Dr. Dean

Does Aluminum Cookware Cause Alzheimer's Disease?

Posting Date: 08/09/1999

Original broadcast date: July 1, 1999

Marge: Should I be concerned about aluminum causing Alzheimer's disease? Do I need to stop using my Magnalite cookware?

Dr. Dean: Send me your Magnalite. I'll be happy to use it.

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Cookware is a minimal source of aluminum, which is all over our environment. It's the third most abundant element on earth. It's used in food preservatives. We've tested aluminum cookware for a connection to Alzheimer's and according to the evidence I have, you've got nothing to worry about.

Storing acidic foods like tomato sauce in aluminum, can cause more aluminum to seep into the food, so, I'd avoid doing that.

Something may be going on between aluminum and Alzheimer's, but we don't know if it is a cause or a secondary invader. I can compare this to a process between calcium and an inflammatory attack.

For instance, a woman's breasts often have calcium deposits and inflammatory processes in the body will attack the calcium. The calcium didn't cause the problem, though. Something like this may happen with aluminum deposits in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.