Preventing Toxic Aluminum Exposure

Understanding the risks, identifying sources of contamination,
and taking evasive action.

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Revised and Updated 1/3/18 -- Besides its application in alleged chemtrail spraying, manufactured aluminum and its byproducts can be found in municipal water supplies, food, medications, vaccines, hygiene and cosmetic products. Unfortunately, the metal has no biological benefit and poses numerous health risks. Research studies have warned of its connection to Alzheimer's and other diseases for over half a century... and counting.

Aluminum toxicity is nearly always caused by the pure metal combined with other elements to change its properties. We are familiar with what happens to iron or steel when they oxidize, producing rust (iron oxide). Similarly, oxygen combined with aluminum generates aluminum oxide. When dispersed by jets at high altitudes (as described in the Welsenbach patent), the oxide's nanoparticles can stay aloft for long periods of time without coagulating (clumping together). This makes the substance ideal for creating artificial clouds, trapping water vapor, and transporting rain and snow to somewhere else.

But inside the human body, aluminum oxide is about as helpful as plaque in the arteries. It's also just as difficult to remove via the body's normal detox mechanisms. In tap water, drugs and supermarket staples, aluminum takes the form of at least two dozen other compounds besides aluminum oxide. These include aluminum sulphate, aluminum hydroxide, sodium aluminum phosphate, aluminum chlorohydrate and sodium silico-aluminate. Unwitting consumers are exposed to these substances on an almost daily basis, adding to their body burden of a known neurotoxin. With a balanced diet, the body can eliminate many of these compounds on its own, but at times the combined load can overwhelm your natural defenses. Thus, limiting your exposure is the only reliable way to escape the effects of aluminum toxicity.

Health care experts argue that the threat posed by small amounts of toxic metal is generally low in the short term, but high when taking place repeatedly over an extended period. In other words, the cumulative effect of these exposures is more likely to cause adverse health impacts. But there are exceptions to the rule. When aluminum oxide particulates are inhaled into the sinus cavities, for instance, 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. So if the particulates get lodged there, they may present an imminent threat to neurological function.

Chemtrail opponents point to this scenario and respiratory illness as clear and present dangers posed by geoengineering programs that incorporate aerial spraying of metal aerosols. Measurements in Northern California and elsewhere have detected not only aluminum oxide falling to the ground, but barium salts and strontium titanate as well. While still airborne, these particulates may be inhaled into the lungs as well as the nose and trigger a variety of illnesses.  

As discussed later in this article, vaccines with aluminum adjuvants are another exception to the cumulative exposures argument. Injected directly into the bloodstream, a vaccine bypasses the body's detox system, which normally begins in the digestive tract. Thus, the aluminum hydroxide or similar compound used as the adjuvant can impair (or even permanently damage) cognitive activity in a much shorter time frame. Moreover, aluminum is unlike other metals in that its compounds can cross the blood-brain barrier. After infiltrating the brain, these substances can hinder the function of neurons, which are nerve cells that transmit electrochemical signals throughout the body. Damaged neurons are a precursor to a neurological disorder.

Despite these risks, no consumer regulatory agency has issued any detailed guidelines on how to mitigate the health risks of aluminum outside the workplace. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes there's little threat posed by industrial aluminum in food, drugs, drinking water, hygiene products or food packaging. In fact, the FDA classifies the metal as "GRAS", an acronym which means generally regarded as safe. This waives the normal requirement for manufacturers to conduct toxicological 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." Nor does the CDC ToxGuide provide any guidance in identifying symptoms of aluminum poisoning and options for detoxification. (A CDC guide for medical professionals, Toxicological Profile for Aluminum, does offer 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 only contain water vapor. For more background on this subject, please visit 

Within the public sphere, 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 require the installation of exhaust ventilation equipment in shops to remove airborne particulate matter. NIOSH-approved respirators must also be worn during grinding and sanding operations, along with safety glasses. 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 your 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.

Be sure to read the disclaimers and cautions on the detox guide intro page before following any of the suggestions listed here.

Airborne Contaminants

While your lungs filter out many pollutants you breathe each day, aluminum oxide is not one of them. Among its other dangers, the compound can cause pulmonary fibrosis (scarring of lung tissue). So evasive action may be a prudent response to possible aerial spraying activity. If necessary, you can implement steps such as those recommended in the OSHA regulations.

