Alzheimer’s Disease Research Hits the Wires

Copper, in a form my kinfolk would've understood.

A few decades ago, some small, preliminary studies hinted that aluminum might be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Headlines immediately screamed about this newly discovered danger, people threw away aluminum cookware, and everyone from deodorant manufacturers to food producers began advertising “aluminum free” formulations to assuage public fears.

It was all a big misunderstanding. The original findings turned out to be an artifact, and subsequent analyses either found that aluminum was completely unrelated to Alzheimer’s disease, or that it might even have a mild protective effect, if any. Search for “aluminum Alzheimer’s” on the internet today, and the top hits are mostly …read more