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    Aspartame – I was not sure if this is common knowledge on this site so I thought to add my -2cts (deflation)

    While recovering from an lengthy hospital stay, I spent most my time on the web. It was amazing the things that I discovered. I came across a few sites that contained the dangers of aspartame and was astounded on what I found.
    Just read the ingredients and see just how much aspartame there is in the products.

    Just some keys facts:

    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.(1) A few of the 90 different documented symptoms listed in the report as being caused by aspartame include: Headaches/migraines, 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 risk to infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly and persons with certain chronic health problems from excitotoxins are great.

    Methanol (aka wood alcohol/poison) (10 percent of aspartame)
    Methanol/wood alcohol is a deadly poison. Some people may remember methanol as the poison that has caused some "skid row" alcoholics to end up blind or dead. Methanol is gradually released in the small intestine when the methyl group of aspartame encounter the enzyme chymotrypsin.
    It has been pointed out that some fruit juices and alcoholic beverages contain small amounts of methanol. It is important to remember, however, that methanol never appears alone. In every case, ethanol is present, usually in much higher amounts. Ethanol is an antidote for methanol toxicity in humans.(9) The troops of Desert Storm were "treated" to large amounts of aspartame-sweetened beverages, which had been heated to over 86 degrees F in the Saudi Arabian sun. Many of them returned home with numerous disorders similar to what has been seen in persons who have been chemically poisoned by formaldehyde. The free methanol in the beverages may have been a contributing factor in these illnesses. Other breakdown products of aspartame such as DKP (discussed below) may also have been a factor.

    Diketopiperazine (DKP)
    DKP is a byproduct of aspartame metabolism. DKP has been implicated in the occurrence of brain tumors. Olney noticed that DKP, when nitrosated in the gut, produced a compound that was similar to N-nitrosourea, a powerful brain tumor causing chemical. Some authors have said that DKP is produced after aspartame ingestion. I am not sure if that is correct. It is definitely true that DKP is formed in liquid aspartame-containing products during prolonged storage.


    Wiki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame

    Aspartame & Aspartame Poisoning Information Site
    http://www.dorway.com/

    Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Toxicity Information Center
    http://www.holisticmed.com/aspartame/

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

    And if these sites did not make you throw away ANYTHING to do with aspartame watch this…SWEET MISERY a google vid
    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...22170441334340

    I have cut out all sugar intake other than for coffe or tea. For an alternative sugar, I have been using Stevia. http://stevia.com/

    Basically, this is Stevia:

    Stevia is a word both for a plant and for a sweetener extracted from the leaves of that plant. Stevia has been grown and used in South America for centuries, and it spread to the rest of the world during the 18th century, when people first began taking the product with them to Europe in large volumes.
    It has been shown that stevia is much sweeter than other sugars, meaning that only a small amount needs to be used. The body also processes stevia very slowly, which greatly reduces the risk of a sugar high. In addition, stevia is essentially calorie free, which is why it is popular with dieters. Research also suggests that stevia may be safe for diabetics, although diabetics should always consult their doctors about additions to their diet which may alter their blood sugar.
    Although stevia sounds like a miracle herb, scientific research may suggest otherwise. Some scientists are concerned that stevia may be a mutagen, meaning that it could cause cancer. Stevia has also been linked to reproductive malfunction. Some of these studies have been imperfectly performed, but the need for more thorough analysis of the compound has certainly been demonstrated. Proponents of stevia suggest that these studies may be part of a larger effort on the part of sugar companies to keep alternatives to sugar off the market, pointing out that stevia is widely used in South America and Asia with no noticeable ill effects. Given the argument over stevia, it would appear that more controlled studies are needed.


    Before I went into the hospital, I drank A LOT of diet sodas for many many years. At times I was experiencing severe headaches after drinking the diet cola’s. I have not drank any type of soda in over two years and have not had that particular type of head ache since. I think it was do to the very large amounts of aspartame that I was taking in (not just diet drinks but there are very many other things that contain the stuff), of course other friends just say I am mental.

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    I have been growing and using Stevia for about 7 years now. Good stuff.
    "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches" Franklin

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    • #3
      x2 for Stevia.

      Stevia good.
      Honey OK.
      Suger OK.
      Everything else BAD!

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      • #4
        Splenda only for me.

        Tried Stevia. Tastes like smokey plastic to me.

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        • #5
          Keep in mind that this is just what we are being told. Just because it is printed does not mean it is so. Does anyone remember this?

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXZRBJYX__E


          Every one is in such a hurry to get in line to do something good, that they often forget to check and see if they are doing something good!
          ~Lyon~

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cudalyon View Post
            Keep in mind that this is just what we are being told. Just because it is printed does not mean it is so. Does anyone remember this?

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXZRBJYX__E


            Every one is in such a hurry to get in line to do something good, that they often forget to check and see if they are doing something good!
            Love that vid...it point out very well the thoughtless idiocy that comprises most, if not all of the "far-left"....;)
            "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

            "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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            • #7
              ok educate me what's stevia?
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Diesel View Post
                ok educate me what's stevia?
                Super-sweet sunflower herb....
                "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Diesel View Post
                  ok educate me what's stevia?

                  It ruins the taste of the second most perfect liquid on the face of the earth. Coffee!!. Tastes likes burnt plastic to me. Terrible stuff. YUCH!!

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                  • #10
                    Splenda is Sucralose. The only "Bitch" I can find about it is that it contains chlorine. Ever swallow a gulp of water while swimming in a pool? Do you drink water from the tap? I suggest that we get more chlorine from that then from a couple of packets of splenda.

