Aluminium poisoning

It has been claimed that aluminium is hardly at all absorbed by the human body. Nevertheless, several cases of aluminum poisoning have been reported.

Aluminium is the most widely distributed metal in the soil of the earth. Since it has numerous qualities appreciated by the crafts and industries, aluminium is a widely used metal. Years of exposure to acid rain has changed the aluminium of the soil into aluminium nitrate. This results in a greater content of aluminium in the plants, which also means a greater content of aluminium in herbivores and therefore also in the human body.

Toxic effects of aluminium are numerous. The damages to the brain and nervous system are particularly serious. Trace values of aluminium have been found in the brains of Alzheimer patients. Aluminium is likely to be a factor in the development of pediatric epilepsy, to be involved in learning difficulties, and in the development of osteoporosis. A certain type of non-iron-deficient anaemia may well be caused by the accumulation of aluminium. Aluminium is also accumulated in the kidneys, liver, thyroid gland, and bones and may cause damage to these organs and tissues.

Sources of aluminium may be the following: a large intake of antacids, certain baking powders, powder soups with aluminium salts, cream substitutes, creamed cheese, some - especially soya-based substitutes for breast milk, breathing of aluminium dust from the industries, antiperspirants containing aluminium, certain vaccines, and even use of pots and kettles in the kitchen. Many filling materials made of plastic also contain aluminium.

Fluorine fascilitates the uptake of aluminium. In certain parts of the country, the tap-water contains much fluorine. Tea contains large amounts of fluorine as well!

A hair mineral analysis is the easiest way of getting a reliable pointer as to the level of accumulated aluminium in the body.

Recommendations

General advice on disease prevention and a healthy lifestyle can be found in the library article "General Advice - for healthy as well as for ill ones" in the VitaHealth section under Focus Articles. You can also test your health by taking our "Health Check".

Pay attention to the fact that certain antacids contain large concentrations of aluminium. When taking large doses of antacids, one should instead focus on the etiology and pathology of the peptic disorder by seeking the help of a professional therapist.

Most deodorants contain aluminium compounds. If you do not tolerate them or merely wish to avoid them, a good idea is to use soda as an antiperspirant. Soda is applied to the humid skin after a bath. Soda is also effective for washing clothes, house cleaning, or even for brushing your teeth.

Minerals:

  • Magnesium: Take 400 - 500 mg. daily.
  • Zinc: zinc deficiency increases the uptake of aluminium from the food. Take 30 - 60 mg. a day.

Detoxifying and cleansing herbs:

  • Cayenne, red chili, Capsicum frutesens
  • Garlic, Allium sativum
  • Turmeric, Curcuma longa

Warnings

Replace aluminium pots and kettles with those of stainless steal, avoid tinfoil, and do not use deodorants containing aluminium chloride!

Remarks

Also see "Heavy metal poisoning

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