Shedding Light in the Darkness

Aluminum & Alzheimer’s


Open up the Alzheimer’s Association web site and you’ll find a series of myths about the disease such as, Myth 4: Drinking out of aluminum cans or cooking in aluminum pots and pans can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. It goes on to spell out – Reality: During the 1960s and 1970s, aluminum emerged as a possible suspect in Alzheimer’s. This suspicion led to concern about exposure to aluminum through everyday sources such as pots and pans, beverage cans, antacids and antiperspirants. Since then, studies have failed to confirm any role for aluminum in causing Alzheimer’s. Wrong.

Aluminum has been long known to be neurotoxic, with mounting evidence that chronic exposure is a factor in many neurological diseases, including dementia, autism, and Parkinson’s disease. Studies by Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University, in the UK, unequivocally shows high levels of aluminum in the brains of individuals exposed to aluminum at work, who later died from Alzheimer’s disease.

“There has been a strong link between human exposure to aluminium and the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease for half a century or more,” he writes. “However, without definite proof, there is still no consensus in the scientific community about the role of this known neurotoxin in this devastating brain disease.

“The latest research from my group, published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, makes this link even more compelling. In my view, the findings are unequivocal in their confirmation of a role for aluminum in some if not all Alzheimer’s disease. We now show that some of the highest levels of aluminum ever measured in human brain tissue are found in individuals who have died with a diagnosis of familial Alzheimer’s disease.”

Professor Exley says the human brain is both a target and a sink for aluminum on entry into the body – “the presence of aluminum in the human brain should be a red flag alerting us all to the potential dangers of the aluminum age. We are all accumulating a known neurotoxin in our brain from our conception to our death. Why do we treat this inevitability with almost total complacency?”

“At some point in time the accumulation of aluminum in the brain will achieve a toxic threshold and a specific neurone or area of the brain will stop coping with the presence of aluminum and will start reacting to its presence. If the same neurone or brain tissue is also suffering other insults, or another on-going degenerative condition, then the additional response to aluminum will exacerbate these effects. In this way aluminum may cause a particular condition to be more aggressive and perhaps to have an earlier onset – such occurrences have already been shown in Alzheimer’s disease related to environmental and occupational exposure to aluminum.”

He continues: “The role of aluminum in Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented by reducing human exposure to aluminum and by removing aluminum from the body by non-invasive means.”

Aluminum toxicity has long term chronic health effects that are not fully quantified, but appear to relate to lethargy and also to low sperm counts. Exley, and other researchers in this area, are frustrated because it is almost impossible to get government or industry funding. Exley believes that nobody wants to know the answer because aluminum is so commonly and intentionally used in products such as pharmaceutical drugs, anti-perspirants and cosmetics and also found in tobacco smoke and baby formula. It is even found in breast milk but at levels much lower than in formula.

He has also raised a concern about vaccines which contain an aluminum adjuvant. He said research is in a ‘very early stage’ and they haven’t ‘undergone satisfactory safety tests to demonstrate that they are safe for use in humans’. “The long-term cumulative effects of the ever-growing list of vaccine products are unknown,” he wrote in a letter to the medical journal The Lancet.

“We now know that aluminium in adjuvants is dissolved and transported throughout the body, including the brain and we cannot discount the biological availability of this aluminium.  It is a sobering thought that aluminium adjuvants have not had to pass any of the safety trials that would be expected of any drug or treatment.

“Until the requisite research is carried out it is misleading to conclude that aluminium adjuvants are safe for all to use. This opinion has been strengthened by recent research highlighting delayed hypersensitivity to aluminium in children who have received aluminium-adsorbed vaccines.”

Dr. Exley suggests that drinking mineral water with high silicon (or silica) levels and sweating are good ways to excrete a lot of aluminum.

Dr. Exley is a professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry at Keele University in the UK, who has been studying aluminum his entire scientific career.

Why industry propaganda and political interference cannot disguise the inevitable role played by human exposure to aluminium in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. Front. Neurol., October 2014 DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2014.00212


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