We are living in the proverbial “aluminum age” and for all intents and purposes, our brains are essentially sinks into which this highly neurotoxic element is being deposited.
The most plentiful metal in the Earth’s crust, aluminum is also found in numerous products that in excessive concentrations can cause a number of health issues including neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and autism. We are exposed to this metal on a daily basis, from the food and water we consume to things like cosmetics, antiperspirants, and other personal care items, pharmaceuticals, and even in the air we breathe.
What are the sources?
It is estimated that the average American consumes 7-9 mg. of aluminum per day. While only about 1% of the aluminum we consume is actually absorbed by our system, it is the accumulation of these daily exposures that can build up to toxic levels.
There are a variety of ways we indirectly and directly consume aluminum, including:
- Through salt and bleached flour, where aluminum is often added as an anti-caking agent. Substitute unbleached flours and check out Himalayan salt, which is aluminum-free.
- Leaching into our food from aluminum foil and cans. Ditch the foil and consider switching to glass containers and other ways to store or wrap food. Look at beeswax wraps or silicone food covers that are also washable and reusable – better for the environment too. And choose glass-bottled beverages…if you’ve ever noted a metallic taste from your canned diet soda (or beer, etc.) there’s a reason!
- Leaching into our food from aluminum cookware. Think glass, ceramic or stainless steel instead.
- Baking powder and baking soda. Look for aluminum-free versions in your store or online.
- Antacids and buffered medications. These can be very toxic to our gut as well.
- Food additives including artificial colors.
- Processed cheeses – natural cheeses are also free of dyes and excessive sodium too.
- Composite dental fillings and ceramic or porcelain crowns. Talk to your dentist about other options that are safer for your health.
- Toothpaste. For tips on finding and choosing a non-toxic brand, visit https://www.forceofnatureclean.com/choosing-non-toxic-toothpaste/
- In our municipal water, lakes, and reservoirs where aluminum is added to control algae growth. I have previously written about the hazards of living near marine ecosystems with algae blooms due to the cyanobacteria that produces a neurotoxin called BMAA so please visit our social media sites at https://www.facebook.com/drsuzannegazda/ for additional details and links to more research.
- Aluminum-containing adjuvants are found in vaccine ingredients.
- Aluminum and barium nanodust are the primary components in chemical trails that may be potentially left behind in the atmosphere and deposited in the environment as aircraft fly overhead. In California's Mt. Shasta region, Francis Mangel, a USDA biologist tested and found elevated levels of aluminum in water and soil samples of 4,610 parts per million which is 25,000 times the safe guidelines of the World Health Organization.1
Aluminum in MS Brains.
This May 2020 study entitled , “Aluminum in human brain tissue from donors without neurodegenerative disease: A comparison with Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and autism,” was published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports and showed that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurodegenerative diseases have an undeniable, significantly higher aluminum content in their brains than those with no known neurological impairment and no identifiable neurodegenerative disease. It seems quite clear that aluminum has the ability to produce neurotoxicity by many mechanisms and is an element of which we need to be very aware relative to our exposure and its presence in the environment.
Staying Healthy in our Toxic World.
With the right foods, the right supplements that are appropriate to any existing health issues along with adequate methods that enhance detoxification, we absolutely can stay healthy in this very toxic world. But it takes a well-defined action plan that is individualized and personalized to each of us. And with these recent findings of toxic levels of aluminum in MS diagnoses, we should strongly encourage the addition of an integrative approach to our patients’ care.
As a society and a culture moving toward attaining more knowledge about our health and the future we envision for our children, we all must be deeply concerned by the rising toxicity in our everyday lives. Together we can become outspoken advocates for an urgent ecological shift to transcend toward a healthier planet for the wellbeing of humanity.
In health and hope,
Dr. Suzanne Gazda
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Dr. Suzanne Gazda, Integrative Neurology