Inside: I don’t believe any one thing led to my neurological disease. Read on to find out how a seemingly innocuous middle school insecurity may have carved the path for my disease.
At 12-years-old, I was an attention-addicted little shit who loved nothing more than being the teacher’s pet.
One day, in 7th grade, my teacher asked me to stand in front of the class with my arms spread wide. We were studying the solar system, and I was supposed to be the sun and my arms would be the rays. So, when she called on me to literally act like the center of the universe, this would normally have been something I thrived on.
However, the start of middle school lead to little geysers sprouting out of my armpits. By the summer of 7th grade, I had sweat stains reaching down to my belt loops and a serious aversion to the color grey.
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If you think I’m exaggerating, google hyperhidrosis. There’s sweat stains, and then there’s hyperhidrosis sweat stains. And while I’ve never been officially diagnosed, it doesn’t take a genius to tell me that having to wear puppy pads under my armpits is an issue.
So anyway, I’m standing there with little tsunamis forming just beneath my clothes when I realize that this is just the start of many issues that are bound to plague me throughout my adolescence.
I have yet to experience gross periods, ugly braces, bad hand jobs – I don’t need another insecurity added to the list.
Lucky for me, it’s 2003 and my parents subscribe to AOL. I run home and Ask Jeeves, “how to make your armpits stop sweating?”
That’s when I stumble upon a website conveniently called stopsweat.com.
The website claims,
“Maxim will will prevent sweating better than anything you’ve ever tried or purchased before or we will refund your purchase 100% with not a single question asked! Maxim can work so quick that most people report nearly a complete cure within 2-3 days of night time applications.”
Perfect. Never mind they can’t speak English correctly and their claims are riddled with typos – I’ll take five!
And because my parents had me at 36 and grew up in an era where the worst thing on TV was Elvis Presley’s gyrating hips, they ignore any and all internet activity and allow me to make repeat purchases of Maxim Deodorant on their credit card for the next six years.
The Ridiculousness of Maxim Antiperspirant
You know those feel-good testimonials where the product heals someone of a lifetime of agony? Kind of like that time Justin Bieber did those Proactive commercials? Well, see below for a feel-good testimonial lifted straight from the Maxim website.
I have so many questions.
- Why is the woman wearing a prom dress in the photo?
- Why did the “note-leaver” automatically assume that the guy who owned a BMW was handicapped in a wheelchair?
- Why were they so bad a making a threat? I would imagine that if someone is taking time out of their day to grab a pen and paper and then write a threat, they would have to come up with something better than predicting a person’s age and then second-guessing themselves?
Why Does This Matter?
Last year, I took two heavy metal toxin tests. The first one came back that I was crazy high in aluminum.
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In order to have that much aluminum in your body, someone would have to eat nothing but tin foil breakfast, lunch and dinner. How could I have this much aluminum in me?
It’s true that Maxim Antiperspirant works. So much so, that I haven’t had one sweat bead drop out of my armpit since I was 12.
There’s a reason that your body is releasing toxins through sweat; it needs to get rid of them.
When you apply aluminum to your body, it temporarily clogs your sweat glands preventing sweat from escaping. So, (1) You’re resisting your body by allowing toxins to stay inside of you (2) You’re applying aluminum directly to your skin for absorption.
Aluminium & Neurological Disease:
- The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health states, “We have examined the neurotoxicity of aluminum in humans and animals under various conditions. The literature demonstrates clearly negative impacts of aluminum on the nervous system across the age span. In adults, aluminum exposure can lead to apparently age-related neurological deficits resembling Alzheimer’s and has been linked to this disease and to the Guamanian variant, ALS-PDC.”
- According to Researchgate.net, Aluminum negatively impacts the central nervous system in all species that have been studied, including humans.
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- According to NaturalHealth365.com, “Researchers looking into this matter injected correlating amounts of aluminum into the bodies of mice to see what would occur. The mice quickly showed negative health effects including behavioral changes and deficits in motor functioning. They also showed cognitive problems directly related to being injected with aluminum. When the mice were autopsied, major damage to the motor neurons in their brains and nervous systems were observed. These kinds of damages are precursors to conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease down the road.”
Final Thoughts On Aluminum in Deodorant
Obviously, it’s hard to pinpoint one thing in my life that we can say for certain has lead to my neurological disease. When dealing with a chronic illness, you want to try and eliminate any possible factors that could be causing inflammation in your body.
A few years ago, I made the switch to Native, an organic deodorant that doesn’t use aluminum. It can be tricky finding an organic deodorant that minimizes perspiration and odor. You may have to try a few to find out which ingredients work best with your body.
Also, I’ve found that my body can get used to the formulas and stop working sometimes. When this happens, I switch to a different organic deodorant for one month and then go back to my normal Native routine. It doesn’t happen often, and this always solves the problem.
Do you worry about aluminum in your deodorant? What organic formulas have you found that work the best? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.
Allie Schmidt is a rare disease advocate and disabled mom living with motor neuron disease. She founded Disability Dame in 2020 to provide tips to other moms living with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
In her spare time, you can find her traveling with her husband (she's been to 38 states and 16 countries!), watching reruns of Survivor, or tending to her near-constant sunburn from spending too much time outside. You can follow her adventures here.