Aluminium and its likely contribution to Alzheimer's disease

A world authority on the link between human exposure to aluminium in everyday life and its likely contribution to Alzheimer's disease, Professor Christopher Exley of Keele University, UK, says in a new report that it may be inevitable that aluminium plays some role in the disease.

He says the human brain is both a target and a sink for on entry into the body – "the presence of aluminium in the human brain should be a red flag alerting us all to the potential dangers of the aluminium age. We are all accumulating a known neurotoxin in our brain from our conception to our death. Why do we treat this inevitability with almost total complacency?"

Exley, Professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry, Aluminium and Silicon Research Group in The Birchall Centre, Lennard-Jones Laboratories at Keele University, writes in Frontiers in Neurology about the 'Aluminium Age' and its role in the 'contamination' of humans by aluminium.

He says a burgeoning body burden of aluminium is an inevitable consequence of modern living and this can be thought of as 'contamination', as the aluminium in our bodies is of no benefit to us it can only be benign or toxic.

Professor Exley says: "The biological availability of aluminium or the ease with which aluminium reacts with human biochemistry means that aluminium in the body is unlikely to be benign, though it may appear as such due to the inherent robustness of human physiology. The question is raised as to 'how do you know if you are suffering from chronic aluminium toxicity?' How do we know that Alzheimer's disease is not the manifestation of chronic aluminium toxicity in humans?

"At some point in time the accumulation of aluminium in the brain will achieve a toxic threshold and a specific neurone or area of the brain will stop coping with the presence of aluminium 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 aluminium will exacerbate these effects. In this way aluminium may cause a particular condition to be more aggressive and perhaps to have an earlier onset - such occurrences have already been shown in Alzheimer's disease related to environmental and occupational exposure to aluminium."

Professor Exley argues that the accumulation of aluminium in the brain inevitably leads to it contributing negatively to brain physiology and therefore exacerbating on-going conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. He suggests that this is a testable hypothesis and offers a non-invasive method of the removal of aluminium from the body and the brain. He says the aluminium hypothesis of Alzheimer's disease will only be tested if we are able to lower the body and hence burden of aluminium and determine if such has any impact upon the incidence, onset or aggressiveness of Alzheimer's disease.

Professor Exley adds: "There are neither cures nor effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease. The role of aluminium in Alzheimer's disease can be prevented by reducing human exposure to aluminium and by removing aluminium from the body by non-invasive means. Why are we choosing to miss out on this opportunity? Surely the time has come to test the aluminium hypothesis of Alzheimer's disease once and for all?"

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More information: "Why industry propaganda and political interference cannot disguise the inevitable role played by human exposure to aluminium in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease." Front. Neurol. DOI: 10.3389/fneur.2014.00212
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Oct 13, 2014
I am not a big fan of aluminum cookware but this article in nothing but supposition. There is no science here at all.

Oct 14, 2014
And the reason we have aluminum in our bodies???
Because the CIA is spraying it on us from above. Planes flying overhead over most of the country pouring out toxic white clouds a poisonous mix of aluminum and barium oxides among other toxins. We are being terrorized by our own government with both the geoengineering or chemtrails over our heads, but also the BT Pesticide and Cauliflower Mosaic Virus found in all non organic corn thanks to Monsanto and the Rockefeller money. Can we raise awareness of the issue of being terrorized by our own country since 9/11 which was perpetrated by the same elite Zionist white men. Wake up America!

Oct 15, 2014
911truthseeker - I would not have believed a word about chemtrails until last May when a very good friend and accomplished scientist pointed them out to me. At least one major intent is to mimic the effects of volcanic ash and SO2 to block solar radiation and offset the hocus-pocus of "Climate Change". Anybody with half a brain knows Global Warming is geothermal, greatly dampened by natural oceanic and atmospheric processes. Read up on Dr. Ken Caldeira (Stanford U.) and the British initiative "Stratospheric Particle Injection Climate Engineering" (SPICE).

Oct 16, 2014
Aluminum/aluminium comprises 8% of the Earth's crust by weight and is impossible to avoid. You take in aluminum-bearing dust particles with each breath. The "Aluminium Age" began 4 billion years ago.

Oct 18, 2014
WHY are we worried with the small stuff like some dust in the air when mostly that is not soluble. Elementary chem classes all demand their students memorize the solubility rules: all nitrates are soluble...etc. The real culprit is your common rolaids, mylanta liquid, or maalox liquid, etc antacids that you take almost every day for heartburn. All these contain aluminum hydroxide which is soluble in aqueous solution as a 'salt' ionic compound. You take far more of this than any environmental exposure that you may ever experience unless you are an aluminum siding installer or work in a trailer factory. So quite kvetching.

Oct 18, 2014
The article did not mention the aluminum plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's victims on autopsy. It is not althogether known how or what mediated the formation of those plaques, but they are there in all Alzheimer's victims. Perhaps that author assumed...and we all now that makes you know what of him.

Oct 20, 2014
Aluminum is in the plaque that forms on the brains Alzheimer's victims. There was a big movement that blamed Aluminum cans. The link was studied extensively and no relationship was found between exposure to Aluminum and Alzheimer.

Oct 20, 2014
From the analysis: "While it is impossible to know if high levels of brain aluminium instigated disease in either of these cases it is highly likely, considering the known neurotoxicity of aluminium, that aluminium was a contributor to disease aetiology, perhaps resulting in an earlier onset and more rapid progression of a nascent condition."

Maybe you Doubting Thoms should actually read the papers in question.

Now, even more fuel for the anti-vaccine crowd as the common adjuvant replacing mercury is aluminum. It seems there is a conspiracy to do stupid things in the world.

Oct 20, 2014
ordinary baking powder usually contains an aluminum compound, unless you're willing to pay a bit more for the aluminum-free variety. and of course, commercially produced baked goods (cakes and cookies) are usually made with the cheapest ingredients possible...

Oct 20, 2014
"[Exley] offers a non-invasive method of the removal of aluminium from the body"

Really? What is it? After some digging here:

"the consumption of a silicon-rich mineral
water should become a normal part of an individual's diet and lifestyle"

Which is cited in quasi-advertisements for various brands of mineral water. For example:

And then there's this:

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