Preventing Toxic Aluminum Exposure

Identifying contaminant sources in consumer products and the environment

Revised and Updated 12/12/17 -- Besides its application in alleged chemtrail spraying, manufactured aluminum and its byproducts can be found in municipal water supplies and many foods, medications, vaccines, hygiene and cosmetic products. Aluminum's presence in consumeable commodities and drugs is an anomaly, since it has no biological benefit and poses serious health risks. In fact, numerous research studies indicate that this metal may be a causal factor in the onset of many neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's.

Aluminum compounds are different from the pure metal in that elements added to it in manufacturing (or already bound to it) substantially change its properties. We are familiar with what happens to iron or steel when they oxidize, producing rust (iron oxide). Oxygen combined with aluminum generates a substance that the body's filtering systems are unable to extract easily, not unlike plaque in the arteries. The compound, aluminum oxide, is one of many aluminum-based substances used nowadays on an almost daily basis by unwitting consumers.

For their part, health care experts argue that the threat posed by metal toxicity is generally low when exposure is minimal, but high when it takes place over an extended period of time. In other words, the cumulative effect of repeated minimal exposures is where the danger lies. However, whenever aluminum oxide particulates (including those associated with purported aerial sprayings) are inhaled into the sinus cavities, a direct route to the frontal lobe of the cerebral cortex becomes available. Rational thought and action are governed by this region of the brain, without which the human organism cannot operate independently. 

As discussed later in this article, vaccines with aluminum adjuvants represent another exception to the rule regarding cumulative exposures to aluminum toxicity. Injected directly into the bloodstream, a vaccine effectively bypasses the body's natural detox system that begins in the digestive tract. This means that the aluminum hydroxide or other compound used as the adjuvant can potentially impair human cognitive or neurological function in a much shorter time frame. Moreover, aluminum is different from other metals in that its compounds can cross the blood-brain barrier. Once they get inside, these substances can damage or destroy neurons, which are the nerve cells that transmit electrochemical signals throughout the body. At some point, a neurological disorder may develop.

Despite these risks, to date no consumer regulatory agency has issued any detailed guidelines on how to mitigate the health risks of aluminum (and its compounds) outside the workplace. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes there's no risk posed by aluminum in food, drugs, drinking water, hygiene products or food packaging. Aluminum is classified by the FDA as "GRAS", an acronym which means "generally regarded as safe." This waives the normal requirement for manufacturers to conduct toxilogical studies prior to submitting a new product for approval.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) mostly echoes the FDA position, stating "Oral exposure to aluminum is usually not harmful. Some studies show that people exposed to high levels of aluminum may develop Alzheimer’s disease, but other studies have not found this to be true. We do not know for certain that aluminum causes Alzheimer’s disease." Neither does the CDC ToxGuide provide any guidance in regard to identifying symptoms of aluminum poisoning and options for detoxification. (A CDC guide for medical professionals, Toxicological Profile for Aluminum, does offer several detox recommendations for acute poisoning, beginning on Page 127.)

As for aerial spraying of aluminum aerosols over population centers, farms, forests and other sensitive habitats, since 2001 it has been the position of the EPA, NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Air Force that chemtrails do not exist, and that the so-called persistent contrails that people see overhead only contain water vapor. For more background on this subject, please refer to the main menu at 

Within the public sphere, specific protocols for preventing aluminum contamination are currently limited to those developed by OSHA and state occupational safety agencies for employees who work in aluminum manufacturing plants and the metalworking trades. Here, the metal is identified as a hazardous substance. The regulations call for respiratory protection, including exhaust ventilation equipment in shops to remove airborne particulate matter, and/or NIOSH-approved respirators to be worn (along with safety glasses) during grinding and sanding operations. Whether removing material from metal, wood or masonry, these machines rely on discs, belts or paper containing an abrasive aluminum oxide surface.

Below you'll find a brief review of substances and processes that may pose a risk to human health. Suggestions for limiting exposure are also included, but in themselves may not afford sufficient protection. You can learn more by following the links provided. And if you haven't already, please read the disclaimers and cautions on the detox guide intro page before proceeding here.

Airborne Contaminants

While your lungs can filter out many of the pollutants you breathe in every day, aluminum oxide is not one of them. Among its other dangers, the compound can cause pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of the lung tissue and alveoli sacs). So evasive action may be a prudent response to possible aerial spraying activity. Keep a vigilant eye on the sky for artificial cloud cover and other signs of jet aerosol dispersal. If necessary, you can implement steps similar to those recommended in the OSHA literature referred to above.

