Aluminum Exposure Increases Your Alzheimer's Risks

A 2004 case of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, associated with the death of a British woman, underscores one more reason why you must stay away from heavy metals like aluminum.

An autopsy revealed, not only a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's, but high levels of aluminum in her body. UK health officials tied the death to an accident in which 20 tons of aluminum sulphate (a substance used in wastewater treatment) was accidentally poured into a tank of drinking water used by residents of Camelford on the country's far western coast.

Although some 20,000 townspeople were exposed to the aluminum-laced water, only one woman has died so far. But there are anecdotal reports that other Camelford residents are experiencing dementia too.

An interesting factoid: Even though the UK patient had no family history of Alzheimer's, she did have a genetic marker (APOE) for the disease, leading some to believe her heavy exposure to aluminum accelerated the development of the disease.

Your best bet for sidestepping dementia and Alzheimer's without relying on a health-harming drug: Following the six-step process I've outlined previously as well as right-sizing the intake of omega-3 fats in your diet by taking a high quality krill oil.

Nature.com April 21, 2006

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