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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
October 15, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Did you know that SugaVida, made from the palmyra palm tree, is a sustainable sugar safe for diabetics? One tablespoon contains high amounts of vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and vitamin B1. Certified organic and vegan, it's got a lovely caramel-like taste and, in recipes, substitutes at 50 percent less than regular sugar.

 

Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

The Great Aluminum Cover-Up

"Why industry propaganda and political interference cannot disguise the inevitable role played by human exposure to aluminium in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease."

 

The title from a new study in the journalFrontiers in Neurology pretty much says it all.

 

A sobering study from the world authority on the link between human exposure to aluminum in everyday life and its likely contribution to Alzheimer's disease, Christopher Exley, Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry at Keele University, UK, states that it may be inevitable that aluminum plays some role in the disease.

 

He says the human brain is both a target and a sink for aluminum on entry into the body. We are all accumulating a known neurotoxin in our brain from our conception to our death. "Why do we treat this inevitability with almost total complacency?" Exley exhorts.

 

He says a burgeoning body burden of aluminum is an inevitable consequence of modern living and this can be thought of as 'contamination', as the aluminum in our bodies is of no benefit to us it can only be benign or toxic.

 

The question is raised as to 'how do you know if you are suffering from chronic aluminum toxicity?' How do we know that Alzheimer's disease is not the manifestation of chronic aluminum toxicity in humans? He says, "At some point in time the accumulation of aluminum in the brain will achieve a toxic threshold and a specific neuron or area of the brain will stop coping with the presence of aluminum and will start reacting to its presence. If the same neuron or brain tissue is also suffering other insults, or another on-going degenerative condition, then the additional response to aluminum will exacerbate these effects. In this way aluminum may cause a particular condition to be more aggressive and perhaps to have an earlier onset - such occurrences have already been shown in Alzheimer's disease related to environmental and occupational exposure to aluminum."

 

Our comments, as well as what you can do to reduce your exposure to aluminum, is available to NCI Well Connect subscribers. Sign up today
 

Probiotics and Heavy Metals 

Steve: As long as we are on the topic of heavy metals, probiotic bacteria successfully protected children and pregnant women against heavy metal exposure in a recent study from Journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

 

Lactobacillus rhamnosus had a great affinity for binding toxic heavy metals. Working with this knowledge, researchers hypothesized that regularly consuming this probiotic strain could prevent metals from being absorbed from the diet, with an especially significant protective effect of the probiotic against mercury and arsenic in the pregnant women.