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Aluminum and Alzheimer's

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Aluminum and Alzheimer's Aluminum is one of the most important elements in our world today. It is also one of the most abundant metals in the earth's crust. Aluminum is used in many things such as foil, cans, kitchen utensils and cookware, parts of airplanes and parts of rockets. Aluminum is known for not being toxic, however with an excess or lengthened exposure to it, aluminum can be toxic. Aluminum is believed to have caused many problems and diseases in the human body. One of those diseases is called Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia. It is actually the most common type. ...read more.


While going through Alzheimer's disease, many nerve cells in the brain die. These cells are very important for memory and other abilities. There are three stages of Alzheimer's. They are the early-to-mild stage, the moderate stage, and the severe stage. In the early-to-mild stage the cells in the brain begin to die in an area of the brain called the hippocampus, which is near the center of the cerebral hemispheres. The hippocampus records the memory of a person, so when cells in there die, that person begins to lose their memory. Later, the cells begin to die in the temporal lobe. In the early-to-mild stage someone will lose their short-term memory and their language, or ability to speak will decrease. ...read more.


The only ability that is the same as before the disease is the senses. Language has been completely destroyed. Many people have died while having Alzheimer's disease. Although it has not been 100% proven, there are many reasons why scientists and doctors believe that aluminum may be one, but not the only cause of Alzheimer's. One reason is because during autopsies of some Alzheimer's patients, two to four times the average level of aluminum was found in their brain. Also, symptoms to aluminum toxicity are loss of memory and problems with speaking, which are also symptoms of Alzheimer's. If aluminum is a cause of Alzheimer's, it is most likely not the only one, but there is still not a definite cause of the disease. ...read more.

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