|Aspartame and Stevia|
Aspartame & Stevia
Many people want to know what alternative artificial sweeteners they can safely use instead of aspartame. The first recommendation is NOT to use any chemical sweeteners at all, but merely use natural sugars or ultimately learn to adjust to the natural sweetness of raw foods themselves.
The mandatory thing to do is to avoid all artificial and all chemical sweetener substitutes. They have absolutely NO food value, they also trick the body into believeing it is eating something sweet, and more importantly they have chemical by-products that often produce harmful toxic side effects. And remember that aspartame was originally discovered as an ulcer drug, not as a sweetener. Every diet drink you used to drink was in reality a dose of medication.
Stevioside has a slight bitter aftertaste and provides 250 to 300 times the sweetness of sugar. It is stable to 200°C (392°F), but it is not fermentable and does not act in browning reactions.
In the 1970s, the Japanese government approved the plant for use in food. Japanese food processors use stevioside in a wide range of foods such as pickled vegetables, dried seafood, soy sauce and miso, beverages, baked goods and cereals, candy, gums, yogurt, ice cream, and even as a tabletop sweetener. In salty applications, stevioside modifies the harshness of sodium chloride. Combining it with other natural and synthetic sweeteners improves the taste and functionality.
The FDA considers stevia leaves and stevioside as unapproved, non-GRAS food additives. In 1992, the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) petitioned the FDA to declare stevia as GRAS, citing historical usage and referring to numerous toxicology studies conducted in Japan as well as in other countries. The FDA rejected AHPA's petition, contending inadequate evidence to approve the product. The FDA only allows the herb to be used in dietary supplements as covered by the DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act).
A War for your Health
An all out war has been silently waging in this country for more than 20 years. The battlefield is the billion dollar artificial sweetener industry. On the one side we have the giant agri-chemical industry and its allied forces, the FDA and on the other side we have a handful of small private companies and concerned citizens. The casualties are the more than 200 million men, women, and children who regularly consume more than 7,000 food products artificially sweetened with saccharin, acesulfame k, Nutrisweet, Equal and aspartame. They feel they must do so because they are diabetic, hypoglycemic, or just plain concerned about their weight or health. They unwittingly become victims by consuming artificial sweeteners in everything from chewing gum to deserts and especially soft drinks. Aspartame is marketed under such innocuous sounding names as Equal and NutraSweet. If you look closely you will find aspartame in the most unlikely and most disturbing places such as in children’s multi-vitamins like Sunkist Multivitamins, Centrum, Jr., and Bayer’s Flintstones and Bugs Bunny Chewables.
The only warning label which appears on the little blue packets of Equal and products containing aspartame concerns phenylketonuria (PKU) which is a rare disorder that affects about 1 in 16,000 individuals. These individuals lack one of the paired genes that most people possess at birth which controls the metabolism of phenylalanine. Phenylalanine uses the same active transport channel as tryptophan to cross the blood-brain barrier, and, in large quantities, interferes with the production of serotonin.
But you will not find anywhere on the label that there is even the slightest hint that aspartame has caused brain tumors in laboratory animals (although saccharin does carry this warning), or that according to National Cancer Institute data (NCI), there has been an alarming increase in the incidence and malignancy of brain tumors in Americans since the introduction of aspartame into our food supply in the early 1980's (1).
Absolutely nowhere on the label are consumers warned of literally thousands of complaints associated with aspartame that are on file at the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Reports of over 95 different serious side effects include headaches, menstrual irregularities, nausea, dizziness, skin lesions, rashes, hyperactivity, heart palpitations, gastrointestinal disorders, blackouts, numbness, memory loss, blindness, seizures, and suicidal depressions. While reports of these side effects number only in the ten thousands, the actual number of adverse side effects associated with aspartame use is estimated to be as high as 760,000. This is because most people don’t associate their symptoms with aspartame, and even if they did, only a small fraction of patients or doctors actually take the time to report them when they do.
Meanwhile, an all-natural, non-caloric, non-toxic sweetener that is safe for use by both diabetics and hypoglycemics is being kept a secret from the American public. This harmless herbal substance has been used safely for hundreds of years, is in almost half of all sweetened foods consumed in Japan, has been cultivated and studied extensively around the world with no reports of any ill side effects whatsoever, and has the ability to prevent tooth decay, inhibit the growth of certain bacteria, balance blood sugar levels, heal wounds, and reduce the craving for sweets!
