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Aluminum is the most abundant metal found in the earth’s crust and the third most abundant element on the earth's surface, exceeded only by oxygen and silicon.  This metal is never found naturally by itself in a pure state, but bonded with other elements to form compounds. The most frequently encountered compounds are alum and aluminum oxide.  Although aluminum is also considered a trace mineral, it can be dangerous and even fatal if consumed in excessive amounts.  It has no established function in human nutrition.
 
Aluminum is the most abundant metal found in the earth’s crust and the third most abundant element on the earth's surface, exceeded only by oxygen and silicon.  This metal is never found naturally by itself in a pure state, but bonded with other elements to form compounds. The most frequently encountered compounds are alum and aluminum oxide.  Although aluminum is also considered a trace mineral, it can be dangerous and even fatal if consumed in excessive amounts.  It has no established function in human nutrition.
  
Extracted in 1825 by Hans Christian Oersted, a Danish chemist, aluminum has been found to possess the properties of being soft, lightweight, durable, non-magnetic and resistant to corrosion.  These characteristics make it ideal in the manufacturing of a wide variety of items utilized in daily life including aluminum foil, appliances and cookware such as pots and pans.
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Extracted in 1825 by Hans Christian Oersted, a Danish chemist, aluminum has been found to possess the valuable properties of being soft, lightweight, durable, non-magnetic and resistant to corrosion.  These characteristics make it ideal in the manufacturing of a wide variety of items utilized in daily life including aluminum foil, tools, appliances and cookware such as pots and pans.
  
  
 
== Uses ==
 
== Uses ==
  
Some common uses of aluminum is packaging such as drinking cans, foil wrap, and storage containers. It is also used in other applications such as for electrical power lines, airplanes, cars, trains, satellite dishes, sporting equipment and more. Around the house it can be found in roofing, door frames, saucepans, kitchen utensils, furniture, refrigerators, toasters, light bulbs and ladders.  
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Some common uses of aluminum are packaging-related such as drinking cans, foil wrap, and storage containers. It is also used in other applications such as electrical power lines, airplanes, cars, trains, satellite dishes, sporting equipment and more. Around the house it can be found in roofing, siding,  door frames and knobs, saucepans, grills, kitchen utensils, furniture, refrigerators, toasters, light bulbs, ladders and railings.  
  
  
 
== Sources ==
 
== Sources ==
  
There are many sources of aluminum, including the various sources evident in our daily lives all around us such as in cars, appliances, cookware and is even present in our drinking water and some food sources. The toxicity, side effects and risks of aluminum uses in such high levels is a topic of heavy debate and controversy. Aluminum is used so commonly it is even found in baking soda and most deodorants, toothpaste, food additives and low levels exist in certain herbs and tea leaves.  Some research studies show evidence that high aluminum content in the human body is toxic, and can pose certain risks and damage to all of us.   
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We are surrounded in our daily lives with an abundance of aluminum sources which include cars, tools, appliances, cookware and it's even present in our drinking water and some foods. The toxicity, side effects and risks of aluminum usage in such high levels is a topic of heavy debate and controversy. Aluminum is used so commonly it is even found in baking soda and most deodorants, toothpastes and food additives.  Also, low levels may be found to exist in certain herbs and tea leaves.  Some research studies show evidence that high aluminum content in the human body is toxic, and can pose certain risks and damage to us all.   
  
  
 
== Side Effects & Risks ==
 
== Side Effects & Risks ==
  
There are many recent studies that link aluminum to a variety of health concerns including Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other nervous system illnesses, diseases and conditions. Aluminum, found even in our diet and drinking water, is highly debated and researched as to the harm it poses to humans in terms of uses in daily life and consumption. It is also researched as to whether bone disease or other health issues may ensue during an occupation exposure such as a job that requires high or long term exposure of aluminum. There is some evidence that shows aluminum exposure in regards to chronic renal failure and certain cancers or other diseases may play a role in certain factors of that specific illness or complications thereof.  
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There are many recent studies that link aluminum to a variety of health concerns including Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other nervous system illnesses, diseases and conditions.  
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Aluminum is even found in our foods and drinking water, and is highly debated and researched as to the harm it poses to humans in terms of everyday consumption and absorption. Excessive amounts in the body may be exhibited by symptoms similar to poisoning, these include constipation, colic, loss of appetite, nausea, skin ailments, muscle spasms and loss of energy.  
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Research shows that health issues such as bone disease, chronic renal failure, certain cancers or related complications may result from long-term occupational exposure to aluminum.  
  
