How To Prevent Breast Cancer Through An Armpit Detox
Written by: Liz Perkins
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over. You may have purchased pink ribbons or participated in a ‘Race for the Cure,’ raising research dollars for the cause.
But, now that the awareness activities are done, you may still be wondering what you can DO to better reduce the chances of someone you love (particularly the women) in your life from ever needing to use “the cure” themselves.
I know I am. Just this year, 3 of my friends were diagnosed with breast cancer. I wish we had at least ONE scientific paper with an overall prevention plan in place already that was created from scientific investigation. But, unfortunately, we really do not.
Because of that, I would like to share my own strategy with you and tell you why deodorant of all things became such a significant part of it.
My personal strategy is based on my own research from years of teaching nutrition and being a cancer coach. Epidemiological studies on populations, lab studies and animal experiments have shown that you may reduce your risk of breast cancer when you develop a lifestyle composed of a number of basic, yet essential healthy life habits.
Compiling what I learned from the scientific papers on prevention tactics, I incorporated the lifestyle practices listed below. It took me several years to make all of these habits part of my daily routine, but the results have been more than worth it.
You may already do these things or might want to add one or two of these tips to become even healthier. Either way, take a look at these life-saving habits and see which tips you could start implementing into your life today:
- Maintain a healthy weight: You want to keep the waist:height ratio in a safe zone – your overall chronic disease risk is linked to this statistic. Generally, you want the ratio to be in the range of 0.35-0.45. Try this calculator to see what yours is and what you can do to better balance it out.
- Eat the rainbow every day: You should try for at least 10 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables a day and if you work out vigorously, 15+. The colorful pigments contain an array of antioxidants that neutralize damaging free radicals. A serving of fruits and vegetables is generally ½ cup chopped or a medium size fruit. (what is a serving? Exercise increases metabolism, so if eating 15 servings seems impossible, consider adding a whole foods supplement such as Organifi to increase the antioxidant protection conferred by plant foods.
- Feed your body healthy fats: You NEED fat to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and to maintain brain health, so eat good fats such as avocados, sunflower seed butters, coconut oil, hemp seeds and chia seeds. If you insist on dairy, organic ghee is a cancer-busting superfood and organic grass-fed butter has the mysterious factor ‘X.’
- Think positive thoughts: Keep yourself vigilant on being positive! Drew Canole has some great videos on creating positive mindsets. Happy thoughts help your immune system function optimally, therefore allowing your natural killer cells to more effectively destroy any vagrant cancer cells that arise .
- Nurture supportive connections: Stay connected with people who make you feel good and who see the best version of yourself and support you.
- Don’t work a stressful job: Ha! Okay, this one may not be entirely possible at times, but at least learn how to best manage your stress when your boss or job activates that fight or flight response in you. If you can’t work that stress off right away, deep breathing right there in the moment can stem the release of cortisol.
- Move your body daily: Yes, every hour at work get up and move that tush! Moving throughout the day keeps your lymph moving, which carries toxins and most of your immune cells throughout your body.
Whew! That’s a lot! But I know that these things do a whole lot more for you than just cancer prevention – implementing these tactics into your daily life can also help maintain and promote weight loss, mental health, proper circulation, pain reduction and so much more.
HOWEVER – my friends who were diagnosed this year already DID most of those things and still got cancer…
So what’s MISSING?
You are literally swimming in a soup of chemicals.
Even in your own home, you are exposed to all kinds of chemicals that didn’t even exist before World War II. These chemicals (fire retardants, cleaning solutions, air fresheners, pesticides, shampoos, lotions and hygiene products) might be affecting your body’s immune system and detoxification pathways.
Deodorant in particular is what affects your chest most directly. Though it may stop odor when applied to your sweaty underarms, the deodorant “excipients” also travel straight into your breast area.
You will absorb anything rubbed into those porous armpits. I read recently that these chemicals are concentrated in the upper right quadrants of the breast. Scary, right? This convinced not only me, but many scientific researchers as well that there may be a strong link between breast cancer and personal care products – especially deodorant.
Realizing this, I felt curious about 1) why deodorant could encourage breast cancer growth and 2) if there were better alternatives.
Most commercial deodorants have toxic ingredients, such as aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol and triclosan, according to the Environmental Working Group (skin deep).
It’s these ingredients that are the main culprits. They act as xeno-estrogens (parabens act as xeno-estrogens). Xeno-estrogens are outside sources of estrogen. Your cells are wired to respond to estrogen signals. Most breast cancer researchers agree that estrogen exposure can promote cancer growth in susceptible women.
Your body already makes its own estrogen and it knows when and how much estrogen you need – you don’t need the extra dosages. When your cells get a hit of estrogen, it causes them to grow. You don’t want to encourage cell growth at the wrong time, as that can lead to cells becoming cancerous.
Put simply, your deodorant directly exposes your breast tissue to these harmful carcinogenic chemicals that could be counteracting all else you’ve done to keep yourself cancer-free.
There is disagreement scientifically if deodorant does promote cancer growth. Most scientists said over 10 years ago that we needed more research, but it has not been studied further. One study said there was no association between deodorant use and breast cancer rates, while 4 others found associations. I personally wish they would just study it and stop waiting to find out. At this rate, however, they may not have to wait for too much longer.
One of the best things you can do to better protect yourself from any further exposure to these chemicals is to just make your own deodorant at home! Here is an easy, effective solution for NON-ESTROGENIC DEODORANT that you can easily make yourself.
- Mix equal parts baking soda and either arrowroot powder or GMO-free cornstarch ( ½ cup baking soda and 1/2 cup arrowroot).
- Blend well with coconut oil, then store in a jar.
- Add a little essential oil for scent.
- To use, take a tiny dab of the mixture and apply to the underarm until it is no longer visible.
You can whip up this recipe very quickly and have effective deodorant that does not have estrogenic properties. Keep you, your family and your friends safe and take yet another step towards cancer prevention.
Next article, we’ll talk shampoos and conditioners, but until then, tell us how you liked this deodorant! Did it work for you? If you want to talk more about cancer prevention, please leave a comment below, we love hearing from you!
Liz Perkins, MS. is an Integrative Nutrition Cancer Advocate.She is the mom of a leukemia survivor and leads clients through cancer with whole foods, meditations and humor.
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