Sweet Poison & diet coke

Sweet Poison and Diet Coke

Monday 30/5/2011

All these processed foods and drinks  we love to eat and drink can and will kill us? Sounds outrageous Yes I know thats what I thought when I first heard about these things.

For those of  you who are visual and don’t like to read I am posting 3 videos  for you to get the overall idea.

One video is an amateurish video done by uk students which covers main points, one is an interview with a guy whose wife sadly passed

who used to drink 2-3 cans of diet coke per day the other is a reputable US News Channel REPORT
Then I have cut an excerpt from an online article and will provide links if you are interested in reading it for yourself in it’s entirety
I will provide a link to a website of  information that basically debunks the whole aspartame debate as nothing but scaremongering
I won’t summarise and  bullet point my findings from this research as the 92 SIDE EFFECTS are pretty self explanitory

May God help us all as women who want to LIVE and make our homes a place where angels can dwell

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asc2rGF8ryg&feature=related

Possible Side Effects of NutraSweet(taken from website ) http://www.mac-archive.com/ns/side.html

There is a seemingly endless list of side effects from aspartame ingestion.
Since it was discovered, scientist have found adverse effects through experimentation
including brain tumors, headaches, vision loss, and many other neurological problems.
They have also reached conclusions about the causes of these adverse affects.
In 1994, a report was released that listed 92 symptoms associated with aspartame
ingestion and said that aspartame accounted for 75 percent of
all adverse reactions reported to the Adverse Reaction Monitoring System.

Some of the 92 long-term and immediate adverse effects of aspartame ingestion are:

* Abdominal Pain
* Anxiety attacks
* Arthritis
* Asthma
* Asthmatic Reactions
* Bloating, Edema (Fluid Retention)
* Blood Sugar Control Problems (Hypoglycemia or Hyperglycemia)
* Brain Cancer (Pre-approval studies in animals)
* Breathing difficulties
* Burning eyes or throat
* Burning Urination
* Can’t think straight
* Chest Pains
* Chronic cough
* Chronic Fatigue
* Confusion
* Death
* Depression
* Diarrhea
* Dizziness
* Excessive Thirst or Hunger
* Fatigue
* Feel unreal
* Flushing of face
* Hair Loss (Baldness) or Thinning of Hair
* Headaches/Migraines dizziness
* Hearing Loss
* Heart palpitations
* Hives (Urticaria)
* Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
* Hysterical pregnancy
* Impotency and Sexual Problems
* Inability to concentrate
* Infection Susceptibility
* Insomnia
* Irritability
* Itching
* Joint Pains
* Laryngitis
* “Like thinking in a fog”
* Marked Personality Changes
* Memory loss
* Menstrual Problems or Changes
* Migraines and Severe Headaches (Trigger or Cause From Chronic Intake)
* Muscle spasms
* Nausea or Vomiting
* Numbness or Tingling of Extremities
* Other Allergic-Like Reactions
* Panic Attacks
* Phobias
* Poor memory
* Rapid Heart Beat
* Rashes
* Seizures and Convulsions
* Slurring of Speech
* Swallowing Pain
* Tachycardia
* Tremors
* Tinnitus
* Vertigo
* Vision Loss
* Weight gain

In addition, aspartame can mimic symptoms or worsen the following diseases:

* Fibromyalgia
* Arthritis
* Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
* Parkinson’s Disease
* Lupus
* Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS)
* Diabetes and Diabetic Complications
* Epilepsy
* Alzheimer’s Disease
* Birth Defects
* Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
* Lymphoma
* Lyme Disease
* Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
* Panic Disorder
* Depression and other Psychological Disorders

So what causes these problems? Scientist believe that when aspartame
is ingested it breaks down into 3 potentially harmful products:

1. Phenylalanine
2. Aspartic Acid
3. Methanol

There is also concern over aspartame forming diketopiperazine in liquids when stored for a long time.

Phenylalanine
Phenylalanine is normally found in the brain but excessive levels of it can be dangerous. This is the problem that
people with phenylketonuria have; they are unable to metabolize phenylalanine
and as a result dangerously high
levels of it can build up in their brain. Excessive amounts of phenylalanine
in the brain can lead to schizophrenia and depression. Too much phenylalanine
in the brain also increases a person’s chances of having a seizure.
All of these problems caused by phenylalanine have also been
associated with aspartame ingestion. Studies have shown that
the amount of phenylalanine in the blood increases in
people who use aspartame regularly.

