You're Doing Drugs And You Don't Even Know It

"If you or a loved one has been using…… and have suffered from breast cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s or even death, you may be eligible for compensation….” 

One thing you might not know is that the antiperspirant you or your peeps have been using is actually classified by the FDA as an over the counter drug. Years of TV has taught us that anything classified as a drug has the potential to end up in one of these commercials, but by the time you’ve seen the commercial it’s too late. 

Aluminum antiperspirants have been in the controversial hot seat for years. You can google “do antiperspirants cause breast cancer” and you will find at least 5 sources on the first page that dismiss this question as an unfounded myth. A WebMD article published in 2011 claims that the antiperspirant/breast cancer link is just a “rumor” and cites “no convincing evidence” and flawed research.

Even some of our favorite mags are regurgitating this rhetoric with one sided articles dismissing any need for concern, and referencing the National Cancer Institutes listing of “using antiperspirants causes breast cancer” under “Common Cancer Myths and Misconceptions”.

While I agree that not near enough research has been done on the subject, I disagree that the research so far is insignificant. In fact, just this year another well documented study was published confirming some of the previous research that’s been dismissed.

This study, conducted by a research group in Austria found substantial evidence that use of underarm cosmetics was significantly associated with BC risk, and that more than once daily use at a younger age (under 30) increases that risk. The same study found that their results corroborated with Dr. Dabre’s earlier hypothesis that use of underarm cosmetics (i.e. antiperspirants and possibly other commercial deodorants) may lead to the accumulation of aluminum in breast tissue.

The fact that this study is recent and great care was taken in it’s execution to eliminate the possibility of faulty research methods indicates that the aluminum question cannot be answered with “no worries”, but rather that it should be taken more seriously than ever before.

While there is still much more to be done, I'm glad the research isn’t dead. #staywoke


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