Fluoride and Alzheimer’s Disease

Several people have asked whether aluminum, especially in combination with fluoride, is a causative factor in Alzheimer’s disease. This belief that aluminum could be a factor first appeared in the literature in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Numerous studies have been completed and reviewed over the ensuing decades and there is no proven link between aluminum in the body and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Association, a longstanding and well respected non-profit association, is considered the leading advocate for research and advancement in the treatment of this devastating disease. This authority states on its website that “studies have failed to confirm any role for aluminum in causing Alzheimer’s. Experts today focus on other areas of research, and few believe that everyday sources of aluminum pose any threat.” Interested readers can go to ALZ.ORG, type in Alzheimer’s and aluminum, and read for themselves. Aluminum does not cause Alzheimer’s and fluoride ions do not facilitate aluminum toxicity in the body. This is also the position of the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation, another well respected organization devoted entirely to finding answers for this disease.

The fluoride study that is cited as supportive of the claim that aluminum combines with fluoride in the blood, facilitates the transport of aluminum into the central nervous system, and leads to Alzheimer’s was done in 1998. As previously stated, there is no proven relationship between aluminum and Alzheimer’s, so fluoride cannot be a causing factor.

This 1998 study by Varner et al was reviewed by the scientific community and major problems with the design of research were found. These included the unexplained death of 3 of the 9 rats used in the study, improper accounting of the amount of fluoride consumed, and improper use of control groups. References can be found at ADA.ORG – Fluoride Facts.

Erroneous claims of health problems from water fluoridation are often cited by fluoride opponents and include being a causative factor in AIDS, ADHD, allergic reactions, cancer, enzyme effects, lower IQ, kidney problems, mal-positioned teeth, and more. In reality water fluoridation makes life better with teeth.