Copper & Alzheimer's Disease

Tim Tyler tim at
Sat Aug 16 15:35:08 EST 2003

In David Wright <wright at> wrote:

: Drinking water is not a significant source of most minerals, with a
: few minor exceptions like fluoride, which many people think is a
: horrible deadly poison and shouldn't be in the water anyway.

It's already been mentioned - but in the post at the head of this
thread it states:

``Researchers first noticed that the rabbits they use to model Alzheimer's
  disease developed fewer plaques in their brains when they drank
  distilled water rather than tap water. These insoluble plaques,
  generated in the rabbits via a high-cholesterol diet, are a trademark of
  the degenerative illness.

  The tap water contained significant amounts of copper, so Larry Sparks,
  at the Sun Health Institute in Sun City, Arizona, and Bernard Schreurs,
  at West Virginia University, then gave the rabbits distilled water
  spiked with copper supplements. 

  These rabbits developed significantly more plaques than those drinking
  only distilled water.''

It appears that the minerals in the tap water were representing
a biologically significant source of at least one mineral here.

Some of these minerals may be harmful - but other ones may be useful.
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