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.