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ALUMINUM-ABSTINENCE

THERAPY
Welcome. This website is being used
temporarily to share information about a new
holistic healthcare treatment for those who
are displaying symptoms of aluminum
poisoning. This treatment is called
Aluminum-Abstinence Therapy (AAT).
This information, along with other successful
therapies and health tips, will eventually
become available on a website currently
being developed by the Linden Health
Foundation. LHF was established to
announce the results of AAT research. At this
point in time, one can learn the basics of
AAT on the website you are now reading.
AAT (Aluminum-Abstinence Therapy) is a
theraputic dietary intervention that helps
remove aluminum from the brain. This
therapy is able to achieve this amazing feat
because the brain has the ability to cleanse
and heal itself. The Foundation website will
explain in detail how this natural process
works and why it is successful in diminishing
the signs and symptoms of aluminum
toxicity.
A number of case studies are profiled below,
but be forewarned - the stories are striking
and hard to believe. This is why certain facts
about the research are mentioned here for
those who are unfamiliar with it.
In 1989, after having a discussion with a
gentleman about his father's symptoms of
Alzheimer's disease, I felt compelled to seek
out and find the cause of this disease.
Surprisingly, what surfaced was
overwhelming scientific documentation
stating that chronic aluminum toxicity can
lead to dementia and possibly Alzheimer's
disease.

Immediately after reading this interesting but


controversial information, I began to
brainstorm. While driving home that night,
the idea of "getting aluminum out of the
brain" came to me. My thought was that if
aluminum can get into the brain, it can come
out of the brain. It seemed like a reasonable
concept that made sense to me.
The first thing I did when I got home was to
look for aluminum in my kitchen, tossing out
uncoated aluminum pans and reading every
label. When I found that aluminum was listed
in the ingredients on a can of baking powder,
I realized the sobering fact that my own
family, including myself, had been victims of
chronic aluminum poisoning.
Immediately, I concluded the obvious: The
way to reverse my condition was to stop
eating baked goods containing aluminized
baking powder. So that is what I did.
After finding that abstaining from aluminum
was effective in treating my own symptoms, I
decided to look into the feasibility of
implementing AAT with Alzheimer's
patients.
The project turned out to be a venture that
would span a decade. During that length of
time I conducted rudimentary AAT research
while working for homecare agencies and
private clients; then for two and one half
years I was given authorization to implement
AAT in a non-profit secured RCFE
(Residential Care Facility for the Elderly).
Nearly all the residents in that facility had
dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
Because I was the on-site manager of that
facility, I was able to observe each resident
carefully. Although each person responded
differently to AAT, I was happy to see that in
each case, the findings were consistent with
preceding research.

AAT research has shown that the majority of


those who suffer from dementia and
Alzheimer's disease consistently and
frequently consume products that contain
aluminum. In most cases, the products are
eaten on a daily basis. Research has also
shown that those who do not often consume
aluminized products are virtually free of AD
symptoms, unless unrelated health problems
present the same symptoms.
Each case study demonstrated that AAT
significantly benefited all those diagnosed
with the disease. What I had hypothesized
became very clear: Abstaining from
aluminum is an effective therapy for
reducing the signs and symptoms of
aluminum toxicity. A portion of my own
story can be read by clicking on WHAT TO
EXPECT at the bottom of this page.
Although this website merely scratches the
surface of what the consumer needs to know,
each page contains a great deal of
information that will educate and equip the
reader to recognize the signs and symptoms
of aluminum poisoning and to reverse or
prevent it.
Another effectual dietary intervention my
clients use is Diuretic-Abstinence Therapy
for Rheumotid Arthritis. Studies using this
therapy were conducted at the same time and
in the same facility where AAT was
implemented. Specific details and case
studies will be included on the Foundation
website. This is a must-read.
Both therapies have been used successfully
by many people for many years. It is my
hope that this information will bring
renewed hope, peace and comfort to your
lives - and to those you love.
Yours for a brighter day ahead,
JoAnne Struve

THE FOLLOWING IS A TRUE STORY:


Aluminum-Abstinence Therapy made a big
difference in the life of an elderly Alzheimer's
patient who lives in Riverside, California. Before
aluminum was removed from her diet, she was
unable to converse, see or hear. And because
swallowing was her most difficult task, it meant
that she was in the latest stage of the disease.
To make matters worse, she was violent.
Two weeks after therapy began, this woman
could see, hear, swallow and have a valid
conversation with others. Plus, she had calmed
down. Her son was stunned. He stated, "She is
like she was a year ago!"
Impossible? Think about it. When a person
becomes intoxicated with alcohol and passes
out, can that person see, hear, swallow or have
a valid conversation with others? What problems
would develop if that person continued to drink
alcohol all day, every day as some people
consume aluminum? Would the alcohol alter
behavior?
What if the person should stop drinking
altogether? A state of normalcy would be
restored, and the process would begin within
seconds. The same is true for aluminum
intoxication. But "sobering up" following
aluminum consumption is not accomplished so
quickly. Aluminum takes much longer than
alcohol (per dose) to leave the brain.
There are vast differences between the two
substances and thus, the conditions. But both
toxins clog the synapses of the nerve endings in
the brain, and the more these substances are
ingested, the more one's behavior is altered.
It doesn't take very much alcohol to disrupt
one's brain function in a short period of time.
Conversely, aluminum accumulates in the brain,
causing the development of symptoms over
time. But one thing is certain: Overdoses of
both toxins can cause demented behavior and
even death, and that fact cannot be disputed.
The stories on this website are true and factual.
To guarantee the privacy of the victims,
insignificant details were altered to protect their
identities.
The following story is about a man who was
very seriously incapacitated by Alzheimer's
disease before ATT was implemented. While on
AAT, this patient eventually began to converse
with others and participate in activities. One day
he looked around at his surroundings and
exclaimed, "This isn't my home... Where am I?"
The fact that he recognized that he was
displaced meant that he had improved

