Aluminium - a health risk?

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Recently, the German television program "Quarks" tried once again to clarify whether aluminium really is a danger to our health. Ranga Yogeshwar searched for evidence and classified the results: is aluminium justifiably discredited?

There has been a lot of talk recently in the media about aluminium in cosmetics like antiperspirant deodorants or food (like lye pretzels for instance). Scientists point out that the (controversial) threshold specified by the European Food Safety Organisation EFSA for the maximum tolerable weekly intake of aluminium is already exceeded today by many people through what they eat. The potential health-endangering consequences of an increased aluminium intake are hotly discussed. The versatile metal is under suspicion of contributing to cell necrosis, Alzheimer's, allergies and breast cancer. Studies have shown that mechanisms causing breast cancer like inflammation of breast cells or DNA double strand breaks may be triggered by aluminium chloride.

However, the suspicion is far from being new. Since as far back as 1992 PHYSIOMED has been using exclusively implant-quality bio-compatible titanium on its therapeutic ultrasound transducers to exclude the potential risk of metallurgical deposits, for instance of aluminium, so as not to contribute to a build-up of metals in the human body.

To the current television report (in German)

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