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Aluminium and Alzheimers

Updated on November 30, 2014

The Danger of Aluminium

Many years ago I researched the danger associated with aluminium cooking pots and knew it would take the world at least 20 years to wake up to what was then pretty obvious. But it did not wake up and it has been longer than that expected time frame. The metal is now added to so many products used on a daily basis that it is little wonder we are experiencing its ill effects through things like cancer, altzheimers disease and other health and mental problems that may be attributed to metal poisoning.

Aluminium (Al) is not stable under heat and particles are known to leech into food when used for cooking. But that is not all. It is something we ingest in so many ways that it would be almost impossible to know what and when we consume things that contains it. Toothpaste, deodorant, baking powder and so on are just some of the nasties that contain the metal.

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Aluminium Pier
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Properties of aluminium

The aluminium industry is quick to point out the handy qualities that the metal possesses. For example: It is light, easy to mould, elastic and joins readily. While having a weight of one third that of steel it is strong and easily formed. It can be cast, drawn and milled, which are desirable properties in today's world of fast food, bridge building, metal soda cans and even pens, paper clips, furniture and so on.

It is a good conductor of thermal and electrical energy and its lightness compared to copper makes it a preferable metal for that purpose. It is also non corrosive forming an outer oxide coating on exposure to air which protects it from corrosion and corrosive environments. It can be further strengthened with a light powdering of an anodising coating.

In today's fast world it has all the right properties for what most industrues require in a metal. But there is one flaw that is not told to us by the industry - it is toxic.

How Dangerous is it?

It's almost a case of what products do not contain aluminium and just how much of the metal does a human consume over a lifetime?

Is it accumulating in our cells, particularly the brain cells, or does it pass out of the body once it is ingested?

How Aware Are You of the Amount of Al you Ingest?

Were you aware of the products containing the metal before reading this report

Yes.

Yes.

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    • miaponzo 5 years ago

      Yes.. which is why we do our best not to use it .. :)

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      • TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

        Nope - it was an eye opener.

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      Alzheimers Disease

      It is the memory loss and inability to recognise everyday objects and close family members that is the most distressing thing about this horrible disease. A sufferer is unaware of many of the problems as the brain fails. They may strip themselves of clothes, wander out into the wilderness and get lost, or even just go for a walk and never return. Many a sufferer is found dead in some remote place away from the search site.

      It was once thought to be confined to the aged whose brains are worn out but it can affect anyone, almost of any age. Alcoholics may face an early onset, for example. So far there is no cure and many scientists are making wild stabs at the causes while they search for a cure.

      The possibilities range from genetic inheritance to lack of mental stimulation. We are told to exercise our brains but no one is saying don't drink from an aluminium can or eat food prepared in an aluminium saucepan.

      Cooking shows on TV are a great thing to watch but here we see famous chefs preparing their delicious meals in aluminium saucepans. They take care in everything else except the very tool that serves their trade. Ever notice how an aluminium saucepan turns black and is hard to clean with a scourer. Personally the mere touch of an aluminium pan turns me right off. Dishwasher manufacturers state never to put aluminium into their machines because it coats the glossy steel interior and interferes with their performance. That should tell you something? Aluminium is unstable even at low temperatures.

      So what happens to the body when the Al is present? That's a question for scientists to answer but big business and the race for wealth may never allow it.

      This is an extract from a websire

      "Proteins called histones act as spools around which DNA winds, forming a structure in the cell nucleus known as chromatin. Histones are modified in various ways, including through a process called acetylation, which in turn modifies chromatin shape and structure. (Inhibiting deacetylation with HDAC inhibitors leads to increased acetylation.)

      Certain HDAC inhibitors open up chromatin. This allows transcription and expression of genes in what had been a too tightly packaged chromatin structure in which certain genes do not get transcribed."

      If Al can coat the inside of a diswasher and discolour under normal cooking conditions then what is stopping it from doing damage to HDAC inhibitors and to accelerating acetylation and thus changing normal genetic behaviour? Alcoholics drink from AL cans as do most of the community and drinks are canned.

      Canning Process

      Healthy Alternatives

      If you cook in aluminium utensils then you may be at risk. Eating in restaurants where food is prepared in Al pots and pans is also risky. Have you ever asked a waiter to tell you what kind of utensil your meal is cooked in?

      The trend today is to get your money at any cost and as long as a product looks good and food looks inviting then you can be taken in. But can you afford to play Russian roulette with your life or that of family members? Think before you answer as you may be skeptical about this information and not too conerned. But how would you feel if you develop cancer, alzheimers, parkinson's disease or any of the other likely outcomes from Al poisoning.

      Here are some great products to consider as an alternative.

      Don't take the risk of eating out and ingesting aluminium particles. This Company is worth looking into to get great ideas for eating at home.

      Healthy Alternatives

      Recently I bought a bamboo cutting board and am amazed at its properties. Easy to clean, doesn't discolour and a really nice addition to the kitchen. So it is exciting to see so many products made from this wonderful renewable resource instead of from aluminium or plastic, another toxic substance.

      Bamboo is also woven into cloth allowing towels and other things to also be produced from it. This company specialises in all types of household products, especially for kitchens. Cutting boards, canisters, containers, spoons and so on will simply delight. You can also get charcoal, picks, skewers, placemats and even plates. You need to check out the range.

      Avoid using aluminium and plastic for a healthier lifestyle.

      Pass the message to family and friends to do likewise.

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          rjnjlly 4 years ago

          Very useful information. Something most of us fail to take seriously. I too have a lens on the effects of aluminium on our health which is my first lens here. Just published it a few days back.

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          SteveKaye 4 years ago

          All our pots are made out of stainless steel.

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          TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

          What a good write-up. And remember when it was the craze to use Aluminum for electric wiring in houses.... then they found it caused fires more easily!

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          miaponzo 5 years ago

          Thanks for sharing this very important information with us. :) Blessed!

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          Rankography 5 years ago

          Wow, thanks for sharing this important information.