What is Aspartame?
When researchers at G.D. Searle pharmaceutical company were looking for an ulcer drug they accidentally stumbled upon a white, crystalline powder that was 180 times sweeter than sugar. This man made synthetic compound consisted of two isolated amino acids, phenylalanine and aspartic acid chemically bonded by methanol (wood alcohol.) G.D. Searle dubbed the new compound aspartame and was relentless in gaining approval for its use as a food additive, despite the possible dangers. I guess money is more important than people's health to some individuals and corporations.
Phenylalanine breaks down into diketopiperazine which is a brain tumor agent. Rats in original laboratory studies developed numerous astrocytoma brain tumors. Elevated levels of phenylalanine also cause changes in brain chemistry which may account for brain/mood symptoms such as seizures, mania, and severe depression. Other specific types of reactions which were published in the Journal of Applied Nutrition in 1988 included: extreme irritability, severe anxiety attacks, marked personality changes, recent severe insomnia, and severe aggravation of phobias. (2)
Aspartic acid is a neurotransmitter, one of a class of chemicals manufactured and used by the brain. Some experts believe that the aspartic acid in aspartame causes brain lesions by literally exciting brain cells to death. (3) Aspartic acid has caused brain lesions in experimental animals in numerous tests.
In nature, methyl alcohol (or methanol) occurs in combination with ethyl alcohol which is its antidote. Only in aspartame, does methyl alcohol appear alone. Once ingested, methanol converts to formaldehyde, which not surprisingly, affects the brain quite severely in some cases. It is then further converted to formic acid (an ant sting poison) which then causes metabolic acidosis. In medicine, metabolic acidosis is a state in which the blood pH is low (less than 7.35) due to the increased production of H+ by the body or the inability of the body to form bicarbonate (HCO3-) in the kidney. Its causes are diverse, and its consequences can be serious, including coma and death. Absorption of methanol is hastened when aspartame has broken down, as it does when it is heated, (added to hot beverages or baked goods) or decomposes during prolonged storage. Methyl alcohol is specifically toxic to the optic nerve and has been known to cause blindness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you must stop all artificial sweeteners and contact your doctor immediately.
We know of 32 breakdown products from aspartame. These include: methanol, formaldehyde, formic acid, epinephrine, phenylethylamine, phenypyruvate, phenylactic acid, diketopiperazine, aspartylphenylalanine, beta aspartame, tyrosine, L-Dopa, dopamine, and norepinephrine.
Approval Over Controversy and Objections
There are very powerful economic forces behind aspartame. Even before aspartame received its final green light from the FDA for use in dry foods in 1981 and in beverages in 1983, many scientists objected to its approval. Aspartame was initially granted FDA approval for use in dry foods in 1974, but was later blocked by objections raised by attorney James Turner and John Olney, M.D. Investigators described aspartame safety studies conducted by G.D. Searle between 1967 and 1975 as ‘shoddy science’ and ‘sloppy tests.’ Ninety out of 113 aspartame safety tests showed discrepancies. FDA scientists and outside researchers insisted that more rigorous and reliable testing was needed. Despite these concerns, on July 18, 1981 aspartame was approved for use in dry foods by FDA Commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes who, incredibly overruled his own Public Board of Inquiry which recommended that approval be denied. He also ignored the law, Section 409(c)(3) of the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 348), which says that a food additive should never be approved if tests are inconclusive (4)
Objections to aspartame’s continued use continued. In 1981, John Olney, professor of psychiatry and neuropathology at Washington University, St. Louis cited risks involved with the use of aspartame. Olney, who was instrumental in banning the use of cyclamates, warned that aspartame had brain damaging properties. The American Academy of Pediatrics raised concerns about the effects of phenylalanine on PKU carriers who were unaware that they had the defect. Astonishingly, even the National Soft Drink Association had serious doubts about the safety of aspartame. In 1983, the NSDA filed a 30-page objection to aspartame’s use in beverages and then, inexplicably reversed its opposition. Aspartame received approval for use in soft drinks in 1983 and shortly thereafter, Commissioner Arthur Hull Hayes left the FDA. He was then hired as a consultant (at the rate of $1,000 per day) with G.D. Searle's public relations firm, Burston Marsteller. (5) This is a blatant case of a conflict of interest.
