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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Aspertame War

OK, that does it. Here is yet another study on the danger of artificial sweeteners and yet we continue to guzzle, sprinkle and put it in our food by the cupfuls. On November 2, 2009 Science Daily reported on a new artificial sweetener study. Three thousand women participated in this Nurses Health Study. The research was conducted by Julie Lin MD, MPH, FASN and Gary Curhan MD, ScD, FASN of Brigham and Women's Hospital. Their conclusion and the subsequent presentation at the American Society of Nephrology's annual meeting in San Diego stated that drinking two or more drinks with artificial sweetener a day may lead to a two-fold incease in kidney decline.

Aspertame is one of the leading culprits that is unabashedly poured into over 6,000 products on our grocery shelves and restaurant menus. The FDA has received more reports about the negative responses to Aspertame than any other sweetener. There are more than 900 published studies about its damaging effects on health and over 10,000 documented reports of adverse reactions including death. OMGsh, if there were half, a third, a quarter, a FRACTION of that many adverse reports on any herb it would be touted all over the media with action groups vieing to remove it from public access.
Wake up, people, Aspertame is dangerous. It increases dopamine levels in your brain which can lead to symptoms of depression by distorting your serotonin/dopamine balance. By this same mechanism it can lead to migraines and brain tumors. Asptertame is an excitotoxin which causes brain cells to become over excited and die. Imagine a hamster than can't get off the exercise wheel. Excitotoxins also cause decreased brain synapses and connecting fibers thus decreasing your mental acuity. I don't know about you, but I need to ADD these not decrease them. And, if that isn't enough, Aspertame also breaks down to formaldehyde and methanol; wonderful, just what we all want in our bodies.
Aspertame is not the only villain in your sweet arsenal; the others have horror stories as well, but it's a place to start. Begin today. Wean yourself off Aspertame. You can do it. You would not eat or drink anything that listed arsenic or any other poison as an ingredient. Think of Aspertame as a poison. Condition yourself to cringe at the mention of it just as you would arsenic. Come on folks, use your brain while you still can!! This is war!
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