A new study from the UK shows high levels of aluminum in the brain of a person exposed to the metal at work, and who later died from Alzheimer’s disease.
For a longer period now aluminum is known to be neurotoxic, and now there are even more evidence that chronic exposure is a factor for many neurological diseases, including dementia, autism and Parkinson’s disease.
However, definitive scientific proof is difficult to determine because of the lack of studies, and the pressure of the industries that use aluminum in their products. Despite the lack of decisive studies, increasingly scientific evidence leaves little room for doubt.
Exposure to aluminum, unfortunately, is a professional hazard for those working in industries like mining, factories, welding and agriculture. But, we cannot forget that we also inhale aluminum every time a cigarette smoke comes to the nose.
Although aluminum is naturally found in soil, water and air, which of course a big role plays the mining and the processing of aluminum ores, production of aluminum as well as work on power plants and furnaces of coal – aluminum cannot destroy the environment, it can only change the format by attaching or separating from other particles.
Rain washes the aluminum particles from the air and in our water supplies, where they tend to accumulate rather than degrade. If you live in an industrial area, the exposure is undoubtedly higher than the average.
Of course, aluminum can be found in our food too. If the food is cooked in aluminum foil, the contamination is inevitable. One study showed that cooking meat in aluminum foil increases the concentration of aluminum. As with many toxins, the occasional exposure is not worrying – but the cumulative effect of small exposures over time can lead to toxic metal overload and erosion of the health.