Why Aluminum Is Bad For Mental Health & How To Remove It

It is clear in the literature that Aluminum toxicity can cause dementia and contribute severely to the onset of neurodegenerative disorders, especially Alzheimer’s Disease.
What most people are unaware of is precisely how much Aluminum they are exposed to on a daily basis, as Prof. Christopher Exley points out in the below presentation.

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Why Is Aluminum Toxic For Our Brain & Bodies?

There is a lot of controversy on this topic as we are currently living in the ‘Aluminum Age.’ Many products from baked goods to metal window frames contain this mineral.

It is the third most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust, yet it has only been in the last century or so that man has been able to separate it from its naturally bound form, in which silicon binds to it in soils. In this free form, it also happens to be highly reactive and toxic to nearly all forms of life on Earth[1]The toxicity of aluminium in humans..

Since Aluminum production has peaked, an increase in the occurrences of multiple neurological disorders has emerged, likely as a consequence[2]Aluminum in the central nervous system (CNS): toxicity in humans and animals, vaccine adjuvants, and autoimmunity.

It is also a known fact that Aluminum bio-accumulates in every single bodily tissue from head to toe, seeming to favor the brain in particular. This means that over time, more and more Aluminum gathers in all our bodily tissues and it is no different for plants and animals!

Let’s take a closer look at how Aluminum is toxic for our bodies, especially our brains.

1) Contributes To Neurodegenerative Diseases
Scientists first became aware that Aluminum could be toxic in microscopic amounts in humans in early dealings with kidney dialysis patients.

Part of the procedure requires for IV fluids to be administered, which happened to be contaminated with excessive levels of Aluminum. After years of receiving this treatment, there was a sudden onset of neurodegenerative symptoms. These included:

  • Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Dementia
  • Tremors
  • Speech Abnormalities
  • Impaired Motor Control
  • Memory Loss
  • Epilepsy
  • Reduced Cognition
  • Coma

3-7 years after these symptoms began to manifest while on continued treatment, the patient would generally go into a deadly coma and die. Amyloid-beta plaques were also shown to be present in the brains of these patients, which is precisely what Alzheimer’s Disease is.

Removing Aluminum from the treatment saw an immense improvement in these patients and prevented these symptoms from occurring again.

Other research has demonstrated a link between Aluminum accumulation in the brain and nervous system in connection with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, autism, and multiple sclerosis.

In the talk as mentioned above, Aluminum is always found present in amyloid beta plaques as well as gravitating toward neurons.

Scientists are skeptical that this toxic metal causes these neurodegenerative disorders because they believe most dietary Aluminum is excreted by the body.

However, it has been proven that Aluminum can move through skin and is often inhaled. This means we are exposed to a lot more Aluminum than previously thought[3]Aluminum and Alzheimer’s Disease: After a Century of Controversy, Is there a Plausible Link?, which then does not add up to just the dietary amounts that get excreted from consuming Aluminum-containing foods.

2) Causes Neurons To Die Off
Aluminum appears to favor neurons, accumulating in them. This not only causes an immune response to get triggered alongside excessive inflammation, but it also causes neurons to die off eventually.

When injecting the brains of mice with Aluminum, even in small quantities, it was shown to kill off nerve cells. It is the same in human nerve cell cultures.

After years of slow accumulation, depending on the lifestyle one chooses, Aluminum starts to build in the brains of the elderly, causing nerve cells to die off and contributing to the onset of dementia, memory loss, and decreased cognition.

3) Destroys Fats
While it has not been proven in animals, it is very clear that Aluminum (when not bound to silicon) causes fats to become destroyed in plants [4]Effect of aluminium on lipid peroxidation, superoxide dismutase, catalase, and peroxidase activities in root tips of soybean (Glycine max).

This is the main reason why free Aluminum causes plant roots to shrivel up and die – the fats become oxidized, releasing free radical oxygen species, and that ultimately causes the root cells to self-destruct.

Human and animal cell walls are also largely made up of fats, and thus deposits of Aluminum will cause this to occur too. Neurons are mostly made of fats, surrounded by a protective layer of them known as the myelin sheath. This is probably the reason why Aluminum causes neurons to die off because it slowly erodes fats by oxidizing them.

