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Aluminum Toxicity and Immunizations


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Five population studies now link Alzheimer's disease to aluminum in drinking water. As early as 1885, aluminum was shown to be toxic to the nervous tissues of animals. Aluminum can also produce a degeneration of the nervous tissues in cats and rabbits that resembles in some ways that seen in the brains of human patients with Alzheimer's disease. Patients with diseased kidneys accumulate large amounts of aluminum in their bodies from medications and from kidney-machine solutions that have been used until recently. This accumulation results in a severe mental deterioration. 

Aluminum is the third most common element in the earth's crust. "Normal" dietary intake of aluminum is about 3 to 5 mg per day, of which only a very small amount is absorbed by the body's tissues. Aluminum, on the other hand, not only has no recognized function in the body, but is toxic.

The aluminum to which we are exposed comes from many sources, and most of these are under our control. Dust, water, commercial baking powder, (IRumsford is a non-aluminum alternative) and even unprocessed foods contain aluminum.

Aluminum in deoderants, cosmetics, aerosol air fresheners, many medicines, food additives, including the highly absorbable aluminum maltol (used in instant chocolate mixes), cans, kitchenware, and utensils can be easily avoided. A very popular antacid, Amphojel, consists of aluminum hydroxide.

Aluminum is unfortunately injected directly into the body through immunizations (virtually every immunization uses aluminum as a preservative).

Using non-aluminum based cookware is important.  Glass,porcelain, and do not contain aluminum and do not react with the aluminum naturally occuring in foods.   Metal cookware often contains aluminum (either in the entire pot or in the composite metal base) and does react with the acids in foods and the metal ions thereby released gain access to your body. In the case of copper, iron, and stainless steel cookware the metals are actually essential trace elements, and therefore make a valuable nutritional contribution if they are not absorbed in excess. 
 
Recommendations: Based on present information prudent action would be to avoid all sources of ingestable and inhaled aluminum. Those who fail to heed this advice will serve as "guinea pigs" for the human experiments that may eventually prove the presence or absence of serious health effects of aluminum.
 
Two years of investigation were reported in the Lancet in 1991 using an aluminum chelating agent, desferrioxamine, to slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease. Between 1979 and 1987 there has been a thirteen-fold increase in the number of deaths from Alzheimer's disease in the United States. This may represent the increase in exposure to aluminum that has happened to people in our society.

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