that aluminum compounds can be absorbed through the underarm. Antiperspirants all contain aluminum, at least in the United States. Consequently, people who would like to minimize their aluminum exposure should look for a different product to control body odor. We suggest that a deodorant rather than an antiperspirant would be a better choice.

There are many deodorants on the market, but we know of only one that was developed as a result of information from this website. Visitors have told us that milk of magnesia makes an excellent deodorant. Sloshing the laxative into the armpits is, however, somewhat inconvenient.  As a result we have developed a deodorant that uses milk of magnesia as its active ingredient. Of course, it is completely aluminum free.

We’ve just produced a video explanation, and we invite you to take a look.

If you would like to order our deodorant, just slip over to the store at www.peoplespharmacy.com.

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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