. This increase in the amount of phenylalanine in the body leads to an increase
in the amount of phenylalanine in the brain.
As with many of the amino acids that we eat,
phenylalanine enters the brain on transport molecules;
phenylalanine shares its transport molecule with two other amino acids. Normally, when people eat food,
they ingest many amino acids that then have to
compete for space on the shared transport molecules
thus limiting the amount of each amino acid that can enter the brain.With aspartame, however, phenylalanine is the only amino acid
for that particular transport molecule that is ingested so,
as a result, there is less competition and more phenylalanine enters the brain.
This increase in phenylalanine in the brain
explains some of the side effects that result from aspartame ingestion.

Aspartic Acid
When broken down, aspartame is 40 percent aspartic acid and
this means that ingesting aspartame increases the amount
of aspartic acid in the body.
Like the glutamic acid found in monosodium glutamate, or MSG,
aspartic acid is an excitatory amino acid that can have many adverse effects.
Aspartic acid, also referred to as aspartate, can act as an excitotoxin in the human body.
Normally, aspartate acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain.
However, as with other excitotoxins, the presence of too much aspartate
in the brain can cause the killing of certain brain cells by over-stimulating them.
This slow damaging of neurons can lead to Parkinson’s disease and memory loss
as well as many other neurological problems. These are some of the long-term side effects
that have been associated with aspartame ingestion. Because of its composition, aspartame

acts very similar to MSG, a chemical which is generally known to have adverse effects.
However, MSG use has been reduced whereas aspartame is being consumed in large amounts daily.

Methanol
Methanol is ten percent of what is released from aspartame when it is broken down by
the digestive system. Methanol is released by aspartame when the methyl group (CH3)
of aspartame comes in contact with the enzyme chymotrypsin in the small intestine.
Inside the body, methanol breaks into formic acid and formaldehyde.
Both of these products are toxic and symptoms of poisoning include headaches
and nausea. Methanol poisoning can also result in retinal damage leading
to vision problems including blurring and blindness. In addition,
formaldehyde is both a neurotoxin and a carcinogen. These severe effects of
methanol poisoning were seen in a study of the effects of aspartame on humans
.

Methanol is also released from aspartame when it is heated above 86 oF.
This could happen when storing foods or drinks in hot places or
by cooking with aspartame. Some people have attributed the
Desert Storm Syndrome, which has symptoms similar to those
of formaldehyde poisoning, to the large consumption of methanol
from aspartame-containing drinks that had been heated
to over 86 oF in the desert sun.

The ingestion of free methanol that has already been released from overheated aspartame greatly
increases the body’s absorption of methanol. Methanol takes a long time to be
excreted from the body and as a result, ingesting large amounts
can cause methanol to build up in the body. This is similar to a drugs with a long half-life.
The recommended limit of consumption for methanol is 7.8 milligrams per day
 but a twelve ounce can of a diet cola with aspartame contains about 20 milligrams of methanol.
Even though it is likely that not all of this 20 milligrams is released
from the aspartame and absorbed by the body, consuming a lot of aspartame
daily will cause the amount of methanol in the body to slowly build up.

It should be noted that people ingest methanol from other sources such as
fruit juices and alcoholic beverages. In these cases, however,
the ingestion of methanol is accompanied by the ingestion of ethanol
which counteracts the effects of methanol. In aspartame, there is only
methanol present and no ethanol to counteract the methanol.
This addition of methanol from aspartame into the body results in
many of the side effects associated with aspartame ingestion.

Diketopiperazine
The breaking down of aspartame into its components is not the only way
that the artificial sweetener creates chemicals which have an
adverse effect on humans. It is known that if a liquid containing aspartame
is stored for a long time, diketopiperazine is formed in the liquid.
Scientist have concluded that diketopiperazine causes brain tumors.
According to Dr. John W. Olney, once digested,
diketopiperazine produces a compound that is similar to a
carcinogenic chemical called N-nitrosourea. Studies using
rats that were conducted by NutraSweet have shown
that aspartame causes brain tumors.
One of these studies showed 12 out of 320 rats getting brain tumors,
and this is even with NutraSweet falsifying the results.
The production of diketopiperazine by aspartame explains how aspartame causes brain tumors.

If there are all of these side effects and aspartame is bad, why is it sold and why was it it approved?

For more info check out the following links

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5250005_side-effects-nutrasweet.html

http://www.sweetpoison.com/aspartame-side-effects.html

There is an article published on wikepedia debunking  this information

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame_controversy

It mentions a lady called Betty Martini I also took the liberty of finding a video by Alex Jones interviewing her It is in 5 parts but I’ll post 2 the rest you can look up for yourself on YOUTUBE. I don’t really agree with everything Alex Jones says and does but I needed to provide YOU with as much info as I can to atleast get YOU thinking critically!

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