significantly. I explained to him that he had


been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and
that he was in a special program. "We are using
a new therapy to see if it will help restore your
memory." He seemed happy with that and
settled back in his chair.
This man continued to improve as time went on.
After nearly two years of therapy, his shortterm memory returned and he began to tell offthe-cuff jokes that required a rational mind. He
even began to assist others. More importantly,
he was able to recognize and name each of his
children once again.
Another Alzheimer's victim was extremely
hypersensitive and irrational when she was
approved for services. Worse, she was abusive
to others. After six weeks of AAT, she had
calmed down and stopped shoving others
around. Within a few months, she became so
cordial and well-behaved she was able to go on
outings and enjoy the company of others. Cases
like these made my research very rewarding, as
well as worthwhile.
One particularly poignant moment occurred one
afternoon while I was observing a 7th stage
Alzheimer's patient who had been on AAT for
nine months. She was gazing at herself in the
mirror as if in awe. Suddenly she recognized
herself in the mirror and said, "I know who you
are... Where have you been?" Moments like
these made the long hours and hard work worth
the effort. I often stated to my friends that no
one has a better job than mine.
Many times I awakened in the night pondering it
all. "This therapy is so incredible," I thought to
myself, "This isn't really happening." Even
though I had been observing the progress of
those using AAT for many years, I secretly
carried a burden of denial, because the results
seemed too good to be true. And although most
everyone involved in the research were amazed,
a few others were skeptical, too.
Even though AAT had benefited myself and my
family, as well as countless others, our
problems were far different from those who
were diagnosed with AD and who required
continuous around-the-clock services of an
entire healthcare staff. To watch their
improvement -- slow as it was -- was
astounding and humbling.
Weeks later, I ran into an old friend who told
me that her cousin was diagnosed with
Alzheimer's disease. This friend was an
esteemed healthcare professional who knew
nothing of my work, so I knew my credibility
would be at stake if I proposed AAT as a
therapy. I thought, "What if it doesn't work this

time?" Nevertheless, I handed her the


information and promised, "If you will help your
cousin follow these simple guidelines, her
symptoms will diminish, and she will eventually
get well."
Six weeks later, my friend called to thank me
for saving her cousin's life. After two years of
therapy, her cousin began to drive her car
again, and she is now enjoying life once more.
After hearing about many such cases, my sonin-law asked me, "When are you going to stop
doing research and start telling people?" I knew
he was right. After seeing the same results after
ten years of research, I realized the time had
come to tell the truth about aluminum poisoning
and Alzheimer's disease.

Prior to 1910, Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a


German neuropathologist and professor of
psychiatry and neurology, discovered
aluminum in the brains of people who died
from pre-senile dementia. He determined
that their deaths were caused by the
aluminum deposits. If that was true, it
means they were victims of aluminum
poisoning.
Today, autopsy studies have shown that
normal individuals also have aluminum in
their brains, causing some to conclude that
aluminum is not the cause of Alzheimer's
disease. But because there now exists
ample and overwhelming empirical
evidence that Aluminum-Abstinence
Therapy is successful in treating
Alzheimer's disease, an explanation is
needed. Aluminum affects individuals
differently, so "normal" victims can be
fatally poisoned by aluminum without
experiencing the additional complication of
dementia.
When living victims are examined for
Alzheimer's disease, the actual cause has
to be determined before an accurate
diagnosis can be decided. Symptoms of
alcoholism are easily explained, but in
cases of toxic aluminum exposure, an exact
diagnosis is currently believed to be
impossible without an autopsy.
Now, because AAT has proven to be
effectual and consistent over a long period
of time, a diagnosis of AD can be achieved
by implementing this therapy. However, an
AAT diagnosis cannot initially be
considered 100% accurate, even if there is
sufficient change [in demeanor] to make
the determination. The reason is because a
patient may be suffering from multiple

forms of brain intoxication and other


injuries, not just aluminum toxicity.
Patients with brain disorders caused by
exposure to toxic gases or metals other
than aluminum are sometimes thought to
have Alzheimer's disease. In truth, these
individuals may have symptoms of the
Alzheimer's TYPE, but they are not true
cases of AD. Many disorders mimic
symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. This is
why doctors and neurologists must follow
stringent pre-determined guidelines before
diagnosing dementia as Alzheimer's
disease.
In like manner, only when all other factors
are ruled out can doctors use AluminumAbstinence Therapy for the purpose of
providing an exclusive AD diagnosis for
Alzheimer's patients who are still alive.
For example, AAT helped to alleviate many
AD symptoms in one woman diagnosed
with Alzheimer's disease, but she needed
brain surgery for another problem. The
surgeon found clogged arteries and
cleaned them out. After the procedure, the
patient was far more cognizant (alert).
Thus, her primary diagnosis of AD was
questionable because she suffered from
both conditions.
IMPORTANT: AAT is only useful in cleaning
up toxic aluminum debris in and around
brain cells. At best, this process takes
many years, depending on the level of
plaque build-up. However, AAT does not
restore brain cells lost to aluminum
toxicity. Because aluminum enters (and
damages) brain cells, permanent brain
injury can result from chronic
overexposure.
Therapies that restore needed oxygen and
blood-flow to brain cells help to speed up
the process of AAT, but they do not replace
the specific work of AAT.
For instance, herbs such as Gingko Biloba
can help to increase blood flow, but if one
uses this herb to slow the progression of
Alzheimer's disease and yet neglects to
take aluminum and other poisons out of
the diet, Gingko will only serve to help
aluminum and other toxins travel more
quickly to the brain. When aluminum and
other toxins are eliminated from the diet, it
is only then that Gingko can help restore
normal brain activity.
In fact, unless AAT is implemented,
whether or not it is accompanied by other

therapies, Alzheimer's patients can still die


of aluminum poisoning, even when other
health conditions are being treated
successfully.
To learn more, click on the links at the
bottom of this page.

Copyright 2000-2002
JoAnne F. Struve
The contents of this website
may not be reproduced or
altered in any way without
prior written permission. The
information was obtained
through academic studies,
RCFE trial studies, ten years of
independent research and
personal interviews.
The idea of taking aluminum
out of the diet (AAT) was
created solely by JoAnne F.
Struve on the same day that
research commenced in
October, 1989.
All rights reserved.

