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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


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 short-term memory returned and he began to tell off-the-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 son-in-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 Aluminum-Abstinence 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.
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If aluminum can get into the brain, it can come out of the brain. JoAnne Struve