Since a key objective of the dispersal is normally to keep the particulate matter aloft for a long time, the health risk, if any, may not be an immediate one. The most dangerous times to watch out for might be when the spraying is taking place (i.e. when you see aircraft leaving behind trails that don't dissipate), or when the “clouds” appear to be dripping vertically. In both cases the oxides are most likely coagulating (clumping together), causing the heavier particulates to drop to the ground. Alternatively, a strong breeze can drive the aerosols downward and sideways into your face, while humidity may cause groups of particles attached to water vapor to descend en masse. For any of these scenarios, here are some ways to avoid contamination:

  • Stay indoors.
  • While outdoors, wear a NIOSH 95 rated (or better) disposable respiratory mask, along with a wide brimmed hat or baseball cap.  Cartridge respirators are a more robust option. Alternatively, you can wear a bandana or silk cloth cowboy-style.
  • Drive with your windows closed.
  • Unless it’s too hot or cold, turn off your car or home ventilation system.
  • Close the chimney and windows in your home or (on warm days) draw the curtains.
  • Refrain from swimming outdoors, especially in pools.

When it's raining or snowing, metal oxide particles may be less of a respiratory hazard. Regardless, it’s important to keep the water or snow away from your face and head. If camping or hiking in the woods, avoid using the snowpack as an unfiltered water source except in a survival situation. Also be sure to:

  • Wear rain gear.
  • Keep your head covered with a hood or hat, and wear glasses or goggles for eye protection.
  • Leave your street shoes at the door when re-entering your home.
  • Consider sequestering and washing any garments that get wet. When your belongings dry, metal oxide particles may become airborne when they're handled.

To determine the extent of metal toxicity from aerosol spraying in your local environment, if any, you would need to arrange a soil or rainwater test. Check with laboratories that perform such testing to make sure their equipment can detect both the oxides and sub-micron sized particles.  As explained elsewhere in this guide, you can also get a hair mineral tissue analysis (HMTA) from a medical laboratory. This will tell you how much, if any, aluminum or other metal is in your body and is considered a more reliable indicator than blood, urine or feces tests. A few other suggestions:

  • Buy and install the highest-quality filters available for your home furnace and air conditioner.
  • Avoid ingesting collected rainwater that has not been filtered of possible metal and bacterial contaminants, and monitor any garden plants for signs of abiotic stress.
  • Wash your hair and clothes after each possible exposure to airborne contaminants.
  • Use a homeopathic lubricant for dry eyes that may be caused by airborne aluminum oxide.

Drinking water contamination

Needless to say, tap water concerns have been around a lot longer than chemtrails.  Fluoridation of municipal supplies remains an inescapable reality for those who live in cities and suburbs.   But most people are unaware that aluminum is also frequently used to treat water

Some of that aluminum leaves the dam and makes its way into the homes of water utility customers. Once inside the body, aluminum may bind with the fluoride and cross the blood-brain barrier.  Like aluminum oxide, aluminum fluoride is extremely hard for the kidneys to excrete, so detoxing it is a significant challenge. Remember, many beverages on the market, from soda served via restaurant dispensers, to coffee, to organic drinks like teas and nut milk, make use of municipal water supplies. While a grocery label may state that the water is filtered, it's unclear what substances are removed in the process and which are not.

Ironically, many water filters use aluminum as part of their filtration media.  According to, while activated carbon filters are considered one of the best alternatives for purifying tap water, these devices may also be unable to filter aluminum and other neurotoxins. It's recommended that a multi-stage filtration system be used instead (i.e. two or more types of filtering). Ion exchange is a media that can remove aluminum and heavy metals. A KDF filtering system can also filter out metals. Don't forget to replace disposable filters before their expiration date; otherwise the captured toxins may be released when the filter begins to clog.

If you're unable to implement a reliable filtering scheme, a second option is to drink and cook with bottled spring water. Keep in mind that bottled "purified" water is municipal water run through a filtering process that's often inadequate for removing toxins. Distilled water, meanwhile, is demineralized and cannot adequately flush your body of toxins and other debris, so should not be used for drinking. The designation of “spring” on a product indicates that the water has been retrieved from an underground location.   So not only is it free of additives and contains helpful minerals like silica, the chance of aluminum oxide contamination is much less than with above-ground water sources. 

Of course, some springs may be contaminated due to agricultural or industrial activity nearby. Before purchasing, check the seller's website or call and ask for a copy of the chemical analysis of that water, as well as the address of the spring. Then you can use a satellite map to examine the terrain surrounding the spring water source. Another option is to contact the local water board (a government agency) and ask about contamination issues in the area.

Vaccines With Aluminum Adjuvants

Back in 2007, the mother of an autistic boy appeared on the Oprah Winfey Show to explain why she thought her son's autism had been caused by a vaccine injection. Thereafter, Jenny McCarthy was joined on the advocacy stump by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to make the case against Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative used in the preparation of vaccines. Kennedy had published an article in Rolling Stone magazine two years earlier exposing a conspiracy between the CDC and drug companies to cover up a research study linking the preservative to autism. Despite public claims by the CDC and medical professionals that autism was more likely caused by genetics, Thimerosal was eventually retracted from the U.S. market and the drugmaker, Ely Lilly, given immunity from lawsuits.

