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Aluminum is one of the most important toxic metals today. Hair mineral testing reveals that almost everyone has too much aluminum. The reason is that it is all over the environment.
Aluminum is called the soft-in-the-head mineral because it affects the brain more than any other system of the body, impairing memory and cognition.
Dementia epidemic. The current epidemic of dementia in America and elsewhere is due, in part, to widespread aluminum toxicity.
SOURCES OF ALUMINUM
These are many, and most are quite insidious.
Warning: Weleda lies about the aluminum content of their deodorants by simply omitting putting it on the label.
Aluminum is the most plentiful element on earth, found in all clay soils. As a result, it may find its way into any food product grown on high-aluminum, usually clay soil.
DETECTION OF ALUMINUM TOXICITY
Blood – may have value, however serum levels definitely do not indicate total body load of aluminum.
Hair – levels appear to correlate well with bone levels of aluminum. Several hair tests may be needed before aluminum is revealed on the test, as it may be sequestered within body tissues.
HOW ALUMINUM AFFECTS HEALTH
Nervous system – In animal studies, aluminum blocks the action potential or electrical discharge of nerve cells, reducing nervous system activity. Aluminum also inhibits enzymes in the brain (Na-K-ATPase and hexokinase). It may also inhibit uptake of important chemicals by nerve cells (dopamine, norepinephrine, and 5-hydroxytryptamine).
Behavioral effects – Dementia resulting from kidney dialysis related to aluminum toxicity causes memory loss, loss of coordination, confusion and disorientation.
Digestive system – Aluminum reduces intestinal activity. It is used in many antacids. An excess may cause colic.
Skin effects – Aluminum can suppress some skin infections, including tinea or ringworm.
SYMPTOMS OF ALUMINUM TOXICITY
Early symptoms: flatulence, headaches, colic, dryness of skin and mucous membranes, tendency for colds, burning pain in the head relieved by food, heartburn and an aversion to meat.
Later symptoms: paralytic muscular conditions, loss of memory and confusion. Other symptoms may include:
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C,
Deferoxamine is a synthetic drug that can be used to chelate alumium out of the body. However, it has many side effects, so it is rarely used.
Aluminum is not that difficult to remove from the body with a corrective healing program. As it is eliminated, many clients report improvement in symptoms such as memory loss, brain fog, and sluggish thinking. Skin conditions may improve, as well.
Chelation and other methods. Some holistic doctors use chelating agents to remove aluminum. This is not nearly as effective, and it is somewhat toxic. I do not recommend it ever, and it is not needed.