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Aluminum linked directly to early onset of Alzheimer’s disease

Saturday, February 18, 2017 2:49
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by Vicki Batts, Natural News:

Aluminum is everywhere: it contaminates vaccines, it’s in a variety of medications, baby products, cosmetics, and it’s even in the food you eat. And like several other metals, it isn’t really all that great for the human brain (or the rest of the body).

Even the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) notes that aluminum can elicit negative effects in the musculoskeletal, neurological, and respiratory systems. This is especially worrisome because some research indicates that aluminum is capable of building up in bodily tissues, which would greatly increase its potential to cause harm. [RELATED: Keep up with the latest CDC headlines at]

Research has suggested that there may be a link between aluminum exposure and Alzheimer’s disease for several years. That link, however, has always been somewhat murky. The evidence to support their claims has often been lacking. Recently, however, scientists have found a direct link between the metal and the onset of the neurological disorder.

Connecting the dots: aluminum and Alzheimer’s

According to scientists from Keele University, located in Staffordshire, aluminum actually plays a role in most — if not all– cases of Alzheimer’s. Professor Exley, a scientist from the university, has been studying this connection at length. In a recent article for The Hippocratic Post, Exley explained, “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.”

Exley went on to say that even higher levels of aluminum have been found in individuals with certain forms of Alzheimer’s disease and notes that these high amounts of exposure are often attributed to the environment these people live in, or 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,” contends Exley.

High aluminum content in Alzheimer’s patients

In 2016, Exley published his most revealing study yet in the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology. This study is believed to be of exceptional value because it is the first to measure aluminum content in the brain tissue of individuals that have been diagnosed with familial Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is considered to be “familial” when two or more people in the same family are stricken by the condition.

Exley and his team found that people who had passed away with diagnosed familial Alzheimer’s disease had the highest concentrations of aluminum in their brain tissue that had ever been recorded.

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