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Heat Causes Aluminum to Leach Foil to Food. Aluminum Toxicity Causes Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Cancer

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Heat Causes Aluminum to Leach Foil to Food. Aluminum Toxicity Causes Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Cancer

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.

However, definitive scientific proof is difficult to establish
due to the the lack of longitudinal studies, as well as
pushback from industries that use aluminum in their products.
Despite the shortage of conclusive studies, mounting scientific
evidence leaves little room for doubt.

Case in point: a new case study from Keele University in the
UK unequivocally shows high levels of
aluminum in the brain of an individual exposed to aluminum at
work, who later died from Alzheimer’s disease.

While aluminum exposure has been implicated in Alzheimer’s and
a number of other neurological diseases, this case claims to be
“the first direct link” between Alzheimer’s disease and
elevated brain aluminum following occupational
exposure.

The Aluminum-Alzheimer’s Link

The 66-year-old Caucasian man developed an aggressive form of
early onset Alzheimer’s disease after eight years of
occupational exposure to aluminum dust, which scientists
conclude “suggests a prominent role for the olfactory system
and lungs in the accumulation of aluminum in the brain.”

 

This is not the first time high aluminum levels have been found
in the tissues of someone who died from Alzheimer’s disease.
For example, in 2004, high aluminum levels were found in the
tissues of a British woman who died of
early-onset Alzheimer’s.

This was 16 years after an industrial accident dumped 20 metric
tons of aluminum sulphate into her local drinking water. And
there are many studies showing elevated aluminum levels in
living individuals displaying a wide range of neurological
symptoms.

Aluminum Can Be an Occupational Hazard

Exposure to aluminum is unfortunately an occupational hazard
for those who work in industries like mining, factory work,
welding, and agriculture. Not to mention that you ingest
aluminum vapors every time your nose catches cigarette smoke
wafting by.

 

Inhaling aluminum dust or vapors sends aluminum particles
directly into your lungs in a highly absorbable form, where
they pass into your bloodstream and are distributed throughout
your body, including your bones and brain. Aluminum powder has
been known to cause pulmonary fibrosis, and aluminum factory
workers are prone to asthma. Studies of the
health effects of aluminum vapors have been grim, pointing to
high levels of neurotoxicity.

 

So why are most government regulators and physicians so
resistant to looking at the health and environmental effects of
aluminum? One filmmaker is shining a light on this issue by way
of a documentary.

The ‘Dark Side’ of Aluminum Exposed

The featured documentary, The Age of Aluminum, reveals
the “dark side” of this toxic metal, exploring the scientific
links between aluminum and diseases such as breast cancer and
neurological disorders. Also exposed is how aluminum mining and
manufacturing have created acute ecological problems across the
globe, leading to environmental disasters in Hungary, South
Africa, and the UK. In the film, neuroscientist Christopher
Shaw reports:

 

“Many researchers are beginning to accept that aluminum has
some sort of role to play in neurodegenerative diseases such as
Alzheimer’s. Whether it does in others is still an open
question, but Alzheimer’s is really coming into focus and it’s
fairly clear that the body burden of aluminum from all the
sources to which humans are exposed may be contributing to
Alzheimer’s disease.”

 

Aluminum Is Everywhere

Although aluminum occurs naturally in soil, water, and air, we
are contributing to the load with the mining and processing of
aluminum ores, manufacturing of aluminum products, and the
operation of coal-fired power plants and incinerators. Aluminum
can’t be destroyed in the environment—it only changes its form
by attaching or separating from other particles.

 

Rain washes aluminum particles out of the air and into our
water supply, where they tend to accumulate rather than
degrade. If you live in an industrial area, your exposure is
undoubtedly higher than average.

 

According to CDC, the average adult in the US consumes about
seven to nine mg of aluminum per day in food, and a lesser
amount from air and water. Only about one percent of the
aluminum you ingest orally gets absorbed into your body—the
rest is moved out by your digestive tract, provided it’s
functioning well.

