Thanks, Kirk, for putting it more straightforwardly than I had the
On Feb 11, 2007, at 6:55 PM, JanoMac wrote:
Thanks, Kirk, for putting it =
more straightforwardly than I had the guts to.
On Feb 11, =
2007, at 6:55 PM, JanoMac wrote:
Sandra Andina writes: “The link between Alzheimer's and aluminum pots =
is still a theory...”
1. It never was a theory in medical =
science. (Theory is a very strong word, indeed, in science and medicine) =
It an observation that briefly became an hypothesis offered for a =
suggested link between the presence of neural plaques (post-mortem =
Alzheimer evidence found during autopsy) and an associated increased =
presence of in Aluminum in the body.
2. That hypothesis QUICKLY =
died in the scientific literature when it was found in subsequent =
a. the original findings =
were flawed – that Aluminum was NOT elevated in the original subjects. =
It was found that nearly EVERYONE had
this level since Aluminum is the most prevalent naturally occurring =
metal in the soil after iron, and is more likely to be found in soils =
in many regions than iron. It =
is simply everywhere and we all consume it in our food and water.
b. when researchers added excess Aluminum to =
Alzheimer animals (mice & rats that have been bred or genetically =
modified to exhibit
in their life-time) in studies, no extra plaques were found in the =
animal brains, nor were new plaques formed or Alzheimner
stimulated in previously healthy =
(unmodified, normal mice & rats) animals.
The Aluminum/Alzheimer link lives on now only on Alternative health =
sites (some even written by people with MD after their names who should =
know better or read the literature!), on publications that have not =
cited (or likely to have read read) the actual literature, on support =
and discussion groups sites for various conditions and diseases that are =
moderated by members (I am seeing it in the MS, Alzheimers, Autism & =
ADD/ADHD groups) and in ads or on sites by folks selling alternatives to =
Aluminum for cooking, etc.
My Biology kids at school even =
researched this one on the web for a short project and were able to find =
the “real” story with little trouble and even less effort (less =
effort is a big thing with high school students these days! =
...makes you wonder where the anti-Aluminum =
folks are getting their data?
Kirk (Resident Biologist & =