ALUMINUMAluminum is the most abundant metallic element in the earth's crust. It is
abundant in the soil, water and air particles. Acidic rain increases the
amount that is leached into our water supplies.
Aluminum is an abundant element in dirt. It is found naturally in nearly all
foods and herbs. Herb companies, knowing how much aluminum a pure herb should
contain, can use a laboratory measure of aluminum content to indicate how
clean the plant (especially root material) is; extra dirt would add to the
Aluminum is not a "heavy metal." It is used in industry where economy,
stength and light weight are needed i.e. aircraft parts and beer cans, etc.
Minute amounts of aluminum are needed in the brain to activate vital enzyme
systems. It may even play a role in protein synthesis.
There is a distinct difference between organic and inorganic forms of
Sources of Aluminum and aluminum compounds
Aluminum is primarily absorbed into the body through the digestive tract.
Dietary intake ranges widely from 5 to 150 mg/day. These levels do not seem
to interfere with the absorption or utilization of calcium, phosphorous,
zinc, copper, selenium, iron or magnesium. Adequate calcium intake may
decrease the risk of aluminum toxicity.
It is also absorbed through the lungs and skin.
Treated municipal water - Many municipal water supplies are treated with alum
(aluminum sulfate) to get rid of murkiness. At least seven separate studies
have shown that people drinking water high in alum are more likely to develop
Alzheimer's than people drinking water low in alum. The worst part is that
alum can combine with flouride in the blood to form aluminum fluoride. About
300,000,000 pounds of sodium fluoride, an industrial waste from aluminum
refiners, is added to our water supply each year. (see Fluoridated Water)
Aluminum researcher Elizabeth Jeffery has found evidence that flouride
interferes with the body's ability to get rid of aluminum. She says, "My
research indicates that flouride readily combines with aluminum in the blood,
and that aluminum flouride, once formed is very poorly excreted in the
urine." She believes that the aluminum fluoride then becomes concentrated in
the bones (where flourine replaces calcium) and continues to slowly release
and recycle through the body over time. Albert Burgstahler, a professor of
biochemistry at the University of Kansas, has found that aluminum flouride
can pass unusually well through biological barriers, notably the blood-brain
barrier, and accululate in the brain. (See "Toxicity in brain tissues" below)
The EPA Secondary Maximum Contaminant level for aluminum in water is 50 ppb.
City water filtered through a "Multi-pure" system is usually less than 10
ppb. Coca-Cola Classic in an aluminum can has been measured at 6,160 ppb.
(Don't be too shocked. The amounts of aluminum in baked goods, antacids and
antiperspirants leaves your Cola in the dust.)
Carbonated beverages are acidic. When doctors at John Hunter Hospital checked
containers of 52 different beverages, they found soft drinks in cans
contained up to 4 1/2 times the recommended amount of aluminum that drinking
water can contain. Medical Journal of Australia 156(9): 604-5, 1992
Aluminum alloy cookware and containers - Cooking utensils and aluminum
beverage cans contribute substantially to our load of aluminum. Beer has more
aluminum when it is packaged in aluminum cans. It is best to use stainless
steel cooking containers or glass or iron cookware. The older your aluminum
cookware is the more rapidy it corrodes. Acid-forming foods dissolve aluminum
more rapidly. The amount of aluminum ingested from cookware, however is far
exceeded by the amounts ingested from food additives.
Food - Sodium aluminum phosphate is an additive in most baking powders, cake
mixes and self-rising flower.. If this form of aluminum combines with maltol,
a sugar-like flavoring agent, the resulting aluminum compound is able to get
through the blood-brain barrier 90 times as well.
Potassium alum is used to whiten bleached flour.
Aluminum compounds are widely used as additives to prepared foods. They
lighten food texture, adjust acidity and keep chunks of processed vegetables
and fruits firmer.
Aluminum is even used in infant formulas and beer.
Sodium aluminosilicate or aluminum calcium silicate are added to table salt
to absorb moisture and keep it from caking.
Sodium aluminum phosphate is used as an emulsifier in processed cheese.
OTC and prescription drugs - Aluminum is found in many over-the-counter
painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs and douche preparations. For instance,
aspirin is commonly buffered with aluminum hydroxide or aluminum glycinate.
If you wash down your aspirin with orange juice, the buffering powder becomes
aluminum citrate which is able to get through the blood-brain barrier five
times as well.
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