February 17, 2012
Dr. Oz Claims "You Need Aluminum in Anti-Perspirants To Keep You Dry"
That's right America! Your favorite doctor endorses aluminum in your anti-perspirants to stay dry. Many experts have stated that aluminum is the new mercury and its ability to increase the death rate of brain neurons has been well established scientifically. However, according to Dr. Oz, staying dry seems to trump the damaging health effects of this toxic metal.
Aluminum is Toxic When Accumulated
As with the other elements, aluminum is absorbed and accumulated in the body, and has been linked to serious illnesses including osteoporosis, extreme nervousness, anemia, headache, decreased liver and kidney function, forgetfulness, speech disturbances and memory loss.
Aluminum has also been widely associated with Alzheimer’s disease. People who have died from Alzheimer’s disease have been found to have up to four times the average amount of aluminum accumulated in the brain’s nerve cells.
Aluminum has been a specific topic of interest in the last decade especially regarding vaccines.
containing aluminum increase their toxicity. Aluminum at levels present in vaccines increases the toxicity of thimerosal, which is ~49.6% ethylmercury by weight. Thus when an infant, toddler, or pregnant woman is injected with a vaccine or a combination of vaccines containing aluminum compounds and thimerosal, the likelihood of adverse effects is increased.
Steer Clear of Toxic Deodorants
According to the website of Tom's of Maine, which is the deodorant endorsed in the above clip from the Dr. Oz show, they take great pride in avoiding toxic additives such as ethylene glycol, peroxides, parabens, phthalates, and several other health damaging chemicals found in conventional deodorants. They even offer aluminum-free versions of their deodorants. But why do they continue to offer the aluminum containing versions as well? And why call it naturally dry when it's more like chemically dry?
According to their website, "FDA recognizes 18 different aluminum containing ingredients to help deliver wetness protection. Tom's uses aluminum chlorohydrate."
I've never used any of Tom's products and will likely steer clear for the very reason that they continue to incorporate a toxic metal like aluminum into some of their formulations, obviously due to demand. This is not a very reputable tactic and it certainly diminishes any credibility they deserve on their chemical-free lines of products. Those interested in natural health don't praise McDonald's because they offer one healthy choice on their menu, they just avoid them all together because in the end, they sell and promote junk food.
Tom's of Maine is obviously very aware that aluminum is toxic to the body and an undesirable ingredient for many consumers, otherwise they would not offer an aluminum-free substitute. They're playing on both sides of the field and that is a very manipulative game that only serves the all mighty dollar with little or no regard to our health. If you know something is causing harm, you don't sell it, regardless of what the FDA has to say about it.
You Don't Need Aluminum To Keep You Dry,
Make Your Own Deodorant
Want to stay dry and odor-free? Look no further than baking soda. Put about 1/8 of a teaspoonful of baking soda in your palm and add about a 1/4 teaspoonful of water. Dissolve the baking soda into the water -- the liquid should feel slippery, since sodium bicarbonate is a base. Apply directly to the skin. You can also substitute the water for your favorite cream. You may have to adjust quantities as necessary - you may need less, you may need more and you may have to apply it more than once, but at least it will not negatively impact your health. I've used this recipe for over 10 years and it has always worked kept me dry and odor-free...who needs aluminum!!
As for Dr. Oz, I suppose we can't expect much more from a physician who also heavily endorses vaccines, high mercury fish and presents biased views on genetically modified foods.
He has his agenda and serves corporate interests. If your agenda is health and wellness, use common sense, do your own research and never take anybody's word on anything, especially if they are on television and claim to be an expert.
April McCarthy is a community journalist playing an active role reporting and analyzing world events to advance our health and eco-friendly initiatives.