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Old 10-09-2010   #1
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Aspartame

Coca-Cola began putting the “sugar substitute” aspartame in Diet Coke in 1982. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, aspartame accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death.

In 1999, the Independent on Sunday discovered that the maker of aspartame, Monsanto, uses genetically engineered bacteria to produce the “sweetener” at its U.S. production plants. Aspartame is made by combining phenylalanine, which is naturally produced by bacteria, with another amino acid. To make the bacteria produce more phenylalanine, Monsanto has genetically engineered them. “Increasingly, chemical companies are using genetically engineered bacteria in their manufacturing process without telling the public,” said Dr. Erik Millstone, of the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex University, and a member of the National Food Alliance, told the newspaper.

The late Dr. Morgan Raiford, a specialist in methanol toxicity, warned about the danger of blindness associated with the consumption of aspartame. “This product [NutraSweet] has some highly toxic reactions in the human visual pathway and we are beginning to observe the tragic damage to the optic nerve, such as blindness, partial to total optic nerve atrophy. Once this destructive process has developed there is no return of visual restoration,” Raiford wrote in an aspartame factsheet. “When this drug enters the digestive tract, largely the upper portion [the] aspartame molecule spins off a by product known as methanol or methyl-alcohol.”

Methanol “is an extremely powerful neurotoxin. It can produce blindness, it can produce cellular destruction in the brain and spinal cord in particular the optic nerves that has to do with our vision,” the neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock explained during a radio interview. In his book, Health and Nutrition Secrets That Can Save Your Life, Dr. Blaylock discusses a study explaining why diabetics who drink large amounts of aspartame drinks are more likely to go blind. Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness.

In addition to blindness, a report produced by the Department of Health and Human Services lists over 90 symptoms related to aspartame, including: migraine headaches, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain. The following chronic illnesses are triggered or worsened by ingesting aspartame: Brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, mental retardation, lymphoma, birth defects, fibromyalgia, and diabetes.

It is now estimated that over 6,000 food and drink products worldwide contain aspartame. “You might be surprised to learn about some of the foods you consume that contain aspartame. Besides the obvious products like diet sodas, there are many brands of chewing gum that contain aspartame. Most non-fat diet foods contain an amount of aspartame and the same goes for most sugar-free candy,” reports the FoodFacts website. Many brands of cereal, ice cream, yogurt, iced tea, powdered power drinks, nutritional bars, pudding, vegetable drinks, and many more food products contain aspartame.

Deadly and dangerous toxins ranging from aspartame to fluoride, GMO, mercury-tainting, pesticides, cross-species chimeras, plastic compounds in chicken, high fructose corn syrup, cloned meat, rBGH and new aggressive GM species of salmon have all entered into our diets and environments.

With substances like this being created and placed into our foods along with the existence of the government's S510 bill, something eugenically sinister may be going on.
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Re: Aspartame

I hate that stuff...yet I consume it on a daily basis

A few years back, I switched from drinking an occasional regular soda to a diet (or several) a day; around the same time, I started noticing a major decline in my physical and mental health. My vision was blurring, headaches were constant, frequent vertigo, digestive issues, etc. It was awful. I started doing a bit of research and found all the studies on aspartame - I swear so many of the complaints other people had mirrored mine exactly. I started cutting it out completely and within a few weeks felt SO much better.

Mind you...I now have drifted back into the habit of almost one diet pop a day, but I really hope to stop doing this. I find I am more depressed whenever I consume aspartame-related products, oddly. It could be a pseudo-effect, but I do really believe I am much better off whenever I avoid that junk...honestly, who wants this kind of stuff in their body?

I also DESPISE high-fructose corn syrup. I pretty much never eat it any more (seriously, why is that stuff in everything? Sweets, ketchup, bread, sauce, yogurt - UGH!), and if I do, it's probably because I'm at a restaurant and have no idea they are sneaking that in there...I'm excited to see the movement against such artificial chemicals in food, even at the mainstream level. It's really frightening what stuff can be passed as "safe" in foods :/ I was so excited when I was in Chile this summer and NOTHING had HFCS in it because it's banned :D
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Re: Aspartame

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I hate that stuff...yet I consume it on a daily basis

A few years back, I switched from drinking an occasional regular soda to a diet (or several) a day; around the same time, I started noticing a major decline in my physical and mental health. My vision was blurring, headaches were constant, frequent vertigo, digestive issues, etc. It was awful. I started doing a bit of research and found all the studies on aspartame - I swear so many of the complaints other people had mirrored mine exactly. I started cutting it out completely and within a few weeks felt SO much better.

Mind you...I now have drifted back into the habit of almost one diet pop a day, but I really hope to stop doing this. I find I am more depressed whenever I consume aspartame-related products, oddly. It could be a pseudo-effect, but I do really believe I am much better off whenever I avoid that junk...honestly, who wants this kind of stuff in their body?

I also DESPISE high-fructose corn syrup. I pretty much never eat it any more (seriously, why is that stuff in everything? Sweets, ketchup, bread, sauce, yogurt - UGH!), and if I do, it's probably because I'm at a restaurant and have no idea they are sneaking that in there...I'm excited to see the movement against such artificial chemicals in food, even at the mainstream level. It's really frightening what stuff can be passed as "safe" in foods :/ I was so excited when I was in Chile this summer and NOTHING had HFCS in it because it's banned :D
Studies show that people who drink diet soda are more likely to gain weight than people who drink regular soda - so there's no reason to drink diet at all, just reach for the regular.
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Re: Aspartame

^ True, but if you want to ween yourself off of soda altogether, I recommend flavored seltzer water, and then eventually just water itself. You guys should google the S510 bill, and check out what that's all about.
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