Ohio Senator Howard Metzenbaum prompted by mounting safety concerns within the scientific community, called for Senate hearings on NutraSweet. He introduced the Aspartame Safety Act of 1985 on August 1st of that year. The bill called for clinical studies to ascertain the safety of aspartame, a moratorium on the introduction of aspartame into new products until independent testing was complete, labeling of products including the amount of aspartame in each serving and the allowable daily intake, and a warning that aspartame is not intended for infant use. The bill also required the FDA to set up a clinical adverse reaction committee to collect reports of adverse effects and to send written notices to physicians about aspartame. In a March 3, 1986 news release, the Senator stated ‘we cannot use American’s children as guineas pigs to determine the 'safe level of NutraSweet consumption.’ Sadly, the bill that potentially could have stopped an ongoing tragedy, was killed in the Labor and Human Resources Committee, and never reached the Senate floor.
G.D. Searle sold out to the chemical company Monsanto in 1985 after suffering a $28 million dollar loss in the previous year. Monsanto then created the NutraSweet Company as a subsidiary, separate from G.D. Searle. Over the next decade, aspartame consumption soared as did the reports of the often deadly side effects increased considerably.
In June of 1996, FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler lifted all restrictions on the use of aspartame and granted it blanket approval, despite the fact that this neurotoxin (mislabeled as a food additive) is in reality, a dangerous drug that changes brain chemistry and interacts with other drugs. He did so without public notification. He also ignored a request by Senator Metzenbaum (then retired) to initiate additional safety testing. Aspartame could now be used as freely as sugar to the demise of the people.
America’s Prohibited Sweetener
Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni is a perennial shrub native to the Amambay Mountain region of Paraguay. It has been enjoyed by the Guarani Indians for hundreds of years, who use it primarily to sweeten their herbal mate tea . By the 1800's daily consumption of stevia had spread to South American settlers in Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil. In 1899, Stevia was then rediscovered by Italian botanist, Moises Santiago Bertoni. This discovery set the stage for the cultivation of stevia, which until that time had only grown in the wild in its native Paraguay.
The first stevia crop was harvested in 1908. Soon plantations began flourishing throughout South America and abroad. Stevia was first brought to the attention of the US Government in 1918 by a US Botanist. In 1921 American Trade Commissioner George S. Brady, aware of stevia’s great commercial possibilities, again brought it to the attention of the US Government, this time to the USDA. Brady noted that stevia had a long history of safe use, and was especially ideal for use as a sweetener by diabetics. This news no doubt, alarmed US sugar producers, much in the same way that the sugar industry in Germany had felt threatened when stevia was introduced there in 1913.
In 1931, the French isolated a pure white crystalline extract: stevioside. US government researcher Dr. Hewitt G. Fletcher labeled it ‘the sweetest natural product yet found.’ Quite curiously, it appears that stevia did not make its emergence onto the US sweetener scene at this time.
In the late 1960's and early 1970's, the FDA was very busy setting the stage for approval of aspartame for mass consumption in the US. But, Japan had already banned or severely restricted its use, as it had with other unsafe food additives. By 1970, the Japanese discovered stevia to be the ideal replacement for sugar and especially its synthetic chemical substitutes.
In the mid-1980's stevia was being used by several US companies as a flavor enhancer in herbal teas. Suddenly, the FDA poised itself for an all out assault on stevia and launched an aggressive campaign to stop its use. Prompted by an anonymous trade complaint, a series of FDA actions against companies using stevia included: embargoes, search and seizures, and ultimately an all out ‘import alert.’ Stevia was not granted GRAS (Generally recognized as safe) status, despite it’s long history of safe use and the numerous world wide scientific studies supporting its safety. Instead, it was classified as an ‘unsafe food additive’. Celestial Seasonings and other companies were forced to stop using stevia in their herbal teas.
While stevia was being grown and enjoyed in such countries as China, Japan, Brazil, Israel, Malaysia, and even Germany, it disappeared completely from the US marketplace until 1994. Despite the FDA’s opposition, passage of the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act allowed stevia to reenter the US market as a food supplement only and not as a food additive. All companies which market stevia products are prohibited from making the slightest implication that stevia has sweetening qualities. To do so is to risk stevia being relabeled as an unsafe food additive and to once again be banned entirely from the U.S. market.
