I remember catching a ride from Napanee to Ottawa Canada in the 1970’s. I still remember the reasoning I had with the doctor who picked me up that day. One of the statements he made I have never forgotten.
“If a man from Mars landed on earth right now they would think from watching TV commercials that the most important concept is to not smell; armpit; foot; vagina; mouth; deodorants as well as creams; oils and perfumes to ensure a cloud of scent all around us.”
Just  few decades ago at least half the deodorants available at your local grocery store did not contain aluminum.
Now 100% of all deodorants available in Dominica contain up to 25 percent aluminum salts by weight.
The problem is this: nobody really knows what aluminum does in the human body. In the case of deodorants, you’re applying aluminum directly to the skin and leaving it there. With women, in particular, that skin might be broken from shaving.
You’ll notice most antiperspirants contain a warning to discontinue use if you experience irritation from its use, and quite a few people are sensitive to the aluminum salts, parabens and triclosan common in over-the-counter products.
But what really worries some health experts is aluminum’s possible connection to breast cancer.
The cancer question
Before we go any further, let’s be clear: despite the flackery you’ll find on the internet, there are no definitive studies which link the use of antiperspirants to an increased risk of cancer. These concerns have been floating around for at least a decade, and groups such as the American Cancer Society still consider commercial deodorants to be safe.
That hasn’t stopped some researchers from fretting. Take Dr. Philippa Darby of the U.K.’s University of Reading. She’s recently published a paper in the Journal of Applied Toxicology showing that aluminum salts increase estrogen-related gene expression in cultured human breast cancer cells. In other words, the aluminum appears to mimic estrogen under lab conditions. Elevated estrogen levels are tied to a higher risk of breast cancer.
More study is in order, but Darby’s research raises new question for investigators.
aluminum chlorohydrate or aluminium zirconium — and they’re cheap!
We all want to smell good and feel clean. Those not-so-fresh moments are caused by bacteria which thrive in warm, moist places. Armpits are the Monte Carlo of the single-cell jet set. But you can deport them with an inexpensive deodorant stone.
These stones — sometimes called by one of their trade names, Thai Sticks — are large, smooth crystals of potassium alum (potassium aluminum sulfate). Potassium alum is a naturally occurring form of aluminum salt. The difference between potassium alum and aluminum chlorohydrate is that potassium alum is a much larger molecule, not thought to be absorbable through human skin. Wet the stone and apply it like a conventional roll on. Rinse and set it aside to dry. That’s it.
There are no perfumes or additives, and you probably won’t need any. A deodorant stone doesn’t stain, and it works all day. If you want something fancier, there are spray and roll-on versions with additives such as aloe and essential oils. Jason, Alba, Thai Stick and Kiss My Face are among those you’ll find online or at your local natural health store.
A plain stone will cost you $5 or $6, and could last up to a year.
If you’re looking to completely eliminate aluminum from your deodorant and your medicine cabinet, there are other options. Tom’s of Maine makes a well-regarded line of non-aluminum products featuring zinc ricinoleate and natural ingredients. Zinc ricinoleate is also the basis of Dr. Hauschka Deodorant Fresh in scented and floral formulas. Burt’s Bees Herbal Deodorant uses oil of sage for its active ingredient, and Trader Joe’s sells a natural deodorant which relies on a cotton product to approximate the antiperspirant action of aluminum zirconium. Surprisingly, mainline manufacturer Adidas also makes a non-aluminum deodorant: Adidas 24-Hr Control. It’s not expensive, and the sort of thing you’d find in a conventional drugstore.
Alternatives to boughten deodorant
Good old Hydrogen Peroxyde. I began to stink worse than any construction worker – You can laugh but trust me it was no joke. The first time I noticed the smell I looked around expecting to see a street dude in rags (no lie). I shower twice a day and always use deodorant. I won’t name names but I’ve tried the strongest stuff out there. My best friend’s grandmother (she’s like my mom) told me to do this: cottonball with H2O2 right after your shower. IT WORKS LIKE A MIRACLE!!!
I know I’m long-winded but I was actually in tears over this problem and turning down invitations to go out – and I really feel for any woman who has to deal with it. Try it, and if you use an aluminum-free spray on top, you’ll still be fresh 24 hours later.
lime works just as well. if possible try not wash ur pits a day or two ( or a lil if ur heavy on BO) and just squeeze the lime juice on the pit and u will notice the odor go away right away! try it!

