Why I’m Concerned About the Dangers of Aluminum


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Aluminum is the most widely distributed metal on the planet and it’s used in the production of many every-day products. Cookware is made from aluminum, soda cans are aluminum, and aluminum foil is found in most kitchens. Aluminum is also in antacids, aspirin, vaccines, and even flour. This overwhelming infestation of aluminum means that your risk of exposure is through the roof, which is also made of aluminum. Unlike vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, the body does not need aluminum. And aluminum is no innocent or benign participant. Aluminum accumulates in the kidneys, brain, lungs, liver and thyroid where it competes with calcium for absorption and can affect skeletal mineralization. In infants, this can slow growth. Animal models have linked aluminum exposure to mental impairments. [1]

Why is Aluminum Exposure Harmful?

Just as cigarette smoke damages lung function and overexposure to UV rays will degrade your skin, aluminum is an attacker and its target is your central nervous system. [2] Studies show that toxic metals contribute to brain diseases by producing oxidative stress and aluminum is one of the worst offenders. [1] The prevailing belief around the world is that aluminum is linked to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Aluminum: Bad for Your Brain

According to Washington DC’s Department of the Planet Earth, United States and Canadian regulatory agencies are interested in aluminum as a potential risk factor in elderly cognitive impairment. It makes sense, research shows aluminum can produce toxic, oxidative stress in the brain and a brain autopsy study of elderly persons found them to have aluminum levels 20+ times higher than a middle-aged group. [3] [4] The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, recognizes aluminum as one of several metals known to affect the neurological system. [5] As far as aluminum is concerned, the supreme brain-health concern is Alzheimer’s disease.

Aluminum and Alzheimer’s

Many of the formal inquiries into aluminum toxicity are specifically concerned with its association to Alzheimer’s. Consistently, experts agree that aluminum exposure is something to worry about.

  • The position of the Department of Neurology and Psychiatry at Saint Louis University is that aluminum may cause liver toxicity and lead to degenerative symptoms, including Alzheimer’s. [6]
  • Researchers at The School of Studies in Zoology at Jiwaji University in India describe aluminum as a potent neurotoxin associated with Alzheimer’s. [7]
  • The University of California, Irvine’s Department of Medicine has reported that aluminum causes inflammation in the brain. No surprise, Alzheimer’s disease is often associated with elevated inflammation. [8]
  • The University School of Medicine in Belgrade published information showing that drinking water with a high aluminum and low fluoride concentration is associated with Alzheimer’s risk. [9] Unfortunately, this is evident in New Guinea and Papua Islands where drinking water contains aluminum ions and ALS or Parkinson’s disease is collectively found. [10] The concern about aluminum pollution in drinking water has even reached as far away as Egypt. [11]

Aluminum as an Occupational Hazard

Exposure to aluminum, unfortunately, is common with some occupations like mining, factory work, and welding. Welding can be especially worrisome because it produces vapors that, when inhaled, send aluminum directly into the lungs in a “super absorption” status where it is released to the blood and distributed to the bones and brain. Researchers have repeatedly examined the consequence of inhaling aluminum vapors and the results are grim. Effects on memory and concentration have been cited. [12] An Italian study that compared 64 aluminum dust exposed workers with 32 unexposed controls found significantly higher levels of aluminum in the exposed employees and findings suggested aluminum to be to blame for early neurotoxic effects. [13]

Reduce Your Aluminum Exposure

Aluminum is one of the most abundant metals on earth and it has permeated mainstream products to the degree that it’s virtually impossible to completely avoid exposure. However, you can take certain measures to reduce your exposure. Use glass cookware instead of aluminum. Avoid hygiene products (antacids, deodorant) with aluminum hydroxide, natural substitutes are available. Avoid processed and frozen foods, their containers can contain aluminum. Instead opt for fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, and foods with responsible packaging. If toxic metal exposure is of concern to you, consider performing a toxic metal cleanse.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

References:

  1. Kumar V, Gill KD. Aluminium neurotoxicity: neurobehavioural and oxidative aspects. Arch Toxicol. 2009 Nov;83(11):965-78. doi: 10.1007/s00204-009-0455-6. Epub 2009 Jul 1. Review.
  2. Michalke B, Halbach S, Nischwitz V. JEM spotlight: metal speciation related to neurotoxicity in humans. J Environ Monit. 2009 May;11(5):939-54. doi: 10.1039/b817817h. Epub 2009 Mar 19. Review.
  3. Fernández-Dávila ML, Razo-Estrada AC, García-Medina S, Gómez-Oliván LM, Piñón-López MJ, Ibarra RG, Galar-Martínez M. Aluminum-induced oxidative stress and neurotoxicity in grass carp (Cyprinidae–Ctenopharingodon idella). Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 2012 Feb;76(2):87-92. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2011.09.012. Epub 2011 Oct 10.
  4. Jansson ET. Aluminum exposure and Alzheimer’s disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2001 Dec;3(6):541-549.
  5. Pohl HR, Roney N, Abadin HG. Metal ions affecting the neurological system. Met Ions Life Sci. 2011;8:247-62.
  6. Brenner S. Aluminum may mediate Alzheimer’s disease through liver toxicity, with aberrant hepatic synthesis of ceruloplasmin and ATPase7B, the resultant excess free copper causing brain oxidation, beta-amyloid aggregation and Alzheimer disease. Med Hypotheses. 2013 Mar;80(3):326-7. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2012.11.036. Epub 2012 Dec 20.
  7. Shrivastava S. Combined effect of HEDTA and selenium against aluminum induced oxidative stress in rat brain. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2012 Jun;26(2-3):210-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2012.04.014. Epub 2012 May 8.
  8. Bondy SC. The neurotoxicity of environmental aluminum is still an issue. Neurotoxicology. 2010 Sep;31(5):575-81. doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2010.05.009. Epub 2010 May 27. Review.
  9. Belojević G, Jakovljević B. [Aluminum and Alzheimer's disease]. Srp Arh Celok Lek. 1998 Jul-Aug;126(7-8):283-9. Review. Serbian.
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  11. Mandour RA, Azab YA. The prospective toxic effects of some heavy metals overload in surface drinking water of Dakahlia Governorate, Egypt. Int J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Oct;2(4):245-53.
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  13. Polizzi S, Pira E, Ferrara M, Bugiani M, Papaleo A, Albera R, Palmi S. Neurotoxic effects of aluminium among foundry workers and Alzheimer’s disease. Neurotoxicology. 2002 Dec;23(6):761-74.

