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Almost all the available antiperspirants on the market use aluminum salts.
Product Support said that research shows that aluminum is not a cancer- causing ingredient and is not linked to breast cancer or alzheimer's. Research indicates that we get more aluminum through the foods we eat she stated. To be an antiperspirant, aluminum salts are needed as an ingredient she said. However, She did state that they use a process called Chlora Hydration so it is less harsh on the skin. Moreover, the aluminum salt molecules, she said, are large enough that they are not fully absorbed into the skin. Melaleuca uses a powder version instead of the salt.
There are many different kinds of aluminums. Ours comes from an aluminum salt and is NOT absorbed into the bloodstream. It is the kind that absorbs the sweat after it is produced, rather than the kinds that prevent you from sweating.
The link between aluminum (in cooking pots, antiperspirants, baking powder, etc) and Alzheimer's disease has never been proven. There is even less evidence of any relationship to cancer. The American Cancer Society issued a statement that there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that antiperspirants increase a person's risk of breast cancer, and that the organization was not aware of any evidence that aluminum or any of the other chemicals in antiperspirants are mutagenic (cause DNA damage that can lead to cancer).
Article Created: 2001-01-09
Dr. Rebekah Wang-Cheng is a former Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin