Dr. Christopher Exley has dedicated his life to the study of aluminum, and is a world-recognized expert. His enthusiasm for the subject is infectious, which makes the video below fascinating and educational. Dr. Christopher Exley is the Reader in Bioinorganic Chemistry at The Birchall Centre, Keele University in Staffordshire and Honorary Professor at the UHI Millennium Institute. Exley is a biologist (University of Stirling) with a PhD in the ecotoxicology of aluminium (University of Stirling).
His research career (1984-present) has focused upon an intriguing paradox; ‘how the third most abundant element of the Earth’s crust (aluminium) is non-essential and largely inimical to life’. Investigating this mystery has required research in myriad fields from the basic inorganic chemistry of the reaction of aluminium and silicon to the potentially complex biological availability of aluminium in humans. Exley is also fascinated by the element silicon in relation to living things which, as the second most abundant element of the Earth’s crust, is also almost devoid of biological function. One possible function of silicon is to keep aluminium out of biology (biota) and this area of study forms a large part of Exley’s research.
Aside from that, Dr. Exley also discusses how aluminum can easily be leached from the body—and it’s amazingly simple. Drink silicon-rich mineral water! Silicon (Si), as silicic acid, is suggested to be the natural antidote to aluminium (Al) toxicity, and was recently shown to promote the urinary excretion of Al from body stores.
The silicon information is near the end, but please watch the entire video. He discusses aluminum in the context of pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines, deodorant, sunscreens, and antacids. You’ll never take another antacid!
The video is a lecture given by Dr. Exley at the Vaccine Safety Conference on 4 November 2011. He focuses on what is known, and what is not known, about the effects of aluminum on the body. Towards the end, he explains that silicon can act to leach aluminum from the body, and that drinking silicon-rich mineral water can do the trick. He’s careful to point out that he isn’t a medical doctor and that no formal studies have been done. Nonetheless, he has experience of anecdotal evidence that indicates its effectiveness.
In the video, Dr. Exley states that the brand names Volvic and Spritzer are the most silicon-rich brands he’s aware of. Volvic is common in the UK, and most assuredly is not one of the more expensive varieties. However, if you choose to buy it, be sure not to purchase one of their flavored waters, which can contain a host of nasty ingredients, including sucralose, acesulfame K, potassium benzoate, and that hider of nasties, “natural flavour”.