Yeah, really: baking soda. 🙂 I keep a half-and-half mixture of baking soda and corn starch in a little glass jar on my dresser. I just sprinkle a little on after each shower — and sometimes dab a bit on other body parts if needed — and it works GREAT! I’ve been doing that for years now, and have never had any problems. The corn starch keeps me dry, and the baking soda combats odors.

(I also wash my hair with baking soda, and use apple cider vinegar as a conditioning rinse. And I cleanse my face and moisturize my whole body with plant oils [avocado, almond, jojoba, grapeseed, castor, etc.]. I use coconut-based castille bar soap in the shower. The end result of all of this is that I smell like myself, instead of being perfumed by a thousand different “hygiene” products. And lots of folks seem to like that. I think it makes my pheromones more potent or something.

I found Arm and Hammer Essentials, Natural deodorant. It is aluminum and paraben free. It is better stopping the odor than anyother I have tried.


“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” ~ Eric Hoffer


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There have been some interest

Avandia can cause or worsen heart failure.” That’s what the drug’s black box warning states. But in a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration, PCRM is asking the agency to require wording on the label that also alerts patients to safe dietary alternatives to Avandia and other diabetes drugs that may increase the risk of stroke, heart failure, and death.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, targets Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D., for failing to act on a PCRM administrative petition. The petition urges the FDA to require that diabetes drugs carry warning labels telling patients that low-fat plant-based diets can effectively treat type 2 diabetes without dangerous side effects associated with oral medications.

A 2006 study funded by the National Institutes of Health found that a low-fat plant-based diet was as effective as oral medications at reducing blood glucose and cholesterol in people with diabetes. In July, other researchers unveiled data linking Avandia to life-threatening side effects that might have killed or injured tens of thousands of people. Following these findings, the FDA took expert and public testimony on Avandia at a special joint meeting of two advisory panels.

“A plant-based diet is as effective as drugs for lowering blood sugar, and much more effective for trimming body weight,” says PCRM president Neal Barnard, M.D. “Doctors and patients need the facts.”

As the lawsuit points out, “PCRM’s petition requested that FDA require a disclosure in the labeling of drugs, such as Avandia, used to manage blood glucose in diabetes treatment. The disclosure would state that a low-fat plant-based diet has an efficacy and safety profile that can be as favorable as, or more favorable than, oral diabetes medications. FDA has failed to provide a substantive response to PCRM’s petition in a reasonable time, in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act.”

This month, PCRM also educates health care professionals about the benefits of a plant-based approach to treating diabetes at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting. Dr. Barnard’s research on how a vegan diet can prevent and reverse diabetes will be presented in a session titled “Insulin Resistance and Diet: Effective Nutrition as First-Line Treatment.”

pesticide sprays may be the source of nr-virus in fresh foods

Most people who visit Dominica exclaim over and over how green it is!

In my ‘Catching a Ride’ experiences all over the island I hear a lot of people who live here say one of the reasons they put up with all the challenges of living on a small island with low incomes is the nature.

Lucky for me growing up my parents loved to immerse in nature; our most frequent family outing was an experience in nature; visiting a lake or a park for a day or a week holiday. I still remember the feelings of well being after being immersed in nature and the deep refreshing sleeps after.

I grew up near an area with a strong First Nation  Culture and

Immersion in Nature is now scientifically proven to be healing!

I learned this concept as part of conscious living for health and wellness first in the 1980’s from the Rasta’s I studied during my year’s sabbatical in the West Indies studying Herbal Medicine; Appropriate Technology and Vegetarian Cooking! Repeatedly as I interviewed people who were part of the Rasta Movement and interested in Healthy Conscious Living I heard that Immersion in Nature – gardening; hiking trails; nature walks; river baths; hot water soaks or visits to ‘Dr. Sea’ – was an intricate part of a Healthy Lifestyle.


Scientists have shown

We are just starting to realize that those feelings of well being are reflected in the body and the mind.




“How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons? ~ Jane Goodall


Sometimes I copy an article – I always link to the source  – this article describes exactly what I believe about one of the  causes of autism.

We have to take some time to realize that the huge increases in autism and dementia that we are experiencing are not normal.

In the US 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism.

