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This Metal is Poisoning Our Brains and Causing Alzheimer’s
Aluminum, the third most abundant metal found in the earth, can be a very useful tool when properly applied and used. However, more studies are showing that this metal builds up in the brain and causes dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
A new study recently published in the journal Frontiers in Neurology warns that our constant exposure to this metal leads to brain damage.
Subjects who have died from the complications of Alzheimer’s have been found to have as much as four times the average amount of aluminum in their brains’ nerve cells. As with other elements, this metal is absorbed by the body and accumulates over time. Aluminum has been shown to cause serious disease and illnesses such as memory loss, lack of kidney function, osteoporosis, anemia, headaches, speech problems, and decreased liver function.
SEE ALSO: 10 Ways Mercury is Toxic to the Body
Aluminum has been the specific topic when it comes to vaccines and their safety. Almost all vaccines contain some amounts of aluminum. When pregnant women, toddlers, or infants are injected with vaccines that contain aluminum and Thimerosal, the chances that there will be adverse effects is greatly increased. Read also abour mercury in vaccines.
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Frontiers in Neurology published research that showed that Alzheimer’s disease may contribute to almost as many deaths as heart disease or cancer. The presence of aluminum in the brains of humans should be a warning sign to everyone that we are being contaminated and that aluminum might be the main cause behind many of today’s modern illnesses. We are accumulating a known neurotoxin in our brains from the moment we are born until our death. Why is this issue not being talked about with greater concern?
Almost all pharmaceutical drugs, tap water, infant formula, processed foods, and deodorants contain aluminum. The extreme levels to which many of us are being exposed in today’s modern world has literally triggered an overload of aluminum in our bodies that is causing brain damage, disease, and early death. Find out how cilantro removes metals from tap water.
One professor, Christopher Exley, has studied the effects of aluminum on humans extensively and he discovered that our everyday exposure to this metal is a major contributor to dementia. Professor Exley, who works out of Keele University, calls our modern world the age of aluminum, noting that we are exposed to more aluminum now than we have ever been in the past. Although it is true that the body can eliminate some aluminum, if we are exposed to more than the body can remove, it begins to store it.
That is one of the main problems with aluminum: the damage it causes occurs over time. When certain thresholds are reached, disease quickly begins to show itself. Symptoms of aluminum toxicity can vary greatly, which is why this is easily overlooked when doctors attempt a diagnosis as to the cause of your problem.
In cases of dementia, however, evidence shows that those who are afflicted have much higher levels of aluminum in their brains. Aluminum is one of the few substances that can cross the blood-brain barrier when excessive levels are entered into the body.
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As we mentioned previously, aluminum is in almost everything we consume today. Some municipal water supplies add aluminum sulfate to tap water so that it looks clearer, and you will think it must be clean. Many processed foods that contain flour, such as cookies, cakes, and bread, often use aluminum as a means of making their products rise, the way yeast does.
Food coloring, wine, tea, fizzy drinks, sunscreen, cosmetics, cocoa, wine, antacids, toothpaste, and many pharmaceuticals such as over the counter antacids and aspirin products, all contain aluminum. In fact, a lesser known, but very concerning source of aluminum is in soy-based infant formulas. Soybeans accumulate high levels of aluminum because they accumulate it from the soil in which they are grown. A 2010 study published in the journal BMC Pediatrics showed that the average content of aluminum in infant formulas was quite high, especially for a product that is intended for preterm infants.
When examining the brains of subjects who have died of Alzheimer’s, the brain is shrunken in appearance and there is a definite loss of nerve tissue. Under a microscope, small bundles of compounds called senile plaques are found throughout the tissue of the brain. The more plaque, the worse the mental condition of the patient. Chemical analysis of the plaque reveals the presence of aluminum at the core of each senile plaque. This only adds to the mounting evidence that aluminum is somehow involved in the formation of plaque.
Normal intake of aluminum is between 3 to 5mg each day. Only a small amount of this is absorbed by the body, the remainder is generally expelled through the kidneys. Some people, however, seem to absorb more aluminum than others. Of course not everyone who has been fed for a lifetime on aluminum pots and pans ends up with dementia, but the fact remains that Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise and autopsies show that subjects with dementia have more aluminum in their brains than most people. Read more about foods for a heavy metal detox.
Avoid cookware that contains aluminum. Glass, cast iron, and porcelain are all great choices. You can also choose stainless steel or copper cookware. All are excellent alternatives to aluminum.
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