When tested in a lab, aluminum contamination has been found in
a vast number of products on the market, from foods and
beverages to pharmaceuticals, which suggests the manufacturing
process itself is a significant part of the problem. Aluminum
is found in a shocking number of foods and consumer products,
including:

-Foods such as baking powder, self rising flour, salt,
baby formula, coffee creamers, baked goods and processed
foods, coloring and caking agents

-Drugs, such as antacids, analgesics, anti-diarrheals, and
others; additives such as magnesium stearate

-Vaccines—Hepatitis A and B, Hib, DTaP (diphtheria,
tetanus, pertussis), pneumococcal vaccine, Gardasil (HPV), and
others

-Cosmetics and personal care products such as antiperspirants,

deodorants (including salt crystals, made of alum),
lotions, sunscreens, and shampoos

-Aluminum products, including foil, cans, juice pouches, tins,
and water bottles

 

Does Your Frozen Dinner Come with a Side of Aluminum?

Aluminum contamination in our food supply is a more significant
problem than you may think. In a study published in the journal
Environmental Sciences
Europe,
researchers analyzed 1,431 non-animal
foods and beverages for aluminum content. This is what they
found:

-77.8 percent had an aluminum concentration of up to 10 mg/kg

-17.5 percent had aluminum concentrations between 10 and 100
mgkg

-4.6 percent of the samples had aluminum concentrations in
excess of 100 mg/kg

Aluminum compounds are often used as additives in foodstuffs.
Additional contamination occurs when
food comes into contact with aluminum equipment and other items
because aluminum is unstable in the presence of acids and
bases. Aluminum equipment has a protective oxide film, but this
can be damaged as fine fissures develop from normal wear and
tear.  the study, Table 3 shows the aluminum content of
everything from flour and baking mixes to soup, chocolate, beer
and wine, and herbal teas. Some products show a wide range of
contamination levels, and others are more homogenous. Baked
goods are very high because of the common practice of baking
and storing foods on aluminum trays. The report has numerous other tables
that demonstrate how prevalent this toxin is in your food.

 

If you cook your food in aluminum foil, you are introducing
your own contamination. One investigation found that cooking
meats in aluminum foil increases their aluminum concentration.
Researchers concluded, “eating meals prepared in aluminum foil
may carry a health risk by adding to other aluminum sources.”
As with many toxins, it isn’t one exposure here and there that
is so concerning—it’s the cumulative effect of many
smaller exposures over time that can lead to a toxic metal
overload and erosion of your health. According to a 2006 study,
cooking meat in aluminum foil increased aluminum levels as
follows:

-Red meats cooked in aluminum foil showed an increase in
aluminum by 89 to 378 percent

-Poultry increased by 76 to 214 percent

-Aluminum levels increased with higher cooking temperatures and
longer cooking times

 

Aluminum Heads Straight to Your Brain

Aluminum is to your central nervous system as cigarette smoke
is to your lungs. Scientists are clear that toxic metals damage
brain tissue and lead to degenerative disease by producing
oxidative stress—and aluminum is one of the worst offenders.
With Alzheimer’s rates
skyrocketing, today’s multiple avenues of aluminum exposure
are of great concern. Just as with particles in the
environment, once aluminum is in your tissues, your body has a
difficult time releasing it. This toxic metal serves absolutely
no biological purpose, so the less of it you ingest, the
better.

Once in your body, it travels around easily, unimpeded,
piggybacking on your iron transport system. It crosses
biological barriers that normally keep other types of toxins
out, such as your blood-brain barrier. Over time, aluminum can
accumulate in your brain and do serious damage your
neurological health—regardless of your age. Aluminum toxicity
may be doing as much damage to our children as to our seniors.

Brain Inflammation in Both Children and Adults

Vaccines present a particularly problematic source of toxic
metal exposure. Aluminum is the most commonly used vaccine
adjuvant and is considered “safe” even though research shows
it may induce serious immunological disorders and
neurological complications in humans.

