Thursday, August 23, 2012

Aspartame Addictions

How many of us were raised on soda pop and fresca and coke and seven up and kool aid? Pretty much sugary, eh? As we aged we were introduced to the sugar free additives so we could continue to lose weight and feel great. But just like the microwave and spraying the parameters of our home with pesticides, cleaning our toilets with chlorox, scrubbing our floors with ammonia infusing our bodies with toxins we later confronted, we thought nothing of the new sugar free products. In fact we welcomed them.

Then we got suspicious when we read things on the internet.

To condense, Dr. Mercola M.D. who awakens us to our reality, said it bluntly. Aspartame is found in more than 6,000 products and consumed by over 200 million people worldwide. ( I would venture to say those numbers are low) Just for one example, how many people chew gum? Most have aspartame. Standing in the grocery line one day I tried to read all the gum brands ingredients. I found some with sugar as the first named yet 6 words down, was aspartame. Pretty conflicting and deeply disturbing. On some rare finds, xylitol, sorbital or mannitol were listed. ( side effects are runs to the bathroom!)

Here is a breakdown of aspartame's three chemicals.
(1) amino acids aspartic acid ( 40%)
(2) phenylalanine (50%)
(3) methanol ( 10%)

Now the really bad news.

Aspartate ( aspartic acid) acts as a neurotransmitter in your brain by relaying information from neuron to neuron. Too much aspartate kills neurons by allowing too much calcium in the cells. This triggers excess free radicals which kill more cells. Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD refers to aspartame as "excitotoxins " because they excite or stimulate the neural cells to death. What happens next? This is a prelude to MS, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, memory and hearing loss, hormone problems, Epilepsy, AIDS, brain lesions, all seen with neurocellular death.

Phenylalanine is an amino acid and normally found in the brain but people with the genetic disorder phenylketonuria ( PKU)( I observed PKU kids as a nursing student and it was heartbreaking) cannot metabolize it, thus high amounts occur in the brain. It has been researched that when aspartame is ingested along with carbs, (i.e. diet coke and pizza) it can lead to excess levels of phenylalanine, even if you do not have PKU. With high brain phenylalanine there is low serotonin that leads to emotional disorders like depression and schizophrenia.

Methanol is a deadly poison. Free methanol is created from aspartame when heated to 86 degrees. You can imagine what foods need heating, like hot water in sugar free jello to mix. Worse, methanol breaks down into formic acid and formaldehyde, a deadly neurotoxin.  Even the U.S. EPA says methanol is considered a cumulative poison ( builds up in the system) due to the low rate of excretion. They recommended a limit of 7.8 mg/day but one liter of aspartame sweetened beverage contains 56 mg. Heavy users consume up to 32 times the EPA limit. One diet soda has 180 mg aspartame!
Symptoms? vision problems, Headaches, ear buzzing, dizziness, nausea, GI problems, weakness and numbness and shooting pains in arms and legs, memory lapses and behavior disturbances.

There are households that allow diet beverages for breakfast and you know lunch and dinner are on board as well. And what about the school age child that stops at the convenience store on the way home to get one? Is it a wonder our academic levels wane?

If you read this article and get a shock to your system, make changes. Serve almond milk, coconut milk, unsweetened iced tea, fresh pure water! Our bodies are made up of mostly water and this is how we all survive. So many symptoms are due to hypovolemia, not enough volume in the blood, not enough water.

Take heed.

Bettye Cart and Dr. Mercola M.D.

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