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is an integral part of our daily lives, from cooking pans and
computers, to soda cans, cosmetics and vaccines. But how much do we
know about its impact on human health and the environment?
Based on Bert Ehgartner’s groundbreaking book Dirty Little Secret – The Aluminum Files, The Age of Aluminum
is the first film to explore the metal’s little-known darker side.
Through interviews with leading scientists and researchers, along with
the personal stories of several individuals, the film reveals how
aluminum exposure has triggered serious health consequences and
environmental damage. Representatives of the aluminum industry defend
its safety record.
Long known as a neurotoxin, many scientists
suspect aluminum is linked to such modern scourges as breast cancer,
Alzheimer’s disease, allergies and autism. The documentary looks at how
aluminum may be the “universal toxin” underlying the increase in
epidemic levels of chronic illness and age-related neurological
Aluminum mining and manufacturing have also created
acute environmental problems in several parts of the world. The film
documents the devastating effects of aluminum mining in South America,
as well as environmental disasters in Hungary and the UK.
Ultimately, The Age of Aluminum
asks, why isn’t more research urgently being conducted on aluminum and
human health, and what can we do now to avoid its negative impact on our
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