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    Default the supposed dangers of aluminum

    It seems that somewhere along the way, I've heard people say that eating food cooked in aluminum pots can cause Alzheimers or something like that. I have no verifiable proof nor do I remember where I heard this.. But the question I would like to pose to the board is this:

    Of you guys (and Gals) that work with aluminum, do you find that after a long day or two of grinding, sanding,polishing and/or handling the stuff that you become a little cranky, easily angered or bad tempered? thinks for a second abou this because if this is the case, it is very subtle. Every person Ive ever talked to that works with AL seems to be a little grouchy.

    I must say that at times I do find this to be factual in my own personal experiences especially when im grinding. the dust floats in the air and I can see it sparkle in the sunlight. This is about the time I remember to put on the mask...

    I had mentioned somewhere else that of all the elements in the periodic table, Aluminum will form the smallest of free floating particles. They exist in the micron size. I can just see this stuff getting into our lungs and then our bloodstream.

    But anyway, how do you feel after a day or a few days of working with the stuff?
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    When ever I work with aluminum people try to stay away from me for a day or two........ But that's because it's such a DAM PITA!!

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    I never worked with aluminum that much except to cook in it. I use a big aluminum pot to cook my chili and distribute to my friends. I never heard of any dangers other than the acid from tomatoes staining it.

    My guess would be it probably has a list of cautions on an MSDS sheet somewhere. Im sure all metals have some kind of preventive measures. I get the MSDS sheets on rods but just throw them in the file, never read them. Does anybody know if they are available for different metals ?
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    Ah...um, I can't remember. What was it we're talking about??
    Last edited by TS-Off-Road; 11-23-2007 at 06:58 AM.

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    The Alzheimers thing was a bust. I know iron deposits in the lungs are coughed back up.

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    I heard a report that said Alzheimer's patients had elevated levels of AL. Long time ago, so don't have specifics or remember anything else. I don't get grouchy after working with Al. I like working with Al. It's when I get stuff that I am underpowered for and can't use AC tig that I get grouchy.

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    I like aluminum. The stuff is great for alot of projects and its shiny silver too.
    (packrat syndrome)

    I should do more research on this subject.
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    I welded aluminum every day for several months. Aside from some respitory irritation in the first week I was fine and happy.

    Now a full day of welding stainless will make me feel bad. I won't do a full day of stainless w/o a respirator.

    I have heard of the aluminum pot thing but like you don't remember where exactly.

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    I never thought about it much, but it does give me something to think about and research. My wife just thinks I'm crazy anyway.

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    This is something I've paid attention to over the years. I remember seeing the scientist on 60 Minutes (or similar show) saying he was sorry for starting the idea that aluminum and alzheimers was related. His words were to not worry about any exposure, use the aluminum pans, and he chuckled about the whole mix up. Just because aluminum is found in alzheimer brains does not mean that is the cause - it may be a result. There is so much medical misinformation out there, so you have to always verify the source. Here's one that looks reliable:

    http://www.straightdope.com/classics/a971219.html

    But breathing hot metal fumes is not a normal everyday occurrence (for normal everyday people ). It would make sense to limit your exposure. I remember as a kid sanding a garden tractor down to prep it for painting, and wondering why I had that metallic taste in my mouth. Years later I learned that was a sign of toxic levels of metal in your system. Luckily I was a slacker ..

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