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Strong Evidence Linking Aluminum and Alzheimer’s

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Aging is the main risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and aluminium accumulates in human brain tissue with aging.

There has been a strong link between human exposure to aluminium and the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease for half a century or more. However, without definite proof, there is still no consensus in the scientific community about the role of this known neurotoxin in this devastating brain disease.

The latest research from my group, published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, makes this link even more compelling. In my view, the findings are unequivocal in their confirmation of a role for aluminium in some if not all Alzheimer’s disease.

At the very least, these new results should encourage everyone and even those who have steadfastly maintained that aluminium has no role in the disease to think again.

I don’t believe that is the only factor, but I think it is an important one which should be considered very seriously.

When our new results are put into the context of what is already known about aluminium and Alzheimer’s disease their significance becomes overwhelming and compelling.

We already know that the aluminium content of brain tissue in late-onset or sporadic Alzheimer’s disease is significantly higher than is found in age-matched controls. So, individuals who develop Alzheimer’s disease in their late sixties and older also accumulate more aluminium in their brain tissue than individuals of the same age without the disease.

Even higher levels of aluminium have been found in the brains of individuals, diagnosed with an early-onset form of sporadic (usually late onset) Alzheimer’s disease, who have experienced an unusually high exposure to aluminium through the environment (e.g. Camelford) or through their workplace. This means that Alzheimer’s disease has a much earlier age of onset, for example, fifties or early sixties, in individuals who have been exposed to unusually high levels of aluminium in their everyday lives.

We now show that some of the highest levels of aluminium ever measured in human brain tissue are found in individuals who have died with a diagnosis of familial Alzheimer’s disease.

The levels of aluminium in brain tissue from individuals with familial Alzheimer’s disease are similar to those recorded in individuals who died of an aluminium-induced encephalopathy while undergoing renal dialysis.

In support of our quantitative data, we have also used a recently developed and fully validated method of fluorescence microscopy to provide stunning and unequivocal images of aluminium in brain tissue from familial Alzheimer’s disease donors.

Familial Alzheimer’s disease is an early-onset form of the disease with first symptoms occurring as early as 30 or 40 years of age. It is extremely rare, perhaps 2-3 percent of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease. Its bases are genetic mutations associated with a protein called amyloid-beta, a protein which has been heavily linked with the cause of all forms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Individuals with familial Alzheimer’s disease produce more amyloid beta and the onset of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are much earlier in life.

This new research may suggest that these genetic predispositions to early onset Alzheimer’s disease are linked in some way to the accumulation of aluminium (through ‘normal’ everyday human exposure) in brain tissue.

Aging is the main risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and aluminium accumulates in human brain tissue with aging. Environmental or occupational exposure to aluminium results in higher levels of aluminium in human brain tissue and an early onset form of sporadic Alzheimer’s disease. The genetic predispositions which are used to define familial or early-onset Alzheimer’s disease also predispose individuals to higher levels of brain aluminium at a much younger age.

Aluminium is accepted as a known neurotoxin, for example being the cause of dialysis encephalopathy, and its accumulation in human brain tissue at any age can only contribute to any ongoing disease state or toxicity.

We should take all possible precautions to reduce the accumulation of aluminium in our brain tissue through our everyday activities and we should start to do this as early in our lives as possible.

The new research, published in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology is available online and open access—“Aluminium in brain tissue in familial Alzheimer’s disease.”


Note: This article was reprinted with the author’s permission. It was originally published by The Hippocratic Post.

11 Responses to Strong Evidence Linking Aluminum and Alzheimer’s

  1. Jenny M. Reply

    January 16, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Don’t forget about the aluminum found in soy products. Soy formula is about as good as giving your baby raw sewage….

