About a year ago, I came across the typical recipe for homemade deodorant: 2 parts coconut oil, 1 part baking soda, and 1 part arrowroot powder or cornstarch. Some recipes add a few drops of essential oils in, but some of my patients are very sensitive to scents and smells, so I choose to just keep it neutral. This is the typical and popular recipe floating around the internet and I have no idea who actually invented it. Whoever you are: you are a genius.
I was fully skeptical about this since, I will admit, I do not sweat roses. I did not throw away my commercial deodorant/antiperspirant at the time because I was sure I'd come back to it. I wanted to do a post on this today to attest to the challenges I've put this homemade deodorant through and also some surprising findings after a year or so of daily use.
When I started using it, I was biking to work through congested Toronto air and it was summer. Test passed.
I did a few large talks in front of audiences, one a corporate event with about a hundred people. Test passed.
I run regularly. Test passed.
I sometimes work in a high-stress, high-paced environment. Test passed.
That's really all the ultra-sweating I can think of doing: exertion sweat, nervous sweat, stress sweat, not to mention daily sweat. All passed with flying colours. Holy crap, this stuff really works!
It's been a little over a year now of zero anti-perspirant use. Armpit pores are wiiiiide open and definitely working better than they have been. What do I mean by this? Sure, I sweat, but it doesn't smell anymore. You must remember: sweating is normal. In the past month, I realized I've been forgetting to put it on in the morning. Normally, I would slightly panic and probably buy a bar of deodorant because surely I could always use a back-up, right? Nope. Didn't even need it. In fact, I sweat less than I ever have and when I do, it's odourless. This is what normal sweating is supposed to be, not pushing sweat out of purposely-clogged pores, or feeding aluminum to the bacteria hanging out in there.
I am converted and I hope you will be, too. Your pits will thank you.
There are some super exciting things going on around here lately! Like, really exciting!
My regulations are changing.
As a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in Ontario, I'll soon be regulated under the Regulated Health Practitioners Act rather than the oh-so-outdated Drugless Practitioners Act. Yay! This is a great thing, but there's a few things that are changing. I've been spending the last couple of weeks nose-deep in an exciting piece of literature: The Compendium of Therapeutic Choices. It's riveting. Even my cat thinks so, as you can see. It has pharmaceutical treatment options for just about every major health condition out there, and I'm learning them all.
With this new regulatory structure comes new responsibility. I'm required to learn all of these drugs, in far greater detail than our pharmacology classes ages ago, to continue to provide the best care I can. This may or may not result in me being able to prescribe these to you as the actual scope has yet to be finalized.
What does this mean for you? Hopefully not much will change. All of this studying will allow B12 injections, optimal fertility support, and awesome winter immune support, to name just a few. Another impact is with labs. I'll be limited to Ontario-based labs only, which causes a bit of a blip specifically for my food sensitivity testing. I try to keep my prices (your expenses) as low as I can, so losing lab choice will impact cost and will result it almost doubling of these tests. This one, clearly, I'm not happy about! Access to specific tests (hormonal testing, for example) will also not be possible. You can learn more about these new changes and lend your click of support by visiting here: http://www.oand.org/email-to-target/ In return for helping me help you, there's one big virtual high five coming your way!
It's official! NDI Canada is happening!
I am SO excited for this one! As you may know, I have been involved with Natural Doctors International for quite some time and they are such an awesome organization. We've had this move coming down the pipes for a couple of years now and I'm so excited to announce that NDI is now a registered non-profit organization in Canada! We have our charitable status application on the go, so hopefully soon we'll be able to provide you with tax receipts for all of your awesome contributions to this great cause. To learn more about NDI, check out ndimed.org.
That's about all I have going on lately. The veggie garden and pollinator garden are also both done and ready to bring some nourishment and happiness this summer!
Thanks for all your support over the last 5 years and here's to many more!