The Aluminum-Magnesium connection in neurodegenerative disease.

Many vaccines contain aluminum adjuvants. When my son was born, I chose to delay and selectively vaccinate. When he was 4 months old, a nurse gave him the Pediarix vaccine without my permission. It has 850 mcg aluminum (hydroxide) in it, more than any other vaccine. One month later I came back to have Prevnar (pneumococcal) and Hib administered. Three days after that appointment, my son developed a head tic. It stopped me in my tracks. I brought him to the doctor, who said my son was likely just “exploring his range of motion”. I was never satisfied with that answer. But I didn’t know any better to question the vaccines or anything else. Thankfully, the tic gradually went away over the course of a month or two. (Edit 04/2017: upon speaking with my son’s new pediatrician, he believes my son was likely having infantile seizures at that time.)

Fast forward to when my son was 4 years old. We had installed a reverse osmosis filtration system for our drinking water. Two months later my son began to have an eye tic. It started out as excessive blinking. It rapidly grew worse over the course of two weeks, involving his whole face and even his shoulder. We made an appointment with his doctor. We were worried he was having absence seizures and that something was terribly wrong neurologically for the tics to get so bad, so fast. My husband and I spent our nights reading and researching as much information as we could find on the potential causes of what was happening to our son.

One night while investigating the issue, I found that tics are associated with magnesium deficiency. Then my husband found a World Health Organization article that mentioned reverse osmosis (demineralised) water leaches minerals from the body, including magnesium. If your ratio of calcium to magnesium is too high, your nerve cells will fire repeatedly, your muscles won’t be able to relax, and you will start to have involuntary tics.

So we started giving him spring water and increased his intake of magnesium rich foods that next day. The tics went away almost completely within about 5-7 days.

Aluminum causes symptoms of magnesium deficiency, which is critical for brain health.

I always suspected that somehow the aluminum my son was injected with as an infant was connected to the tics coming back this past summer. Especially since he was the only one in our family to experience such severe effects from the reverse osmosis water. But, I wasn’t sure how, until accidentally coming across this study:

Aluminum decreases the magnesium concentration of spinal cord and trabecular bone in rats fed a low calcium, high aluminum diet.

Yasui M, et al. J Neurol Sci. 1998.

The authors found that high aluminum exposure decreases the concentration of magnesium in the central nervous system tissues, causing degeneration through altering the normal biological function of magnesium.

So basically, the reason why my son was the only one in our family who was severely affected by the magnesium-depleting reverse osmosis water was because the aluminum in his system was making the situation much worse. (But the aluminum was injected *four years* ago, right? More on this later.)

In addition, the study below states that having a higher Ca/Mg ratio (too much calcium and not enough magnesium) accelerates the uptake of aluminum into the brain which can cause even more neurodegenerative effects:

Relationship between neurological diseases due to aluminium load, especially amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and magnesium status.

Mitani K. Magnes Res. 1992.

To re-cap, exposure to aluminum causes a decrease in magnesium. High calcium/low magnesium ratio harms neurons and proper firing/function of nerve cells. Magnesium deficiency in turn invites more aluminum to be deposited into the brain, causing more neurological damage.

Aluminum adjuvants cause chronic effects in the body.

Even though it had been almost four years since he was given the pediarix vaccine, the following studies have found that the aluminum injected into the body via vaccine adjuvant can remain under the skin at that location for several years as it slowly relocates to other organs and tissues of the body (including the brain).

Aluminum remains under injection site for 4-5 years:

Sixty-four children with persistent itching nodules and contact allergy to aluminium after vaccination with aluminium-adsorbed vaccines-prognosis and outcome after booster vaccination.

Bergfors E, et al. Eur J Pediatr. 2013.

Highly delayed translocation of aluminum:

Highly delayed systemic translocation of aluminum-based adjuvant in CD1 mice following intramuscular injections.

Crépeaux G, et al. J Inorg Biochem. 2015.


To add to the above references, here is a link to a case study about tics and other toxicological effects from having been dosed with aluminum hydroxide.


In the end, not only does it appear that aluminum can cause tics and neurodegenerative effects, and is linked to all kinds of neurological diseases like ALS and Alzheimer’s, but the mechanism of action appears to be through displacing and depleting the concentration of magnesium in the brain, which increases calcium/magnesium ratio and causes excitotoxicity neuron cell death.




In conclusion, this is what we’ve been doing to remedy the above health effects:

  • Avoid aluminum exposure in all forms as much as possible.
  • Drink magnesium-rich water and have drinking water tested.
  • Eat magnesium-rich foods. (Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, almonds…)
  • Take Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) baths.
  • Eat a clean, healthy diet and avoid inflammatory foods.

According to the World Health Organization, the minimum magnesium content of drinking water should be 10mg/L. There’s a lot of evidence that Americans are chronically magnesium deficient, and that getting more magnesium is very beneficial. This study even states that having the proper amount of magnesium in your drinking water can help prevent heart disease and stroke.

I hope this information helps you improve your health or your child’s health like it has ours.



  1. I came across your website because someone in a Facebook group I’m in shared one of your articles. Great, concise writing!
    Have you looked into adding concentrated mineral drops to your RO water? I sometimes use it, but other times worry about its safety.


  2. Great information. My son was diagnosed with a tic disorder and I have always been convinced it was due to his reaction to the Dtap and MMR combo he received at 3 years old. (He will be 7). I’m glad I have more to look into. Thanks for the links to the articles.


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