Solty Dog: Close...but thrash metal is the one that will most likely lead to a concussion.
mark12A: You can't avoid aluminum. It's one of the most abundant elements in the earth's crust, and is in all the soil dust you inhale every time you go outside.
MaudlinMutantMollusk: mark12A: You can't avoid aluminum. It's one of the most abundant elements in the earth's crust, and is in all the soil dust you inhale every time you go outside.See? Everyone keeps forgetting that
Rik01: Geez! I just got done reading a FARK article (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/21/faith-in-scientists_n_448148 7.html) about how most Americans distrust polls and scientific reports and then this one pops up, making me wonder.In the 18th and early 19th centuries, most folks cooked in cast iron. I don't recall any major epidemic of Alzheimer's -- though many such cases could have been considered just old age dementia. Cast iron was considered great because not only could it flavor the food, if aged properly, but would provide a measure of iron to the diet, which was often low.Copper has been touted as beneficial for ages, especially as water pipes into homes because of its natural tendency to help disinfect the stuff. Copper was also considered a great cooking material, with some of the great chefs using exclusively copper pots and pans. Old advertisements of kitchens usually showed shiny copper pots hanging up.The introduction of high heat resistant glass and ceramic cooking pots and pans in the 50s kind of replaced most of them. Pyrex came about during that time.In the late 60s and early 70's, out came Teflon coatings and aluminum utensils. However the Teflon was applied much more thickly than today, did not wear off as quickly and seemed to be even better at non-stick.Enamel coated cookware was popular also, but it was prone to chipping and once it chipped or cracked, it exposed the iron base metal and started rusting. Many an old Western movie shows cowboys settling in around a campfire, with a big enamel coffee pot simmering on the coals. You grand parents will probably tell you of the benefits of enamel coated pots and pans. (Or your great-grandparents.)Aluminum popped up mainly due to the space program -- along with Teflon. A lot of stuff designed for space found other uses in the civilian sector. Doubts were had when the canning industry switched over much of it's products to aluminum but the pressure formed aluminum cans were considered cheaper and safer than the wielded steel ones, which could rust and early on used lead solder.The switch from glass beverage bottles in the soda industry to an assortment of plastic ones soon brought an outcry of altered taste, potential leaching of toxins into the contents and an observation that the plastic, when burnt, gave off toxic fumes and smoke.The beverage industries weighed the cost of making and reusing glass bottles, the usual loss in breakage in transport, the steel caps, the sterilization process to cleaning old bottles and the inevitable littering, which often resulted in shards of razor sharp glass. They considered the weight added to transport and the costs in fuel and stuck with plastic.No one knew of the effects of aluminum because of it being such a real pain to extract in bulk quantities. No one also knew that aluminum could be blended with assorted metals to make newer, stronger versions.Now, aluminum is in a huge amount of household materials including medications and deodorant. The possible link between it and Alzheimer's popped up about 10 years after the disease became recognized as separate from age related dementia. The ease with which aluminum can be forged into various containers has also made it very popular in the food industry.I'm not sure of the problems related to iron and copper, but decades ago I recall questions being raised about aluminum. I also recall a process called 'tinning' where copper pots and pans had their cooking surfaces coated with a thin layer of tin.Back in the 70's, companies produced very cheap cookware, which didn't last long, but I did notice, when filling one such well used aluminum pot with water, that if left overnight, bubbling started in small pits worn into the bottom. You could hear it fizz. It was some sort of reaction between the metals and the hard water I was using.I switched to stainless steel pots then. Aluminum high end ones had become expensive.So, here again, we have a conundrum; safe to use or not safe to use. One side firmly states the stuff is and one side states it isn't. One side has billions invested and has to consider the losses if they have to stop production. Naturally, they're going to dispute such reports with reports of their own.Glass seems the only neutral product, but it is heavy and fragile. I have glass frying pans and pots and have managed to break a few in handling. Working in a K-mart stockroom years ago, I also got to see the breakage when pallets of inexpensive Libby Glass showed up on trucks.Professionals have told me of the good and wonderful benefits of copper cookware, yet I own an old copper pan which has a clear layer of tinning on the interior.Then again, I was a kid when the Big Vitamin Craze popped up. There weren't nearly so many types and varieties as there are today. Most of us never studied the contents because either they were not listed or we didn't care since various 'professionals' had assured us of how beneficial they were.In my 20s I learned of Vitamin A poisoning. Then came Vitamin K problems. Around about that time I heard of a condition where people had too much iron in their blood. In my 30s I read of people being poisoned by silver and gold from deliberately ingesting the 'neutral' metals. (Silver poisoning will turn your skin corpse blue. You can recover from the disease, but the coloring remains forever.)About the time I was reading of aluminum problems I was also surprised to discover that many city water plants used the metal in powdered form as an anti-flocking agent. Meaning, it was dumped in murky but safe water, where the bits of organic trash clumped on the stuff and settled to the bottom, making the water clear.Actually, there is the high possibility that this article is right -- especially when combined with vitamin supplements. It seems to make sense. Then again, there's the possibility that it's BS, like so many similar articles have been.It depends on the agenda the author had.
Somaticasual: At least we stopped using lead as a sweetener...
Rik01: It depends on the agenda the author had.
syrynxx: Aluminium is a prime suspect. If you use a deodorant, you're fine. If you use an anti-persperant, guess what? I bet it has almunium as a compound.
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