Neurons and Exercise

Neurons and Exercise

Monday, December 18, 2017

My Mom's Aluminum Free Coffee Maker

My 91 year old Mom has Alzheimer’s disease.  In an effort to slow and possibly reverse the decline of her short term memory and the progression of her Alzheimer’s disease, I have been helping Mom lower her ingestion of ionic aluminum.  Aluminum ions are neurotoxic, killing neurons and inhibiting the ability of neural networks in the brain to store memories.  

The 7 largest epidemiology studies of aluminum in drinking water concluded that there is a greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease when routinely drinking water or any beverage with greater than 100mcg per liter of ionic aluminum.  This data convinced the World Health Organization to set a 100mcg per liter maximum limit of aluminum in drinking water.

Before age 77 people with Alzheimer’s accumulate aluminum faster than normal, partially accounting for why some of them have early onset Alzheimer’s.  But all people older than 77 accumulate aluminum faster than normal accounting for why in the U.S. one in three people over 80 have Alzheimer’s.  Therefore it is preventative to remove daily sources of aluminum ions from the diet and drinking water of everyone and particularly the elderly.

Surprisingly one of mom’s daily sources of aluminum is her Black & Decker drip style coffee maker (Model 1050).  After removing the safety screws on the bottom of the coffee maker, I found a heated horseshoe shaped aluminum tube that heats all the water that flows from the reservoir to the carafe.  In the process of heating the water, the inside of the hot metallic aluminum corrodes adding neurotoxic aluminum ions to the resulting coffee. 


Bottom view of Black & Decker Model 1050W With Bottom Plate Removed

 In order to find how much aluminum was added to mom’s coffee by the Model 1050 coffee maker, I tested and compared the aluminum concentration in water both before being added to the coffee maker and after being heated and passed into the carafe. I found the amount of aluminum added by Mom’s coffee maker to be extremely disturbing because of Mom’s age and condition and because there are millions of these types of coffee makers being used every day to make aluminum-laced neurotoxic coffee.

As the coffee maker is used, aluminum on the inside of the tube corrodes by pitting, thereby increasing the rate of corrosion.  Also if the coffee maker is used with hard water, a calcium and magnesium carbonate scale forms on the inside of the heated aluminum tube.  This carbonate scale is porous and does not slow the rate of aluminum corrosion.  The B&D Model 1050 used for 1 year with hard water makes coffee with an aluminum level of 264% of the World Health Organization’s maximum level in drinking water. 

Fiji water contains 94ppm of silica. After a coffee maker is used with Fiji water for 1 year, a silica scale forms on the inside of the aluminum tube.  Silica scales are harder and less porous than carbonate scales and reduce the aluminum corrosion rate.  Descaling the B&D Model 1050 with 50% vinegar in water removes both carbonate and silica scales but results in the descaled coffee maker adding even more aluminum to the coffee.

Due to the high level of aluminum found with the used B&D Model 1050, my interest in coffee makers became a temporary obsession. With the help of family and friends I began collecting and testing any coffee maker I could find. As the word of my initial results spread, discarded coffee makers began showing up on my doorstep.  Shockingly I discovered that coffee contacts aluminum in almost all my family and friend’s coffee makers. 

Examples of these coffee makers include the Presto percolator that is all stainless except for a large aluminum nut that holds the heater in place. Also the Krups F253 that is advertised with a brass heating tube but after removing the security screws on the bottom I discovered an aluminum heating tube.  

I also tested the Krups F253 using a single pass with Fiji water and found the aluminum corrosion to be reduced by only 10% to 85mcg/liter.  This shows that the silica scale is slow to form.

After finding such shockingly high aluminum levels in used coffee makers, my goal became trying to find for Mom an electric coffee maker in which the coffee never contacts aluminum.    Just because the manufacturer calls their product a “stainless steel coffee maker” does not mean the coffee never contacts aluminum.  The Jura Capresso MG900 is the only coffee maker found so far that states on the box “coffee never contacts aluminum”.  After much research on the internet and contacting coffee maker manufacturers the following coffee makers were obtained, tested, and found to not add aluminum to coffee:


Any Bunn coffee maker that has an internal stainless steel tank is fine.

