Another soapbox - this is just my opinion.
I don’t want to put a damper on things but I have another bee in my bonnet – that of Aspartame. Maybe I have already mentioned it but around here, everyone knows not to get me started on Diet Coke and Pepsi, and Aspartame is the sweetener that makes it “Diet”.
This stuff causes havoc to your body and is responsible for Multiple Sclerosis-like symptoms and lupus, to name just a couple. It is marketed as NutraSweet, Spoonful etc and is in many products, especially fizzy drinks but is far from Diet as it makes you crave carbohydrates, which will make you fat!! It is dangerous if drank during early pregnancy or given to children, as it causes neurological problems, so watch those labels and get the kids off those fizzy drinks -they are bad for them anyway. It is also extremely dangerous to Diabetics.
Below I have put a piece on a person whose life has indeed changed since coming off diet coke. There are over 5000 products that contain aspartame and it is in everything from yoghurt to mints, baked beans to vitamins.
The makers of this stuff know how deadly it is but keep coining it in. The best way to hit these all-powerful drug and chemical companies is through their sales figures.
It is a plague on society and should be avoided at all costs so, find something else to drink and do your health a favour – and that doesn’t mean ordinary Coke as I have already covered what that does to you anyway! (they use it to clean engines in the USA and if you put a t-bone steak in a bowl and cover it with coke, there will be no trace of it in three or so days and you put the stuff in your stomach - not me thanks, though it is great for cleaning jewellery!!).
This is a free country and I don't intend for me or mine to consume another product containing Aspartame (where I can help it and even the kids are reading the labels now).
NB; read your labels and you will be surprised what you will find. I received my new stock of vitamins and thought I would compare labels with some I already had. Guess what! On the kids vitamins and the Vitamin C, both had that dreaded word in my house – Aspartame!!! In vitamins!!! Even things you think are safe maybe aren’t. Needless to say, they are now disposed of and replaced by my new chosen range of vitamins and minerals, none of which have aspartame in. See what I mean – only the best for you lot!
You too have a choice - it is up to you but don't say you didn't know.
A notice as I received it...
Diet Coke or not?? Please read this.
In October of 2001, my sister started getting very sick, she had stomach spasms, she was having a hard time getting around, to walk was a major chore. It took everything she had just to get out of bed, she was in so much pain. By March 2002, she had undergone biopsies, and was on 24 various prescription medications. The doctors could not figure out what was wrong with her. She was in so much pain, and so sick, she knew she was dying.
She put her house, bank accounts, life insurance etc in her oldest daughter's name, and made sure her younger children were to be with her oldest daughter. She wanted her last hooray, so she planned a trip to Florida (basically in a wheelchair) for March 22nd. On March 19th I called her to ask her how one of her tests went, and she said they didn't find anything on the test, but they believe she had MS. I thought, oh, my...then I recalled an article a friend of mine emailed to me...and asked her...Do you drink Diet pop? She told me yes, as a matter of fact, she was getting ready to crack open one that moment, I told her not to open it, and to stop drinking the diet pop...and I e-mailed her the following article.
She called me within 32 hours after our phone conversation, and told me she stopped drinking the diet pop, and she can walk...she went up the stairs, and the muscle spasms went away. She said she didn't feel 100% but sure felt a lot better. She told me she was going to her doctors with this article and would call me when she got home.
She called me, and her doctor was amazed, he is going to call all his MS patients to find out if they consumed artificial sweetener. In a nutshell, she was being poisoned by the aspartame in the diet soda, dying a slow death. When she got to FL March 22nd, all she had to take was one pill and that was a pill for poisoning...she was well on her way to recovery...and she is walking!!!!! No wheelchair!!!!! This article saved her life!!!!
The life-saving article:
If it says "sugar free", on the label, DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
I have spent several days lecturing at the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on "ASPARTAME" marketed as "NutraSweet", "Equal" and "Spoonful". In the keynote address by the EPA, it was announced that in the United States in 2001, there is an epidemic of Multiple Sclerosis and Systemic Lupus, that it was hard to understand what toxin was causing this to be rampant. I stood up and said that I was there to lecture on exactly that subject.
