The Periodic Table : Alumina (Aluminum)

Another common element in our environment, which we need to be aware of minimizing and detoxing from, is aluminum. It’s link with Alzheimer’s disease is one of the well-known adverse effects of this toxin. Many people have also figured out that many commercial brands of antiperspirants or deodorants are a source of aluminum, and are better replaced by alternatives.

Like Chlorine, Aluminium also exists on the third row of the periodic table, which means that its use as a homeopathic remedy relates to the general theme of identity. Where the issue in Chlorine is one of taking on a ‘negative’ identity, in the case of rebelling against a dominant role model, Alumina has a theme of a more generalized confusion regarding their identity. This comes as no surprise when its link to Alzheimer’s is recalled, but it is a theme which is much more pervasive than this one medical condition.

The mental and emotional characteristics of alumina are very slow – slow to think, slow to respond, and slow to take action. This slowness is actually a cover-up for a deeper layer of strange inexplicable impulses which are feared, and attempted to be controlled. It is as if the whole nervous system has been taken down a few notches, and is running at a much slower speed then usual. Many physical conditions involving a disturbance of the nervous system may be helped with alumina.

At the higher cognitive level, the situation of alumina can have resulted from a parenting style which was excessively controlling, where the child had little opportunity to discover their own identity. The bizarre impulses are a perverted form of this core identity attempting to assert itself, but not really knowing how. Some of the compulsive behaviours of a mid-life crisis may sometimes be attributed to this underlying state of being insufficiently grounded in the true self.

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