In the video above, Dr. David Ayoub discusses how the
aluminum in vaccines may be even
more dangerous than mercury. The number of
aluminum-containing vaccines children receive
today has quadrupled over the past 30
years. In the 1970s, children got only four
aluminum-containing vaccines in their first 18 months of
life, but now they typically receive 17. And as children’s
aluminum burden has increased, so has the prevalence of
childhood neurological disorders. In one school, 90 percent
of the children developed ADHD during the course of a single
school year, and their toxicity profiles all revealed massive
amounts of aluminum.

Aluminum is also in vaccines and is used as an adjuvant.
If you go by the aluminum content on vaccine labels, the
amount kids are getting is excessive, but if you add in the
aluminum NOT listed on the labels—”accidental exposure” due
to contamination—it’s a much more serious problem. Dr. Ayoub
cites one study that found five to six times more
aluminum
in vaccines than what was actually listed on
the labels.

When you review the signs and symptoms of aluminum toxicity,
they are shockingly similar to the symptoms of autism, ADHD,
Alzheimer’s,
Parkinson’s, and other neurological diseases. Vaccine
adjuvants can cause serious chronic
brain inflammation. Aluminum targets your cerebellum and
autonomic nervous system—the part responsible for biological
processes over which you have no conscious control
(breathing, blood pressure, balance, coordination, etc.).
When you look at the MSDS sheet for aluminum, you will see
symptoms strikingly similar to those in common neurological
diseases, including memory problems, speech impairments and
aphasia, dementia, depression, muscle weakness, motor
disturbances, and other neurological difficulties. The list
goes on and on.

Researchers Claim New Blood Test May Predict Alzheimer’s

There has never been a way to accurately predict who will get
Alzheimer’s, but that may be changing. Researchers at
Georgetown University and University of Rochester claim they
have found a blood test that predicts this with 90 percent
accuracy—and incredibly, with NO false negatives. If further
research confirms what researchers expect, this is a medical
breakthrough of epic proportions.

The test involves measuring the patterns of 10 specific
lipids (fat-like compounds) associated with the plaques found
in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. These 10
lipids are highly predictive of whether or not you will
become cognitively impaired. All of the people in the study
were in their 70s, so the next step is to determine if the
test is accurate earlier, say in your 40s and 50s.
Researchers say they are still several years away from
implementing the test, but they all feel very
hopeful.

Biomarkers such as lipids are tricky for Alzheimer’s because
they change during the course of the illness. Some occur in
high levels during the early phase of the disease and then
actually decrease after symptoms appear—so they are stage
dependent. There is clearly much more research that needs to
be done before we have a grasp of this disease. Even with a test that can
predict whether or not you are in the process of developing
dementia, there are no good treatments once you have
it—
so you should be doing everything in your power to
prevent it. One of the strategies is helping your body
detoxify from metals, such as aluminum.

Aluminum Impairs Your Body’s Ability to Detoxify

Removing mercury from vaccines and replacing it with aluminum
may be increasing the problems from BOTH toxins in your body.
The reason for this is because aluminum impairs your body’s
ability to excrete mercury by impeding your
glutathione production. Glutathione is your most
important intracellular detoxifier, required for reversing
oxidative stress. So, if your aluminum load is high,
your body will potentially become more toxic from the mercury
from, say, flu shots and fish because you are now on
“aluminum overload” and your detoxification system no longer
functions well.

Your body requires
sulfur to manufacture glutathione, making sulfur an
extremely important dietary nutrient when it comes to metal
detoxification, which can be optimized through dietary
sources. Onions and garlic are good if they are grown in
sulfur rich soils, but most soils are unfortunately sulfur
deficient. Therefore, animal-based proteins seem to be one of
your best bets. Whey protein concentrate is particularly high
in cysteine, one of the two sulfur-bearing amino acids that
are direct precursors to glutathione.

Please note that if you avoid consuming animal proteins, it
is VERY easy to become sulfur deficient, and this may be one
of the most significant risk factors for choosing an animal
protein-free diet. That doesn’t mean you should go overboard
on meat, however! Most people need only about one gram of
protein per kilogram of lean body weight, or about half a
gram of protein per pound of lean body mass. Also make sure
to buy grass-fed and finished meats, as most factory farmed
meat is of inferior quality and contaminated with a whole
host of veterinary drugs, including antibiotics and growth
hormones.