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  • Health Partner

    My Dad worked at Reynolds Aluminum (now ALCOA) for 30 years and ended up with and died of Alzheimer’s.. I worked at the plant for two summers as a secretary and I remember all the red bauxite blowing around – it was even in the offices. They provided a small car wash in which you could rinse off your car every day — too bad they didn’t do something preventative for all the employees! I think it would be interesting to know what percentage of those working in aluminum plants end up with Alzheimer’s.

  • JfB

    What about fluoride the toxic waste thats left over from refining aluminum? That is our greater exposure to aluminum.

  • Kima

    What alternatives do you recommend for deodorant? Is the Thai deodorant stone safe??

  • Mike F

    An alternative to the thai stone are organic deodorants made by Herbalix Restoratives. If you have been using the thai stone which scientifically been studied to be worst than antiperspirants, try cleansing the underarm with Detox cleansing Deodorant from Herbalix first to clean the alum salt residuals. As the formulator I will contact Dr. Group of our products so he can make them available on this site. The thai stone can interrup the flow of lymphatic flow from the gums, brain, thyroid, and Breast. The aluminum salts will build up in the non dominate underarm from our studies of tissue samples taken from antiperspirants. Ever wonder why breast issue are more common in the upper outer left breast?

  • Bill B

    I just found this article and wondered if you have looked into any connection of aluminum toxicity with chemtrails. From my research on that subject it is highly likely that our exposure to aluminum in our atmosphere, breathing air, water & soil is being additionally contaminanted by the spraying of aluminum into our atmosphere. A normal Jet contrail (water vapor) dissipates within a few seconds so is normally a very short tail behind the airplane. But, when you see an extremely long tail that usually is basically horizon to horizon that is a chemtrail. Chemtrails are not normal they are deliberate spraying of our atmosphere using military KC tankers to change weather conditions or some other unknown purpose. I urge readers to look up the chemtrail subject online and read more about it and/or watch the availabe videos it will shock you. Then watch the skys some days they spray some days they don’t (ask questions), most people blow it off but growing up on a farm in the late 50′s, all of the 60′s and early 70′s I never saw planes with long tails like that, so why now?

  • ghc_health

    Bill,
    Thank you for your post! We are well aware of the issue, which is clouded in conspiracy. Some suggest that the spraying is allowing the manipulation of weather, others suggest that it can power a man made weapon using HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program). I believe that the connection your making is plausible and highly concerning. I too look up and have noticed chemtrails, it is concerning. I also suggest and urge people not knowing, do research, ask your state and governing officials questions; be informed.

    “If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.” —Francis Bacon

    Take care and be well!

  • disqus_eEbPU3IGDU

    The makers of a product called Metal-Free claim it can remove aluminum from the body. I have no idea what science this is based on, but it may be worth looking into. I know that oral and intravenous chelation are not effective in removing aluminum.

  • JustanotherGuy

    What convinced me the most that something was going on was how the skies above me on the days before and after Thanksgiving Day were completely void of air traffic, yet on run-of-the-mill days such as yesterday, the sky was so full of aircraft (100′s) it was amazing they didn’t crash into each other.
    Thanksgiving is supposed to be the busiest air traffic day of the year, not March 8th.
    It’s funny how people think large organizations cannot keep a secret this big, as if The Manhattan Project didn’t involve thousands of people sworn to secrecy, they thought they were doing good. Perhaps that’s why people who are involved with this today keep their traps shut on this subject? Or maybe they notice the charges being pressed against that retired Air-Force guy who was speaking out about chemtrails on a morning TV show recently? It really is every man for himself.

  • Random facts

    Tom’s deodorant works well as a substitute

  • Joyce

    Tom’s deodorant. I like it alot.

  • Karlah Norkunas

    “toxins” aren’t a thing. Reading that word on the page along with the name of the page is enough to prove this is quackery. I do wish people like this would stop fear mongering because not everyone is a chemist/scientist and won’t approach this with the derision as I have.

  • M.Toast

    I agree with Karlah. She’s presented nothing more than her opinion but I agree anyway because I too am an internet scientist who knows best. Don’t be a fool, agree with me and Karlah and say no to unsubstantiated quackery.

  • JOHNNY

    TOXIC CHEMTRAILS ARE A FACT
    WATCH VIDEO
    WHEN THE SKY TURNED POISONOUS!
    KRISTEN MEGHAN
    UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST TURNED WHISTLE BLOWER

  • Molly

    Hi I have hyperdosis which is a condition in which you sweat excessively. The only ‘cures’ are either Botox injections or topical solutions that have a high aluminum chloride content. I was wondering if there is anything that I can use that would be natural but would work just as affectively??

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    Have you tried Iontophoresis?

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