The Aluminum Downside

See “the Aluminum Downside”…. why aluminum has no known function in the human body and its negative impact on human health.

Merri and I lived and worked with this Ecuador Yatchak for seven years.

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This photo was taken after a purification ceremony at a sacred spring.

One of the main ways this shaman helped restore our health was through purification.  He had us walk in mountain mists.

The negative ions in the mists attach to free radicals and purify the skin to cleanse us from the inside out,” he said.  Another purification was of our blood.  He fed us herbs, minerals and a low calcium diet.  There was almost no dairy served.  We used watermelons, pineapple and sweats to purify.

The fastest way for any element good or bad to get into the blood stream is via the lungs and the skin.

Everyday living bombards most of us with all types of toxicity, from the air we breath, to the water we drink.

Even the receipts at the healthfood store may be toxic!

Merri and I compensate for this by taking care in what we eat, drink and especially breathe and put on our skin.

Now there is a better way to replace a daily toxin with a purifier.

Since it is difficult for most of us to avoid toxicity in the West, this message looks at a longevity alternative.

In the early 2000s, the FDA approved a product that may encourage cancer, create dementia, Alzheimer’s and complicate kidney problems.

The FDA issued a final rule which said “over-the-counter (OTC) antiperspirant drug products are generally recognized as safe and effective and not misbranded as part of FDA’s ongoing review of OTC drug products”.

Part of this ruling was influenced by scientists with the Personal Care Products Council. This trade association represents the cosmetic and personal care products industry.  They have claimed that “antiperspirants can be used with high confidence of their safety. They’ve been used for many years, and there’s no evidence that suggests a problem“.

Many people use over-the-counter antiperspirant drug products every day because almost everyone does.  That’s the way its seems like it has always been.

Is this wise?  Or is this simply the massive repetition of an error?

“How much should we trust the FDA?”

The FDA’s claims of safety are not entirely correct, because antiperspirants contain aluminum. 

An article at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment helps clarify the risks of placing aluminum under our arms every day. (1)

This article says of aluminum, a main ingredient in antiperspirants, “What’s it good for in humans? Simple answer: not very much.  Except for possible involvement in some enzymatic reactions, aluminum “has no known function in the human body.”   While there is little or no upside for aluminum in the body, there is a most definite downside: aluminum is a neurotoxin.

The Aluminum Downside

A Duke article (2) contains numerous links to a number of negative health effects, including impaired mental and motor function, Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, and bone diseases.

It points out a number of questions about aluminum’s impact on human health and explains there is not much study on aluminum antiperspirants.

Then it says: So, while the FDA regulates antiperspirants as over-the-counter drugs and deems them safe, it hasn’t based its decision on a large body of work specifically examining these products.  So rather than a stamp of approval, FDA’s aluminum regulation seems more an indication that, given the ubiquitous nature of aluminum, exposure from antiperspirants isn’t believed to be unsafe.”

Antiperspirants and Disease:  It’s the Pits

In other words there’s no definitive answer.  There are links between aluminum and disease, yes.  There is a link to Alzheimer’s, dementia, diminished thinking and cancer but, no study provides specific proof of a direct link between antiperspirants and these problems.

We can see the risks of aluminum more clearly at a different government source, the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

This agency’s report on aluminum says: Workers who breathe large amounts of aluminum dusts can have lung problems, such as coughing or changes that show up in chest X-rays.  Some workers who breathe aluminum-containing dusts or aluminum fumes have decreased performance in some tests that measure functions of the nervous system.

Some people who have kidney disease store a lot of aluminum in their bodies.  Sometimes, these people developed bone or brain diseases that doctors think were caused by the excess aluminum.

Although aluminum-containing over the counter oral products are considered safe in healthy individuals at recommended doses, some adverse effects have been observed following long-term use in some individuals.

Studies in animals show that the nervous system is a sensitive target of aluminum toxicity.

Then there is the question of  parabens.

A health warning from (3) says:   99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Contained This Everyday Chemical (NOT Aluminum). Recent research found higher concentrations of parabens in the upper quadrants of the breast and axillary area, where antiperspirants are usually applied, suggesting they may contribute to the development of breast cancer.

The data from this study, the most extensive examination of parabens in human breast so far published, confirms previous work and raises a number of questions on the entire parabens, personal care product and human health debate, particularly relating to the source and toxicological significance of the paraben esters.

Merri and I have not used antiperspirants for decades.  We eliminated this potential toxicity and instead used a purifying essential oil formula created by our friend Candace Newman.

Since Candace retired we have been looking for a new answer to a healthy deodorant.

A long time reader, Steven Gyimesy, provided an even better, easier essential oil answer  with Pure Stick.

I have been using Pure Stick for some time now and asked Steve if I could introduce him and his Pure Stick Deodorant to you.

Steve’s essential oil formula acts like a deodorant and helps improve rather than decrease natural health. 

Let me begin by saying that essential oils have not been evaluated by the FDA as cures for any specific illness.  This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent disease.  It simply a common sense approach to assume that putting organic, all natural essential oils under your arms is better for you then chemical laden deodorants and antiperspirants.

I recommend that you read Steve’s note below and try the Pure Stick Deodorant.



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See for Yourself.  Here’s the Pure Stick Ingredients:



Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does Pure Stick Last?

Each Pure Stick will last 2-4 months depending on use and how many people in your house use it. You don’t have to slather it on to stay stink free all day. In fact you should barely see it on your skin. Just a light general cover will do the trick.

Does it Work as Well as Traditional Feodorants?

Yes, and we think even better than typical deodorants which use massive amounts of aluminum and synthetic fragrances along with a bunch of other really unhealthy chemicals we can barely pronounce. Pure Stick easily provides 24+ hour protection without the overpowering smells and Frankenstein chemicals. Pure clean simple freshness that lasts all day and beyond.

Can Children Use Pure Stick?

100% YES!! Children of any age can use Pure Stick. There is nothing in Pure Stick that should cause concern. Best of all it’s super gentle on skin and won’t cause rashes or irritations.

Is Pure Stick Available in Clear Form?

No Pure Stick is only available in a white base. Never use clear products on your skin. The chemicals used to make solids invisible are extremely toxic and have no place on your skin. Remember what goes on your skin goes in your body. If you are concerned about any white colour gently wipe any excess Pure Stick off after application. Remember it doesn’t take much for it to work. If you apply it gently you’ll barely notice it and you shouldn’t experience any residue on your clothing, even dark clothing. A little goes a long way with Pure Stick.


No. Antiperspirants are basically deodorants with excessive amounts of aluminum added to clog and block your pores/sweat glands. Not only is large amounts of aluminum which is absorbed through your skin harmful, blocking your sweat glands is even worse.

Now that being said, though Pure Stick is not going to clog your pores it does contain natural essential oils which help to calm and relax those crazy pits along with a mild absorption quality. Given the choice please, avoid traditional antiperspirants at all costs, they are horrible for your health.

How Long Does it Take to Ship Pure Stick?

It depends on where you live. We ship from the east coast so most of Canada and the US on the east side will receive their order within 2-4 days. Those on the west coast should receive their order within 7 days or so. If you live in the middle shipping should take around 5 days give or take.

Do You Guarantee Pure Stick?

YES! Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. If you don’t love Pure Stick, for any reason, we will happily refund you the entire purchase price of your order. No hassles, No questions, nothing nadda.

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(2)  The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.

(3)  Dr. Mercola article 99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Contained This Everyday Chemical (NOT Aluminum)