In Dominica we are soaking the ground with hundreds maybe 1000’s of gallons of insecticides and herbicides like Roundup every year.  We only started in the 1960’s or so – but our autism rate has also grown – buy organic stop this environmental pollution of our beautiful land.

The prevalence of autism in U.S. children increased by 119.4 percent from 2000 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68). 

Experts say autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. Years down the line many autistic children will be adults who need ongoing medical care.

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There is no single known cause for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but it is widely accepted by the scientific community that it is triggered by abnormalities in brain structure and function. This has been established in studies which illustrate the differences in the shape and structure of the autistic brain compared to those seen in the brains of neurotypical children. There is also a decent amount of evidence to support the theory that some children are born with a susceptibility to autism, but scientists have yet to identify this “trigger.” This is why researches have theorized that irregular segments of genetic code may be the root cause of autism.

In recent years, however, a wealth of information has emerged that was once never even considered. Despite the fact that the cause for autism isn’t certain, and that it’s highly unlikely researchers will ever find that ‘one’ cause of autism, scientists are now realizing that autism could be the result of the modern day human lifestyle. There are a number of significant studies that should be ringing alarm bells in the medical and scientific communities in this regard.

I’d also like to mention that autism is a large spectrum, some of what we are seeing here are in no way a ‘disability.’ Some may be due to malformations at critical stages of development due to the factors mentioned in this article. Other cases could be a gift, a slight evolutionary leap or an ability to access other parts of the brain. I just want to make it clear that the spectrum is huge, and many children who are diagnosed with ASDs do not have their brain scanned, much of the time they are diagnosed strictly through observation and social tendencies.

Environmental Toxins

Since autism is strongly correlated with malformations during critical stages of development, especially in fetal states, scientists are finding that some of the strongest predictors for autism are associated with the environment. At particular stages of pregnancy the fetus is extremely vulnerable to whatever toxins the mother is exposed to, such as plasticers, prescription drugs, and environmental pesticides.

As Andrey Rzhetsky, Professor of Genetic Medicine and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago points out, “some of these small molecules essentially alter normal development.” A couple of years ago he published a study in the journal PLOS Computational Biology with researchers at the University of Chicago; it revealed that autism and intellectual disability (ID) rates are linked with exposure to harmful environmental factors during congenital development. His team looked at data that covered one third of the United States population, as well as more than 21 countries. They found that environmental lead, medications, and a large variety of other synthetic molecules (like pesticides, mercury, aluminum and more) all wreak havoc on the fetus. These substances were also linked with congenital malformations of male genitalia – which is strongly correlated with autism. (source)(source)

This is one out of many significant studies which should really be signaling to the medical and scientific community that preventative measures are crucial in the fight against autism; parents who want to decrease their risk of bearing a child with autism need to be educated in such measures.

“It’s time to start looking for the environmental culprits responsible for the remarkable increase in the rate of autism.” –  Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Epidemiology Professor at University of California, Davis. (source)

It should be clear that autism goes well beyond a genetic problem. Our environment is full of neurodevelopment toxins, which are substances that alter how the brain grows. Polychlorinated diphenyl, lead, mercury, aluminum, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides are a few out of many examples.

There is a reason why, in the United States alone, autism rates have risen from 1;10,000 in 1981 to 1;68 in 2014. It’s time to look at our environment.

If we were to focus on just one (out of dozens) of these environmental toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis, it would not be difficult to see how it could significantly increase the chances for autism. Throw in the dozens of other toxins that are equally as problematic, and the picture becomes much clearer.

Let’s take a look at pesticides, if only because billions of tonnes of these chemicals are sprayed on food and in our environment each year. In the United States alone, over 1 billion pounds of pesticides are sprayed every year, and approximately 5.6 billion pounds are used worldwide. It’s also disturbing to note, as emphasized by multiple publications, that all commercial formulations of pesticides are very complex mixtures of active and other ingredients. These “other” ingredients “include a wide variety of substances which are added to increase the efficacy of the product in a cost-effective manner. Information regarding these other compounds is considered proprietary business information and is not publicly available.” (source)

That being said, the information that we do have about the active ingredients in pesticides still paints a shocking picture.

For example, a study coming out of the University of California, Davis, determined that pregnant women who live in close proximity to land and farms where chemical pesticides are/were applied experience a two-thirds increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or some other developmental disorder.

The study examined associations between pesticides — including organophosphates (a main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide) — that were applied during the participants’ pregnancies and a later diagnosis of autism or developmental delay in their children.

