Aluminum-Risk Factors for Alzheimer's

by Christine Kennard Health Professional

What if aluminum caused or made a significant contribution to getting Alzheimer’s disease? What if the most abundant metal on the Earth’s crust was implicated in human disease? There are a number of well respected scientists who believe aluminum may be the cause of Alzheimer’s or certainly they feel it contributes to its development.

One scientist, Christopher Exley, Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry, Aluminum and Silicone Research Group at the Lennard-Jones Laboratories at Keele University, UK writing in Frontiers in Neurology says;

“At some point in time the accumulation in the brain will achieve a toxic threshold and a specific neurone or area of the brain will stop coping with the presence of aluminum and will start reacting to its presence. If the same neurone or brain tissue is also suffering other insults, or another on-going degenerative condition, then the additional response to aluminum will exacerbate these effects”. He believes the metal may cause a condition to be more aggressive or have an earlier onset. He, and others, believe this has already been shown in Alzheimer’s disease when the brain is exposed to environmental and occupational exposure to aluminium.

Aluminum Facts

  • Aluminum is in the air around us, in water, in the soil and in food. It cannot be destroyed only change its form. Aluminum is a popular metal for beverage cans, pots, cooking and containment vessels, airlines, foil, in roofing. Aluminum compounds are used in water treatment, in furnace linings, for aluminum alloys. It is found in cosmetics, sunscreens, antacids, buffered aspirin, food additives and antiperspirants.

  • Aluminum negatively impacts the central nervous system in all species studied including humans.

  • ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) states that only small amounts of the metal that is inhaled, ingested or that comes into contact with skin will enter your bloodstream.

  • Some people are more likely to develop aluminum toxicity. People with kidney disease and diminished kidney function, people on hemodialysis, people on long term IV nutrition are at risk.

  • Accidental ingestion of substances that contain high levels of aluminum cause damage to the body

  • Occupational exposure in the work place and people working in areas involved in the production of aluminum are at risk. Levels within the workplace should be limited say the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

  • Aluminum has been shown to affect the nervous system in tests to measure their functions. Research in animals shows it affecting their nervous systems when strength of their grip is measured and in movements.

  • Reducing the levels of aluminum would effect industry and economies.

Aluminum-Induced Entropy in Biological Systems: Implications for Neurological Disease. 2014. Christopher A. Shaw et al. Neural Dynamics Research Group. Journal of Toxicology

Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 491316, 27 pages

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Atlanta, GA. USA

Why industry proparganda and political interference cannot disguise the inevitable role played by human exposure to aluminium in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Exley C., Frontiers in Neurology. 27 October 2014.

Christine Kennard
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Christine Kennard

Christine Kennard wrote about Alzheimer's for HealthCentral. She has many years of experience in private and public sector nursing care homes for people with dementia. She has worked in a variety of hospital, public and private health settings and specialized in community nursing. Christine is qualified in group analytic psychotherapy, is registered in general and mental health nursing and has a Masters degree.