Mom used the Krups Moka Brew for several months but ultimately found the carafe to be too hard to unlatch because of her arthritis. Now she uses the BUNN Speed Brew and likes its ease of use.  Both Mom and Dad have said the aluminum-free coffee tastes better than the aluminum-laced coffee.  This is not surprising as many people do not like the metallic taste of aluminum.  What makes me happy is that both Mom and Dad have reduced their aluminum ion ingestion by switching to a coffee maker in which the coffee never contacts aluminum.  This was an important step in reversing the decline of Mom’s short term memory.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

High levels of Aluminum found in brains of people with Autism

Update on New Autism Research

In the fall of 2016 my book was published on preventing Alzheimer’s, autism, and stroke by eliminating aluminum accumulation in the body.  At the time of publication I cited data on aluminum accumulation in brains of Alzheimer’s patients and aluminum accumulation in the blood of those with a higher than normal level of cardiovascular disease due to occupational aluminum exposure.  Also at the time of publication only higher than normal levels of aluminum in hair had been observed in those diagnosed with autism.  This was only a clue and not a solid link between aluminum and autism.

In late November of 2017 a paper was accepted in Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology that reports extremely high levels of aluminum accumulation in the brains of those diagnosed with autism.  This work was performed by researchers at Keele University in Statffordshire and King’s College in London and was directed by Dr. Christopher Exley.  I am proud to say that Dr. Exley fact-checked my book prior to publication. Now he has reported for the first time a solid link between aluminum accumulation and autism.

The main observation of this new work is that aluminum does cross the blood-brain-barrier at a higher than normal rate and accumulates in the brains of those with autism.  The brains of all 5 autistic individuals tested had at least one brain tissue with pathologically-significant content of aluminum.  In the brains of some individuals with autism the levels of aluminum were found to be the highest ever recorded.    Aluminum accumulation was observed inside both neuron and non-neuronal cells across all brain tissues studied.  With aluminum being cytotoxic its accumulation in these cells is unlikely to be benign.

This new work strongly supports the contention that aluminum accumulation in the brain is a causal factor of autism.  Therefore avoiding aluminum ingestion, spacing out aluminum containing vaccinations, taking a vitamin D supplement, and drinking silica water to eliminate aluminum from your body and your child’s body is recommended for autism prevention as described in my book.   

Here is a link to the abstract where you can download a PDF of the study.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Sources of Aluminum in our daily lives

Improve your Health

Reduce your daily intake of Aluminum 

List of sources of aluminum

Aluminum Cookware -    Pots, baking pans, cookie sheets, dutch ovens, calderos

Safer Alternative – Stainless Steel, cast iron, porcelain, ceramic
Non stick thermolon is safe if it is attached to stainless steel

Aluminum Foil – Safer Alternatives for cooking, use nonstick aluminum foil or parchment paper

 For storage use plastic wrap between food and aluminum foil

Drinking Water – Aluminum in drinking water comes from alum which is used to purify

            drinking water and cement lined drinking water pipes which leach aluminum.

Use pitcher style Brita Water filter to remove aluminum and keep silica in the water.

BEWARE: Some inline home water filters add aluminum to the water   

Water Filters

                   Most fluoride filters use alumina to filter the fluoride which adds aluminum to your
                          drinking water.

                    Safer Alternative - Bone Char filter - make your own (video to be made soon 2-2019)

Baking Powder – even aluminum free baking powder contains some aluminum 

Safer alternative – make you own – recipe: 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 teaspoon corn starch (so it doesn’t cake)

Coffee/Tea Maker –the heating element in which the water is heated is usually made of   

Safer Alternative :Coffee makers where the water never contacts aluminum

Drip Style : Krups  Mocha brew, Jura  Copresso MG 900, Bunn Speed/Velocity Brew, Keurig, Nespresso Type C110 (the aluminum cups have been tested and they are safe), Braun coffee maker model KF7000

Percolator:  Faberware FCP 240-A (small), Faberware FCP 412 (large)

Alum – check your spice cabinet

Food – Products that contain baking powder (some baking powders contain Aluminum):

Pancakes, Frozen pancakes, pancake mixes, waffles, donuts, muffins, cupcakes, cakes,  
scones,  biscotti, tortillas, corn bread, brownies, baked fruit and vegetable breads (banana,  
blueberry, zucchini etc.)
Candy – Jelly beans, M&M’s, skittles – the dyes  contain Aluminum Lake

