So let’s talk armpits. Specifically, let’s talk about something you probably put on your armpits every morning: deodorants and antiperspirants. These B.O. blasters come in almost every scent imaginable, in forms from roll-ons to clear gels. Your supermarket aisle probably stocks two dozen varieties.

Concern about aluminum

Natural health groups have been pressing government and regulatory agencies for years to take a hard look at the long-term safety of aluminum in cosmetic products. Aluminum is what gives antiperspirants their wetness-fighting ability, and they’re highly effective. Commercial deodorants can 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.
Safer deodorants
Maybe you’re concerned about the possible risk factors of commercial deodorants, or you’re someone with skin sensitivities. Perhaps you’re just looking to reduce the chemical exposure in your life. The good news is there are effective deodorants which don’t use 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.

Monsanto ……… repeatedly allowed to sell products that poison the population contribute to disease and poison our food; when will we start making them accountable for the damage they have done?

France stops sale of Roundup; Canada stops sale of Roundup; Netherlands stops the sale of Roundup …… when this happens they sell the left overs to Dominica and other small nations by the time all stock is gone the next pesticide is starting ….. and we have a sudden increase in cancer.

To quote Pesticide Action Network of North America – PANNA

“If you’ve been following the recent big news about Monsanto’s infamous weedkiller RoundUp and cancer, you’ll have heard that industry’s “dirty little secret” just got dirtier.

In case you missed it: the international scientific community sent us two very loud wake-up calls last month. First, the UN World Health Organization’s prestigious International Agency for Research on Cancerreleased a consensus report that glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, is a “probable carcinogen.” A few days later, a team of international scientists based in New Zealand reported that widely available commercial formulations of RoundUp, 2,4-D and dicamba can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in common disease-causing bacteria.

In addition to these findings, there’s a growing body of evidence on health impacts associated with exposure to glyphosate or RoundUp, such as endocrine disruption, organ damage and birth defects.”

The next question is – where were the studies? Why did the studies not show these connections? Who pays for this? What happens to all the sucker farmers that planned gm roundup plants? Does Monsanto pay up? No they keep raking in the dollars – while we get sick from exposure to the chemicals they create and market falsely.

Unfortunately you and I and our tax dollars pay for this …… in the care of those ill from exposure!

But …. not to despair; the world is a living entity that can heal: One Year After Ontario Ban: Over 80% Decline of Most Common Pesticides in Surface Waters – meaning Canadians will have less cancer in the years to come.

Ontario first in North America to curb bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

Farmers and the province have agreed to rules for reduction that begins July 1, while the manufacturer maintains the controversial insecticide is safe.

 

http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2015/06/09/ontario-first-in-north-america-to-ban-bee-killing-neonicotinoid-pesticides.html

Unless you are eating 100% organic the answer is yes!

The chemicals we put on our gardens and farms are often organophosphates and they are neurotoxins very similar to nerve gas.

Chemical warfare was introduced to a shocked world during the First World War. The development of chemical warfare agents during the Second World War led to the so-called “nerve gases,” which are quick-acting poisons attacking the nervous system. In the second world war Nerve Gas was a feared and terrible weapon. I remember my grandfather telling stories of people who had come back from the war and described the experience: convulsions; seizures; confusion; irritation; anger; loss of memory and executive function.

As a Health and Wellness Consultant and Writer I have written many articles on studies showing the dangers of agricultural chemicals and I knew more than one study had shown links between agricultural chemicals and Parkinson’s Disease.

Over the years as I delved more deeply I found there were a lot of similar symptoms in many Dementias; Parkinson’s Disease and other Brain Diseases of today.

I asked a local doctor that I respect very much if he thought there could be a connection. He said he theorized from his many years of observations that older farmers he saw were functioning differently neurologically then those the same age with other jobs with less exposure to chemicals.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s
Physical Symptoms
Mental Symptoms

Symptoms of Dementia

At first I could not find any studies linking agricultural chemicals and dementia but years later they are starting to be published one by one and it is sad to think that we are doing this to ourselves for money.

Then I found a study in France that supported my friends theory

I was just blown away when I began to realize that a lot of the chemicals that we put on our food are “neurotoxins” very similar to the nerve gas of Chemical Warfare.

