New Study: Alzheimer’s & Aluminum Link Can No Longer Be Ignored
It is widely known fact that aluminum is neurotoxic and chronic exposure to it causes many neurological diseases like autism, dementia and Parkinson’s disease.
Nevertheless, there’s a lack of longitudinal studies that will provide a definitive conclusive scientific proof for this, and industries that use aluminum in their products have also influence on this truth hiding. However, even if there isn’t a conclusive study, there is great deal of scientific evidence that leave little room for doubt.
The Keele University in the UK conducted a new case study that proved that there were high levels of aluminum in the brain of a person who died of Alzheeimer’s, and had previously been exposed to aluminum at work.
Alzheimer’s and some other neurological diseases incriminate aluminum exposure, but this case is the first direct link between Alzheimer’s disease and elevated brain aluminum due to occupational exposure.
The Aluminum-Alzheimer’s Link
Occupational exposure to aluminum dust was the reason the 66 year-old Caucasian man developed a strong form of early onset Alzheimer’s disease after 8 years. The aluminum dust, according to scientists, was the main reason for the olfactory system and lungs in the accumulation of aluminum in the brain.
There are many more cases of aluminum being found in high amounts in the tissue of somebody who died from Alzheimer’s disease. In 2004, for example, in the tissues of a British woman died of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease were found high levels of aluminum.
16 years before this case, in an industrial accident, 20 metric tons of aluminum sulphate was dumped into the water she was drinking. Also, in many studies was discovered that there are elevated aluminum levels in people who suffer from wide range of neurological symptoms.
Aluminum Can Be an Occupational Hazard
Sadly, exposure to aluminum is occupational danger for people working in industries like mining, welding, factory work and agriculture, let alone the fact that you ingest aluminum vapors from the cigarette smoke.
Every time you inhale aluminum dust or vapors, aluminum particles are sent right into your lungs in a pretty absorbable form and then they go into your bloodstream and are distributed throughout the whole body, including the bones and the brain. Aluminum powder causes pulmonary fibrosis. Workers who work in aluminum factories are susceptible to asthma. Aluminum effects on the health are severe, and point to high levels of neurotoxicity.
Why then the governments and the doctors refuse to give in to looking at the health and the environmental effects of aluminum? A filmmaker speaks about that in a documentary.
The ‘Dark Side’ of Aluminum Exposed
The documentary’s title is “The Age of Aluminum”. It shows the dark side of this metal which is toxic and investigates the scientific link between aluminum and neurological disorders and breast cancer. The film also discovers how aluminum mining and manufacturing cause acute ecological issues around the world, leading to disasters in South Africa, Hungary and the UK. In the film, neuroscientist Christopher Shaw states that more and more researchers accept that aluminum has some kind of effects on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. It is questionable for other diseases, but Alzheimer’s disease is coming into the focal point and it is clear that burden aluminum causes to the body from all the sources to which people are exposed may be contributing to Alzheimer’s disease.
Aluminum Is Everywhere
Naturally, aluminum is found in the soil, the water and the air, and we contribute to the load by mining and processing aluminum, manufacturing aluminum products and operation of coal-fired power plants and incinerators. You cannot destroy aluminum – it only changes form by attaching or separating from other particles.
Rain transfers the aluminum particles from air into water, where they accumulate rather than degrade. This is why you’re more exposed to aluminum if you live in an industrial area.
The CDC states that the average adult in the US uses 7-9mg of aluminum in the daily food intake, and something less from air and water. One percent of the orally ingested aluminum is absorbed into your body – the rest is moved out by the digestive system, if it works well.
Many products on the market are contaminated by aluminum, the lab results show. These products include food, drinks, and pharmaceuticals such as:
- foods: self rising flour, baking powder, salt, baby formula, baked and processed foods, coffee creamers, coloring agents.
- Drugs: analgesics, antacids, antidiarrheals, magnesium stearate
- Vaccines for: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), Hepatitis A and B, HPV, pneumococcal vaccine
- Cosmetics: deodorants, antiperspirants, lotions, shampoos, sunscreens
- Aluminum product: foil, tins, water bottles, juice pouches, cans
Does Your Frozen Dinner Come with a Side of Aluminum?
You probably think aluminum contamination is less dangerous than it really is. Environmental Sciences Europe published a study where 1,431 non-animal foods and drinks were analyzed for aluminum content. The results were the next:
- 77.8% had aluminum concentration of up to 10mg/kg
- 17.5% had aluminum concentration between 10 and 100mg’kg
- 4.6% had aluminum concentration over 100mg/kg
Aluminum compounds are frequently used in food. The contamination becomes even more severe when the food is in contact with aluminum equipment and other items, because of the instability of aluminum in the presence of acids and bases. The protective oxide film of aluminum equipment can be damaged. Foods that can be contaminated are chocolate, soup, beer, wine, teas, baked goods; food baked in aluminum foil has increased level of aluminum as well. According to researchers, eating meals prepared in aluminum foil is risky for your health. Many smaller exposures have cumulative effect over time and can lead to this toxic metal overload and reduced health.
Aluminum Heads Straight to Your Brain
The smoke of the cigarettes is to your lungs what the aluminum is to the central nervous system. Scientists claim that toxic metals affect the brain tissue and cause degenerative diseases by producing oxidative stress. One of those metals is aluminum. It is very hard for the body to get rid of it. It has no biological purpose, so you don’t need it anyway.
It goes around your body very easily, using the iron transport system. It crosses barriers like the blood-brain barrier is. In time, it accumulates in the brain and damages the neurological health regardless the age.
Scientists also say that aluminum obstructs the body to detoxify itself. That’s why you should detoxify aluminum first. You should begin with avoiding exposure to it by avoiding products like toothpastes that contain aluminum oxyhydroxide, some antiperspirants that contain aluminum compounds, drinks with aluminum laminated pouch, aluminum cookware, aluminum espresso makers.
If you suffer from serious Alzheimer’s disease, you can use the following chelating agents: silica-rich water, melatonin, anything that raises glutathione, you should exercise, expose yourself to sun and get vitamin D, use MSM supplementation, as well as N-acetyl L-cysteine, use curcumin.
Many people with aluminum contamination display signs of dementia, ADHD, autism, Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases. The aluminum has specific targets in the brain and the nervous system, which leads to these diseases.
If you want to be cautious, carefully choose the food, the personal products, minimize the utilization of vaccines and medications that contain aluminum.
It is also important to optimize your dietary sulfur, because your body needs it to produce the major weapon against aluminum overload – glutathione. By avoiding the exposure to aluminum, you do not only protect your health, but you also increase your body’s ability to release itself from this toxic metal, that will help you maintaining long and healthy life at an older age as well.
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