4) Impairs Immune Function
Aside from causing free radical release due to fat oxidation, Aluminum also impairs the immune function in one other direct way.

Upon entering the body, nanoparticles of Aluminum appear to target white blood cells. Once inside these white blood cells, it deactivates them. As a counter mechanism, the body issues more white blood cells to circulate, spreading the Aluminum around and triggering an over active immune response – also called an auto-immune response.

When this happens, the body’s immune system becomes hyper-stimulated, releasing large quantities of inflammation.

This can be seen in those who have just received a vaccine where lots of Aluminum adjuvants are used.

In studies performed using vaccines without Aluminum, the viruses alone hardly elicited the same immune response with many more positive outcomes. These adjuvants are what is believed to help confer immunity, whereas they, in fact, cause an over-active immune system and an impaired immune function.

How To Reduce Your Aluminum Exposure

Since we live in the ‘Age of Aluminum,’ it is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid coming into contact with this heavy metal in it’s unbound form.

Fortunately, there are ways one can reduce their exposure to Aluminum to slow down the way it accumulates in our systems over time.

1) Cosmetics
Instead of using synthetic cosmetics, turn to the use of natural and organic alternatives. These should not have Aluminum added to them as a preservative or anti-caking agent.

2) Drinking Water
Don’t drink water that has Aluminum in it as this makes it far easier to absorb the Aluminum. Filter your tap water to make sure you are not bathing or drinking in Aluminum.

3) Food
Plants don’t do well with Aluminum when it is not bound to silicon in the soil. Their roots tend to shrivel up and die.

However, since the invention of GMO plant species, these new artificial plants suck Aluminum up where it now accumulates in plant tissues. This was done so that these plants could tolerate pesticides better, without also being killed in the process as pesticides tend to have a high level of Aluminum in them to contribute to their toxicity.

In light of this, you will want to avoid eating GMO food or food that has been sprayed with pesticides. Switch to organic fruits and vegetables that have been planted using heirloom seeds to prevent yourself from eating fresh produce high in Aluminum. Not only will you be healthier, but you will be doing the environment a favor, especially the bees!

Moreover, as much as 2% Aluminum is used in baking powder and ordinary table salt as an anti-caking agent. Both of these products are added to many refined foods and baked goods that you can find at your local supermarket. Avoid eating these types of foods and instead opt for more natural alternatives in your own cooking.

Last but not least, five times the safe limit allowed in water is added to infant formula. If you are using infant formula, switch to a natural one immediately! Pay close attention to make sure your child doesn’t have an allergic reaction either, as many baby formulas are made using either dairy or soy – two common allergens.

4) Deodorant
Anti-perspirant, perfumes and deodorant all contain toxic levels of Aluminum in a form that we can both inhale and apply to our skins, allowing for it to cross directly into the bloo-brain barrier.

Instead of using these products, rather use organic essential oils, which have uplifting and medicinal effects when inhaled.

Make sure you use a good quality carrier oil to dilute the above oils as alone they are too strong for the skin.
5) Prescription Drugs
Stop the urge to pop a pill every time something doesn’t feel right. Most prescription medications are coated in Aluminum to help them work more effectively, yet the price of using these for years is a high one.

Instead focus more on improving your lifestyle. Do more exercise, meditate, go for walks in nature, drink enough water, and eat a healthy organic diet, rich in variety. In this way, you will keep your immune system healthy and avoid needing to use prescription medications.

If you still feel the urge to do so, here are some useful natural remedies:

Clove has powerful pain-reducing properties and when added to tea, can help to reduce tooth ache and tummy pains.
Grapefruit seed extract is one of the most potent natural anti-biotics, capable of eliminating more than 700 strains of bacteria, fungi and viruses. It can also aid in the elimination of certain pesticides which usually cause trouble in the kidneys.

Removing Aluminum With Silicic Acid

Silicic acid is an organic form of silicon (not inorganic silicon) which acts to bind to Aluminum and draw it out of the body.

Mineral waters exist that are naturally high in Silicic Acid, as do certain herbs like horsetail.

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