Q: I’ve had bad underarm odor for more than 50 years, and it is a terrible social problem. Then I read your column about rubbing milk of magnesia on the armpits. I tried it, and it’s a miracle.
I no longer use any other deodorant and, most importantly, I no longer have body odor. Thank you for a simple solution for this complex problem. I have been B.O. free for eight weeks.
A: Milk of magnesia seems to work quite well as a deodorant for most people. Because it contains magnesium instead of aluminum, people who have trouble with antiperspirants usually tolerate it well.
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist, and Teresa Graedon is an expert in medical anthropology and nutrition. They can be reached at peoplespharmacy @gmail.com.