Page 1What you need to know about the link between Heavy Metal Aluminum and Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia -6/2/2010 5:36:08 PMhttp://www.endeavorfreedom.org/Alzheimers.htm
What you need to know about the link between Heavy Metal Aluminumand Alzheimer's/Dementia -ALUMINUM'S DEADLY PROPERTIES
Aleading Indian scientific authority warns that the use of aluminum cookware may contribute significantly to the development of Alzheimer's disease andother nervous disorders. The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), which is part of the Indian Council of Medical Research, has concluded that the intake of aluminum compounds from manysources is on the rise and producing detrimental effects on human health. Aluminum cookware is especially dangerouswhen used to prepare acid foods such as tomatoes, which causes the metal to be leached out. Besides Alzheimer's,
toxic levels of aluminum has also beenassociated with Parkinson's disease, various dementiasand bone diseases.
NIN doctors expressed special concern for the elderly whose ability to removethese toxins is reduced.
The NIN experts noted that human exposure to aluminum is also onthe increase from the water supply. Besides naturally occurring aluminum,other aluminum compounds are added as part of the water treatment process. Also, aluminum is present in many popular OTC and prescriptionmedicines such as antacids, antiperspirants, pain-killers and anti-diarrhea medicines. Besides cookware, aluminum is increasingly being used in foodpackaging, especially ready-to-cookfoods. Additionally, there are many aluminum-containing food additives in use as buffers, neutralizing agents,doughstrengtheners and emulsifying agents. Finally, a relative deficiency of aluminum antagonists in the diets such as calcium and iron mayincrease the accumulation of this toxic mineral.
Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer's DiseaseAlzheimer's disease, or senile dementia of the Alzheimer's type, will be one of America's greatest health problems in coming years.Sixty percent of patients now admitted to nursing homes have this diagnosis, and the number of Alzheimer's victims is projected to increase as much as eight-fold by themiddle of the next century.There is a strong connection between aluminum and Alzheimer's disease. Research clearly demonstrates abnormally high accumulations of aluminumwithin the brains of Alzheimer's victims. Independent studies performed in Norway, the United Kingdom, France and Canada, show a direct correlationbetween the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and aluminum concentrations in the drinking water.1,2,3,4 In fact, one British study reported in the highlyrespected medical journal The Lancet, showed therisk of developing Alzheimer's disease to be 50 percent greater where drinking water contained highlevels of aluminum.5The connection between aluminum in the brain and Alzheimer's Disease is so convincing that various studies are under way to explore whether aluminumin the brain can be removed, and if so, to determine if this would be beneficial for Alzheimer's patients. One fascinating study also reported in The Lancet,showed that by administering desferrioxamine, a chemical known to remove aluminum and other metals from the body, the progression of dementiaassociated with Alzheimer's disease was significantly slowed.6In a recent article appearing in the Townsend Letter for Doctors (November 1993), Dr. Michael A. Weiner, executive director of the Alzheimer's ResearchInstitute, summarized our present understanding of the dangers of aluminum exposure when he stated "... aluminum has been known as a neurotoxicsubstance for nearly a century. The scientific literature on its toxic effects has now grown to a critical mass. It is not necessaryto conclude that aluminumcauses Alzheimer's disease to recommend that it be reduced or eliminated as a potential risk. It is the only element noted to accumulate in the tangle-bearingneurons characteristic of the disease and is also found in elevated amounts in four regions of the brain of Alzheimer's patients."Our exposure to aluminum is certainly nothing new. It is one of the most common elements in the earth's crust and has long made its way into our foods.Ancient man consumed aluminum when rocks were used to mill grain into flour. Minimal exposure to aluminum isn't a problem; our bodies can excretesmall amounts very efficiently. Laboratory research has shown that we can handle about twenty milligrams of aluminum ingestion each day.7 Unfortunately,most of us are exposed to and ingest far more aluminum than our bodies can handle.What are the sources of aluminum that contribute to toxicity? Aluminum is an ingredient in a wide-range of items that many of us use every day. Some of these products include processed foods, medications and even personal hygiene products.Aluminum is added as an emulsifying agent in many processed cheeses, especially those which are single-sliced. It is found in cake mixes, self-rising flour,prepared doughs, nondairy creamers, pickles and in some brands of baking powder. Aluminum lauryl sulfate is a common ingredient in many shampoos,while several anti dandruff shampoos, including Selsun-Blue, contain magnesium aluminum silicate. Aluminum is an active ingredient in mostantiperspirants (aluminum chlorhydrate). However, since people have started becoming more aware of the dangers of aluminum, some "aluminum free"antiperspirants are now being advertised.Aluminum is readily absorbed by foods cooked in aluminum cookware. In a study conducted at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, tomatoescooked in an aluminum pot had a two to four milligram increase in aluminum content per serving.8 Perhaps the most significant source of aluminumexposure comes from medications. Most antacid preparations, for example, maycontain 200 milligrams or more of elemental aluminum in a single tablet!