Heavy research on metal
My father recently passed away and had suffered from Alzheimer's for years. I hear and read that aluminum could be associated with Alzheimer's. Is there any truth in those statements or claims? Also, is there anything I can do from a nutritional standpoint to lessen my chances of developing this dreaded disease?
All metals can cause disease through excess, according to A.T. Proudfoot, author of Clinical Toxicology. In addition, essential metals can affect the human body in the case of deficiency or imbalance. The earth's crust is composed of about 14 percent aluminum, and the average individual ingests about 30 to 50 milligrams of this toxic mineral every day through water, air and soil exposure, according to Mount Sinai Hospital. More and more research into the devastating disease of Alzheimer's continues, and more doctors believe that aluminum plays a critical role. According to Dr. Don Colbert, M.D., when autopsies are performed on Alzheimer's patients, there are accumulations in the brain called neurofibrillary tangles - which are simply collections of aluminum. Whether Alzheimer's disease is caused by aluminum or whether aluminum is merely attracted into the neurofibrillary tangles in the brain is still being debated in medical circles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers the following food additives as "GRAS" - Generally Regarded As Safe: aluminum ammonium sulfate, aluminum calcium silicate, aluminum nicotinate, aluminum potassium sulfate, aluminum sodium sulfate, aluminum stearate, sodium aluminum phosphate and aluminum sulfate. Many still question the safety of these additives since the human body does not need aluminum and these additives can build up over time within the body. The following are products that we use daily that contain aluminum or aluminum additives and my recommendation is to avoid these whenever possible: antacids (most contain aluminum-check the labels), processed cheese (on average they contain about 3.5 percent aluminum), aluminum cookware and aluminum foil, baking powder (most contain about 6 percent aluminum), nondairy creamers (some contain as much as 16 percent aluminum), table salt (contains aluminum for anti-caking purposes), antiperspirants (if you switch to a deodorant be sure to check the label for aluminum) and drinks in aluminum cans. One recommendation to help rid the body of toxins (including aluminum) is to eat an apple every day - apples contain pectin and pectin helps draw toxins from the body. And, as always, don't forget your water!
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Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.