Did you know that aluminium is linked with Alzheimer’s disease? And is a significant brain toxin? Shocking isn’t it! We’ve drastically reduced our exposure for some time now.
Apparently the harm of aluminium was discovered when dialysis was introduced in the early 1970s because those receiving the treatment began to develop rapid-onset dementia – as well as jerking muscles and hallucinations. The root of the problem was eventually identified as being the tap water used, which contained high concentrations of aluminium…
But it isn’t just in our water supply, where it’s used to clarify the water. Oh no. It’s in many medicines, baking powder, makeup, antiperspirant deodorants, aluminium foil and cans – even table salt!
While the way that aluminium affects our bodies and brain is somewhat complicated, here are some key effects:
- It increases free-radical production – which is linked with chronic inflammation
- It impairs enzyme function
- It increases brain glutamate absorption
- Is neurotoxic when combined with fluoride
- Is active in the formation of neurofibrillary tangles seen in Alzheimer’s disease
So how do we reduce our exposure to aluminium?
- We no longer use aluminium foil when we cook but if we just couldn’t get away without using it (I’m thinking turkey at Christmas…) we’d place the dish on the foil rather than the turkey and make sure that the foil doesn’t touch the meat at all.
- We store cooked food in glass containers – never foil ones
- We make our own baking powder using one part aluminium-free bicarbonate of soda with two parts cream of tartar
- We avoid medicines with aluminium – especially any form of antacid
- We use aluminium-free deodorant
- We don’t buy drinks in an aluminium can
- We use Himalayan rock salt
- We use only stainless steel, ceramic or cast iron pots and pans and would always line any aluminium trays with baking paper
And we are sure to get plenty of antioxidants – both in what we eat as well as via supplements.
Want to understand more?
Dr Russell L Blaylock MD is a recently retired neurosurgeon so if you want to read something more technical about the effects of aluminium on the brain then he has included a section on this in his book “Health and Nutrition Secrets that can save your life” (Health Press ISBN 0-929173-48-1)