Aluminum and Alzheimer's Disease
by Sharon A Bell
"There has been some concern in recent years that dietary aluminum may lead to
Alzheimer's disease or senile dementia in older people. This concern arises from the
fact that greater levels of aluminum are found in brain tissue of people dying from
Alzheimer's disease than in brain tissue from people dying from other causes,"
according to Dr. Myron Winick, director of the Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia
University College of Physicians and Surgeons in The Columbia Encyclopedia of
"It is now generally agreed that the aluminum deposits in the brain are probably not a
cause of the disease, but rather a consequence of it. It is known that cells die in
specific regions of the brain in Alzheimer's patients, and the aluminum probably gets
deposited on the debris left after a cell dies. Aluminum is relatively abundant in the
earth's crust and is widely distributed throughout the world," Winick said.
"The levels of aluminum in ground water and drinking water are extremely high in
some regions of the world, yet there is no greater incidence of Alzheimer's disease
among the residents of those areas," Winick added.
The end result of Alzheimer's disease is death. With time, mental deterioration
progresses to the point that the patient is bed-ridden and unable to care for himself.
Many die of malnutrition or infection. This can happen a year after getting the disease.
"The course of the disease, which eventually can result in deterioration of the rest of
the nervous system and other parts of the body and in loss of control over bladder
and bowels, may range from one to 20 years. It may cut life expectancy by
contributing to death from another cause, such as pneumonia or heart or kidney
failure," said the editors of Consumer Guide's Family Health & Medical Guide.
"This devastating disorder contributes an enormous emotional and physical burden
on other family members, and when admission to a nursing home or some other
such facility becomes necessary, as it often does, sadness in the family is often
compounded by guilt," revealed Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld of the New York Hospital -
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in The Best Treatment.
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Large amounts of aluminum are
usually found in the brain of a patient
with Alzheimer's. This has led others
to think that the disease is caused by
using aluminum cooking pots and
pans or ingesting oral antacids or
antiperspirants containing aluminum.
It's a nice thought but one with no
scientific basis. Professor Luigi
Amaducci of the Department of
Neurologic & Psychiatric Sciences at
the University Of Florence said other
patients with Alzheimer's don't have
aluminum plaques in the brain which
rules out this metal as the cause of
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