However, aluminum adjuvants continue to be widely used in vaccines for both children and adults. Adjuvants are defined as a booster mechanism that enhances a vaccine's potency and longevity. The most common is aluminum hydroxide, which has been linked to motor neuron degeneration. Thus, if you have any doubts or reservations about getting a vaccination, you should defer it until you understand all the potential side effects. Keep in mind that once the injection is completed, the drug cannot be retracted from your bloodstream.

Needless to say, vaccines should never be taken when the recipient is feeling ill or rundown. Ask to reschedule the appointment. You should also try to persuade your physician or clinic to spread out a child's standard immunizations over the course of months, rather than injecting multiple vaccines in one visit.

Whether or not a vaccination is mandatory depends on state laws. In some cases, waivers may be available for children, such as those who are home-schooled. In addition to required immunizations, vaccines that contain aluminum adjuvants include Hepatitis A and B, Hib, DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), pneumococcal vaccine, Cervatrix (cervical cancer vaccine), Gardasil (HPV) and flu vaccines. Live viral vaccines like measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and rotavirus do not use an adjuvant.

Detailed information about vaccine additives is provided on the CDC website. The formulas are prepared by various pharmaceutical companies and then purchased by hospitals, clinics and public health departments. For more info on this subject, read Dr. Suzanne Humphries' book, Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History, or visit her website. You can also contact the National Vaccine Information Center if you have questions. If you or your child experience complications following a vaccination, you can call the CDC's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967.

Foods, Drugs & Hygiene Products With Aluminum

Foods containing aluminum additives now flood the shelves of supermarkets throughout the industrial world. From baking mixes to table salt, this metal lurks everywhere. Even nutritional supplements purchased to detox aluminum from the body are often packed in aluminum.

Whenever shopping, get into the habit of reading labels. Look for the syllable “Alum", which indicates aluminum is on board. The cumulative effect of repeatedly ingesting small amounts of this neurotoxin has been a source of controversy since 1965, when a study first revealed a link to Alzheimer's Disease.

For a more comprehensive review of food ingredients and consumer products that contain aluminum, read the 2012 article by Robert Yokel of the University of Kentucky. Here's a quick rundown:

Antacids and Buffered Aspirin

With the exception of Tums and a few other products, most antacids contain aluminum hydroxide, including Maalox, Mylanta, Gaviscon, Riopan, Alka-Seltzer and Rolaids, according to Analytical Research Labs. Buffered aspirin compounds also commonly include the hydroxide compound.  Long-term use of these products can substantially increase the body burden of aluminum.

Drying Agents and Baking Powder

Sodium silico-aluminate is a fine powder added to cocoa, table salt and other products to prevent caking and keep the substance dry. Most baking powders and self-rising flours contain aluminum phosphate.  Look for the designation “Aluminum Free” when shopping for baking powder. Potassium alum is used to whiten bleached flour, while sodium aluminum phosphate is used as an emulsifier in processed cheese.

Other Food Additives

Other aluminum compounds used in foods include: aluminum ammonium sulfate, aluminum calcium silicate, aluminum nicotinate, aluminum potassium sulfate, aluminum sodium sulfate, aluminum stearate, sodium aluminum phosphate and aluminum sulfate.  These words may be abbreviated on labels.

Specific Foods and Consumer Products

Check the labels or ask a deli/bakery clerk about these products before purchasing:

  • Baking mixes containing baking powder or self-rising flour (pizza crust, raised doughnuts, pie crusts, brownies, cakes, muffins, pancakes, cookies, waffles, tortillas etc.)
  • Processed cheese
  • Prepared meats
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Salted snacks
  • Coffee creamers
  • Pickles and relish (Pickling salts used in processing contain aluminum)
  • Dipping batter for fried foods

Source:  Byzantine Flowers (Joanne F. Struve)

Even after eliminating aluminum from your food purchases, you won't be out of the woods yet. You'll also have to reconsider your dining out choices. The website for Byzantine Flowers, mentioned above, claims that three popular fast food chains use aluminum ingredients. It's probably safe to assume that even top-tier restaurants in America may be guilty of using the same products, given their preponderance in the market.

Other items and substances that may contain aluminum include:

  • Baby formula,
  • Coloring and caking agents
  • Analgesics
  • Anti-diarrheals
  • Magnesium stearate (an additive in nutritional supplements)
  • Cosmetics
  • Antiperspirants and deodorants
  • Sunscreens and lotions
  • Toothpastes
  • Shampoos

Don't assume that substances applied externally pose no danger. Research and recalls have already demonstrated otherwise. If you can't find ingredient information on a particular product you use, be sure to check with the manufacturer by calling its customer service hotline.

Packaging and Cookware

Aluminum foils and containers are used extensively both in food and supplement packaging. While the metal does a better job of protecting a product from oxidation, there are drawbacks.   Heating during assembly, packaging and even shipment can cause the inner lining of the foil to degrade. Besides that, food/herbs/supplements that are either strongly acidic (like coffee beans) or strongly alkaline can chemically degrade the packaging. A few companies have begun inserting a plastic liner inside the foil to prevent contamination.

Aluminum cookware should be avoided for the same reasons outlined above.

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