The study was published online this summer in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.(1) It concluded that proximity to organophosphates alone, at some point during gestation, was associated with a 60% increased risk for ASD:

This study validates the results of earlier research that had reported associations between having a child with autism and prenatal exposure to agricultural chemicals in California. While we still must investigate whether certain sub-groups are more vulnerable to exposures to these compounds than others, the message is very clear: Women who are pregnant should take special care to avoid contact with agricultural chemicals whenever possible.  – Janie F. Shelton, a UC Davis graduate student who now consults with the United Nations, lead author of the study (source)

Many people like to mention that correlation does not mean causation, but they fail to use the Bradford Hill Criteria and consider just how much information correlates with the evidence at hand.

“How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons? . . . As part of the process, they portrayed the various concerns as merely the ignorant opinions of misinformed individuals — and derided them as not only unscientific, but anti-science. They then set to work to convince the public and government officials, through the dissemination of false information, that there was an overwhelming expert consensus, based on solid evidence, that GMOs were safe.” – Jane Goodall

The study cited above found that organophosphates applied over the course of pregnancy were associated with an elevated risk of autism spectrum disorder. The study also found that exposures to insecticides for those living near agricultural areas may be problematic, especially during gestation, because a developing fetal brain is more vulnerable to such chemicals than an adult’s.

Because these pesticides are neurotic, in utero exposures during early development may distort the complex processes of structural development and neuronal singling producing alterations to the excitation and inhibition mechanisms that govern mood, learning, social interactions and behaviour.

“Because of the observed associations in humans and direct effects on neurodevelopmental toxicity in animal studies, caution is warranted for women to avoid direct contact with pesticides during pregnancy.”(source)

These pesticides are not just potential factors for the development of atusim, The active ingredient in Roundup is Glyphosate, which was recently linked to cancer by the World Health Organization (source). It was also found to be 125 times more toxic than regulators claimed. (source)

Pesticides sprayed on our food have also been linked to birth defects. (source) A paper published in the journal Pediatrics found that prenatal exposure to some of the pesticides sprayed on our food could impair the anthropometric development of the fetus, reducing the birth weight, length, and head circumference. (source)

There are a number of studies that have examined pesticide-induced diseases in fetuses. You can view some of them here.

Canadian research has also identified the presence of GMO-associated pesticides in maternal, fetal, and non-pregnant women’s blood. They also found the presence of Monsanto’s Bt toxin. The study was published in the journal Reproductive Toxicology in 2011. (source)

The study concluded that, apart from pesticides, Monsanto’s Bt toxins are clearly detectable and appear to cross the placenta to the fetus. The study pointed out that the fetus is highly susceptible to the adverse affects of xenobiotics (foreign chemical substances found within an organism that are not naturally produced). This is why the study emphasized that knowing more about GMOs is crucial, because environmental agents could disrupt the biological events that are required to ensure normal growth and development.

Here is another study that shows glyphosate can cause abnormalities. It was published in 2010 by the American Chemical Society; the research was conducted at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

“The direct effect of glyphosate on early mechanisms of morphogenesis in vertebrate embryos opens concerns about the clinical findings from human offspring in populations exposed to GBH in agricultural fields.”

In late 2013, the European Food Safety Authority determined that pesticides may negatively affect the development of neurons and brain structures in unborn babies.

“Given the ubiquitous exposure to many environmental toxicants, there needs to be renewed efforts to prevent harm. Such prevention should not await detailed evidence on individual hazards. . . . Toxic exposure to chemical pollutants during these windows of increased susceptibility can cause disease and disability in childhood and across the entire span of human life.” (source)From the world’s foremost pediatricians, toxicologists, environmental scientists, and epidemiologists at a conference held in 2007

“Chemical pollution represents a serious threat to children and to Man’s survival.” (source)  – The Standing Committee of European Doctors

As you can see above, environmental toxins are of big concern. Just to reiterate, we are talking about multiple toxins found in a variety of products that have found their way into the human lifestyle. Air fresheners, pesticides, prescription drugs, fluoride (neuro-toxin), and a host of other contaminants could all be contributing factors for autism. This is probably why scientists have not been able to identify one specific cause. Considering how many environmental toxins we are regularly exposed to, it becomes clear that we are dealing with multiple instigators which, in combination, represent serious cause for concern.