How to Detoxify Aluminum

There are a number of potent chelators you can use to
detoxify aluminum. Clearly, your first step would be to avoid
further exposure to aluminum. This means avoiding products
such as:

  • Toothpaste containing aluminium
    oxyhydroxide
  • Antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride, aluminum
    chlorohydrate, or aluminum-zirconium compounds
  • Aluminum laminated pouch drinks
  • Aluminum cookware
  • Aluminum espresso makers

For serious Alzheimer’s disease, the following chelating
agents can be helpful:

  • Silica-rich water, such as Fiji
    water, which contains 83 Mg of
    silica per liter. Research published in 2013 showed that
    drinking up to one liter of a silicon-rich mineral water
    daily for 12 weeks effectively excreted aluminum via the
    urine, without detrimental effects on essential metals such
    as iron and copper. According to the authors: “We have
    provided preliminary evidence that over 12 weeks of
    silicon-rich mineral water therapy the body burden of
    aluminum fell in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and,
    concomitantly, cognitive performance showed clinically
    relevant improvements in at least 3 out of 15
    individuals.”
  • Melatonin: Research shows that
    melatonin has a metal binding role and is a useful
    supplement in the treatment of neurological disorders in
    which oxidative stress is involved, which includes
    Alzheimer’s. Melatonin can travel freely across all
    cellular barriers, facilitating the removal of toxic metals
    such as aluminum. It also appears to suppress the oxidative
    activity of aluminum in your brain.
  • Anything that raises your glutathione.
    Your body synthesizes glutathione from three amino acids:
    cysteine, glutamate, and glycine. Raw fruits and
    vegetables, particularly avocado, asparagus, grapefruit,
    strawberries, orange, tomato, cantaloupe, broccoli, okra,
    peach, zucchini, and spinach are rich in the precursors
    glutamate and glycine. Dietary sources of cysteine include
    eggs, meat, red peppers, garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts,
    whey protein, and wheat germ. Other helpful treatments for
    improved glutathione metabolism include:

  • Exercise: Exercise affects your adenosine
    triphosphate (ATP) levels needed to help produce
    glutathione
  • Optimizing your vitamin D levels
    through sun exposure: There’s some evidence vitamin D
    increases intracellular glutathione levels
  • Epsom salt baths
  • MSM supplementation
  • The supplement N-acetyl L-cysteine (NAC) may also be
    useful. NAC is the rate-limiting nutrient for the
    formation of the intracellular antioxidant glutathione
  • Curcumin: Research  suggests that
    curcumin has a protective effect against
    aluminum-induced damage by modulating the extent of
    oxidative stress. It also decreases beta-amyloid plaques
    associated with Alzheimer’s, delays neuron degradation,
    chelates metals, decreases microglia formation, and has an
    overall anti-inflammatory, antioxidant effect. Studies have
    shown that curcumin can help improve memory in Alzheimer’s
    patients. There are some contraindications that curcumin is not
    recommended if you have biliary tract obstruction (as it
    stimulates bile secretion), gallstones, obstructive
    jaundice, or acute biliary colic.

In Summary

It can no longer be argued that aluminum does not have a role
in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s—the evidence
is very clear and growing. It really should not be surprising
that people with aluminum toxicity display many of the same
symptoms as those with dementia, Parkinson’s, ADHD, autism,
and other neurological diseases, becausealuminum targets
exactly these areas of your brain and nervous system.

The best way to protect yourself is to be careful about your
choices in food and personal products, and minimize your use
of vaccines and other drugs that are often contaminated with
aluminum.

Optimizing your dietary sulfur is also essential, as your
body needs sulfur to manufacture its number one weapon
against aluminum overload: glutathione. By taking a few steps
to protect yourself, you’ll minimize your exposure while
maximizing your body’s ability to rid itself of this toxic
metal, which will move you toward a long and healthy life
well into your senior years.

 

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