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    Lightbulb Avoiding Aluminum

    The last three decades have seen a steady increase of aluminum in our environment and diet. Many junk and fake foods contain additives, for example raising agents in muffins and donuts and more than half of the water utilities use aluminum sulphate to clarify drinking water. Other source include antacids, buffered aspirin and anti-perspirants. Many food colors use aluminum salts to make the color brighter. Americans are most at risk and Europeans next with Africans and Asians much less likely to have problems.

    Aluminum (European spelling Aluminium) is harmful to all life forms. It damages all types of tissue. "Aluminum is a protoplasmic poison and a pernicious and persistent neurotoxin". No living systems use aluminium as part of a biochemical process. It has a tendency to accumulate in the brain and to a lesser extent, bones. It is considerably less toxic than mercury, arsenic, lead or cadmium, but it appears to be more persistent than any of them. The danger is one that only manifests itself over long periods of time. It is therefore prudent to avoid consumption. Avoidance is currently the best way of protecting you and your family from the serious, long term damage that can result from ingestion. Pregnant and lactating women, the young and the elderly are at risk. The most effective way of preserving your mental acuity in to your later years appears to be eliminating the sources of aluminum in the diet.

    One can take steps to minimise the effects of aluminium in the environment. A sustained, three pronged attack is the most effective response;

    Avoiding it,
    Blocking its uptake with supplements
    Eating foodstuffs that help to eliminate it from your system.
    Aluminum contaminated consumables are now very common. Being aware of the sources is the first step in elimination. Removing from your diet can be quite easy if a gradual approach is taken.

    The principal symptom of aluminum poisoning is the loss of intellectual function; forgetfulness, inability to concentrate, and in extreme cases, full blown dementia. It is also known to cause bone softening and bone mass loss, kidney and other soft tissue damage, in large doses it can cause cardiac arrest.

    Many of those who have gone on to low aluminum diets have reported a reduction in irritability, headaches and significant improvements in memory and ability to concentrate. Parents reported improvements in children suffering from behavioral problems. One series of tests came up with the finding that the majority of children suffering from an attention deficit disorder had much higher than average levels of aluminium in their hair. Experiments have shown that many of those Alzheimer's Disease patients given treatment to remove aluminum from their system experience an immediate reduction in the rate of deterioration. Feeding even relatively small amounts of some aluminum salts to laboratory animals results in brain tissue damage identical to that found in Alzheimer's sufferers (neuro-fibrillary tangles). Recent research using laboratory rats has identified aluminum fluoride as a particularly nasty substance, it readily penetrates the blood-brain barrier. Significant damage was registered when they were given drinking water with only 0.5 parts per million concentration.

    The following additives contain aluminium compounds: E173, E520, E521, E523 E541, E545, E554, E555 E556, E559. Antacids quite often contain aluminum trisilicate as does buffered aspirin. Foods containing aluminium based additives include dry cake mixes, pastries and croissants made from frozen dough, processed cheeses, some donuts and waffles, check muffins for E541. The list of substances containing aluminium salts is quite depressing, it even includes toothpaste!, especially tooth whitening products. A worrying development is the hidden aluminum in food coloring, even organic colorings such as Cochineal can have been treated with color enhancers or mordants, usually aluminum.

    The use of aluminum in drinking water is starting to be looked at in Canada and Australia, most utilities in Europe and the United States do exceed the recommended level of 100 microgrammes per litre, some by as much as sixty times! Another obvious and easily avoided source is aluminum cooking pots and pans, this can be quite easily remedied by using enamelled, stainless steel and cast iron pots. Cooking in earthenware and glass containers is another option. There is no need to throw out all of your aluminium pots, it is OK to fry food in aluminium pans and intact teflon coatings will effectively prevent any contamination.

    Pregnant women also those who are breast feeding their children should avoid all sources as should those on slimming and weight loss diets. Apparently when iron, and calcium, and to a lesser degree magnesium, silicon and zinc levels drop, the uptake of aluminium worsens. Taking mineral supplements seems to be a good idea, particularly for vegetarians, absorption is dramatically reduced by the presence of iron in the body. As it is cumulative, slow acting and extremely persistent, older people are at particularly at risk, the kidneys and blood-brain barrier lose their effectiveness as we age.

    Until the water utilities get the level of aluminum down to safer levels it is prudent to use untreated spring or mineral water for drinking and cooking. Few of us are wealthy enough to spend two months in the year at a health spa, however you can help eliminate toxic metals including aluminum simply by drinking sulfur containing spring water such as "San Pellagrino". Beans and garlic are believed counter build-up by their detoxifying sulfur compounds (sulf-hydryls).

    Unfortunately in the USA there is quite a strong and vocal effort by interested parties who use extremely well funded and organised lobbying and proxy organisations to present aluminium compounds as harmless minerals, however is is not all gloom and doom as there are now several independent researchers who are doing their own tests to establish the toxic effects of the metal.

    Despite the noise and doubts generated by powerful vested interests there is more than enough evidence to justify eliminating it from our diet.

    If you follow some of the links at the foot of this article you will find research that shows that aluminum is twice as effective as cadmium in producing the neurfibrillary tangles (sometimes referred to as microtubule damage) that are characteristic of Alzheimer's Disease. There is also a paper that describes tests of a substance, aluminium fluoride which is present in drinking water. Minute quantities, as little as 0.5 parts per million were found to result in the formation of beta amyloid proteins, a characteristic of Alzheimers disease.

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    I was aware that you shouldn't lick the aluminum containers of foods, that it is used in deoderants (clear deoderants and Degree are the worst), and of the amount of links there are between Alzheimer's disease and aluminum. I was not aware, however, that it is used to make our food products. Apparently, I haven't been avoiding aluminum enough and I'm sure other people haven't been either. It would be in anyone's best interest to read the remainder of the article as there are other things listed in which aluminum is an ingredient. Protect yourself and your family and stay away from aluminum.

