Inside Information into the Miracle Molecule Chapter 8

Aluminum, Friend or Foe

False Information

Undocumented information being disseminated throughout the health food industry regarding aluminum toxicity, has caused undue concern to health conscious individuals everywhere. Due to persistence of such claims it would be suggested to examine the issues from the view point of documented evidence and reason.

Aluminum is one of the most abundant elements on earth, with one seventh of the earth’s crust being made up of that element. It is never found in its pure form but is always combined with other elements, silica being one of the most common.

Healing Clays

Aluminum combines with oxygen and silica, to make up the major elements in montmorillonite clays; people have benefited from its use for thousands of years.

Any clay compound found in health food stores contains very high levels  (tens of thousands of parts per million) of aluminum. Aluminum is a major component in all soils and enters the food chain at every level, be it plant or animal. If natural compounds of “organic” aluminum were toxic or hazardous to human health, life as we know it on earth would cease.

Where did it start?

Aluminum received a bad rap when a foundry worker in England who pulverized aluminum pellets into powder, died of aluminum toxicity. Without goggles, mask or protective clothing he continued his occupation until he became dysfunctional. At his death, the autopsy revealed abnormal quantities of aluminum in his lungs, cells and tissues, all of which contributed to his untimely death. Health advocates immediately manned the torch and spread the word that aluminum is a toxic poison which should be banned in any form from contaminating food, drink or medicine.

Iron Toxicity

Any major or trace element used under identical circumstances to that of the English foundry worker would produce toxicity. Essential trace elements are “essential” only when used in trace amounts. When used in excess they become toxic (poison). The same is true with the “major” elements such as iron. When used in excess they become toxic. The fact that most natural compounds of aluminum are inert and pass through the system without harm coupled with the fact that aluminum is never found in nature in the pure form, points to the absurdity of the claims that all forms of aluminum are toxic (poison).

Animal Studies

Studies have been conducted on rats receiving high levels of aluminum in the form of potassium aluminum sulfate, revealed no appreciable differences between the control groups receiving the aluminum-free diet and animals receiving the “high” aluminum diets, the researches reported;

“Minute traces of aluminum were found in the various tissues on all of the diets. The aluminum containing diets were fed for four generations, with no noticeable differences from the animals on the normal diet in behavior or in growth curves beyond a slightly greater initial growth in the rats receiving aluminum.”

An investigation similar to that above was conducted on dogs. As was the case with rats, smaller amounts of aluminum were found in the tissues of the normally fed dogs, and these amounts were not appreciably changed except in the liver following prolonged ingestion (3 months) of aluminum in amount of 230 ppm and 1550 ppm daily (6 and 2 animals respectively). No detrimental effects were noted in the health of the animals.

Some analyses for aluminum were conducted from human autopsies, and in general, the results were the same to that from the rat and dog studies, with the exception that the figures for the liver are lower and for the heart and brain higher.

 

Poison from the Garden

Most food crops contain 20-200 parts per million of aluminum; with beans testing 1640 parts per million (46,5 mg per ounce). The internationally recognized, Oregon State University Scientist, Dr Melvin N. Westwood, states that of the thousands of analysis of plant and fruit fibers which has been tested, not one sample has ever shown the absence of aluminum.  

The Alzheimer’s Myth

As noted above that beans and legumes are especially high in aluminum, this means that if natural forms of aluminum contributed in any way to Alzheimer’s disease, it would be prudent to say that any ethnic group consuming legumes as a staple part of their diet, it would manifest in epidemic numbers suffering from this disease.

The Team

Nutrients always work as a team. When there is an abnormal concentration of one element, it results in an upset metabolic balance. Human effort to produce super concentrates of any nutrient with total disregard to the overall systems ability to deal with the same element in high concentration is a deadly poison. Organic arsenic in trace amounts is essential, yet in higher concentrations is a poison. Selenium in trace amounts is absolutely essential. The same element in high concentrations is a deadly poison. Organic arsenic in trace amounts is essential, yet in higher concentration is a poison.

To Be, or Not to Be (Natural & Unnatural)

All trace elements found in organic beds of ancient origin must be assumed to be of importance as these elements have been placed there by nature not by man. As we find natural forms of aluminum in all food chains we can not assume that “plant derived” aluminum is non-essential. To refine out aluminum, arsenic and other trace elements from minerals extracted from naturally occurring organic beds, is to change from “natural” to an “unnatrual” state.

Since organic aluminum is in all plant foods without exception, one of the surest methods of determining whether a product is natural is the presence (or absence) of aluminum. If there is no aluminum it can not be natural. All we need to clear our vision concerning the essential nature of trace elements is to review the literature with respect to trace elements once considered non-essential and see the surprising number of those same elements that have since been discovered to be “very” essential.

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