Cookie? What Cookie? I Don’t Remember Any Cookie!

Have you ever wondered why there seems to be a sudden increase in the people with chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s? Recent research shows a correlation between these two diseases and a high level of aluminum in brain tissue. But how are people getting aluminum into their brains?

Most people have fond memories of their mothers or grandmothers making scrumptious treats for them to nibble. Did you know that most baking powders, and therefore most bakery items, have aluminum in them? And not just baked goods, but waffles and pancakes, too. Most things that need to “rise” have baking powder in them, but so do treats like grandma’s chocolate chip cookies.

Go to your kitchen cabinet, look at the labels on your baking powder and see if aluminum is one of the ingredients. If so, throw it away and get a brand without it. The two companies I have found that make aluminum-free baking powder are King Arthur and McCormick.

If you cannot find either of these two brands and you like to make these delicious delights at home, you can make your own. For each teaspoon of baking powder needed, you can instead use 1/2 teaspoon baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar. I have not noticed any difference in taste or texture using this substitution, but it must be used quickly after combining the ingredients to avoid releasing all of the carbon dioxide.

Other sources of aluminum that you might be exposed to EVERY DAY are things like antiperspirants, some antacids, food cooked in aluminum foil, and tap water. Instead, use bottled water versus tap water, deodorants instead of antiperspirant, and cook with patapar paper instead of aluminum foil.

As for antacids, the common misconception about stomach burning is usually a lack of acid, as opposed to excess acid. Antacids only make the problem worse.

Another concern is the possibility of aluminum leaking out from cookware where the non-stick coating may be scratched or have worn off.

But what do you do about the aluminum already in your brain? You will need the help of your naturopathic physician, or other physician familiar with orthomolecular medicine and chelation, to remove this toxic metal, but it is removable.

Chelation is a medical treatment given orally, through a vein, and/or by injection, to remove heavy metals, like aluminum, from the body. So before you have that morning muffin or strawberry shortcake for dessert, think about what else might be in it. Anyone want some pudding?

– Elizabeth Grady, N.M.D.

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