To further protect the interests of Monsanto, and to continue the poisoning of the American public, the FDA would ultimately resort to strategies frighteningly reminiscent of tactics practiced in Nazi Germany. Recently, the FDA placed an embargo on shipments of stevia to the small Stevita Company of Arlington, Texas. In a letter to Stevita dated May 19, 1998 the FDA further demanded that Stevita destroy a warehouse full of ‘cookbooks, literature, and other publications’ and promised to be on hand to ‘witness the destruction’ of the offending materials. In a later development, the FDA asked the Stevita Company to recall the more than 6,500 books already in distribution to stores, and private individuals for the purpose of destroying these, as well.
Although the book burning has yet to take place (FDA officials backed off when local media cameras began rolling) and the FDA now denies these allegations, the letter to Stevita is proof that these threats were real. The matter has not gone unnoticed by the local chapter of the ACLU either. The FDA’s actions which are in clear violation of the constitutional right to freedom of the press, should be of particular concern to all Americans at a time when free speech is being attacked on several fronts. As evidenced by the recent Oprah Winfrey trial, passage of food disparagement laws in 13 states stifle free speech by threatening legal action against anyone with a disparaging word to say about a U.S. agricultural product.
While the rest of the world freely enjoys an all-natural, non-toxic, non-caloric herbal sweetener that is 180-400 times sweeter than sugar, but without any of sugar’s side effects and certainly much safer than any of the artificial sweeteners, Americans are being kept in the dark. Even though the FDA acknowledges that it considers stevia 'a potent sweetener’, absurdly U.S. companies are prohibited from implying that stevia has any sweetening properties at all.
The benefits of stevia as a sweetener are unrivaled:
* Stevia actually balances blood sugar levels, and is safe for use by both diabetics and hypoglycemics.
* Unlike aspartame, there are no reports of adverse effects from stevia’s use and scientific studies throughout the world prove out its safety. Stevia has never been shown to cause brain tumors, seizures, blindness, or any of the other 92 adverse reactions associated with aspartame.
* Unlike aspartame, stevia reduces the craving for sweets, making it the ideal sweetener for a society desperate to lose weight.
* Unlike sugar, stevia reduces cavities by retarding the growth of plaque.
* Stevia is used as a digestive aid in Brazil.
* Stevia contains antiseptic properties which have proven beneficial in speeding the healing process of skin wounds.
* Tests show that stevia’s antimicrobial properties inhibit the growth of streptococcus and other bacteria. This is especially noteworthy since some forms of streptococcus have become antibiotic resistant.
The Fight for a Safe Sweetener
Don’t wait for the FDA to give stevia its blessing. It may be a long time in coming. I urge you to immediately (if not sooner) empty your kitchen cupboards of all products containing aspartame and all other chemical artificial sweeteners. Throw out your Equal, Crystal Lite, diet sodas, chewing gum, and don’t forget the toothpaste! You not only will become liberated, but a whole lot healthier in the process. And remember these words from Dr. Julian Whitaker:
1. Dr. Julian Whitaker, A Natural Sweetener That’s Also Calorie Free, Health & Healing, Vol.
2. Aspartame: Is it Safe? an Interview with H.J. Roberts, M.D., Mastering Food Allergies #61, 1990.
3. Linda Bonvie, Bill Bonvie, and Donna Gates, The Stevia Story, B.E.D. Publications, Atlanta, Georgia, 1997.
4. Steven A. Farber, "Aspartame and the Regulation of Food Additives: A Study of FDA Decision-Making and a Proposal for Change," Master of Science in Technology and Public Policy Thesis at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989.
5 Gregory Gordon, "NutraSweet: Questions Swirl," UPI Investigative Report, 10/12/87. Reprinted in US Senate (1987, page 483-510).
What is MSG and Aspartame?
Both are made from amino acids. MSG contains glutamate and sodium. Aspartame is made from two aminos and a poison, aspartic acid (40%), phenylalanine (50%) and methanol (10%). One may think eliminating the poison, methanol, would cure the problem. After all, the body has to have amino acids to survive, right? Right; and no, removing methanol will not cure the problem. We live in a complicated world, and for each of us it starts with our bodies.
