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 ExposedIn 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.