ARTICLE - ALUMINUM POISONING
As the metal aluminum is present in our food, water supply, and soil, most
people suffer from some degree of aluminum toxicity. After years of accumulated
exposure and storage of it in body tissues, this poison can have results ranging
from brain degeneration to skeletal deformities.
Dangers of Aluminum Toxicity
It is particularly poisonous to the nervous system with a range of symptoms
that can include disturbed sleep, nervousness, emotional instability, memory
loss, headaches, and impaired intellect.
It can stop the body's ability to digest and make use of calcium, phosphorus
and fluoride. This prevents bone growth and reduces bone density. Aluminum can
also cause conditions which actually force calcium out of the bones. Either of
these situations can bring on weakness and deformation in the bone structure
with crippling effects.
Toxicity can also result in aching muscles, speech problems, anemia, digestive
problems, lowered liver function, colic and impaired kidney function.
Sources of Aluminum
Frequent users of buffered aspirin, such as people with arthritis, could
possibly take up to 700 mg of this metal each day. But since aluminum
contributes to bone damage, the aspirin actually enhances arthritis.
Digestive aides such as diarrhea and hemorrhoid medicines can also contain
aluminum. A typical dose of aluminum-containing antacids can contain as much as
200 mg. and an entire day's use can supply 800-5000 mg. of aluminum.
Aluminum is also often added to hygiene aids such as antiperspirants and
Food that has been cooked or stored in aluminum pots and aluminum foil is
another source. Estimates say that as much as 4 milligrams of aluminum can be
transferred to each serving of an acidic food such as tomatoes or citrus fruits
that has been heated or stored with aluminum.
Stainless steel cookware can be a source as well as it is made by bonding the
stainless steel with layers of aluminum. My testing and experience shows that
after stainless steel cookware has been used for a short period of time,
aluminum traces begin to enter the food.
There are six aluminum salts that have been approved as food additives in the
United States. The salts most commonly used are sodium aluminum phosphates. They
are added to cake mixes, frozen dough, pancake mixes, self-rising flours,
processed cheese and cheese foods and beer (in aluminum cans). Just one slice of
individually wrapped processed cheese can contain up to 50 mg of aluminum. It is
thought that the cheeseburger may contain one of the highest aluminum contents
of any food. Baked goods have approximately 5-15 mg per serving.
An average sized pickle contains 5 to 10 mg if it has been treated in an alum
solution which is commonly done. Alum is a form of aluminum sulfate that is used
in the pickling solution to firm up the cucumbers.
While the first step in ridding your body of this poison is to avoid aluminum
intake as much as possible. The next is to provide your body with nutritional
support to give it the strength it needs to detoxify this metal. There are
several supplements that can assist in this process. They are Core Level C, Core
Level Health Reserve and Core Level Liver.
When aluminum comes out of its stored locations in your body it can act as an
irritant. For example it has a tendency to irritate nerve endings which can
irritate muscles. Therefore, when someone is detoxifying aluminum, there can be
discomfort involved. And, since the kidneys are the organs that handle this
detoxification, there may be pain in the back, over the kidneys, also.
Because aluminum tends to concentrate itself in the brain, the detoxification
process can be accompanied by mental confusion.
It can also cause flu-like symptoms with fever, chills and mucous discharge. The
detoxification will run its course and the symptoms will go away. Because any
nasal discharge will be toxic, spit it out instead of swallowing it.
Reducing Aluminum Exposure
In your home, you should replace
aluminum or metal cookware with one of several options: Enamel coated steel
cookware is a safe option. For frying, old-fashioned cast iron works best,
but please avoid the non stick surfaces. Corning ware and Visions cookware
are also safe but again please use without the non stick surfaces as they
Do not cook with aluminum foil, and
minimize its use for food storage. Never use it to wrap acidic foods
(oranges, lemons, tomatoes, etc.) or cooked food that is still hot.
Use bamboo steamers instead of
metal vegetable steamers.
As nearly all cooked restaurant
food has aluminum in it, here are a couple options regarding that.
- Reduce your cooked choices of food while dining in a restaurant as raw
food has no contact with their cooking utensils. Order salads and cole slaw
- If you do eat cooked restaurant food, take 3-6 Core Level C's with the
meal. This will help your body move out some of the aluminum before it
stores in your body.
Check the labels of all food,
medicinal and hygienic products you buy, avoiding those that have aluminum
Minimize your intake of cheese,
particularly processed cheeses.
Minimize your intake of any baked
goods that are not homemade without aluminum additives.
Over to You
While your body can tolerate low levels of aluminum, you must be sure that the
level stays low and does not build up. This requires care and continued
monitoring. There are tests such as hair/urine/blood analysis that can be done
to help you monitor the aluminum levels in your system. Let us know if you need
any assistance in getting these done.