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Walk into any organic market or high-end cosmetics store and you'll find shelves stocked with alternative deodorants, many of them loudly advertising that they're aluminum free.
This, of course, raises an important body odor question: Did all the deodorants you've been rubbing into your pits until this point contain aluminum, and did that impair your health in any way?
Answer - Research - Aluminum - Antiperspirants - Problem
The answer (unless you're allergic to aluminum) is an emphatic no. All the major research into aluminum antiperspirants since the early 2000s has suggested that they're not a problem, according to Dr. Susan Massick, a dermatologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
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The idea that antiperspirants with aluminum could be linked to cancer dates back to studies like this one from the early 2000s, showing that if you apply a lot of Old Spice to some cells in a petri dish, those cells suffer DNA damage. Some researchers suggested that the aluminum in the deodorant might be the culprit, and that aluminum-bearing deodorants might be causing breast cancer in women. The main bit of evidence offered for the supposed link? Breast cancer seems more likely to turn up close to the armpit than far away from it.
Problem - Line - Thinking - Lots - Things
The problem with this line of thinking is that there are lots of things that cause DNA damage to individual cells in petri dishes that don't actually cause cancer in humans. Dunking some loose cells in a heavy chemical bath is a decent first step if you want to know whether a chemical might be dangerous. But all that sort of study can tell you is whether the chemical is worth studying further, not whether it's actually a problem...
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