Time and again I have seen women battling against herpes in the days before and during menstruation. That is why I firmly believe that a healthy hormonal balance is a key factor in herpes prevention. I remember reading a forum post where someone said that using deodorant can make herpes worse for women but I didn’t really pay attention to it. Even though I have no concrete evidence and I don’t know if they are related, I do think that in general deodorants can adversely impact on overall health and well being and reduce the ability to cure herpes with an immune system. As an example, I want to summarize an article I read recently suggesting that deodorants may be responsible for cases of breast cancer.
The article reported on a study that was carried out on the levels of parabens in breast tissue. The published findings turned up some alarming statistics. The first thing to remember is that preservatives that imitate certain hormones can be found in any number of readily available hygiene and beauty products which we use every day. These include shampoos, moisturizers, toothpaste, and shaving gel. The same scientists took samples from the mastectomies of women being treated for breast cancer and they found the following disturbing results:
Parabens in the breast tissue in ester form had arrived there through the skin, most probably from using underarm deodorants and beauty products.
The concentration of paraben residue was up to a million times more than the levels of estrogen usually found in breast tissue. Parabens are known to mimic estrogen, a hormone which is a proven factor in cases of breast cancer.
The highest concentration of propylparaben was found in the axilla or underarm zone – this is of course where deodorants are used most and where the prevalence of breast cancer was highest.
Other cosmetic products may also be implicated because some of the women participating in the study had never used underarm deodorants.
If cosmetic products can cause cancer just imagine what they can do to hormonal balance. Estrogen prevalence reaches both men and women and seems to become a Worldwide issue.
All things considered, I think that it is best to use underarm deodorant sparingly and to find other, more natural ways to reduce bodily odors. One great product which can be taken daily and is known to reduce unpleasant smells is spirulina. Spirulina has the added advantage of boosting the immune system.