Updated June 30, 2017
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is now, worldwide, the most common form of dementia (a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life). Primarily found in the elderly, AD was unknown until the beginning of the 19th century. By 1926 only 33 cases had been reported. After World War II in the mid-20th century, the incidence exploded, with more than 24 million people in industrialized societies now disabled and dying from this brain-killing epidemic.
Alzheimer’s was once less common in developing countries, such as China, but their recent changes toward the Western diet caused the incidence of AD to rise proportionally. By 2040 it is predicted that 81.1 million people will develop AD worldwide. The burden on patients, families, and healthcare businesses will become even more enormous. Consider that nursing homecare alone in the US is now, on average, $47,000 per patient per year.
Aluminum toxicity has been considered to be the cause of AD for more than a century. Besides being the third most abundant element on Earth (after oxygen and silicon), aluminum is the most brain-toxic metal we commonly come in contact with. The original source of this metal is earth (dirt, rocks, and clay). Naturally aluminum is not found in the animal kingdom and is only present in plants as compounds that are not readily absorbed by the intestines of animals.
Human exposure to aluminum was rather limited up until the late 1880s. However, since the Industrial Revolution mankind has discovered how to refine aluminum extracted from the Earth’s crust into aluminum compounds, such as aluminum sulfate and aluminum citrate, which are absorbed and concentrated in human tissues. For the past century we have lived in the “Aluminum Age.” Nowadays most people are exposed to unsafe amounts through food, water, and air all day long.