If aluminum can get into the


brain, it can come out of the
brain. JoAnne Struve

TAKING ALUMINUM
OUT OF THE DIET

SIGNS OF
ALUMINUM
POISONING

WHAT TO
EXPECT

Taking aluminum out of the diet is not


difficult, but it can get somewhat
complicated and quite frustrating.
One's attempt to follow the guidelines
of Aluminum-Abstinence Therapy
(AAT) could end in failure if one
doesn't have sufficient knowledge
about the subject.
Foods and products that contain
aluminum are listed [in bold] in the
next section, but before the lists are
examined, please read the information
below. It must be thoroughly
understood before one begins AAT.
Many patients appear to worsen from
time to time, confusing those involved
in their care; and sometimes those
who use AAT for AD prevention find
that it doesn't help. There are many
reasons for this, including the
following:
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Abstaining from aluminum may not
appear to be effective if one is taking
drugs, breathing vapors or consuming
toxic substances of any kind. The
reason for this is because chronic drug
use and/or toxic substance exposure
may cause side-effects similar to the
symptoms of aluminum toxicity.
Millions of microscopic particles of
various toxins are ingested daily by
those who are exposed to outdoor
smog, work in toxic environments
and/or consume contaminated water.
Although AAT will work to reduce the
level of toxicity in the brain, it cannot
perform miracles. Significant results
may not be seen when overdoses of
these and other toxins, including
alcohol, over-the-counter medications
and/or prescription drugs are ingested
continuously. In other words, when
the brain becomes overwhelmed, its
performance is minimized until one's
intake of toxic substances is
dramatically reduced.
The following story will help illustrate
this point. One Alzheimer's patient
became oppositional and
uncooperative, even though he had

been on AAT for over two years. His


family believed that the therapy was
not working and that the disease was
progressing. One day, this man
refused to eat or drink anything,
including his prescription drugs. When
the problem worsened, his family
decided to follow his advanced
directives allowing him to die.
But he didn't die. Three days later, he
surprised us when he got out of bed,
dressed himself, and was cordial and
cooperative to the point of helping
others! What made the difference? His
behavior improved because his brain
was given the chance to excrete the
offending drugs. In other words,
because the drugs were stopped
(inadvertently), the man's brain was
finally able to cleanse itself. After the
man's family had his medications
appropriately adjusted, their father
was cordial and co-operative from that
point on.
This incident made it clear that
continuous ingestion of drugs and
other toxic substances can obscure or
complicate the performance of
Aluminum-Abstinence Therapy.
Other health conditions can hinder the
brain's ability to cleanse itself, as well.
Many of these will be addressed on
the Foundation website. To learn more
now, click on WHAT TO EXPECT and
SIGNS OF ALUMINUM POISONING in
the menu bar at the bottom of this
page.
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THE FOLLOWING LISTS INCLUDE
FOODS AND HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS
THAT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE CONSUME
EVERY DAY, SOMETIMES MANY TIMES
A DAY. IF ANY OF THESE CONTAIN
ALUMINUM, IT MEANS THEY CONTAIN
POISON. THE MORE ITEMS
CONSUMED, THE MORE POISON IS
INGESTED.

************WARNING************
THE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS MAY CONTAIN
TOXIC AMOUNTS OF ALUMINUM:

Foods made with aluminized baking


powder*, self-rising flour*, and salt. The
following are some of these products:
Microwave popcorn
Salted snacks
Hot cocoa mixes
Coffee creamers
Pickles and relish
*Flour tortillas
*Pizza crust
*Muffins
*Doughnuts
*Cookies
*Pancakes
*Waffles
*Cupcakes
*Cakes
*Baking mixes
*Brownies
*Pastries
*Corn bread
*Banana bread
*Carrot bread
*Dipping batter for fried foods
WARNING: Aluminumized baking powder is
now being used in many foods that were
formerly prepared without baking powder,
such as pizza crust, raised doughnuts, pie
crusts, cookies, waffles, prepared meats,
cheeses, and other products that were once
aluminum-free.
IMPORTANT:
Do not confuse baking soda with baking
powder. Soda is a pure product with no
additives. Baking powder is a mixture of
chemicals used as leavening in countless
baking products. (Leavening is what makes
a cake rise during the baking process.)
Many people believe that all breads are

made with baking powder. This is not true.


Most breads are made with yeast.
Don't panic. Numerous aluminum-free
baked goods are available in ordinary
grocery stores, as well as health food stores
and restaurants. Simply read labels to be
safe.
OTHER PRODUCTS CONTAINING
ALUMINUM:
Anti-perspirants
Many body lotions and cremes
Most cosmetics
Shampoos and conditioners
Soaps
Suntan lotions
Lip Balm
Etc.
DRUGS AND MEDICATIONS:
Over-the-counter medications and
prescription drugs containing aluminum are
too numerous to list. Read labels and
consult your doctor and pharmacist.
If your doctor has prescribed drugs or
medications containing aluminum, ask for
alternative (aluminum-free) medications. If
there is a problem, refer your doctor to this
website. Informational brochures are also
available to remind your doctor about the
dangers of medications that are made with
aluminum.
Doctors are required to encourage patient
involvement in their own care, including the
decision-making process. Because of this,
your doctor will most likely co-operate.

WHEN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ARE NECESSARY:


When prescription drugs are necessary, one's first line of defense
in preventing food and drug poisoning is to curtail the number of
toxins consumed on a daily basis.
They add up quickly. One breakfast waffle normally contains
one "dose" of aluminum. (A dose is considered the amount
required to cause an obvious effect, such as a change in
behavior.) One muffin eaten for lunch adds another dose; and a
dinner biscuit adds another. The day's total of aluminum equals 3
doses. Remember, the more items eaten, the more aluminum is
ingested.
When prescription drugs are consumed as well, the amount of
toxicity in the brain can rise to injurous levels, especially when
over-the-counter drugs are taken at the same time.
Caffeine overdose can create even more problems. When the brain
becomes dehydrated, behavior changes are commonplace. Indeed,
when chocolate, caffeinated drinks, herbal diuretic teas, packaged
diuretic herbs, body-building and diet supplements are eaten as
well, negative behavioral episodes can easily occur. Even vitamins
can become toxic when taken in excess.
When signs of toxicity appear, they should be taken very
seriously. Call your doctor to discuss symptoms, disclosing all
substances that could be at fault. Follow the doctor's orders and
begin abstinence immediately.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT BRAIN TOXICITY:
1. Assume responsibility for safeguarding your own health. Do not
expect that the Food and Drug Administration is protecting you.
They are not. All the facts are not in. Scientific investigation is still
in its infancy.
2. Learn how to read medication descriptions. Ask your doctor or
pharmacist to explain what is difficult to understand.
3. Write to manufacturers. Ask for ingredient disclosures to be
mailed to you. Most are willing to respond.
4. Learn to say no, even in social situations. If you suspect that
party foods contain aluminum (refer to list above), choose items
that are most likely aluminum-free. This habit may be difficult to
cultivate at first, but as you observe how contaminated foods
affect your mind, moods and emotions, abstinence will become
easier and less troublesome as time goes on.
5. Ask restaurant managers to examine food and salt labels before
ordering questionable items.
6. Examine all package labels before making a purchase.