Researchers measured the levels of pesticide byproducts in the urine of 1,139 children from across the United States. Children with above-average levels of one common byproduct had roughly twice the odds of getting a diagnosis of ADHD, according to the study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics.

Recently it was projected that one in —- would have dementia over the age of 60;

According to the ‘Gulf War and Health published by the National Academies Press: “the persistent abnormalities seen in sarin victims that last long after the acute toxicity has resolved appear to be similar to the long-term neurobehavioral effects seen after acute intoxication from organophosphate pesticides (Delgado et al., 2004; London et al., 1998; Rosenstock et al., 1991; Savage et al., 1988; Steenland et al., 1994; Wesseling et al., 2002).

Organophosphate pesticides (as well as sarin and VX nerve agent) irreversibly inactivate acetylcholinesterase, which is essential to nerve function in insects, humans, and many other animals.

Meta-analysis was carried out by the University College of London to determine the neurotoxic effects of long-term exposure to low levels of organophosphates (OPs) in occupational settings.

It was released around the start of January 2013 and their conclusions are

The majority of well designed studies found a significant association between low-level exposure to OPs and impaired neurobehavioral function which is consistent, small to moderate in magnitude and concerned primarily with cognitive functions such as psychomotor speed, executive function, visuospatial ability, working and visual memory.

Listen to what this farmer has to say about the organophosphates they were forced to dip their sheep in.

 

Listen to this Organic Farmer’s observations on Mad Cow disease and neurotoxins.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MheeiX2w8JU

Imagine the effects on biodiversity with this move!

‘“Everybody knows Guyana’s seawall, the famous seawall, which is an expensive structure to maintain and to continue to build, particularly as sea level rises,” Agriculture Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy told IPS.

He said that maintaining the seawalls is an enormous cost for Guyana, which has been spending an average of three billion dollars a year to maintain and strengthen the defences.

“But in order to ensure that the seawall and sea dams continue to serve us well and to be less vulnerable to the onslaught of the ocean, we have been protecting and promoting the growth of mangroves and other structures such as geotextile tubes to reduce the impact of the waves coming in,” Ramsammy said.

“We’ve been doing bamboo growth along the seawalls to reduce the impact of the waves coming in. So a number of different structures are being tried but mangroves represent a major response of the Guyana government in supporting the seawall and therefore reducing the impact of water hitting against the wall, against the dams etc.”’ ~ Caribbean 360 News

Mangroves could be saviour of Guyana’s shrinking coastline

Yeah Dominica!

The earth and its inhabitants can be rejeuvenated!

Dominica is recording high numbers of its endemic birds all due to concentrated conservation efforts.

Founder of the US-based Rare Species Conservatory Foundation, Dr. Paul Reillo says when countries adopt laws to protect natural habitats, the result is gratifying.

“Going up to Carholm and Syndicate, the parrots were very infrequent. Now, some 19 years later, we can see a recovery which rivals the populations of these birds prior to Hurricane David in 1979.

“This is an incredibly natural recovery without intervention from man. There has been no release of birds bred in captivity. This is exactly what conservation really means. It works because of the protected area system. We’ve seen the parrots recover really nicely.”

There are now up to 400 Sisserou parrots in Dominica compared to 50 following Hurricane David, and 1,500 Jacko parrots compared to 150 in the same period.

According to Dr. Reillo, “This is very exciting. When you preserve biodiversity and preserve forests, you give nature a chance.”

http://news.gov.dm/index.php/news/2441-dominica-records-dramatic-increase-in-endemic-bird-numbers

I remember being totally shocked when a friend of mine who worked in the produce industry said that fruits and vegetables are sometimes soaked in a chemical (sulphites) to make them look fresh.

Sulphites are a group of chemical agents added to food, beer and wine that prevent bacterial growth. 10 percent of all consumers have a immediate reaction to  sulphites. Many have minor irritations, however asthmatics and those who are sensitive to the irritant effect of sulfites can have severe reactions.

My first thought was yes the food does not show spoilage but: what about the nutritional value; what about the side effects of the sulphites.

In my humble opinion it seems like all new foods are being developed from a money making concept not nutritional.

GMO experts are following the same line; not new more nutrient dense varieties – they have created GMO apples and potatoes that last longer.

Why Scientists are worried about the new GMO.

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