Attack of the Singular Aminos
Amino acids were designed to work as a group. Humans possess 20 standard amino acids. When they are ingested as a unit each performs like the cogwheels of a clock, everything fitting together perfectly, moving in unison, with little friction. When the body is overloaded with singular amino acids the meaning of the word ‘acid’ takes over. Specifically, the trouble created from an excessive amount of glutamate and aspartate culminates in an assault to the brain.
Of all the parts of the body, the brain is the most protected. The skull is its armor; and the blood-brain barrier acts as guards at the gate, making sure all that want to enter have the proper authority. The blood-brain barrier would work well to keep excessive amounts of glutamate and aspartate out if it weren’t for three troublesome facts.
First, all the guards are at the front door, no one is minding the other doors. This means seepage into unprotected parts of the brain, like the hypothalamus and pineal gland, can eventually lead to a breach of the entire brain. And, since these amino acids are difficult for the body to eliminate they accumulate adding more and more potential for leakage into the brain.
Second, the brain uses glucose as its main fuel. As glutamate levels rise they begin to reduce the availability of glucose to the brain. The brain has to have fresh glucose, as it has no way to store it for use later. This creates a vicious circle for the brain. As it has less fuel on hand it becomes easier for glutamates to percolate into the brain, which causes less fuel, creating more glutamate seepage. In the end major damage to the brain occurs.
Third, and this is the kicker. The blood-brain barrier has glutamate receptors on both the outside and inside of its structure. In other words, glutamate has been given a golden key to the brain. This just shows how important the amino acid is to a healthy brain. The problem arises with the deluge created when an excitotoxin is ingested as a single amino acid.
When enough excitotoxins attach to the receptors of the neuron (nerve cell) the cell goes into a form of overdrive. It begins a rapid firing across the surface of the cell. The excitotoxin pushes the cell to exhaustion. Then a short time later the neuron dies. The death of a neuron is a big deal to the brain as it can not be replaced.
Excitotoxin Damage Changes DNA
Wow, this is extremely scary stuff. Not only do excitotoxins breakdown the neurotransmitter system leading to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Multiple Sclerosis, but with each generation these diseases start to affect younger people. With many of these diseases a large quantity of neurons have to be destroyed, up to 80%, before the symptoms of the illness come to the forefront. Besides causing physical ailments, excitotoxins will actually start tearing up the DNA.
Children are the most susceptible to excitotoxin damage. Harm can begin in the womb as excitotoxins are able to leak through the placental barrier, then attack the forming brain. Children in general suffer more because of the immaturity of their brain, and their smaller size.
Of Mice and Men
There has been hundreds of studies of excitotoxins done on mice. Everything from causing obesity to retina damage has been discovered to occur in these rodents. And, humans are five times more sensitive to excitotoxins than mice. In fact, humans are the most sensitive to excitotoxins than any other tested animal.
Removing the Toxins
Excitotoxins are difficult to remove from the brain. The only known method of removing any portion of them is through sweating and drinking water. Saunas are the best method to induce a sweat. Altmedsales.com sells a variety of different saunas. Click Here to see them. The important thing is not the method of sweating, but the quality. Sweating must be sustained for as long as the individual can tolerate. This would be an added problem for some people, like those with Multiple Sclerosis, as heat irritates their condition.
With excitotoxins, prevention is of the utmost importance. Eating organic food, eliminating processed foods and choosing healthy restaurants is the first step. Reading food labels is equally important. Aspartame is also called aspartic acid and aspartate. MSG has so many names, and is in many other products without being labeled. It has become quite a job to find it. But, here is a fairly complete list: glutamate ~ monsodium glutamate ~ yeast extract ~ hydrolyzed protein ~ glutamic acid ~ calcium caseinate ~ yeast food ~ hydrolyzed corn gluten ~ gelatin ~ textured protein ~ yeast nutrient ~ autolyzed yeast ~ natrium glutamate ~ carrageenin ~ natural pork flavoring ~ bouillon and broth ~ natural beef flavoring ~ stock ~ whey protein concentrate ~ whey protein ~ whey protein isolate ~ maltodextrin ~ citric acid ~ natural chicken flavoring ~ ultra-pasteurized ~ barley malt ~ pectin ~ protease ~ protease enzymes ~ malt extract ~ malt flavoring ~ soy protein isolate ~ soy sauce ~ soy protein ~ soy protein concentrate ~ anything protein fortified ~ anything enzyme modified ~ anything fermented ~ seasonings ~ hydrolyzed vegetable protein ~ hydrolyzed plant protein ~ plant protein extract ~ sodium caseinate ~ autolyzed yeast ~ hydrolyzed flour ~ spices.