  
 
== Cautionary Measures ==
 
== Cautionary Measures ==
  
There are a variety of cautionary measures any one person can take to avoid negative repercussions or the risks of diseases or illnesses posed by aluminum. Some measures you can take to protect yourself and your family include using deodorants and other personal care products that are organic and aluminum free, aluminum free baking soda, going green and organic in all areas of your lifestyle can usually ensure you’re living an aluminum free lifestyle. Limit your dietary intake of aluminum as much as possible and drink filtered water; be sure to consult a physician on these measures if you are unsure on what measures are right for you.
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There's a variety of cautionary measures any one person can take to avoid negative consequences of diseases or illnesses posed by aluminum. Some measures you can take to protect yourself and your family include using deodorants and other personal care products that are organic and aluminum free, like aluminum free baking soda and antacids.  Going green and organic can usually ensure you’re living an aluminum free lifestyle. Limit your dietary intake of aluminum as much as possible and drink filtered water.  Foods prepared in aluminum cookware or bakeware may absorb small quantities of this mineral, therefore introducing it into your system.  It's recommended to consult with a physician if you have any questions about these measures, or if you suspect you may be experiencing any form of aluminum toxicity.
  
  
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Aluminum


Description

Aluminum is the most abundant metal found in the earth’s crust and the third most abundant element on the earth's surface, exceeded only by oxygen and silicon. This metal is never found naturally by itself in a pure state, but bonded with other elements to form compounds. The most frequently encountered compounds are alum and aluminum oxide. Although aluminum is also considered a trace mineral, it can be dangerous and even fatal if consumed in excessive amounts. It has no established function in human nutrition.

Extracted in 1825 by Hans Christian Oersted, a Danish chemist, aluminum has been found to possess the valuable properties of being soft, lightweight, durable, non-magnetic and resistant to corrosion. These characteristics make it ideal in the manufacturing of a wide variety of items utilized in daily life including aluminum foil, tools, appliances and cookware such as pots and pans.


Uses

Some common uses of aluminum are packaging-related such as drinking cans, foil wrap, and storage containers. It is also used in other applications such as electrical power lines, airplanes, cars, trains, satellite dishes, sporting equipment and more. Around the house it can be found in roofing, siding, door frames and knobs, saucepans, grills, kitchen utensils, furniture, refrigerators, toasters, light bulbs, ladders and railings.


Sources

We are surrounded in our daily lives with an abundance of aluminum sources which include cars, tools, appliances, cookware and it's even present in our drinking water and some foods. The toxicity, side effects and risks of aluminum usage in such high levels is a topic of heavy debate and controversy. Aluminum is used so commonly it is even found in baking soda and most deodorants, toothpastes and food additives. Also, low levels may be found to exist in certain herbs and tea leaves. Some research studies show evidence that high aluminum content in the human body is toxic, and can pose certain risks and damage to us all.


Side Effects & Risks

There are many recent studies that link aluminum to a variety of health concerns including Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other nervous system illnesses, diseases and conditions.

Aluminum is even found in our foods and drinking water, and is highly debated and researched as to the harm it poses to humans in terms of everyday consumption and absorption. Excessive amounts in the body may be exhibited by symptoms similar to poisoning, these include constipation, colic, loss of appetite, nausea, skin ailments, muscle spasms and loss of energy.

Research shows that health issues such as bone disease, chronic renal failure, certain cancers or related complications may result from long-term occupational exposure to aluminum.


Cautionary Measures

There's a variety of cautionary measures any one person can take to avoid negative consequences of diseases or illnesses posed by aluminum. Some measures you can take to protect yourself and your family include using deodorants and other personal care products that are organic and aluminum free, like aluminum free baking soda and antacids. Going green and organic can usually ensure you’re living an aluminum free lifestyle. Limit your dietary intake of aluminum as much as possible and drink filtered water. Foods prepared in aluminum cookware or bakeware may absorb small quantities of this mineral, therefore introducing it into your system. It's recommended to consult with a physician if you have any questions about these measures, or if you suspect you may be experiencing any form of aluminum toxicity.


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