 Shredded Cheese and Salt – Alum (aluminum sulfate) or aluminum silicate are used as  anticaking   agents

              Pickles – Alum (aluminum sulfate)

Antiperspirant - Most contain Aluminum, sometimes listed as Alum

Safer alternatives Arm and Hammer Essentials, Schimdts  (there is a stick for sensitive skin which has no baking soda - baking soda causes skin irritation in some people)

Antacids most contain Aluminum Hydroxide

 Safer alternative those that contain sodium carbonate

Pharmaceuticals -Prescription /over the counter

 aluminum is used as a colorant, anticaking agent and astringent

 Canker sore powder -Alum (aluminum sulfate)

Levothyroxine (Thyroid medication) – aluminum lake  – Safer alternative 50 mcg is the only dosage that doesn’t contain aluminum lake

                Domeboro – astringent– aluminum sulfate  tetradecahydrate  -Safer alternative – Epsom

              Mutivitamins – colorant

Musinex 12 Hour – yellow # 10 aluminum lake

              Citrucel caplets - FD&C Yellow 6 Aluminum Lake

Bayer Low dose aspirin safety coated - D&C Yellow #10 Aluminum Lake, FD&C Yellow #6    
 Aluminum Lake  Safer atlternative Walgreens Low Dose Dye-free Asprin 81 mg

Centrum Multivitamins – sodium aluminum silicate (SAS) is present in some of the Centrum multivitamins

Ascriptin Maximum Strength Buffered Aspirin - uses aluminum hydroxide as the buffer 
Safer Alternative CVS regular strength buffered aspirin uses calcium carbonate (some people's stomach don't react well to calcium carbonate)

            Suntan lotion – aluminum oxide
              Styptic Pencil – Alum (aluminum sulfate)
              Lipstick – aluminum lake as a colorant
Soap and Shampoo
          Bar Soap in the UK - Dove original beauty cream bar 
          EnviroKlenz Odor Neutralizing Bar Soap - aluminum oxide (company in Florida)  
          Dry shampoo
          Medicated Selsun Blue

Look for and avoid these ingredients on food labels
Alum (aluminum sulfate), alumina, aluminum, or bauxite
Artificial Food Colorants – containing Aluminum Lake, Carmine contains aluminum
Safer Alternative – Natural Food Colorants – Color Kitchen makes good colorants for frosting

VACCINES - This source of aluminum is potentially 100% bioavailable as opposed to ingested aluminum which is .2% bioavailable.  Bioavailable means the amount which gets into your bloodstream.   

Vaccines need to be considered a daily source of aluminum as the aluminum that is used as an adjuvant in the vaccine is time released.  The aluminum continues to get into your bloodstream long after the vaccination!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Silica Water Recipe for Making Homemade Dissolved Silica

                                                                 SILICADE RECIPE


Aluminum is a neurotoxin which is the cause of Alzheimer's and Autism.  Silica has been shown to prevent Alzheimer's as silica binds with Aluminum so it can be removed from your body.  

This recipe is in my books:

Prevent Alzheimer's, Autism and Stroke with 7 Supplements, 7 Lifestyle Choices and a Dissolved Mineral

Silica Water the Secret of Healthy Blue Zone Longevity in the Aluminum Age.  

The books are available on Amazon. Buy books

Video -How to make your own silica water

Recipe for 'Silicade' water (silicon 36.5 mg/L) which has about the same amount of silica as Fiji water (silicon 36.5 mg/L).  This will take 15 minutes to prepare.


·         Note: in the early 2000’s some companies, such as Norpro and Dine, began defining and accurately calibrating the dash and smidgen measuring spoons as precise fractions of a teaspoon. Do not use antique dash and smidgen measuring spoons as they may not be correctly calibrated. 