THE IMPORTANCE OF READING LABELS

Reading labels is absolutely essential in remaining


aluminum-free. The Food and Drug Administration
mandated laws that require labeling of products for
human consumption. There are reasons for these laws:
1. Consumer rights: You have a right to know what
you are ingesting.
2. Consumer protection: Prevention of allergic
reactions.
3. Protection of manufacturers. Disclosures and
warnings help prevent lawsuits.
UNFORTUNATELY, THESE LAWS ARE FLAWED.
1. The law requires that chemicals used in baking
powder be disclosed on labels, yet there are no such
laws for the chemical ingredients of salt.
2. It is a scientific fact that aluminum used in
baking powder and salt is poisonous, yet there
are no warning labels to alert the consumer.
3. Product labels are not monitored adequately.
Numerous labels state "baking powder", yet do
not disclose ingredients of the powder. When these
chemicals are not listed, assume that aluminum is
present. Many of these mislabeled products are
sold in coffee shops, mini-markets, fast-food stores,
restaurants and liquor stores.
4. Ingredients are frequently listed separately on
over-the-counter drug packages. Active ingredients
are sometimes located on one side of the box, and
the inactive ingredients on the other side. This
confusing labeling practice is potentially dangerous
and should be outlawed.
5. Some listings are impossible to read without a
magnifying glass. Avoid such products and choose
alternatives.
6. Aluminum is sometimes listed in compound
ingredients, such as silicoaluminate. This can be

confusing to the uneducated consumer.


7. Some labels trick the consumer. Some deodorant labels
state, "Contains No Aluminum Hydroxide" yet they
list another form of aluminum on the package, deceiving
consumers.
8. Some vendors of crystal deodorants (made with mineral
salts and other ingredients) claim that "alum" is not
aluminum. This is not true. The dictionary defines alum as
"Aluminum sulphate".
9. Manufacturers frequently change ingredients, but the law
does not require package warnings. Thus, be sure to read
every label. If time constraints prohibit this, check labels as
often as you can in order to protect yourself.
10. Laws that do exist are not adequately enforced. This is
true in many restaurants as well. The following is a list of
familiar fast-food establishments. Most do not post
ingredients on menus or anywhere else, including the Internet.
Literature is available to consumers, however.

MISSION flour tortillas: Their Original tortillas are aluminum-free, but


their fat-free and whole-wheat tortillas contain aluminum. To request
that all their products become aluminum-free, write to: Mission
Foods, 1159 Cottonwood Lane, Suite 200, Irving, Texas 75038 Call
(800) 527-1197
CARNATION HOT COCOA MIX: Silicoaluminate is stated on the label.
To request that this product become aluminum-free, write to: Nestle
USA, Beverage Division, Inc., Glendale, CA 91203. Call (800) 6378538
PILLSBURY PRODUCTS: Many of their products contain aluminum:
cake mixes, biscuits, cookie dough and crescents. To request that all
their products become aluminum-free, write to: The Pillsbury Co.,
2866 Pillsbury Center, Minneapolis, MN 55402-1464. (800)775-4777
CREAMORA Coffee Creamer: This product contains aluminate. To
request that this product become aluminum-free, write to: Eagle
Family Foods, Inc., Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591 (888) 656-3245
MC DONALD'S Hamburgers: The salt sprinkled on their foods contain
aluminum. Individually-wrapped packages of salt contain aluminum.
To request that all their products become aluminum-free, write to:
McDonald's Corporation, One Kroc Drive, Oak Brook, IL 60523 or call

(630) 623-3000.
KFC Chicken: Their biscuits contain aluminum. To request that their
products become aluminum-free, write to: Tricon Global Restaurants,
Inc., 1441 Gardiner Lane, Louisville, KY 40213 or call 1 (800) 2255532
TACO BELL: Their crispy corn tortillas are aluminum-free, but their
soft tacos and flour tortillas contain aluminum. To request that all
their products become aluminum-free, write to: Tricon Global
Restaurants, Inc., 1441 Gardiner Lane, Louisville, KY 40213 or call 1
(800) 225-5532
PIZZA HUT: Their traditional crusts are aluminum-free, but their
breadsticks contain aluminum. To request that all their products
become aluminum-free, write to: Tricon Global Restaurants, Inc.,
1441 Gardiner Lane, Louisville, KY 40213 or call 1 (800) 225-5532

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SIGNS OF ALUMINUM
POISONING

WHAT TO
EXPECT

The primary side-effect or "wakeup call" that indicates aluminum


has intoxicated the brain is a very
serious condition called
HYPERSENSITIVITY. It is
progressive, and if it is left
untreated it can escalate into
irrational anger and displays of
violence.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF
HYPERSENSITIVITY?
*Heightened sensitivity to light or
darkness.
*Abnormal sensitivity to hot and
cold temperatures.
*An aversion to noise, touch,
movement, odors, etc.
*Unexplained feelings of
apprehension or uneasiness.
*Feelings of inferiority,
embarrassment or shame.
*Feelings of irritability, agitation or
annoyance.
Those who are easily frightened or
alarmed sometimes become overly
disturbed and provoked, displaying
irrational outbursts of anger, road
rage, bad temper, etc.
In "America's Rage" aired on 48
Hours, November 16, 2000, Dan
Rather lamented, "There may be
no exit," after assessing the
growing problem of anger in
America.
One story profiled an angry,
frustrated couple suffering in a
dysfunctional relationship. It was
the husband who tried to escape
the anguish experienced between
the two, because his wife was the
abuser. Her wake-up call came
when her spouse filed for a
separation. Forced to face the
dilemma of her uncontrolled anger,
she checked into a facility that
includes anger management in