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    I stopped using aluminum based antiperspirants a long time ago for this very reason. I've yet to convince my wife to do the same.
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    I was aware that you shouldn't lick the aluminum containers of foods,
    Does this mean drinking soda directly from an aluminum can is a no-no? I normally pour it into a glass full of ice at home but sometimes drink it from a can at work.

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    This reveals the importance of staying natural. I don't consume much aluminum, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Æmeric View Post
    Does this mean drinking soda directly from an aluminum can is a no-no? I normally pour it into a glass full of ice at home but sometimes drink it from a can at work.
    Yes, that would be a big no-no. Licking (even touching) aluminum is pretty much the easiest way to make yourself stupid. I've read that food and drink packaged in aluminum contain some of the largest amounts of aluminum. Makes those Hershey Kisses and Reeses Cups on the no-no list also

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    Does this apply to aluminium cans?

    With the amount of booze I drink... Oh well, it was nice to know ya'll

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    I searched Rense for "soda and aluminum". Some may disagree with the answers.
    I have read before that the acid from the soda or beer goes through the semi-permeable plastic liner and reacts with the aluminum. The question is, what do you make of it?

    http://www.rense.com/general82/revealed.htm

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    What the hell is wrong with food these days, it seems it's all litteraly poisoned .

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    THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN TOXIC AMOUNTS OF ALUMINUM:
    Foods made with aluminized baking powder*, self-rising flour*, and salt. The following are some of these products:

    Microwave popcorn
    Salted snacks
    Hot cocoa mixes
    Coffee creamers
    Pickles and relish
    *Flour tortillas
    *Pizza crust
    *Muffins
    *Doughnuts
    *Cookies
    *Pancakes
    *Waffles
    *Cupcakes
    *Cakes
    *Baking mixes
    *Brownies
    *Pastries
    *Corn bread
    *Banana bread
    *Carrot bread
    *Dipping batter for fried foods

    WARNING: Aluminumized baking powder is now being used in many foods that were formerly prepared without baking powder, such as pizza crust, raised doughnuts, pie crusts, cookies, waffles, prepared meats, cheeses, and other products that were once aluminum-free.

    IMPORTANT:
    Do not confuse baking soda with baking powder. Soda is a pure product with no additives. Baking powder is a mixture of chemicals used as leavening in countless baking products. (Leavening is what makes a cake rise during the baking process.)

    Many people believe that all breads are made with baking powder. This is not true. Most breads are made with yeast.

    Don't panic. Numerous aluminum-free baked goods are available in ordinary grocery stores, as well as health food stores and restaurants. Simply read labels to be safe.


    OTHER PRODUCTS CONTAINING ALUMINUM:
    Anti-perspirants
    Many body lotions and cremes
    Most cosmetics
    Shampoos and conditioners
    Soaps
    Suntan lotions
    Lip Balm
    Etc.


    DRUGS AND MEDICATIONS:
    Over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs containing aluminum are too numerous to list. Read labels and consult your doctor and pharmacist.

    If your doctor has prescribed drugs or medications containing aluminum, ask for alternative (aluminum-free) medications. If there is a problem, refer your doctor to this website. Informational brochures are also available to remind your doctor about the dangers of medications that are made with aluminum.

    Doctors are required to encourage patient involvement in their own care, including the decision-making process. Because of this, your doctor will most likely co-operate.

    ..........................

    MISSION flour tortillas: Their Original tortillas are aluminum-free, but their fat-free and whole-wheat tortillas contain aluminum. To request that all their products become aluminum-free, write to: Mission Foods, 1159 Cottonwood Lane, Suite 200, Irving, Texas 75038 Call (800) 527-1197

    CARNATION HOT COCOA MIX: Silicoaluminate is stated on the label. To request that this product become aluminum-free, write to: Nestle USA, Beverage Division, Inc., Glendale, CA 91203. Call (800) 637-8538

    PILLSBURY PRODUCTS: Many of their products contain aluminum: cake mixes, biscuits, cookie dough and crescents. To request that all their products become aluminum-free, write to: The Pillsbury Co., 2866 Pillsbury Center, Minneapolis, MN 55402-1464. (800)775-4777

    CREAMORA Coffee Creamer: This product contains aluminate. To request that this product become aluminum-free, write to: Eagle Family Foods, Inc., Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591 (888) 656-3245

    MC DONALD'S Hamburgers: The salt sprinkled on their foods contain aluminum. Individually-wrapped packages of salt contain aluminum. To request that all their products become aluminum-free, write to: McDonald's Corporation, One Kroc Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523 or call (630) 623-3000.

    KFC Chicken: Their biscuits contain aluminum. To request that their products become aluminum-free, write to: Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc., 1441 Gardiner Lane, Louisville, KY 40213 or call 1 (800) 225-5532

    TACO BELL: Their crispy corn tortillas are aluminum-free, but their soft tacos and flour tortillas contain aluminum. To request that all their products become aluminum-free, write to: Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc., 1441 Gardiner Lane, Louisville, KY 40213 or call 1 (800) 225-5532

    PIZZA HUT: Their traditional crusts are aluminum-free, but their breadsticks contain aluminum. To request that all their products become aluminum-free, write to: Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc., 1441 Gardiner Lane, Louisville, KY 40213 or call 1 (800) 225-5532

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom View Post
    Does this apply to aluminium cans?

    With the amount of booze I drink... Oh well, it was nice to know ya'll
    If you're drinking beer from cans then you're probably drinking crappy beer.

    Do yourself a favor and buy bottled beer!
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