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Aluminum Exposure Increases Your Alzheimer's Risks

May 13, 2006 | 12,605 views
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The possibility of a link between aluminum and Alzheimer's disease has been raised once more following the autopsy of a British woman who died of the illness. Sixteen years before her death, an industrial accident had contaminated her local drinking water with aluminum sulphate.

No Family History of Dementia

An autopsy showed that Carole Cross suffered from a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's, and also indicated high levels of aluminum in her bodily tissues. There was no history of dementia in the woman's family.

20,000 Exposed

In 1988, a truck driver accidentally poured 20 tons of aluminum sulphate into a tank containing drinking water. Some 20,000 people in the village of Camelford, including Ms. Cross, were exposed to the chemical for several weeks. Several other inhabitants of Camelford are also reported to be suffering from dementia.

 

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Many of you are aware that we are in the midst of an impending Alzheimer's epidemic. Even though many are on statin drugs to lower their risk of heart disease, that does absolutely nothing to prevent Alzheimer's.

So what good is it to prevent heart disease and lose your brain, or die from some miserable cancer, because you did not address the underlying cause of most chronic disease, which is related to elevated insulin levels?

An interesting factoid: Even though the UK patient in this study had no family history of Alzheimer's, she did have a genetic marker (APOE) for the disease, leading some to believe her heavy exposure to aluminum accelerated the development of the disease.

Whether that is the case or not, this report underscores one more reason why you must stay away from heavy metals such as aluminum.

It is very difficult to avoid all environmental toxins but does that mean we should give up? What you can do is limit your exposure as much as possible by following some basic common sense tips:

  • Buy and eat, as much as possible, organic produce and free-range, organic foods.

  • Rather than eating fish, which is largely contaminated with PCBs and mercury, right-size your intake of omega-3 fats by taking a high-quality krill oil.

  • Only use natural cleaning products in your home, and switch over to natural brands of toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics. You can find these in your local health food store or you can search online.

  • Remove any metal fillings from your teeth, as they're a major source of mercury. Be sure to have this done by a qualified biological dentist.

  • Avoid artificial food additives of all kind, including artificial sweeteners and MSG.

  • Seek to build your health up through the nutrition insights detailed in my Total Health Program, and then limit your use of drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) as much as possible. Drugs are chemicals too, and they will leave residues and accumulate in your body over time.

And your best bet for sidestepping dementia and Alzheimer's without relying on a health-harming drug: Following the six-step process I've outlined previously.


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