their services.
Unfortunately, the majority of
administrators of these programs
are unaware that irrational anger
may be directly linked to aluminum
toxicity. Indeed, ignorance about
this problem is almost universal.
Even educated healthcare
providers, including registered
dieticians, do not realize aluminum
is present in ordinary foods. Nor do
they understand that it is a toxic
agent, as well as a drug, and that
overexposure may be at the root of
these people's emotional problems.
This fact represents a serious
breach within the healthcare
community; and even though these
concerns plague the industry, there
are no valid answers or solutions.
Thus, patients of irrational anger
are merely schooled in behavioral
modification and prescribed
beneficial drugs. But when they are
discharged, they return to their
families only to continue their
exposure of toxic amounts of
aluminum. Before long, they find
emotions flairing and things going
wrong again. Without being given a
reason for their trauma, the source
of their problems remains intact,
threatening these families' futures
forever.
Not all display their feelings
outwardly. Some experience them
inwardly, acting out their
frustrations covertly, such as those
who appear to be normal and
friendly to others, but are
committing acts of violence behind
closed doors. These are the ones
who are especially at risk, not only
to themselves but to others around
them.
If symptoms of hypersensitivity are
not appropriately treated, they can
progress into more serious
disorders, such as panic attacks,
phobias (excessive fear) and other
traumatic emotional and mental
illnesses. Even manic-depression
and schizophrenia can be directly
caused by overexposure to
aluminum.

The stability of family life and our


nation's domestic future depends
upon rational minds and healthy
emotions. But as long as the
subject of aluminum [as it relates
to Alzheimer's disease] remains
controversial, future generations
will inherit the devastation this
disease produces until the facts are
finally revealed.

HOW ALUMINUM AFFECTS CHILDREN


Aluminum can get into the brain at any age. The
problems it causes are well documented in Alzheimer's
disease, yet most people are unaware that this toxic
substance causes the same symptoms in people of all
ages. Countless disputes and emotional stress among
children and their parents can be directly linked to
aluminum poisoning.
Perhaps the most frustrating situations occur when
parents find they have lost control of their children.
Many of these parents believe that childhood
misconduct will diminish as children grow older, but
when it continues and escalates into violence, they are
at a loss to explain it.
Many parents respond by seeking professional help.
Yet, because aluminum toxicity is not fully understood
or treated, their problems only continue. School
rampages confirm that these problems can no longer
be ignored. The truth is, until the dietary laws are
changed, society will witness more and more children
vent their uncontrolled anger and rage toward others.

The problem begins in the womb. Because aluminum


crosses the placenta, babies can be intoxicated even
before they are born. Some are born with serious brain
disorders that can be directly attributed to the
mother's diet or habits. When hypersensitive infants
appear to be healthy, their symptoms are diagnosed as
colic. Aluminum also enters breast milk, so even the
nursing infant is at risk.
Depending upon the level of toxicity in their mothers'
diets, these children are born mentally handicapped.
These are the children who display hyperactivity,
attention deficits and aggressive behaviors from a very
early age. If their mothers are not educated about the
dangers of aluminum, these children will continue to be
fed aluminized products, and their symptoms will only
progress.
As these youths grow and develop, they become
confused about rules and are unable to control

themselves. They use poor judgment and make bad


decisions, just two of the many related disorders of
chronic aluminum poisoning. Illegal drug use is not the
only reason teenagers fail to resist harmful activities in
their teens. Their lack of impulse control was what got
them started with illegal drugs in the first place.
The following paradox is thought-provoking and should
be taken seriously. When teenagers or young adults
bring harm to others, they are placed in prisons. When
the elderly bring harm to others, they are placed in
secured-living facilities. But when toddlers harm
others, it is considered "normal" behavior.
RELATED DISORDERS: THE BRAIN'S RESPONSE TO TOXICITY
All symptoms of Alzheimer's disease are "related disorders",
yet the primary emphasis of most Alzheimer's organizations is
memory loss. But memory deficit is just one of countless
related disorders. The brain can malfunction in any number of
ways after being exposed to aluminum. Even spiritual
disorders can be attributed to the abuse of this substance.
For every person [of any age] who experiences memory loss,
there are thousands of others who display far more
traumatizing problems caused by this disease. This is why the
signs of hypersensitivity should not be ignored. They can alert
victims and families to stop aluminum consumption, as well
as the intake of other toxic substances before difficult
behaviors escalate into violence.
This crucial test is useful in other ways. When a victim is
overly sensitive, h/she may be suffering from physical
problems as well. What are some of these problems?
RELATED PHYSIOLOGICAL DISORDERS:
-Breathing disorders
-Bowel and urinary dysfunction (incontinence)
-Cardiac complications (including congestive heart failure)
-Fatigue (extreme exhaustion)
-Eye disorders
-Ear disorders, including hearing loss
-Imbalance
-Immune dysfunction
-Motor tics (involuntary muscle twitches)
-Muscle weakness
-Organ dysfunction (pancreas, thyroid, etc.)
-Parkinsonian symptoms (AD-related)
-Sleep disorders
-Etc.
RELATED DISORDERS AFFECTING CHILDREN:
-Attention-Deficit Disorder
-Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
-Autism
-Bedwetting
-Dyslexia
-Stuttering
-Etc.

Note: Many adults suffer from the conditions listed above.


