Archive for October, 2010

Aluminum and Alzheimer’s Disease

October 22, 2010

Autopsies on people who have died of Alzheimer’s disease have revealed accumulations of up to four times the normal amount of aluminium in the brain. Especially high concentrations have been found in the regions of the hippocampus, which plays a central role in memory.
Early in 1989, the British medical journal The Lancet reported conclusions of a British government study: the risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease was 50% higher in areas of Great Britain where drinking water contained elevated levels of aluminium. The threat from aluminium may be increased by chronic calcium deficiency, which may change the way in which the body uses minerals and result in greater accumulation of aluminium.

While the British must contend with the threat of aluminium tainted water the Americans can ingest aluminium through a wide variety of products. Though there is still much controversy as to whether the accumulation of aluminium in the neurons is the cause or a result of neuronal dysfunction, I believe it is best to avoid aluminium as much as possible. Why not check the following guide, and then prune your pantry or medicine cabinet accordingly!

Aluminium Cookware contributes significantly to the amount of aluminium in the diet. According to a study by the University of Cincinnati Medical Centre, using aluminium pots to cook tomatoes doubled the aluminium content of those tomatoes, from 2mg to 4mg per serving.

Antacids, several dozen antacids contain aluminium hydroxide, an aluminium salt. Included in this list are such well-advertised products, Di-Gel liquid, Gavascon tablets, Gelusil liquid and tablets, Extra strength Maalox, Mylanta and Mylanta Double Strength liquid and tablets and Tempo Soft Antacid.

Concentrations of aluminium vary. If you use antacids always read the label carefully. Antacids that contain aluminium must always state this in the list of ingredients. There are more than 20 aluminium free antacids available, including Alka-Seltzer and Alka-mints, di-Gel tablets Maalox caplets, Mylanta gel caps, Rolaids tablets, Titralac and Tums E-X.

Antidiarrhea Preparations,  more then a dozen of which contain aluminium salts including kaolin, aluminium magnesium silicate and attapulgite, in doses of 100mg/ml to 600mg per tablet.

Familiar preparations containing these substances include Donnagel, Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol liquid and Rheaban. Products containing the newer antidiarrheal loperamide (Imodium AD and others) do not usually contain aluminium, but always read the label.

Buffered Aspirin, with concentrations of 14.4 mg to 88mg per dose, buffered aspirin can be a source of aluminium. One of two compounds, aluminium hydroxide or aluminium glycinate, is found in brands such as Arthritis Pain Formula, Arthritis Strength Bufferin, Ascriptin, Bufferin, Cope and Vanquish. Ordinary aspirin is aluminium free as are many other painkillers.

Containers, aluminium coated waxed containers, used especially for orange and pineapple juices, cause the juices inside to absorb aluminium. Beer and soft drinks stored in aluminium cans absorb small quantities of the metal as well. Bottled beverages are a much better choice.

Deodorants, and antiperspirants, and some skin powders contain aluminium chlorhydrate. Aluminium in this form is readily absorbed into the brain through the nasal passages. As well as through the skin.

Douches, many of the popular preparations contain aluminium salts. These include well-advertised products, Masssengil powder. Research has not yet shown how much of these solutions the body absorbs.

A homemade solution of vinegar and water can be substituted for over the counter products.

Food Products, manufacturers add aluminium to many of the food products we eat on a daily basis. Cake mixes, frozen dough’s, self raising flour and sliced processed cheese all contain fro 5 to 50 mg of sodium aluminium phosphate per average serving.

Baking powder contains from 5 to 70mg of sodium aluminium sulfate per teaspoonful! Varying amounts of other aluminium compounds are contained in food starch modifiers and anti-caking agents.
Pickling salts can contain one of two aluminium compounds: aluminium ammonium sulfate or aluminium potassium sulfate.

If you eat fast food, you should be aware that the processed cheeses used on cheeseburgers contain aluminium; this is added to give the cheese product it’s melting quality.

Shampoos, a number of the anti-dandruff preparations contain magnesium aluminium silicate. Aluminium lauryl sulfate is a common ingredient in many well-advertised shampoos. As with other products always read the label before you buy!

Products that will help to combat Aluminium Poisoning are listed below Dosage per Day
Formula IV Plus 1 serving 3 x daily
Nutrishake 1 serving daily
Omega 3 Plus 2 capsules 3x daily
Cal-Mag 3 tablets 3x daily
Aloe Vera Plus Ad-lib

Where possible detox first, with Betaguard obtainable from, as are the products listed above  http://www.healthyanswers.co.uk

Drink lots of purified water. No acid, wheat products, sugar, caffeine smoking or alcohol.

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