It has been discovered magnesium will actually block glutamates from damaging the neuron. Along with magnesium, antioxidant supplements, like CoQ10 and Alpha-Lipoic Acid, will help to protect from damage.
DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
At the WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONFERENCE on 'ASPARTAME,' marketed as 'Nutra Sweet,' 'Equal,' and 'Spoonful' the keynote address by the EPA, announced that in the United States in 2001 there is an epidemic of multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus.
The speaker stated that it was difficult to determine exactly what toxin was causing this to be rampant. The toxin was Aspartame!
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 systemic metabolic acidosis. Formic acid is the poison found in the sting of fire ants.
The methanol toxicity mimics, among other conditions, multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus all inflammatory conditions from dietary and metabolic acid.
Many people have been diagnosed in error. Although multiple sclerosis is not a death sentence, 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 its use; irritating the connective tissue to such a degree that it may become a life-threatening condition. Many patients with systemic lupus become asymptotic, once taken off diet sodas. In cases of those diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, most of the symptoms disappear and vision loss returned and hearing loss improved markedly.
This also applies to cases of tinnitus and fibromyalgia. If you are using ASPARTAME (Nutra Sweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc.) and you suffer from the acidic symptoms of fibromyalgia spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps,vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, unexplainable depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss you probably have ASPARTAME poisoning!
The most important question is, 'Is it reversible?' The answer is a resounding Yes! Yes! Yes!
STOP drinking sugar filled, acidic sodas and diet sodas and be alert for Aspartame on all food labels! Many products are fortified with it! This is a serious problem.
Acidic diet soda is NOT a diet product! It is a chemically altered, multiple deionized SODIUM and ASPARTAME containing product that actually makes you crave carbohydrates. It is far more likely to make you GAIN weight!
These products also contain formaldehyde, which stores in the fatty tissues, particularly in the hips and thighs. Formaldehyde is an absolute acidic nuero-toxin and is used primarily to preserve 'tissue specimens.' Many products you are using every day contain this chemical and it is being stored in the connective and fatty tissues!
Aspartame is especially dangerous for diabetics who are already over-acid with sugar. Aspartame drives the serum blood sugars out of control. Thus, diabetics may suffer acute memory loss due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are NEURO-TOXIC when taken without the other amino acids necessary for a good balance. Treating diabetes is all about maintaining the alkaline design of the body. Especially with diabetics, the Aspartame passes the blood/brain barrier and it then deteriorates the neurons of the brain; causing various levels of brain damage, seizures,depression, manic depression, panic attacks, uncontrollable anger and rage.
Consumption of Aspartame causes these same symptoms in non-diabetics as well.
Documentation and observation also reveal that thousands of children diagnosed with ADD and ADHD have had complete turnarounds in their behavior when these acidic chemicals have been removed from the diet. So called 'behavior modification prescription drugs' (Ritalin and others ) are no longer needed. Truth be told, they were never NEEDED in the first place! Most of these children were being 'poisoned' on a daily basis with the very foods that were 'better for them than sugar.'
It is also suspected that 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.
Aspartame can cause birth defects, i.e. mental retardation, if taken at the time of conception and during early pregnancy.
Children are especially at risk for neurological disorders and should NEVER be given artificial sweeteners. There are many different case histories that relate to children suffering grand mal seizures and other neurological disturbances directly caused by the use of this acidic deadly poison.
Please read the labels before purchasing any food, drink or dietary supplement to make sure it is free of sugar and dietary sugars - especially the artificial acidic sweetener Aspartame. The quality and quantity of your life may depend on it.
Aspartame producer Ajinomoto is launching a new initiative that will rebrand the sweetener as “AminoSweet”.
Just to remind you, the side effects of aspartame can include:
- Change in vision
- Convulsions and seizures
- Nausea and vomiting
- Joint pain
It can cause many, many other problems as well.