The Link Between Aluminum and Alzheimer’s Disease

Research has shown that aluminum is in fact a neurotoxin. With chronic exposure, it is increasingly demonstrated to be a contributing factor when it comes to the onset of neurological diseases like dementia, autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and many other illnesses. However, establishing a preponderance of scientific evidence is a continual challenge due to persistent denial and disregard of the science by those opposing aluminum safety research. While the issue of adverse reactions caused by aluminum exposure is not new, a recent study from Keele University in the United Kingdom provides “unequivocal data” that chronic exposure to aluminum can lead to Aluminum induced Alzheimer’s disease with fatal implications.

The case involves a 66-year old man who suffered from an aggressive early development of Alzheimer’s disease after he spent eight years working with constant exposure to aluminum dust. The man later died due to the onset of Alzheimer’s and failing health. Researchers studying his case made a discovery concerning the significant aluminum content found in his brain and the resulting condition of his brain tissue. Strong evidence suggests that the olfactory system played a prominent role in aluminum accumulation in the lungs and brain.

There may be multiple contributing factors to Alzheimer’s disease, and all are yet to be specifically determined, but some scientists believe environmental factors play a significant causal role. If inhalation of dust from an occupational exposure is considered an environmental exposure, this case would provide an example of this theory. This case study follows other cases which have already been published where aluminum exposure through ingestion and injection demonstrated cause and effect. These cases include accidental aluminum contamination of water supplies and dialysis fluids. Research methods used in this case study enabled a careful analysis of the location, distribution and quantity of aluminum throughout this man’s brain. Combined with the knowledge about his health history, route and timing of exposure, this study provides the virtual certainty researchers have been seeking. As many sources of aluminum are insidious and occur over decades rather than years, establishing the cause and effect relationship has been elusive.

Additionally, researchers from around the world have been drawing correlations between aluminum and other chronic illnesses. A charitable organization that has identified this area of research as a priority is Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute. CMSRI funded researchers have studied aluminum as it pertains to the adverse health of children and adults who have received vaccines containing aluminum adjuvants. Some of these adverse reactions include secondary amenorrhea, primary ovarian failure, a variety of autoimmune diseases and even death.

Despite numerous scientific reports, studies and cases, authorities are just beginning to initiate serious inquiries into the safety of aluminum adjuvants. The inevitable conclusion that is hoped for is that more stringent safety requirements will be adopted and alternative adjuvants for use in vaccines will result. As parental awareness of the effects of aluminum toxicity on the developing brain and the immune system increases with each study that emerges, the potential for informed decision-making when it comes to vaccines may help play a role in improving safety. The more we know about aluminum, the better we can defend ourselves from hidden exposures and prevent chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.