These disorders can be caused by other diseases, therefore,
one's diet should always be examined to aid diagnosis.
RELATED SPIRITUAL DISORDERS:
-Displaced or unsubstantiated guilt
-Unrealistic expectations of oneself and others
-Exclusion of others who are not as spiritual
-Condemnation of those who do not measure up
-Unprovoked anger toward people of other faiths
-Offensive acts of violence toward opposition
-Inappropriate tolerance of criminal behavior
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OTHER SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC ALUMINUM
POISONING:
*Forgetfulness (short-term memory loss)
*Difficulty naming ordinary objects (keys, lamp, etc.)
*Difficulty managing time
*Diminished capacity to meet deadlines
*Diminished capacity to plan ahead
*Diminished ability to organize
*Diminished performance of former accomplishments
*Difficulty learning new concepts and skills
*Difficulty following instructions or directions
*Confusion and disorientation
*Inability to focus or sort through problems
*Difficulty listening to others
*Difficulty performing simple tasks
*Difficulty performing activities of daily living
*Poor personal hygiene
*Wearing inappropriate clothing
*Difficulty establishing or maintaining relationships
*Difficulty in showing affection or overly affectionate
*Feelings of inadequacy and dependency
*Decreased impulse control
*Obsessive, compulsive behavior
*Difficulty speaking (fragmented sentences, etc.)
*Unwanted or inappropriate verbal responses
*Name-calling or false accusations toward others
*Continuous talking or telling stories to strangers
*Divulging personal/private information to strangers
*Inappropriate interest in others' belongings/activities
*Delusional beliefs not based on facts
*Using poor judgement
*Using poor judgement when facing moral dilemmas
*Codependent on others who are abusive or
demoralizing
*Decreased capacity to handle personal finances
The list is endless. Examine the problems troubling you
or your loved ones, then examine the daily diet of
those affected. Beware of denial, a common problem
that occurs when concerned friends or loved ones are
trying to help. Victims are sometimes incapable of
recognizing or responding to symptoms. In fact, entire
families can be seriously affected and yet appear to be
"normal" to those who are unfamiliar with the
symptoms.

*CAUTION: IF YOU OR OTHERS YOU KNOW ARE


DISPLAYING SYMPTOMS OF HYPERSENSITIVITY OR
OTHER PROBLEMS LISTED ABOVE, OR IF YOU SUSPECT
THERE MAY BE OTHER DIFFICULTIES NOT MENTIONED
OR LISTED, DO THE FOLLOWING IMMEDIATELY:
1. Seek professional help, even if you don't feel the
need is urgent. Follow the doctor's orders. Encourage
the victim to drink plenty of water to help flush out
toxins.
2. Refer your doctor and pharmacist to this website. All
the signs and symptoms listed on this website can be
caused by other diseases, as well. Your doctor can help
determine what is causing the problems you are
experiencing.
3. Begin to abstain from aluminum and/or other toxins
to help reverse any symptoms you or your loved ones
may be exhibiting. DO NOT WAIT.
4. Pay attention to what others are saying, especially if
anyone is requesting a change in behavior. They may
be seeing things that are not recognized by you.
5. For more information, click on the e-mail link below.

joannefstruve@earthlink.net
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OF THE DIET

WHAT TO
EXPECT

The case studies profiled on


this website do not reveal the
whole story. The truth is, the
amazing changes seen in the
first two weeks are merely the
beginning of the long road
back.
Life-changes and life
challenges are continuous;
some of these changes are
welcome, and some are not.
But in order for AAT to do its
job, one must be very patient
and willing to endure the
hardships involved. Many of
these difficulties are explained
in this section.
First of all, AAT is limited in
what it can do. Sometimes
when survivors begin to feel
better and become more
cognizant and active, they
often ignore health issues that
are unrelated to aluminum
poisoning. Many think that AAT
will eventually take care of
everything, but it doesn't
always happen like that. For
instance, although AAT helps to
reactivate the brain, it does not
cure arteriosclerosis (a form of
heart disease). However, it has
been shown to solve a number
of related heart problems, such
as arrhythmia (irregular
heartbeat), as well as other
health problems that were
thought to be unrelated and
hopeless. Because of that, AAT
has often been viewed as a
"fix-all".
Although some people are
faced with impossible health
dilemmas and unexplained
mental problems, most
consumers of aluminumized
baked goods find they are
mostly bothered by frequent
emergency situations and
ordinary day-to-day setbacks,
many of which can be directly
linked to their toxic diet or
other substances. People lock

their keys in their cars, forget


appointments, forget to pay
their bills, get locked out of
their homes, etc. Most people
believe these preventable
events are normal occurrences
common to everyone. But that
is not true.
My life used to be much like
that. In addition, I forgot the
names of ordinary objects and
even the names of my closest
friends. Eventually, I began to
lose my balance; and then
unusual signs of fatigue began
to emerge. Even after eight
hours of very sound sleep, I
woke feeling completely
exhausted. When I began to
fall asleep at the dinner table
and in the middle of telephone
conversations, I began to
realize that something very
serious was wrong with me.
As time went on, my fatigue
turned into dysfunction, then
disorientation, then a host of
other health problems.
Included was a related heart
condition, breathing
difficulties, hearing loss,
hypersensitivity and many
other ailments.
My symptoms reached an acute
level after two years of eating
an aluminumized diet (muffins,
waffles, doughnuts, banana
bread, biscuits, pancakes and
cake, etc.) consumed on a daily
basis. To make matters worse,
I lived a short distance from an
aluminum factory. In my case,
airborne aluminum exposure,
coupled with the baker's diet,
resulted in acute aluminum
poisoning.
My story helps to explain why
the ordinary set-backs of daily
living can be important signals
that may indicate a problem of
toxic aluminum exposure. And
if such a lifestyle continues
unchecked, it often progresses
into more serious problems.
After I unearthed the cause of
my problems and implemented
Aluminum-Abstinence Therapy,

I was able to return to work.


