This all stems from a red carpet interview E! did at the premier to The Other Woman. Last April, E! Online published, Cameron Diaz Hasn't Used Antiperspirant...in 20 Years!, by Marc Malkin. When the subject of antiperspirants came up, Diaz responded that she did not believe in them and went on to clarify that, "It's really bad for you. I haven't used it for almost 20 years." She then goes on to share many of her other personal views about how she thinks human biology and science work by soliciting some advise from her book, The Body Book. Last January, Kate Dries documented a personal experience reading the book in the article for Jezebel titled, Cameron Diaz's Body Book is Actually Pretty Good, and uses the following quote that Diaz does in her book,
"I'm not a scientist. I'm not a doctor. What I am is a woman who has spent the past fifteen years learning about what my body is capable of, and it has been the most rewarding experience of my life."
In 2003, the article titled Misleading Medical Myths Spread Quickly Over Internet was published by NewsOK warning the general public about some medical myths circulating like a chain e-mail at the time. One of the claims that made number two on the list also going out to physicians in an issue of MDnet Guide magazine notifying them about certain urban myths gaining popularity, is the one claiming that anti-perspirants/deodorant cause breast cancer. Apparently, the rumor got bad enough for the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health to respond with this fact sheet about anti-perspirants/deodorant and breast cancer. A key point in the document states, "There is no conclusive research linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer." But, there is also another point that completed research studies were inconclusive because they produced conflicting results. Some may interpret that differently. One thing that's for sure is that you can't extrapolate that we know for sure what causes any specific type of cancer from these studies. So, where else might these fears perspire from?
In the 'Health, Wellness, and Hygiene Tips for Body Odor' section of the How Stuff Works website, there is a more than I, and probably you, would ever want to know about body odor in the article titled, How Body Odor Works. The subject of anti-antiperspirants and deodorants comes up five pages in; where it goes through a brief history of deodorant, some science behind it, and a few examples of alternatives. The aforementioned concerns and uncertainties surrounding the safety of aluminum-based deodorants shows up once again in the little informational box that appears on the side of the piece and states the following,
"The safety of aluminum-based deodorants has been the cause for much debate. Some studies seem to have indicated that antiperspirants can increase breast cancer risks, but according to the National Cancer Institute and FDA, there's no conclusive evidence to tie the two together. Additionally, a study done in the 1960s indicated that there was a higher presence of aluminum in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, which has lead to the persistent belief that antiperspirants can contribute to the disease. However, according to the Alzheimer's Association, studies released since that time have failed to confirm aluminum's role in causing Alzheimer's."
"Finally, it’s important to address one of the very real risks of antiperspirants. No, it’s not breast cancer or Alzheimer’s disease, despite what you might have read in imaginative email chain letters. For the record, aluminum, the key ingredient in antiperspirants, is the third most common element on our planet, and it’s found in food, air, and over-the-counter medications like antacids, all of which provide more aluminum than you can absorb from an antiperspirant through your skin. Furthermore, the amount of waste your sweat glands excrete is small, so there’s no reason to think that slowing down a few sweat glands can increase the level of toxins in your blood."
"Because everyone's body chemistry is different, it may take a bit of experimentation to find a natural deodorant that works for you but the science of making the skin's surface unfriendly to bacteria is sound, and thousands of people use these products successfully every day."
Dries, Kate. 2014. "Cameron Diaz's Body Book is Actually Pretty Good". Jezebel.com. (Janurary 10) Can be accessed online at: http://jezebel.com/cameron-diazs-body-book-is-actually-pretty-good-1496442600.
Franco, Michael. 2010. "How Body Odor Works" HowStuffWorks.com. (May 4). Accessible online at: http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/hygiene-tips/body-odor4.htm. Last updated May 9, 2014.
Malkin, Marc. 2014. "Cameron Diaz Hasn't Used Antiperspirant...in 20 Years!". E! Online.com. Can be accessed online at: http://www.eonline.com/news/534660/cameron-diaz-hasn-t-used-antiperspirant-in-20-years.
Marcus, Stephanie. 2014. "Cameron Diaz Say She Hasn't Worn Deodorant in 20 Years". Huffington Post. April 24. Can be accessed online at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/24/cameron-diaz-deodorant-antiperspirant_n_5205103.html.
Mayo Clinic Staff. 2014. "Sweating and Body Odor: Causes". Mayo Clinic. (Janurary 25). Can be accessed online at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sweating-and-body-odor/basics/causes/con-20014438.
NewsOK. 2003. "Misleading Medical Myths Spread Quickly Over Internet". NewsOK.com. (January 7). Can be accessed online at: http://newsok.com/misleading-medical-myths-spread-quickly-over-internet/article/1909166.
National Cancer Institute. 2008. "Antiperspirants/Deodorants and Breast Cancer". Cancer.gov. Can be accessed online at: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/AP-Deo.
Snopes. 1999. "Anti-Perspirants and Breast Cancer". Snopes.com. Can be accessed online at: http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/antiperspirant.asp. Last updated, January 2, 2014.
Science Knowledge. 2010. Deodorants and Antiperspirants. Sciencemags.blogspot.com. Can be accessed online at: http://sciencemags.blogspot.com/2010/01/deodorants-and-antiperspirants.html.
University Health Network. 2013. "Cancer Mythbusters: Antiperspirants and breast cancer". YouTube. UHNToronto. (January 13). Can be accessed online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcg6lELqP58.