Dying To Stay Dry


Did you know that the original Tin Woodsman character in The Wizard of Oz was supposed to be played by Buddy Epsom, better known as Jed Clampett of The Beverly Hillbillies TV fame?  While screen testing for the role, he had a near-fatal reaction to the silver coating that was applied to make him look like he was made out of metal. This coating actually prevented him from sweating by closing up his pores, and he became toxic almost to the point of kidney failure. As a result, he lost the gig to Jack Haley, who went on to capture our hearts with his wonderful rendition of the character using a reformulated, safe body paint (that's Buddy, below).

Of course, no one knew at the time that the silver body-paint they used contained an ingredient that would shut down his ability to sweat, nearly killing him by paralyzing his lungs and shutting down his kidneys with what we now call, "Toxic Shock Syndrome." That ingredient was Aluminum Chlorohydrate, which would quickly become the first and most widely-used under-arm "antiperspirant" in the world.  And, because of what this chemical can do to the body, there is a growing body of evidence showing a disturbing correlation between antiperspirant use and the rise in Breast Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Autism, Allergies, Parkinson’s and many more.


Aluminum Chlorohydrate and Aluminium-Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY are the two most common aluminum salts used in antiperspirants, and are readily absorbed by the skin. They are also known neurotoxins. Once in the body, the aluminum portion of the molecule ionizes, forming free radical aluminum. In addition to forming a physical plug that stops sweat, the aluminum passes freely across cell membranes, and is absorbed by the liver, kidney, brain, cartilage and bone marrow. It is this concentration of aluminum that has been the source of concern in the medical community and has prompted the research being done on Alzheimer’s disease.

It is important to understand that there is a big difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant. Deodorants, as the name implies, are simple formulations containing scents that mask the odors that may occur with perspiration. Antiperspirants are artificial chemical compounds that actually stop the body from sweating by being absorbed by the skin and physically plugging the pores.



Sweating cools the body, but the skin is also a major organ of elimination. Reduced underarm sweating means the tissues are in contact with toxins for unnaturally long periods of time. Those toxins begin to seep into the surrounding areas and eventually becoming concentrated in the lymph tissue. Congested, toxic lymph tissues are associated with increased incidence of cancerous cell activity. There are an abundance of axillary (armpit) lymph tissue in both males and females, and these glands are the ones blocked with antiperspirant use, and almost always the primary ones affected in breast cancer.



In addition to the above, there is a growing body of scientific evidence showing that exposure to aluminum in general, especially aluminum salts from cookware, utensils and chemical compounds, greatly increases the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. So, why take the chance?


I recommend getting rid of antiperspirants, all unclad aluminum cookware, utensils, etc.  If they’re old, you’ll see they are “pitted” ...evidence of aluminum salts breaking down.  Also, no “non-stick” coated pans are terrible: they're aluminum covered in a coating that chips and gets in your food. If you use foil, put a layer of wax paper or plastic wrap between it and the food.



  1. In 1940, the incidence of breast cancer in U.S. was 1:37 and steady -- there were no antiperspirants on the market.

  2. First antiperspirant ("Stopette") using Aluminum Chlorohydrate introduced 1941.

  3. From the 1940s until the 1980s, the rate of breast cancer began increasing by about one percent a year.

  4. By the 1980s, as antiperspirant sales boomed, incidence rose dramatically, more than doubling that rate to over 2% per year.

  5. By 1990, breast cancer rates were 1:12

  6. Both of the most common ingredients -- aluminum chlorohydrate and aluminum zirconium -- are known neurotoxins.

  7. Sales of antiperspirants were $1.6 billion in 2012, selling almost 700 million units

  8. Current breast cancer rate in U.S. is 1:8.

  9. Only 5% of the US population DOESN'T use antiperspirants

  10. The antiperspirant industry claims there is no connection between breast cancer rates and use of their product.





And let me add that sweating is good. A foul body odor is produced by an unhealthy body, a body with too many toxins, a stressed body not sweating enough. One very easy way to clear out the pipes is to exercise vigorously enough to profusely sweat at least two times a week. Three times is even better! Choose an activity that you love to do, and one that uses the large muscle groups: swimming, running, tennis, volleyball, racquetball, rollerblading...etc. It feels great, it clears your body and mind, burns fat ...and it's sexy, too!


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