Since a key objective of the dispersal is to keep the particulate matter aloft, at least for a time, any potential health risk may not always be an immediate one. The particles are also too small for the naked eye to see, so you'll have to guess when the dust is in your vicinity. Taking into account weather variables and visibility, it's reasonable to assume contamination may be possible whenever:

  • the spraying is taking place (i.e. you see aircraft leaving behind trails that don't dissipate).
  • artificial clouds appear to be shedding fragments vertically.
  • a strong breeze is blowing, driving the aerosol dust downward and sideways.
  • humidity is high, causing particles attached to water vapor to become heavier and descend en masse.
  • the sky appears hazy.
  • a wildfire is burning, since the blaze may be causing aluminum oxide and other contaminants that have accumulated on the foilage or in the soil to become airborne.
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.  Cartridge respirators are a more robust option. Alternatively, you can wear a bandana or silk scarf worn cowboy-style.
  • Keep your head and skin covered, and wear sunglasses to prevent nanoparticles from reaching inside your body.
  • 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.

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, head and bare skin. 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 on re-entering your home.
  • Sequester and wash any garments that get wet. (As your clothes dry out, metal oxide particles can become airborne again or make contact with your skin.)

To determine the extent of metal toxicity from aerosol spraying in the surrounding environment, if any, you would need to arrange a soil or rainwater test. Check with laboratories that perform such testing to make sure they can detect nano-sized particles. To do this requires specific procedures and equipment. The cost per sample is usually $50.

To measure your personal real estate, you can get a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) from a medical laboratory. If there aren't any labs near your home, look for an online service, such as Phoenix-based Analytical Research Labs. (A test kit can be sent by mail.) The lab test will tell you how much, if any, aluminum or other metal resides in your body by measuring secretions through hair follicles. An HTMA, which may cost $150-$200, is considered a more reliable indicator than blood, urine or feces tests, since all of the latter are usually limited to measuring metal detoxing out of your body at the moment the specimen is taken. Hair mineral secretions, by contrast, are continuous.

Here are some other preventative measures you might take:

  • Buy and install the highest-quality filter available for your home furnace and air conditioner.
  • Avoid ingesting collected rainwater not carefully filtered of possible metal and bacterial contaminants.
  • Monitor garden plants and trees for signs of aluminum oxide poisoning. (Indicators: Tree bark may turn a white or silvery color. Plant foilage yellows throughout a tree or plant. Broad leaf plants get fungal infections. Vegetable plants like tomato fail or produce small yields.)
  • Avoid swimming in outdoor pools, since the concentration of aerosol particulates may build up in the water over time and not get filtered out.
  • To protect your vision from airborne aluminum oxide, use a natural lubricant for dry eyes and wear sunglasses on hazy days with sunlight.

Drinking water contamination

While mandatory fluoridation of tap water remains an inescapable reality for those who live in cities and suburbs, most people are unaware that aluminum is also frequently added to municipal reservoirs. 

Added to reduce turbidity, aluminum sulphate is now making its way into the homes of some water utility customers. Even more disturbing, the metal can bind with the fluoride and cross the blood-brain barrier.  The new chemical combination, aluminum fluoride, is extremely hard for the kidneys to excrete, and has also been implicated as an endocrine disrupter (i.e. it interferes with hormonal activity). Please note that many bottled beverages in stores, along with soda and coffee served from restaurant dispensers all utilize municipal water supplies. While a grocery label or restaurant manager may inform you that the water is filtered, it's unclear what toxic substances are removed in the process and which are not.

Because your tap water may be packing many different additives and other toxins, the task of filtering it all out remains a tall one. Fortunately, manufacturers of filtration equipment offer a variety of affordable options these days for homeowners. Even if you live in apartment, it's possible to detox water before it flows through the faucet in your kitchen by installing a multi-stage filtration system under your sink. These units integrate several different filtering media linked in sequence, including Granulated Activated Charcoal (to sequester chlorine, fluoride, lead, arsenic, harmful bacteria, pesticides and other toxic organic compounds), and ion exchange resins (for heavy metals, copper and aluminum).