  2. William Reply

    January 6, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    All vaccines contain aluminum,an adjunct that moves the contents of the ingredients of the vaccine faster into the body.Aluminum and mercury always go to the fattest tissue in the body when injected which is the brain,staying there forever.With a little common sense and the IQ of a squirrel you can see how 16 childhood vaccines with 69 booster shots and the flue shot given every year will develop massive accumulations of aluminum in the brain and cause harm and Alzheimers over the course of your lifetime.Or you can click your heels 3 times and say I want to stay in the land of OZ where all my friends live and keep getting those aluminum injections until one day your mental dysfunction becomes apparent.The more knowledge you aquire the more your spirit will soar or you can stay in the land of OZ where most reside

  3. Constanze Carlson Reply

    January 5, 2017 at 11:30 am

    The problem with most scientists and doctors is that the proof always has to be 100 percent. Common sense conclusions never seem to factor in. I think we need to rely more on common sense than wait (sometimes for many years)on doctors and scientists to conduct studies (which then get rebuked by another study anyway). We all know that not all people get lung cancer from smoking (although it would be logical). Human beings are all different and we all process the various toxins in different ways and with different outcomes. That’s why there will never be 100 proof that a substance is causing a particular disease. Again, common sense should be our guide and just like nobody would willingly and knowingly consume arsenic, we know that we need to stay away from toxic substances like aluminum, mercury, glyphosate etc. We don’t need to wait for a “conclusive” study, we need to use our common sense and avoid anything and everything that could harm our bodies. Yes, it is as simple as that.

  4. Sundi Symin Reply

    January 4, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Thankyou so much for this article. It goes without saying that anecdotal evidence over the past fifty yrs or so is also overwhelming, making it mind-boggling that anyone in their right mind (!!!) would deny the link between AD and aluminum. Thank heavens people like you and Dr Steph Senneff are doing the required studies that may someday make a difference. Hopefully sooner rather than later.

  5. Jenpea Reply

    January 4, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    When you ingest Aluminum you absorb approximately 1.7% of it. When aluminum is injected into your muscle you absorb 97%…thus there is much more to excrete when injected. Dr suzanne Humphries has a great YouTube video on aluminum in vaccines.

  6. CATRYNA WHITE Reply

    January 4, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    My family has always known that Aluminum was a problem. In fact, my great grandmother back in the 40’s threw out a pot of spaghetti that a neighbor brought over (tomato sauce), The pot was aluminum. I have never used pots and pans of aluminum, or used toothpaste with fluoride/aluminum in it, antiperspirants, etc. The increase in Dementia, in seniors, I would have to chalk up mainly to the fact that most, if not all vaccines, have aluminum in them and especially the Flu shot, for seniors, which has 4 times more aluminum in it than the Flu shot given to the rest of the population. It stands to reason that this could not possibly be a coincidence.

    • Stephen J Sanborn Reply

      January 4, 2017 at 4:06 pm

      Makes sense to me…they say you can get iron from using an iron skillet,which is good, so, why net get aluminum from an aluminum pot !!

  7. Stephen J Sanborn Reply

    January 4, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    I have always suspected the aluminum in anti-perspirants as a source for aluminum in the body, especially for women since they shave their armpits right before applying the anti-perspirant. As far as I know,deodorants do not have aluminum.

  8. Jane Reply

    January 4, 2017 at 9:54 am

    I believe your definition of “unequivocal” and mine and widely different. One study does not make unequivocal evidence

  9. Stephanie Seneff Reply

    December 31, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Congratulations on a great paper providing yet more evidence of a link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease! I would like to suggest that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the pervasive herbicide, Roundup, is playing a synergistic role with aluminum to induce Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases. Together with colleagues I published an open-access paper titled, “Aluminum and Glyphosate Can Synergistically Induce Pineal Gland Pathology: Connection to Gut Dysbiosis and Neurological Disease,” where we argued that glyphosate chelates aluminum and carries it into the brain stem, unloading it when the pH drops to a sufficiently acidic level. The incidence of Alzheimer’s and dementia in the U.S. has been rising dramatically in recent decades, in step with the dramatic rise in glyphosate usage on core crops. Anthony Samsel and I published a paper this year showing how glyphosate substitution for glycine by mistake during protein synthesis can explain its association with multiple modern diseases. In particular, there are certain glycine residues in amyloid beta that are implicated in the disease process, and we believe that glyphosate displacement of the glycines disrupts protein folding and clearance of misfolded protein. This paper is titled: Glyphosate pathways to modern diseases V: Amino acid analogue of glycine in diverse proteins.

    • Jenpea Reply

      January 4, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Thank you Stephanie, was going to mention glyphosate! And thank you for your research…but be very careful! There were researchers years back looking into vaccines and they found Nagalase; when about to reveal these findings; they were found dead – questionable suicides.
      Godspeed!

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