NEWS BYTES

“RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU’RE SURE?”

This was a popular refrain of a antiperspirant commercial when I was growing up (perhaps still is?). Now, there are some folks that aren’t too sure about what these clogging chemicals (just like with another one of their toxic-“non-stick” concoction) are doing to the body and the environment.

Concern regarding the use of antiperspirants has been a popular topic of discussion in the press recently. Research and consumer advocate groups routinely raise questions concerning ingredients, toxicity, long-term health risks as well as their effect on the environment.

The use of antiperspirants to control perspiration, a simple by product of our bodies’ natural temperature regulating process, is commonly used in western cultures to prevent rather than simply mask perspiration odour. The operative word “odour”, was the pivotal factor motivating ancient Egyptians to concoct fragrances by mixing citrus scents with spices that were pleasant to the senses. Ironically, in a virtual mirror example of social development an early, indigenous culture in Brazil known as The Bororo People, believed body odour was associated with the life force of a person, breath odor with the soul.

….Today, however, people have begun to realize that technology’s attempt to address one social concern may have brought about another even more debilitating concern, the potential harmful affect on human and environmental health. If we are to overcome this potential risk to ourselves and the planet, it’s time, now, to take the initiative and educate ourselves, learn the issues and discover those natural products that are in harmony with the attempt to promote a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and the rest of the planet. read more {by Diane Cimetta, excerpted from Greener Magazine}

If one eats healthy and has an active lifestyle there is no such thing as “bad-offensive” BO.   

A lot of our problems, stem from what we are putting in our bodies and our surroundings. Some of the reason for extremely bad BO is due to bad diet, population, excessive consumption of meat and synthetic clothing.  

ARE THEY SERIOUS?

Bugs Could Be Key to Kicking Oil Addiction

How about something simpler, less scarier than genetic mutant bugs, like a bike or mass transit?

“you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” – bob dylan

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  1. Brian says:

    Not to take away from your comment about using less (which should be priority #1), but there’s nothing really scary about “mutant bugs”. Those same types of experiments have given us most of the life saving drugs that we have developed in the last 20 years. Genetically modifying bacteria to make enzymes is no more scary than genetically selecting plants that have better taste, more fruit, etc.

  2. dragonfly183 says:

    Genetically modifying anything sounds pretty damn scary to me.

    I’ve never worn deoderant. It was just something I never got into the habit of doing and no one ever seemed to notice. But then I have always eaten healthy too.

    My husband on the other hand sweats more than any person I have ever seen. he has gone on “forced fasts” from deoderant and I told him I never once noticed him smelling bad. But i sure as heck did notice the big yellow sweat stains on his clothes, yikes.

  3. Brian says:

    Every single different kind of tomato is genetically modified (even the heirloom ones). They’re all mutants of their mother plant. In one case it’s considered “natural”, in the other it’s considered “scary”. I don’t get it.

  4. stella says:

    i haven’t worn any deoderant in over a year and the only time i am ‘offensive’ smelling is when i’m sick and the toxins are oozing out of me, which is rare.

  5. Anais says:

    Thanks, Brian for your comments and thoughts on Genetics. There is certainly much debate on this subject and we appreciate your input.

  6. Anais says:

    Dragonfly,

    Thanks for your comments and input.

    We, too, have to deal with sweat stains on clothes — especially whites. I wonder how our grandmother’s dealt with such problems? I don’t believe they had antipersperants 50 years ago, so I wonder how they dealt with sweat stains, especially on men’s clothing.

    We use Baking Soda on our white to take away the yellowish stains. It seems to work and much safer than bleach.

  7. Anais says:

    Stella,

    Thanks for sharing your experience.

    A healthy lifestyle is key to your body order. And if you do have a bit of an odor, apple cider vinegar is great or you can make your own natural deoderant :

    Herbal Stick Deodorant – How-to Formula More Skin Care Solutions
    by Annie Berthold-Bond, Care2.com Producer, Green Living Channels
    If you can tolerate essential oils, herbal deodorants are wonderfully effective since so many of them have strong anti-bacterial properties.

    Simple Solution:

    I am excited to find this formula for making homemade stick deodorant because with this, any one of us can custom make the deodorant using essential oils that one really likes!

    That being said, I like the essential oils recommended for this formula by Snow Drift Farms; they are all strongly anti-bacterial:

    1 1/2 tbspn beeswax (yellow is best)
    1/2 tbspn cocoa butter
    1 tablespoon coconut oil
    15 drops white thyme essential oil
    15 drops rosemary essential oil
    25 drops lavender essential oil
    3 drops castor oil

    Melt beeswax in a glass jar standing in hot water, add the cocoa butter, and when it has melted, add the oils. Stir to mix thoroughly, then pour into a clean, discarded deodorant stick case and leave to cool and set.

    http://www.care2.com/channels/solutions/self/539