Consumer Reports has reviewed different brands and models of water filters, so this is a good place to start when shopping for a reliable product. Besides the price of the unit, be sure to factor into your decision these other variables:

  • cost and frequency of replacing each of the disposable filters
  • flow rate of water through the filter system
  • craftsmanship of the hardware and materials used
  • ease of installation.

Keep in mind that most under-the-sink units require additional plumbing connectors, tools and know-how to install them properly. Finally, don't forget to replace disposable filters before their expiration date; otherwise the captured toxins may be released when the filter starts to clog.

If you're unable to implement a filtering scheme, a second option is to drink and cook with bottled water.

The designation of natural spring water on a product indicates that the water has been retrieved from and bottled at an actual spring.  Technically, this water should be free of public utility additives and also contain silica and beneficial minerals, like magnesium, potassium, and sodium. Since the water source lies below the earth's surface, metal oxide contamination is also less likely than with above-ground water sources.

Products simply marked "artesian water" or "spring water" (without the word "natural") aren't bottled at the source, which means the water is transferred by truck to a bottling plant. There, a filtering process (typically ozonation) occurs to eliminate bacteria and shouldn't affect the water's mineral content. However, it's possible that other contaminants may be inadvertently added to the water by the tank on the truck, which may be used to transport other food-grade liquids and not be cleaned properly between runs.

Of course, some natural springs may be contaminated themselves, due to agricultural runoff or industrial activity nearby. So before purchasing any bottled water, check the seller's website or call and ask for a copy of the chemical analysis and testing protocol. You should also ask for the address of the spring. Then you can examine the surrounding terrain on a satellite map to see what perils might be lurking in the vicinity. Another option is to contact the local water board (a government agency) and inquire about contamination issues in the area.

Spring water shouldn't be confused with bottled "purified" water. The latter is frequently sourced from municipal water. It's subjected to a filtering process that generally fails to remove the flouride and neurotoxins, although it may eliminate the chlorine, sediments and any residual bacteria.

"Distilled water", meanwhile, is demineralized (the water is evaporated and condensed back to a liquid). Most health care practitioners advise against drinking it, arguing that without some mineral content, water can't adequately flush away toxins and other debris. To the contrary, distilled water may leech out the beneficial minerals you already have in your body, they warn. Not everyone agrees with this view. Some health food advocates recommend distilled water over other types of bottled water on the grounds that it's pure.Please note: If you have kidney problems or other health issues, you should always consult your physician before making any changes to your water consumption routine.

Vaccines With Aluminum Adjuvants

Back in 2007, the mother of an autistic boy claimed on the Oprah Winfey Show that her son's illness started right after he received a vaccine injection. Jenny McCarthy cited evidence that Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, was the likely culprit. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. made a similar argument two years earlier in an article published in Rolling Stone magazine, which he entitled "Deadly Immunity". Despite public assurances by the CDC and medical researchers that genetics were responsible for autism, Thimerosal was retracted from the U.S. market over the next few years. Nevertheless, according to the World Mercury Project, Thimerasol still shows up in an estimated 48 million U.S. vaccinations for flu, tetanus toxoid and meningococcal, and 100 pediatric vaccines administered in the developing world.

However, aluminum adjuvants continue to be widely used in vaccines for both children and adults. Adjuvants are defined as "agents that increase the stimulation of the immune system by enhancing antigen presentation (depot formulation, delivery systems) and/or by providing costimulation signals (immunomodulators)." Aluminum salts are most often used, and the most common is aluminum hydroxide, which has been linked to neuron damage. According to a 2009 study, "Morin stain detected the presence of aluminum in the cytoplasm of motor neurons with some neurons also testing positive for the presence of hyper-phosphorylated tau protein, a pathological hallmark of various neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia."

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 posted on the CDC website. The formulas are prepared by various pharmaceutical companies and then purchased by hospitals, clinics and public health departments. Health care workers who administer the injections may not be able to answer any questions regarding the drug's ingredients.

If you have any doubts or reservations about getting a vaccination, you should defer it until you understand all the potential side effects. Vaccines should never be taken when the recipient is feeling ill or rundown. You should also ask your physician or clinic to spread out a child's adjuvant-containing vaccinations over the course of months, rather than injecting multiple vaccines in one visit. Whether or not a particular vaccination is mandatory depends on state laws. In some cases, waivers may be available for children, such as those who are home-schooled.

