In her article “Throw This Out of Your Bathroom Cabinet Immediately”,1 Vani Hari (the “Food Babe”) slams modern deodorants because they contain aluminum.
In “Flu Vaccine: The Aluminum Lining“,2 I talked a lot about how aluminum (the most common metal in the earth’s crust) is an unavoidable part of our diets and is processed normally by the bodies of healthy people, so I won’t go into that again. Please see the references in that article if you’d like more information on the safety of aluminum. I’d like to concentrate on deodorants here.
One of the alternative products Hari recommends is Naturally Fresh Crystal Roll-On Deodorant (Fragrance Free). She says this is the best deodorant she’s tried. Vani likes it so much she’s encoded her Amazon.com affiliate ID in a link so that when you buy a bottle, she earns a commission:
Let’s take a look at the ingredients of Naturally Fresh, according to the manufacturer’s page on Amazon.com:3
“Ammonium alum”, (NH4)Al(SO4)2·12H2O,4 is better known as Aluminum ammonium disulfate dodecahydrate, and looks like this:
Do you see the enormous hypocrisy in Food Babe’s article? I highlighted it for you in yellow.
“Al” is the symbol for aluminum.
Let that sink in for a moment. Vani Hari has written an article telling you to throw out all the deodorants in your bathroom because they contain supposed Alzheimer’s-inducing aluminum, and then she’s turned around and referred you to a web site that sells you aluminum-containing deodorant. And she earns a commission when you buy it.
The only significant difference between the aluminum in the deodorants that Food Babe hates and the aluminum in Naturally Fresh is that Vani Hari earns a commission when you buy the latter. (We could get into a discussion on how the aluminum is bound, but that’s out of scope. Remember, Hari’s flawed argument is that the mere presence of aluminum means you’re in danger of cancer and Alzheimer’s. Read her article if you don’t believe me.)
The other ingredient in Naturally Fresh, “Potassium alum”, is better known as “Aluminum potassium sulfate,” KAl(SO4)2.5 Yes, you guessed it, there’s that pesky aluminum again:
Ironically, one of Food Babe’s fellow pseudoscientists, Dr. Mercola, warns against using natural deodorants that contain alum.6 Food Babe often quotes Dr. Mercola, so to see her peddling Naturally Fresh while he’s warning it can kill you is amusing.
So Vani Hari…
- Scares you to death with false information about aluminum
- Tells you your deodorants contain aluminum (throw’em out!)
- Points you to an alternative deodorant that contains aluminum
- Earns a sales commission on the alternative deodorant
As I pointed out in the introduction, what Hari doesn’t tell you is that the bodies of healthy humans process aluminum without any problems. It’s the most common metal in the earth’s crust and an unavoidable part of our diets. Foods near and dear to The Babe’s heart–such as spinach7,8–are rich in aluminum. If you’re interested in details, with references, you might want to check out my article “Flu Vaccine: The Aluminum Lining.“2
It’s no wonder that out of all the alternative deodorants Vani’s tried, Naturally Fresh works the best. It’s the only one that definitely contains aluminum! Buyers should be wary of the other three deodorants she recommends, because of a cryptic legal disclaimer to the effect that the materials you receive may be different than the packaging.
But, unless you’re suffering from a problem such as kidney disease where aluminum can’t be removed from your body efficiently, there’s really nothing wrong with Naturally Fresh deodorant. I encourage you to buy it–or any other leading brand containing aluminum. Just please don’t buy by clicking on a link from a Food Babe web page.
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(1) Food Babe: Throw this out of your bathroom cabinet immediately
(2) Flu Vaccine: The Aluminum Lining
(3) Naturally Fresh on Amazon.com
(4) PubChem: Compound Summary CID 62668: Aluminum ammonium disulfate dodecahydrate (Ammonium Alum)
(5) PubChem: Compound Summary CID 24856: Aluminum potassium sulfate (Potassium Alum)
(6) Mercola: Stop Using “Natural” Deodorants Until You Read This
(7) Food Babe: Spinach Recipe
(8) World Health Organization: Aluminum in Drinking Water
Ammonium Alum from PubChem, http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/62668?from=summary#section=Top. Used in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, commonly known as “fair use law”. This material is distributed without profit with the intent to provide commentary, review, education, parody, and increase public health knowledge.
Potassium Alum from PubChem, http://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/24856#section=Top. Used in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, commonly known as “fair use law”. This material is distributed without profit with the intent to provide commentary, review, education, parody, and increase public health knowledge.
Amazon.com product screen snapshots are used in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, commonly known as “fair use law”. This material is distributed without profit with the intent to provide commentary, review, education, parody, and increase public health knowledge.