Recipe for Silicade

Making silicon rich water weekly at home is easy and much less expensive and more sustainable than purchasing water bottled in Fiji or Malaysia.  I call this water “Silicade”. Silicade provides dissolved silica to keep your body-burden of aluminum under control. Silicade preparation requires only two ingredients and a set of small measuring spoons that are all easy to purchase online and have shipped to your home.  Silicade can be stored indefinitely in the dark like Fiji water.  The chemicals to make Silicade store well and should be kept out of children’s reach:

  • Low Alkalinity Sodium Silicate Hydrous: a powder available from Chemical Store Online. The powder is safer and easier to measure than the liquid form and has a purity of 99.5% with a ratio of SiO2 to Na2O of 3.22 (Na2O=19.2%, SiO2=61.8%) and a water of hydration to SiO2 ratio of 1.0. Only order “sodium silicate – low alkalinity”. Do not order “sodium silicate – alkaline” from the Chemical Store. Chemical store link
  • Sodium Bisulfate: a white powder 99.5% pure of micro-prills (i.e. very small pellets) from Professor Fullwood of LoudWolf Ltd. is available from Amazon.  Note that both optional calcium chloride and magnesium sulfate are available from the same source.
  • Mini Measuring Spoon Set: Norpro 3061D from Dine Company Online. Currently priced under $4 without shipping. Three measuring spoons come attached to a single ring. Only the dash and smidgen are used for Silicade preparation. In order to avoid accidental use of the wrong measuring spoon, remove the pinch from the ring.  The measuring spoons will tarnish and this is not a problem.
    Note: in the early 2000’s some companies, such as Norpro and Dine, began defining and accurately calibrating the dash and smidgen measuring spoons as precise fractions of a teaspoon. Do not use antique dash and smidgen measuring spoons as they may not be correctly calibrated. 
  • Spatula: Any small spatula with a straight-edge works to level the contents of the measuring spoons prior to addition.

By following these instructions you can easily prepare a gallon of Silicade:

1)      A level dash and two level smidgens (3/16 of a teaspoon, 600mg. with 597mg as SiO2[NaO2]1/3.22 H2O (mw 88.66) of hydrous powdered sodium silicate is placed in a Pyrex glass measuring cup, suspended in 1/8 cup of tap water, brought to boiling in the microwave or on the stove, and boiled for 30sec. The powder contains 99.5% water soluble sodium silicate and 0.5% max. of water insoluble materials as required by the American Waterworks Standard B104-98  for adding sodium silicate to drinking water.

2)      The hot water with dissolved sodium silicate is immediately diluted to one gallon (3.785 liters) with cold tap water resulting in a 1.29 mM/liter (124ppm) solution of pH 9.8 OSA.

3)      One level dash (1/8 of a teaspoon, 0.83 gr, 6.9 mM) of sodium bisulfate is added to the solution of OSA and dissolved with stirring in order to acidify the solution to pH 4.0 to 5.0. Optionally, if tap water is more basic than pH 8.5, use a pH meter while slowly adding a little more sodium bisulfate in order to lower the pH to 4.0-5.0. Etekcity pH pen meter PH-2011 is a temperature compensated low cost pH meter available online. A pH 7.0 standard solution is recommended for periodic calibration of the pH meter.

4)      The clear colorless acidic solution of OSA is further purified by filtering through a Brita pitcher style filter (i.e. OB03) resulting in OSA at a pH of 4.4.

5)      Two level smidgens of sodium bicarbonate (a.k.a. baking soda) are added and dissolved with stirring in the gallon of filtered OSA, resulting in Silicade with a pH of 6.5, a TDS of 285 at 25oC, and less than 2mcg/L labile aluminum.  Each quart of Silicade contains 34mg of dissolved silicon as 117.3mg of monomeric (OSA).

6)      Optionally make Silicade Plus Calcium, if tap water is low in calcium, add two level dashes of calcium chloride flakes or prills (840mg 36% calcium) 99% pure from Loudwolf/Amazon. This will increase the calcium level by 80mg per liter, the TDS to 450 at 25oC, and the pH to 6.6 in a gallon of Silicade + Ca. Labile aluminum in calcium enriched Silicade is less than 2mcg/L. It has been found that calcium at concentrations greater than or equal to 75mg/L have a significant protective effect on cognition461.  Optionally add a heaping dash of magnesium sulfate to increase magnesium by 20mg/L.

7)      Optionally make Sparkling Silicade - Carbonate Silicade resulting in pH 4.5 beverages.

