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We are all naturally exposed to aluminum from food, water and even the air. More particularly, aluminum exposure can come from foods cooked in aluminum cookware, aluminum cans, antacid overuse, antiperspirants and cosmetics. One prominent hair analysis lab is finding that today nearly 80% of patients tested have elevated hair aluminum levels.
The possible effects of aluminum on humans are numerous from contributing to Alzheimer’s disease (suggestive, but not proven fact), Parkinson’s disease (linked but not causal), and anemia, to colic and dental caries. Fortunately for us, it is classified as a non-carcinogen.
To treat aluminum toxicity your doctor can prescribe the chelating medicine, deferoxamine (also used with iron overload). Chelation is the preferred medical treatment for reducing the effects of toxic metals and works when a chelation agent binds to the toxic metals and is then excreted from the body. You’ll read more about EDTA chelation in just a moment. High-dose vitamin C infusions can also act as a chelating agent.
Aluminum is excreted mostly through your urine, so herbs such as milk thistle and dandelion root, along with excessive clear liquid intake, will help with detoxification and elimination. Skin can also eliminate aluminum; take hot baths with Epsom salts. These methods are recommended for an entire year, with period hair analyses to monitor progress. To remove aluminum from drinking water, use reverse osmosis, distillation or deionization.
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