Parabens and aluminium in antiperspirants and deodorants have long been suspected of having adverse impacts on health, potentially including a role in Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer, writes Sue Claridge in the January/February issue of Organic NZ magazine.
But what about parabens, which were widely reported in the media (2004) as being linked with breast cancer?
Worldwide increase in breast cancer
“Worldwide the incidence of breast cancer in women is increasing,” writes Sue.
“While the precise reasons for the increase are unknown, numerous authors report that environmental or lifestyle factors are to blame.”
Oestrogen Risk Factor
It is also widely recognised that cumulative exposure to oestrogen through a lifetime is a big risk factor, Parabens are widely used as preservatives in cosmetics, food and pharmaceutical preparations but there is a lack of data that would enable a proper safety assessment of parabens, according to the Organic NZ article.
Suspicion that Parabens Mimic Oestrogen
“Studies have … shown that parabens are capable of penetrating the skin, and in the last seven years there have been numerous reports that various parabens mimic the action of oestrogen.”
Alternatives not all paraben free
The article said women may find it difficult to ascertain whether products have parabens in them and also warned that many deodorants marketed as alternatives to aluminium containing products contain methylparaben.
Organic NZ magazine is a publication of the Soil & Health Association and can be subscribed to, or specific issues obtained, by sending $40 (includes membership) to PO Box 36-170, Northcote, Auckland 9.
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