WE should like to know how much money is at present invested in the manufacture and sale of Aluminium vessels for the cooking and preserving of our foods. It would take many millions to cover it, and if it was all bought and paid for in gold and silver we question if there would be gold and silver coins enough in the world to go round.
Conveniently paper has come in for a money currency, so the grand advance of Aluminium cookery goes on without a check. Aluminium is a most convenient metal. It is light to handle and carry, and it allows the passage of heat rapidly and carry, and it allows the passage of heat rapidly through its walls; so that in Aluminium kettles water quickly boils. It is light in colour and looks clean and attractive.
But, when these advantages, and quite a number of others are allowed for, another question arises-what is the nature of the metal itself? Is Aluminium a metal that resists chemical action? Because; if it does not, lightness, cheapness and all its other advantages go by the board.
This is the question Dr. Le Hunte Cooper set himself to answer in the paper before us. And the answer is no hesitating one. Aluminium is no fit metal for the cooking, preparing or storing of food. It is a poison, a soluble poison, an active chemical agent capable of producing a vast variety of disordered sensations and conditions. So vast is the scope of the question involved that in ordinary civilised life there are few persons who are not in some degree or other under the influence of Aluminium. Dr. Cooper is able to speak on the subject with the most potent of arguments.
Those who really wish to know-and in this highly civilised life of ours the vast majority of persons are so finely constituted that they would very much rather not know of facts which are so upsetting to domestic and other economies-those, we say, who really wish to know the truth about Aluminium must by every means in their power procure and distribute Dr. Coopers paper. Dr. Cooper is himself a quandam victim of the subtle Aluminium poison. Only, there is this difference between Dr. Cooper and other sufferers – he is turning all his sufferings, as well as his other experiences with the poison, to the worlds advantage.
And this takes a good lot of doing. Most of us are content to grin and bear our pains if we cannot get rid of them. To do the other thing-to find cures for our own pains and those of others and to show where the evil lies-is another proposition altogether.
This is where Dr. Coopers work comes in. It is not a mere voice in the wilderness; it is definite, living fact, which can no more be argued out of existence than an earthquake can.
Dr. Cooper is distributing his pamphlet very widely, and he appears to be too modest to put a price on it. It is well printed and occupies thirty pages of rather close but clear print. The full title is: “The Danger of Food Contamination by Aluminium,” by R.M. Le Hunte Cooper, M.B., B.S., M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. It is printed and published by John Bale, sons & Danielsson, Ltd., London, W.
We will conclude this notice by reproducing the authors masterly preface, and we trust the medical authorities therein named will feel properly conscious of their own share in the publication.
DR. COOPERS PREFACE.
“At the end of last year when I had been working on this subject for nine months, I showed the result of my work to some leading lights of the Profession of long experience, and on whose judgment I could confidently rely. After carefully weighing the evidence they regarded the matter of such vital and far-reaching importance that they urged me not to act too hastily, but to bring it out through recognised and authoritative channels.
“I therefore approached the Royal Society of Medicine, but their programme was already filled up to the end of this year, and they suggested my applying to the Lancet. This Journal was not prepared to print my Paper, the Practitioner could only offer me space for a totally inadequate 1,700 words, and the British Medical Journal was equally out of court, owing to previously expressed opinions.
“The professional and scientific world being thus denied the opportunity of having the other side of the case adequately presented to it, it became obvious that the peril to the health of civilised humanity as a whole must continue, for this could only be countered by authoritative medical and scientific opinion insisting on the removal of the danger.
“The peril being a very real and very urgent one, I felt I had no alternative but to make these facts known independently and without further delay, to my brother Medical Practitioners, to enable them to exercise their own individual judgment.”.