Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: Deodorant rock ?
From: (Powaqqatsi)
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 1995 11:32:40 GMT

>I was talking to a lady the other day and she said that she uses a rock for deodorant. She said she got it at a health food store in Florida. Is this for real and where might we look if it is true.

I'd save my money if I were you, sure they work, but you can get the same effects from (by volume) 1/3 corn-starch and 2/3 baking-soda (sodium bicarbonate). And since there is some linkage to alzheimers disease and the abundance of aluminum in our society these days, I'd stay away from anything that has aluminum in it.

I've been using the corn-starch/baking-soda mix for over 20 years now, I've never had a complaint. Just save a spice shaker container and spoon the mix in, use it like a dusting powder. Plus, you can get baking-soda and corn-starch anywhere, buy generic when possible, you don't need to make a special trip to a health-food store to pay their often exhorbitant prices.

A friend back in high-school did a test on commercial mouthwashes. The teacher suggested she use a weak solution of baking-soda as the "control" mouthwash. Guess which solution was the MOST effective, as much as 20 TIMES more effective, against the growth of smelly or harmful bacteria? Yup -- baking-soda. And I discovered this year, when one of my dogs got ring-worm (fungal infection of the hair, it breaks off and leaves bare patches) on his belly, no doubt from playing in the swamp too often, I didn't have the "usual" herbal or medicinal cures laying around, so I thought I'd give it a shot and dust him with baking-soda. The ring-worm never came back and none of the other dogs got it either. Stopped it in its tracks.

When my mind is in search-mode for a possible solution to health needs, baking-soda (sodium-bicarbonate) is usually one of the first 10 things I consider.

(btw: did you know that all these years that the medical community has found that sodium has NOTHING to do with high-blood pressure? And, in fact, they found that people on LOW-SALT diets have 4 times the risk of getting a heart-attack (was just on the news last month). Just in case you were worried about the sodium contact of using baking-soda. And it is also now known that overweight people don't "automatically" have high-blood pressure. The reason they've had "high-blood-pressure" all these years is DUE TO THE MECHANICS of the way they've been measuring blood-pressure. It takes more pressure in the cuff of the sphymomanometer to constrict the blood vessels underneath that HEALTHY layer of fat on their arms. Fucking medical community can go screw themselves. Imagine all those people that have litterally worried themselves TO DEATH because some idiot didn't bother to use some common sense in designing a blood-pressure meter.

sorry, got off the beaten topic, but ... one thing reminded me of another....