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Bradley Cooper doesn’t wear deodorant

By Michelle S. Lim, D.C.

E! News recently reported that Academy Award Nominee, Bradley Cooper, doesn’t wear deodorant.  Apparently, he’s not the only actor with so called “terrible hygiene”.

Cameron Diaz told E! News, “I don’t believe in antiperspirant.  It’s really bad for you. I haven’t used it for almost 20 years. You’re stinky, because you use antiperspirant. It keeps all the stink in. Let it go and just trim your armpit hair so it doesn’t hold onto the scent.”

While in 2008, Julia Roberts confessed to Oprah Winfrey, “I actually don’t use deodorant.  I don’t like to share that with a lot of people.  It’s just never been my thing.”

Heartthrob Matthew McConaughey has also admitted that he doesn’t like to wear deodorant or cologne.

So why does Hollywood chose to smell?  Is this just plain inconsiderate, a trend, or something more than that?

Antiperspirants first raised a concern when it was suggested that there could be a link between deodorants and cancer.  Although there hasn’t been any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants and the subsequent development of breast cancer, the ingredients used in common deodorants are still questionable.

Aluminum-based compounds are the active ingredient in anti-perspirants.  They form a temporary sweat plug within the sweat duct that stops the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Some research suggests that aluminum-based compounds, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and cause estrogen-like (hormonal) effects. Because estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants may contribute to the development of breast cancer

Research has also focused on parabens, which are preservatives used in some deodorants and antiperspirants.  They have been shown to mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells. Parabens are used in many cosmetic, food, and pharmaceutical products, but according to the FDA, most major brands of deodorants and antiperspirants in the United States do not currently contain parabens.  Parabens can go by the name: methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, or benzylparaben. The National Library of Medicine’s Household Products Database also has information about the ingredients used in most major brands of deodorants and antiperspirants.

So what should you do?  You can purchase crystal stones or natural deodorants at your local health store.  Avoid “Anti-perspirants”-it’s ok to sweat.

But how do I avoid smelling?  Holistically speaking, if you eat a clean diet rich in fruits and vegetables and stay away from processed foods, you shouldn’t really smell bad.  If you notice your odor is more pungent than what is acceptable by your co-workers, colleagues, neighbors, friends and family, then maybe it’s time to think about starting a detox, eliminating toxins and begin eating a cleaner diet.


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