REVISITING THE ALUMINUM ISSUE

The issue of whether or not using aluminum (or aluminium) cookware or foil contributes to a person getting Alzheimer’s has been going on for a number of years. It was finally decided several years back that it does not contribute to AD. Recently, however, a man living in England succumbed to his AD at the age of 66. He was diagnosed at the age of 58 following a worsening of symptoms after having been exposed daily for eight years to inhalation of aluminum sulphate dust. Shortly after beginning work with this new substance, he experienced headaches, mouth ulcers and fatigue, and after several years, depression and memory problems became apparent. After his death, brain biopsy slides showed a four-fold increase over a same-age brain of aluminum content in his frontal lobe. Researchers state this very strongly suggests that his occupational exposure to the aluminum dust did significantly contribute to his AD. This research was published in the Journal of Medical Case Reports. It’s important to remember this is the only known case of a person being exposed to aluminum while working and subsequently developing AD. A question also remains as to whether or not this unfortunate gentleman was susceptible to AD because of his genetic makeup. In other words, might he have gone on to get AD, possibly a number of years down the road had he not been exposed to the dust? This article does not adequately address the issue of occasional use of aluminum products by people over a number of years, but I think it’s safe to say we can go by the last focused studies done which showed it does not contribute to AD.

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