After four years of therapy, all
of my related disorders were
either healed or at least
managable, including the most
serious - narcolepsy. Nearly
eight years later, I was given a
clean bill of health and was
managing an Alzheimer's
facility.
My healing was accomplished
merely by abstaining from
aluminum. No prescription
drugs or herbal supplements
were used, except when
medication was needed for
unrelated illnesses (such as
colds and fever). However, in
retrospect, prescription drugs
could have helped me in many
ways had I chosen to take
them.
Others involved in AAT
research in the early years
have their own fascinating
stories. As their lives improved,
most eventually attended
college and landed well-paying
jobs with large high-profile
companies. Some became
managers.
As AAT became known, more
and more people tried it. Some
grew impatient with the slow
results (it works gradually).
Others were unable to sustain
it because they couldn't say
"no" to their favorite foods. All
who remained on AAT found
that the road back to normalcy
demands strict discipline. At
best, all progress is frustrating
and challenging, requiring the
dedicated support and wisdom
of mentors, friends and close
family relationships.
SENIOR CITIZENS ARE
ESPECIALLY AT RISK.
Although AAT successfully
reverses aluminum toxicity at
any age, the majority over the
age of 65 never recover. Why?
Research has shown that when
responsible family members
observe that AAT actually

works, many respond


negatively.
One would think that family
members would be pleased
with any improvement in a
loved one's memory and
behavior, as well as his/her
performance of activities of
daily living, such as getting
dressed, showering, etc. But
such is not always the case.
Unbelievably, some family
members poison their loved
ones (with aluminum) to
hasten the death process. One
man stated, "We are not
interested in therapy. We want
our mother to die."
Fact is, these feelings are very
common. Moreover, even in the
best of circumstances, family
members find that their loved
ones in recovery continue to
present unpleasant challenges
from time to time for a number
of years; and many otherwise
kind and loving family
members are not willing to
endure such circumstances any
longer. Irrespective of survivor
rights, they believe they have
suffered enough.

WHAT HOPE IS THERE FOR VICTIMS OF DEMENTIA?


Families do exist who are interested in helping their disabled
loved ones. They usually have rewarding relationships, and
are thus willing to try any therapy that sounds promising.
As these brave souls courageously prepare themselves to
face a problematic future, they are surprised to find instead
that with AAT, difficult behaviors actually diminish over time.
In fact, unless other factors are involved, such as brain
injury, drug use, alcoholism and/or other serious problems,
patients often resume a number of activities and enjoy family
gatherings within a short period of time.
One victim of dementia was forbidden to visit his son's home
because he behaved badly toward other visitors. Even when
accompanied by others, this father was rejected at the door
when his family gathered for special occasions. But after AAT
was implemented, the father's behavior improved
dramatically, and now he is always welcomed.

WHEN CAN VICTIMS CONSUME ALUMINUM AGAIN?

Because aluminum is poisonous, consumption is always risky,


even for a normal person. Unfortunate circumstances can
occur very quickly after eating foods contaminated with
aluminum. Numerous stories can be told of those who locked
their keys in their cars, forgot important appointments,
ruined job interviews by displaying odd behavior, behaved
badly during important family functions, got locked out of the
house, used bad judgement, became irrational, etc.
When elderly victims are in the early stages of recovery, lifechanging episodes are virtually unavoidable when aluminum
is consumed once again. One such client, after five years of
AAT, was doing very well. But after years of abstinence, she
became weary of it and began eating aluminumized foods
again, insisting that all would be well. Unfortunately, just
minutes after eating a few muffins made with aluminum, she
became disoriented and was pulled over for careless driving.
Although she was ordinarily a careful driver, her license was
suspended forever.
Another 76 year old patient on AAT thought she could get
away with cheating just once. Because this woman was not
an Alzheimer's patient, she was considered stable enough to
be left alone for short periods of time. One day she asked for
a piece of cake when she was at a restaurant. After being
warned about the possible side-effects, she still insisted on
having the piece of cake. Forty minutes after eating only one
serving, she experienced hallucinations and was unable to
recognize her own familiar surroundings. It took three days
for the effects of that single piece of cake to disappear. She
was never left alone after that.
More recently, a younger male victim of aluminum poisoning
accidentally ate something contaminated with aluminum and
experienced a few days of confusion, disorientation and
hypersensitivity. He had been on AAT for over two years.
When one of his close friends suggested that his problem may
be due to aluminum, the man searched his trash can for
evidence and found a wrapper with aluminum listed on the
label.
Coincidentally, that same weekend, I deliberately purchased a
food item that contained aluminum, because I wanted to see
how it would affect me after eleven years of abstinence. It
came as no surprise to find that I experienced most of the
symptoms the man experienced in the story above. The man
called to ask how many days it takes for symptoms to go
away. I answered, "Three days per dose." And that is how
long it took for our acute symptoms to disappear.
Whenever I talk to skeptics, I suggest they deliberately eat
something with aluminum so that they can see for
themselves how toxic it really is. Doctors and healthcare
professionals are usually receptive to the information, but
medical students frequently scoff at it. One such student
began to use products made with aluminum in order to prove
that AAT is bogus. It wasn't long before this young man
became hypersensitive and began to neglect his appearance.
When I ran into him some time later, it was obvious that he
was feeling much better. To my surprise, he gave me a hug

and thanked me for my work.


All it takes is observation and objectivity to come to the same
conclusion as thousands of others. Aluminum indeed changes
brain chemistry and behavior.

HOW SOON AFTER ONSET OF THERAPY SHOULD ONE


EXPECT TO SEE A DIFFERENCE IN BEHAVIOR?
Dramatic changes occur within the first two weeks.
Indeed , the changes are so drastic that family
members are usually stunned. The following story
helps to illustrate this phenomonen. Bradley (not his
real name) appeared to be mild-mannered when
interviewed for services, but after he was accepted, he
was found throwing things about in a frenzy. Because
he refused to cooperate, his family considered placing
him elsewhere. After being encouraged, however, they
decided to give AAT a try. In less than two weeks,
Bradley was like a different person. In fact, he became
so cordial, several stated that he was their favorite
patient!
In spite of the amazing changes seen in this initial
period, all subsequent progress is extremely slow.
Although Bradley improved much faster than the
others, I told his family that the rest of his
transformation would take many years. One family
recently asked how long it will take for their father to
get well. After observing the patient, I answered,
"Fifteen years."
In reality, a prognosis is impossible to determine.
Fifteen years may turn into twenty years or more. It
takes a very long time for even a "normal" brain to
cleanse itself from aluminum toxicity, thus it is unlikely
that elderly patients with dementia will live long
enough to return to a state of normalcy. In fact, it is
unlikely that they will ever be able to live
independently for the remainder of their lives, unless
they are diagnosed with "acute" aluminum poisoning.
The reason is because related and unrelated disorders
have usually taken their toll, and their conditions are
usually too progressed to be treated easily. In addition,
abstinence therapies are far too complex for elderly
patients to implement alone. The truth is, whether or
not a family chooses to use AAT, the symptoms of
dementia and Alzheimer's disease will be seen for
many years.
With AAT, however, a calming effect is virtually
universal, so its use is highly recommended. And
because AAT is very effective in treating urinary
incontinence, it is now being used in a number of
healthcare facilities. In fact, a caregiver from another
group called our facility, asking to be transferred,
because, she said, "We don't have to change diapers at
your facility." It was true. Very few diapers were
actually needed, in comparison.

