New research from Keele University shows that infant formulas are still heavily contaminated with aluminium.
In 2010 the group at Keele, headed by Professor Chris Exley, published a paper showing that the aluminium content of infant formulas was too high (http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2431/10/63).
The Keele group has now followed up this research with an even more extensive study looking at the 30 most popular brands of infant formula in the United Kingdom.
The results show high levels of aluminium in each of the 30 infant formulas.
In the publication the aluminium content of the infant formulas are listed from lowest to highest so that parents might choose to use a product with the lowest content of aluminium.
Professor Exley said: “Clearly the manufacturers of infant formulas are not concerned about reducing their content of aluminium and the extensive use of aluminium-based packaging for infant formulas seems to confirm this….
To avoid having to supplement with fluoride, prepare powdered/concentrated formula with fluoridated tap water. If you are using ready-to-feed formula, or bottled or filtered water only, then your baby may need fluoride supplements.
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This study describes alterations in the nervous system resulting from chronic administration of the fluoroaluminum complex AlF or equivalent levels of fluoride F in the form of sodium–fluoride NaF . Twenty seven adult male Long–Evans rats were administered one of three treatments for 52 weeks: the control group was administered double distilled deionized drinking water ddw . The aluminum-treated group received ddw with 0.5 ppm AlF and the NaF group received ddw with 2.1 ppm NaF containing the equivalent amount of F as in the AlF ddw. Tissue aluminum Al levels of brain, liver and kidney were assessed with the Direct Current Plasma DCP technique and its distribution assessed with Morin histochemistry. Histological sections of brain were stained with hematoxylin & eosin H&E , Cresyl violet, Bielschowsky silver stain, or immunohistochemically for ß-amyloid, amyloid A, and IgM. No differences were found between the body weights of rats in the different treatment groups although more rats died in the AlF group than in the control group. The Al levels in samples of brain and kidney were higher in both the AlF and NaF groups relative to controls. The effects of the two treatments on cerebrovascular and neuronal integrity were qualitatively and quantitatively different. These alterations were greater in animals in the AlF group than in the NaF group and greater in the NaF group than in controls….
A progressive general decline in appearance of the AlF3 animals was noted throughout the experiment. In addition to the yellowing of the hair that occurs with age, the hair of animals in the AlF group became sparse revealing the underlying skin which was dry, flaky, and of a copper color. Although the body weights did not differ among the groups, there was a greater number of deaths in the AlF3 group than in the control group …
There are striking parallels between Al-induced alterations in cerebrovasculature those associated with Alzheimer’s disease AD and other forms of dementia. Alteration in the BBB can also promote inflammation involving activated microglia which may be preferentially associated with the amyloid plaques in AD 2,11,45,62,63 . Brain capillaries of patients with AD and of many aged individuals are found to be distorted and often contain amyloid deposits; the primary cause of these distortions is unknown 3,15,31,32 . These capillary distortions can dis- rupt blood flow patterns, altering cerebral metabolism and if sustained, contribute to progressive degeneration of neurons.
More study (on children) is needed to fully explore exactly how far parents are willing to go to avoid the embarrassment of questioning “expert” medical opinion.