Drink 3 to 4 cups of Silicade a day around meal times in order to provide a total of 25.5 to 34mg of silicon as monomeric OSA. This is 7.7 to 10.3 times the 3.3mg of silicon that when consumed as OSA per day was observed to lower the frequency of AD76.  In the U.S. 160mg per liter of OSA (i.e. 100mg per liter of SiO2) is generally recognized as safe in drinking water462.  
Why This Recipe Works

The goal of this recipe for orthosilicic acid (OSA) in drinking water is to use an easily measured solid silica powder and an acidic microprill that are commercially available online and shipped to anyone, not just chemical laboratories. Both of these chemicals are high purity (e.g. 99.5%). 

  • Solubilize and hydrolyze sodium silicate to OSA: Boiling powdered sodium silicate for 30 seconds in an eighth of a cup of tap water keeps the pH high enough (e.g. pH = 13) to solubilize and hydrolyze 99.5% to monomeric OSA and short silica polymers463-465.
  • Neutralize and prevent re-polymerization of OSA: In order to prevent OSA re-polymerization, immediately dilute the basic (e.g. pH=13) OSA solution to a gallon with tap water. To render the solution non-hazardous, acidify the solution to pH 4.0 to 5.0 with the solid acid sodium bisulfate. A 1.29mM OSA solution is well below OSA’s saturation level in water (e.g. 2-3mM) but requires 7 days to fully stabilize rising from 108ppm immediately after preparation to 124ppm417. Polymerization of OSA has been observed at neutral pH only well above OSA’s saturation level (i.e. 42mM)453,464,465.
  • Remove Aluminum: For optimal aluminum removal acidify the OSA solution to pH 4.0 to 5.0 and then filter through a Brita pitcher style filter (OB03) or MAXTRA+.  A significant portion (e.g. 98.5%) of the labile aluminum introduced in tap water is removed416,417.  This Brita filter is a combined activated carbon and cation exchange resin that removes cations like aluminum but does not remove OSA417.  If the tap water used for Silicade is between pH 6.5 to 8.5, as per EPA’s secondary drinking water standard, then after acidification, filtration, and bicarbonate addition Silicade will be pH 6.5. 
  • Optionally add Calcium and/or Magnesium: Have your tap water checked and if it is low in calcium and/or magnesium, add supplemental calcium and/or magnesium to Silicade. The Brita filter reduces calcium and magnesium in Quabbin tap water by one half416. Drinking water with calcium at levels of 80mg/L and magnesium at levels of 20mg/L has been found to be optimal for good health466.  This may be due to calcium and magnesium competing with aluminum for absorption by the gut451.  Calcium catalyzes the polymerization of OSA but only at pH greater than 8467,468.  Silicade + Ca is pH 6.6 and at this pH OSA in Silicade + Ca is primarily a non-polymeric monomer417.   
  • Short Recipe for Silicade
    Ingredients needed:

    ·         Sodium Silicate
    ·         Sodium Bisulfate
    ·         Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate)

    Tools needed:

    ·         Dash measuring spoon = 1/8 tsp
    ·         Smidgen measuring spoon = 1/32 tsp
    ·         1 cup Pyrex measuring cup
    ·         1 gallon measuring container
    ·         Brita filter -  pitcher style
    ·         Spatula for leveling
    ·         Stirring utensil


    1.      Add 1 level dash & 2 level smidgens of sodium silicate to a one-cup Pyrex container

    2.      Add 1/8 cup of tap water to the one-cup Pyrex measuring container

    3.      Heat the contents of the Pyrex measuring cup to boiling and boil for at least 30 seconds

    4.      Dilute immediately with a small amount of unheated tap water

    5.      Pour all the contents of the Pyrex measuring cup into a 1 gallon container

    6.      Fill the 1 gallon container with unheated tap water to the 1 gallon mark on the container

    7.      Add 1 level dash of sodium bisulfate to the one gallon container

    8.      Stir the mixture thoroughly and then filter the mixture through a Brita filter pitcher

    9.      After filtering, add 2 level smidgens of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to the mixture

    10.  Stir Silicade to dissolve the baking soda

    11.  Enjoy the health benefits of drinking Silicade!

    Silicade can be stored indefinitely in the dark at room temperature or in a refrigerator.