As aluminum builds up in your body, your metabolism becomes more and more deranged. It’s likely a major factor behind obesity, and is tied to a wide range of life-destroying chronic disorders. We continue explaining how aluminum does this damage, and then explore how to protect yourself, including providing a list of aluminum-containing food additives.
by Heidi Stevenson
This is the second of two articles. The first is Aluminum Food Additives Cause Obesity. Here, we go into more depth of how aluminum does so much metabolic damage and provide information on how to avoid it, including a list of food additives containing it.
The reduction in energy production forces cells into another method of producing it. Normally, ATP is produced through an aerobic, oxygen-using, method called oxidative phosphorylation. The alternative method is an anaerobic, non-oxygen using, method called substrate level phosphorylation. Certain substances not normally involved in ATP production are brought into play. While substrate level phosphorylation does work, it’s at a greatly reduced level.
Astrocytes are a type of glial nerve cell in the central nervous system. They have long projections, giving them a star-like shape, which is required if they’re to carry out their functions. Shortage of ATP literally causes astrocytes to change shape. Their long arms retract, making these nerve cells globular in shape. Naturally, this aluminum-induced malformation of astrocytes may cause several neurological diseases.
The limitation of ATP production that results from the forced redirection of energy production has huge implications in lipid processing. Refer to the top part of the graphic in following the following series of events.
The bottom part of the graphic refers to the authors’ suggestion that replacing α-KG can be a treatment for the lipids problem created by aluminum. While that may be true, it doesn’t resolve the causative problem: aluminum toxicity. Therefore, we have no idea what further problems might be engendered by focusing on treatment rather than prevention.
Although we receive many benefits from aluminum, it’s foolish to ignore the metal’s harmful effects—especially when it’s so devastating to system-wide metabolism. There are certainly many areas where we could readily do without it:
This is far from a comphrehensive list of aluminum sources in your life. It does, though, contain some of the most significant. Be aware and pay attention. As this review documents, aluminum toxicity is a serious health problem. Most people carry toxic loads. Aluminum is likely a significant factor behind the obesity epidemic. Neurological disorders, such as multiple sclerosis—which is clearly associated with lipid dysfunction, as its defining characteristic is the loss of the fatty sheath around nerves—have reached epidemic proportions. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is being seen in children! As its name implies, fat deposits in the liver, which can be directly associated with aluminum exposure, is its hallmark.
Our so-called health agencies are clearly not doing their jobs, instead favoring the industries that they’re supposed to be regulating. So, it’s up to each one of us to arm ourselves with knowledge about the risks posed by our modern environment and take steps to keep toxic agents like aluminum at a minimum in our lives. It’s that, or look forward to the misery of chronic disease and associated early death.
Two of the paper’s authors, Vasu D. Appanna and Joseph Lemire, have presented at the prestigious Keele Conference on the biological effects of aluminum.
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