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                    • #11
                      Ragnar, What you read confirms what I've thought for a long while: A small amount of real, natural sugar or honey is 'way better than either high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners of any kind. Artificial sweeteners make my brain feel jangly.

                      :eek: :(

                      What's ironic about high fructose corn syrup is that back in the Seventies, it was touted as an alternative to both sugar and artificial sweeteners like Saccharin. I remember the Shasta Soda commercials of the late Seventies hyping that line. Oh well. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
                      "Apocalypse is by no means inevitable." --Jim Rice.

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                      • #12
                        I agree. I love honey as a sweetener.

                        I sampled a few different types of stevia and they all had different taste. Some did taste like burnt plastic while others were very palatable. I had a stevia bush next to my spearmint herb and during the summer i would take just one leaf off each one and eat it. It was like the best piece of candy without anything bad for you. You should try it this summer. It also seems that different plants have different levels of sweetness. I bought one at the farmers market and it was just ok, but the one that I purchased off eBay was fantastic! One leaf tasted as if you just put several spoons of sugar in your mouth.

                        I did not know really what to do with the plants when it turned chilly, I just trimmed them down and they are sitting in the front room with the two large snapping turtles and one alligator snapper (it’s too cold for them to). They (the stevia plant) really do not look so well.
                        Being from Florida where the wind chill factor stays around 85 degrees, I never had to worry too much about the cold.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TheUnboundOne View Post
                          Ragnar, What you read confirms what I've thought for a long while: A small amount of real, natural sugar or honey is 'way better than either high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners of any kind. Artificial sweeteners make my brain feel jangly.

                          :eek: :(

                          What's ironic about high fructose corn syrup is that back in the Seventies, it was touted as an alternative to both sugar and artificial sweeteners like Saccharin. I remember the Shasta Soda commercials of the late Seventies hyping that line. Oh well. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.
                          Jangly?????
                          ~Lyon~

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                          • #14
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                            Source: Citizens for Health
                            Chairman of Citizens for Health Declares FDA Should Review Approval of Splenda
                            New Study of Splenda and Sucralose Reveals Shocking New Information About Potential Harmful Effect on Humans
                            MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 22, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- James Turner, chairman of the national consumer education group Citizens for Health expressed shock and outrage after reading a new report from scientists at Duke University. "The report makes it clear that the artificial sweetener Splenda and its key component sucralose pose a threat to the people who consume the product. Hundreds of consumers have complained to us about side effects from using Splenda and this study, published this past week in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part A, confirms that the chemicals in the little yellow package should carry a big red warning label," said Turner.

                            Among the results in the study by Drs. Mohamed B. Abou-Donia, Eman M. El-Masry, Ali A. Abdel-Rahman, Roger E. McLendon and Susan S. Schiffman is evidence that, in the animals studied, Splenda reduces the amount of good bacteria in the intestines by 50%, increases the pH level in the intestines, contributes to increases in body weight and affects the P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in the body in such a way that crucial health-related drugs could be rejected. Turner noted that the P-gp effect "could result in crucial medications used in chemotherapy for cancer patients, AIDS treatment and drugs for heart conditions being shunted back into the intestines rather than being absorbed by the body as intended."

                            The study was conducted using male rats over a period of twelve weeks. The manufacturers of Splenda also used a rat study when they applied for and received approval to market the product from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At the time, the findings from their rat studies were extrapolated as to possible effects on humans. This is standard FDA practice and this study is consistent with that practice.

                            Turner said, "This report followed accepted policies and procedures and the results make clear the potential for disturbing side effects from the ingestion of Splenda. It is like putting a pesticide in your body. And this is at levels of intake erroneously approved by the Food and Drug Administration. A person eating two slices of cake and drinking two cups of coffee containing Splenda would ingest enough sucralose to affect the P-glycoprotein, while consuming just seven little Splenda packages reduces good bacteria." Although the effect of consuming Splenda does not result from a one time use, the side effects do occur after accumulated use. Turner also noted unmistakable evidence that Splenda is absorbed by fat, contrary to the claims of Johnson & Johnson.

                            Turner announced, "We are calling today on the FDA to immediately accept our petition filed over a year ago and initiate a review of its approval of sucralose and to require a warning label on Splenda packaging cautioning that people who take medications and/or have gastrointestinal problems avoid using Splenda. The new study makes it clear that Splenda can cause you to gain weight and lose the benefits of medications designed to improve and protect your health. The FDA should not continue to turn a blind eye to this health threat."

                            Citizens for Health will testify in Sacramento, CA, on October 3, 2008, before the California Assembly Committee on Health which is examining the use of deceptive advertising to promote sales of potentially unhealthy food additives, particularly artificial sweeteners.

                            About Citizens for Health

                            Citizens for Health (www.citizens.org) is an international non-profit consumer advocacy group working to broaden healthcare options, create an integrative health system based on wellness, and advance the freedom to make health choices. The group promotes the fundamental policies needed to improve health choices and information in the U.S. and internationally. The group works with grassroots and education organizations and partners to ensure consumer access to dietary supplements, safe foods, a healthy environment and a wide range of healing therapies. Citizens for Health fosters active citizen leadership and organizes natural health consumers to create political and legislative solutions that support those rights.

                            CONTACT: Citizens for Health
                            Jim Turner
                            202-255-8040
                            [email protected]

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                            • #15
                              Aspartame should not be in our food!!
                              My wife likes Splenda, but i think it has a funny aftertaste.
                              I like Agave nectar, but it is pricey and harder to find.
                              CTHULHU/Dagon 2012

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