Neurodevelopmental Toxicity of Aluminum Compounds

How much do we know about aluminum? It has been used in various applications for the past 90 years, which would lead one to assume that it’s a safe and effective compound. However, this assumption has very little research backing its ‘beneficial’ use and quite a significant body of research describing its toxic effects on the brain and immune system. Parents, doctors and scientists are asking why it continues to be formulated in things like vaccines, infant formula and other ingestible sources?

Two researchers from Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute took a look at various aluminum sources and their adverse effects in an animal model and in humans.  The purpose of their study was to evaluate the effects of pediatric vaccine relevant quantities of aluminum adjuvants on cognitive, motor and behavioral function, as well as to evaluate biological and genetic changes that take place after injected exposures to aluminum adjuvants. By comparing the outcomes of the exposed mice to a control group that received a true inert saline placebo, the effects of aluminum in the vaccine schedule could be isolated and quantified. This study has provided significant evidence that aluminum is more harmful than the public has perceived it to be, and it is clear that aluminum is a dangerous neurotoxin.

In the research, Dr. Christopher Shaw and Dr. Lucia Tomljenovic studied a number of aluminum sources/compounds and how they affected the individual or animal that was exposed. In the chart of data they compiled, they noted the amount of aluminum found in standard infant feeding solution where premature infants were exposed to about ~20 μg/kg a day. The aluminum-formulated solution resulted in a reduced developmental attainment at the post-term age of 18 months compared to infants who were fed with aluminum-depleted solutions. This significant neurodevelopmental change is one of the many data sets found in the chart that compares the effects of non-aluminum compounds to aluminum-sourced compounds.

To support their findings, human exposure data included symptom changes for patients suffering from renal/kidney failure. These patients were exposed to to aluminum-tainted dialysis fluid while being treated for their condition. However, they discovered that the dialysis fluid actually made their symptoms much worse. Some of the noted symptoms after the aluminum-tainted dialysis fluid treatment began included:

  • Impaired concentration
  • Behavior changes
  • Epileptic seizures
  • Coma
  • Memory loss
  • Speech problems
  • And more

These symptoms were not present before the dialysis began and interestingly enough, the patients who suffered from these side effects took a turn for the better when aluminum was removed from the dialysis fluid. This key example is strong evidence that the aluminum-tainted dialysis fluid was the culprit behind the symptoms, yet the use of aluminum continues. Additionally, the researchers point out that aluminum has a great potential to act as a toxic co-factor in the onset of many neurodegenerative diseases like autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other conditions. With the large amount of scientific research outlining the adverse effects of aluminum, the compound should be given more scrutiny and oversight as its presence in medicines, vaccines and consumer products has increased significantly over the last three decades. As aluminum’s increased use has coincided with an increased rate of chronic illness and disability, and there is ample scientific evidence linking aluminum to immune and neurotoxicity, reconsidering its approval in products that humans use or consume could reduce the frequency of chronic illness cases.

Could The Use Of Antiperspirants Be Linked To Breast Cancer?

Antiperspirants are used by millions, if not billions of people worldwide. They are generally used to combat body odour and prevent underarm perspiration. However, antiperspirants contain many chemicals, whether you chose to use the gel based application, the solid bar product or the widely used aerosol spray.

What many people are unaware of is the fact that some antiperspirants are aluminum-based and aluminum is a non-essential metal in the human body, since it is permeable to the skin and can easily be absorbed. This being the case, scientists have questioned whether or not there is a correlation between the constant use of aluminum-based antiperspirants and the growing number of women developing breast cancer..

Since ‘breast cancer is the most common malignancy found in women and the leading cause of death among women aged 35-54, there may be a relationship between breast cancer and aluminum. The daily application of antiperspirant could result in the presence of aluminium in underarm tissue and the surrounding areas but there has been almost no data or research on the topic until recently.

There are a few potential factors that can cause breast cancer, including genetics and environmental factors; however the root cause of the disease is still unknown.

Dr. Christopher Exley, a scientist funded by the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute, has recently conducted a study focusing on 17 women with breast cancer from the UK. Upon studying the patient’s cancerous breast tissues, he discovered that an alarming number of the women had traces of aluminum within the tissues.

Each patient in the study underwent a mastectomy and biopsies were taken from four different regions of the breast, the outer (axilla and lateral) and the inner (middle and medial). Upon examination of the breast tissues, aluminum content was identified in each region but no significant differences were found in the concentrations of aluminum. However, there were clear trends within each of the individual’s breast tissue that indicated the distribution of aluminium, across the breast.

After collecting the data, a matched-pair analysis showed that the aluminum concentration was not evenly distributed and the aluminum found in the outer breast region was significantly higher than the inner breast region. This analysis may be linked to the daily underarm use of aluminum-based antiperspirants because a higher concentration of aluminium was discovered near the outer breast tissue.

In the study, Dr. Exley was able to confirm the presence of aluminum in the cancerous breast tissue and its possible regional distribution within the breast. “Higher content of aluminum in the outer breast tissue may be explained by this region’s closer proximity to the underarm, where the highest density of application of antiperspirant, could be assumed.”

As more studies indicate the adverse reactions to aluminum in the body, it may raise awareness to eventually end the usage of this non-essential metal.