WHAT CHANGES SHOULD FAMILY MEMBERS EXPECT TO


SEE?
It is important to know that just as initial symptoms
differ in each person, each patient responds to therapy
differently. Victims in recovery each display different
characteristics than their counterparts, making the
recovery process alot of guesswork. One elderly patient
developed a delightful sense of humor that he had not
displayed in his lifetime. One began reciting the
alphabet and playing BINGO once again, yet her
condition was so poor before AAT began that she was
unable to slip her feet into a pair of slippers or button
her blouse. Another patient was so frightened of water
that she had never taken a shower her entire life. Five
months after AAT was implemented, she was
showering daily.
In spite of these incredible changes, those involved
must not hope or expect that their loved one on AAT
will miraculously become a different person. Again,
each responds differently. Brains clogged with toxic
debris are dysfunctional, each in varying degrees. Even
a normal brain cannot be expected to perform beyond
its most extravagant effort to heal itself. Expect much
less from the brain that has been poisoned over a long
period of time. Family members should only expect
that their loved one will become more functional and
more cordial over time. All other improvements are
icing on the cake.
Although some victims improve very dramatically and
their behavior is rarely a problem, not all respond this
way. Unfortunately, some patients on AAT become
difficult, even though they are in the process of
calming down. This is so common, in fact, that the next
section is entirely devoted to the subject. Even as
victims improve, family members should expect their
loved ones to display negative behavioral episodes
from time to time. Such behavior, after all, is often
seen in normal individuals. The Foundation website will
include more on this subject in greater detail.
UNDERSTANDING THE NEGATIVE CHANGES
One of the many and varied challenges for victims and family
members involve learning how to cope with the changes that
occur as AAT does its work. Sometimes family members
express their fears that their loved one is getting worse, and
they often panic, not knowing how to respond.
These fears are understandable. Although recovering victims
usually begin to display renewed desires and abilities along
with increased vocabulary, memory and a sense of
responsibility, etc., some also begin to act in ways the family
had not previously observed.
One woman began to speak of romantic interests, although
her family stated that sort of thing was formerly out-of-

character for her. Another began to use profanity, even


though she had been a devout Christian most of her adult
life. When one of the caregivers complained about her bad
language, I replied, "We can be happy that she is able to talk
once again."
Another patient displayed a new [and strong] sense of
independence, whereas she had been formerly passive and
submissive. Another began to talk of stealing and later
attempted to shoplift when he went on an outing with his son.
His family reported that it was uncharacteristic of his former
behavior. However, AAT calmed this man considerably, to the
point that he became very cooperative, whereas he had been
brusque and dictatorial with others much of his adult life.
Why do these unusual responses occur? It is not always
possible to determine why a patient responds in a certian
way. The victim may feel a new and compelling sense of
freedom to develop those desires and behaviors that were
once inhibited by fear. It is also possible that the changes
may be indicative of a patient's former lifestyle.
There are thousands of reasons why difficult patients
misbehave. Some are strong willed; some suffer from serious
unrelated mental illnesses. One patient remained mentally-ill
because her childhood traumas were so brutal.
Some victims were raised in criminal homes. If an
incarcerated patient would begin treatment with AAT, prison
officials would most likely find that the person would return to
h/her former way of life, because it was the convict's most
recent experience (and sometimes h/her only frame of
reference). Most criminals are seriously disturbed, or they
wouldn't do the things they do. It is common for those who
have been released from prison to return to drugs and
alcohol. It is imperative that they begin psychiatric treatment,
as well as AAT and other therapies.
Most seriously ill patients are unable to distinguish truth from
reality, yet they believe they are normal. Thus, they begin to
make their own decisions, many of them being foolish. What's
more, some begin to act in ways they did when they were
younger. To get an idea of how a loved one may respond,
learn as much as possible about the person's past. It may
offer clues that will help explain why their loved one behaves
in the ways h/she does.
Because these changes are disconcerting and sometimes
provoke unpleasant feelings within the victim's family
members, victims and all family members should seek
professional counseling when implementing AAT. Even
healthy individuals using AAT should seek the help of a
therapist. One should not go it alone when help is available.
There are many businesses and therapists that offer free
services through numerous non-profit organizations. The
Foundation website will provide links to many of these
organizations.
Fortunately, with AAT, most patients' maladjustments lessen
over time, so patients receiving professional help can have
hope that counseling sessions will not last forever. As a

patient improves, the need for professional help lessens. And


because the positive aspects of recovery outweigh the
negatives (in most instances), problems become less trumatic
and more easily solved as time goes on. Nevertheless, even
when everything seems to be going well, it is advisable to
continue counseling and mentoring on a regular basis. Even
normal families find that the help of a therapist is invaluable
in sorting through difficult situations.
Remember, Alzheimer's disease is a mental illness.
Depending on how severe one's condition is, when aluminum
is removed from the diet, the person may continue to be
somewhat mentally ill for a number years. When an individual
begins therapy he needs to be reminded over and over that
his problems will not disappear; they will merely diminish
slowly. If the person remains aluminum-free (and drug-free),
he/she should be able to see remarkable improvement month
by month.
IMPORTANT: Expect setbacks, especially in warm weather
when the air quality is unhealthy. Toxins in the air affect all of
our brains and often cause victims to regress. Some do not
get enough fluids and become dehydrated, causing even
more anxiety and altered behavior.
During these difficult times, understanding the victim is
especially important. Theirs is a world that no longer belongs
to them. Some have been captives of difficult behaviors all
their lives. AAT may be their only chance to achieve some
happiness and reach goals for the first time in their lives,
even if those goals are as simple as just getting organized.
Treating difficult cases presents social dilemmas that will not
be easily solved, but it is a small price to pay to give
unfortunate victims a future and a hope.
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joannefstruve@earthlink.net

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