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 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

Today, food and other products containing aluminum additives flood supermarket shelves throughout the industrial world. From baking mixes to table salt to deodorant, the metal lurks everywhere. Even nutritional supplements purchased to detox aluminum from the body are sometimes packaged in aluminum.

Fortunately, most metal toxins (though not all) can be flushed from your body's detox system, which consists of the liver, kidneys, lymphatic and excretory systems, and other other organs. Keep in mind that when neurotoxins get broken down,the process creates oxidative stresses. This term refers to an excess of "free radicals" in the body. Free radicals are unstable, highly reactive atoms that can disrupt cell function and set into motion cancer, heart disease, chronic inflammation, arthritis, or a neurodegenerative disorder. Normally, the body should have enough anti-oxidant substances onboard to capture and destroy the free radicals. But depending your health and diet, rate of exposure, and the type of toxins involved, the latter may outnumber the former. It's essential, therefore, to:

  • limit your body burden of toxins (i.e. avoid ingestion and external exposure).
  • add detox foods and/or supplements to your diet.
  • stay in good health through exercise, relaxation and sufficient rest
  • consume anti-oxidant-rich foods that hunt down and eliminate free radicals.
  • stay hydrated to help soluble toxins get flushed out quickly.

For detailed information on detox foods, supplements and anti-oxidants, visit the Detox and Prevention guide at

In addition, be sure to read consumer product labels before making any purchase. Although you'll seldom find the word "aluminum" written, the syllable “Alum", will tell you that some form of the metal is among the ingredients. And if you have trouble finding an aluminum-free brand, visit a natural food supermarket (which also sells hygiene, cosmetic and drug products), or shop for the product online. Here's a closer look at what to watch out for:

Deodorants and Anti-Perspirants

Aluminum chlorohydrate is the antiperspirant agent used in most underarm deodorants to stop sweat from secreting from the pores. Multiple studies have shown that this compound is not only absorbed through the skin, but may trigger the onset of breast cancer. This form of cancer typically begins in the lymph nodes near the armpits. According to a 2014 study, "Recent work in cells in culture has lent credence to the hypothesis that this metal could accumulate in the mammary gland and selectively interfere with the biological properties of breast epithelial cells, thereby promoting a cascade of alterations reminiscent of the early phases of malignant transformation."

Despite such dire warnings, the National Cancer Institute maintains that "no studies to date have confirmed any substantial adverse effects of aluminum that could contribute to increased breast cancer risks." With no ban in place to block the production of these products, consumers must pro-actively seek out and switch to aluminum-free alternatives.

Antacids, Buffered Aspirin, Skin Creams and Prescribed Medications

With the exception of Tums and a few other products, most antacids contain aluminum hydroxide. According to Analytical Research Labs, brand names include Maalox, Mylanta, Gaviscon, Riopan, Alka-Seltzer and Rolaids. Numerous other medications and over-the-counter drugs use aluminum hydroxide as well. These include buffered aspirin, skin rash creams, heart and stroke medicines, analgesics, pain and arthritis remedies.  Long-term use of these products can substantially increase your 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. Meanwhile, 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.

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 weekly shopping list, you won't be out of the woods yet. You'll have to reconsider your dining-out choices as well. The website mentioned above claims that three popular fast food chains use aluminum ingredients like salt in their products. However, it's safe to assume that even top-tier restaurants may be guilty of the same infraction, given the profusion of aluminum-containing grocery items on the market.

Other items and substances that may contain aluminum include:

  • Baby formula,
  • Coloring and caking agents
  • Anti-diarrheals
  • Magnesium stearate (an additive in nutritional supplements)
  • Cosmetics
  • 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, thereby extending its shelf life, there are drawbacks.   For instance, 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, causing it to contaminate the product. A few companies have begun inserting a plastic liner inside the foil to prevent contamination, but most companies have yet to follow suit.

Aluminum cookware should be avoided for the same reasons outlined above. Potatoes and other foods should not be placed inside aluminum foil prior to cooking or grilling.

For a more comprehensive look at aluminum toxicity in consumer products, plus statistics and research findings, read the 2012 article by Robert Yokel of the University of Kentucky.

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