Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Killing ourselves softly…oh, embrace the ASPARTAME-induced sweet death...

Being health conscious has led me to prefer low calorie sweeteners over the natural, but comparatively high calorie sugars. However, in recent times, after my mother has incessantly chided me for using artificial sweeteners, and relating horror stories about friends contracting diabetes and other ailments after long term consumption of a popular brand of sweeteners in Singapore, I cannot ignore her statements anymore. Prove her wrong or at least find out more…For me, conscious ignorance is in the highest form of self-inflicted torture.
After searching for the answer, here’s what I found out:

Summarized Verdict: STOP using artificial sweeteners that contain aspartame NOW! STOP eating sugar-free foods!!!!

That means: No Ricola, No sugar-free Fisherman’s Friend lozenges, Aiyah—all sugar-free SWEETS! Diet Coke and sodas…..And you thought not eating Equal ‘sugar’ solves the problem. Please check ingredients at the back of your food packages.

Harmful Effects of Aspartame:

1. It makes you crave carbohydrates and will make you FAT-ironically.
2. Triggers systemic lupus.
3. Causes methanol toxicity.
4. Gives rise to fibromyalgia symptoms.
5. In layman terms, continued consumption will lead to spasms, shooting pains, numbness in your legs, cramps, vertigo, dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, joint pain, depression, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, blurred vision, or memory loss.
6. Leads to blindness.
7. Causes birth defects in infants when consumed during pregnancy.
8. There are 92 documented symptoms of ASPARTAME, from coma to death. The majority of them are all neurological, because the ASPARTAME destroys the nervous system.

If you are scientifically inclined, and want the explanation for its harmfulness, here are the details:

When the temperature of ASPARTAME exceeds 86 degrees Fahrenheit (Note: In Singapore and the tropics, the transportation process of Diet Cola will subject it to this 30 Celsius already), the wood alcohol in ASPARTAME coverts 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 will lead to many of the deadly effects stated above. The methanol in the ASPARTAME also converts to formaldehyde in the retina of the eye, thereby causing eventual blindness in some people.

Formaldehyde is grouped in the same class of drugs as cyanide and arsenic - DEADLY POISONS!!! Unfortunately, it just takes longer to quietly kill, but it is killing people and causing all kinds of neurological problems.

ASPARTAME changes the brain's chemistry. It is the reason for severe seizures. This drug changes the dopamine level in the brain. Imagine what this drug does to patients suffering from Parkinson's disease.

ASPARTAME is especially deadly for diabetics. All physicians know what wood alcohol will do to a diabetic. ASPARTAME keeps the blood sugar level out of control, causing many patients to go into a coma.

Memory loss is due to the fact that aspartic acid and phenylalanine are neurotoxic without the other amino acids found in protein. Thus it goes past the blood brain barrier and deteriorates the neurons of the brain.

The phenylalanine in ASPARTAME also breaks down the seizure threshold and depletes serotonin, which causes manic depression, panic attacks, rage and violence.

The ingredients stimulate the neurons of the brain to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees.

Consuming ASPARTAME at the time of conception can cause birth defects. Why? The phenylalanine concentrates in the placenta, causing mental retardation, according to Dr. Louis Elsas, Pediatrician Professor of Genetics, at Emory University in his testimony before the American Congress.

The Harsh Reality:

MONSANTO, the creator of ASPARTAME, knows how deadly it is. They fund the American Diabetes Association, American Dietetic Association, Congress, and the Conference of the American College of Physicians. The New York Times, on November 15, 1996, ran an article on how the American Dietetic Association takes money from the food industry to endorse their products. Therefore, they can not criticize any additives or tell about their link to MONSANTO.
There were Congressional Hearings when ASPARTAME was included in 100 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 5,000 products containing this chemical, and the PATENT HAS EXPIRED!!!!!

Senator Howard Hetzenbaum wrote a 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 in 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.

This poison is now available in 90 PLUS countries worldwide, including our dear sunny island of Singapore.

In Singapore, harmful effects of the artificial sweetener are passed around via word-of-mouth. Without proper education, it may come across more as a myth than a scientific FACT. Moreover, we tend to OVERLOOK the prevalence of Aspartame in our diet and most people will NOT associate their illnesses with the long-term consumption of Aspartame.

For more information, do a google search on this topic, or consult the link below for a very readable article.


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