I will explain why Aspartame is so dangerous: When the temperature of this sweetener exceeds 86 degrees F, the wood alcohol in Aspartame converts to Formaldehyde and then to formic acid, which in turn causes metabolic acidosis. (Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.) The methanol toxicity mimics amonst other conditions, Multiple Sclerosis. People were being diagnosed with having MS in error. The multiple Sclerosis is not a death sentence, where methanol toxicity is!
Systemic Lupus has become almost as rampant as Multiple Sclerosis, especially with Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi drinkers. The victim usually does not know that the Aspartame is the culprit. He or she continues it's use, irritating the Lupus to such a degree that it may become life-threatening. We have seen patients with systemic lupus become asymptomatic once taken off diet sodas. In the case of those diagnosed with MS (when in reality, the disease is methanol toxicity), most of the symptoms disappear. We've seen many cases where vision returned and hearing improved markedly. This also applies to cases of tinnitus.
During a lecture I said "If you are using ASPARTAME (NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful etc) and you suffer from Fibromyalgia symptoms, spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision or memory loss - you probably have ASPARTAME DISEASE." People were jumping up during the lecture saying "I've got some of these symptoms: Is it reversible?" Yes. Not drinking diet sodas and keeping your eye out for aspartame on food labels etc, yes!
We have a very serious problem. A stranger came up to Dr Espisto (one of my speakers) and me and said "Could you tell me why so many people seem to be coming down with MS?" During a visit to a hospice, a nurse said that six of her friends, who were heavy Diet Coke addicts, had all been diagnosed with MS. This is beyond coincidence! Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi etc IS NOT A DIET PRODUCT! The Congressional Record states that it makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT. The formaldehyde stores in the fat cells, particularly in the hips and thighs. Once off these products with no significant increase in exercise etc, Dr Roberts, in his lecture stated that he had patients who lost an average of 19 pounds over a trial period.
Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics. We found that physicians would believe that they have a patient with retinopathy, when in fact the symptoms are caused by aspartame. The Aspartame drives the blood sugar out of control. Thus diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxic without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it passes the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain, causing in diabetics (as well as in patients not suffering from Diabetes) various kinds of brain damage, seizures, depression, manic depression, panic attacks, rage, violence. (The aspartame in thousands of pallets of Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi consumed by men and women fighting in the Gulf war, may be partially to blame for the well-known Gulf War syndrome.)
Dr Roberts warns that it can cause birth defects i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and early pregnancy. Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NOT be given NutraSweet. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to convince a mother that aspartame is to blame for her child's illness. Only by trial and success will she be able to warn other mothers to take their children's health in their own hands.
Stevia, a sweet herb, NOT A MANUFACTURED ADDITIVE, which helps in the metabolism of sugar (which would be ideal for diabetics) has now been approved as a dietary supplement by the FDA. For years, the FDA has outlawed this sweet food because of its loyalty to MONSANTO. Books on this subject are available:
EXCITOTOXINS; THE TASTE THAT KILLS - written by Dr Russell Blayblock (Health Press 1-800-643-2665
DEFENCE AGAINST ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE - written by Dr H J Roberts also a diabetic specialist.
These two doctors will be posting a position paper with some case histories on the deadly effects of Aspartame on the Internet.
According to the Conference of the American College of Physicians "we are talking about a plague of neurological diseases caused by this deadly poison." Here is the problem:
There were Congressional Hearings when Aspartame was included in 100m different products. Since this initial hearing, there have been two subsequent hearings, but to no avail. Nothing has been done. the drug and chemical lobbies have very deep pockets. Now there are over 5000 products containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED!!!!
I assure you MONSANTO, the creator of Aspartame, knows how deadly it is. They fund amongst others, the American Diabetes Association, the American Dietetic Association, the Conference of the American College of Physicians. This has been exposed in the New York Times - to no avail. These Associations cannot criticize any additives or convey their link to MONSANTO because they take money from the food industry and have to endorse their products. Senator Howard Hetzenbaum wrote the bill that would have warned all infants, pregnant mothers and children of the dangers of Aspartame. The bill would have also instituted independent studies on the problems existing in the population (seizures, changes in brain chemistry, changes neurological and behavioural symptoms). It was killed by the powerful drug and chemical lobbies, letting loose the hounds of disease and death on an unsuspecting public.
Scary or what!! Well, I certainly wouldn't risk it - I don't drink any of these types of drinks anyway but will certainly be checking food labels for this from now on.