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It’s often said physically and metaphorically that to combat darkness you need just the smallest amount of light.

Last month, I was mad to hear about the DARK act. Deny Americans the Right to Know.

Once I got a glimmer of knowledge about it, I was mad and taking action. So were many patients.

Last week, I showed you why you can’t avoid heavy metal toxicity, especially aluminum.

Today, my intent is to shine a little light under your door and show you things happening right in front of you.

So here is my major concern for myself and for you. Aluminum is a neurotoxin and it can accumulate in your brain.

This study took nanoparticles of heavy metals in the air and exposed rats to them and watched where the metals accumulated.

Results:
Aluminum– Brain
Lead– liver, lung, brain
Arsenic– “prominently” in the brain and blood
Cadmium– no specific organs

So take a wild guess at which disease is a destruction of your brain?
It’s also running rampant and increasing every year.
There is no “known” cause.
There is no cure.

If you guessed Alzheimer’s or dementia you win.

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Now, before you go crazy, let me share with you that there are potentially multiple causes and aluminum has been extensively studied.

If you go to a national website for Alzheimer’s such as ALZ.org the first annoying thing that should tell you their objective is a pop-up window to donate to their organization.

But, let’s give them the benefit and move on to “Causes and Risk Factors” of Alzheimer’s. The listed causes AGE, FAMILY HISTORY, and GENETICS. I’m not kidding, go look for yourself.

How is that helpful? Can you change your age? your family history? or your genetics? But you can donate.

The one useful piece of knowledge is that Alzheimer’s increases as you age. Let me just throw a softball out there. Doesn’t that sound like bioaccumulation of something? You finally get so much of something in your system and you get symptomatic. Kind of like if your wife is slipping you arsenic in your coffee every morning.

I’m a good example of it. My aluminum levels started rising in 2004. By 2014, they were 3x higher. Remember, aluminum’s affinity is for the brain.

ohhh, this gets better. If you go back to alz.org you see the things you can do now. The first one is avoid head trauma. O.K. great. that’s kind of a no brainer 🙂 But, the second one is very interesting.

They are trying to link the brain health to heart health. Basically, saying vascular dementia is related to heart conditions. It’s very well established that chronic inflammation is a major contributor to heart disease, not high cholesterol. Inflammation is bad for all systems of your body. That’s one of the many reasons I take Boswellia Complex from Mediherb every day.

There are many causes of chronic inflammation, but if we stick with our theme here, you’ll like this. In August 2015, a study was just published looking at if nanoparticles of aluminum can cause chronic inflammation in your blood vessels.

Their conclusion, “aluminum-induced CRP may in part contribute to a pathophysiological state associated with a chronic systemic inflammation of the human vasculature.”  Pretty interesting, huh?

Now, if you go back to alz.org you can see back in 2005 they squashed the notion that aluminum plays any role in Alzheimer’s. They were responding to a 1960’s study that found aluminum in the brain for Alzheimer’s patients and they were linking it was due to water contamination. But, what if it’s more than water contamination?

If you go to their “Myths” page it’s pretty funny. You can tell they are very, very, very far behind in research knowledge. This is from their aluminum section, “Experts today focus on other areas of research, and few believe that everyday sources of aluminum pose any threat.” O.k. great, so far we’ve established that they’ve only come up with age, family history and genetics. Good job, lets donate.

Let’s fast forward to 2015. This study was published in August 2015 to answer this question. “Aluminum is the most studied environmental agent linked with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, it remains unclear whether levels are significantly elevated in AD sufferers.”

The researchers did a meta-analysis of 34 studies published in 4 different medical databases with 1208 people and 613 Alzheimer’s patients.

“CONCLUSIONS:
The findings of the present meta-analyses demonstrate that aluminum levels are significantly elevated in brain, serum, and CSF of patients with AD. These findings suggest that elevated aluminum levels, particularly in serum, may serve as an early marker of AD and/or play a role in the development of the disease. These results substantially clarify the existing evidence examining the link between chronic aluminum exposure and the development of AD.”

Kinda shocking. You can decide who and what you want to believe, but there is one thing I know. You are filling up with aluminum whether you believe it or not. That is not speculation. Remember, I have 100% fail rates in patients, including me, and my kid.

So where is this excess coming from?
Why can’t your body get rid of it?

That my dear friends is where the plot gets even thicker. As before, this email got way too long.

Till next week, part 3 will answer those questions.

You, and you alone are responsible for your health.
– Dr. Altman

P.S. I thought you might like this. It’s from Brain Pathology Journal, October 2015. Yeah,  less than 2 months ago.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26494454
Objective: “Understanding Aspects of aluminum exposure in Alzheimer’s disease development.”

“Aluminum has been associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and dialysis encephalopathy. Many continue to regard aluminum as controversial although increasing evidence supports the implications of aluminum in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.”

We will continue next week.